If you got a call to attend an international yoga retreat, but you only had 8 days to plan and book. Would you go? I did just that this summer and I’m so glad I did. Portuguese tarts and yoga really brought me back to life.
We all know about the Amalfi Coast, Barcelona, and Paris but Europe is a big continent filled with some underrated gems that are particularly stunning in the fall. I asked fellow bloggers about their favourite off-the-radar European destinations.
Italy is one of the most popular summer vacation destinations in Europe, and for good reason. Even though it can get scorching hot there’s something about gelatos and Vespas and pizza that make it a magical travel destination. Use this capsule wardrobe to capture “la Bella figura” without overpacking.
Santorini, Greece is one of those magical, bucket-list destinations that dreams are made of. It’s also hot and crowded in the summer which is why I recommend visiting in the fall. With that in mind, I’ve put together a capsule wardrobe so that you’ll know just what to pack for Santorini in the fall that gives you lots of options with some of that classic Greek style.
If you’re the type of person who loves finding the coolest and most unusual rentals when you travel, have I got a place for you! There’s an apartment for rent in Dubrovnik, Croatia that has a cave coming right out of the walls.
Paris in Spring can be a magical time, but it can also be a confusing time to pack for. Parisians are also famously fashionable. With that in mind, I’ve put together a capsule wardrobe for Paris in the spring that gives you lots of layering options with some of that classic French style.
Athens is a city that is both modern, lively, and gritty and also an open air museum with a regal sense of epic history. It’s an excellent juxtaposition of ancient meets modern. Like with any large tourist destination, choosing where to stay in Athens can be daunting. Which neighbourhood and which hotel in that neighbourhood?
It’s an Instagram darling and has been gaining in popularity continually in recent years. Once a photo of those cliffside whitewashed churches topped with blue domes crosses your timeline, you’re hooked, and Santorini shoots straight to the top of your travel bucket list.
If you want to travel but it intimidates you, maybe some of these stories will make you think, “well, hell if she can do it, so can I!” And if so, then my job here is done. For this story I’m going to take you back to Barcelona in 2014 when I was still a relatively new solo traveller. Fakin’ it ’til I makin’ it…
Ah, Santorini. Honeymooners paradise. Cruisers playground. Jewel in the crown of the Cyclades. Land of fiery sunsets, white-washed cubic buildings, and blue domed churches. It seems like a paradise, no? Well, I just got back from my first visit to Greece and there were a few things that surprised me that I want to share with you.
When I told people that I was planning to visit Dubrovnik, Croatia as a stopover on my way to South Korea last year the most common reaction I got was “Why?” I’ll be honest, it wasn’t the beaches or the history of the old town or the city’s connection to Game of Thrones that first intrigued me. It was an episode of House Hunters: International. I saw an episode filmed there and thought that it looked like a beautiful city but maybe a bit hard or expensive to get to. So when I had the chance to stopover pretty much anywhere in Europe, my first thought was “Dubrovnik!” Now that I’ve been I think it should be foremost on your mind when thinking about a European vacation as well. To help with your own planning I’ve highlighted my 20 top things to do in Dubrovnik.
When I heard that Nomadic Matt was organizing a travel conference I was curious. When I saw the line-up of speakers Matt had put together, I knew I had to go. But I didn’t want that to be my “big fall trip” so where would I head after? Oddly enough, Greece made sense.
This isn’t your first rodeo…or should I say cup of tea? You’ve been to London once before and ticked off a lot of boxes: Tower Bridge, Globe Theatre, Harry Potter tour, Big Ben…yep, you’ve seen all the major sites. So now what do you do? What are all the cool things to do in London?
“I’m trying to get to Comino.” “You can get there from Gozo.” “I don’t have a ticket. I need a ticket.” “It’s ok. Just go, the gate is closing. Go.” I was still half asleep from the hour long morning bus ride so I just followed the crowd. I followed the crowd off the bus. I followed the crowd into the terminal. I followed the crowd onto the ferry. I followed the crowd to Gozo. And that’s how I found myself accidentally island hopping in Malta.
Just can’t wait to strip naked and jump into the clean, clear sea? Then Dubrovnik beaches are going to be right up your alley. They can range from sandy, quiet stretches of coast to nightlife hotspots to naturist enclaves. The one thing they all have in common though is the clean, clear water of the Adriatic Sea.
Before Khaleesi laid waste to Lannister soldiers on Game of Thrones, Ljubljana had its own dragons. Between Dragon Bridge in the city centre and the city flag, to the manhole covers and the stuffed dragons for sale in gift shops, you can’t miss them. But what’s the connection? Why is Ljubljana the city of dragons?
When I saw that Venice was a mere 3 hour drive from Ljubljana and that there was a tour available with Roundabout Travel, I knew I had to book it. I mean, when Venice comes calling, you answer. It’s one of those destinations that never quite seems real so to see it with my own eyes…I was into it. Oh yes, VEnice would happen.
When people come back from a trip, they like to talk about what they ate, what they did, and what they saw. I’m not going to do that right now. Instead I’m going to talk about what I didn’t see. Sometimes when I travel I’m struck by the absence of things that are common sights in my at home life. In England, I didn’t see pickup trucks. In South Korea, I didn’t see public trash cans. In the Philippines, I didn’t see cats. So what was it I didn’t see in Paris?