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Cyprus Travel

Hottest Countries in Europe in December

The hottest countries in Europe in December, or in any other winter month for that matter, aren't countries but places. Spain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Greece spread over so many latitude lines, or parallels, that they can't be regarded as a whole when planning...

Saint Lazarus Church, Larnaca, Cyprus

Saint Lazarus Church is one of the most prominent religious sites in Larnaca, Cyprus. Located right on the central square of Larnaca, the church of St. Lazarus ( Agios Lazaros or Agiou Lazarou in Greek) is the perfect exponent of Byzantine architecture. The church is...

How to Get from Larnaca to Ayia Napa

Many Cyprus visitors that are also beach lovers seek for easy ways to get from Larnaca to Ayia Napa. Larnaca and Ayia Napa are two popular beach destinations in Cyprus. Larnaca is home to the main international airport in Cyprus, while Ayia Napa is known for its...

Paphos Harbour: Exploring Cyprus’s Lively Medieval Port

Paphos Harbour is located right where the medieval port on the southwest coast of Cyprus used to be. That's at about 10 minutes of walking from the center of Kato Paphos. Home to top attractions in Cyprus such as the Paphos Castle and the iconic Paphos Lighthouse, the...

Paphos Castle: A Medieval Cyprus Landmark

Paphos Castle is one of the most iconic medieval castles in Cyprus. This 13th century fortress overlooking the sea was built during the Crusades and belongs to the fascinating Lusignan dynasty history of the island. Visitor Information for Paphos Castle Location:...

Paphos Beaches: There’s a Beach for Every Taste

One of the best things about Paphos beaches is that they come in a wide array of styles, shapes and sizes. Whatever your preferences, you can rest assured there's one beach in Paphos that fits you like a glove. The best Paphos beaches are the ones that boast fine sand...

How To Get from Paphos to Ayia Napa: Best vs. Cheapest Way

Paphos and Ayia Napa are two popular beach destinations in Cyprus. The main Cyprus gateways by air for international travelers are Larnaca and Paphos airports. From either airport you can connect by rental car, bus or taxi to the other cities and resorts in Cyprus...

Aphrodite Baths Tours from Paphos, Cyprus

Joining an Aphrodite Baths tour is one of the easiest things to do in Paphos. If you drive, you can visit the Aphrodite baths on your own, as they are only a few kilometers outside Paphos. Alternatively, you can get there by bus, but that's something I don't...

Coral Bay Cyprus: Where To Stay & Things To Do

Cyprus is already famous for its sandy beaches and leisure opportunities. Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca or Ayia Napa are only a few of the resorts that attract millions of tourists every year. Coral Bay is one of these beautiful sandy beaches in Paphos with scenic rocks...

Egypt Travel

How To Get from Cairo to Luxor

Cairo and Luxor are two of the most popular tourist destinations in Egypt. Luxor is located about 6 hours south of Cairo. There are many reasons you may want to travel between these two cities: Visit the ancient monuments and temples of ancient Thebes - Luxor was the...

What Is the Best Time To Go to Egypt?

With its year-round sunny weather, Egypt offers incredible adventures no matter when you visit. But the ideal timing depends on your main trip goals - whether exploring ancient ruins, cruising the Nile, or relaxing at Red Sea beach resorts. I took a 2-week trip to...

How To Get to Cairo from Hurghada

Hurghada and Cairo are two of the major cities in Egypt, located about 250 miles apart along the Red Sea coast. With its beaches and resorts, Hurghada is a popular tourist destination, while sprawling Cairo is the nation's capital and cultural center, where many...

Top Things To Do in Hurghada (+ Day Trips Around Egypt)

Private full-day tour to Luxor from Hurghada ☑ Discover the best of Luxor in one day on a hassle-free private tour ☑ Expert guide ☑ Air-conditioned vehicle ☑ Lunch included ☑ Duration: 5-6 hours ⭐️Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (121 reviews) Check availability...

France Travel

Ouigo: France’s High-Speed Budget Rail Option

Take the fast track to French savings with Ouigo, an affordable high-speed rail option spreading across Europe. Created by France's railway SNCF in 2013 as a discount TGV service for cost-conscious travelers, Ouigo offers fares from just €5 to popular destinations...

Hottest Countries in Europe in December

The hottest countries in Europe in December, or in any other winter month for that matter, aren't countries but places. Spain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Greece spread over so many latitude lines, or parallels, that they can't be regarded as a whole when planning...

Montparnasse Tower – The Best View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Paris Montparnasse Top of the City Observation Deck Entry Ticket ☑ With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone to enter into the Montparnasse Tower ☑ Get the best views of Paris from Montparnasse Tower's observation deck ☑ The 56th floor is wheelchair accessible...

Les Passages Couverts: Paris Itinerary to Follow Exactly!

Les Passages Couverts Paris - these magic words will offer you a delightful self-guided tour of Paris. Covered passages of Paris are nothing else but the shopping malls and galleries of the 19th century, created by the rich people to make shopping more convenient....

Best Versailles Tours from Paris

Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour with skip-the-line ☑ Round-trip transportation by train from Paris to Versailles ☑ Skip-the-line entrance to the Palace of Versailles ☑ Guided tour of the Palace with local, English-speaking guide ☑ Free time to explore the...

Greece Travel

How to Get From Chania to Elafonisi Beach in Crete

Elafonissi beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete, Greece. Known for its pink coral sand and turquoise waters, Elafonisi is a must-see on any trip to Crete. Located on the southwest coast, Elafonissi is about 80 km from the city of Chania. This makes it...

Mount Olympus Greece: Mythology, Location, Climbing

Mount Olympus & Dion day trip from Athens ☑ Day trip by train to save you from driving for hours ☑ Expert guide included ☑ Landmarks: Dion, Platamonas Castle, Enipeas Waterfall on Mt. Olympus, Litochoro ☑ Admission tickets to Dion and Platamon Castle not...

Nei Pori, Greece: Beach, Hotels, Travel Advice

Nei Pori is one of the most underrated vacation destinations in Greece, a hidden gem worth adding to your Greece bucket list. In Nei Pori you won't find any ancient ruins or impressive citadels, but a huge sandy beach, lots of hotels, villas and apartments, and plenty...

Greece Captions & Quotes To Spice Up Your Instagram

Greece captions, anybody? Today I'm giving away my collection of captions and quotes about Greece. If you've been following me for a while, you probably know that I love to inspire and guide independent travelers. That's why I always do my best to capture breathtaking...

Olympic Beach, Greece: Best for Outdoors

Olympic Beach, also known as Olympiaki Akti, is one of the smallest resorts at the foot of Mount Olympus. This makes it the place to be if you want an active vacation in Greece, in Pieria. Where Is Olympic Beach? Olympic Beach is located in the close neighborhood of...

5 Off-the-Beaten-Path Greek Islands To Visit in 2024

The beauty of the Greek islands is well known. The dazzling azure blues, the white sand-fringed bays and the breathtaking cliff-top views have long been celebrated in literature and cinema. Perhaps then, it is understandable that most tourists who flock to this part...

Day Trips from Athens that Will Make You Want To Return to Greece

Delphi Day Trip from Athens with English Language Guide ☑ Full-day tour from Athens to Delphi ☑ Expert guide, English speaking ☑ Stops in Arachova and Levadia ☑ Hotel pick-up and drop-off included ☑ Duration: 10 hours ⭐️Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (1714...

Things To Do in Athens, Greece, in Two Days

There are so many things to do in Athens, Greece, that you won't be able to cover everything in one day. Athens is a wealth of culture and civilization, a city full of vestiges, but also modern in an original way. As visiting the Acropolis is one of the main...

How To Find the Best 5 Chania Beaches

The most popular tourist destinations are famous for something. Meteora, in Greece, for instance, is well-known for its monasteries built on top of huge rocks. But what makes Chania beaches, or any other beaches in the world for that matter, special? Their size? Their...

Your Guide to Corfu Beaches, Ferries & more

Corfu was the first Greek island I’ve visited, long before I had the chance to splurge on sun and fun on the beautiful beaches of Chania, Crete. This was happening in the summer of 2002. I returned in September 2018, I spent some time on two lovely Corfu beaches,...

Meteora Monasteries Sunset: One of the Best Experiences in Greece

Meteora Monasteries are simply amazing. I've visited this Greek Orthodox Monasteries more than once and I'd still plan another trip in the area to update some articles on my travel blog. Sunsets in Meteora are fabulous. If you haven't experienced a Meteora sunset, you...

Hungary Travel

Best Budapest Boat Tours

Budapest Legenda City Cruises Boat Tour ☑ Onboard film and recorded commentary in 30 languages, plus Wi-Fi included ☑ One free glass of wine, beer, soda or mineral water ☑ Multiple departure times to choose the one that best suits you ☑ Glass-topped vessel ☑...

How to Get from Budapest Airport to City Center

Budapest, with its beautiful architecture, lively cultural scene, and historic thermal baths, is a delightful city to explore. As the capital city of Hungary, Budapest has its own international airport that connects the city to the whole world. There are multiple ways...

Getting Around in Budapest: Taxis, Public Transport, Cruises

Budapest, the stunning capital of Hungary, is a city that effortlessly blends history, culture, and modernity. From its majestic architecture to its vibrant street life, Budapest has something to offer every traveler. I've visited Budapest 5 or 6 times already, but I...

What Is the Difference between Budapest and Bucharest?

The first and foremost difference between Budapest and Bucharest is that they are capitals of different countries: Budapest is the capital of Hungary, while Bucharest is the capital of Romania. Budapest locals speak Hungarian, while Bucharest residents speak Romanian...

Best Things To Do and See in Budapest, Hungary

Dinner & Cruise on the Danube River with Live Music ☑ Danube river cruise with dinner, show and live music ☑ Wi-fi on board ☑ Three-course dinner with various options (buffet style) ☑ Live music by the Hungaria Folk Orchestra ☑ Duration: 2 hours...

Szechenyi Bath, the Best Thermal Spa in Budapest?

The Ultimate Late-Night Spa Party in Szechenyi Bath ☑ Szechenyi Spa Party admission ticket ☑ Locker or private cabin (depending on your selection at check-out) ☑ Drink coupons (according to your ticket selection) ☑ Pair of slippers (depending on your ticket...

Ireland Travel

Things to Do & See in County Donegal, Ireland

Ireland is one of my favorite countries in Europe. I've covered only a small part of it: Killarney, Kenmare, and Dublin. I also found time to take a few day trips from Dublin. Located at about 250 km from Dublin, Donegal requires more than one day to explore,...

7 Best Day Trips from Dublin

During my last year's visit to Ireland, I've been impressed with the countless opportunities of day trips from Dublin. Dubliners are fortunate. They've got so many beautiful places to go for a half day hike or for a full day adventure! There's nothing better than...

From Killarney to Kenmare, Are We on a Fairy Path?

Few places have impressed me as much as Ireland's Killarney, with its breathtaking landscapes and welcoming people. While in Killarney Ireland, you can't be anywhere else than in the now. Hostage to green pastures, misty mountains and clear waters, your mind can't...

Italy Travel

Hottest Countries in Europe in December

The hottest countries in Europe in December, or in any other winter month for that matter, aren't countries but places. Spain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Greece spread over so many latitude lines, or parallels, that they can't be regarded as a whole when planning...

Italian Phrases for Travel

Traveling to Italy is a dream for many. The history, art, cuisine, and stunning scenery create an unforgettable experience. While English is spoken in major tourist centers and in big cities such as Rome, Milan, Bergamo, and Venice, learning basic Italian phrases will...

The Best Milan Day Trip to Lake Como

Day Trip from Milan to Lake Como & Bellagio ☑ Scenic cruise on Lake Como to enjoy the views of the lakeside gardens and villas ☑ Funicular ride to Brunate (only from November to March) / Visit to Bellagio (April - October) ☑ Free time to explore the city of...

How To Say Please in Italian Language

When learning Italian, one of the first key words to know is "per favore", used to politely request something. Italians place a lot of importance on good manners and there are many creative ways in this language to say "please" and be polite. By simply learning how to...

How To Say Thank You in Italian: Express Your Gratitude

When learning Italian, one of the first words you learn is "grazie", meaning "thank you". Unless you have a romantic adventure in Italy, good reason to learn how to say I love you in Italian. Expressing gratitude is important in any language and Italian offers many...

When Is the Best Time of Year To Visit Milan, Italy?

Milan offers something for everyone with its world-class fashion, art, culture, dining and nightlife. But when's the ideal time to visit this Northern Italian city? Milan's weather, prices and crowds vary by season. Here's a breakdown to help you decide when to go...

What Is the Best Time of Year To Go to Rome, Italy?

If you're planning a trip to Rome, you likely want to visit when the weather is ideal and the crowds are manageable. The best time of year to go to Rome depends on your interests, budget and tolerance for heat, rain or throngs of tourists. Here's a breakdown of the...

Roman Numerals: The Ultimate Guide To Converting Any Number

You don't need to travel to Italy to find yourself exposed to Roman numerals. These stylish and fascinating symbols are present on monuments in different parts of the world, in books, and in history magazines. Roman numerals have fascinated people for centuries with...

Rome Captions for Instagram

Are you in need for the perfect Rome captions for Instagram? I've got you covered. Welcome to my personal collections of captions to go with photos of the most popular landmarks in Rome Rome is a city filled with ancient ruins, historic monuments, and timeless...

Obelisco Vaticano: Why Is There an Obelisk in the Vatican?

Papal audience experience tickets & presentation ☑ Prime spot to see the pope ☑ Expert guide explanations via audio headset ☑ Small group experience (20 people max) ☑ English/Spanish speaking guide (select your option at checkout) ☑ Duration: 3 hours 30...

The Flaminio Obelisk: A Guide to Rome’s Egyptian Monument

The Flaminio Obelisk is one of the most recognizable ancient Egyptian obelisks in Rome, next to Obelisco Agonale in Piazza Navona. Also known as the Piazza del Popolo Obelisk, this 25-meter tall granite monument dates back to the 13th century BC. It originally stood...

Rome Ciampino Airport: A Complete Guide

Rome Ciampino Airport "G. B. Pastine" (code IATA: CIA, code ICAO: LIRA) is one of the two airports of Italy's capital city and the surrounding Lazio region. Ciampino Giovan Batista Pastine International Airport handles mostly low-cost European flights and charters, in...

Gianicolo Hill: Sunset with Panoramic Views of Rome

Have you ever heard about Trastevere, the trendiest neighborhood of Rome? What about the scenic Gianicolo Hill, also known as Janiculum Hill? Discovering Gianicolo Hill on a hot June day was one of the highlights of my trip to Rome. Rising above Trastevere's vibrant...

Trastevere: Rome’s Coolest Neighborhood

Is Trastevere Rome’s coolest neighborhood? My answer is a resounding YES. What makes it cool aren’t the museums or the fancy restaurants, but rather the narrow, cobbled streets, the tiny houses, the colorful crowd and the laid-back atmosphere. Best Hotels and...

How Many Days in Rome Is Enough?

How many days is Rome are enough to call it a proper visit? This article tries to answer this question, in order for you to be able to plan your Rome itinerary like a pro. I would have thought 6 or 7 days in Rome would be enough to cover the major tourist objectives...

What Are the Good and Bad Neighborhoods of Milan, Italy?

Milan is one of the most vibrant cities in Italy, renowned for its impressive architecture and for its thriving fashion scene. Like many other cities in Europe, Milan has its good and bad neighborhoods. Even though the city is one of the safest in Italy, it has its...

Rome Walking Tours Self Guided – Sightseeing without the Crowds

Skip the line tour to Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill ☑ Professional local expert guide ☑ Skip the line access to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill ☑ Headsets for better hearing your guide ☑ Colosseum Entry ticket with Arena (if...

Crypta Balbi – A Glimpse into the Layered Urban Evolution of Rome

Crypta Balbi is part of Museo Nationale Romano, together with Palazzo Altemps, the Baths of Diocletian and Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. When you buy your ticket to Crypta Balbi or to any other of these four buildings, you get access to all of them. If this is your...

Castel Sant’ Angelo in Rome – Hadrian’s Tomb, Repurposed

Do you remember my article about the coffin that tells stories (The Ludovisi Battle sarcophagus)? Here's now a full tomb that also tells stories, Hadrian's Mausoleum, better known as Castel Sant' Angelo or Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant Angelo. This castle is located...

Malta Travel

Best Sunsets in Malta

Malta Blue Lagoon sunset cruise ☑ Modern sailing boat with upper sun deck ☑ Expert crew on board ☑ 2-hour stop in the Blue Lagoon for leisure walking on Comino or swimming ☑ Unlimited use of the 10 meter water slide on the boat ☑ Duration: 4 hours...

Is Mdina, Malta’s Silent City Worth Visiting?

Mdina & Rabat City Walking Tour ☑ Walking tour with a professional, fully licensed guide ☑ All Mdina landmarks, palaces, and scenic views ☑ The old quarter of Rabat ☑ The tour ends at St. Paul's Square in the center of Rabat ☑ Duration: 2 hours...

Marsaskala: Malta’s Off the Beaten Path East Coast Harbor

Marsaskala is a hidden gem on Malta's East Coast. I've discovered it thanks to a photograph of salt pans in the warm light of the golden hour. The author of the photo had marked the location as Marsaskala, Malta. I wanted to replicate that photo, hence my decision to...

Best Blue Lagoon Malta Boat Trips

Blue Lagoon Malta boat trips are among the most sought-after summer activities on the island. There's no wonder this natural pool gets so busy during July-August, considered to be peak season for Malta. The Blue Lagoon in Malta is a destination that captivates...

Ghajn Tuffieha Bay: Malta’s Riviera & Best Sunset Spot

Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is not only one of the most scenic coves in Malta, but also one of the most beautiful sandy beaches I've ever seen. In Maltese, Għajn Tuffieħa means "Apple's Eye" or "Riviera". Not that I know any Maltese phrases, but that's what I read on many...

Top Reasons To See Marsaxlokk, Malta’s Fishing Village

Marsaxlokk, one of the most known fishing villages in Malta, is that sort of place you can't but fall in love at first sight. There are good reasons to visit Marsaxlokk at any time of year, on any kind of weather. The Marsaxlokk bay and harbour waterfront looks like...

Best Things To Do in Malta

There are so many things to do and see in Malta, that one article wouldn't be enough to cover everything. Cultural heritage, history, beaches, diving, water sports, and nightlife are only a few of the wonderful and exciting things Malta has to offer.  The...

Morocco Travel

7-Day Morocco Itinerary Ideas

Would a 7-day Morocco itinerary allow you to cover all important tourist objectives and cities in this country? Considering that I spent 7 days in Marrakech and still needed extra time in the city, I'd say you can't cover much of Morocco in one week. You can have an...

How Many Days To Spend in Marrakech?

Marrakech is a beautiful city, charming and full of history. How to plan for visiting it to cover all important objectives? How many days to spend in Marrakech to make sure you don't miss anything important? I've been in the city for one full week and I could have...

Ourika Valley: Best Day Trip from Marrakech

Ourika Valley private trip from Marrakech ☑ Private excursion from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains, Ourika Valley ☑ The driver of the air-conditioned minivan is also a guide ☑ Flexible itinerary with various options such as camel ride, hiking, Berber villages...

Jardin Majorelle Marrakech – Beautiful in Blue

Before getting to Marrakech this spring, I've never heard about Jardin Majorelle, blue Majorelle, or anything else related to the home of Yves Saint Laurent in the city of Marrakech. Now I'm happy I had the opportunity to see this wonderful place where nature meets...

The Saadian Tombs in the Kasbah of Marrakech

As weird as it may seem, I enjoy visiting graveyards. While planning my trip and researching the best things to see in Marrakech, I came across the Saadian Tombs. The next move was to add this landmark to my bucket list. It was one of my best decisions in regard to...

10 Cool Things To Do in Marrakech (+ Some Myths Busted)

Hot Air Balloon Flight over Marrakech with Traditional Breakfast ☑ Experience a spectacular sunrise from a hot air balloon ☑ Enjoy a Berber breakfast in a traditional tent ☑ Get your balloon flight certificate as souvenir from your trip to Marrakech ☑...

Nepal Travel

Best Time To Go to Everest Base Camp

Is trekking in your blood? Maybe you want to know what it's the best time to go to Everest Base Camp, one of the most popular treks worldwide. When is the Best Time to Trek to Everest Base Camp? Briefly, the best time to go to Everest Base camp in terms of weather is...

What Are the 3 Hardest Days on Everest Base Camp Trek?

Do you want to know what are the 3 hardest days on Everest Base Camp trek? I hope you do understand this is a highly subjective matter. In this article I'll share the three most difficult days on my EBC trek. My advice is to check out other blogs about Everest Base...

Training for Everest Base Camp Trek

Would you like to do the Everest Base Camp Trek but you don't know how to prepare for it? You've come to the right place. I completed the EBC Trek in May 2022, having prepared for it about six months. I'll explain exactly what I did, how I trained and why I had chosen...

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

The average Everest Base Camp trek cost ranges between $2,000 and $4,000, depending on your chosen route, travel agent, lodging type and group size. Sleeping in luxury lodges can easily cost $200 per night. If you return by helicopter from Gorak Shep to Lukla or to...

Everest Base Camp Trek Food Guide

Food choices on the Everest Base Camp Trek include pasta, noodles, soups, omelets, fried eggs, pancakes, potatoes, momos, pizza, and the traditional Nepali dish, Dal Bhat, which includes lentil soup, boiled rice, vegetable curry, Nepali bread and pickle. Most tea...

Everest Base Camp Trek April – May 2022

After several days of research and about six months of preparations, in May 2022 I embarked on a journey to do the Everest Base Camp Trek. Rewarding. Challenging. Life changing. I enjoy hiking and I do it whenever I get a chance. This time was different, though. First...

What to Pack for Everest Base Camp Trek

When I published the first article about my Everest Base Camp trek adventure this May, I promised some follow-up articles in regard to the cost of this trip, as well as with exhaustive articles about the most difficult parts of this trek. Packing for Everest Base Camp...

Everest Base Camp Trek FAQ

Completing the Everest Base Camp trek in May 2022 was the highlight of my year and the first major trip after the pandemic. I had been planning my journey for 6-7 months. This allowed me to hunt for mountain gear bargains and to train for EBC Trek to get back in shape...

Portugal Travel

Lisbon in Winter: Best Season to Explore

Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon ☑ Day trip from Lisbon to the historic and beautiful towns of Sintra and Cascais ☑ Discover the natural wonders of Pena Park and Sintra Natural Park ☑ See the cliffs of Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of...

Hottest Countries in Europe in December

The hottest countries in Europe in December, or in any other winter month for that matter, aren't countries but places. Spain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Greece spread over so many latitude lines, or parallels, that they can't be regarded as a whole when planning...

Famous Landmarks in Portugal

Portugal is home to many famous and iconic landmarks that highlight the history, culture and architecture of this beautiful country. Below are some of the top landmarks to see on a trip to Portugal. Famous Landmarks in Lisbon Always check the admission prices before...

Palaces of Sintra, Portugal: A Perfect Day Trip from Lisbon

If Lisbon is on your bucket list, chances are you already know how the palaces of Sintra look. Pena Palace is surely a memorable one, with its vividly colored walls and fairy tale-like appearance. Even people who only have 4 days to spend in Lisbon set aside one day...

Basic Portuguese Phrases for Travel

Learning a few basic Portuguese phrases for travel can take you a long way when it comes to interacting with locals and making the most out of your Portugal trips. Even a simple obrigada or obrigado can put a smile on your interlocutor's face. That's "thank you" in...

Belem District, Lisbon: Torre de Bélem, Museums & Other Landmarks

Belém is part of Lisbon, Portugal. The fact that Belem district is not in the city center doesn't make it less beautiful. Besides, this westernmost neighborhood of Lisbon is extremely important from history standpoint. Belem played a significant role in the Age of...

Where To Stay in Lisbon: Best Areas & Neighborhoods

Where to stay in Lisbon? Central are and surrounding neighborhoods are best for first time visitors. Such neighborhoods include Rossio, Baixa, Chiado, Alfama, Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré. Families may want to choose the Oriente neighborhood of Lisbon, with its...

Santuario de Cristo Rei, the Jesus Statue in Lisbon, Portugal

Santuario de Cristo Rei is one of the most prominent monuments in Lisbon. Located in the Tagus Estuary, on the southern river banks, in Alameda, this Jesus Christ statue is the symbol of gratitude for the fact that Portugal has been spared of the dreadful consequences...

Pastel de Nata Cooking Class near Lisbon

Local food is always a good reason to travel the world. When it comes to Portugal, one of the stars of the local cuisine is the bite-sized egg custard tart known as Pastel de Nata. You could even learn directly the plural form of this Portuguese noun, which is Pasteis...

Lisbon Metro System: Map, Cards, Fares and Directions

This Lisbon metro system guide will help you navigate the city using nothing but this underground public transport. The subway system, known as Metropolitano de Lisboa or Metro Lisboa, is the fastest way to get from the airport to Alfama, Baixa, Oriente, Cais do Sodre...

Miradouros de Lisboa: Where To Watch Sunsets in Lisbon for Free

Miradouros is a generic term for viewpoints on top of the hills. The best way to enjoy scenic sunsets in Lisbon is to seek for the nearest miradouro and get there about one hour before the sun goes down. This is a surefire recipe for awesome photos for your Instagram....

Rossio Square: A Tourist Guide to Praça Dom Pedro IV in Lisbon

Rossio Square is the place you're going to cross at least twice a day regardless of your Lisbon itineraries. Even though the official name of this place is King Pedro IV Square (or Praça Dom Pedro IV, in Portuguese), everybody knows it and refers to it as Rossio, or...

Thank You in Portuguese

Learning how to say thank you in Portuguese is one of the best ways to put a smile on everyone's face in Algarve, Lisbon, Porto or in any other place in Portugal. Even better, learning how to respond to thank you in Portuguese would provide you with a great ice...

Carmo Convent: Why Visit Lisbon’s Convento do Carmo Ruins?

As you stand in Rossio Square and you look toward the hill where Castelo de Sao Jorge is, you may notice a beautiful ruin of a church without roof that stands out from the ocean of orange roofs. That's what's left of Carmo Convent, a Gothic style monastery from the...

4 Days in Lisbon: Itineraries for First Time Visitors

Spending 4 days in Lisbon isn't enough to visit all beautiful nooks and crannies of this city on the European shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Just take a look at this list of famous landmarks in Portugal and you'll see my point. Nevertheless, a well-thought 4-days...

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Óbidos, Portugal

Portugal is one of the countries I've had the privilege to live in for a while. I loved my life in the Algarve, and I'd go back there any time. This article, however, isn't about Sagres or Pera, but about Obidos, Portugal, a beautiful town full of history and charm....

Algarve, Portugal: A Detailed Travel Guide

Algarve, Portugal, is arguably one of the best beach vacation destinations in Europe. Leaving aside Greece and the islands, there aren't too many places in Europe where you can enjoy a mild, warm climate even in the winter. While the Atlantic Ocean is too cold to be...

Sagres, Portugal, the Westernmost Side of the Algarve

Sagres Portugal is totally different than many other resorts in the Algarve. The majestic cliffs, the strong winds, the waves of the ocean and the solitary lighthouse by Cabo San Vicente make Sagres look like the end of the world. Portugal is one of the hottest...

The Moorish Castle of Silves, Portugal

Silves is a city in the Algarve region of Portugal. It is located in the southern part of the country, along the Atlantic coast. The city has a rich history, with evidence of human settlement dating back to the Bronze Age. Nowadays, this area is known for its...

Romania Travel

Winter in Romania: The Charm of Saxon Villages in Transylvania

Ani Saxon Guesthouse in Richis, Transylvania ☑ Saxon house carefully restored and transformed into a beautiful guesthouse ☑ Located close to the fortified Evangelic Church in Richis ☑ 3 Rooms and 1 Apartment - suitable for up to 10 guests ☑ A common area with...

Skiing in Romania – Poiana Brasov

Have you ever considered skiing in Romania rather than in the Swiss or French Alps? The Carpathians mountains are high enough to get covered in snow during winter. Sinaia, Busteni, Azuga, Predeal and Poiana Brasov are the main ski resorts on Prahova Valley. There are...

How to Visit Peles Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Dracula's Castle, Peles Castle & Brasov Old Town ☑ Day trip from Bucharest to Peles Castle in Sinaia, Dracula's Castle in Bran, and Brasov's Old Town ☑ Well-planned itinerary for a comfortable journey ☑ Experienced tour guide ☑ Great opportunity to learn...

Ciucas Mountains, Romania – Easy Hike from Bucharest

Ciucas is one of the mountains in Romania that suit a day hike from Bucharest. Hiking to the Cioucas peak in the spring is a great opportunity to see the famous rhododendrons, the pink flowers that cover the slopes of this mountain for a couple of weeks or so. I hiked...

Wines of Romania: Bringing People Together

Wines of Romania are just like wines of every other place. If you were to experience the best wine country vacations around the world, you'd see that you can find great wines just about everywhere, provided that the climate allows for the vineyards to grow. Romanian...

Racos Volcano, Brasov – A Volcanic Relic in Romania

Hidden in the picturesque Carpathian Mountains near BraÅŸov, Romania lies a fascinating volcanic relic - the Racos Volcano. This extinct volcano offers a glimpse into the fiery geologic past of the Transylvanian highlands. RacoÈ™ An Old Volcano Nobody Has Heard of for...

Golf Courses in Romania: Lac de Verde

Do you play golf? Do you want to learn how to play it? This is a spot in Romania you may like: Lac de Verde. Lac de Verde is a golf club located in Breaza, less than 100 km from Bucharest. It is also very close to Sinaia, so if you decide to stay here, go to see Peles...

Searching for Dracula: Bucharest to Bran and Return

"Can you take me to Dracula’s castle?" This is one of the most common questions I’ve got from foreigner friends and business partners visiting Transylvania Romania. This is how I managed to visit the Dracula castle in Bran multiple times. If you also want to see...

An Easy To Visit Cave in Romania: Pestera Muierii

How would you like to live in a cave? As I’m writing this, the temperature outside is 37 degrees Celsius. Hot as hell (or almost). If you asked me, I’d be happy to live in a cave right now. Or at least to visit one, like Pestera Muierii described below. This cave...

Switzerland Travel

What Is the Best Time To Go to Switzerland?

With its stunning Alpine scenery, charming villages and world-class attractions, Switzerland makes for an incredible vacation any time of year. However, Switzerland's climate, prices and crowds vary by season.The first time I've visited Switzerland I was astounded by...

5 Days Itinerary for Switzerland

Dreaming of visiting Switzerland but only have 5 days to spare? Here are two options of 5 days itinerary for Switzerland to help you plan your Swiss adventure. There are enough things you can cover in five days. With thoughtful planning and research, you can craft the...

Swiss Quotes: Quotes on Switzerland for Inquisitive Travelers

Welcome to my collection of Swiss quotes with travel photos you can use for free! Switzerland is one of the countries I want to visit again and again, even though it may not be the cheapest in Europe. Famous for its mountain resorts, its chocolate factories and its...

A Day in the Swiss City of Geneva

Switzerland is a country worth adding to your bucket list. I loved both my previous visits to Lugano and Arosa, so I'll surely return for more. Until then, let's see the advice Supraja Lakshmi N, one of my guest authors, has to offer for spending one day in Geneva....

The Alprose Chocolate Factory, Easy Day Trip from Lugano

The Alprose Chocolate Factory & Museum is a must-see attraction for chocolate lovers visiting Switzerland. Where Is the Alprose Chocolate Factory? Located in the town of Caslano, the factory produces premium Swiss chocolate using traditional methods passed down...

Lugano, Switzerland, More than a Lake

Located in the Ticino region, Lugano, Switzerland, is one of the most serene cities in Europe. At least this is what you'll be inclined to think at the first glance. If you visit Lugano in winter, you'll be surprised to see palm trees and snow getting along together...

Turkey Travel

December in Istanbul

As winter settles over Istanbul, December brings festive vibes and cooler weather perfect for exploring this enchanting city. Here's a complete guide on what to expect with weather, events, attractions, and tips for visiting Istanbul in December. Before you go, make...

How To Say Thank You in Turkish

Turkey has a rich cultural heritage steeped in traditions of hospitality and etiquette. An important part of interacting with Turkish people is learning how to say "thank you." There are several Turkish phrases used to express gratitude, from formal to informal. Even...

Best Beaches in Kusadasi

Turkish resorts are well-known for their excellent services and laid back atmosphere. I've fallen in love with the Turkish way of welcoming tourists from my very fist trip to Türkiye, about 30 years ago. Among all beaches in Kusadasi, I still remember Ladies Beach...

Unusual Things To Do in Bodrum

The most unusual things to do in Bodrum are the ones you won't find in any Turkey travel guides or in my other Turkey articles. Booking a beach holiday at in one of the five-star resorts around Bodrum isn't one of these one of a kind experiences, even though that's...

Samara Hotel Bodrum Review

Samara Hotel Bodrum was one of my most pleasant post-pandemic travel surprises. This five-star, private beach, ultra all inclusive hotel is an excellent choice for an amazing beach holiday in Turkey, or Türkiye. This is my honest review of Samara Hotel Bodrum. I've...

How To Visit the Ancient Cities of Ephesus & Troy in Turkey

Turkey is one of the most surprising countries in the world. Not only is it a realm of contrasts, where the rich meets the poor, and the new meets the old in a kaleidoscope of flavors, but it is also home to some of the most important vestiges of the ancient Greek...

Istanbul 3-Day Itinerary: Best Things To See & Do

What if one told you that you only had 3 days in Istanbul? How would you do your planning to see as much as possible? Would you take several guided tours or you'd put together a list and visit everything in your own, self-guided tour through the city? All in one day...

Yerebatan Sarnici, the Basilica Cistern, a Must-See in Istanbul

Istanbul is such a great place to visit! Located at the confluence of two continents, it offers the best of both worlds in terms of culture and civilization. While in Istanbul, make time to visit a few of the museums in the central area such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi,...

Hagia Sophia Ticket, Hours of Operation, Dress Code etc.

Hagia Sophia is a beautiful but sad monument. It went through a series of transformations which you can read about in many books. At the same time, Hagia Sophia is one of the most famous photo spots in Istanbul. There's no wonder it's on everyone's Istanbul travel...

Istiklal Street – The Busiest Street in Istanbul

How many millions of tourists pass on Istiklal street each month? Before the pandemic, this was one of the busiest avenues of Istanbul. Ä°stiklal Caddesi is the Turkish for Independence Avenue. There are good reasons why tourists flock to walk on Istiklal Avenue,...

Kayakoy Ghost Town. When Going Home Means Leaving Your Village

The Kayakoy ghost town is one of the saddest places in Turkey, and maybe in the whole world. This ghost town in Turkey is the result of a post-war population exchange agreement between Greece and Turkey. Where Is the Abandoned Village of Kayakoy? Kayakoy, the ghost...

Saklikent Gorge, Fethiye, Turkey, The Place Where Time Stops

Saklikent and Tlos ancient city trip from Fethiye ☑ Round-trip shared transfer Calis, Hisaronu, Oludeniz, Ovacik ☑ Professional guide ☑ Lunch (buffet, included in the price of the trip) ☑ Pickup possible from hotels in Fethiye and Oludeniz ☑ Duration: 12...

Oludeniz, Turkey, The Blue Lagoon & More Things to Do

Fethiye & Butterfly Valley Boat Trip with Lunch ☑ Discover the beauty of the coastline near Fethiye on a traditional boat ☑ Admire the stunning cliffs and sheltered beach at Butterfly Valley ☑ Visit the Blue Cave, Butterfly Valley, Camel Beach, and Soguksu...

Travel Tips, Gear, Resources & Inspiration

Ouigo: France’s High-Speed Budget Rail Option

Take the fast track to French savings with Ouigo, an affordable high-speed rail option spreading across Europe. Created by France's railway SNCF in 2013 as a discount TGV service for cost-conscious travelers, Ouigo offers fares from just €5 to popular destinations...

How To Track the Coach Position on a Train

Have you ever wondered how to track your coach position in train? This article could come in handy when you have very heavy luggage. By knowing where your coach number is positioned on the type of train you're going to ride, you'll be able to find the best spot on the...

13 Steps to Prepare Your Smartphone for International Travel

Before heading abroad, make sure to charge your phone the night before the trip. While this task may seem simple, it's crucial for the journey. However, charging your phone isn't the only thing you need to do before traveling with it. Here are extra tips for...

20 Essential Apps Every European Traveler Should Have

Planning a trip to Europe? With countless countries to explore and an abundance of sights to see, it can feel overwhelming to organize your itinerary. Fortunately, numerous apps are available to simplify and enhance your travel experience. Let's immediately make a...

Hottest Countries in Europe in December

The hottest countries in Europe in December, or in any other winter month for that matter, aren't countries but places. Spain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Greece spread over so many latitude lines, or parallels, that they can't be regarded as a whole when planning...

Indonesia versus Thailand: A Traveler’s Comparison

Indonesia and Thailand are two popular Southeast Asian travel destinations that attract millions of tourists each year. Both offer tropical beaches, ancient ruins, delicious cuisine, and rich cultures. However, there are some key differences between these two...

I Love You in 100 Languages

How many times have you fallen in love while traveling? Solo travelers know how important it is to be able to say I love you in the language of their local date. Expressing love and affection to someone special in their own language can be profoundly meaningful, just...

Italian Phrases for Travel

Traveling to Italy is a dream for many. The history, art, cuisine, and stunning scenery create an unforgettable experience. While English is spoken in major tourist centers and in big cities such as Rome, Milan, Bergamo, and Venice, learning basic Italian phrases will...

How To Say Thank You in Turkish

Turkey has a rich cultural heritage steeped in traditions of hospitality and etiquette. An important part of interacting with Turkish people is learning how to say "thank you." There are several Turkish phrases used to express gratitude, from formal to informal. Even...

How To Say Please in Italian Language

When learning Italian, one of the first key words to know is "per favore", used to politely request something. Italians place a lot of importance on good manners and there are many creative ways in this language to say "please" and be polite. By simply learning how to...

How To Say Thank You in Italian: Express Your Gratitude

When learning Italian, one of the first words you learn is "grazie", meaning "thank you". Unless you have a romantic adventure in Italy, good reason to learn how to say I love you in Italian. Expressing gratitude is important in any language and Italian offers many...

Greece Captions & Quotes To Spice Up Your Instagram

Greece captions, anybody? Today I'm giving away my collection of captions and quotes about Greece. If you've been following me for a while, you probably know that I love to inspire and guide independent travelers. That's why I always do my best to capture breathtaking...

What Is the Difference between Budapest and Bucharest?

The first and foremost difference between Budapest and Bucharest is that they are capitals of different countries: Budapest is the capital of Hungary, while Bucharest is the capital of Romania. Budapest locals speak Hungarian, while Bucharest residents speak Romanian...

One Word Captions for Travel

One word captions for travel come in handy when you're in a hurry to post your latest adventure photos on your social media pages. On bright, sunny days, when you can barely see the screen on the beach or on top of a mountain, the last thing you want is to write...

Couple Travel Captions

Your travel photos could communicate so much more if you added some relevant captions or quotes to them! Whether you prefer to travel solo or with your partner, the right travel captions can help you add emotions and tell your stories in a more effective manner....

Is Booking.com Legit?

When it comes to booking hotels and apartments online, many people come across various aggregator websites such as booking.com, agoda.com and hotels.com. The biggest question is this: is booking.com legit? Can I safely book my accommodation with them and know I'm...

Thank You in Portuguese

Learning how to say thank you in Portuguese is one of the best ways to put a smile on everyone's face in Algarve, Lisbon, Porto or in any other place in Portugal. Even better, learning how to respond to thank you in Portuguese would provide you with a great ice...

Training for Everest Base Camp Trek

Would you like to do the Everest Base Camp Trek but you don't know how to prepare for it? You've come to the right place. I completed the EBC Trek in May 2022, having prepared for it about six months. I'll explain exactly what I did, how I trained and why I had chosen...

Everest Base Camp Trek FAQ

Completing the Everest Base Camp trek in May 2022 was the highlight of my year and the first major trip after the pandemic. I had been planning my journey for 6-7 months. This allowed me to hunt for mountain gear bargains and to train for EBC Trek to get back in shape...

A Top List of 3D Travel Puzzles To Keep Your Travel Dreams Alive

How do you quench your thirst for travel in these quarantine and social isolation times? Do you watch National Geographic documentaries? Do you browse through your old travel photos? Do you still plan trips for the time when all this madness will be over? This list of...