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Published : Oct, 2023

Activities: Cultural | Wellness
Envision Festival | The Retreat | Peace Retreat | Waterfall Villas | Harmony Healing Ctr. | Samasati Yoga & Wellness | Anamaya | Blue Spirit | Bodhi Tree Resort
If you are a yoga enthusiast, then you’ll agree that there is nothing more beautiful and relaxing than checking into a yoga retreat in a unique destination. And if you ask us, when it comes to yoga holidays, Costa Rica is just the place to do it. There is nothing quite like practicing yoga in Costa Rica, in the heart of the rainforest or on the beach.

Some retreats combine yoga with other activities, like surfing, detox, meditation, and even new skills like permaculture farming. No matter what you want for your yoga trip, Costa Rica has options for you...

Published : Oct, 2023

Activities: Cultural
Tian Zi Fang | People Sq. Park | Bund view | Disney Resort | Shanghai Tower | HanCity | Old City | Yu Garden | Circus World | French Concession | River Cruise | Nanjing Lu
Over the last 20 years, Shanghai has developed into a world-class financial and economic center in China and Asia and an attractive city for tourists from all over the world.

Those visiting Shanghai for the first time may find it rather overwhelming. On one hand, Shanghai doesn’t have any UNESCO World Heritage Sites or other world-renowned attractions. But on the other hand, there is so much to see and do that even the guidebooks often miss the best of this diverse city! With the added challenge of the language barrier, it’s no wonder that travelers struggle to navigate some of Shanghai’s most interesting areas and cultural experiences...

To help you make the most out of your time in Shanghai, I’ve put together this handy list of the best places to visit during your visit.

Published : Oct, 2023

When to visit | Activities: Cultural
Visit Angkor Wat & Other Temples | Tour Pub Street | Phnom Kulen Park -trip | Where to Stay-Eat-Drink | Tour Floating Village | Visit Biodiversity Conservation
Siem Reap is perhaps the best-known city in Cambodia, made famous by the world-renowned Angkor Wat Temple complex.

While exploring Angkor Wat is an awesome reason to visit this city, there are so many things to do in Siem Reap outside of the famous temples. With a vibrant culture, great food, and fun nightlife, this is an essential stop on any trip through Cambodia!

Published : Oct, 2023

Sites & attractions | Nightlife
Cathedral | Camino de Santiago | Ribeira Waterfront | Douro River | Historic Ctr. | Jardim do Morro | Mosteiro do Pilar | Port Wine Cellar | Duoro Valley -Wine tasting
Out of all the cities I’ve visited in Portugal, Porto may be my new favorite.
There are so many things to do in Porto in three days that fitting all the best spots into a weekend trip was a Herculean task – but one that I will do my best to measure up to! This whirlwind of an itinerary will take you through some of the most iconic “can’t miss” spots.

Come along for this Porto three day itinerary and we’ll dive into the city’s fascinating history, while also taking in some of the best sights, sounds, and foods this beautiful city has to offer!

Published : Oct, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Bagus Jati Health & Wellness Retreat | Bali Mountain Retreat | Sanak Retreat | Fivelements Retreat | COMO Uma Canggu | Soulshine | Adiwana Svarga Loka | REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort | COMO Shambhala Estate
If you’re taking a singles holiday to Bali, you’re in luck. This southeast Asian island caters perfectly to solo travellers. Bali retreats for singles offer a long list of activities that centre around “me-time” and there are also some great Bali boutique hotels...

No matter your price range, from luxury to budget, you’ll be able to find the option that suits you best. Add a peaceful retreat into your Bali travel itinerary...

Published : Oct, 2023

How to get there | City tours & passes
Travel Tips | FAQ | Best Time to Visit | Quick Facts | What to Bring & Expect | How To Get There | How: Hard?/Long? | Hrs/Entrance Fee | Best Tours
The Tiger’s Nest Monastery hike is one of the best things to do in Bhutan, and probably one of the most amazing day hikes anywhere in the world...

The Tiger’s Nest hike is not too difficult for most people of average fitness, and it’s located fairly close to the main airport in Bhutan. However, because of Bhutan’s unusual tourist tax, this awesome little country is still off the radar for most international tourists.

This travel guide will explain how to do the Tiger’s Nest Bhutan hike, how to get there, what to expect in terms of difficulty, and everything else you need to know before you go!

Published : Oct, 2023

When to visit | How to get there | Sites & attractions | Food (any) | Bars & pubs | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Outdoor | Activities: Nature & Wildlife | Wellness
Negril | Hip Strip | Martha Brae | Rick’s Cafe | Margaritaville | Blue Hole | Dunn’s River Falls | Black Rivers safari | Rose Hall Great House | Pelican Bar | Kingston | St. James Parish Church | 7 Mile
Welcome to the island paradise of Jamaica, where the sun is (almost) always shining, the waters are crystal clear, and the culture is vibrant. If you plan to travel to Jamaica, you can do many incredible things during your vacation.

This Caribbean gem has everything from tasting delicious Jamaican cuisine to exploring the world-renowned Dunn’s River Falls. You can also experience a thrilling bobsled ride through the lush forest, dance to reggae music at a beach party, or even take a dip in a luminous Lagoon. With so many things to do in Jamaica, you’ll have the experience of a lifetime.

As the island is only 145 miles long and 50 miles wide, you can easily explore the entire island in two weeks. But if you’re short on time, here are ten unique things you should do during your Jamaica vacation.

Published : Oct, 2023

City tours & passes | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Fun Facts | Things to Do | Scenic Flight | location | Travel Guides/Tips | Best Tour | Milky Way | Best Time to Visit | Jellyfish Lake | What to Bring | Long Beach | Conservation Fees | Drone needs Permit | Map
The Palau Rock Islands have earned UNESCO status for their incredible scenery, and they’re one of the main tourist sights in the country of Palau. While many people choose to see the islands with a scenic flight, another great option is to visit them with a boat tour.

On a speed boat tour to the Rock Islands of Palau, you can do lots of fun activities like swimming in a bright turquoise lagoon nicknamed the Milky Way, walking on a soft white sandbar called Long Beach, and even snorkeling in a lake full of stingless jellyfish!

This travel guide will explain everything you need to know about visiting the Palau Rock Islands by boat, including the best tour company, current tour prices, a map of the islands, and the best things to see and do in the islands on a day trip from the town of Koror.

Published : Oct, 2023

Sites & attractions | City tours & passes | Activities: Outdoor | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Baby | Dos Playa | Map | Flamingo | Wariruri | Iguana | Mangel Halto | Boca Catalina | Malmok | Boca Grandi | Hadicurari | Palm | Savaneta | Blackstone | Eagle | Rodger’s | Grapefield | Arashi | Boca Keto
Even though the island of Aruba is pretty small and flat, there are still lots of nice Aruba beaches to enjoy, including some beautiful ones in the Arikok National Park...

In general, Aruba beaches have exceptionally clear blue water and soft white sand, and they’re great for swimming and relaxing under a palapa (thatched umbrella) with some drinks. It’s definitely one of the best things to do in Aruba.

We spent a couple weeks trying to see every beach on the island, and we got pretty close, so here’s our complete list of the best beaches in Aruba!

Published : Oct, 2023

Sites & attractions | City tours & passes
Cutty Sark | 70+ Attractions | Hampton Court Palace | Up at The O2 | Royal Botanic Gardens | City Cruises Thames River Pass | Tower of London | Royal Observatory Greenwich | Tower Bridge | Westminster Abbey | St. Paul`s Cathedral
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: London is one of my favorite cities in the world. I love the history. I love the culture. I love the energy...
It’s no secret, though, that London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Before booking your itinerary, it’s smart to look for ways to save.

The best sightseeing passes help you enjoy more for less, and London has a few options worth considering. By packaging more than 70 of the city’s top attractions at a reduced rate, the London Explorer Pass by Go City helps you save money in London.
But is Go City’s London Explorer Pass worth it? Let’s find out!...

Published : Oct, 2023

Sites & attractions | City tours & passes
Montparnasse Tower | 3D: €129 | Save money | 4D: €199 | Entry to 80+ Sights | 6D: €229 | Seine River Cruise | Palace of Versailles | Musée d’Orsay | 2D (Paris Pass): €104 | Eiffel Tower Guided Climb | Les Caves Wine Tasting | Louvre | Grévin Wax Museum |
Paris is one of the most incredible cities in the world. It is also one of the most expensive...
At the most popular attractions, ticket lines are usually outrageously long. So, when it comes to sightseeing in Paris, a discount card is often a great way to save tons of time and money. That’s where the Paris Pass can help!

This Paris Pass review will dive into what the card offers and help determine if the revamped Paris Pass is right for you. We’ll also compare it to the city museum pass so you know exactly what you’re getting...

Published : Oct, 2023

How to get there | Activities: Cultural
Best Tours | Where is it Located? | Parrots | Other Tips | Entrance Fee | Opening Hrs. | Best Things to See & Do | Best Time to Visit | is it safe?
The ancient city of Copan was one of the most important cities for the Maya civilization in Central America, and today ‘Copan Ruinas’ is one of the best Mayan ruins you can see in Honduras!

On a visit to Copan, you can see the intricate carvings, temples, and ruins surrounded by jungle, and there are even colorful parrots flying around in the trees! This place was home to the Mayans for more than a thousand years, and it was only rediscovered in the 16th century...

This travel guide will explain how to get to Copan Ruinas by bus or tour, what to expect when visiting the Mayan ruins, how to see the parrots, and everything else you need to know before you go!

Published : Oct, 2023

Sites & attractions | Suggested itinerary | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Peles Castle | Cluj | Pelesor Castle | Turda Salt Mines | Sinaia Monastery | Carpathian Mountains | Brasov | Bran Castle | Black Church | Bucharest | Museum of Ethnography | Sinaia | Sighișoara | Bussegi
Hear about things to do in Transylvania in Romania as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ela Palmer from WhereNextNomad.com about this historic and beautiful place that has much more to offer than Dracula stories.

Ela starts this itinerary in Bucharest but immediately hops a train to Sinaia, a beautiful mountain town in the Bussegi Mountains. Sinaia is known for its stunning fall colors and is home to two magnificent castles from the Romanticism movement of the 1800s, Peles Castle and Pelesor Castle. You can explore these castles, enjoy the charming town, and visit the 17th-century Sinaia Monastery.

After Sinaia, you can take a train to Brasov, a city in Transylvania that Ela fell in love with.

Published : Oct, 2023

How to get there | City tours & passes | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Laguna Capri | Best Tours | Where is it Located? | Secret Waterfall | Travel Tips | Valley to Poincenot | What to expect | Laguna De Los Tres Lake & Viewpt. | Trailhead Location/Conditions | Quick Facts | How Hard? | Is it Worth It? |
The famous Patagonia region of Argentina has some amazing hiking trails, but the very best would have to be the day hike to Mount Fitz Roy and the Laguna De Los Tres!

This entire trek is full of great scenery, and at the end you get to see a spectacular blue glacier lake called Laguna De Los Tres, which sits at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy, one of the most impressive and iconic peaks in South America.

The Fitz Roy hike is a challenge, with plenty of distance and elevation gain, but most hikers will still find it very doable. And even if you don’t go all the way to the lakes, you can still get amazing pictures of the mountains from the Fitz Roy Mirador (viewpoint) after only a moderate amount of hiking from the town of El Chalten.

This travel guide will explain how to do the Laguna De Los Tres hike, what to bring, best time to visit, how to get to El Chalten, and everything else you need to know before you go!

Published : Oct, 2023

City tours & passes | Activities: Outdoor | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Best Slot Canyon Hikes | 8. Devils Garden | Safety Tips | 1. Angels Landing | 9. Double Arch | 2. Observation Pt. | 10. Windows | 3. The Narrows | 4. Kanarra Canyon/Falls | 5. Corona Arch | 6. Delicate Arch | Best Waterfall Hikes | 7.
The state of Utah is home to five U.S National Parks, and there are thousands of great Utah hiking trails to enjoy inside and outside of the parks. This guide is a brief summary of our favorite Utah hikes. In my opinion, these are some of the very best hikes in Utah!

The southern part of Utah state has much of the wonderful desert scenery and slot canyons this state is famous for, while the Salt Lake City area has mountains and alpine lakes that might remind you of Colorado.

There are even a bunch of nice waterfalls scattered across Utah. We’ve spent months exploring this state and it never disappoints. Regardless of where you go while hiking in Utah, you’re sure to find some unique and fantastic scenery around every corner.

From the canyons of Escalante to the lakes of the Wasatch Range, here’s our complete Utah hiking guide!

Published : Oct, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural
Bagan at a Glance | Budget/Expenses | Best Time to Visit | Travel Tips & Restrictions | temples | Best Areas to Stay | Pts. of Interest (Map) | Things to Do
Many years ago, I was having a lunch meeting with a Frenchman who had been living in Shanghai for over two decades. We were talking about travel and he told me that the most incredible sight he had ever seen were the temples in Bagan. He had gone up in a hot air balloon and was awestruck by the landscape of Buddhist temples as far as the eye could see.

That conversation from over a decade ago seared a mental image in my brain. I needed to see this ocean of temples for myself so when I was sent to Yangon on a project, I made sure to spend a few days in Bagan.

As I had hoped, the Frenchman wasn’t exaggerating nor was he speaking in metaphors. Bagan had thousands of ancient temples spread out over a vast plain, literally as far as the eye could see. It was spectacular.

Published : Oct, 2023

City tours & passes | Activities: Outdoor | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Best Cave Hotels | Best Things To Do | Best Time to Visit | Best Tours | How to Get Around | Map | Travel Guides | What Is Cappadocia? History? | Where Is It?
Cappadocia Turkey is the most popular hot air ballooning location in the world, and for good reason — the prices are affordable, and you get to see some unique fairytale landscapes.

More than half of the world’s balloon trips happen here. And even if you’re not interested in the famous Cappadocia hot air balloon rides, it’s still worth coming here for the good food, cave hotels, history, and photogenic hiking trails.

This travel guide will explain how to get to Cappadocia Turkey, where to stay, and all the best things to do, complete with a Cappadocia map and everything else you need to know before you go!

Published : Oct, 2023

City tours & passes | Activities: Outdoor | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Day Tours | Best Time to Visit | Where is Petra? | Camel/Donkey Rides | Map | Best Things To Do | Best Tours | Where I Stayed | Petra by Night | Is Jordan Safe? | How To Get There | Visiting The Ancient City | What Is Petra Jordan?
The lost city of Petra Jordan is emerging as one of the most popular places to visit in the Middle East. It’s relatively safe and affordable, and there are some amazing things to see.

Petra is an incredible ancient city carved into the rocks in southern Jordan, and the ruins inside Petra Jordan can be explored by walking on foot or riding a camel.

It’s a bucket list item for sure, and this Petra travel blog and map will show how you can do it on your own, with or without a tour, and with a very modest budget and minimal planning. Read on!

Published : Oct, 2023

Sites & attractions | City tours & passes
Peak Seasons | Local Delicacies | Driving | Adv. Booking | Whisky Experience | Meal Deals | Scots & Gaelic | Munro | Mixed Itinerary | 5 Airports
Scotland is one of those countries that has the world in a permanent chokehold. With idyllic lochs and glens, soaring Munros, vibrant cities, and absurdly charming accents… it’s hard to believe sometimes that this country is real.

But real it is my friends, and somehow, it’s even better when you get to see it all in person.

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural | Shopping
Suomenlinna Fortress | Porvoo | Tampere | Rovaniemi | Art Nouveau Fire Station | Parola Tank Museum | Market Square | Helsinki Central Station | Turku | National Museum of Finland | Helsinki Cathedrals
Hear about travel to Finland as the Amateur Traveler talks to travel writer Jayne Dear about a one-week itinerary to visit the best of Finland by train.

Why should you visit Finland?

Jayne says, “Many reasons. One of the most notable is that it’s the happiest country in the world. For the last six years, it’s been declared the happiest country in the world on the World Happiness Report. It’s a beautiful country. You probably will have seen more trees than you will have seen in your life.”

Published : Sep, 2023

Activities: Cultural | Nightlife
Castelo de Sao Jorge | Fiera da Ladra Flea Market | Find Lisbon’s Vistas | Visit Sintra-Cabo de Roca-Porto | Miradouro da Graça | Budget Savings Tips | Miradouro de Sta. Catarina | Hop on Tram | Elevador de Sta. Justa | Miradouro das Portas do Sol | Visit Tile Museum | Walk the
There are SOO many things to do in Lisbon.
Filled with charm, and literally stacked with ambiance, Lisbon’s hilly streets offer many days (and many crazy nights) of sweet exploration...

While it might sound like we’re writing a hyperbolic love song, we promise we aren’t exaggerating. Lisbon charmed our pants off. And if you like historic cities that have done a remarkable job of preserving their past you’ll feel exactly as we did. Doubly so if you enjoy wandering down vibrant streets, enjoying good weather nearly all year round, and friendly-as-all-heck locals.

Lisbon offers all of the above, in droves. Did we mention it’s also one of the best cities in Europe for expats?

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Thrilling Outdoor Adventures | Dollywood Theme Park | Festivals & Events Yr-round | Rich Cultural Heritage | Access to Great Smoky Mountains | stunning natural beauty | Conclusion | Diverse Accommodation Options | Friendly Locals |
Are you searching for the perfect vacation destination that offers a blend of natural beauty, thrilling attractions, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere? Look no further than Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is a hidden gem that promises an unforgettable vacation experience for visitors of all ages...

In this blog, we’ll delve into the top 13 reasons why Pigeon Forge should be your next getaway destination...

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural | Shopping
National Museum of History and Art | Place d’Armes | Luxembourg House | Ville Haute | Esch-sur-Alzette | Alzette Valley | Golden Lady Monument | Passerelle Viaduc | Ville Basse | Pétrusse Valley
You might think Luxembourg is too small to offer much, being one of Europe’s tiniest countries. However, it’s full of surprises, from ancient castles to modern wonders.

Luxembourg seamlessly blends old and new in a unique way. There are some hidden gems you shouldn’t miss, particularly if you have an appreciation for nature and twisting pathways.

These are the 10 must-see attractions in Luxembourg.

Published : Sep, 2023

Activities: Cultural | Activities: Outdoor | Activities: Nature & Wildlife | Shopping
Siloso Beach | Memorable Dinner Dates | Museum Hopping | Thrilling Nature Escapades | Sentosa Island | Tanjong Beach | Kusu Island | Couples Shopping Spree | MacRitchie Reservoir | Beach Day Fun | Pulau Ubin
Singapore might be small but it offers a myriad of experiences that will surely be enjoyed by everyone—even soon-to-wed couples looking for honeymoon ideas! Whether you and your spouse-to-be enjoy relaxing on the beach or are huge history and culture buffs, here are five fun honeymoon ideas you can explore in Singapore:

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | City tours & passes | Activities: Outdoor | Photography & video
Mokulua kayak | Hanauma Bay | whale watch | Kaena Zipline | swim w/ sharks | Manoa Falls | Ko Olina coast | Waikiki beaches | Stairway to Heaven | Kahan Bay | Lanikai Pillbox Trail | Pali Notches | Koko Head Trail |
What to do on Oahu? Any idea where to start? I have created the Ultimate Oahu bucket list for inspiration about the best things to do on Oahu, Hawaii. This incredible island has great beaches, hikes, waterfalls, snorkeling spots, and restaurants to try. I’ve got you covered with them all so see how many items on this Oahu bucket list you can tick off!

I’ve added the link to some of the top-rated tours in each section so you can book your activities in advance for your vacation to Oahu, Hawaii...

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Food (any) | Activities: Cultural
think its a religious city | begrudge Bauhaus bldg. | stay out in suburbs | forget culture | forego Caramel Market | forget sunblock-hats
Are you heading to Tel Aviv? The beaches, the food scene, the people walking around looking gorgeous and fit? There are so many fantastic things to see and do in Tel Aviv from walking on the boardwalk along the beach to the museums to taking in all the Bauhaus architecture. Here we have the do's and don'ts of visiting Tel Aviv. What not to do in Tel Aviv from Safety to fun to food and so much more!

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Suggested itinerary | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Johannesburg | Stellenbosch | Kruger National Park | Hermanus | Port Elizabeth | Jeffreys Bay | Nature’s Valley | Knysna | Plettenberg Bay | Oudtshoorn | Cape Town
South Africa is one of my top 3 favorite countries in the world. I truly believe that this country can be anyone’s favorite despite different preferences, as it can attract adventure seekers, luxury lovers as well as backpackers.

I used to live in Cape Town and traveled around South Africa extensively.

I suggest visiting South Africa for at least a month, because you don’t want to be rushed or forced to skip some amazing activities on the way. However, if you don’t have that much time off I prepared different itineraries.

Published : Sep, 2023

When to visit | Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Outdoor
Lycabettus Hill | Corfu | National Gardens | Cycladic Islands | Stavros Marches Cultural Ctr. | Rhodes | Little Kook Cafe | Mainland Greece: The North | Acropolis | Drive Around the City | Temple of Sounio | Acropolis Museum |
As an incredible collection of over 2,000 islands boasting ancient history, mythology, crystal clear waters, and stunning sights, Greece draws millions of visitors a year. Take one visit, and it’s not hard to see why!

We visited Greece, with our five kids in tow, in August of this summer, when it was blazing hot… and we learned a few things! Despite the heat, we had a great time visiting this ancient epicenter and think it’s a wonderful place to visit as a family...

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural
wear high-heels | forego Clipper Card | forget to bring layers | think its in bad shape | let news scare you | say "Frisco" but SF | drive
Heading to see the Golden Gate Bridge or see the history of Alcatraz or just enjoying the incredible sourdough bread? Well no matter what your reason for going to San Francisco it can be a great time! However there are some do's and don'ts of visiting San Francisco.

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Suggested itinerary | Activities: Cultural | Photography & video
Arthur^s Seat | Avebury | Bath | Calton Hill | Cardiff | Cotswolds | Dr. Who Tour | Edinburgh | Glasgow | Kelpies | Lake District | Liverpool | London | Principality Stadium | Salisbury Cathedral | Stonehenge | York
Hear about a UK two-week itinerary by train as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tracy Collins from UKTravelPlanning.com about a train trip in the country that invented trains.

Published : Sep, 2023

Activities: Cultural
Zocalo | Museum of Cultures | Ethnobotanical Garden | Hierve el Agua | Monte Albán | Mezcal Tour | Mitla | Temazcal | Mercado 20 NOv.
Looking for the best things to do in Oaxaca? I’ve got you covered! Oaxaca is one of my favorite places in Mexico, and I think it’s one of the most special cities in Latin America.

Oaxaca (pronounced wa-HA-ca) ticks all the boxes — it’s an incredibly beautiful city, it’s an endlessly interesting city; it’s large enough to have tons of things to do but small enough to get around on foot; and the value for money is EXCELLENT. Oh, and did I mention it’s a culinary nirvana?

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | City tours & passes | Activities: Outdoor
Spa Luxury | Yacht Charter | Art Gallery | Sailing Cruise | Civic Theatre | Auckland Domain | Stardome Observatory | surfing | Waiheke Island | Piha Beach | Hidden Cafes | Sky Tower
You may perceive Auckland as a bustling urban landscape dominated by towering buildings and constant commotion. Yet, this vibrant city offers a romantic underbelly perfect for couples aiming to spark or reinvigorate their romantic connection.

Beneath the shimmering harbor lights, among beautiful gardens and private retreats, Auckland unfolds a rich tapestry of romantic opportunities designed to enchant you and your partner...

Published : Sep, 2023

Bars & pubs | Nightlife
Art Scene | Micro-breweries | Festivals | Getting Around | Culinary Scene | Unexpected Weather | Queen Victoria Mkt. | Artist & Local Farmers Mkt. | Markets | Carlton Gardens | Boutique Shopping
Melbourne – a hip, trendy, and vibrant Australian city brimming with culture. Its neighbourhoods have personalities of their own, ranging from bohemian quarters with amazing restaurants and fashion boutiques, to edgy, artsy areas that are home to more tattoo shops than a city could possibly need. It’s impossible to truly understand the cultural centre that is Melbourne without actually living there. And it’s equally as difficult to explore it as a visitor.

I’ve been to Melbourne 4 times. Each time, discover a whole new side of the incredibly complicated and fascinating city that has topped the charts of the World’s Most Liveable Cities. But despite my frequent visits, I couldn’t possibly try to share the best that this city has to offer without some local help. Luckily, a few of my friends and locals were eager to share their tips and recommendations for things to do in Melbourne.

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Suggested itinerary | Food (any) | Bars & pubs | Activities: Cultural | Nightlife | City tours & passes
Prague River Cruise | Wenceslas Square | 3-hr. beer tour | Scrooser e-scooter grand city tour | Vltava River cruise | Charles Bridge | famous nightlife | View of Old Town Hall
Prague is easily one of our favorite cities in Europe, and with every visit, we fall more in love and find more and more things to do in Prague.

We’ve visited during all four seasons, and it’s safe to say there isn’t a bad time to visit Prague. We created this guide after spending a lot of time in Prague during many long visits to this amazing city.

When we visit, this is what we do. Here are our favorite things to do in Prague...

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Outdoor | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Parthenon | Thessaloniki | Thira & Oia | Thessaloniki’s History | Athens | Mykonos | Cruise around Athos | Santorini | Delos & Rhenia Islands Boat Trip | Afitos | Paradise & Super Paradise Beach |
Greece is an incredibly beautiful country in the Mediterranean. Surrounded by azure waters, this hot country is the perfect vacation destination for those who dream of lazing on the beach between dips in the balmy ocean.

Greece is also a historical and cultural land that can charm even the most jaded traveller. The museums are some of the most incredible in the world...

So Greece is able to suit any kind of traveller. All you need to do is figure out what kind of amazing vacation it is that you’re after, and Greece will fit the bill...

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Food (any) | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood | Dubai Creek | Jumeirah Mosque | Bastakia Quarter | Dubai Coffee Museum | Hatta Pools and Mountains | Alserkal Avenue | Dubai Opera Garden | Ras Al Khor & Wildlife Sanctuary
Discover Dubai’s hidden gems beyond the glitz and glamour! In this blog, we’ll unveil the top 10 off-the-beaten-path experiences, offering a taste of Dubai’s rich culture, history, and natural beauty.

Whether you’re an adventurer, history lover, or foodie, there’s something for everyone.

Join us on a journey through this Arabian wonderland!

Published : Sep, 2023

Language | Accom (any) | Food (any) | Activities: Cultural
entire food court Alleyway | Wasabi Salt | Tokyo Tower | The Pagoda | Shinkansen (trains from Tokyo to Osaka) | Kyoto | Learn Japanese language | Origami class | Osaka | Tokyo Disneyland | Fushimi Sake District | Universal Studios | Do Mario Kart
Welcome back to Japan, this time for our Flying the Nest Expeditions, taking 24 incredible travellers from around the world to see one of our favourite countries in the entire world.

Here we have a 10 day itinerary from Tokyo to Kyoto and ending in Osaka...

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Suggested itinerary | Local transport | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Muiderslot Castle | Hoorn | River Vecht | Enkhuizen | Volendam | Naarden | Edam | Muiden | Castle Groeneveld | Giethoorn | Zaanse Schans | Feiluwa National Park | Paleis Het Loo | Kinderdijk
Hear about day trips from Amsterdam as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gopinath from greetingsfromeurope.com about his adopted country.

Gopinath argues that too many people only spend a couple of the Netherlands before traveling on to see more of Europe. He lays out a week’s worth of day trips that one can make from Amsterdam. He recommends the following places to visit:

Published : Sep, 2023

Bars & pubs | Nightlife | Activities: Outdoor
Stroll Down Granville Street | Late-Night Skiing @ Whistler-Blackcomb resort or @ Grouse Mountain | Escape (rooms) @ Locked Canada | Go Canucks (ice hockey) | See Some New Theater | visit Granville Island | Laugh Your Head Off @ Theater Sports
Vancouver is well known for its party scene and Vancouverites are well known to be up for it! There’s something for everyone when it comes to the city’s best nightspots, from world-class music venues to craft beer houses, burlesque shows and everything in between. You can find something to keep you entertained until the small hours of the morning.

But if that kind of thing isn’t your bag and you’re still something of a night owl, what else is there to do in this bustling seaport metropolis? Surely there’s an alternative to dancing the night away, singing badly at Karaoke or throwing sixes on the tables? Well, luckily there is, and you’ve come to the right place to find it. Here are some of the best alternative things you can do in Vancouver when it’s passed Agness’ bedtime!

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Local transport | Activities: Cultural
Kamakurakōkōmae Station (Slam Dunk) | “Your Name” Stairs | Akihabara/Radio Kaikan | Gundam Factory | Yokohama | Pokemon Centers | Mt. Haruna (Initial D) | Mt. Fuji
As the world continues to grow in demand for tourism, there has never been a better time to visit Japan. The country well known for strict entry requirements is now easing into a tourist-friendly approach, and it only looks to improve over time.

My family recently took advantage of this and visited a couple of months ago back in May. Being an anime enthusiast myself, I made our itinerary to not only include the usual Tokyo hot spots, but also scenic landmarks featured in famous anime like “Slam Dunk”, and “Your Name”.

Here are 7 destinations from our trip that you can add to your own Japan excursion.

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Local transport | Food (any) | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Outdoor
New Jersey | Tenement Museum | Statue Of Liberty | Queens | World Trade Center Memorial | Broadway | Jackson Heights | Empire State Building | Brooklyn Bridge | Flushing | Staten Island Ferry | Southern Manhattan |
Hear about travel to New York City as the Amateur Traveler talks to Rebecca Shoval from Not Just Tourists NYC about her adopted home in the city that never sleeps.

Why should you go to New York City?

Rebecca says, “I think someone should come to New York for so many reasons. I think it’s this incredibly vibrant place. It exudes life and I find walking around the city, it really just gives you energy. It’s also this vibrant multicultural place where you can really see the way that there’s so much commitment to the city and to the culture and to people really living in something resembling harmony next to each other… or at least ignoring each other and not getting in each other’s business. There are so many different things to do.”

Published : Sep, 2023

Activities: Cultural
Amalfi Coast | Capri | Naples | Ischia & Procida | Cloister of San Francesco | Sorrento’s Museums | Marina Grande | Pompeii & Herculaneum | Kayak-Paddle Board
There are so many wonderful things to do in Sorrento, Italy! This small town on the Bay of Naples is one of the most popular places to visit in Southern Italy — and for good reason.

Sorrento is located in the Campania region of Italy, right on the Bay of Naples. It’s a short journey from both the city of Naples and the well-connected Naples Airport. But unlike that large, busy city, Sorrento is a relaxed coastal town with lots of sun-filled spots to discover...

Published : Aug, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural
Ella | Trincomalee | Lipton’s Seat | Galle | Negombo | Adam’s Peak | Mirissa Beach | Bentota | Uda Walawe National Park | Tangalle | Bundala National Park | Sigiriya | Dambulla | Jaffna
The island of Sri Lanka is a beautiful place that makes travellers’ hearts sing. The land seems magical in the sense that you come in and leave as two different people. With charm in all nooks and crannies of the country, the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka are truly magnificent.

Splendid temples have an undeniable sense of peace. Nature and wildlife are completely fanatical and integrate into your every day. And, one of my favourite things, the locals are overwhelmingly happy: Sri Lanka is a very beautifully humbling place to visit.

The pearl of the Indian Ocean is somewhere I will always, adamantly press people to visit at some point in their lives. If you’re getting signs for Sri Lanka, these most beautiful places are here to inspire you to follow those signs!

Sri Lanka itself is a wonderful country with a peaceful spiritual atmosphere that encapsulates its tourists. One thing for sure is, you will not be disappointed when travelling here. Without further ado, here are my most recommendable, beautiful destinations in Sri Lanka!

Published : Aug, 2023

Suggested itinerary | Activities: Cultural
6. Polonnaruwa | 7-8. Kandy | _10. Adam’s Peak | _11. Horton Plains | 1-2. Colombo | _12. Yala Safari | 3: Dambulla | _13-14. Galle | 4. Sigiriya | 9. Highlands | 5. Anuradhapura
Literally meaning ‘Resplendent Island,’ Sri Lanka has been a popular holiday destination for just over a decade now. The country has a complex cultural history, stretching back thousands of years. Even today, you can visit incredible remnants of ancient kingdoms scattered across the nation’s interior, enveloped by lush jungle.

Sri Lanka’s spices, gems and most importantly location made it an attractive target for successive European colonization, beginning with the Portuguese (of which little evidence remains) and continuing with the Dutch and British, who have left behind remarkable if problematic remnants of their occupation. Up in the highlands, acres of tea plantations cover the hills, producing enough tea to make Sri Lanka the fourth-largest tea maker in the world.

Published : Aug, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural
Lahore | Attabad Lake | Fairy Meadows | Rohtas Fort | Shah Jahan Mosque | Neelum Valley | Kalash Valleys | Khaplu | Passu Cathedral Peaks | Naltar Valley | Rakaposhi Base Camp | Badshahi Masjid | Deosai Plains National Park | Chapursan Valley | Shimshal Valley