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Published : Nov, 2023

How to get thereSites & attractionsSuggested itineraryHealth & safetyLanguageOther logistics<$25 day<$50 day<$100 day<$250 day>$250 dayLong distance transportLocal transportAccom (any)Cheap accomMidrange accomLuxury accomFood (any)Cheap foodHaute cuisineHalal or KosherVegetarian or VeganBars & pubsFood tours or classesMuseumsHistorical sitesReligious sites & eventsLive performancesSporting eventsNightlifeArts & craftsCity tours & passesOther culturalHiking or trekkingBicyclingMotorcyclingSwimming or snorkelingSurfing (any)Skiing (any)On the water (any)ClimbingCamping or RVingIn the air (any)GolfFishing or huntingOther outdoorsParks & reservesGeological featuresShoppingSoloSolo woman

Published : Nov, 2023

When to visitHow to get thereSites & attractions<$25 day<$50 day<$100 dayLong distance transportLocal transportAccom (any)Cheap accomMidrange accomFood (any)Cheap foodHaute cuisineMuseumsHistorical sitesReligious sites & eventsHiking or trekkingBicyclingMotorcyclingParks & reservesGeological featuresWildlife viewingOther natureShoppingWellnessPhotography & videoSoloSolo womanCoupleFamilyOlderLGBTQ+Disabled (any)Person of colorDigital nomadLuxuryVolunteering

Published : Nov, 2023

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Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractionsSuggested itineraryLocal transportActivities: CulturalActivities: Nature & WildlifeVolendamGiethoornEdamFeiluwa National ParkPaleis Het LooKinderdijkMuiderslot CastleHoornRiver VechtEnkhuizenNaardenMuidenZaanse SchansCastle Groeneveld
Hear about day trips from Amsterdam as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gopinath from 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

Sites & attractionsLocal transportActivities: CulturalYokohamaPokemon CentersMt. Haruna (Initial D)Mt. FujiKamakurakōkōmae Station (Slam Dunk)“Your Name” StairsAkihabara/Radio KaikanGundam Factory
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 & attractionsLocal transportFood (any)Activities: CulturalActivities: OutdoorStaten Island FerrySouthern ManhattanStatue Of LibertyBrooklynBroadwayNew JerseyBrooklyn BridgeTenement MuseumQueensWorld Trade Center MemorialJackson HeightsEmpire State BuildingFlushing
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 : Aug, 2023

When to visitSites & attractionsHealth & safetyLocal transportActivities: CulturalBolognaFlorenceCinque TerreNaplesAmalfi CoastPompeii
Italy is a must-visit country and is one of the most-traveled destinations in Europe. There are so many highlights in this beautiful country — from the canals of Venice to the Tuscan wine lands to the cobblestone streets of Rome to the Arno river running through Florence to the cliffs of Positano… and beyond.

Florence was one of my favorite cities because of the architecture and natural beauty— the sun setting over the Arno River is something you can’t soon forget.

Rome is one of the most iconic and most traveled cities in Europe and you could spend days getting lost in this magnificent destination. The most picturesque spots in Italy might just be Cinque Terre and all the stops along the Amalfi Coast. Positano is the gem of the Amalfi Coast and is arguably the most picturesque and most romantic town in the whole of Italy—here are the best things to do on the Amalfi Coast!

Published : Aug, 2023

Sites & attractionsSuggested itineraryLocal transportActivities: CulturalCity tours & passesActivities: OutdoorSan IgnacioBelize CitySnorkelingGolden Bay Belize HotelTikalFlores GuatemalaYaxhaHotel PetenRaftingCave TubingCaye CaulkerCaracol Mayan RuinsZiplinesBelmopan
After a great trip, certain moments will stand out in your memory. For this trip, it could easily have been standing atop a Mayan Pyramid in the middle of the jungle, or snorkeling with sharks, rays, and a manatee, but the moment that stands out in my mind was floating through a cave on a raft of inner tubes, with my headlamp playing off the roof of the cave.

If you are looking for adventure, this might just be the itinerary for you.

Published : Aug, 2023

When to visitSites & attractionsSuggested itineraryHealth & safetyLocal transportActivities: CulturalWellnessPamukkalePergamumBlue MosqueBergamaHagia SophiaTroyAntalyaIstanbulTopkapiKayseri AirportKonya
Turkey has been one of the most popular options for a holiday package over the last few years. However, you might not want to buy an expensive holiday package and instead pursue a road trip around Turkey on your own by creating your own Turkey itinerary.

Don’t worry if you don’t have much time, as I’ve seen the most popular spots in the country in just 10 days. Here I can tell you how you can do it yourself. I’ve done it a few times and let me tell you that it’s perfectly safe:

When booking your flights to Turkey you might consider getting to Cappadocia first and returning from Istanbul, instead of getting a return flight to Istanbul (alternatively booking a domestic flight separately). Arranging your trip this way can save you a lot of time on driving.

Published : Jul, 2023

How to get thereSites & attractionsLocal transportAccom (any)City tours & passesActivities: OutdoorActivities: Nature & WildlifeSandcastles Children’s MuseumLake MichiganHikingpaddle boardingNorth Breakwater LightKayakingcyclingSand Dune TourFishingbeach town along Lake MichiganBoatingState ParkBird WatchingHamlin Beach & LakecampingBig Sable Point LighthousePort of Ludington Maritime MuseumStearns Park Beach
Ludington is known as a relaxing beach town as it is home to 28 miles of sandy beaches, sand dunes, and the water of Lake Michigan. Beyond the shores of Lake Michigan, there are a ton of things to do in Ludington!

We just returned from a four-night trip to Ludington with the kids on a fun little summer road trip vacation. We took the S.S. Badger car ferry over. That way, we could have our own car with us. We stayed in the cutest little cabin on Hamlin Lake at Hobby Crest Resort.

When planning our trip to Ludington, we put together a big list of all the things to do in Ludington Michigan we wanted to do and the best restaurants we wanted to eat at. We covered a ton of ground in four days in Ludington, and our kids had a blast...

Published : Jul, 2023

Sites & attractionsSuggested itineraryLocal transportFood (any)Activities: CulturalActivities: OutdoorQubaFire Temple of AteshgahLahicYanadagGabalaNakhchivanFlame TowersMachu PicchuEsher EsherAlinjagala FortressHikingShivan Shah PalaceKynalikSkiingHeydar Aliyev CenterPalace of the Shekhi KhanBakuGobustan
Hear about an itinerary for travel to Azerbaijan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Australian journalist Emily Lush who is based in nearby Kutaisi, Georgia.

Why should you visit Azerbaijan?

Emily says, “It’s really fascinating from a cultural point of view. Being in the Caucasus, it’s got those great mountain areas for hiking. It’s a misunderstood country in a lot of ways. It’s quite young and it has this really Interesting history with all different influences.”

Published : Jul, 2023

<$50 dayLocal transportAccom (any)Food (any)Accom: $50Hostel Bed: €50-60Hostel Rm: €130-200Hotels: €120-200Transpo: $20Food: $24Travel - Total Cost/day: $112
Ireland was one of the first countries I ever placed on my travel bucket list.

Perhaps it was the hopeless romantic in me thinking I would meet a handsome man, like in P.S. I Love You, or maybe it was the sheer amount of beautiful photos that left me captivated.

Published : Jul, 2023

Sites & attractionsLocal transportActivities: CulturalActivities: OutdoorWild Marijuana fieldssquat toiletsKathmanduNorthFace knock-offsvisa upon arrivaleat BuffNepali languageRing Roadcountry of templesRideshare3 Durbar Squaresregular blackout pds.
Nepal is a lovely country with a fascinating and warm culture. It was my first successful solo trip abroad and it broke my fall into India. For solo travelers intimated by India, Nepal is much tamer country to traveldespite it can at times feel technologically slower. The tourist route is more visible with foreign travelers and the Nepalese are easy going. There are many things to know before traveling Nepal and this post will kick off a series of posts about understanding the culture and traveling Nepal...

Published : Jun, 2023

How to get thereSites & attractionsHealth & safetyLocal transportFood (any)City tours & passesManakishCornicheFalafelBeirutKibbehAlbergo HotelFattehAchrafiehBaalbekByblosTripoli
Should I Go to Lebanon? Is Lebanon Safe? – are the most common questions typed in Google when one thinks of traveling there. Unfortunately, many people believe that safety in Lebanon is still an issue.

In the past, years ago, Lebanon was a huge tourist destination for beach life in the summer and ski trips in the winter. Due to the political and economic unrest of the country and its neighbors, the number of tourists has declined.

When a tourist says ‘I’m going to Lebanon’, other people will usually consider it brave. When I was heading to Lebanon, my friends kept saying things like ‘stay safe’, ‘be careful’.

Published : Jun, 2023

Sites & attractionsSuggested itineraryLong distance transportLocal transportJeepneysOslobSiquijorKawasan FallsMoalboalFerriesSnorkeling
This is how to travel Cebu Philippines. From the best things to do to the hidden gems in Oslob, Siquijor, Kawasan Falls and Moalboal, this 2023 Philippines travel itinerary is unbeatable.

Published : Jun, 2023

When to visitSites & attractions<$50 dayLocal transportAccom (any)Frida KahloSoumaya MuseumArt MuseumLucha LibreCastillo de ChapultepecUNAM Botanical GardenTemplo MayorZona RosaZocaloMuseo Nacional de AntropologíaChapultepec ParkMegalibraryDay of the DeadBasilica de Guadalupe
Mexico City is a sprawling, chaotic, messy city in the best way possible. Here you’ll find world-class museums, monumental churches, grand plazas, historic buildings, lush parks, and one of the best food scenes in the world. It’s no surprise that travelers fall in love with all aspects of this dynamic city.

Founded in the early 14th century by the Aztecs, Mexico City is one of the oldest capital cities in the Americas. Today, it is one of the most fascinating cultural destinations in the world, with eclectic art galleries, animated food markets, bustling nightlife, and grandiose historic buildings on tree-lined streets.

I was late to visit Mexico City, but once I spent time here I fell in love. The museum, parks, and food scene make this a world-class city in my view. It’s also super affordable and has a growing expat/digital nomad scene so it’s easy to visit long-term and make connections.

This travel guide to Mexico City can help you make the most out of your trip, save money, help you stay safe, and ensure you have an amazing visit!

Published : Jun, 2023

Sites & attractionsLocal transportFood (any)Activities: CulturalActivities: Nature & WildlifeShoppingPhotography & videoCasa LomaKoreatownAlgonquin Provincial ParkRoyal Ontario MuseumYorkvilleCN TowerBata Shoe MuseumYonge–Dundas SquareSpadina MuseumToronto Eaton CentreEntertainment DistrictChinatownEd Mirvish TheatreIsland ParkToronto City HallNiagara FallsKensington MarketLittle ItalyPetroglyphs Provincial Park
Hear about travel to Toronto, Ontario as the Amateur Traveler talks to Erin Hynes from and the Alpaca My Bags podcast about her hometown and Canada’s largest city.

Why should you go to Toronto?

Erin says, “I always tell people to come to Toronto because the city truly has something for everyone. The city has amazing museums shopping, incredible food, nightlife. It’s also just surprisingly green. If you like the outdoors, there’s a lot you can get up to in the city from kayaking to hanging out in parks. What I personally love about the city, and I think what’s kept me here so long is how diverse it is. Every neighborhood is unique and I really just love wandering the various neighborhoods and seeing what I could find. So yeah, it’s just such a vibrant city and really you’ll find whatever it is you’re looking for here.”

Published : Jun, 2023

When to visitHow to get thereSites & attractionsLocal transportAccom (any)Activities: OutdoorActivities: Nature & WildlifeHiking & TrekkingGalleries & MuseumsPractical TipsWatersports: Surf-ParaglydeHistoric CentersBarranco DistrictMagic Water CircuitBridge of SighsCosta VerdePlaza De ArmasMiraflores Beach
Welcome, to Lima, Peru! As passionate travel bloggers, we are thrilled to share our firsthand experiences and insider tips to help you unlock the wonders of this captivating city. Lima, known as the “City of Kings,” is a vibrant metropolis brimming with rich history, cultural significance, and breathtaking landscapes. So join us as we embark on a journey to discover the hidden treasures of Lima!

Published : May, 2023

When to visitSites & attractionsLocal transportAccom (any)Food (any)NightlifeActivities: Nature & WildlifeSan AntonioSes Salines Natural ParkIbiza TownHierbas IbicencasDalt VilaMACEMuseo PugetSa CaletaPlaya d’en BossaAguas Blancas
Known worldwide for its energetic party scene, you may be surprised to learn that Ibiza’s charm entices more than just young partygoers.

While its title of clubbing capital of the world may have made it famous, you’ll find a wide range of travelers eager to visit this Spanish Mediterranean island including families, backpackers, honeymooners, and those simply looking for a wellness getaway. 

Ibiza offers a nice mix of attractions and activities for all types of travelers, whether you’re seeking out cultural heritage, hiking in nature reserves, breathtaking beaches with some of the best sunset viewing in Europe, water-based activities, or a bit of self care in the form of yoga, rejuvenating spa treatments, and holistic experiences.

Published : May, 2023

When to visitSites & attractionsHealth & safetyLocal transportActivities: CulturalActivities: Nature & WildlifeTongariro Alpine CrossingAucklandMilford SoundHobbiton Movie SetWaitomo Glowworm Caves
New Zealand, a land of breathtaking landscapes and enchanting culture, is an ideal destination for those seeking adventure, serenity, and unforgettable experiences.

Nature enthusiasts are enthralled by the country’s scenery, from majestic mountains and pristine lakes to lush forests and stunning coastlines, and the country’s commitment to environmental preservation adds to its allure.

New Zealand is a country you can go back to time and time again, but what if you’re planning your first visit?

Published : May, 2023

When to visitSites & attractionsLocal transportAccom (any)St. Stephen’s GreenPhoenix ParkTrinity CollegeMarsh’s LibraryKilmainham GaolTemple BarChester BeattyDublin ZooDublin CastleGuinness StorehouseJameson Distillery
I love Dublin. While the city isn’t the prettiest in the world (and on a cloudy day it can feel downright gloomy), there is so much literary and cultural history here you can’t help but feel inspired as you explore. It’s a lively city brimming with traditional pubs, live music and dancing (so much Irish jigging), and a hearty, vibrant food scene.

While Dublin does have something for everyone, I think history buffs and late-night revelers will get the most out of the city. Some of the world’s most famous writers cut their teeth here and there is a sprawling pub scene that ensures you’re never far from your next pint.

Best of all, Dubliners are a friendly, inquisitive bunch always happy to show you a good time.

You just simply can’t go wrong with a few days in this city.

This budget travel guide to Dublin will help you plan your trip, save money, and make the most of your visit!

Published : Apr, 2023

Sites & attractionsLocal transportPrasat Preah VihearHitchhikingTuk Tuk RideAngkorian TempleBeng MealeaSiem ReapKoh KerPreah Vihear
As the saying goes, it’s about the journey not the destination, and this could not be more true of our renegade road trip through northwestern Cambodia.

We’d heard that within a couple hundred kilometers of Siem Reap was the mother of all overgrown tree temples, a former Angkorian capital, and finally a 1000-year old clifftop temple. This seemed like a natural progression of sightseeing, despite the fact it would bring us all way back to the border of Thailand and there were no bus routes connecting any of these locations.

With our packs on our back and our thumbs in the air, we set off onto the Cambodian open road. Here’s the story of hitchhiking in Cambodia.

Published : Apr, 2023

<$50 dayLocal transportAccom (any)Food (any)Activities: CulturalCity tours & passesAlbertinaPrater ParkMozartNatural History MuseumSt. Stephens CathedralSigmund Freud MuseumState Opera House TourCity River CruiseWien MuseumDanube TowerKarlskircheSchönbrunn PalaceNaschmarktBelvedere MuseumSpanish Riding SchoolTime Travel Vienna
We think that three days in Vienna is the perfect amount of time for a visit. Three days will let you see the majority of the main sights in this beautiful city that you’re interested in, plus add in a few of the less well-known attractions, without being too rushed.

In this post, we’re going to share with you our idea of the perfect itinerary for three days in Vienna. As well as covering all the key attractions we think you’ll enjoy visiting, we’re also going to share some practical tips and advice for your visit, including tips on where to stay, where to eat, tips for getting around Vienna, and how to save money on sightseeing.

If you do have less time in Vienna, check out our itinerary for two days in Vienna. But now, let’s take a look at how to spend 3 days in Vienna.

Published : Apr, 2023

Local transportFood (any)Cancun Intl. AirportOxxo TourMeridaOxxoBuying a Mexico SIM7Eleven in Mexico

Published : Apr, 2023

When to visitSites & attractions<$50 dayLocal transportShoppingPlaza MayorPrado MuseumEl Retiro ParkPalacio RealPuerta del SolNaval Museum of MadridMercado de San MiguelNational Archaeological MuseumTemple of Debod
Madrid is the capital of Spain and the country’s largest city. With energetic vibes, world-class food, incredible architecture, museums, and a nightlife that stretches until dawn, the city is one of the best in all of Europe and a place most visitors love..

Like its rival Barcelona, Madrid embraces the night. Dinner doesn’t happen until 9pm or 10pm and the partying doesn’t kick off until several hours after that. It’s a city for night owls.

Though it’s somewhat sprawling, Madrid’s numerous neighborhoods are perfect for getting lost in, binging on tapas, and drinking sangria. The warmth of the locals and the slowness of the meals will keep you out late as you soak in the city’s pace. If you embrace the late (and long) meals and the late-night partying and live your life on Madrid’s terms you’ll have a much deeper, enriching visit.

This Madrid travel guide will give you everything you need to know to eat well, save money, and see the best sights the city has to offer!

Published : Mar, 2023

Health & safetyLocal transportProvenceSpeed limitsFrench Toll RoadsBasic RulesDriving with ChildrenDriving in Different RegionsFrench AlpsFrench Riviera
Driving in France is a great way to see the country. While many places can be easily explored by trains or flights, and it can be cheaper due to high gas prices in Europe, having a rental car in France is a must in some regions.

I’ve driven all over France (including even Paris) many times, solo and with the kids as I used to live in France on two occasions.

Here are some basic things to know about driving in France that will help make you feel more confident.

Published : Mar, 2023

Sites & attractionsLocal transportActivities: CulturalCity tours & passesActivities: OutdoorActivities: Nature & Wildlifeisland-hoppingSwim with Whale SharksActive Mayon Volcanothousands of islandsDiving in MalapascuaPhilippines -home to over 7000 islandsamazing sightsChase Waterfalls in the Philippinesincredible cultureUnderground River in Puerto PrincesaBoracay-El Nido-CoronTarsier & Wildlife SanctuaryDive Shipwrecks in CoronBanaue Rice TerracesKayangan LakeRide a JeepneyChocolate HillsGo Surfing in SiargaoRent a Boat in Palawan
Situated in Southeast Asia sits the Philippines, a country known for its thousands of islands, amazing sights, and incredible culture. Once you visit this country, you’ll keep wanting to go back to explore even more.

You’ll fall in love with the laidback, island life and never get sick of waking up on the beach. Not to mention the locals are super friendly and show visitors a great time!

Since there is so much to see and do in the Philippines, we rounded up the top things to do in the Philippines when you find yourself planning a trip here...

Published : Mar, 2023

Sites & attractionsLocal transportActivities: CulturalActivities: OutdoorActivities: Nature & WildlifeAng Thong Marine Parktake a cooking classchase Waterfallshike up Khao RaPhaeng Waterfallisland hop with boat tourFull Moon Partydive Sail RockChao Phao (hidden beach)Thong Nai Pan BeachChalok Lum BeachThong Sala Night MarketBaan Thai Beachboat trip to Bottle Beach
Surrounded by lush tropical jungle and breathtaking white sand beaches, Koh Phangan is Thailand’s fifth biggest island and an awesome area to visit. Koh Phangan is a true paradise and we’ve got the inside scoop.

The island is most known for throwing its many Full Moon Parties, but there is plenty more to explore on the island. Adventures on the island range from diving and hiking to boating excursions and immersing in the culture. We’ve rounded up the top things to do in Koh Phangan to help you plan your next trip!

Published : Mar, 2023

How to get thereSites & attractionsHealth & safetyLocal transportMidrange accomNightlifeCity tours & passesWildlife Conservation CentreWalking TourBoat TourBotanical GardenCraft VillageBeachVictoria MallMonuments & HistoricalKampalaReligious SitesGolfChimpanzees
If you’re heading to Uganda, there’s a high probability you’ll fly into the international airport in Entebbe. Whilst many visitors head straight out on a safari or gorilla trek, we think there are plenty of things to do in Entebbe to make it worth spending at least a day or two of your trip.

We’ve spent a number of days exploring the attractions of the Entebbe area on various trips to Uganda, and we’ve put together this guide to help you plan what to see and do here.

Entebbe was the former seat of government, but after independence this moved to nearby Kampala. Entebbe itself is fairly spread out with few tall buildings, and has quite a tropical laid-back style. It is hard to imagine it was the seat of government, especially when you compare it to Kampala with its tall buildings and crazy traffic!

Whether you’re here for a short stay whilst waiting for a safari to start or a flight to leave, or you have a few days to explore, this guide will give you lots of ideas for things to do in Entebbe.

From seeing chimpanzees to trying traditional foods to shopping for locally made souvenirs, Entebbe has something for everyone! Let’s get started.

Published : Feb, 2023

When to visitSites & attractions<$100 day>$250 dayLocal transportCity tours & passesActivities: OutdoorActivities: Nature & WildlifeCampervanSilfra FissureArnarstapiNorthern LightsBlue LagoonTipsGodafoss Waterfall
It’s no secret that Iceland is one of my favorite destinations. Home to incredible landscapes, a low crime rate, and an endless list of adventurous things to do, Iceland is perfect for seasoned, first-time, and solo travelers.

Whether it’s diving in the Silfra Fissure, climbing glaciers, or road-tripping around the Ring Road in Iceland, there’s always something new and exciting to discover! But, before you book your tickets and pack your bags, there are a few important things you need to know.

Here are my 10 tips for your first trip to Iceland!

Published : Feb, 2023

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The Seychelles are a small island nation around a thousand miles off the coast of Kenya in the Indian Ocean. For a long time, these islands were also my home, and I’m proud to be half Seychellois! I spent a lot of my youth in the islands, but hadn’t visited with Jess – something we changed on a recent trip.

On that trip, Jess and I spent some time exploring the islands. I was excited to show her all my favourite beaches, eat my favourite Seychelles dishes, and of course do a lot of sight-seeing. From this trip, and my previous experience living in the Seychelles, we’re going to be sharing a number of posts to help you plan your own visit to the Seychelles, starting off with our guide to how to spend 1 week in the Seychelles.

We think 1 week in the Seychelles is about the minimum amount of time to visit the islands for, as it will let you see a number of different islands, and see a fair few sights.

If you have time and budget, we’ll also be putting together a two week itinerary which will cover a bit more, and let you spend more time exploring the islands.

As well as a 1 week Seychelles itinerary, this post will also cover a number of practicalities, including when to visit the Seychelles, how to get around the Seychelles, tips for your time on the islands, and much more! Let’s get started.

Published : Feb, 2023

When to visitHow to get thereSites & attractionsLocal transportAccom (any)Activities: Nature & WildlifePhotography & videoPhu- is mountainChi Fa’ is like the area that points to skyPhu Chi Fa - a mountaintopLa Patta hotel
I’ve lived in Thailand for a decade (Bangkok to be more specific, click to check out an insiders Bangkok itinerary here), and I had never heard of Phu Chi Fa.

Thankfully my Thai fiance finally told me about it recently. I understand that people flock to Thailand for the islands, full-moon parties, and gorgeous temples. However, Northern Thailand is home to some amazing mountain views.

And of course, Phu Chi Fa, 100km from Chiang Rai city, and on the border with Laos is the most spectacular sunrise spot in all of Thailand. I’ve outlined my experience visiting Phu Chi Fah below. And added some information about how to get to there and everything else, hope it helps!

Published : Jan, 2023

How to get thereSites & attractionsLocal transportAccom (any)Bars & pubsWhere to EatInsider AdviceBest Things To DoBest Places to ExploreA Big Night OutBest Places to DrinkBest Places to ShopRecommended TransportationWhere to StayBest Side Trips
20 years ago Shanghai was nothing more than another fishing village in China. In a few short decades, Shanghai has undergone an incredible level of development, and has become a booming metropolis and a financial and commercial center for not only China, but all of Asia.

Thankfully, despite its fast paced development, Shanghai has retained a lot of its history...

Published : Jan, 2023

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Ever wanted to ride elephants in Thailand? It was on my bucket list, too. But once I got there, I learned—very quickly—why you shouldn't ride elephants in Thailand...

Published : Dec, 2022

How to get thereLocal transportCheap accomMidrange accomCity tours & passesPattaya Day TourMuay Thai MatchGrand palaceFloating marketMahanakhon SkywalkDream WorldSiam Amazing ParkAyutthaya Day Tour
Bangkok is the capital and the commercial, economic, and political center of Thailand. The name Bangkok is an exonym, something that foreigners use. Thais call it Krung Thep (meaning City of Angels), short for its official name Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, which is also a shortened version of its full, ceremonial name: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.

At first glance, Bangkok appears as your typical highly-urbanized metropolis, but a closer look reveals it remains very much in touch with its past. The city’s roots as the capital can be traced back to 1782, when King Rama I, after the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767, ordered the people to move south and establish a new center at a more militarily strategic location along the Chao Phraya River. Many of Bangkok’s most visited attractions today were built under King Rama I, including the Grand Palace complex and the other temples that will be discussed in the guide.

Here are a few more facts you need to know:

- Language: Thai. For newly exposed non-native speakers, it can be quite intimidating, especially its lengthy words. It’s also a tonal language, i.e. the meaning changes with the tone. But many road and establishment signs are also written in Latin alphabet. English isn’t normally spoken. You’ll encounter taxi drivers and vendors who cannot speak English. But most younger locals can. And what the Thais lack in English fluency, they make up for with their friendly attitude toward tourists.
- Timezone: UTC+07:00 (ICT – Indochina Time), year round. No daylight saving time observed. Same time zone as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Thailand, in general, is one hour behind the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia.
- Currency: Thai Baht (THB, ฿). TTHB100 is roughly USD 2.89, EUR 2.72, SGD 3.9, PHP 161 (as of December 2022).
- Modes of payment: Cash. Although some restaurants and hotels accept credit cards, smaller establishments prefer cash.
- Religion: Buddhism is the predominant religion, practiced by almost 93% of the population. Most others identify with Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Confucianism.

Published : Dec, 2022

How to get thereSites & attractionsLocal transportAccom (any)Food (any)City tours & passesKinkaku-ji TempleNijo CastlePhilosopher’s PathResi Stay NishijinGionNishiki MarketMiyagawasujiFluffy PancakesArashiyamaICOCA Haruka PassImperial PalaceFushimi Inari
Japan had been on my list for a LONG time. For some reason though, I always struggled to make a trip happen. But finally, it happened! And since I was excited to make it here, I didn’t want it to be a quick trip.

In the end, we decided to spend 1 month total in Japan.

We spent the first two weeks in Kyoto and it was perfect. Every day was rewarding and we didn’t regret spending two weeks in this city at all. It’s calm, picturesque, friendly and full of activities and places to visit. The food is ever so tasty, it’s easy to get around and it’s also very affordable. It really was the ideal base.

We also were there during autumn and it was gorgeous as a result. The abundant nature and truly spectacular colors were far beyond anything we could have hoped for and it certainly helped make this an even more rewarding trip.

If you’re thinking of going to Kyoto, whether it’s for 2 days or 2 weeks, I hope the information below from my own experience proves helpful!

Published : Nov, 2022

Sites & attractionsLocal transportActivities: CulturalActivities: Nature & WildlifeEuro (€) - CurrencySt. Peter’s ChurchTown Hall SquareLatvian Natl. Opera & BalletHouse of the BlackheadsArt Nouveau MuseumAlberta St.Swedish Gate RigaThree Brothers RigaVermanes GardenVecrigaFreedom MonumentNativity of Christ CathedralCentral MarketBastejkalna ParkMuseum of the OccupationSafety TipsRiga CathedralEthnographic Open Air Museum
Overlooking the Baltic Sea is a beacon of culture and architecture known as Riga. The beating heart of Latvia was the European Capital of Culture in 2014 and remains one of the most vibrant and travel-worthy destinations in Northern Europe.

Visiting Riga for 3 days is perfect to explore the city’s top sights. This travel guide includes the top things to do in Riga in 72 hours...

Published : Nov, 2022

Sites & attractionsLocal transportAccom (any)Activities: CulturalActivities: OutdoorActivities: Nature & WildlifeGo SkiingShop in old souks of SaidaDress CodeBaalbek Templecolorful streets of TyreBekaa ValleyCedars of God (forest)Jeita Grotto (beautiful caves)Beiteddine PalaceSummer FestivalsOld Town in ByblosCedars of ChoufTravel TipsEnjoy panoramic viewsTannourineExplore Beirut streetsBatrounEhdenSwim in the SeaTripoli & Rabbit Islandrooftop bars
Lebanon is often referred to as the Paris of the Middle East and with good reason. Yes, this beautiful country has suffered in the past, but if you’ve ever met Lebanese people, you would know that they can turn literally any negative situation into a positive one. The civil war and dark past made Lebanon even stronger, more unique, interesting, and diverse.

Published : Sep, 2022

When to visitHow to get thereSites & attractionsSuggested itineraryLocal transportAccom (any)Food (any)Pink BeachOnce Islas CruiseZamboanga City TourHeritage Shops & MarketsDay Trip to Malamawi Island
The pandemic drained almost all the color out of our little worlds. For most of us, we burned over two years cooped up inside four bleak, off-white walls, isolated from all this planet’s vibrance to which travel used to treat us. For most of us, the only trips we made were to the grocery. The only flights we took were of fancy. As for me, when I let our imagination run wild, it usually takes me back to Zamboanga.

When we think of Zamboanga, we think of colors. And we’re not just talking about the iconic vinta that has become a symbol for this region! From the subtle rosy hues of its Pink Beach to the delicious bright orange plates of curacha crabs to the vibrant costumes at the Hermosa Festival, Zamboanga is definitely one of the brightest, most colorful destinations in the Philippines.

Published : Sep, 2022

Sites & attractionsHealth & safetyLocal transportAccom (any)Food (any)Activities: CulturalActivities: Nature & WildlifeBlue MosqueLahmacunGrand BazaarKokoreçCheers HostelAdana DurumHagia SofiaBalik EkmekSultanahmet ParkEmirgan ParkChurch of the Holy SaviorÇiğ Köfte
Lying on the banks of the Bosphorus, Istanbul is a city that is thousands of years old, and that originally was known as Byzantium, and later, Constantinople, before adopting the name Istanbul in the early 20th century.

In Istanbul, you will find that architecture, culture, and trade routes converge from all over the world to make a wonderful melting pot that is really exhilarating. So, I’ve compiled my top things to do in Istanbul based on my own itinerary.

I’ve gotten questions like “is Istanbul safe?” and I think that is very important to be cautious and savvy while you explore the city, but it can be an amazing destination for solo travel.

I firmly believe that solo travel for women is one of the best ways to learn about yourself and the world. Taking a solo trip is a fantastic way to grow.

Here’s my solo female traveler’s guide to Istanbul to help you have a safe and memorable experience!

Published : Jul, 2022

Sites & attractionsLocal transportActivities: CulturalActivities: OutdoorOld TownSt. Dominika StreetCity WallsTrsteno ArboretumSt. John FortressMinceta TowerLovrijenac FortPile BayPlacaSveti JakovMount SrdLapadLokrum IslandBanjeD’vino
Dubrovnik is a beautiful UNESCO coastal city in the south of Croatia. It is often known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic‘ given its famous medieval Old Town, massive stone walls, and stunning landscapes — and well, of course, it is also well known for being the filming location of the HBO hit series: Game of Thrones.

(Things to Do in Dubrovnik)

As it towers over the azure Adriatic sea, it’s definitely not hard to see why thousands of travelers flock to this beautiful maritime town every year. No matter the number of days you’ll be staying, there are so many cool things to do in Dubrovnik, as well as beautiful places both in the city and its surroundings that are worthy of being explored for your Croatia itinerary.

Published : Jul, 2022

How to get thereSites & attractionsSuggested itineraryLocal transportActivities: CulturalRustaveli AvenueRustaveli TheaterTbilisi Opera HouseTbilisiYouth PalaceFreedom SquareParliament Building of GeorgiaYerevanTbilis Art House & Art MuseumGyumriHoly Trinity Cathedral
Planning an Armenia – Georgia tour? Why not take a trip from Yerevan to Tbilisi? Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the architecture and learn a bit about the culture of the Caucasus region.

Our tour begins in Yerevan, Armenia, so naturally we’ll need to take transportation to reach Georgia from Armenia. The region has many transportation options, and here are the vehicles we recommend for starting our Armenia – Georgia tour...

Published : Jul, 2022

When to visitHow to get thereSites & attractionsSuggested itineraryHealth & safetyLocal transportActivities: CulturalCity tours & passesBayonPhnom BakhengRielTerrace of the ElephantsRajaviharaAngkor Wat