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Published : Nov, 2023

Sites and attractions | Suggested itinerary | Local transport | Any food | Bars and pubs | Museums | Historical sites | City tours or passes | Shopping
Trinity College | National History Museum | National Gallery | National Museum | St. Stephens Green | Dublin Castle | Chester Beatty Library | Dublinia | Christ
Ready to explore the Irish capital? Here’s how to make the most of 3 days in Dublin.

As the largest city in Ireland, creating the perfect Dublin in 3 days itinerary can be daunting. However, it doesn’t have to be.

How do I know? I am a Dubliner, and I’m going to share all my best travel tips with you to plan an epic itinerary for your visit.

There is no end to the things to do in Dublin but with my local knowledge of the city, you will soon be planning your perfect stay in the Irish capital and maximising your time.

Ready to get to this ultimate guide to seeing Dublin in 3 days? Let’s dive in!

Published : Sep, 2023

Sites and attractions | Suggested itinerary | Local transport | Cultural Activities | Nature and wildlife
Zaanse Schans | Volendam | Edam | Paleis Het Loo | Muiderslot Castle | River Vecht | Naarden | Muiden | Castle Groeneveld | Giethoorn | Feiluwa National Park | Kinderdijk | Hoorn | Enkhuizen
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 and attractions | Local transport | Cultural Activities
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 and attractions | Local transport | Any food | Cultural Activities | Outdoor Activities
Statue Of Liberty | Broadway | Brooklyn Bridge | Queens | Jackson Heights | Flushing | Staten Island Ferry | Southern Manhattan | Brooklyn | New Jersey | Tenement Museum | World Trade Center Memorial | Empire State Building
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 visit | Sites and attractions | Health and safety | Local transport | Cultural Activities
Bologna | Florence | Cinque Terre | Naples | Amalfi Coast | Pompeii
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

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Belize City | Belmopan | Caracol Mayan Ruins | Cave Tubing | Caye Caulker | Flores Guatemala | Golden Bay Belize Hotel | Hotel Peten | Rafting | San Ignacio | Snorkeling | Tikal | Yaxha |
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 visit | Sites and attractions | Suggested itinerary | Health and safety | Local transport | Cultural Activities | Wellness
Antalya | Bergama | Blue Mosque | Hagia Sophia | Istanbul | Kayseri Airport | Konya | Pamukkale | Pergamum | Topkapi | Troy
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

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Hiking | Kayaking | Fishing | Boating | Bird Watching | camping | Port of Ludington Maritime Museum | Sandcastles Children’s Museum | paddle boarding | cycling | beach town
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 and attractions | Suggested itinerary | Local transport | Any food | Cultural Activities | Outdoor Activities
Flame Towers | Hiking | Skiing | Baku | Quba | Lahic | Gabala | Esher Esher | Shivan Shah Palace | Heydar Aliyev Center | Gobustan | Fire Temple of Ateshgah | Yanadag | Nakhchivan | Machu Picchu |
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

Low budget | Local transport | Any price accom | Any food
Hotels: €120-200 | Transpo: $20 | Food: $24 | Travel - Total Cost/day: $112 | Accom: $50 | Hostel Bed: €50-60 | Hostel Rm: €130-200
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

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Kathmandu | visa upon arrival | Nepali language | country of temples | 3 Durbar Squares | regular blackout pds. | Wild Marijuana fields | squat toilets | NorthFace knock-offs | eat Buff | Ring Road | Rideshare
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 there | Sites and attractions | Health and safety | Local transport | Any food | City tours or passes
Albergo Hotel | Fatteh | Kibbeh | Falafel | Manakish | Tripoli | Byblos | Baalbek | Achrafieh | Beirut | Corniche
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 and attractions | Suggested itinerary | Long distance transport | Local transport
Ferries | Jeepneys | Kawasan Falls | Moalboal | Oslob | Siquijor | Snorkeling
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 visit | Sites and attractions | Low budget | Local transport | Any price accom
Soumaya Museum | UNAM Botanical Garden | Lucha Libre | Basilica de Guadalupe | Museo Nacional de Antropología | Zocalo | Chapultepec Park | Day of the Dead | Frida Kahlo | Art Museum | Castillo de Chapultepec | Templo Mayor | Zona
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 and attractions | Local transport | Any food | Cultural Activities | Nature and wildlife | Shopping | Photography or video
Algonquin Provincial Park | Bata Shoe Museum | Casa Loma | Chinatown | CN Tower | Ed Mirvish Theatre | Entertainment District | Island Park | Kensington Market | Koreatown | Little Italy |
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 visit | How to get there | Sites and attractions | Local transport | Any price accom | Outdoor Activities | Nature and wildlife
Plaza De Armas | Hiking & Trekking | Practical Tips | Barranco District | Bridge of Sighs | Historic Centers | Costa Verde | Miraflores Beach | Galleries & Museums |
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 visit | Sites and attractions | Local transport | Any price accom | Any food | Nightlife | Nature and wildlife
San Antonio | Ibiza Town | Dalt Vila | MACE | Museo Puget | Sa Caleta | Playa d’en Bossa | Aguas Blancas | Ses Salines Natural Park | Hierbas Ibicencas
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 visit | Sites and attractions | Health and safety | Local transport | Cultural Activities | Nature and wildlife
Auckland | Milford Sound | Hobbiton Movie Set | Waitomo Glowworm Caves | Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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

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Marsh’s Library | Phoenix Park | Jameson Distillery | Dublin Castle | Dublin Zoo | Chester Beatty | Temple Bar | Kilmainham Gaol | Trinity College | St. Stephen’s Green | Guinness Storehouse
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 and attractions | Local transport
Hitchhiking | Tuk Tuk Ride | Angkorian Temple | Beng Mealea | Siem Reap | Koh Ker | Preah Vihear | Prasat Preah 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

Low budget | Local transport | Any price accom | Any food | Cultural Activities | City tours or passes
Belvedere Museum | Prater Park | Time Travel Vienna | Naschmarkt | Mozart | St. Stephens Cathedral | State Opera House Tour | Wien Museum | Karlskirche | Schönbrunn Palace | Spanish Riding School | Albertina |
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 transport | Any food
Merida | Oxxo | Buying a Mexico SIM | 7Eleven in Mexico | Cancun Intl. Airport | Oxxo Tour

Published : Apr, 2023

When to visit | Sites and attractions | Low budget | Local transport | Shopping
National Archaeological Museum | Plaza Mayor | Prado Museum | El Retiro Park | Palacio Real | Puerta del Sol | Naval Museum of Madrid | Mercado de San Miguel | Temple 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 and safety | Local transport
Basic Rules | Driving in Different Regions | Driving with Children | French Alps | French Riviera | French Toll Roads | Provence | Speed limits
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 and attractions | Local transport | Cultural Activities | City tours or passes | Outdoor Activities | Nature and wildlife
Active Mayon Volcano | amazing sights | Banaue Rice Terraces | Boracay-El Nido-Coron | Chase Waterfalls in the Philippines | Chocolate Hills | Dive Shipwrecks in Coron | Diving in Malapascua
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 and attractions | Local transport | Cultural Activities | Outdoor Activities | Nature and wildlife
Ang Thong Marine Park | chase Waterfalls | Phaeng Waterfall | Full Moon Party | Chao Phao (hidden beach) | Chalok Lum Beach | Baan Thai Beach | boat trip to Bottle Beach | take a cooking class | hike up Khao Ra |
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 there | Sites and attractions | Health and safety | Local transport | Midrange accom | Nightlife | City tours or passes
Beach | Boat Tour | Botanical Garden | Chimpanzees | Craft Village | Golf | Kampala | Monuments & Historical | Religious Sites | Victoria Mall | Walking Tour | Wildlife Conservation
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 visit | Sites and attractions | Medium budget | High budget | Local transport | City tours or passes | Outdoor Activities | Nature and wildlife
Arnarstapi | Silfra Fissure | Campervan | Godafoss Waterfall | Tips | Blue Lagoon | Northern Lights
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

When to visit | Suggested itinerary | Local transport | Midrange accom | City tours or passes
Mahe | Praslin | La Digue | Currency | Electricity | Internet | Drinking Water | Vaccinations | Driving
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 visit | How to get there | Sites and attractions | Local transport | Any price accom | Nature and wildlife | Photography or video
Phu- is mountain | Chi Fa’ is like the area that points to sky | Phu Chi Fa - a mountaintop | La 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 there | Sites and attractions | Local transport | Any price accom | Bars and pubs
Where to Stay | Where to Eat | Best Things To Do | Best Places to Explore | A Big Night Out | Best Places to Drink | Best Places to Shop | Recommended Transportation | Best Side Trips | Insider Advice
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

Local transport | Outdoor Activities | Nature and wildlife
Elephant Nature Park | Riding Elephants in Thailand isn’t Responsible Travel | Elephant in chains | phajaan’ -process to break their spirit | How Asian Elephants are Getting Help | Save Elephant Foundation
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 there | Local transport | Cheap accom | Midrange accom | City tours or passes
Ayutthaya Day Tour | Dream World | Floating market | Grand palace | Mahanakhon Skywalk | Muay Thai Match | Pattaya Day Tour | Siam Amazing Park
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 there | Sites and attractions | Local transport | Any price accom | Any food | City tours or passes
Arashiyama | Fluffy Pancakes | Fushimi Inari | Gion | ICOCA Haruka Pass | Imperial Palace | Kinkaku-ji Temple | Miyagawasuji | Nijo Castle | Nishiki Market | Philosopher’s Path | Resi Stay Nishijin
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 and attractions | Local transport | Cultural Activities | Nature and wildlife
Vecriga | Central Market | Safety Tips | Euro (€) - Currency | Town Hall Square | House of the Blackheads | Alberta St. | Three Brothers Riga | Freedom Monument | Bastejkalna Park | Riga Cathedral | St. Peter’s Church | Latvian
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 and attractions | Local transport | Any price accom | Cultural Activities | Outdoor Activities | Nature and wildlife
Summer Festivals | Travel Tips | Explore Beirut streets | Swim in the Sea | Go Skiing | Baalbek Temple | Bekaa Valley | Jeita Grotto (beautiful caves) | Old Town in Byblos | Enjoy panoramic views
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 visit | How to get there | Sites and attractions | Suggested itinerary | Local transport | Any price accom | Any food
Pink Beach | Once Islas Cruise | Zamboanga City Tour | Heritage Shops & Markets | Day 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 and attractions | Health and safety | Local transport | Any price accom | Any food | Cultural Activities | Nature and wildlife
Blue Mosque | Grand Bazaar | Cheers Hostel | Hagia Sofia | Sultanahmet Park | Emirgan Park | Church of the Holy Savior | Çiğ Köfte | Lahmacun | Kokoreç | Adana Durum | Balik Ekmek
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 and attractions | Local transport | Cultural Activities | Outdoor Activities
Old Town | City Walls | St. John Fortress | Lovrijenac Fort | Placa | Mount Srd | Lokrum Island | D’vino | St. Dominika Street | Trsteno Arboretum | Minceta Tower | Pile Bay | Sveti Jakov | Lapad | Banje
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.

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.