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Published : Aug, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural
Museums | Atomium | Grand Place | Royal St.-Hubert Galleries | Tropismes | Comic Strip Ctr. | Sablon | European Qtr. | Park of the 50th Anniv. | Autoworld | Flower Carpet
If you’ve been on my site before, you’ll know this to be true: Brussels and I have history.
In fact, upon starting my blog in late 2014, one of the first articles I ever published was about how terrible I thought it was.
This, coming from an ignorant newbie traveler who thought the #1 thing to see really WAS just a tiny statue of a little boy peeing (yes this exists, and it’s called Manneken Pis).

… My friend hated it so much she cried.

Almost a decade and six visits later, I finally “get” Brussels. I’ve been to over a dozen of its top museums. I’ve tasted my way around every major chocolate shop. I’ve visited in Spring, Summer, and Winter, stopped by its famous Christmas market, and I FINALLY feel ready to share with you all the wonderful things there actually are to do in this beautiful city!

Published : Feb, 2023

<$50 day | <$100 day | Accom (any) | Food (any)
Lunch: €7-€15 | Total Cost: €80-€100 | Midrange $$: €90 | Thrifty $: €62 | Breakfast: Free-€10 | Dinner: €12-€25 | Beer: €1.65-€5 | Hostel: €35-€55 | Hotel: €90-€160 | Rental Apt: €75-€180 | Attractions: €10 -€15 | Royal
Brussels is the largest city in Belgium and home to the EU parliament. It’s also a major business hub—which means it’s expensive since it caters to wealthy visitors. Attractions are on the expensive side and everyday items like transportation and food can be expensive. In this Brussels price guide, we’ll cover typical Brussels travel costs for food, accommodation, sights, and extras so you can better budget your trip.

Published : Feb, 2023

<$50 day | <$100 day | Accom (any) | Food (any)
Brussels 2GO4 Quality Hostel Grand Place: €28 | Jacques Brel Youth Hostel: €27.50 | Youth Hostel Van Gogh | BRXXL 5 City Centre Hostel | Brussels Hello Hostel | Brussels Hostels Overview | Hostel cost: €25-€30 | Sleep Well Youth Hostel: €27 | Meininger
Brussels isn’t traditionally known as a budget-friendly destination so the hostel scene isn’t nearly as extensive or developed as you’ll find in other major European cities. That said, there are still a handful of solid hostel options and they’re still fairly affordable. That’s why I’ve compared the different options to find you the best hostels in Brussels to fit your travel style...

Published : Sep, 2022

How to get there | Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Atomium | Bois de la Cambre | Comic Strip Trail | Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert | Grote Markt | Manneken Pis | Mont des Arts | Parc de Bruxelles | Parc du Cinquantenaire | Place du Petit Sablon | Serres Royales De
The thing about Brussels is that people would often say that it is ‘underwhelming’… but you know what? When I actually saw and experience this metropolis for myself, I experienced the exact opposite!

(FREE Things to Do in Brussels)
Brussels can be such an exciting cultural and artistic scene, especially when you know where to go. Plus, it’s really NOT all about the Manneken Pis — but such can already be a good start as a distinct way of showing someone the quirky side of this multicultural city. Then again, I believe that more than that, Brussels simply and truly holds a lot of historical beauty and importance.

Published : Jan, 2022

Suggested itinerary | Other logistics | Accom (any)
3. Luxury Hotels in Brussels Under $300 | 2. Mid-Range Places to Stay in Brussels Under $150 | 1. Budget Accommodation in Brussels Under $30
So, you’ve decided to spend some time in Brussels, you’ve brushed up on your French, Googled the best waffles in Brussels and made a small to-do list. Now all you need is to find a hotel in Brussels...

These are some of the best hotels in Brussels, Belgium, which you should be able to find on most any hotel booking site out there...

Published : Jul, 2021

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural
Maison du Roi – House of the Kings | Museum of Musical Instruments | The Grand Palace | Broekzele (Home on the Marshes) | Grand Place or Grote Markt (Great Market Square) | Gothic Town Hall | Berlaymont Bldg.
Brussels is hardly picture perfect. With much of its original medieval architecture destroyed in the 1695 bombardment by French troops, its postwar urban evolution has been hap hazard and eclectic.

The result is an incredible mix of architectural styles ranging from Gothic to Art Nouveau to concrete contemporary. Most of which is segregated into dissonant compartments.
It is the dissonance, as compared to the copybook homogeneity of other European cities, that is Brussels’ main appeal...

Published : Mar, 2023

When to visit | How to get there | Activities: Outdoor
enjoy beaches | Peek @ Mt. Kilimanjaro | See Mugie Conservancy | Boat Safari In Lake Naivasha | See Flamingos In Lake Nakuru | See Red Elephants In Tsavo | Climb Mt. Kenya | See Nairobi | Visit Nairobi Park | Chase Waterfalls @ Karura Forest | Visit Giraffe Ctr.
Located in East Africa, Kenya is a popular destination for travelers looking to experience the unique culture, incredible wildlife, and stunning landscapes.

From the savannahs of the Maasai Mara to the peaks of Mount Kenya and the stunning Kenyan coastline, this destination is home to a variety of landscapes. But it’s not just about the scenery in Kenya. In our opinion, the biggest drawcard of this East Africa destination is an opportunity to experience an authentic African safari...

Published : Oct, 2023

Activities: Cultural | Wellness
Anamaya | Blue Spirit | Bodhi Tree Resort | Envision Festival | Harmony Healing Ctr. | Peace Retreat | Samasati Yoga & Wellness | The Retreat | Waterfall Villas
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 : Jul, 2023

When to visit | Accom (any) | Activities: Outdoor
Attend La Feria Verde | Beer Tasting Tour | Braulio Carrillo Park | Buttefly Gardens | Choco Workshop | Food-Coffee Tours | La Paz Waterfall Gardens | La Sabana Metro. Park | Mercado Centrale | Metro Cathedral | Museums | Natl. Theater
If you’re visiting Costa Rica, you’ll inevitably begin your trip in the nation’s capital city, San José. While many people simply stop over in the city on their way to the rainforests, the city deserves a visit on its own.
Since the capital city of Costa Rica is an up-and-coming tourist destination, you can find plenty of attractions and points of interest that make it worth a visit...

While it’s common that people don’t know all the things to do in San José, Costa Rica, this guide should get you started with planning some fun-filled days in the city.

Published : Sep, 2023

How to get there | Bars & pubs
Adelaide Hills (SA) | Barossa Valley (SA) | Hunter Valley (NSW) | Margaret River (WA) | McLaren Vale (SA) | The Yarra Valley (Mel) | Where to Eat | Wineries Location
Australia is a wine-lover’s dream destination. Australian wineries have a glowing reputation around the world for their top-quality grape varieties grown in perfect climates and picturesque settings. No matter where you find yourself across the southern part of the country, you won’t be too far away from a wine-growing region...

Exploring wine regions in Australia was one of our favourite adventures when we lived in Australia. So, we can attest that visiting one or more of the following wine areas in Australia is one of the best things to do on any trip to Australia!

Published : Sep, 2023

Bars & pubs | Nightlife
Art Scene | Artist & Local Farmers Mkt. | Boutique Shopping | Carlton Gardens | Culinary Scene | Festivals | Getting Around | Markets | Micro-breweries | Queen Victoria Mkt. | Unexpected Weather
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.