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Published : Sep, 2023

When to visit | Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Outdoor
Acropolis | Acropolis Museum | Syntagma Square | Lycabettus Hill | National Gardens | Stavros Marches Cultural Ctr. | Little Kook Cafe | Drive Around the City | Temple of Sounio | Panathenaic Stadium | Peloponnese Region | Corfu |
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 : Feb, 2023

<$50 day | <$100 day | Accom (any) | Food (any)
Apt.: €50-€120 | Midrange $$: €70 | Total Cost: €55-€85 | Thrifty $: €45 | Hotel:€55-€155 | Dinner:$9-$18 | Hostel: €18-€38 | Lunch: €5-€12 | Bfast: free – €7 | Benaki Museum: €12 | New Acropolis Museum: €15 | Ancient Agora: €10 |
Athens is bursting with impressive ruins from the ancient world but travel costs in Athens are fairly affordable — prices in Athens drop once you get away from the main tourist sights. In this guide, I’ll cover typical travel prices in Athens to help you budget your trip.

Published : Jan, 2023

Sites & attractions | Suggested itinerary | Food (any) | Activities: Cultural | City tours & passes | Photography & video
Ancient Agora | Roman Agora | Parthenon Museum | Parthenon | Pnyx | Agios Demetrios Loumbardiaris church | Tower of the Winds | Church of the Holy Apostles | Bath House of the winds |
Hear about travel to Athens, Greece as the Amateur Traveler talks to travel writer Sally Jane Smith about Athens as a stop on the way to the Peloponnese Peninsula.

Sally Jane says, “Athens isn’t the focus of the itinerary, but it would be a terrible pity if you went to Greece and didn’t see Athens, especially if it was your own visit, your first visit. ”

How many days should you spend in Athens? Sally says:

You could happily spend a week there without running out of things to do. But I’ve given us two days in Athens, and I’m not going to detail blow by blow everything that you would see there because you already have two episodes that talk about Athens in some depth.”

Published : Dec, 2021

How to get there | Suggested itinerary | Local transport | Accom (any) | Food (any) | City tours & passes
Acropolis | Cafe Culture | Markets | Mt. Lycabettus | National Archaeological Museum
Athens! When I landed, I have to admit to feeling a frisson of excitement. It was my first visit to the city which essentially sparked the beginning of the western world as we know it, and I couldn’t wait to get my eyes on some of the sights that I already felt I knew so well.

As luck would have it, I arrived in the middle of the night and had an aisle seat, so my first sight of Athens was a glow of orange glimpsed between the head and shoulders of my fellow passengers. Not exactly the first impression I had hoped for.

All that excitement about exploring the cradle of civilisation was then put on hold after I discovered that the cradle of civilisation came with some rather fine beaches. I guess if you’re going to opine on the nature of life, and fire up democracy, you might as well do it with a cocktail and a magnificent view of a sunset.

As it was, I therefore largely ignored the centre of Athens for a couple of days, and spent some time exploring the gorgeous Vougliameni region of southern Athens, which I told you all about elsewhere.

Finally, I got to the end of this introduction, and got into Athens proper. Based on my explorations, here are some experiences you shouldn’t skip out on when visiting Athens for one day!

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.