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Published : Aug, 2023

How to get there | Sites & attractions | Suggested itinerary | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Outdoor | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Lake Zell | Nordkette Cable Car | Bergisel Ski Jump | Ambras Castle | Kitzsteinhorn Glacier | Schönbrunn Palace | Top 5 must-visit places: Vienna-Salzburg-Hallstatt-Zell
"Austria: Where the hills are alive with the sound of music, and the puns are just as melodious."

This is not just a saying but a solid fact about Austria – a land of picturesque landscapes, rich history, and cultural treasures waiting to be explored! If you are a first-time traveller to this enchanting country, you’re in for an unforgettable experience. Having visited Austria five times, my love for this Central European gem multiplies with each visit. Situated in the heart of the Alps, Austria might be a favourite destination for skiers and hikers, but it also boasts an exceptional musical legacy – from Mozart, Haydn, Liszt, and Mahler to the Von Trapp family, whose life inspired the movie “The Sound of Music.” On a map, pear-shaped Austria might appear small, but it packs a punch when it comes to attractions...

Published : Jul, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural
Tours | Vienna | Lakes | National Parks | Tipping | Salzburg | Get a vignette if driving | Staring is ok | Save Money on Trains | Public Transport | Rent a car for Nature Trips
Despite its relatively small size, Austria is a country packed to the brim with sights – from majestic mountains and opulent palaces to elegant cities and more stunning cakes than you could ever eat in one lifetime.

… it’s also full of potential culture shocks and silly travel mistakes.

I used to live just across the border in Munich, so over the years I’ve gotten to know Austria fairly well… the hard way! Namely by bumbling around, committing the faux pas and embarrassing myself in the name of research.

Published : Apr, 2023

How to get there | Sites & attractions | Suggested itinerary | Accom (any) | Food (any) | Activities: Cultural
Restaurant Pick/Hotels | City Tour | Hohensalzburg Fortress | Vienna | Vienna by Hollywood | Classical Music VIenna | Visit Schonbrunn Palace | Head to Salzburg | Mozart’s Residence | Nonnberg Abbey |
Austria is often underrated. It can be so closely associated with Germany that it often gets left behind as a must-see European country.

This is such a shame as when it comes to what to do in Austria there are so many fantastic options. I have now visited Austria 6 times and am always finding new and outstanding places to visit in Austria...

Published : Feb, 2022

Sites & attractions | Activities: Outdoor
Skiing | Après-ski | Sledding | Showshoe | Treetops | Biathlon | Werfen Ice Caves | Ramsau am Dachstein
I’ll be totally honest here – I wasn’t really sure that I was going to like visiting the Alps in the winter. I’d hiked all over them in the summer and thought they were breathtakingly beautiful, but after experiencing a couple of incredibly frigid days in Berlin, I was hesitant to take a mountain holiday.

Up until 2016 when I visited Austria, I’d chased summer and never really experienced winter. I suppose most people from the US and Europe grew up with snow, or ski holidays, or both. I’m not one of those people, however, and I had only been to the mountains behind Los Angeles in the winter a couple of times, and never to ski. But you can’t travel and experience the world in only one season, and it was time to get out of my comfort zone and give winter a try.

I realize now what I was missing out my whole life. Winter doesn’t have to be scary and cold – it can actually be tons of fun, and it’s insanely beautiful! I don’t know why it took me til my 29th year of life to figure this all out.

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.