Today, we are going to explore this pearl of the Indian Ocean, the amazing island of Mauritius. Though I have not written any blog about this country, this paradisiac island needs all the shoutout that it deserves. Adorning a rich history, Mauritius has managed to become a leader in the African continent and continues to do so in terms of economy, culture, fashion, and recently sports. However, there is one thing that often goes unnoticed is the food – the Mauritian Food; a mixture of different cuisine from different culture Mauritian food is a must-try for every tourist or businessperson. So today, this blog will be all about Mauritian street food and some places where you can find them. Buckle up and let’s enjoy!
Remember the last blog I wrote on Amsterdam for my friend, well if you don’t then here is the link to read it again!
Well, that friend of mine is traveling again to Amsterdam and his request now is vegan restaurants because you must have figured it, he is vegetarian! Though, the places to visit are still on the list he has visited most of the restaurants that I have mentioned in the previous blog. So here is a new list of ten restaurants that are must visit when in Amsterdam. Some of you might ask why vegetarian? Well, this is because non-vegetarian option is easy to find anywhere around the city and there is no end to the non-vegetarian restaurants that are in Amsterdam and also because of my friend, so that’s why vegetarian food is in vogue! There are a lot of meat-free meal whether it is for breakfast or brunch or dinner or late-night snacking, I’m sure you will love this list even if you are a non-vegetarian.
Here it is…
1. Men Impossible – The name is quite catchy, I personally love it! This restaurant serves plant-based ramen and is open for lunch and dinner upon reservation only. There is a fixed price lunch that consist of a noodle bowl and a fixed price multi-course dinner and drink. Do have a go at the vegan wine! Men Impossible opened its doors in 2017 and since then, it is one of the top rated vegan restaurants in Amsterdam.
2. Mr & Mrs Watson – When Donald Watson introduced the word ‘veganism’ in 1944, little did he know that this word would mean so much to some people that they would want a restaurant of their ‘own’. Mr & Mrs Watson offers colorful plates that are surely going to spark your curiosity when served. The home-made cheese and the creamy egg salad are 100% veggie dishes. These are comfort food with a culinary twist. Be sure to take your time to enjoy the ambiance in this beautiful and modern restaurant that is perfect for any special occasion. Do reserve your table if you are planning for dinner.
3. SLA – Organic Salad Bar – One of the most visited salad bars in Amsterdam, this restaurant has a cool and contemporary space that serves delicious organic salads and smoothies to satisfy your palate when hunger hits! With a wide range of vegan options available, you will be able to find the perfect salad bowl for you. They are quite hearty so be careful. With restaurants in 5 locations, SLA is the place to go when famished. They also serve hot vegan soups for the colder months.
4. Beter en Leuk (Better and Nice) – Do visit this cafe for a quick vegan fix! This restaurant has delicious vegan options on the menu that include hot tasty soups, pancake stacks, sandwiches, a seaweed burger and some daily specials like vegan moussaka. This cozy spot is homely and affordable. Do have a try at their sweet potato chocolate brownies! There are diary alternatives available for your coffee such as oat and almond milk.
5. Juice Brothers – At this restaurant, you will find everything vegan and organic. With fruits and veggies shredded up to make the most amazing and healthiest juices, Juice Brothers is the perfect place if you are cutting on the carbs intake. Try the breakfast bowls that include acai bowls, smoothie bowls, and other tasty and healthy treats. Head there in the morning, so that you can have an actual taste of the deliciousness of the breakfast options they have. Found in at least five location around Amsterdam, this juice bar was a start-up of four friends who had a passion for quality cold pressed juice.
6. Pizza Heart Bar – This place cannot disappoint anyone, serving pizzas for vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters, it should be included in everyone’s travel list. Their gourmet pizzas include 5 vegan pizzas that you can choose from at an affordable price. Enjoy a delicious pizza on the huge terrace with the beaming sun. Pizza Heart Bar is a local favorite.
7. Dutch Weed Burger Joint – Specializing in burgers and dishes made with seaweed, The Dutch Weed Burger Joint is the best place for vegans to enjoy a delicious burger. With everything being seaweed based, this restaurant is the place to try the burger or seawharma. The Dutch Weed Burger Joint was established in 2017, with the mission of creating larger food options for everyone who is vegan and vegetarian.
8. Sir Hummus – Even this restaurant serves meat, they are dedicated to satisfy the hungriest vegan around with their delectable and authentic Lebanese hummus. This dish comes with a range of toppings and sides. Sir Hummus is the ideal place to grab something quick, tasty, and filling. Rest assured, the vegan options are clearly marked on the simple menu.
9. TerraZen Center – Serving a unique mix of Japanese and Carribean cuisine, this cute place offers some interesting and filling dishes. There is only one table which is shared by diners, creating a convivial atmosphere with the resident cat wandering in and out as she pleases. The fries that came with the burger, sprinkled with seaweed powder were perfectly salty and savory. Friend, the portions are quite generous, so go half-belly full!
10. De Peper – This restaurant is creative and ideal for social gathering. There are no exact prices but a donation of 7 and 10 euros should be made. De Peper is entirely managed by volunteers alternatively. Go there on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
That’s it, enjoy your stay my friend!
Well a word that most people, who don’t travel, are not familiar with is Glamping! Glamping is camping in glam, with all luxuries and comfort while enjoying the rudeness of camping. As we know camping is a retreat to nature and all its amazing entities. With the dependency on technology and putting your comfort first, there has been a huge demand in glamping as a retreat option. Camping may come second nature to those of us who grew up playing in the outdoors, but for those travelers in need of modern amenities while spending time outside, glamping is an emerging trend.
Well, there might be some similarities and difference between camping and glamping. Let’s know more about them in details.
There are definitely a number of pros and cons that accompany any family holiday, but considering camping holidays are popular with families, we thought it only appropriate to do up the list when it comes to back to nature holidays. Camping is one way to bond with your family members. Because there are no TV, internet or street life to interrupt, your source of entertainment is among yourselves. Finally, you get to talk to your parents, play simple games or help each other out. You would also see where your strength lies when you need them the most. You discover who is the most resourceful, creative, tolerant and strong. Who possess leadership skills and who is a great team player. You also learn to develop basic skills instead of relying on machines or gadgets. Remember how we used to cook rice over a stove before? Nowadays, you cannot even live without a rice cooker. Camping is fun and exciting. There are so many opportunities to discover one’s strength and to develop their skills. They say that after camping, you come home as a totally better and different person.
1. It’s cheap and cheerful.
2. Being back to nature and not feeling tied to technology.
3. Being woken up by the sun and heading to bed as soon it gets dark – the perfect way to reset your body clock.
4. Having a BBQ for breakfast.
5. Watching the kids play outside all day without ever once asking for their iPad or your phone – usually because the battery flats but at least they’re not looking for it!
1. Sleeping in a tent as the rain pelts down outside.
2. Being eaten alive by bugs – but at least that means the weather is good.
3. Having to share a shower with the other campers.
4. Bringing the kids to the toilet at 3am when it’s pitch dark outside!
5. Setting up the tent with an overly enthusiastic five-year-old.
What is Glamping?
“Glamping,” short for glamorous camping, has become a mainstay of outdoor recreation over the past decade. If your essentials list contains things such as a real mattress, running water or an actual toilet, you can still find numerous options that bridge the gap between traditional camping and the comforts of home. Here are some examples of such opportunities:
For starters, cell service is a great place to begin. If your campsite offers Wi-Fi and your cell phone works properly, consider yourself a glamper. Sure, there’s certain sweet spots you can find at any campground that offer limited service to call a friend, check emails or even post to Instagram, but consistent cell service is definitely considered a glamping perk.
Glamping, you’re still enjoying all that nature has to offer, but you don’t necessarily want to part with that cozy, homey vibe. So, instead, glampers can find themselves at home in an RV, trailer, cabin or even hotel/motel.
Cooking has its similarities – like marshmallows, for example. Whether you’re around a campfire, portable grill or even a microwave, who doesn’t enjoy a good s’more? But glampers have the luxury of still enjoying home cooked meals. Come dinner time, glampers can preheat their oven and turn on the stove to prepare their meals. Campers on the other hand keep it simple and the first order of business is starting up a fire, as this will serve as a makeshift stove, oven and microwave.
Wildlife neighbors are also something you need to take into consideration. Glampers might have a better chance of staying safe from unwanted furry friends than the traditional camper. Tents do not provide as much protection from nosy neighbors the same way an RV, trailer or cabin would. Being locked away in a tight and structured environment is a perk that glamping offers to stay safe of wildlife critters.
Some may consider glamping an upgrade in rest and recreation, while others still prefer the ruggedness of camping. This new type of travel undeniably captures any potential “negatives” of camping life and pivots a high level of service that can focus on the complete comfort of its guests.
Everyone is a traveler until it comes to packing! Packing is not everyone’s cup of tea as some people prefer coffee and others are allergic to tea. Well, coming to packing most people don’t like packing as it requires a lot of thinking and they prefer to think of other things – I’m talking about me here! There are many ways to pack a suitcase but packing it like a professional is not that current especially if you are traveling for the first time. So how to pack a suitcase like a pro, well here are some tips that will surely help you!
1. Make a list – There are many people who love making lists. Prepare a detailed packing list of the things that you will need during your trip. Plan ahead and sort out what you will be wearing for each day that you are gone, and remember the clothes you travel in are counted as one of the outfits. Choose pieces that can be mixed and matched. It is a smart idea. Be sure to add an extra pair of underwear or socks just in case. Once you have decided what you will wear, write it all down on a sheet of paper. As you pack each item, cross it off your list! Always have an extra set of clothes in your carry-on luggage as you never know if your luggage is misplaced and you don’t want to be stuck in your traveling clothes until the rest of it shows up. Also keep your personal medication along with a prescription letter from your doctor, if need be, in your carry-on as well as your toothbrush, passport, wallet, etc.
2. Bottoms first – Shoes and heavy items such as hairdryers and extra handbags should be placed at the bottom of your luggage. If you are carrying a piece, then the heaviest bits should be right next to the hinge that attached the lid and if you have a luggage piece that has wheels then the bulky bits should be right at the bottom above the wheels. Shoes, boots, and packed purses are ideal spots to carry smaller items within. You can tuck in jewelry, socks, gloves, belts, extra glasses, and more in order to maximize space. Once the heavy bits have been placed where you liked them, use the space between them for smaller items like socks, underwear, rolled-up swimsuits.
3. Fold them up – Yes you read that right! Fold your clothes when packing as items that are folded lay nice and flat as opposed to all those rolled clothes that take up more space. The first layer should be your shoes and beneath them should the thickest fabrics such as jeans, khakis, woolen skirts, jackets, sweaters. Leave a bit of space when packing for your toiletries, books, and hairbrush.
4. Personal care products – Always place fragile items and personal care products in a padded fabric case and it should be kept in the center of your luggage so they are protected by all your clothes. Small bottles of perfume or cologne should be kept in zip-able freezer bags just in case they leak: you don’t want to reek of your favorite scent the whole time you’re traveling. Remember that if you’re flying, any liquids or gels have to be packed into travel-sized containers and stored within a clear plastic bag in your checked luggage.
5. Practice the 1-2-3-4-5-6 Rule – Here’s one of the simplest and best suitcase-packing tips we’ve heard. For a week-long trip, pack:
- 1 hat
- 2 pairs of shoes
- 3 pairs of pants or skirts
- 4 shirts
- 5 pairs of socks
- 6 sets of underwear
This list can be modified to suit your needs and the nature of your trip. For example, a business trip requires a different wardrobe than a cruise. And maybe you’re a two-shirts-a-day person, just because. But it’s a good place to start if you’re not sure how much clothing to pack.
6. Replace the Material with the Digital – Books are bulky, but bytes don’t weigh a thing. If you’re bringing a phone or other mobile device, consider downloading maps, translation apps, travel guides and reading material for your trip. One exception is travel documents. While it’s a good idea to store digital copies of your passport and itinerary on your phone, you should pack a few printed versions as well.
7. What to do with dirty laundry – One of the most useful suitcases packing tips is to think ahead for what you’ll do with dirty laundry. Some people use packing cubes or special sections built into their luggage. But if you don’t have either of those options, you can easily rely on sealable bags, which do a fine job keeping unpleasant odors from spreading through your suitcase. When you initially pack for your trip, your sealable bags will be empty, so they won’t take up much space. Once full, you can keep them in an outer suitcase pocket to find them with ease and keep your other items smelling fresh.
Be sure to take a copy of the list you made with you so that you can cross things off again on your return trip: you don’t want to leave anything behind in your hotel room.
Until then, happy travels!
Poland is not an obvious choice among tourists, so it can be hard to find all the gems. Thus, your Polish holidays will be full of stunning views, wonderful stories, and good memories. The beauty of Polish scenery will amaze you. That lovely country located in the middle of Europe offers a lot of amazing places to see, and we will list them here for you.
Better known by the German name of Marienburg, is most well-known for its castle, which was ordered built in the 13th century by the Knights of the Teutonic Order as their headquarters, Europe’s largest Gothic fortress is named after the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of the city and castle. The castle is actually three castles, making it the world’s largest brick castle. Much of the castle has been restored since then.
Lublin, located east of the Vistula, is another ancient city with a market place that may have dated back to the sixth century. Because it is located on Poland’s eastern border, it became, early on, a line of defense against various invaders that destroyed the city over the centuries. It also was home to one of the largest Jewish communities in Poland. Evidence of Lublin connecting Western and Eastern cultures can be found at the Holy Trinity Chapel that blends Catholic and Russian-Byzantine styles. But don’t be fooled by the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture of the Old Town, as it boasts a lively arts and nightclub scene.
The Bialowieza Forest is a large remnant of the primeval forests that once covered much of Europe. The forest straddles the border between Poland and the Republic of Belarus, and there are border crossings for tourists on foot or on bicycles. The Bialowieza Forest is the only place where European Bison still remain free and living in the forest as they once did throughout Europe. Wolves, Lynx, Red Deer, Wild Boar, Elk and Roe Deer are among its other inhabitants. While the bison are kept within fenced areas, guided tours are available either on foot or in horse-drawn carriages.
Torun, located on the Vistula River, is best known, perhaps, as the birthplace of Copernicus, but it’s just as well known for its old market place and Gothic town hall that the National Geographic Polska put on its list of the 30 most beautiful places in the world. The city still boasts numerous buildings that date back to the Middle Ages. John the Evangelist and John the Baptist, dating back to the 14th century. This church is a must-see for travelers interested in Gothic paintings and sculptures, and Baroque altars.
Travelers who crave scenic beauty will find it in Tatra National Park, located in southcentral Poland. Established in 1954, the park is mainly forests, meadows and numerous rock formations covering the Tatra Mountains. Spelunkers may enjoy touring six of the park’s 650 caves that are open to the public. The park also offers more than 30 alpine lakes as well as the Wielka Siklawa waterfall that is 70 meters (230 feet) high. Tatra, the most visited national park in Poland, will delight hikers with its 270 km (170 miles) of trails.
Student travelers wanting to meet their Polish peers might want to visit Poznan, long known as an academic center and home to Poland’s third largest university. The city hosts many international events, including the Malta International Theatre Festival that takes place every summer. Major sites are easily accessible by strolling the Royal-Imperial Route, a walk set up especially for tourists. Athletes may enjoy a visit to the artificial lake of Malta, home to a ski slope, ice rink, and swimming pools.
Located on the Oder River, Wroclaw is the largest city in western Poland. The former capital of Silesia is still less well-known as some of the other places to visit in Poland but can definitely compete when it comes to amazing architecture. Main attractions include the market square and the impressive Old Town Hall, St, Elizabeth’s Church with its observation deck overlooking the city, and the largest zoo in Poland. Sailing on the Oder River is a relaxing way to get a feel for this medieval city.
Also known as Danzig, Gdansk is the largest city in northern Poland and its main seaport since it lies on the Baltic Sea. Founded around the 10th century, it has a mixed political history; at different times it belonged to Germany and Poland, and was a free state before permanently becoming a part of Poland after World War II. The city rebuilt itself after the war, restoring its Old Town, which is famous for the Royal Road that Polish kings traveled on when visiting this historical city. The city also is home to St. Mary church, the largest brick church in the world.
The capital of Poland might aptly be compared to a Phoenix rising from the ashes. Warsaw was pretty much destroyed during World War II, but has rebuilt itself into a thriving historical and cultural center, complete with a restored Old Town. Travelers of all ages will enjoy a visit to the Copernicus Science Center where hands-on activities abound.
Krakow might be described as a rags to riches city, since it went from being a seventh century village to the second most important city in Poland, being known for its cultural, artistic, academic and economic activities. Located on the Vistula River, this former Polish capital is easy to get around, since attractions radiate out from Old Town, considered the best Old Town in the country.
1. Wear a money belt to protect your passport and valuables
I wish I had a penny for every time somebody tried to pickpocket me in Barcelona. Wearing a money belt in a foreign country is a great idea, especially if your hotel room doesn’t have a safe. I know many people who were pick-pocketed without even knowing (be sure to never leave your wallet in a back pocket). If you’re vehemently against wearing a money belt (for style or other reasons), I recommend making copies of your passport and credit cards. Better safe than sorry!
2. Get a credit card with no foreign transaction fees
Thanks to credit cards, the days of carrying copious amounts of local currency are over. I have the Chase Sapphire Card, which offers no foreign transaction fees, 2x points on travel and dining, and 25% additional value when redeeming travel expenses (airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises). I highly recommend getting a credit card like this, so you won’t have to worry about international transaction fees. It also allows you to rack up travel rewards that you can use for future trips!
3. Research places where the locals go
One of the best things about traveling is being able to immerse yourself in the local culture. Rather than eating at McDonalds or shopping at international chains, I recommend researching spots where you’ll find many locals. TripAdvisor reviews are particularly helpful with this. There are many other travel apps out there as well. Walking tours are also a great way to learn about the hidden gems and neighborhoods where the locals hang out.
4. Print your boarding pass(in case your phone dies)
Though I use mobile boarding passes whenever possible, I always print one as a backup. There was an instance last year when my phone was at 70% battery life, and suddenly died at the gate prior to boarding. Bad luck? Perhaps. But this traumatic experience proved to me that it’s always smarter to have a physical backup.
5. Purchase tickets for attractions in advance
This is definitely one of the most important international travel tips. Not only will this give you a head start in planning your itinerary, but it will also help you avoid long lines. I’ve made the mistake of not buying tickets beforehand for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam Time is precious when you’re traveling!
6. Bring snacks
Airport food is grossly overpriced, so I recommend eating a big meal before arriving at the airport, and bringing snacks with you on the plane. Once you reach your destination, it’s equally as important to be prepared with snacks. Packing them for the day gives you more flexibility and saves you money. Unless you’re on a guided tour, you can expect that your international travels will never go exactly according to plan. It’s likely that you won’t be having lunch at 12:00 sharp, so plan accordingly and pack some tasty snacks!
7. Check with your doctor to see if any vaccinations are required or recommended
This is particularly important if you’re planning to visit countries in Asia or Africa. In addition to your doctor, government websites are also a valuable resource. I always check the US Department of State website for advisories and recommended vaccinations prior to traveling. These resources are crucial, as health conditions in a given place can suddenly change. Though you probably already have the required vaccinations for most countries, it is a smart idea to double check.
8. Pack extra clothes in your carry-on
This is one of those travel tips that many international travelers overlook. If you’re planning to bring a checked bag on your flight, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Even in 2019, there is a possibility that airlines can mishandle your checked luggage. Some of my family members and friends have been the last people at the baggage claim, only to find out that their luggage didn’t arrive. Sometimes, there could be a 24-hour delay before receiving your luggage. In order to avoid having to purchase clothes at your destination (who has time for that?), I recommend packing a few clothing items in your carry-on just in case.
9. Bring an international travel adapter
This tip applies to everyone, especially those who use cell phones and cameras to document their adventures. Many countries around the world have different voltages. Rather than buying individual adapters, and having to remember how many prongs apply to each place, I recommend buying a universal travel adapter/converter. In case you were wondering – American outlets take 2 flat prongs, continental Europe takes two round prongs, and the UK takes three rectangular prongs.
10. Ensure your passport will not expire within 6 months of visiting
This is one of the most crucial tips that should be on your international travel checklist. Most countries don’t allow entry for tourists unless their passport will expire at least 6 months after the final travel date. In other words, if your passport has less than 6 months until expiration, you must renew it as soon as possible. Otherwise, you won’t be allowed to travel internationally. Are you planning any international trips for 2019? Be sure to check your passport’s expiration date now!
The best season is finally here, the season to get onto your best swimsuit, that season is summer! Back are the long warm evenings, the longer daytime, and the sunny days. Well, summer is the time we get to travel the world and discover new places that are on our bucketlist. Here is a list of beautiful summer destination that maybe you’ve never heard of! So the time to tick some places off the list is here finally.
Prince’s Islands, Turkey – Do you want to roam around the city in a horse-drawn carriage? Then Prince’s Islands is the place to go. Go back in the medieval times and experience the silence of this marvelous island. As all motorized vehicles are banned, this island is an oasis of peace and quietness. Along with the sound of horse hoofs, there are many features that make the Prince’s Islands unique and that’s the narrow streets that adorned with untouched pine-forest or wooden Victorian cottages. You can go there by boat. There are different ferries operated by the IDO and the locals. Ferries are easily accessible transport but also slow, so be patient. Be an early bird, if you want it on time as you will have to beat the crowd of local!
South Korea – Famous for all adventurous travelers’ delights, this amazing country has marvelous national parks, mountains, and islands. If you want to feel more urban then visit Seoul and try the Korean BBQ and soju! If you are more a fan of the coast, the Busan is the place to go. For a beach day out, visit Jeju Island where you will be pampered with outdoor spas and spine-tingling lava tube tours. Do visit the UNESCO world heritage site, Changdeokgung Palace is a 15th-century royal villa. Expertly designed to accommodate the uneven terrain at the foot of the mountain peak, this villa is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. This villa has the most beautiful garden and the best time to visit it is during the fall season. This place represents the beauty of Korea.
Batumi, Georgia – Known as the “Little Las Vegas of the Black Sea”, this place is yet to be discovered by tourists. If you are an architecture lover or just a traveler, then this place is going to be your haven. Enjoy extremely modern architecture that is unseen anywhere else, relax on the beautiful coast of the Black Sea while gulping on the superb Georgian cuisine. Don’t worry about breaking the bank, everything is quite affordable there. For nightlife, you can go clubbing or visit a restaurant and tease your palate. The accommodation is super cheap be it with or without a sea view. At night, every building and palm trees are illuminated, also don’t miss the moving monument of love where two statues literally come closer to each other and go through themselves in order to get separated and get close again. This place needs to be discovered soon!
Lake Ohrid, Macedonia – Unlike its bigger and famous neighbor, Greece, Macedonia receives lesser foreign tourist than expected. Bad, yes but also good, why? Well, Lake Ohrid is the perfect summer destination and you don’t want the beach to be hoarded with a ton of people, that’s why it’s good that few people know it! Lake Ohrid has beautiful beaches that are both wild and filled with hotels, warm and clear waters where you can take a dip any time of the day. Take a tour around and be mesmerized by the spectacular Ottoman architecture and rich history. Be ready to invest your money in really amazing food at really amazing prices.
Surin Islands, Thailand – Not as famous as Phuket, Surin Islands is yet to be discovered! Located in the Mu Koh Surin National Park, this place is excellent for diving, snorkeling, hiking, and game fishing. If you want to find refuge from noisy tourists and urban centers, then you are welcomed to visit this beautiful island. You can either choose to stay in lodges, bungalows, and tents that may be booked through the Royal Thai Forest Department. Enjoy this island to its core by taking advantage of all services such as live-aboard boats or go scuba diving.
Cape Verde – Slowly getting on the tourist map, this place has cheap flights from many European cities. The islands of Sal and Boa Vista are the main attraction because of the lazy beach holiday and the never-ending long strands of white sand. If you are an adventurous type, then visit the volcanic and green ‘beach’ islands Fogo and Brava, you will be mind-blown. Brava has its own microclimate that offers beautiful town scenery, cliffs, and natural pools made of volcanic rock. This tiny African country is the perfect place to experience authentic African culture or local life. The capital of the island, Espargos and Palmeria, this place is less touristy but the accommodation is really cheap. There isn’t much to see around but the graffiti buildings are to be visited. Don’t forget to buy the locally made crafts in other islands but be aware of souvenir stalls owners who will try to entice you into buying cheap souvenirs at expensive rates.
So which country is on your list? Let me know in the comment section!
Everyone loves a European trip, either solo or with their family. If you are planning the same thing then it’s a good choice. If you are planning to look away from cities like Paris, London, Venice, and Rome, then it’s best. So here are five European cities that are still waiting to be explored by tourists.
- Lagoa&Silves, Portugal – One of the best-kept secret, this city has two municipalities alongside each other and provide the perfect mix of history, culture, cuisine, those sunny all year round beaches. Silves was once the capital of the Arab kingdom here in the Algarve. The well-preserved red castle perching above the colorful streets and squares are not be missed. Surrounded by green hills and orange trees, Silves town is known for its impressive local market, an ancient mosque that is now converted to a church which boasts Gothic and Baroque features and plenty of traditional coffee shops lining its small cobbled streets. In the past 30 years, Lagoa has become one of the most respected wine regions in Portugal. This postcard-perfect village is still a local fishing village. Walk on the clifftop boardwalk, spend your days at the beaches and explore the famous Benagail caves. It is true that these two destinations are the perfect mix of culture and relaxation!
- Piran, Slovenia – Sometimes called the Venice of Slovenia, Piran is considered as one of the best spots in Europe. Exposed to the enviable position on the Adriatic coast. This city is a mix of red rooftops and white houses. As part of the small Slovenian coastline, the beaches are popular. This city has a great history and sun loungers. Explore a totally different feel when traveling through the countryside as you will be welcomed by vineyards, olive groves, and an old-world vibe.
- Furore, Italy – A place that is not yet overloaded with tourists is Furore in Italy. Located on the Amalfi Coast, this city was named by the bus driver who was sick of the winds along the coast. Furore is formed almost inversely to Amalfi or Positano, by a fjord. Furore is quiet and the houses are sparsely dotted around the cliff face. Instead of the traditional swimming, go trekking, free climbing, or mountain biking.
- Ramsko Jezero, Bosnia&Herzegovina – Mostly considered as underrated, Bosnia&Herzegovina is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. If you are in for a road trip, then this city is best to be explored like this. This lake is part of the Prozor region and it is the perfect place to re-connect with nature. Explore the Monastery at Scit in the middle of the lake. The views are just breath-taking. So don’t wait up too much, just book your tickets to this haven!
- Bergen, Norway – One place where you can travel solo without any worry! Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and it is a must to visit as the real magic lies in the untouched nature outside of the city. Go on hiking trips and day trips by boat to the Fjords if you really want to explore this piece of gem.
So pack up!
As summer is setting in slowly in the Northern Hemisphere, going on holiday is on everyone’s mind! The worst and most dreaded thing to do when going on a trip is PACKING! Just that for you not to forget all your travel documents should be packed first. I know it can be irritating but just imagine going to ask your ‘neighbors’ for something that you forgot, how awkward it would be. So to prevent this awkwardness, here are some least important things that you will need!
- Pack your toiletry bag and at least two change of clothing as well as two bathing suits.
- Don’t forget your sunglasses as the sun will always be there and you don’t want to have a migraine while on holiday.
- As you are going to an island, it is logical that you use sunscreen. Use a sunscreen that has high SPF as it lasts longer.
- Done your head with a hat! It is critical for comfort and health. If possible buy hats that have a fan installed in them.
- A hand fan is one of the most important things that you need to take. Depends on where you are going, it is sure that you are going to need that.
- As islands are taking their stands against climate change, there has been a reduction of plastic components on the market in some island countries. So in order to keep your bikini, better rely on a wet bikini bag. You don’t want to go back to the hotel carrying your wet bikini in front of other guests. A wet bikini bag is useful especially if you are move.
- As you are guest in someone’s else country, so keep it as your home. Carry garbage bags in order to put all your garbage in it.
- Things get sweaty down here in a hurry, one minute you are fresh as the morning dew and the next moment you know you’re drowned in your own sweat. So to remedy to this, you can use dry shampoo to help you keep your scalp from draining all the sweats. Use it twice a day for better result.
- If you are a bookworm, then do take your books! Don’t rely on electronic items as it is very likely to have a glare on the screen. So take your real books and read them all vacation long.
- As you are going to an island, it is sure that there can be rains every now and then. To avoid walking in the rain, have water sneakers and a waterproof case for your phone.
It might be least but you always need something when you don’t have it!
It is undeniably true that the best way to explore a country is on foot! Whether it is vanquishing your fear of mountains or passing through a remote village or getting lost in the jungle, hiking is one of the most sought-after activities for tourists. You may feel like a bonafide explorer such as Andrew Skurka or Jennifer Pharr Davis. You might have known that hiking is the best way to vent out all the energies you have in. Here is a list of 10 countries where hiking is totally worth it!
Australia – Bay of Fires – Discover the endless beaches of white sand, boulders covered in blood red lichen, and alongside turquoise water. The best time to visit and for hiking is from October to May. Bay of Fires was recently named the hottest destination by ‘Lonely Planet’. Be mesmerized by the wealth of local wildlife to see on a self-guided hikes.
Canada – Tonquin Valley – This amazing scenery and landscape is worth the experience and effort to get into the valley. Tonquin Valley is home to some of the most stunning sceneries in all of south-west Canada. Surrounding the theatrical Ramparts mountain range, the beautiful Amethyst Lakes, and the breath-taking Eremite Valley, Tonquin Valley is not to be missed at all. 2 to 4 days are enough to cover the majority of the area, therefore you have more time to explore the area in greater detail.
Peru – Inca Trail – One of the most popular hikes in the world, Inca Trail takes you through 26 miles of grueling inclines and declines. Get a chance to explore ruins, jungle, and beautiful mountain scenery, and of course end the hike at Machu Picchu. The best times to visit are from May to September. At the end of the trail, you can proudly say that you have conquered Machu Picchu.
Tanzania – Kilimanjro – Africa’s highest peak and still on most people’s bucket list, Kilimanjro is the best place for hiking in groups. There are six official routes on which one can complete a Mount Kilimanjro hike. It take more than seven days to complete the hike and the best time to visit are in January, February or September. Most hikes are guided and worth it as it ends with a spectacular view above the clouds.
Nepal – Everest Base Camp Trek – Everest Base Camp Trek is now becoming one of most favorite hiking spots for hike-lovers. Be astounded by the most spectacular mountain scenery and marvelous temples. It take in total 16 days to hike the Everest Base Camp. Be ready to get face-to-face with the highest point on Earth. You can visit Nepal from March to May and September to November.
Bhutan – Snowman Trek – This trek takes more than 30 days to complete and is considered as one of the hardest trails on the planet. There are many people who are unable to finish it because of its unpredictable weather. Be mesmerized by Bhutan’s pristine landscape, wonderful people and fascinating Buddhist culture. You can opt for guided tours to facilitate your trek. Even if it is one of the most difficult trails, the scenery, flora, and fauna are totally worth it.
USA – Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Hike – Having Grand Canyon in a hiker’s bucket list is nothing surprising! You can have an in-depth look of Earth’s greatest features while appreciating its vastness physically, the views and scenery by being there up close. It takes 4 to 6 days to explore the Grand Canyon. The best times to visit are from March to May and September to November. The Grand Canyon is an easy trail and can be undertaken by kids and elderly person also.
New Zealand – Routeburn Track – With soaring mountain peaks, huge valleys, waterfalls and jewel-like lakes, Routeburn Track has some of the biggest and spectacular sceneries! Routeburn Track gives you a chance to see equally the view with few people. It takes 2 to 4 days to complete the trail and the best time to visit is from November to April. Routeburn Track is also a bird sanctuary where native birds, such as robins, bellbirds, fantails and wood pigeon, are usually seen. Though there is a shorter distance to walk, the scenery is worth everything!
Iceland – Laugavegurinn/ Fimmvörđuháls Pass – The best time to visit this gem is from June to September and it takes four days to complete the trail. Walk through the volcanic landscapes, lichen-covered rocks, and amazing views of rhyolite peaks, Laugavegurinn is one hike that is not to be missed by passionate hikers. It is true that Iceland is the hikers’ paradise. National Geographic has voted the Fimmvörđuháls Pass as one of the world’s best hikes. If you want big, then this is one of the most epic hikes in Iceland, the tiny strip of land that sits between two glaciers are just wow.
France, Italy, and Switzerland – Tour du Mont Blanc – The highest peak in Western Europe, Mont Blanc sets out to be an incredible 10-days circuit linking these three Alpine countries where you can explore the famed mountain range that has beckoned climbers for centuries. The best times to visit it is anytime from July to mid-September.
So when are you packing your trekking shoes? If I have missed some other country, feel free to share!