Europe

12 Hours in Brighton - A day trip from London

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I fell in love with the seaside of southern England on a trip to Southampton earlier this year and when my partner planned our vegan foodie getaway to London this autumn, I knew I wanted to return to the coast for a brief stint. And what better city is there, to go to on a day trip from London, than Brighton! And so we booked our tickets, made a list of s[...]

Magic Malta: Top 10 things to do in Malta

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Cast your eye beyond the Italian island of Sicily, just above the coast of North Africa, and you’ll find the archipelago of Malta. Plonked in the southernmost fringe of Europe, these little Mediterranean islands are surrounded by the bluest of waters, doused in the most golden sunlight and full to the brim of smooth local wine that’ll have you gasping for mo[...]

Hotels we love: Breathing Nordic air in Smucke Steed

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One of my long-term travel resolutions this year has been to reduce the amount of flights I take and explore my surroundings a little better. I wanted to get to know Germany's lesser known hideaways a little better and felt that two decades of escaping to faraway places left me clueless as to where a good old weekend on the countryside can be spent. Now Smuc[...]

6 Ways To Save Money While Traveling in Switzerland

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Switzerland puts the fear of an empty bank account into the hearts of many travelers. And I get it. Aside from Norway and Iceland, it is probably the most expensive country in Europe. So, in this post I want to help you and your purse survive a trip through Switzerland. One that will leave your eyes wide, your camera full, and a chocolate-coated smile on [...]

7 Secret Bars & Restaurants In The UK

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There’s nothing like the thrill of finding delicious food and drink in an undiscovered place. So-called hidden or “secret” restaurants have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Many have taken inspiration from old illegal speakeasy’s erected in the 1880’s after the idea came overseas from New York. Nowadays, it’s a lot less illegal and a lot [...]

A 3-day road trip in Austria from Vienna to Carinthia

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Every time I go home to Austria, I love discovering new parts of the country. The last time I visited, my brother and his wife suggested a road trip to Carinthia, the southernmost state of Austria - well-known for its clear lakes, tall mountains and lots of sunshine. Together with my partner, we made our way down south - but not without making several stops [...]

How to visit 12 Scottish islands in 2 weeks

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Earlier this year, I counted how many Scottish Islands I had visited since I moved here in 2013. I don't usually count countries, but I thought - to heck with it - and did it anyway. With 790 islands, some inhabited, but many just pure wilderness - there is no way to ever "see them all", and so the counting became about something different than just ticking [...]

Why Cyprus is a perfect backpacking or solo travel destination

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Contrary to popular belief, Cyprus’ tourism product is not designed only for 18-year old partying or for elderly couples’ long term retirement holidays. Just like other countries such as Spain, Greece, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and many South East Asia countries, you can design your trip around your interests and budget without any limitations. Distance and [...]

How to road trip Iceland during off-season

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Getting started When leaving Berlin in late March to road trip Island, the first reaction of most friends was „Why would you leave to the cold again after 8 months of Siberian climate?“ Understandable question after a long time of hibernation in the German capital. But also one that could be answered easily „Because the flights were really cheap I want to g[...]

6 Reasons to Visit Como in Italy

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Benvenuto! Welcome to Como, Italy! Como, Italy, is that destination you should add to your world-class travel bucket list if you’re hoping to stumble upon a location that is simply the best of both worlds. If you were hoping to have one foot in “city-life” and one foot in the “natural wonders of the world,” Como, Italy, is your shimmering jewel of a pl[...]