Tags archives: off-the-beaten-track

The Travelettes Guide to Poznan, Poland

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If you've never heard of Poznan, you're not the only one. Before I found the city on a map when looking for weekend trips out of Berlin, I'd never heard of it either. Poznan is the 5th biggest city in Poland, and it's under 4 hours away from Berlin, in the west of the country. By bus it's a breeze to get there, so we followed the unexpected and headed to Poz[...]

Wilderness and culture: A day in Hay-on-Wye

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On the border of England and Wales, Hay-on-Wye is world famous for its literary festival, which runs in May and June. But this sleepy, charming town deserves a visit at other times too. What’s extraordinary about Hay-on-Wye is that you can spend hours out in the wilderness of the rugged Black Mountains, with only sheep and shaggy ponies for company. A[...]

15 for the Bucket List: Europe's Top Hidden Destinations

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Not a single day passes without someone in my various social media timelines asking about the best spot for a vacation in Europe. Paris, Mallorca, Santorini - the usual suspects are super popular but people are craving new experiences and places which have not yet been spoiled by mass tourism. Luckily, the clever people at Mastercard have teamed up with some[...]

How to escape the tourist crowds in Italy

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You may be surprised to learn that some people have a love-hate relationship with Italy. When I first traveled to Italy in my early 20s I found the tourist crowds suffocating, the traffic insane, the prices exorbitant and the noise intolerable. Twenty years later I returned, determined to find the beautiful Italy that so many people talk about. This time [...]

9 amazing things to do on Easter Island Besides seeing the Moai

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Remote as it is historically alluring, Easter Island (Isla de Pascua in Spanish; Rapa Nui to the locals) often tops the bucket lists of intrepid travelers. Most make the 5-hour plane journey from mainland Chile for one reason alone: the Moai. These ancient statues— erected by different tribes for what is believed to be religious worship— are scattered throug[...]

5 amazing Surprises waiting in the Baltic States

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What a strange white light, I thought, as I blinked, having a hard time keeping my sleepy eyes open. We had only been wandering the buzzing streets of central Riga for a short while but I could already feel the special atmosphere in the place. It was still winter here, as the chilly temperature and a few unmelted snowdrifts testified.  Taking advantage of[...]

15 Quirky things to do in London

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Ah London. The big smoke. The capital of ole blighty. It's a concrete jungle that's thick with people, arts, culture and a myriad of food that will tantalize your tastebuds continuously. It's a never-ending whirlwind of crowds, lights and skyscrapers which can provide an ace city break for those who visit England. It may be easy to pull together a lis[...]

20 Surprising facts about Myanmar you didn't know

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Myanmar only recently opened to tourism which is probably one of the reasons why everyone who visits this country is so fascinated by it. It not only offers stunning places to visit, but it has cordial and helpful people who are every day discovering opportunities brought to them by a new democratic regime. These are 20 reasons why I consider Myanmar to b[...]

A Trip to Bhalil: Going off the beaten track in Morocco

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When planning my trip to Morocco back in October 2016, I definitely did not want it to be just another imperial cities and desert journey like many. Sure, I could not wait to see Fes or Marrakesh, and I was looking forward Chefchaouen's characteristic blue, not to mention the wonderful experience a friend of mine had in Rabat in her month long stay that made[...]

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