I love going back to cities I visited as a child to see what I remember and to properly explore them again - Tallinn was one of these cities for me! I first visited over 10 years ago and so it was high time to return. Tallinn is one of those cities that looks like a real-life fairytale as it has one of the best preserved medieval towns in all of Europe, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Two days in Tallinn is a perfect introduction to the city and to Estonia. You can also combine this two day Tallinn itinerary with other cities in the Baltic or other places in Estonia, as well as a trip to Helsinki!
When I first started packing for the Dominican Republic, I figured it would be a pretty basic 'bring dresses and swimsuits' type event. However, I started remembering more and more things I would need and once I got there, I realised how many things I had forgotten and definitely needed!Here is my guide on what to pack for the Dominican Republic - whatever season it is! While this guide is predominantly aimed at female travellers (although guys, if you want to wear a summery dress then feel free, no judgement here), it can still be used as a Dominican Republic packing list for men if you substitute or leave out some of the items (I'm guessing you probably don't need a bikini or a bra).Happy packing!
I want to discuss something that I was prompted to think more deeply into thanks to something that happened on Instagram. I posted a story about how two fellow travellers and content creators (Eva Zu Beck and Against the Compass) had inspired me to add some 'random' and 'off the beaten path' destinations to my bucket list. The ones I mentioned were specifically due to content I had seen recently that had inspired me - Iraqi Kurdistan, Pakistan, Iran, Oman, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia.This was then picked up by an account who shared my stories with their followers. They also told me they were 'concerned with [my] language' and that I was 'reinforcing marginalisation and notions of cultural superiority'. After their sharing of my stories, I started to get a LOT of messages. Many of these were rather abusive and hateful (including one person calling me a 'racist pig' and saying my 'language is disgusting').However, it did also encourage some civil discussion with some people, who were polite enough to explain why they thought my use of the phrases 'random' and 'off the beaten path' was damaging. I can understand why people found my phrasing offensive when I called their countries 'random' - to be honest, I would find it a tiny bit insulting if someone said my country/city was a 'random' place to go (although I live in a very small town in Hampshire which has no reason for people to visit... so maybe calling it a random place to visit wouldn't be particularly incorrect).Since much of the 'discussion' was a lot of people shouting their opinions and not taking the time to actually listen to WHY people hold the opinions they do, I wanted to research it more in depth and try to understand the reasoning behind all of this and whether calling places 'off the beaten path' is actually harmful, as well as to how it impacts both locals and tourists alike.
Whether you're simply considering a trip to the Dominican Republic or you have a trip planned for Spring Break or for a family getaway, these travel tips for the Dominican Republic will ensure you're well prepared for whatever trip you are planning!My trip to the Dominican Republic was my first visit to a Caribbean island and I didn't entirely know what to expect. Since I've lived in Honduras I had a good idea about certain things (e.g. PACK BUG REPELLENT!) but I definitely learned a lot in the country. So thanks to both my successes and my mistakes, here are my Dominican Republic travel tips for you!