Are you looking for destinations that aren't overcrowded with tourists? Maybe somewhere that isn't on most people's vacation radar? I reached out to some well-travelled (and very talented) travel bloggers and writers to find out their recommendations for hidden gems in Europe that YOU should visit this year!
My first trip to Paris resulted in me really hating the city, so when my best friend asked if I wanted to join her for a long weekend in La Ville Lumière... I wasn't totally sure. However, she's awesome (for real) and flights weren't too expensive so I decided I would go.And you know what?I don't regret it ONE bit! I think it ended up being one of my best trips that year and we had an amazing time, plus we pretty did our own Instagram-inspired tour of the city. So, what are the most beautiful places to visit in Paris? Here are my top picks for the most awesome photo opportunities in the city!
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!
The beautiful city of York was founded by the Romans in 71 AD and is well known for its beautiful historic architecture. Consistently voted as one of the best places to live in the UK as well as one of the safest cities in the world, York is a perfect place for a weekend break. Easily accessible by train from around the country, a weekend in York is easily planned and easily enjoyed!Whether you’re a history buff, a beer aficionado, a coffee fiend or even a trainspotter, York really does have something for everyone. Here are the best things to do during a weekend break in York!
After my third visit to Amsterdam this January, I realised that I've never written any posts about the city! I still have so much more of the city to see (and always will!) but I have put together my list of the best photo spots in Amsterdam that I absolutely love.The capital of The Netherlands has always been known for its 'progressive' side - to the coffee shops where you can smoke a joint or eat a hash brownie or to its infamous Red Light District. The capital is also home to beautiful architecture, photogenic canals and lots of great coffee!Here are the best photo spots that you can't miss while in Amsterdam!
Wellington was one of my favourite cities in New Zealand and would probably be the top city I would choose to live in if I moved there! Wellington is the capital of New Zealand (not Auckland!) and the second most populous city in the country. Located in the south of the North Island, Wellington connects the North Island with the South Island across the Cook Strait and Marlborough Sounds by way of the Interislander Ferry to Picton.Wellington became the capital in 1865, replacing Auckland which had been the capital since 1841 since members of parliament wanted a more central capital city to both islands. There is so much to do in the city, from museums to gardens and cafes to beaches, and there are lots of totally free things to do in Wellington as well!
Auckland, a city often mistaken as New Zealand's capital. While it is the largest city in the country, the capital is further south in the coffee haven of Wellington, but Auckland can probably take the title of the financial capital of New Zealand!While well-known for being a bustling city for business, Auckland is not massively recognised for tourism and this is definitely a mistake. Many people simply use Auckland as a place to start or end their New Zealand trip but if you can you should certainly aim to spend a day or more in the city.There is so much to do from adventuring to the nearby islands and beaches to experiencing the amazing night markets. For those short on time, here are two one day in Auckland guides comprising my recommendations of the best things to do in Auckland! I hope you enjoy creating your personal Auckland itinerary from these!Want to download an eBook version of this post for easy reading on the go? Head over to my eBook page to download it for free!
The Bay of Islands is a beautiful region of New Zealand that has an amazing subtropical climate. Only three hours from Auckland, the Bay of Islands has so much to do and Paihia is one of the best bases in the region. If you're looking for the best things to do in Paihia, look no further!