Good evening travellers! (Or good morning/afternoon/night, depending where you are in the world). I am currently writing this while sat in the bar/lounge area of my hostel in Bucharest and am enjoying being out of the cold for a few hours...On Wednesday, I left my home-of-the-last-five-months (Austria) and started my journey to Bucharest. I knew I had to be here by Sunday, but the question was where to visit on the way!As someone who often likes to check where they can fly to for low prices, I had often seen Skopje come up and had checked it out on Google. I loved it! The architecture, the history, and - the icing on the cake - a budget destination. Skopje was a little bit of a detour (and not really the most logical route) on the way to Bucharest, but I had made up my mind.To Skopje I would go!
On my rather lengthy journey to Bucharest from Austria, I made a stop in Sofia.Unfortunately, due to a delay in leaving Austria, I only got the opportunity to spend one night there which meant my entire stay in Sofia totalled less than 12 hours.However, from my (short) stay in the country, I know I want to go back.To read more about underrated destinations that should be on your bucket list, check out my round-up of top off-the-beaten-path destinations for 2016 and for 2017!
Prague (Czech: Praha) has been becoming more and more popular a spot for travellers. No longer an "undiscovered gem" of Central Europe, it is now one of the most popular destinations in the region. What is it that makes Prague so special?There is simply so much to do in the city, whether you are a foodie, into museums or just love to wander. This Prague itinerary has everything you should do on your first visit to the city. This itinerary is perfect if you only have one day in Prague and want to fit all the best spots in or if you have a few days in the city and want to have a more leisurely city break.Keep on reading for all the best places to visit in Prague!
Lithuania is a small (ish) country in the Baltic region of Europe and is where my family originally hails from. I have always been surprised at how little people know of Lithuania (and the amount of people who have no idea where it is) and most people tend to just think of it as 'one of those countries above Poland' or 'one of the ones that used to be in the USSR'. I mean, this is accurate (it is north-east of Poland and it WAS part of the USSR from 1940 to 1991) but Lithuania has so much more to its history, culture and identity.One of these amazing things is their food. I love trying local foods wherever I travel and Lithuania did not let me down!
Riga, a capital city that many have never heard of. Latvia, a country that many people can't place on a map. And yet there are so many things to do in Riga and so many reasons why Riga should be your next city break! I travelled to Riga in collaboration with airBaltic to find out exactly why you should visit the small Baltic city - believe me, it's definitely worth a visit!Disclaimer: My flights to and from Riga were sponsored by airBaltic. However, as always, all opinions are my own (and probably weird and wacky and a little odd, as normal).
Istanbul - a major city in Turkey with a long and eventful history. Historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople, this city that straddles both Europe and Asia has stood the tests of time and is now home to over 15 million people. With a history dating back to 600 BCE, there are many incredible sights to see in Istanbul. From the world-famous Hagia Sophia to the lesser known Suleymaniye Mosque and from colourful Balat to the incredible views from Swissotel The Bosphorus, there is definitely something for everyone in Istanbul. Here you can find my round-up of the most instagrammable places in Istanbul - prepare to be stunned!
While not one of the most well known Polish cities, Wroclaw is definitely a city you shouldn't miss! The biggest city in Western Poland, Wroclaw is located in the region of Lower Silesia and throughout history has been part of Poland, Bohemia, Prussia and Nazi Germany. It's best known for its beautiful colourful facades in the main square but there's so much more than that - here is my round up of the best things to do in Wroclaw, Poland!
Now, we all know that Europe is pretty much a castle-lovers dream. From stunning German palaces to imposing Polish castles, there is bound to be a castle to transport you to your own personal fairytale. But how about staying in a castle? If that's something on your bucket list then keep reading - because that's exactly what we did on our weekend in Walbrzych!