Posts in Europe
20 top tips for your first visit to Croatia + what I would have done differently

I couldn’t wait to head to Croatia this summer. I had heard about its stunning beaches and had read all about the Game of Thrones shooting locations. And then…I arrived. This is probably going to get a lot of internet hate, but…I didn’t love Croatia. I liked it, sort of. But I wouldn’t rush back. Yes, there was plenty to see and no, I didn’t have a bad time. Not every place is “for” everybody, and Croatia just wasn’t “for” me.

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an off-the-beaten-path guide to Vilnius, Lithuania + 7 free things to do

Vilnius had me and my travel partner both asking, “why aren’t more people coming to Vilnius?” It set the bar high for my time in the Baltics and ended up being one of the most underrated places in Europe I went on my most recent jaunt around the continent. The Lithuanian capital has so much to offer in terms of architecture, street art, and delicious food. Vilnius {pronounced vil-noose} has a whole hidden lather of coolness minus any pretension. The people were friendly, the weather was mild, and the city, which was super artsy, was really affordable.

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2 days in Riga, Latvia: the best things to see + do

Riga is filled with historic churches, medieval architecture, and cultural landmarks. Its Old Town and city center was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in the late 90s, making it increasingly popular with tourists. After visiting the lesser-known Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, and declaring it one of the best hidden gems in Europe, I hopped on a bus to Riga, hoping it would match up.

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a complete Tallinn travel guide: where to eat, how to get around, + 10 fun things to do in Tallinn, Estonia

With less than 500,000 inhabitants, Tallinn is a small city, despite being the largest in Estonia. Don’t be surprised if many of those inhabitants dazzle you with their good looks— Estonia breeds more supermodels than any country per capital in the world. It’s a marzipan-filled city with a gorgeous coastline and pretty viewpoints. I quickly fell in love with the Estonian capital. This post is here to help you plan your own trip to Tallinn, complete with how to get there, where to eat, and the best things to do!

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how to take the ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki on a budget + what to expect on the journey

Over a pizza AirBnB dinner, we booked our ferry and we were off to Finland. Because I had put it out of my mind for a time, I hadn’t done much research on how to take the ferry over to Helsinki. I only knew that you could. That’s why I’ve now created this handy guide to help you pick a ferry operator, navigate to the terminal, and save yourself money along the way! In this post, I’ll be focusing primarily on my experience riding the Eckero Line ferry. However, I’ve included notes about alternatives for those seeking to spend.

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what to do in Belgrade, Serbia: a complete guide to THE Serbian capital

Belgrade was filled with art, architecture, and grit. It seems like the entire city has somehow managed to remain off the radar of the masses despite it’s proximity to nation’s currently fighting over-tourism. On top of the perks of fewer crowds, Belgrade was ridiculously affordable. I sat at a nice café with WiFi and had a proper cappuccino for less than USD $1.50— a real deal in Europe.

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how to travel responsibly in Budapest: locally-led tours, social enterprise cafés, + what you can’t miss in Hungary’s capital

While Budapest tourism has risen steadily in recent years thanks to music festivals and its low price tag, the city has also seen a major influx in boozy bachelor parties. These visiting groups often stick to ruin pubs and, while I’m sure they have a great time, they miss out on all the other outstanding things Budapest has to offer. This post serves as a guide to the more responsible {though equally as fun} things to do, places to eat, and cultural sites in Hungary’s capital.

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Lju-beer-ljana: a locally-led craft beer tour of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Craft beer tours in Europe are a dime-a-dozen. Most are more like messy pub crawls than beer tours that pass on historical and cultural knowledge to its participants. Luckily for me, Peter’s craft beer tour of Ljubljana, a capital city that stole my heart, packed in as much architecture, history, and cultural context as it did pints.

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sleeping in a prison cell: a stay at Hostel Celica in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Staying in a prison cell might sound like a nightmare, but Hostel Celica is more like a dream set in the art-meets-grunge Metelkova Mesto area in Ljubljana. Cells of a military prison have been transformed into individual cell rooms designed by local and international artists. My stay at Hostel Celica was one of the most interesting and unique hosted stays I’ve ever had.

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how to spend the perfect day in Lake Bled, Slovenia: how to get there + 5 fun things to do

Lake Bled is quickly garnering attention from travelers thanks to its pristine lake water and dense forest greenery. Topped off with a castle on a hill and famous cream cake, and you have the making’s of what quickly became one of my favourite destinations I’ve visited in Europe ever— which says a lot coming from a girl who literally grew up traveling the continent.

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where to find the best street art + alternative ruin pubs in Budapest: a locally-led tour with BudapestFlow

BudapestFlow is a website and tour company run by Attila, a local of Budapest who wants his city to be known for more than just bachelor parties and stag dos. Touring with Attila through the Jewish Quarter revealed surprise after surprise and gave context to all the beautiful things I had been passing by without much thought. In this way, Attila has masterfully combined history, street murals, and a facilitated conversation around gentrification.

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a café guide to Vienna, Austria: UNESCO cafés + modern brunch spots in the Austrian capital

I’ve put together a list of my favourite coffee houses in Vienna that include both the posh places in town and the more modern brunch spots for the new wave of travelers eager to enjoy a Viennese cappuccino.

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the big guide to Vienna, Austria: where to eat, how to get around, + the best things to do in Vienna

Vienna is exactly what you would expect from a classy European capital. Filled with awesome architecture, harrowing history, and outstanding operatics, there is culture oozing from every pore of the city. From castles to cafés, Vienna offers something for everyone. In this guide, you’ll find exactly where to eat, what to see + do, and how to get around the beautiful Austrian capital. Don’t forget to check out the map at the bottom of the post to help you navigate the city!

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10 of the best things to do in Seville, Spain

Seville won me over in a matter of seconds. I only spent 4 days in the city, and it was not nearly enough for me. There is so much to see + do {+ eat} in the sunshine capital of Europe. It was easy for me to see the appeal of Seville for tourists flocking to the southern Spanish city.

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a responsible food tour in Seville: how Devour's Triana tapas tour is helping culture thrive

In this post, you’ll find all the details about what I ate, what you can expect on a tour, and what the mission of Devour Tours is. I’m sure by the time you get to the end of this bad boy, you’ll be booking your own tour with Devour in no time. I’m basically plotting a way to get back to Spain just simply to eat more with them.

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the best kept secrets in Lisbon: an off-the-beaten-path guide to the Portuguese capital

One of my favourite things to do in a city that is frequented by fellow travelers is to get off the beaten path and find something {or, in this case, six somethings} that is off the beaten path or hidden, even if it is in plain sight.

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an Instagram guide to Lisbon, Portugal: where to find 10 of the best photo spots in Lisbon

Lisbon quickly won me {and my camera} over, putting Portugal at the top of my list for favourite European countries. The hilly city with its many colourful and diverse neighbourhoods is filled with secret side streets, beautiful back alleys, and magic miraduoros {viewpoints} is a photographer’s delight. Lisbon’s endless Instagram potential is just one of the many reasons people are falling head-over-heels for it.

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how to spend 24 hours in Salamanca, Spain: where to eat, what to see, + what first-time visitors should know

Salamanca, Spain sits somewhere between Madrid city and Portugal. It’s home to the oldest University in Spain and the third oldest University in Europe, which boosts a highly-ranked Spanish language program. In Salamanca, you’ll find gorgeous cobblestone streets in the Old Town {a UNESCO Heritage Site} set against a backdrop of gothic and baroque-style architecture. Here’s the best way to spend a day in Salamanca.

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what to expect on Eating Europe's Eats, Street Art and Undiscovered Lisbon Tour

Eating Europe just launched a new food tour destination— Lisbon, Portugal. The Portuguese have a strong reputation for their gastronomy and a rich cultural history with the second oldest capital city in Europe. It didn’t take any convincing for me to agree to a half-day spent eating and sightseeing on the newly unveiled Eating Europe Lisbon tour.

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