Posts tagged Europe
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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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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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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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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the Porto Bridge Climb experience: why Europe's only bridge climb should be on your bucket list

Porto’s nickname is “the city of six bridges”, so it comes as no surprise that Portugal’s second largest metropolis is peppered with arches across the water. However, what most visitors don’t know is that you’re able to pay to climb to the top of the city’s most westward bridge, the Arrábida Bridge, with Porto Bridge Climb. This is a bucket list moment I didn’t know I needed to have until I watched 48 Hour Travel Man’s recent Porto episode {honestly, how I got most of the ideas for this particular trip around Europe}. A true Richard Ayoade fan at heart, I didn’t want to leave Porto without doing the climb. Although it was not an adrenaline-packed bungee jump or a thrilling skydive, the Porto Bridge Climb was an evening I’ll never forget and is easily the highlight of my time in Porto.

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a café guide to Lisbon, Portugal: the coolest coffee shops + best brunch in Lisbon

Wondering where to find the best brunch and coffee in Lisbon? Wonder no longer! I’ve created this post with the five of my favourite brunch and coffee spots in the Portuguese capital. With only a week in Lisbon, I feel like I scoped out some seriously fantastic cute cafés, creative coffee, and classic brunch menus in the midst of all the city exploring. The Portuguese have a long-standing history of café socializing making them my kind of people. As an avid brunch goer myself, I felt spoilt by all the cafés that awaited me in Lisbon. Local haunts with beautiful baked goods and modern joints with innovative food— Lisbon has it all.

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a guide to Faro, Portugal: what to do + where to eat in Portugal’s southernmost city

Faro is Portugal’s southernmost mainland city and, though I’m known for creating maps and conducting research on any area I’m traveling to, I arrived in Faro without a single clue as to what to do, where to eat, or how to make the most of my time there. Luckily for me, the city revealed itself to me during my leisurely three days there.

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sketch’s Parlour Pop-up: how two girls threw a bash at the iconic sketch parlour for creatives to empower one another

Here’s a little rundown of our second event {even bigger and better}, and hopefully it serves as a kick up the ass to hustle hard for those needing one. You can do so much, even if you don’t have a budget. All you need is confidence and a killer idea.

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Spill the Tea Event: how I hosted my first event at Teatulia Tea Bar in London with zero experience

A few months ago, I had a surge of creativity hit, which is still coursing through me. I was listening to old podcast episodes I had recorded and never released and I asked myself why. I hadn’t been brave enough, maybe? Or it could be that I was too lazy? Maybe I didn’t feel excited by them? I don’t remember. But it reminded me of a list of creative pursuits I had written out. On that list, among other things, was the desire to get brave and conceptualize, create, and host an event.

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spring + summer suitcase edit: what to pack for a European summer + ethical brands to shop

Flying to Europe this summer? Imagining yourself sunbathing in Positano or sipping wine in the south of Portugal? Hoping to wake up in Romania or wander {once more} around Greece? Quit picturing it, book your tickets like I did, and pack your bags! This post contains some of my favourite brands and their takes on the season’s wardrobe essentials.

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