Posts tagged city guide
how to spend 24 hours in Chicago: a city guide for first-timers

I quickly fell in love and couldn’t believe I hadn’t made the effort to get there sooner! Great food, nice people, and a serious beautiful skyline— Chicago needs to be on your radar if it isn’t already!

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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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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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the ultimate guide to Fes, Morocco: what to do, where to eat, + how to get around

Fes is the second largest city in Morocco and known as the cultural capital of the country. Located approximately 300 miles from Marrakech, it’s easy to slap Fes on your itinerary thanks to it’s accessibility. And, trust me, you don’t want to leave it out! As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Fes is one of the most well-preserved Arab cities with vast history, a buzzing medina, and plenty to keep you busy for 3+ days.

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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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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 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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where to find Bill Murray in Charleston: my unofficial guide to stalking the legend in South Carolina

After spending six months falling in love with Charleston, I learned that all about Bill Murray's favourite places and made notes when friends spotted him around the city. I made an itinerary to see the city through the eyes of Bill {first name basis}. 

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a complete guide to Ella, Sri Lanka: where to eat, where to stay, how to get there, + the coolest things to do

Ella is a small, quiet town in Sri Lanka completely enveloped in nature. Outdoor enthusiasts will be in heaven with all the hikes and waterfalls to visit. Anyone who digs relaxed destinations with a bit of a nightlife are bound to fall in love with Ella.

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a quick guide to Galle, Sri Lanka: how to spend an afternoon in the colonial town in southern Sri Lanka

Galle is a beautiful town in southern Sri Lanka. The colonial architecture reflects its history, which is actually quite recent. With cricket games, delicious eateries, and walls to walk around, Galle has enough to fill up an afternoon’s worth of your vacation time.

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the big guide to Hanoi, Vietnam: how to get there, where to stay, what to eat, + what to do

Hanoi, Vietnam, is a city filled with culture, good coffee, art, history, and really affordable food! What’s not to love?! After visiting the city quite a few times, and loving it more with each return, I’ve finally put together a big guide to Vietnam’s capital. Whether you’re looking for the best things to see, cultural things to do, or places to eat, this guide has it all for you.

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a weekender's guide to Vientiane, Laos : how to see the best of the Laotian capital in 48 hours

I’m going to say something that, as an advocate of slow and thorough travel, I normally would not say: 48 hours in Vientiane is probably all you really need. You can, obviously, spend more time there, but it is entirely possible to see the major tourist highlights over the span of a weekend and still have some spare time on your hands. Here’s my guide for what not to miss no matter how much {or how little} time you chose dedicate to the capital city of Laos.

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