Posts tagged travel
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 photo diary of September in New Zealand: home with whānau

Here I am. Piecing together words and pictures {both DSLR and iPhone snaps} from more time in this most precious of places. And here it is. The bits I feel like sharing anyway. I took nearly 1,000 photos and now have endless video files on my phone from Tara in a gin-induced state laughing at vacation photos, but I always like to put together a little photo diary of my favourite. If for no one but me.

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8 of the best cafés + work spaces in Istanbul, Turkey {with a map}

Istanbul had numerous trendy cafés that served as cool places to work, hang out, and drink coffee. During my week there I took full advantage of the cafeé culture whenever I could and indulged in all the baked goods and Turkish veggie food I could find on every menu. Here are 8 of the best cafés I found in Istanbul.

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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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15 of the best cafés in Auckland, New Zealand: where to find your caffeine fix in Auckland

I lived in Auckland for a year working as an au pair straight out of University. While Remuera really wasn’t my jam { a bit too posh for this socks-and-sandals-wearing-beer-drinking-gal}, there were so many good spots in Auckland to grab coffee with friends. Auckland, as New Zealand’s largest city, hosts a bevy of brunch spots that all offer delicious food, unique interiors, and perfect flat whites.

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the ultimate guide for a road trip on New Zealand’s Northwest Coast: how to get there, where to stay, + the spots you can’t miss

With a rented car and some time, I headed down the road to Muriwai and Piha for cold ocean breezes and cosy golden hours. This post has everything you need in it to plan your own road trip or getaway on the Northwest coast of my favourite place on the planet.

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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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a comprehensive guide to visas for U.S. citizens traveling Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is popular for tourists thanks to its affordability, wild landscapes, and the appeal of its “exotic”-ness. It’s because of this, knowing that many people want to travel this part of the world, that I decided to but together a detailed guide on visas for U.S. Citizens traveling through the region. I’ve also included Myanmar, since I was intimidated by the rumours I had heard about strict visa policies. I thought including it might help others rest assured it isn’t impossible.

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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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10 reasons to add Malaysia to your bucket list

Not sure if Malaysia is worth a visit? I promise, you want it on your bucket list. It’s well, well, well worth a visit. Malaysia was a surprise to me the first time I visited. Wow-ed by their breakfasts, dazzled by the detailed architecture, but thrown off by all the staring, Malaysia had me puzzled from my very first visit. Now, after multiple returns to the beautiful country, I can truly say I am a lover of all the country offers its guests. If you’re on the fence about whether to make the trip to Malaysia or not, I’ve got a list of reasons to book your plane ticket today!

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my birthday wishlist: the ethical items + travel gear this birthday girl is lusting after

It’s my birthday in exactly one month. This past winter, I put together a wishlist for Christmas, and my loved ones actually said it helped them pick out ethically made, eco-friendly items and travel gear to gift me, as well as introducing them to brands they hadn’t yet heard of— talk about wins all around.

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how to responsibly volunteer abroad: an extensive look at the ethics of overseas volunteering + my own experience

Summer means people are eager to spend their school breaks volunteering. It’s overwhelming to do the rigorous amount of vetting that has to be done to guarantee you’re volunteering with a quality organization that has a clear mission and operates in an ethical fashion. I’m here to help.

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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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bungy jumping in New Zealand: everything you need to know before you take the leap

Bungy jumping is all very straightforward. You go to a bungy, pay your money, and then jump. But, what do you wear? What does it cost? Do you get your money back if you don’t jump? Don’t worry. I had questions too, and, today, I’m here with the answers you’re looking for! I’ve created this post with all the information you need to know and questions to ask yourself prior to having a bungy experience.

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where to find the best vegetarian food in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Finding vegetarian food can be hard in certain places. In Morocco’s smaller cities, like Chefchaouen, it was a bit of a task. Despite the lack of overall variety, I was pleasantly surprised with the modest number of restaurants in the blue city of Chefchaouen that offered vegetarian meals. If you’re looking for vegetarian food in Chefchaouen, this guide is a compiled list of all the spots I ate with a map at the bottom to help you find them all!

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tips for first-time solo travelers: advice from 5 female experts

When asked specifically about solo travel, I don’t think I’m enough of an advocate to feel like my advice is masterclass-level, ya know? I want people to be excited about traveling and feel good about at least trying it along. That’s why I decided to combine the wisdom of five badass ladies in this post, all with incredible travel experiences of their own.

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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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