Posts in Europe
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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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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