Kosovo, the youngest country in Europe, had been on my bucket list for quite a while when I got there last summer. When I was backpacking through the Balkans (check my itinerary here), Kosovo was of course a destination I had to stop by.
Considering a trip to Skopje in Macedonia? If you do, you should go. And if you have not considered it yet, it is time to start thinking about it! I did not have the highest expectations when we went to Skopje, but I have to admit that I fell in love with the city and the Macedonian culture. Skopje is a weird and different city with huge contrasts, but it is also full of life, welcoming people and great food.
A few of weeks ago my study partner Vilde and I realized that we had some extra time before we had to hand in our Master’s Thesis. We therefore decided to book a spontaneous trip to somewhere in Europe. We started looking for relaxing beach holidays, but suddenly we were planning an adventurous backpacking trip in The Balkans! As usual, I like to travel around and not spend a lot of time each place – so this time I managed to visit Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Kosovo.
Cascais is a beach town just 45 minutes from Lisbon, which makes it a perfect city escape on a hot day. The earlier fishing town has several high-end hotels and resorts for those who want to stay a bit longer. Because, even though Cascais can be explored in a day, the town has a lot to offer when it comes to attractions, culture, tasty food and stunning beaches.
Sintra is a charming town 40 minutes from Lisbon and is a popular destination for day-trippers from the capital. The town is famous for its many castles and romantic architecture, and used to be the home of Portugal’s monarchs. Today, Sintra is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and is favored by tourists. Sintra is located in the mountains, so the nature is also a reason why people go here.
During Easter, I went to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Going to Lisbon was a rather random choice; we wanted to visit a European city with nice weather in April, and I had never been to Lisbon. I did not have the highest expectations, but Lisbon really impressed me and fell totally in love with the city! Here are my 12 top things to do when visiting Lisbon.
Still have not decided where to go for your summer vacation? No worries, it is still time! Here are my top seven destinations for summer 2017. In this post, I will focus on European destinations – even though I love to travel as far away as possible, nothing beats Europe in the summer!
I have been to London nearly ten times, so when I went to visit a friend in February we decided that it was time to explore some other areas than the usual tourist sites. Luckily I had a local to guide me, and I got to see several new neighborhoods in the city!
In February I went on a weekend trip to Riga with a group of 18 friends. I have never travelled in such a big group earlier, so it was quite a different travel experience! I still managed to do some sightseeing (along with a lot of partying!). I visited Riga in June a few years ago, which was an even better experience, as the weather was amazing – but I really love this city. Here are five tips for a weekend in Riga!
Schiphol is a major flight hub in Europe as KLM has its base here. After spending hundreds of hours at airports around the world, I honestly have to say that considering how big Schiphol is, it is a very boring airport. Food is expensive and crappy, the airport is old and dirty and there is not much to do. On my way home from Israel I had 5,5 hours at Schiphol, so I decided to go into the center of Amsterdam instead of waiting at the airport. I highly recommend doing this, so here are a few practical advises and some suggestions for what you can do!
On our road trip in Romania we visited three beautiful cities in Transylvania; Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu. The cities are located quite close to each other, and a couple of days are enough time to visit the trio. Because of our limited time in Romania, we chose to spend a half day in each city, with overnight stays in Brasov and Sibiu. We only focused on the charming old towns in the cities.
Planning a long-weekend in Oslo? After spending my summer working in Oslo (I normally live in Trondheim, which you can read about here). Here is how I would spend 72 hours in Oslo. Oslo is the capital of Norway and the biggest city in the country, but compared with other capitals around the world, Oslo is actually quite small. I think 72 hours is the perfect amount of time to spend in the city.
I just came back from an amazing road trip in Romania – a country that must be one of the most underrated destinations in Europe! The road trip couldn’t have been better; we had nearly 30 degrees and sun most of the days, and everything was just perfect.
We spent most of our time in Romania driving around in Transylvania, and our route was Brasov – Sighisoara – Sibiu – Transfagarasan – Bucharest. We had four full days in the country, so we didn’t have much time, but it was enough to see these places. I will write about the charming cities Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu in a later post and focus on the road trip itself here.
In August I went to Albania for the first time. We went to Saranda, a coastal town surrounded by beautiful beaches. For most of the time, we just relaxed on the beach, but there were also a few other things to do in the area.
I have been to Poland several times, but I have only visited Krakow, Gdansk and Sopot. In August I decided that it was time to explore the capital, Warsaw. Warsaw might not be as picturesque as Krakow and Gdansk, and there aren’t that many tourists visiting Warsaw. I still found the city very interesting and beautiful!