Why I Stayed Longer in Barcelona, Spain

January is almost over and my year started differently than expected. I took off for Spain at the end of December believing I will be back in 5 days. My list of things that needed to be done at home was countless. Instead, I stayed in Barcelona for almost a month.

It’s quite well known I am a planner. I plan anything and everything I can. As much as I love spontaneity, I can really relate to John Gielgud, who once said: “I am all in favour of spontaneity, providing it is carefully planned and ruthlessly controlled.” All jokes aside, I believe we must strive to have both. A flexible plan with space for spontaneous decisions. But while I aim for that, I too often put more focus on the first part.

Gaudi’s architecture in Park Guell, Bracelona

When my trip in Barcelona was about to end, I was offered an opportunity I didn’t see coming – to stay as a volunteer and work for the best hostel chain out there (shoutout to my H1 FAM!). Read More

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5 Full Days in Magical Cappadocia: All You Need to Know

“See this photo on a wall?” I say pointing to a small restaurant while walking around Budapest at midnight. “That is Uçhisar and it’s my favourite place on Earth.” It is no secret I was madly in love with Cappadocia, Turkey even before I got there. However, once I had finally made it to this historical region, I could not stop talking about how much I want to go back. Although months have passed, I still daydream about the unique moon-like landscape every week.

In this post, I will be sharing what we did, where we stayed and the tips I have for you. In total, we spent 6 nights in Cappadocia. We didn’t visit any other place in Turkey during that trip because our holiday time was limited. I would highly recommend combining Instanbul, Pamukkale and Cappadocia, if you have more time.

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Complete Guide to Lisbon, Portugal

I first visited Lisbon back in 2017 and immediately knew I wanted to move there. Although I could barely catch a glimpse of it during my long layovers, I was in awe with everything. Not even all those hilly, winding streets could put me off!

In November I got to spend a week in the capital of Portugal. While this may sound a lot to some (Lisbon can be seen in 3 days), I could easily extend my stay for longer. It is impossible to run out of things to do in Lisbon and as a food lover, I was in complete heaven.

In this post, I will cover everything from what to see, where to eat and where to stay. Read More

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Northern Ireland in 48 Hours

Northern Ireland is well known for its natural beauty. Celtic ruins are perched along the coast, green river valleys spread all around, and cities come with a rich history. Although Northern Ireland has a lot to offer, you can still squeeze all the main sights in two days, which makes it perfect for a quick weekend getaway.

TIP: If you cannot fly into Belfast directly, look into Dublin. The bus from there takes 2 hours and costs €10 one way.

Sights

Below you can find a list of places that you simply have to visit.

The Dark Hedges

The avenue lined with beech trees twisted branches forming an arch over the road is mostly famous for its short appearance in S2 of the widely popular Game of Thrones. Can you see the similarity with the King’s Road?


What most don’t know, though, is that the trees are dying. Normally beech trees live around 250 years and these ones were planted 240 years ago. Feel free to use this information as an excuse to visit Northern Ireland asap.

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Travel Goals for 2020 (and Recap on 2019)

2019 was the year when I travelled more than I usually do. In fact, I spent more than half of this year abroad. 3 continents and 9 countries (and 10th one to happen soon) later, I can say 2019 is the year I am truly grateful for, although it was one of the hardest ones. Here are some of the things I learnt in the last 12 months:

  • I don’t have to go far to make some unforgettable memories.
  • I am still young enough to stay in the hostels.
  • When travelling solo, you’re never really alone.
  • Love can be found everywhere in different forms.
  • I need to say yes more often.

The biggest lesson I learnt was not to force anything. Whatever flows, flows, whatever crashes, crashes. Sometimes it gets truly hard to take events as they are, but travel forces me to do that more often than I’d choose to myself.

Poznan, Poland

I have only set 5 goals for this year. I made 4 out of 5 happen, unfortunately, I have run out of time (and money) to visit South America. However, I saw elephants, travelled a lot with friends (and met so many new ones!), worked in the States and even visited Canada.Read More

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