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Travel Guide: 2 Days in Krakow, Poland

With a wealth of incredible historic architecture, hearty dishes, and diverse nature, Poland is one of the most underrated European countries. My main reason for visiting was Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest former concentration camp. In my opinion, such places may not be pleasant to visit, but it’s important not to forget these events. Unfortunately, my plan hasn’t (yet) worked out – I ran out of time to get there, but I take that as a sign I must return.

Instead, I got to spend 2 days in lively Krakow. At the end of October, the streets were still buzzing with tourists. Luckily there are around 40 parks and many cheap eateries to hide away from the crowds.

Below you can find all the information you need to visit widely raved Krakow.

Sights

Rynek Glowny Central Square

Rynek Glowny Square was built in the 13th century and is considered to be the largest market square in Europe. Read More

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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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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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How Much We Spent in Scotland

This summer we planned to explore Sri Lanka. Suddenly the prices went up and we gave up on that idea. As soon as we booked some low-fare tickets to Edinburgh, Turkish Airlines started having a sale for Asian destinations. Since Scotland has been on Jure’s list for the longest time and I couldn’t really remember much for my first trip there (don’t blame me – the last Harry Potter book was published just a day before we departed), it seemed like the right choice.

Because we were traveling during the high-season, the prices are not as low as we would have wanted. This is why we tried to do our best to keep the costs down by occasionally using couchsurfing and also cooking our own food.

Below you can find information on how much the whole trip (10 full days) cost us. Please note that I first write down the price we paid together and then calculate how much it was per person.

Car and transport

How Much We Spent During Ten Full Days in Scotland | The Cheerful Wanderer

Rent for 8 days (full-insurance included): €201.00
Bus from and to the airport: £15 (€16.85)
Fuel: £122.79 (€137.94)
Parking: £2.20 (€2.47)

Expenses per person: €179.13

Car expenses were quite low this time. We rented our car on the second day in the city centre (10 minutes away from where we were staying) and returned it 8 days later at the same spot. Read More

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