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3 must-go destinations in Northern Italy

Il Bel Paese – The Beautiful Country

Italy is known for its beautiful scenery, the exquisite food and its rich history. Here are 3 places you must visit if you have the chance!

Turin

This bustling city situated in the Piedmont region is great to get lost in and sits close to the French border. Turin, which was the first capital of Italy, is known for its baroque architecture, luscious parks and palazzi. There are multiple attractions around the city which will make you fall in love with it including:

  • Mole Antonellianaan impressive landmark and interactive cinema museum
  • Egyptian Museum – One of the most important collections of Egyptian artifacts in the world (BEWARE OF THE MUMMIES!!)
The Mole Antonelliana (Photo Credit: National Cinema Museum, Turin)

Bergamo

Situated at the foot of the Italian Alps, this beautiful city is special to me as it was my home during my year abroad. Bergamo is split into two parts: The Lower city and Upper city. The lower city is busy and metropolitan with lively bars and stylish shops. Meanwhile, the Upper city is steeped in history with beautiful churches and authentic restaurants which overlook the rest of the city.

Upper City
Lower City

Furthermore, Bergamo has a low-cost airport which makes Bergamo a really easy place to get to and from!

Sermione – Lake Garda

Sermione is a small peninsula which extends into the largest lake in Italy. On this peninsula is a small town which has an abundance of things to do including eating delicious gelato and enjoying captivating views.

Sermione

Have you ever been to Italy and which destination is your favourite?

6 Fantastic Places In Saint-Petersburg If You’re Tired From Tourist Crowds

What is next, after you’ve seen the city’s most famous sights? If you ask me, it’s time to get off the well-known tourist routes and plunge into the real atmosphere of this magical city!

Erarta Contemporary Art Museum and Gallery

Erarta Contemporary Art Museum and Gallery

If you are not going to be limited to visiting the Hermitage take a look on Erarta and get a feel for contemporary Russian art. There are plenty of temporary exhibitions, occasional shows, plus a good restaurant and gift shop.

Grand Maket Rossiya

There is no need to take a long trip to see the whole country. Just visit the Grand Maket Russia museum.

One huge room contains mountains, cities, rivers and lakes, with many automated activities that you can watch while walking around the perimeter of a diverse landscape.

Lemonade Orangery Cafe

It does not matter what the weather’s like outside, enjoy a cup of coffee and a tropical atmosphere in one of the oldest St. Petersburg orangery.

Hermitage Storage Facility

This is not a formal exhibition as such, but it might be interesting for true art lovers who are not enough to visit the Hermitage.

Street Art Museum

To get an idea of street art, it is not necessary to roam around the courtyards and abandoned buildings. The magnificent collection of street art located on the former industrial site.

Udelnaya Flea Market

This place is imbued with the spirit of the era of the USSR and farewell notes of the Russian Empire. That is why you will find absolutely everything here – from the rare door hinges to silver from the imperial factory.

 

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Discover more than just the desert in Dubai

For someone who hadn’t done a lot of travelling when I visited Dubai, I certainly will describe my ten days in Dubai as “Heaven on Earth”. In fact, I enjoyed every bit of this trip. It was a birthday getaway trip with my partner since our birthdays are just a week apart. Upon arrival at the airport, I was in total awe.

There are a lot of mind blowing hotels and resorts you could book for your stay in Dubai. I actually lodged in three different hotels throughout my stay. However, my topmost recommendation among these three is Sofitel Dubai Downtwon; a luxurious five star hotel located in the heart of Dubai, not so far from the Dubai Mall and a couple of other interesting places to visit with the metro station right adjacent the hotel making transportation very easy.

Dubai has more to it than just the desert. Visiting the famous Dubai Desert Safari is definitely a must but there was more to this trip than just “desert safaring”

Photo Captured By: Santino

My dolphin experience at Atlantis The Palm was the highlight of my trip and a perfect birthday treat from my partner.

Photo Captured By: Dolphin Bay Photography

You might end up spending the whole day at Atlantis just as i did; lot of water rides to do at the water park plus the whole dolphin encounter.

Photo Captured By: Dolphin Bay Photography

Make sure to visit the tallest building in the world “Burj Khalifa” to have a view of Dubai from the top and experience the virtual reality parachute jump into the dancing fountain

Photo Captured By: Santino

Visited Dubai yet? Make sure to visit these places when you do; if yes, which other which other places did you visit aside the desert?

Best Places to Visit in Cyprus

Cyprus is a small island in the Mediterranean seas. Nowadays, the island is divided into two parts; North and South. North side of the island belongs to the Turkish Cypriots and the South side of the island belongs to the Greek Cypriots. As an islander, I want peace in my country and all around the world 🙂 This blog provides images and the descriptions of the best touristic places of the small island.

1.Kyrenia Harbour

Taken by @ms.miracle.x

Kyrenia Harbour is located in the North side of the island. This is a one of the most beautiful places for the tourists to visit in order to feel the good vibes of the island life. Also, there are lots of tourist attractions such as restaurants and boat trips.

2.Love Bridge

Taken by Orkan Basari

Love Bridge is located in the city of Ayia Napa. Ayia Napa is generally known as a city of nightlife and is a scenic city with great landscape views. I wish you would take time to visit Love Bridge before the bridge collapses. 

3.Troodos Mountains

Taken by @chlouk

Troodos Mountains are the highest mountains in Cyprus. Winter season is the best time to visit Troodos Mountains because it is covered by snow. For a great skiing destination, do not forget to visit Troodos Mountains in your holiday during winter season.

4.Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa

Taken by @cyprusholidays

As mentioned above, Ayia Napa is known as the city of nightlife. There are plenty of hotels, restaurants, clubs and pubs for the tourists. Tourists generally spend their daytime at this beautiful beach and enjoy their nights at the clubs in the Ayia Napa.

References

Chooseyourcyprus.com. (2019). Cyprus Troodos Mountains – Visit Cyprus – Booking Cyprus – Cyprus Holidays – Cyprus Tourism Portal. [online] Available at: https://www.chooseyourcyprus.com/discover-cyprus/troodos-mountains.html [Accessed 27 Feb. 2019].

The Reality of Budget Travel as a Couple

Being a student is a costly endeavour and you may be wondering how to afford a holiday with a part time job at best. So here’s a list of things we did as a couple to lower costs but keep the adventure.

WHERE?

Start by thinking about flight prices. It may be easier to stick close to home to keep flight costs low.

Look at the differences in the living costs in each country you wish to visit. One way of doing this is using the Big Mac Index, which can be useful!

Keep your time in large cities to a minimum.

Don’t forget about travelling between places. Night trains are perfect as you get accommodation for the night and you sleep through the travelling.

ACCOMMODATION

Stick to hostels or Airbnbs. We stayed in hostels in the cities as we wanted to make friends and enjoy the nightlife. We then stayed in Airbnbs for more privacy and relaxation.

Make sure Airbnbs have a small kitchenette or kitchen to cook food yourself.

FOOD AND DRINK

We learnt the hard way that a kitchen in an airbnb is essential to keeping costs low. (I would not recommend cooking pasta in a kettle…)

Find where your closest supermarket is and stick to a daily budget.

Cheap foods to have in mind; cereal for breakfasts and lunches such as cold meats, cheese, tomatoes and bread.

Don’t forget to treat yourselves sometimes.

ACTIVITIES

Although it can be nice, try to avoid tourist areas for activities.

Hiking and simply spending time on the beach, playing games or cards is free and fun!

The 4 Underrated Asian Cities you need to visit

There are so many famous places to visit in Asia this list is of cities that aren’t usually the first in most peoples minds. They’re less popular mainly due to other major cities in the region but trust me you won’t regret adding these cities to your must-visit list.

  1. Kyoto- When it comes to Japan most people think Tokyo and while Tokyo is amazing in its own respect Kyoto blew my mind away. It’s the perfect combination of historical and modern both in architecture and food. It’s a place you won’t regret visiting
  2. Busan: Korea = Seoul in most peoples minds but Busan is a city worth visiting. Not only does it have amazing beaches but there are also breathtaking mountain views. It’s a city with so much to do that you would have to try hard to be bored.
  3. Hangzhou: I found this city when I visited a friend who lived there. I did no research and had no idea what to expect. Needless to say, it was so beautiful my jaw dropped. Like Kyoto, it has a rich history surrounded by modern architecture. The city’s nickname is Heaven on earth and that really does capture how awesome the city is.
  4. Singapore: I’ve been to a lot of beautiful cities but Singapore was the only city where I thought “I want to live here and I have to live here”. It’s a city where there’s something for every type of traveler.

Do you have any other cities you think belong on this list? Let me know in the comments.

Top 5 foods to eat in Korea and where to go to eat it

I love Korean food and I spent two years living and travelling there trying foods from all the different provinces. This is a guide to one of my favorite countries and some of my favorite foods. We’ll start in Seoul and work our way down. (Disclaimer: though there are many amazing foods in Korea this is my top 5)

  1. Seoul: Street food, So this is cheating a bit as it’s a whole category but Seoul has the best street food in the world, in my humble opinion, and the best places to find it is in Myeongdong and Namdaemun Market  
  2. Chuncheon: Dak galbi, this is actually my all time favorite Korean food. It’s a stir-fried marinated chicken but explaining it wont come close to doing it justice. Take a bus or train to this beautiful city in Gangwon-do and try it for yourself.

    Credit: Arielle Berze
  3. Gongju: Flowers, no really flowers. There a lovely restaurant called Gomanaru in Gongju that serves its food with colorful edible flowers.
  4. Busan: Fish cake (Eomunk), fish cake is not something I thought I would love but I fell in love at first bite. Busan is my favorite big city in Korea so take some time to explore it and try more foods
  5. Jeonju: Bibimbap is one of the first Korean food I ever tried and I make it a point to have some anytime I’m in Jeonju  

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these or which one you would like to try.

 

How to plan an Asian International Holiday on a budget

Asia is my favourite continent to travel to, so I wanted to create a post to help others visit and see the beauty of this diverse continent. It has quickly become a popular destination in recent years but many people pass on the opportunity to visit this amazing continent as they think “I can’t afford that!”.  This post is a step by step guide I use to travel to Asia on a student budget .

  1. Research

Choose where you want to go:

Decide what type of Asian holiday you want. There are countries in Asia that are known for being very cheap to fly to and to travel in . Finding a destination that is both, won’t be difficult.

Choose when you want to go.

  • Traveling during off-peak times are the best for your budget. Be mindful and check the weather and season before you buy an off-peak ticket.

Create a budget

  • I can’t tell you what budget works best for you but you should decide what is feasible and realistic for you. Check your destination and see the average per day spending  there.

Find Accommodation

  • Most people think that to save money your best bet is a hostel but that isn’t always true. In some countries, hotels can be quite cheap and guesthouses are another viable option. Check those first before you check for a hostel.
  1. Book it.
  2. Enjoy your holiday

I hope this has helped you. Let me know down below where in Asia would you go on your holiday.

Three Excellent Foods of Cyprus

Cyprus has a famous and unique mixture of Greek and Turkish customs within the sole Mediterranean cooking culture.

In order to analyze the traditional food of Cyprus, Kleftiko is one of the reputed and delicious Cypriot dish, which is made from the lamb’s legs. It is possible to cook Kleftiko at both ground and baking oven. Kleftiko also served with the potatoes baked in the same oven and splashed with lemon juice.

Another famous and delicious meat food in Cyprus is Souvla. Before the cooking souvla, chefs don’t have to do anything with lamb or pork. They cut meat into the big portions and cook on the open fire for an hour and a half. Barbecue is the best way to cook souvla and during the first hour, souvla achieve golden brown color on the high above the coal. Souvla is usually served with salad, chips and Halloumi cheese.

Halloumi is another reputed and delicious Cypriot food and also known as Cypriot cheese which is made from the blend of goat’s and sheep’s milk. The cooking of the Halloumi is very easy because it Halloumi has a high melting point which enables chefs to fry and grill this food. Halloumi is also used in Cypriot cuisine as an independent dish and in salads. At the summer, Halloumi is very delicious with the watermelon. In 1999, Halloumi was registered and officially became a product of Cyprus.

The 4 biggest travel mistakes to avoid

Planning on going on holiday with your pals anytime soon? Here’s 4 travel mistakes to avoid, to ensure your trip is a breeze.

1) Over packing:

Don’t overpack, while it may be tempting to bring everything you own it’s better to stick with bringing the necessities so that you’re not lugging excess luggage around. Also you don’t want to end up paying extra at the airport for accidentally going over the limit, so pack light!

2) Forgetting your chargers

This can be one of the most frustrating things while travelling. You need battery to take good pictures for instagram, so make sure you pack a charger, investing in a power bank is a great idea so you can charge your mobile devices on the go.

3) Buying a black suitcase

Don’t be that person spending ages at the luggage carousal waiting for their luggage. The more unique your piece of luggage is in term of colour and style the easier it will be for you to quickly identify your bag giving you more time to enjoy yourself. If you don’t want to fork out extra cash buying a new suitcase get a brightly coloured luggage tag to help differentiate from other luggage.

4) Using expensive money exchangers

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No-one wants to lose money through exchange, although it might be convenient to exchange money at the airport, it may be cheaper to find a place that has a good exchange rate.

Hopefully you find it useful, and do not make same mistakes. Enjoy your travels!