Exploring Europe

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How much does it cost to explore Portugal?

How much does it cost to explore Portugal?

Portugal is generally considered one of Europe's more affordable destinations. But how affordable is it? If you are planning to visit Portugal you may want to know how much to budget for your trip. To help you with that, we’re sharing here how much we spent while...

Offbeat Travel Itinerary: How to spend 3 magical days in the Bay of Kotor

Offbeat Travel Itinerary: How to spend 3 magical days in the Bay of Kotor

Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in the same year as its larger cousin 70km up the coast, Kotor and its walled Old Town have long been hailed as a less crowded alternative to Dubrovnik. Several years ago, the New York Times jumped on the same bandwagon. But...

How much does it cost to explore Slovenia?

How much does it cost to explore Slovenia?

Slovenia is known for its sustainability focus. And it is the only country in the world with love in its name. How could we not be excited to explore this pocket rocket of a country? While we only visited for eight days (as Paul had to leave the Schengen Visa area at...

Five simple tips to avoid the tourist crowds in Dubrovnik

Five simple tips to avoid the tourist crowds in Dubrovnik

We were in two minds whether we should visit Dubrovnik or not. Our curiosity and professional ethos won in the end: we want to experience the things we write about first-hand. And promoting sustainable travel also entails visiting destinations that suffer from too...

The best views over Dubrovnik and where to catch them (largely) for free

The best views over Dubrovnik and where to catch them (largely) for free

It’s crazy: people pay HRK200 (EUR27/USD30) and more to walk in blazing sunshine and over 30 degrees heat on top of a 2-kilometre long wall made of highly reflective, light-coloured stone. Now and then, the flow of people grinds to a halt, and they patiently wait in...

One week in Western Slovenia: Cool things to see and do beyond Lake Bled

One week in Western Slovenia: Cool things to see and do beyond Lake Bled

As a true Kiwi, there are few countries in the world Paul considers on par with or surpassing New Zealand when it comes to natural beauty. Iceland, Norway and Ecuador are strong contenders. And now we’re adding another one: Slovenia. We’d even argue that New Zealand...

48 Hours in Ljubljana: The perfect getaway for history and nature lovers

48 Hours in Ljubljana: The perfect getaway for history and nature lovers

With quaint medieval and pretty Austro-Hungarian buildings lining the Ljubljanica River, the Ljubljana Castle and the surrounding Alpine mountains, Ljubljana is one of the most picturesque capitals in Europe. It is also one of the most advanced destinations when it...

Cetinje, Montenegro: Why you should visit and what not to miss

Cetinje, Montenegro: Why you should visit and what not to miss

When people plan a trip to Montenegro it’s almost guaranteed their itinerary will include the Bay of Kotor. They may even venture to the sights along the Southern Adriatic Coast (to Lake Skadar, Stari Bar or even Ulcinj). Yet one destination that is only 12 kilometres...

Discover the Baltics: One week in Lithuania

Discover the Baltics: One week in Lithuania

Are you planning to visit Lithuania and wonder what there is to see and do (in a week)? Whether you only have time for a flying visit or three weeks to explore all three Baltic countries we’ve got THE itinerary for you. Most people don’t know much about Lithuania, the...

Three weeks in the Baltics – An itinerary for independent travellers

Three weeks in the Baltics – An itinerary for independent travellers

If you’ve got three weeks to spare and wonder whether you should use them to visit the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, this article is for you. The Baltics had been on our travel bucket list for aeons, and we finally managed to visit all three of them...

12 Things you should know before you visit the Baltics

12 Things you should know before you visit the Baltics

Our bus suddenly grinds to a halt. Somewhere in the middle of the Lithuanian countryside, a handful of people are eagerly waiting to get on. Among them, was a guy in his 40s. Faintly resembling Jason Donovan in Neighbours days, though with a moustache, he wears...

80 inspiring travel movies that bring the world to you

80 inspiring travel movies that bring the world to you

What do you do if you’ve got itchy feet but have to stay put? You travel virtually. If you are looking for ways to appease your wanderlust without leaving your home or seeking travel inspiration for your next trip, read on. Our journey around the world in 80 travel...

How much does it cost to explore Croatia?

How much does it cost to explore Croatia?

Croatia was a big tourist destination before the War of Independence in the 1990s. After the war, as tourism slowly returned, it was considered to be one of the more affordable destinations in Europe. But things change. Some places – Dubrovnik and Plitvice Lakes...

How much does it cost to explore Estonia?

How much does it cost to explore Estonia?

Estonia is one of 51 countries that receive more tourists each year than its total population, and it is not surprising why. Tourism in Estonia is recognised as a major source of employment, and a significant contributor to Estonia’s economic growth. While we (coming...

How much does it cost to explore Lithuania?

How much does it cost to explore Lithuania?

Lithuania is one of the three Baltic countries we visited recently. Sandwiched between the Baltic Sea and almighty Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have a reputation for being affordable destinations, especially if compared with more established Western European...

A food journey through (Western) Slovenia

A food journey through (Western) Slovenia

They say great things come in small packages, and that is certainly true for Slovenia. Considering it’s such a small country (thirteen times smaller than New Zealand), there is a surprising variety of traditional Slovenian dishes you can sample here. According to our...

How to explore the Julian Alps in 3 days: An itinerary for first-timers

How to explore the Julian Alps in 3 days: An itinerary for first-timers

We have seen many stunning mountains on our travels. The Andes in Ecuador, the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and New Zealand’s Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park are among our favourites. After exploring Slovenia recently, we have now added the Julian Alps. If you are heading...

Discover the Baltics: One week in Estonia

Discover the Baltics: One week in Estonia

Are you planning to visit Estonia and wonder what there is to see and do (in a week)? If you are looking for an itinerary that shows you not only cities rich in history but also gives you a taste of Estonian island life in the Baltic Sea, you’ve come to the right...

Vioma organic farm visit: Get a taste of the real Mykonos

Vioma organic farm visit: Get a taste of the real Mykonos

The Greek island of Mykonos may be best known as a picturesque cruise ship, upmarket shopping and beach party destination. But what many don’t realize: there is also a quieter, less crowded side to the island. All you have to do is hop on one of the public buses that...