5 days in the Czech Republic – the best sights for your first visit

Here’s what to do on your first visit to the Czech Republic: immerse in the fairytale cities of Prague and Cesky Krumlov, drive or hike around the countryside, and drink up the magic, atmosphere, and the world’s greatest beer.

The Czech Republic is an amazing country with a wealth of culture, history, architecture, and natural beauty. In this 5-day itinerary for first-time visitors, you’ll fall in love with two of Europe’s most beautiful cities and get a taste of the great outdoors that makes hiking one of the Czechs’ favorite past times. By the end of your trip, you’ll realize 5 days is hardly enough. These are the sights that will surely make you come back. Continue reading “5 days in the Czech Republic – the best sights for your first visit”

Driving from Vienna to Salzburg – a scenic route through Austria’s countryside

Austria is brimming with beautiful landscapes and charming towns. Visit them in this road trip itinerary from Vienna to Salzburg.

Driving from Vienna to Salzburg is quick and easy. Salzburg is approximately 300 KM to the west of Vienna, and you can easily reach it via the A1 motorway (West Autobahn) in 3 hours – just about the same time it would take a train ride.

But if you’re up for a scenic road trip across Austria’s gorgeous countryside, don’t take the A1. Stretch out your drive from 3 hours to 3 days or more and visit these beautiful stops. Continue reading “Driving from Vienna to Salzburg – a scenic route through Austria’s countryside”

South Moravia – revelry and relaxation in Czech Republic’s wine region

Are you headed to Central Europe? Here are the top reasons to add South Moravia to your itinerary! If you’re going “South Mora-WHAT?”, all the more reasons to read on and CZECH OUT the Czech Republic’s luscious wine region!

My train stops on the border town of Mikulov in South Moravia, and as I step out onto the platform, I am treated to the distinctive beauty of a Czech castle town: red terracotta roofs, twisted cobblestone streets, and an imposing 13th-century castle set against the backdrop of rolling hills and the outline of a distant mountain range.

But the normally sleepy town is abuzz this beautiful September weekend. It’s the annual Palavske vinobrani, a weekend-long wine festival that transforms the usually sleepy town into a big wild street party. And even first-time festival-goers like me know: where wine flows, merriment follows. Continue reading “South Moravia – revelry and relaxation in Czech Republic’s wine region”

Fill your world with cherry blossoms – a gift guide for every sakura-lover

A gift guide for every sakura-lover

Have to skip this year’s hanami season, but can’t live without cherry blossoms? Or perhaps, you simply need to surround yourself with beauty, long after the ephemeral blooms have come and gone?

If you love cherry blossoms and live for spring season, this gift guide is for you and every sakura-lover out there. Fill your world with cherry blossoms – at home, work, and everywhere you go. Continue reading “Fill your world with cherry blossoms – a gift guide for every sakura-lover”

How to have a relaxing holiday in Tokyo

How to have a relaxing holiday in Tokyo

A visit to Tokyo is an endless feast for the senses. A stroll along Takashiyama in Harajuku indulges you to a parade of characters with outrageous hairstyles and daring outfits. Breakfast in Tsukiji treats you to the early morning bustle of the port and a burst of flavors in your mouth. And then there’s Shibuya, the world’s busiest intersection, where you get to cross the road with a hundred others, surrounded by the buzz of city traffic, billboards, and daily life.

Tokyo is certainly a mecca to all those who crave the adrenaline rush of a trip to a big city. But what if you want to have a relaxing trip instead? Is it possible?

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Udo Island – a taste of Jeju in a day

Little holidays in Udo Island

There’s something that a lot of first-time travelers to Jeju don’t realize: the island is huge.

Most people think they can fly in to Jeju in the morning, hike Hallasan mountain, visit 3 or 4 museums, spend an afternoon at the beach, maybe do a little shopping in Lotte Duty Free, before getting on the last flight out back to Seoul or Busan.

Even allotting two days in the island is not enough, not even for fast-paced travelers.

But if you only have two days and you want to experience Jeju’s beautiful natural landscape, you should go to Udo Island. Continue reading “Udo Island – a taste of Jeju in a day”