Where to stay in Jeju – a guide to South Korea’s holiday island

Fancy a holiday where you’ll be able to hop from one gorgeous beach to the next, visit all kinds of quirky museums, and see stunning natural landscapes? South Korea’s so-called “island of the gods” – Jeju Island – is the perfect destination for you.

Jeju definitely has a lot to offer. But what most first-time visitors are surprised to find out is that Jeju is huge. Even with a rental car, you can’t go around the whole island in one day. The island’s many attractions are far apart, and this is why you need to make sure you know exactly where to stay in Jeju, depending on what you’re in the mood to see and do. Continue reading “Where to stay in Jeju – a guide to South Korea’s holiday island”

3 days in Busan – what to see and do in South Korea’s vibrant seaside city

What to see and do for 3 days in Busan, South Korea: If you’re looking for the perfect balance of sun, sea, and the city, Busan is the ideal destination for you. Its seaside cosmopolitan vibe will surely draw you in. Check out this itinerary for top recommendations!

Can’t decide whether you want a vacation where you can just kick back and relax on the beach with a fruit shake or do some shopping, sight-seeing, and food tripping? I’ve got the perfect destination for you: Busan.

If you haven’t heard of Busan, this is South Korea’s second city, sitting on the southeastern edge of the country’s main island. It’s the perfect mix of Seoul’s dynamic and vibrant city vibe and Jeju’s relaxing atmosphere and gorgeous subtropical landscapes. Coupled with South Korea’s staples of high-speed internet, efficient public transportation, delicious seafood cuisine, and terrific shopping options, Busan is the perfect destination for anyone who wants everything.

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Where to stay in Prague – a guide to the city’s neighborhoods and best accommodations

Where to stay in Prague - a guide to the neighborhoods and best hotels in Prague

“Prague won’t let you go, the little mother has claws,” so said Franz Kafka, the capital’s most famous son.

And while Franz Kafka obviously had a deeper connection with the city, travelers to Prague can’t help but feel the same way to some degree. Prague never gets old and it never goes out of style or season.

There’s always something new going on in Prague – be it a new row of restaurants, a new edgy café in an up-and-coming neighborhood, or a new quirky art installation. But at the same time, the old is splendidly preserved, the centuries’ worth of Gothic, Romantic, and Baroque architecture still standing proudly even after world wars, fires, and natural calamities.

All these led to the Prague of today: a city that goes from medieval to modern, conventional to quirky, historic to hipster, and sacred to scandalous in a few blocks.

So it goes that your experiences in Prague can depend heavily on which neighborhood you choose to spend your days and nights. Whether you’re up for a crash course in European history and arts or you’re here for the beer, there’s a lovely Prague district that won’t let you go. Continue reading “Where to stay in Prague – a guide to the city’s neighborhoods and best accommodations”

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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