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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10 best things to do in Alsace, France – a real-life storybook destination

From medieval cobbled towns to charming villages splashed in pastel tones, the lovely Alsace region in eastern France is a holiday destination straight out of a storybook. Spend days wandering around narrow postcard-perfect streets, go for a road trip through picturesque vineyards and to scenic peaks, and enjoy the good life with oodles of hearty cuisine and excellent wine. Here are the top things to do in Alsace.

A visit to Alsace is a trip back to your childhood.

You know, those long nights spent under a blanket with only a flashlight to guide you through the crumbling pages of a well-worn, well-loved book, its pages filled with beautiful princesses, dashing men, and eloquent animals. While the heroes and heroines would eventually find their way to enchanted forests and abandoned castles, their adventures would always begin in a tiny town, with pastel houses and wooden beams, a stork’s nest on a lookout tower, rickety bridges over quiet waterways, and glistening emerald hills in the distance.

That picture right there – the one in your mind right now – that’s precisely what Alsace looks like. Well, sans the magical animals, but it’s pretty close.

If you’ve ever wondered if the places in the storybooks are real, check out these real-life pictures of Alsace and relive your childhood adventures. Continue reading “10 best things to do in Alsace, France – a real-life storybook destination”

Driving in South Korea – what you need to know

Driving in South Korea - what you need to know

Driving in South Korea is a fun way to discover the country. The country’s cities are exciting and a great start to your adventures, of course, but to really get a sense of South Korea, you have to venture to its small quaint towns and have a taste of its amazing countryside.

While it is possible to go around South Korea using public transportation, driving around is a lot more convenient and fun. It definitely saves you travel time and if you plan your trip right, it can even save you money. Plus: it’s a lot easier to do than you think – even if you don’t speak their language.

Here are my tips for renting a car and driving in South Korea.

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

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, once you’ve been to Prague, it doesn’t quite let you go. One moment you’re walking to work, running through your never-ending to-do list in your mind, when a sight of an old rusty street lamp brings you back to Prague’s narrow and dimly-lit cobbled streets, the smell of roasted duck intermingling with the sweet aroma of cinnamon, strains of classical music and that unmistakable sound of clinking beer mugs spilling out onto the streets.

There’s much to love about Prague. While it is certainly a grand example of an old medieval city, with centuries’ worth of Gothic, Romantic, and Baroque architectures splendidly preserved and standing proudly after world wars, fires, and natural calamities failed to bring them down, there’s also always something new going on in the city. It could be a new row of restaurants, a new edgy café in an up-and-coming neighborhood, or a new quirky art installation.

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, a romantic holiday peppered with food and shopping trips, 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 complete guide to the city’s best neighborhoods and hotels”

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

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

Take a break from Austria’s magnificent cities and drive from Vienna to Salzburg across the country’s gorgeous countryside. Sprawling hills, emerald pastures, and charming little towns await! Here’s your essential travel guide with everything you need to know about driving in Austria.

Driving from Vienna to Salzburg is a quick and easy way to visit two of Austria’s magnificent cities. 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.

But while Vienna and Salzburg both have much to offer, a scenic road trip across Austria’s countryside will give you a more delightful overview of the country. Rolling hills, majestic mountain ranges, sparkling lakes, and storybook towns await in this amazing road trip itinerary from Vienna to Salzburg!

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

Busan is a city with many faces. It can be laidback and exciting, rustic and cosmopolitan. Depending on what you want to experience, there’s a Busan neighborhood perfect for your personality and preferences. Check out this neighborhood guide and find out where to stay when in Busan.

Busan is a city with many faces.

At first glance, Busan is a city where you go for a break. Especially if you’re coming from Seoul, Busan’s seaside city vibe is a welcome break from the unrelenting energy of the capital. You can smell the sea even kilometers away from the seashore, which of course, brings with it promises of a lazy, relaxing, and rejuvenating holiday. Continue reading “Where to stay in Busan – a guide to the city’s neighborhoods and best accommodations”

3 days in Manila – a taste of the capital’s culture, color, and chaos

Manila is one city that gets a load of mixed reviews. But you can learn to love it if you know where to go. Here’s how to spend 3 days (or more!) in Manila.

Turquoise seas shimmering under the morning sun, stretches of fine white sand, and sunsets bursting with deep reds and oranges. If you’re like most tourists, these images are probably what drew you to visit the Philippines.

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

Where to stay in Cesky Krumlov – the best hotels for a magical stay

From its medieval castle to its meandering cobbled alleys, Cesky Krumlov is the stuff of fairytales. If you’re still wondering whether you should take a day trip or stay for longer, trust me: whether you plan to stay a day, a week, or a month, you’ll want to stay a day longer than that. Here’s where to stay in Cesky Krumlov.

From its medieval castle to its meandering cobbled alleys, Cesky Krumlov is the stuff of fairytales. Until now, it remains one of my favorite destinations in the world – and definitely worth more than a day trip from Prague.

You can easily spend two to three days in Cesky Krumlov. The first day will most likely be spent staring at the beautiful town square from the castle tower, pinching yourself in disbelief at just how amazingly gorgeous the old town is. Visiting the town’s top sights will take a day or two, while the enchanting Blansky forest surrounding the old town is worth a couple of days of short, relatively easy hikes.

If you’re still thinking if an overnight trip to Cesky Krumlov is worth it, you should definitely go for it. On my first visit, I originally planned to stay just for 3 days. I ended up extending my stay – and still I wished I stayed longer.

So skip the day trip and go for at least an overnight trip. Once you get there, you’ll know what I mean. In the meantime, here’s where to stay in Cesky Krumlov. Book early – Cesky Krumlov’s not quite Prague yet in terms of tourist density, but it’s getting pretty close now that this romantic medieval town’s “secret” is out.

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