The very best things to do in Nice

I always had this mental image of Nice baking in sunshine, its squares filled with painters and the terraces full of local Provençal delicacies… When landing at Nice airport in February, on my way to check out some of the prettiest villages in Liguria, I figured that reality would be rather different… But you know what? It actually wasn’t! The timid winter sun made for pleasant strolling around the old town and with fewer people about, it turned out to be a perfect time to Continue Reading

Reykjavik, you little charmer!

So you just landed in Iceland ready to discover its spouting geysers, threatening volcanoes and thundering waterfalls? Great idea! But wait, what’s the rush? Spend a day or two in Reykjavik, one of the smallest European capitals and a city that might hide a lot more than you expect! Discover these cool things to do in Reykjavik: 1. Cool cafés If you are looking for a cosy atmosphere while enjoying your brew, then Reykjavik has got you covered! Take “Café Babalú” for example, it’s like Continue Reading

10 tips for your first time safari!

I never thought of myself of being the kind of person to go on a safari. I always imagined a safari as a bunch of elderly people, dressed in camouflage, all cramped into a jeep, racing after lions. I was so wrong! During my latest trip to South Africa, my partner and I did a self-drive safari in three different national parks: Addo Elephant Park, the Isimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi nature reserve.  It was a fantastic experience and very different from what I’d imagined! Continue Reading

Cycling amongst the South African vineyards

“No helmet, no ride” says Rea. I’m on a 10 km cycling tour of Stellenbosch with Bikes ‘n Wines and glad to see that they are taking a healthy approach to safety! The steep tracks around Asara, the wine estate we are meeting at, look promising but it might be a rough enough encounter with the ground should you fall off! After a brief explanation about gears and brakes, the seven of us hop on our bikes to roll down and climb up the vineyard tracks. Nothing too strenuous, but you do need to Continue Reading

The most stunning palaces of old Marrakech

Marrakech means visiting the famous Djemaa el Fna square over and over again. It also means haggling your way around the souks, but did you know that the city is home to some of the most beautiful historical palaces and religious buildings of Morocco? Follow me as I discover the most stunning palaces in Marrakech! Medersa Ali Ben Youssef Situated in the middle of the medina, this will be one of the first historical buildings you’ll come across. The medersa Ali Ben Youssef is a theological Continue Reading

10 FREE things to do in Belfast

Belfast is slowly rising from its dark past. Wounds are starting to heal and over the last few years, more and more international travellers discover the charms of this often misunderstood Northern Irish city. Less crowded and definitely cheaper than Dublin, you can find just as much ‘craic’ in its famous pubs, just as many historic buildings in the streets and just as much rain… But the best thing about Belfast is that it doesn’t have to cost you a lot! Check out this list of Continue Reading

Berlin: the Cold War in 10 stops

I was 13 when the Berlin Wall came down. While I was counting the minutes to the next break, my history teacher went on about “big changes” and “huge impacts”! 28 years later, I find myself at the the Brandenburg Gate, ready to go on my very own Cold War tour of Berlin! Care to join me? 1. Tränenpalast Right next to the Berlin Friedrichstrasse railway station lies what was one of the main border crossings from the GDR into West Berlin: the Tränenpalast or “Palace Continue Reading

Top 5 things to do in Palma de Mallorca

“You’re going to Mallorca? You? Really?” That’s the reaction I got from most of my friends. Can’t blame them really. I usually tend to go for more adventurous or exotic locations than that, but sometimes a girl is simply in need of some summer sun. A cheap flight to Palma de Mallorca seemed like the perfect medicine to escape the changeable Irish weather! Looking to spend a few days in Palma too? Let me guide you through some of my best moments in and around the city and discover the Continue Reading

Everything you need to know about working in a hostel

“So, what are you going to do during your career break”? my boss asks me on my last day. “ “I’m heading off to Albania, working in a hostel” The look on his face speaks volumes. “OK, there are two things I don’t understand in that sentence. First, you are going to work? And second: in Albania?!” I laugh, but I’ve never been more excited! I’d been wanting to travel long-term for a while, but neither my parents, neither my bank account thought that this was an achievable Continue Reading

An epic roadtrip around Iceland

“You’re going to Iceland for two whole weeks!? What will you do there?” a colleague of mine asked. Still considered a cold and tiny island “somewhere in the sea”, few people are aware of its sheer size. You see, Iceland is not like any other country, where the main cities are connected by motorways and driving is pure bliss. No, in Iceland, prepare yourself for gravel roads, weather conditions that slow you down and the beauty of the place that will make you want to stop literally at Continue Reading