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This post has been a long time coming. Yes, I fear flying. I also know that a lot of people do. I thought it would be beneficial to share my experience and coping techniques, if you are like me. Before we start, I just want to say that fear is not rational. Do not give me stats and case studies – it does not matter. I have probably read more on aerodynamics than the average human, and I can possibly sit an exam soon. I get it,  it is safe (kind of). But do I? Myth: you have not travelled…

I am a sun lover and I suffer from sun allergy – talk to me about mixed feelings. I am writing this for my fellow travellers, who are affected by this condition but like me, still love the sun and are always looking for ideas on how to battle this. This article is about what works for me. I am not a licensed doctor (I wish I was), so please read this anecdotally and not as medical advice. Finding out you have sun allergy: The dreadful day I stayed at the beach all day and my skin went crazy bumpy,…

Have you heard of Cortona? Neither had I, until I saw a beautiful picture while I was doing some Tuscany research. I was planning my trip to Florence, for the last May Bank holiday and spotted Cortona. Where is it? 1.5 hour train journey from Florence and you are left off in a small station called Camucia. It is not the cheapest of train journeys, about 50 euro return. Cortona is an ancient village nestled on a hill above Camucia. You need a taxi to get up there or a car. A taxi is 10 Euro. The road weaves upwards and…

This post has been long overdue. The people who follow my Instagram, would know I paid a visit to my grandma’s village back in February. It was an emotional time for me, and I have thought multiple times if I wanted to share this personal moment with the world or not. However, I have decided it is important to showcase the place through my eyes. Once upon a time, I used to visit my grandma and Tvarditsa often. In summer, for months in a roll, and in winter during Christmas break. I had a lot of friends over there, as all…

I have always had mixed feelings about Amsterdam (I think I have mentioned this a couple of times). This post goes to all the people who feel the same way as I do about it. I think the first time I went to Amsterdam, due to the whole hype around it, I expected something spectacular. My initial experience was not very good. I went to celebrate New Year’s eve 2012 there and it was an absolute mess. It was cold, the city was full of drunk, high people, there was trash everywhere on the street (I remember actually having to…

If you ever go to Vienna, take the opportunity to do a day trip to Bratislava. It is quick, easy and cheap. You buy tickets directly at the station. The route seems more like a commuter trip than a ‘reserve your seats’ one. I was really curious to visit Bratislava. At some point in early 2000s I felt Hollywood had some grudge towards Slovakia. Do you remember Euro trip? Or Hostel? They all happened in Slovakia and the country was portrayed horribly. However, I am happy to report that it was far from the truth. It has a little bit…

Hallstatt, Austria When I decided to visit Austria in December I could not contain my excitement for visiting Hallstatt. All the pictures I have seen of this tiny Austrian town, I had major FOMO over it. I will take you on a  visual trip around Hallstatt and a couple of useful tips for getting there. How to get there? Although an extremely Insta- famous sight, Hallstatt is a really tiny village nestled on Lake Hallstatt. It probably has about 500 people living there (tops). Getting there is slightly trickier than getting to the bigger Austria cities, as well as more…

Salzburg In December I spent 2 days in Salzburg. It was that time between Christmas and New Years where the city sparkles, there is mulled wine on every corner and Christmas trees are in fashion. Salzburg is a small, picturesque town also know as Mozart’s birthplace. You might notice a lot of references to the genius composer. I stayed at the Kasererbraeu hotel, check it out here. If you do visit Salzburg, definitely stay in the Old Town. It is so pretty. It is also small enough that you can walk everywhere irrespective of the location of your hotel. I loved…

Innsbruck, Austria I usually do not travel around Christmas. However, this year i decided it was time to build new traditions and I planned a trip to Austria, starting in Innsbruck and ending in Vienna. I actually flew on Christmas day and got to enjoy a rare view – empty Heathrow T5. I have heard mixed reviews about Innsbruck in the past, however I absolutely loved it. I found the city to have unique charm, architecture and culture. I know a lot of people go there to ski, however this was not a part of my itinerary. Being a totally…

Dear reader, Happy New Year, let’s hope 2017 is successful and kind to all of us. I wanted to thank you for reading my blog and following my journey in the past 8 months. It has been really exciting for me and I hope you have enjoyed reading my stories. Today, I wanted to look back at the best travel moments for me, in 2016. I wanted to give myself a moment to reflect on the year that has passed and the moments that made it special during my travels. This post is about moments I thoroughly enjoyed and the…