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Northern Lights in Tromso, Norwar Best Served Scandinavia

Join in the Arctic Adventure and Northern Lights Bonanza in Tromsø

For those of your who have been following me on Instagram,  my love for Scandinavia will come as no surprise. Can you blame me? Who wouldn’t dream of watching the Northern Lights sparkle across the arctic sky or husky sledging through fjordic landscapes, where rugged mountains and glassy lakes stretch for miles and miles…If this wasn’t enough to make me want to visit, Scandinavians completely upped the hotel game with igloo and ice hotels dotted all around the region. Can I jump on the plane already?! Needless to say, when Best Served Scandinavia told me about their special offer on a Northern Lights trip to Tromsø,  one of the world’s most isolated and, by the sound of it, quite possibly one of the most enchanting destinations, I just knew I had to share it with you. Without further ado, here’s the deal. 400km North of the arctic circle, scenically tucked in between Norwegian fjords and snow-capped mountains, sits the island town of Tromsø, the northernmost city in the world – and the very centre of the northern aurora zone. …

Maldives Club Med Kani

From the Sands of Abu Dhabi to The Maldivian Paradise: My Trip With Club Med

~ ABU DHABI My feet collapsed into the sand as I was slowly climbing the dunes of the Abu Dhabi Desert, the white fabric of our guide’s gandurah fluttering in the wind ahead of me. The sun was about to set, hovering over the horizon and casting orange shadows on the sand. Once I’ve reached the top, my long dress twisting around my ankles, there was hardly any sound except for the soft camel calling coming from afar. The desert stretched for miles and it almost felt like being trapped inside an hourglass. I smiled and looked back waving at my fellow travellers, Lorena and Rafaela, as they made their way up the dune. Just like me and a bunch of European and South African bloggers, they joined Club Med and Etihad Airways on an adventure that was about to take us from the sun seethed Emirates to the Maldives. We gazed over the horizon, gradually getting swollen by darkness as the tip of the sun began its descent behind the dunes. It was hard to …

Kahanda Kanda Pool side, sri lanka

Discover Sri Lanka, the Jewel of the Indian Ocean. Competition time!

White-sand beaches stretching along the coast speckled with palm trees, waking up to the sound of the sea and the smell of salt in your hair, the taste of magic and adventure filling up the air as you’re strolling through the emerald-green tea plantations perched on the gently curved hills… Sri Lanka’s reputation as a travel destination may be slightly overshadowed by the neighbouring India, but that’s precisely where its magic lies. A road less travelled amongst spiritual seekers flocking to India , Sri Lanka’s culture and natural beauty are guaranteed to charm you.   My sentiment towards the pearl-shaped island is particularly strong, as Sri Lanka is one of the countries I visited on my first big solo adventure that sparked my love for travel. In 2010, I quit my perfectly stable office job, reduced all my belongings to a couple of boxes that I put away in storage, packed my bags and headed off on a five month trip to South and South East Asia to experience the taste of freedom and adventure that …

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Love and Rock’n’Roll Under The Italian Sun: My Trip to Pantelleria

Set amongst the blue waters of the Mediterranean, with sun-drenched Sicily to the North and Tunisian coast to the South, the tiny, windblown island of Pantelleria is one of the very few South European isles still untouched by mass tourism. Raw and unapologetically beautiful, Pantelleria’s charm doesn’t come in an all-inclusive-package typical for the popular islands, but rather, encourages you to jump in the car and embrace adventure awaiting amongst the twisted roads, filled with the smell of fennel carried by the ever-present sirocco. Be it exploring the rugged coast with hot springs, emerald grottoes and fumaroles speckled across its shores, wine-tasting at the island’s many vineyards or indulging in the fabulous cuisine, Pantelleria has a lot to offer.  Nick-named  ‘the black pearl of Mediterranean’, a reference to the dark volcanic rock erupting from the ground, the island is accessible by a small plane which departs daily from Palermo, its slim silhouette cutting through the skies being the only disturbance to the quiet island life. Perhaps it was the island’s exclusivity, the reason that turned …

Best places to see in Northumberland, England

England’s Most Beautiful and Underrated Gem That You’re Missing Out On

What is the first place that comes to mind when you think of England? London has long been considered the quintessentially  British destination and for a good reason, but what if I told you that there’s a place just a few hours train ride away, where medieval castles are scattered along the rugged coast, the cool wind carries the smell of the sea and tiny islands are filled with scenery and history straight out of a romantic novel?   Northumberland in North East England is quite possibly the most underrated region in the country. Wild-spirited and unapologetically beautiful in its raw simplicity, its value doesn’t end at picture-perfect landscapes. The North East is known to be one of the cheapest regions in England and offers fabulous value for money compared to the typical tourist destinations like London or Cambridge in the South. Another benefit? It lies on the border Scotland with an easy access to Edinburgh, the region’s most magical city! My backyard during the 6 years I’ve spent living in the UK, I was absolutely delighted to …

walks of Italy Tuscany tour review

Exploring Tuscany with Walks of Italy: My Experience

I’ve been living in Florence for a year and a half and yet, there are still many places in Tuscany that I haven’t got around visiting. It therefore comes as no surprise that when the lovely team from the Walks of Italy invited me to join them on their Tuscany tour, I jumped at the opportunity.   It wasn’t until a couple of days before the trip when the potential horror that I’ve always associated with organised tours kicked in. With the eyes of my imagination, I saw myself surrounded by a group of tourists armed with selfie sticks, marching one by one behind the tour leader holding a flagpole – an all too familiar sight in Florence. Well, I’m pleased to tell you that I was completely and utterly wrong! So wrong in fact that if you happen to be visiting Tuscany this summer but are short on time and don’t want to go through the hassle of renting a car and figuring out your way through the Tuscan roads, I wholeheartedly recommend going on an adventure …

Mostar Bridge, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Heaven on Earth Waiting to Be Discovered

Red currant fields and square-shaped houses resembling toy blocks slowly disappearing in the distance, an occasional fruit merchant perched by the roadside… If you’re entering Bosnia and Herzegovina through its Croatian border with Dubrovnik, there isn’t much that will prepare you for its beauty. The country’s charm catches you off guard. As soon as your heart sinks at the sight of bullet marks still visible in some buildings or at the concrete walls of housing estates marking the war and post war-period, Bosnia and Herzegovina surprises you with a sight so stunning that it makes you look twice, wishing that you wouldn’t have to leave. Emerald rivers, waterfalls, rolling hills overlooking the country’s many lakes, the ottoman heritage which makes you feel as if you suddenly found yourself in Turkey… Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mosaic of natural beauty and fascinating culture. The best thing about it? It’s still very much a road less travelled amongst Europe’s popular routes which means that you can have a piece of this green paradise (almost) all to yourself. Without further ado, let’s find …

view from Marjan Hill, split, Croatia

Split in One Day: Things to Do & See

Split, perched quietly on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, might’ve not been built in a day but as it turns out, it can be pretty much seen in a day. While you won’t be able to experience everything the city has to offer in just a day, luckily Split is small enough to let you explore its most charming sites without feeling rushed. I visited Split two days ago en route to Bosnia, and I was surprised how much I got to see in just under 7 hours. I’m not one to rush through, hectically ticking things off my list, so all these sites can be seen at a perfectly slow pace, an hour long lunch, dinner and a coffee stop included. Let’s jump straight into it! THE OLD TOWN Don’t let the tacky tourist shops, travel agencies and fast food stands cramped together by the ferry docks and the bus station bring your spirits down – once you flee the madness (and the smell of burnt pizza), you’ll find yourself  at the pretty marina lined up with palm trees and flowers. From …

Shibazakura Festival, Mnt Fuji, Mnt Fuji flower lane

Five Unmissable Japanese Experiences

From Tokyo’s dizzying skyscrapes and head-spinning nightlife to the stunning temples of Kyoto, you’ll never be short of things to do in Japan. It’s been my childhood dream to visit this beautiful country (I’m sure those of you who grew up watching Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball can relate!) and when it finally came true, it left me craving for more! It’s impossible to experience everything that Japan has to offer in one trip, so I put together a list of some of the most exciting Japanese experiences to get you started. 1. Visit Mnt Fuji duirng the Shibazakura Festival Your trip to Mnt Fuji won’t be complete if you don’t visit during the Shibazakura Festival when thousands of pink shibazakura flowers blossom at the foot of the mountain. This is the time when the area magically transforms into a fairy-tale like oasis – pick a clear day for your visit to guarantee great views of Mnt Fuji, towering majestically over the flowers. The flowers bloom between mid April till the end of May. 2. Stay at a traditional hotel Staying …

Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

World’s Most Unique Romantic Destinations

Valentine’s Day is upon us! Before anyone complains, yes, it is a manufactured holiday but, A: it makes it ok to get stuffed with otherwise unacceptable amounts of chocolate, and B: it gives us the perfect excuse to travel some place new!  In the name of embracing the Valentine’s Day spirit, here’s a list of some of the world’s most unique, romantic destinations, perfect not just for an avantgarde V Day weekend, but for any romantic occasion. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island, Maldives If the romantic in you ever wondered what it would be like to swim amongst the stars, now’s your chance to find out! The surreal luminescence which seems to be mirroring the stars above the Vaadhoo Island is generated by phytoplankton called asdinoflagellates.  Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany Can you name one thing more inherently romantic than sunsets? Why yes, that would be castles! Combine the two and you have a recipe for a perfect date. The fairytale-like Neuschwanstein Castle was built in 19th Century in honour of Richard Wagner, and its interiors are inspired by his characters. To make it even more magical, the …