Europe

One day in Brussels: all the top things to do & see

One day in Brussels: all the top things to do & see

Brussels is an interesting city: on the hand it might seem a little dirty at times, but on the other hand it has a beautiful charming city center. Even though the city isn’t as popular as Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, it is really worth a visit. One day in Brussels is just enough time to see all the highlights. If you are wondering what to do in Brussels, continue reading for a guide with my best tips for things to do and see, where to eat and how to get there.

How to beat the crowds in Rome (the best times to visit + insider tips)

How to beat the crowds in Rome (the best times to visit + insider tips)

The Italian capital of Rome is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Europe. History lies around each. corner, and it’s impossible not to fall in love when you wander the winding streets. With so many museums, churches and pieces of art to admire, there will barely be enough time to see everything in one visit – I recommend at least three or four days! The queues at some of these spectacular attractions can be atrocious, especially during the hot Roman summers. Don’t waste time waiting in line for tickets! In this article I’ll share the best tips & tricks to get into your favourite Roman attractions without waiting in line (and save some money while you’re at it!). 

What to do in Bruges in one day: the ultimate guide

What to do in Bruges in one day: the ultimate guide

The romantic city of Bruges in Belgium is the stuff of fairytales (get the reference?). It’s the ultimate weekend getaway, and even in a day you’ll get plenty done in this compact UNESCO-heritage listed city centre. In the compact town, which is easily walkable you’ll be met with the most charming buildings from the middle-ages, some of them housing museums, others restaurants and others hotels. In this guide I won’t just be sharing a map of Bruges with my recommendations, but also my favourite sights to see in Bruges, the best cheap eats in Bruges, and some recommended hotels. Here’s what to  to do in Bruges in one day (hint: one of them is eating!).

How to skip the line at London’s most popular tourist attractions (+ best times to visit)

How to skip the line at London’s most popular tourist attractions (+ best times to visit)

London is the best city in the world, there – I said it! The English capital has an array of fantastic sights, free museums, royal palaces, historic churches and fun tourist attractions that was surely make your visit a successful one. And I should know: I used to live there! London is one of the most visited city in the world, so wait times can be brutal. Don’t waste time by joining the tourists in the queue at these busy tourist attractions. In this article I’ve included my best tips on how to avoid waiting in line, the best times to visit and how to save money on the most popular London tourist attractions. Enjoy your trip!

Castle de Haar: visiting the prettiest castle in the Netherlands

Castle de Haar: visiting the prettiest castle in the Netherlands

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, Mr. and I decided to turn off those laptops and go on an adventure. What was on our schedule? A visit to Castle de Haar, the largest castle in the Netherlands, not even half an hour’s drive away from our house! I had no idea the castle even existed, until the Australian Brooke told me about it. I feel a bit ashamed, because it’s such a fairy tale-like castle. It is so grand and beautiful and medieval that I almost can’t believe that this is located in the Netherlands, instead of France. Check it out!

16 best cheap hotels in London (central London)

16 best cheap hotels in London (central London)

Cheap hotels in London: it sounds contradicting, I know, but it doesn’t aways have to be the case. Trust me: I lived there, and have stayed in more than a handful of hotels all across the city. Sure, you have to be realistic and make some small compromises on quality or location: there just aren’t any award winning hotels in the heart of London for only 50 bucks a night. But this is the same anywhere, also in Amsterdam or Paris.

However, if search well and book on time, you will be able to find some great budget hotels in downtown London. Since I get asked quite a lot about cheap hotels in London, I’ve put together this article. All the hotels on this list are centrally located (or easily reachable), travelers have rated them with a 7 or higher, and they are under €100 a night (which is a real bargain for London terms). Keep in mind that rooms in London are generally quite small (but why would you spend a lot of time in your room anyway?:-). 

Day trip Córdoba: Sights & tips for your city trip

Day trip Córdoba: Sights & tips for your city trip

If you have an extra day during your trip to Seville, or on your visit to Andalusia, definitely don’t miss a chance to go to Córdoba. Sadly, if people even know about this city, they usually tend to skip it! The lesser-known sister to Seville is only an hour further north, and is worth a visit because of its beautiful architecture and the cozy city center. Check out my tips for a nice day trip to Córdoba: the most beautiful sights and other recommendations.

52 restaurants & cafes in London you must try (picked by a local)

52 restaurants & cafes in London you must try (picked by a local)

London is my favourite city in the world. There’s just something there (an energy) that’s unlike every other place I’ve ever been. I visit the city about two or three times per year, and have even lived there for seven months on one occasion: the happiest months of my life. I spent my time running between work, friends, museums, restaurants and bars: there’s always something to do in London. So I figured today I’ll share my favourite restaurants & cafes in London with you, so you’ll never go hungry!

What do do in Seville (+restaurant & hotel tips)

What do do in Seville (+restaurant & hotel tips)

No matter how much I travel, I have never gotten such positive response as when I told people that I was visiting Seville. It seems that it has left a positive mark on almost everyone who has ever been there. I got tips on things to do and places to eat from many people (thank you!), and I can confirm that: Yes, Seville really is as fun as everyone tells you. If you have a trip to Sevilla coming up soon, you really need to read this article. In this guide I share the best tips for sights, restaurants and hotels in Seville!

Top things to do in Prague on your first visit

Top things to do in Prague on your first visit

Recently, Joris and I got home from having a meal out when he turned to me and said, “pack your suitcase, tomorrow we are going to Prague”. WHAT?! Such fun! After I picked my jaw off of the ground, I quickly started packing, and the next day I was in the middle of Prague! I had wanted to go on a city trip to Prague for centuries, so that that dream finally came true was fantastic. With such little preparation time I did not know what to see or do once I was got there, however. That’s why I collected my best tips, so that you have a nice list of places to go to your next trip to Prague!

Read my tips!