Category Archive: Europe

My Travel Story

This month’s travel linkup is all about what got me into the world of travel blogging. Why I am here today sharing my tales from the globe, solo travel, being an expat, to… Continue reading

The ultimate travel menu of locations

As part of this month’s travel blog linkup, I’m sharing my ultimate travel menu of locations. From an entrée (short haul) to a main (long haul) and a memorable desert. This menu will take… Continue reading

Hidden Gems of Travelling

It’s those places that you never considered visiting. Those spots that you stumble upon. Those aspects that etch away at your mind, heart and soul. Those places that you can never forget. Those… Continue reading

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Waking up inside a cave to look out at sculpted stone mountains with colourful hot air balloons gliding between them… where in the world am I? Cappadocia, Turkey. Known for it’s fairy tale… Continue reading

Near-Perfect Travel Experiences: Travel Linkup

Well, nothing in life is ever perfect… right? At least my travels are never perfect. I think that’s what makes them some of the best stories I have to share! So this month… Continue reading

Discovering the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) – A Top Travel Experience

Feet deep in snow, hands cradling the tripod and camera while the eyes stare up at the dancing colours in the sky. This week’s travel experience that makes it into my 30 Top… Continue reading

Ireland Photo Blog: A Top Travel Experience

Ever since I’d first decided to move to the UK and London I knew I wanted to visit Ireland. It was top of my list, Scotland may have sneaked in there first, but… Continue reading

Cinque Terre – Walking through 5 little Italian Villages, A Top Travel Experience

Colourful buildings adorning a coastal landscape. Wildflowers blooming amongst spring grass. Views from above village standing on cliffs. Pizza, pasta and gelato… need I say more? Cinque Terre is a little area of… Continue reading

A Top Travel Experience: Paragliding through Slovenia

Running off a cliff strapped to a stranger, getting caught by the air and gliding through the sky with the power of the a parachute holding you above the ground. Incredible to say… Continue reading

Greek Islands: A Top Travel Experience

Whenever I struggle to sleep or when I go to my ‘happy place’ during meditation, it’s a beach in the Greek Islands. This beach is known as Agia Anna in Naxos, where I remember staring… Continue reading

Swiss styling through Switzerland: A Top Travel Experience

Take a train, a backpack, hiking boots, a mangle of languages and a Kiwi addicted to travel and what do you get? A solo Kiwi traveller (me) backpacking for a about 2 weeks… Continue reading

Unexpected Places

Consider for a moment a place you’ve never thought you’d visit. Is it dangerous? Is there some strange noises that you can’t quite comprehend? Do you find yourself holding a baby baboon in… Continue reading

A Greatest Travel Experience: Discovering Bosnia and Herzegovina

If you asked me 10 years ago if I’d ever go to Bosnia I would have said ‘no way’ — probably would have said that about Russia too actually. When I thought of… Continue reading

A Greatest Adventure: Taking that first step towards the other side of the world

All the stressful preparations behind me, donning my perfectly planned out long haul outfit (aka homeless person attire) I stepped onto the plane. My first big plane I’d ever been in. Travelling towards… Continue reading

10 Things I love about travel

This month’s travel linkup is all about love… here’s 10 things that I love about travel: 1. Waking up in the middle of nowhere and pinching myself that I’m actually there 2. Being surprised… Continue reading

Photography Friday: V is for ‘Vintgar’

Vintgar, ever heard of such a place? Think green waters – crystal clear. Think gushing waterfalls, wooden bridges winding around cliffs covered in plants. A world away from the city lies an oasis… Continue reading

Photography Friday: T is for ‘Turkey’

Turkey is a land of contrasts, from boulders in the shape of fairytale chimneys to bustling cities covered in incredible unique architecture. History and beaches to shock anyone and varied landscapes seen from above.… Continue reading

Photography Friday: S is for ‘Spain’

As yesterday was the last Spanish class of my 10-week course it feels appropriate that today’s Photo Friday should be about Spain! From 2008’s visit to Barcelona to 2013’s visit to Granada. Spain is… Continue reading

Room with a view

Nature, sunrises, sunsets, ocean… these are all the things we look for in a view when we travel. Sad thing is I usually don’t have a decent view. I travel cheap and far,… Continue reading

Photography Friday: I is for ‘Italy’!

Pasta, pizza, gelato…. ahhhh need I say more? Italy is my ‘most travelled’ country in Europe, heck, possibly in the world. It’s just stunning from the history, architecture to the food and scenery.… Continue reading

Photography Friday: G is for ‘Germany’

Spanning from 2008 to 2011 I visited Germany four times! It is close enough to Austria to feel special to me, because I was able to visit it during the winter covered in… Continue reading

A Fish out of Water: My first ever international travels

It’s 4am. The fire alarm had been set off. My roommate and I haven’t slept a wink from all the banging and crashing. Now we’re faced with some German-speaking police and firemen at… Continue reading

Photography Friday: D is for… Ireland?

Okay I may not have been to any countries beginning with D, but I’ve certainly visited a lot of cities and areas beginning with D. Best example of this were all the amazing… Continue reading

Photography Friday: C is for ‘Croatia’

Sun, blue skies, pebbles, clear waters, what more could a traveller want? (Okay, maybe sand instead of pebbles and some fish n’ chips) This week’s ‘Photography Friday’ takes us back to Europe and… Continue reading

Travelling around Russia

Expectations are a tricky thing, even when it’s not a physical thing you expect to see on your travels. I’ve learnt to try not have expectations as it puts a dampener on how… Continue reading

The Hermitage: A museum to rival Paris’s Louvre

Situated on the incredible Dvortsovaya Ploshchad ‘Palace Square’ stands an incredible green building (yes green may sound strange), opposite a yellow building with a stunning arc sculpted by George von Velten in the… Continue reading

A Surprising Destination: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Having travelled throughout Europe for the best part of the last four years (add another 6 months if you want to include my ‘studying’ in Austria), I started to feel like I needed… Continue reading

Anzac Day: Lest we forget

A day of Anzac biscuits, beer and in New Zealand, a public holiday filled with sunshine. But let’s be honest, it’s a bit more of a serious day than all that. A few… Continue reading

Checking out the flowers in London’s East End

When London brings out the sun, you really do have to make the most of it. There’s no telling when you’ll see it again. I recently visited a spot I’ve been wanting to check… Continue reading

‘Pinch me’ moments to last a lifetime

Imagine this: you’re sitting on some stairs in the center of Prague’s town square. It’s St. Patrick’s Day 2008 and dusk has just kicked in. You are surrounded by Easter market stalls, brightly… Continue reading

2013 and 2014: What’s been and what’s to come

Every blogger does a year review right? Well I may as well join in and remind you all of my year. It’s definitely been a year of ups and downs, but definitely one… Continue reading

Leiden: a taste of the real Netherlands

I recently visited the Netherlands for a conference about WordPress – in fact the first European WordCamp. For the those that consider themselves geeks that read my blog, it was pretty neat. 700… Continue reading

Greek Island Hopping

Sunlight shinning down on the sea like crystals twinkling in a distant place. I wondered when I would get to see water as beautiful as this again… I recently read one of my… Continue reading

Dream spot: First, Switzerland

Bite into that juicy red apple as you sit on the edge of a crystal blue, still and silent lake. Gaze across the lake as it drops off and snow-capped Swiss Alps stare… Continue reading

Spires of Milan: the Duomo

Getting a tad lost (walking in the complete opposite direction) I learnt that Milan was a very modern city, with an amazing Duomo (Cathedral) that stands tall amongst the busy city. I stayed… Continue reading

Lake hopping in Italy

After a panic-attack and losing most of my stomach I found myself sitting on a balcony as the sun set over a pristine lake surrounded by mountains in Italy. The panic attack was… Continue reading

When travel goes wrong

Sometimes things just go wrong. Then they continue to go wrong. Then you don’t care any more that things go wrong because at least you’re in a lovely different country experiencing something new.… Continue reading

Trippin’ through five little Italian villages

During Easter 2011 I decided to dodge the royal wedding and venture out to Italy (one of my most-travelled countries) to visit yet another UNESCO World Heritage spot that I’d heard so much… Continue reading

An Austrian Gem

When people travel to Austria I hear all about Vienna (Wein) the beautiful artistic and cultural capital of Austria, Salzburg famous for the Sound of Music and I even sometimes hear about Innsbruck… Continue reading