There are few things as exciting in life as exploring a new place. To travel means to encounter new cultures, learning about history and seeing beautiful new sights. Of course you want to build the perfect itinerary, so you don’t miss out on any highlights or hidden gems.
But where to start and what to do? There are so many amazing countries, cool cities, beautiful places. Between all those incredible things to do and see, the options can be seriously overwhelming.
But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!
I’ll gladly help you out with my recommendations and tips on things to do and sights to see, from famous attractions to budget options. I’ve personally visited each of these places and picked out my favorite activities, to ensure you have the best travel experience.
And I’ll let you in on a little secret: the best adventures happen when you least expect them, so don’t overplan. Leave some room in your itinerary for spontaneity. So you can take time to simply wander around, getting a little lost, because you never know what you might find. That’s how I ended up with some of my favorite travel experiences.
All my travel guides are categorised by continent, so it’s easy to pick out your next destination. But why not browse them all? 😉
Things to do in Africa
Morocco is such a beautiful country. The landscape, the architecture, the markets, the colours, the smells, the food, the people. I loved it all. It was at times overwhelming but in the best possible way. It was all so exciting, and I felt so alive trying to take it all in. Morocco is one of those places that you need to see for yourself to truly appreciate. Take some time to visit several different places, spend a few days in each, take it slow and do and see as much as possible. These are the places I visited on my 10-day trip, and I wish I could have spent more time in all of them. I highly recommend them all: … More Places to Visit in Morocco
Things to do in Asia
I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to visit a lot of countries in Southeast Asia and Laos is definitely my favorite. A lot of backpackers overlook Laos in favor of more famous destinations such as Thailand and Vietnam. As a result, Laos is pleasantly quiet and relatively untouristic. And it’s a versatile country as well, from sandy beaches to souring mountains and lush jungle to beautiful cities, Laos truly has something for everyone. Here are my favorite places in Laos that you should definitely visit as soon as possible! … More Places to Visit in Laos
The Thakhek loop runs to and from the small town of Thakhek in central Laos and it can be done in 3 or 4 days (or even 2 if you’re in a big hurry). It runs through a variety of landscapes of karst mountains, ricefields, through hills and valleys. The road is lined with caves, waterfalls and other attractions that you can visit. In the past years, the roads have been improved a lot and it has become a staple for tourists traveling through Laos. … More Riding the Thakhek Motorbike Loop in Laos
Cambodia is a beautiful country, but most backpackers don’t give it the attention it deserves. It’s a poor country with a tragic recent past, but still everyone walks around with a smile on their face. Cambodians are some of the nicest people I have ever met. Most tourists blaze through on their way from Thailand to Vietnam, just to tick Angkor Wat off their bucketlist. But there are so many cool and beautiful places in Cambodia worth visiting. These were my favourites: … More Places to Visit in Cambodia
Due to the shape of Vietnam, travelling from north to south or vice versa offers a clear route. But a month is hardly enough to see everything there is to see, especially if you want to do it by motorbike. But I did get to see a lot of awesome places in the month I spent here.
I’ll be honest, Vietnam didn’t steal my heart, but we developed a solid platonic friendship 😉 Here are my top 5 places I visited: … More Places to Visit in Vietnam
As a full-time traveler, I get to experience the most awesome adventures all around the world. Those once-in-a-lifetime, epic, slightly scary, but so worth it adventures. I’m actually writing this as I just turned my motorbike in after riding it around Vietnam for 10 days. In 10 days I drove from Hanoi to Hoi An, on my own. Riding a motorbike in Vietnam has been on my bucket list ever since meeting people in South East Asia last year that did it. They described it as one of the coolest experiences they ever had. And I can now confirm, it really, really is. … More 10 Days on a Motorbike in Vietnam
The Philippines is a beautiful country, with plenty of places worth visiting. Travelling around the Philippines, unfortunately, takes a lot of time as the country is made up of islands and the infrastructure is sometimes lacking. So you may need to make some hard decisions about which places you’ll go and which ones you pass on. Here are my 5 favourite places in the Philippines, which should all definitely be on your list: … More Places to Visit in the Philippines
Tokyo is one of the coolest cities in the world. From skyscraper filled with neon lights to serene parks, the capital of Japan truly has it all. In such a large city, there is no lack of things to do and see, but here are five of my favorite things to do in Tokyo:
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If you are looking for a more authentic view of Japan, head to the cultural capital of Kyoto. Although a large metropole with 1,5 million inhabitants, Kyoto has retained a small town atmosphere. You can easily spend a few days roaming the city as well as take a trip or two to other places. Here are a few things not to miss in Kyoto: … More Things to do in Kyoto
Singapore is a city-state and one of the richest countries in Asia. Stepping off the plane there did not feel like arriving in a South-East Asian country at all. From the state of the art airport to the skyscrapers and luxury hotels, everything in Singapore is shiny, new and clean. This incredibly well-organized city can … More Things to do in Singapore
Luang Prabang is one of those cities that deserves every bit of its reputation. I instantly fell in love with the charming, relaxing and hospitable former colonial town. Luang Prabang is a haven for weary backpackers and luxury vacationers alike. … More Things to do in Luang Prabang
I was immediately taken with Sri Lanka, it is a beautiful country with lovely people and amazing food. I have heard some horror stories about India, but Sri Lanka offers the same rich culture, curries and nature, without the filth and danger. We were greeted with enthusiasm and warmth everywhere, with people keen to show off their country.
Having such a full itinerary makes it hard to pick favorites, but I’ll try to limit it to a few highlights: … More Sri Lanka: my first time in Asia
Things to do in Europe
The Warner Bros Studios in London are a must-visit for all Harry Potter fans. Here you can walk through set pieces and learn about the magic behind the music. And with my tips you can tour the Harry Potter Studios in London on a budget! … More Touring the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios London on a Budget
I spent four days in London and had a blast exploring the gorgeous old sights as well as the trendy neighborhoods. Whether you’re planning a quick city trip or an extended vacation (and London is great for both), there are a few highlights you can’t miss. Here are the best things to do in London on a budget as a solo female traveler: … More Things to Do in London
In November, I planned a trip to explore an underrated part of Europe: the Baltics. I did a loop covering Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Copenhagen in three weeks without a single flight! I went from capital to capitol by bus, train and ferry. Here’s my full itinerary. … More 3 Weeks in the Baltics Itinerary
Copenhagen is one of those cities that people have been telling me for years that I should I visit. But somehow I never got to it. There were always bigger and better places, further away to see. But when I did finally visit Copenhagen as part as my tour around the Baltic Sea last November, I immediately loved it. There is plenty of great street food, the city is very walkable and public transport is pretty affordable. The best way to explore it though, is by bike. It’s the most bicycle friendly city in the world after all!
When people think of beautiful European cities, they often think of Florence, Paris, Vienna. But I think that Stockholm definitely deserves a place in the top 10 prettiest cities in Europe. From the old architecture of the Old Town to the hipster cafés, Stockholm manages to perfectly connect the old and the new. The city is both historic and modern, as well as painfully trendy. Here are the best things to do in Stockholm … More Things to Do in Stockholm
If you’re looking for a unique destination for a weekend or city trip in Europe, Helsinki is the place to go. Helsinki is a young city, but with a great mix of old and modern architecture. If you’re going to visit Finland for the rugged nature, which I hear is absolutely stunning, it’s worth spending a couple of days in Helsinki to experience Finnish city life as well. While you’re there, here are a few great things to do: … More Things to Do in Helsinki
I’m so glad the first #WITSEurope gave me the perfect excuse to explore a new city: Riga. Between the beautiful architecture, delicious food and rich culture, I don’t know what I loved more. But I managed to sum up a few of my favorite things to do in Riga in this post. … More Things to Do in Riga
Germany is obviously my number one place to spend Christmas, but there are a lot of places around Europe that do it (almost) just as well. There are lots of picturesque towns with great Christmas markets to choose from, but these are my favorite festive Christmas destinations in Europe: … More My Favorite Festive Christmas Destinations in Europe
My first stop in the Baltic States was the capital of Lithuania: Vilnius. Vilnius has recently become a more popular destination in Europe, but is still pleasantly quiet in the low season. Vilnius is a beautiful city with lots of interesting buildings in different architectural styles. It’s not a big city, but there is certainly enough there to occupy yourself with for a long weekend. These are the best things to do in Vilnius: … More Things to Do in Vilnius
Warsaw has its own character, a beautifully reconstructed Old Town and a rich history. It’s both modern and traditional, touristic and authentic. I recommend spending a day or two in Warsaw to learn about Polish history, both ancient and contemporary, eat some delicious Polish food and enjoy a few cultural events. Here are the best things to do in Warsaw: … More Things to Do in Warsaw
Paris is one of the most visiting cities in the world. The city of light and love is on the top of most peoples travel bucket list. Paris has tons to offer and there are definitely a lot of hidden gems. But most of the big hitters are totally worth it in my opinion, especially during low season. These are the best things to do in Paris: … More Things to Do in Paris
After my posts about things to do in Florence and more things to do in Florence, I am ready to bring this trilogy to a close. Florence is a big tourist destination for a reason. It is a beautiful city with a rich history, great food and the perfect base to explore Tuscany. Here are a few more tips for things to do during your trip to Florence. … More Even More Things to Do in Florence
Florence is one of the most visited cities in Italy for a reason. Walking around Florence is like walking through a living museum. The city is filled to the brink with gorgeous Medieval architecture, amazing art and every street looks like something straight out of a Renaissance painting. I already wrote one post about my favourite things to do in Florence, but the city has so much more to offer: … More More Things to Do in Florence
Barcelona: one of the most popular destinations in Europe. And with good reason, because this seaside city in the north of Spain is fun, vibrant and beautiful. And there is so much to do! Go to Barcelona and discover this amazing city for yourself, and make sure to do at least these five things: … More Things to Do in Barcelona
Scotland in December is what Christmas dreams are made of, a true winter wonderland. I’ve only had the pleasure of visiting Scotland twice, but it is without a doubt one of my favourite countries in the world. The people are lovely, the nature is breathtaking, and Edinburgh might just be the most beautiful city in Europe, especially at Christmas: pure magic! There is so much to discover so start with this list of my favourite places to visit in Scotland … More Places to Visit in Scotland
I decided that it was finally time to take the ridiculously short drive (2 hours) down to Belgium. I don’t know why I put it off for so long, because Belgium is awesome! Beautiful old cities, great food, even better beer and it’s basically just around the corner from me. … More Places to Visit in Belgium
I swear, every time I finish one of these I remember more amazing things to do in Vienna. This city just has so much to offer! Some gems are a bit more hidden or less popular, but that doesn’t make them any less worthy of a visit. As always, I will provide you with insider tips to have the best time ever in Vienna. … More Even More Things to Do in Vienna
The beauty of Vienna is too much to capture in one post. It is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in Europe. It’s elegant, artistic, hip, young and vibrant. Vienna is lovely any time of year: when the trees bloom in spring, when the temperatures rise in summer, and especially around Christmas time. If you are planning a trip to this fantastic Austrian capital, here are some tips on what to do there and some more things to do: … More More Things to Do in Vienna
The former cities of Buda and Pest are known as their collective name: Budapest. The Hungarian capital has become a popular destination for all kinds of travelers. Because Budapest has everything: history, beautiful architecture, art, relaxation, food and partying. All at budget prices. Here are my main recommendations: … More Things to Do in Budapest
Ljubljana is a small University city, with a beautiful historic city centre. Although it is small and Slovenia is a country you should visit for its countryside scenery, I really liked Ljubljana’s fairytale architecture. It is a great base to explore the country from and perfect to relax for a day or two. Here are some tips on things to do in Ljubljana: … More Things to Do in Ljubljana
Piran is a small town on the tiny stretch of Slovenian coast. Wedged between Italy and Croatia, the Slovenian Adriatic coast in only 42 km long. Piran is a lovely, well-preserved town. It belonged to the Venitian empire at one point which can clearly be seen in the architecture. This is not the kind of place where you spend a week, but it’s perfect for a relaxing 2-3 day trip. It’s charming, the seafood is incredibly fresh and it’s only a short drive from Trieste, Umag or Ljubljana. So while you are here, this is what you should do: … More Things to Do in Piran
Trieste is an absolutely lovely seaside city. It’s beautiful, calm and clean (by Italian standards), vibrant and international. Near the border with Slovenia, Austria, and Hungary, Trieste has been pinged around between different nations during the ages. All those different nationalities have left their mark on the architecture, culture, and cuisine of Trieste, making it a truly unique place in Italy. I had a great time exploring this wonderful city, so here are my tips on things to do in Trieste: … More Things to Do in Trieste
Tourism in Genova only really took off about 5 years ago, and it is still an underrated destination. There are hardly any “tourist traps” in Genova. Instead, prices are fair, food is great and everything is enjoyed by the locals as much as the visitors. My favourite thing about Genova is how it is such a melting pot. People from all walks of life live side by side. Here is what you have to see and do to experience all the best things of Genova: … More Things to Do in Genova
Naples has a bit of a reputation as a dangerous and dirty city, due to its mafia history. These days, Naples is a beautiful city with just the right amount of grit and edge to be fun. Unlike big tourist destinations like Venice and Florence, Naples has not fallen prey to gentrification. Even in summer, the city is filled with Italians going about their life, not paying much mind to the tourists. … More Things to Do in Naples
Catania in Sicily is one of those places that pleasantly surprised me on my trip through Italy. Catania is not as gritty as Palermo, where I regularly felt unsafe, but still enough edge to be interesting. It is beautiful, but not too polished and gentrified. Catania is also a great base to explore other places in Sicily. … More Things to Do in Catania
When I was eighteen, I lived in Florence for 2 months to learn Italian. It completely fell in love with the city and the language. Ever since I’ve been telling people to visit Florence. But coming back there, 8 years later, I was disappointed to find how much the city has been spoiled by mass … More Things to Do in Florence
Venice is one of those cities that has been on my travel bucket list for a very long time. The moment I stepped out of the train station I was blown away. I had those delicious butterflies tingling in my stomach, the way I get when I instantly fall in love with a place. One look at the buildings and the Canal Grande and I was sold. Because the things about Venice is that pictures do not do it justice. It is like walking through a museum with a new masterpiece around every corner. … More Things to Do in Venice
Verona is one of those cities in Italy that are easily overlooked by travellers. Despite its fame as the city of Romeo and Juliet, tourists often favour places like Rome, Florence and Venice. Verona is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and deserves a spot on everyone’s travel bucket list. It is a gorgeous city architecturally, but it also has a lively atmosphere, fantastic food and lots to do. … More Things to Do in Verona
Innsbruck in Tirol is the perfect place to visit if you want to experience Austrian culture. Surrounded by mountains, Innsbruck is a base for all kinds of outdoor activities. Skiing trips to the Tyrolean Alps and hiking trips in summer, there is something for every season. Innsbruck is a University city with a young and international population. As a result, there is plenty to do both day and night. … More Things to Do in Innsbruck
Sure, Vienna is stunning, but don’t overlook the gem of northern Austria: Salzburg. This small city close to Germany has the perfect combination of urban and rural. The area surrounding Salzburg is a beautiful example of the variety of the Austrian Alps, with mountains, lakes, meadows and cute villages. The city itself is easy to navigate and consists of the Old Town with its gothic, renaissance, baroque and rococo buildings on the left bank and the New Town on the right bank. Salzburg has a fascinating history and is the birthplace of Mozart. Most people, however, will know it as the location of ‘The Sound of Music’ … More Things to Do in Salzburg
The capital of Austria exudes glamour and elegance. From the white and gold baroque palaces to the wide lanes, Vienna is the best kind of kitsch. After living in Vienna for three months, I know how incredible this city is, and I encourage anyone to visit it, you will not be disappointed! This old European capital is brimming with culture and history, and you can easily spend days or even weeks exploring it all. … More Things to Do in Vienna
Edinburgh is an incredible city. The city is beautiful and has a magical atmosphere about it. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Edinburgh twice now and each time I discover something new. So in addition to my previous recommendations, here are some more things to do in Edinburgh: … More More things to do in Edinburgh
Glasgow has long suffered from its reputation as Edinburgh’s ‘uglier sister’. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have anything to offer. Glasgow has a very interesting mixture of architecture due to its industrial history. And although its a little rough around the edges, Glasgow has plenty of culture to enjoy. … More Things to do in Glasgow
Oh, Ireland, country of fun and beauty. After visiting Ireland for the first time, it immediately became one of my favourite countries. I felt so at home here, with the friendliest people and the epic landscape. If you’re looking for your next destination, here are the places you can’t miss in Ireland. … More Places you can’t miss in Ireland
Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands is a must see when visiting Ireland. The stunning island with its kind people offers a peek into the Ireland of the Celts.
The island is easily reached by ferry from Roshill, which travels twice a day. Though a lot of people opt for a day trip, I would recommend staying at least one or two nights. Especially in the fall, the island is the perfect place to unwind and relax. And there is plenty to keep you busy if the weather allows. … More Things to do on Inishmore
The Aran Islands are a group of three islands off the coast of Galway, Ireland. If you find yourself in Ireland, they are a must visit.
The islands were first cultivated around 3000-4000 years ago by the Celts. The rocky islands were devoid of vegetation. By clearing the rocks and creating soil from layers of seaweed and sand the Celts created farmland. This method took about 300 years and has left the islands covered in the iconic small fields surrounded by stone walls. … More Why you should visit the Aran Islands
Krakow is one of Europe’s best preserved old cities and a treasure trove of history and culture. Krakow has seen golden times and the very darkest sides of humanity but is still so very much alive. This University town is home to a young and progressive population with a vibrant nightlife, art scene and hipster culture. I spend 5 days in Krakow and would have gladly stayed 5 months in this incredibly interesting city. … More Things to do in Krakow
1. Free walking tour Free walking tours are my favorite way explore any city. The guides make their money from tips, so they are motivated to give you the best tour possible. It also gives you some context and background to all the wonderful things you are seeing. And it’s a great way to meet some new people … More Things to do in Malaga
Edinburgh is absolutely stunning with an air of warmth and enjoyment. Yes, it is full of tourist, but with good reason. This Medieval city offers a compact city centre with a rich history and magical aura. And the Scottish are kind and rightfully proud so they will be happy to tell you all about it. … More Things to do in Edinburgh
Newcastle is actually a lovely and beautiful city, with lots of culture and great food. The countryside surrounding Newcastle however, was my favourite part. Apart from walking around the city, we took two trips, one into the country and one from the beach. … More Things to do in Newcastle
The thing I loved most about Manchester is its cool vibe, it strongly reminded me of Brooklyn, both in look and feel. It has a mix of impressive old buildings (such as John Rylands library and Town Hall) as well as industrial brownstones and hyper-modern architecture. There were a lot of street performers and the food market where I had lunch gave it a festival atmosphere. Manchester has a hip, young, artsy feel and I will definitely go back sometime to explore it further. I would strongly recommend this city to anyone looking for a nice weekend trip, a bit more off the beaten track. … More One day in Manchester
Things to do in North America
I visited a lot of places during my 3 months in the USA. Some didn’t quite live up to my dreams, but others pleasantly surprised me. Obviously, the US is a big country and a huge diversity in destinations. As much as I hate picking favorites, I managed to boil it down to my 5 top places to visit in the US and put them in alphabetical order. If you’re planning a trip to the USA, these are a few destinations I think you can’t miss: … More Places to Visit in the USA
Montreal is vibrant, young and hip. The French colonial architecture, multicultural citizens, array of languages, abundance of bicycles and parks give it a really European feel. Out of all the cities I visited in Canada, this is the one place I could see myself living. Montreal is super livable, but also a great tourist destination. This city is so alive and there is so much to do! From tourist classics like Old Montreal to eating your weight in poutine, these are the top things to do in Montreal: … More Things to Do in Montreal
Quebec should definitely be part of your visit to Canada, if only to see a totally different side of the country. Although Quebec City is the capital of Quebec province, it’s much smaller than I expected. You can easily see the highlights in a couple of days, making it a perfect weekend destination. It has beautiful architecture, lots of shops and restaurants, great museums, gorgeous nature and delicious food: everything you need for a lovely little trip. Here are my favorite things to do in Quebec City: … More Things to Do in Quebec City
My first stop in Canada (ever) was Vancouver. I enjoyed walking around the city and exploring Vancouver. Although I wouldn’t recommend spending more than three days in the city (get to the mountains asap!!), here are a few things absolutely worth doing when visiting Vancouver: … More Things to Do in Vancouver
Seattle was never really on my radar, so I was surprised by how much I liked it. The combination of modern Downtown, historic Capitol Hill and Waterfront and the view of the Cascades (on a rare sunny day) were a delightful combination. The city really has something for everyone and it’s reflected in the people you see around. I ended up spending four days exploring Seattle and loved every bit of it. Here are some of my favorite things to and see in Seattle: … More Things to Do in Seattle
After spending three months in the US and visiting 10 states I can safely say that my favorite place in the whole country is New Orleans. Maybe that is because it’s the most European city, maybe because it simply has so much to offer. Either way, New Orleans is a must visit for anyone who … More More Things to Do in New Orleans
San Francisco is one of those places that I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. There’s something the city that has always appealed to me. And everyone kept recommending it. So when I was planning my trip around the US, I knew I couldn’t skip this hippie paradise. It’s a beautiful city with charming architecture, cool sights and it’s pretty walkable. … More Things to Do in San Francisco
I pretty much immediately fell in love with Austin. It is simply such a fun and vibrant place. Austin is weird, it’s hip, it’s young and it’s one of a kind. To me, Austin is the perfect combination between laid back nature and bustling city. I was never once bored in the five days I spent there. Here are a few of the best things to do in Austin: … More Things to Do in Austin
Between the beautiful architecture, the amazing food and friendly locals, New Orleans instantly became my favorite city in the US (so far). It has a European vibe, which made me feel right at home. And even after a month, I never got bored here. There is just so much to do and see in this city. Here are some of the best things to do in New Orleans: … More Things to Do in New Orleans
Nashville, the capital of country music. This city had been on my travel bucket list for a long time. I loved Nashville. It’s a vibrant town with lots to do and see. And it is not all country music 24 hours a day. Here are my favorite things I did while visiting Nashville … More Things to Do in Nashville
Buffalo might not be high up on many people travel bucket list, but it should be! The city does not get the love it deserves. Buffalo is a hip and fun place, with lots to do. If you like good food, a friendly atmosphere, beautiful architecture and nature, than you should visit Buffalo. I ended up staying for five days, and here are my favorite things I did: … More Things to Do in Buffalo NY
It’s a cute city with a really nice atmosphere. It’s the kind of hippie, free spirited, liberal college town I love. Small and friendly. The campus is beautiful, the houses colorful, the scenery stunning. Seriously, if you like nature, cute little cafes, street art and thrift stores: this is the place for you. I spent a little under two weeks exploring Ithaca and surroundings, these were my favorite things to do in Ithaca: … More Things to Do in Ithaca NY