Best places to see in Lofoten, Norway - Part 1 - Lofoten South

Best places to see in Lofoten, Norway - Part 1 - Lofoten South

Lofoten archipelago is a truly spacial place. It's located above the Arctic Circle and during the summer, the sun never sets (in winter, it never rises which is perfect for admiring Aurora Borealis). From mid May till August, you can walk around at 2 am and feel as if it was late afternoon.

Lofoten is extraordinary not only because of the unusual sunrise/sunset times. I must admit it is the most beautiful place on our planet I have ever seen. Surrounded by the vast Norwegian Sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean, the archipelago is warmed up by its waters and the climate is surprisingly mild, even in winter. The islands emerge suddenly right out of the sea and their pointy peaks resemble the highest parts of the Alps. Surprisingly, apart from the spectacular mountains, Lofoten has... tropical looking beaches that you'd never think could exist so far north. Perfect, white sand and turquoise, clear waters seem to bea carbon copy of the Caribbeans. All this unusual mixture of landscapes otherwise not seen side by side creates an unique fantasy scenery that you'd expect to see in a video game rather than in reality.

Top 5 Affordable and Astonishing Safari Tours

Top 5 Affordable and Astonishing Safari Tours

So you want to take a safari but you need it to be not only amazing but affordable. Since the old days, you can now have a more upscale safari without adding too much to the price of it. In this article, we are going to give you the top 5 most affordable and astonishing safari tours so you get a great adventure that won’t break the bank!

The best Game Of Thrones filming locations to visit on your travels

The best Game Of Thrones filming locations to visit on your travels

Unless you've been hiding on another planet, the Game of Thrones will feature to some degree in your life, even if it is just to extoll your virtues of not seeing a single episode.

You're missing out, not just on one of television's epic adventures but some staggering locations. This is a series which hasn’t just become a part of popular TV culture, it features in every arm of the entertainment industries from the original books through Telltale Games video game and online casino slots such as those at Betway Casino, created by Microgaming.

Mostar and Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Living Fairy Tale

Mostar and Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Living Fairy Tale

Mostar is a really living fairy tale town. The stone bridge, the cosy houses and the unreal, green river will transport you to a different, fantasy world. Mostar is very easy to get to, not so expensive and still considered off the beaten path. However, due to its tiny size, during the peak season, you may find it hard to believe as there are so many crowds everyhwere that it's difficult to squeeze through while walking down the narrow, little streets.

It's unbelievable that this unique, one of a kind place was almost completely destroyed by the devastating war as recently as 30 years ago. You won't find many traces of it in the old town area, however. It’s been perfectly restored but it’s a bit sad to realize that the amazing bridge is rebuilt, not original. There are still a few bullet holes in some of the walls that are silent witnesses of those tragic events. Nevertheless, nowadays, the overall atmosphere is idyllic and Mostar is extremely picturesque. If you didn’t hear about the war, after visiting Mostar, you wouldn't even notice that it actually happened. It’s perfectly safe and it's one of those many amazingly charming towns you must see in the Balkans.

Trail to Rysy - The Highest Peak in Poland

Trail to Rysy - The Highest Peak in Poland

Although Rysy is the highest peak in Poland, it's relatively easy to climb it to the top. The hike is quite tiring and steep; nevertheless, it's nowhere near as difficult as some other trails in the Tatras - like, for example, the trail to Zawrat via Dolina Gasienicowa which is my favorite in the whole Tatars.

As an interesting fact, I can mention that the Rysy peak is also a border crossing point - you can easily go down to the other side which is in Slovakia. The Slovakian side of Rysy is easier but less spectacular. As both countries lie within the Schengen zone, of course, there are no guards or barricades; you won’t even notice you’re in a different country.

5-Star Luxury Holiday Cottages that You Can Visit in England

5-Star Luxury Holiday Cottages that You Can Visit in England

Holidays are what we usually look forward to aside from our salaries. And it would be perfect if you spend your breaks on a vacation. If you have thought of going somewhere in England, then consider getting into 5-star luxury holiday cottages.

If you are spending because you deserve yourself and your family a treat, then prices won’t surely bother you. But the question now is “what are the perfect cottages for your holiday break?” To answer that question, here are some of the famous property companies in England.

San Jose, Costa Rica City Guide - The Capital with Nothing to See?

San Jose, Costa Rica City Guide - The Capital with Nothing to See?

Before I had a chance to travel to Costa Rica, while having lunch in Panama's paradise San Blas Islands (it's a must!), we'd met some other amazing backpackers from all over the world who'd done the trip we were going to do the other way around – we were heading from Panama to Costa Rica, they’d just come to Panama from Costa Rica. And all of them shared the same opinion: Costa Rica is a great place to visit with the exception of its capital city: San Jose.

Usually, we get quite different impressions from what is generally thought of a place we're visiting, and San Jose, being the central gateway for other destinations in such a popular country as Costa Rica couldn't be so bad after all – we had thought. As it turned out, the opinions were closer to the truth than we had expected.

Zambales Philippines – A Secret Tourist Spot

Zambales Philippines – A Secret Tourist Spot

You might have been to Philippines in the past, but it’s quite likely that you have missed on a paradise! Zambales, from the outside might look just like any other average island in the Philippines but most of its treasures are well kept secrets. Zambales is in fact, one of the most picturesque tourist destinations in the Philippines. Let’s talk about where you need to go and the things to do in Zambales.

Lake Bled - Slovenia's Most Famous Attraction - Is it Worth Visiting?

Lake Bled - Slovenia's Most Famous Attraction - Is it Worth Visiting?

Lake Bled is Slovenia's most popular tourist attraction and although it's getting more and more famous, it's still relatively unknown comparing to other European landmarks. And, in contrast to other places flooded by masses of visitors, the beautiful Bled is not overrated at all. In fact, it is way better in real life than in the photos. The images cannot really convey the clear, deep blue color of water, pristine natural surroundings and charming architecture, all combined together.

The town of Bled is best visited in the summer when you can swim, kayak, hike and use it as a base to explore the amazing, hidden treasures of Slovenian Julian Alps.

What to See in Skopje, Macedonia (FYROM) - Europe's Most Chaotic Capital

What to See in Skopje, Macedonia (FYROM) - Europe's Most Chaotic Capital

Before exploring Skopje deeper, we caught a glimpse of this city while on the way from Belgrade to the beautiful Ohrid – a lakeside town boasting unique architecture, clear waters and nice, calm beaches. It was such a pleasure to be there on a sunny, summer day.

Skopje was a different story. It wasn’t very welcoming at first. The grey, gloomy facade that consisted of communist era blocks defined its borders. At first, I thought the two days we had there were going to be a waste of time. However, I couldn’t be more mistaken. Don’t get me wrong – I wouldn’t say that Skopje is the most beautiful city in Europe, because it isn’t. But its charm was hidden in the fact that I have never seen such a diverse, crazy and chaotic city anywhere else in Europe.

Visiting Serbia: Tips & Tricks You Should Know Before Taking The Plunge

Visiting Serbia: Tips & Tricks You Should Know Before Taking The Plunge

Serbia’s candidacy for European Union membership has created added interest in the numerous attractions of this geographically diverse country and is expected to lead to increased tourism in the area. Visitors to this scenic region will enjoy the picturesque villages and resorts located in the mountainous areas of Serbia, the beautiful Danube River and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the capital city of Belgrade. From cycling tours along the Danube Bike Trail to the picturesque wine routes in rural Serbia, destination holidays in Serbia are an ideal way to explore this historic area.

The Best Beach near Dublin - Silver Strand in Wicklow, Ireland

The Best Beach near Dublin - Silver Strand in Wicklow, Ireland

Ireland is best known for spectacular cliffs, endless green meadows, hundreds of sheep, ubiquitous pubs and of course, above all - Guinness. A beach is something that never comes to mind when you think about things to see in the Emerald Island. However, it’s good to know some nice place where you can relax and enjoy your time when the sun actually appears and chases away the gray cloud cover. During such a rare event, when you visit Dublin, you'll probably notice the masses escaping to Howth, Bray or the city beaches such as Portmarnock. They are all nice locations, however there are no sandy beaches in Howth and Bray and the ones in the north of the capital are long and endless with unimaginable crowds and murky water.

But what if we told you that we discovered a hidden little beach that is mostly known only among locals and it’s not worse than the beaches surrounded by cliffs in countries like Portugal?

Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan - Unknown Alternative to the Grand Canyon

Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan - Unknown Alternative to the Grand Canyon

Charyn Canyon, although completely unknown in the west, is probably the biggest attraction of Almaty region and maybe the whole country of Kazakhstan. It is way smaller than its famous counterpart – the Grand Canyon, however this fact doesn’t make it a less exciting place to visit. The canyon is located where two huge climate zones clash - between the barren Altyn Emel desert and the massive, lush green Tien Shan mountain range. From the red rocky cliffs of the canyon, you can spot the snow-covered peaks in the distance.

Things You Must Not Miss in Scotland

Things You Must Not Miss in Scotland

Scotland is the second largest country in the United Kingdom coalition formed in 1707 and is located north of England. Scotland is endowed with natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, making it a very popular tourist destination. It is known for friendly and lively cities and millions of people world wide have Scottish roots as their ancestors migrated from Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries due to conflicts. The famous game of golf was created by Scots and Scotland boasts of owning some world class golf courses.Scotland has three different types of terrain, the highlands, the lowlands and the flat lands.

Is There Anything in Pisa, Italy Besides the Leaning Tower?

Is There Anything in Pisa, Italy Besides the Leaning Tower?

Everyone comes to Pisa to see one of the world's most famous attractions - the Leaning Tower. While it's an extremely popular destination, we didn't choose Pisa because we wanted to visit the tower. We went there because it turned out to be the best (and cheapest) gateway to the beautiful region of Italy - Tuscany, where you can find: Cinque Terre, Florence and other, less known destinations like Siena and a charming medieval town built on a steep cliff - Pitigliano. But as we already were in Pisa, we decided to give it a go and find out if this little town had anything else in its offer.

Things To Do In Monaco

Things To Do In Monaco

Visiting Monaco can be an appealing idea at a glance. It’s a gorgeous little country combining top-notch European luxury with the idyllic splendor of the Mediterranean. It’s also a tiny destination, and it would be fair to wonder if you can experience it by looking at a few postcards, rather than going out of your way to make a trip. This is why we’ve asked the question before of if Monaco is really worth a visit.

Llogara Pass, Dhermi and Vlora - Albanian Riviera, Part 3

Llogara Pass, Dhermi and Vlora - Albanian Riviera, Part 3

Dhermi and Llogara Pass all the way to the town of Vlora were the last points on our itinerary along the Albanian riviera. Going North, we left behind Ksamil, Blue Eye Spring, Himare and my favorite, hidden beaches in Albania - Jala and Ghipe. We already knew Albania is a paradise for those who love unspoiled nature and we just wanted to relax for the last part of the journey. And once more, this little unknown country had another surprise for us - the unbelievable mountainous views all the way to the turquoise, tropical looking Ionian Sea.

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil - The City of Lively Vibes and Colors is even Better than Rio!

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil - The City of Lively Vibes and Colors is even Better than Rio!

Salvador city is the capital of the Bahia state in the North East of Brazil. While it's nothing less attractive than Rio, it gets way fewer tourists and thanks to that, it's easier to feel the local, Brazilian mixed with African influences way of life there. It's one of the oldest colonial cities in South America, founded by the Portuguese in he 16th century. With the spectacular carnivals, it's also believed to be the birthplace of Brazilian culture. You can experience that while strolling down the beautiful, charming streets of the old historical center - Salvador, no doubt has one of the most beautiful old historical centers in Brazil!

Zanjice Beach and Blue Cave, Montenegro

Zanjice Beach and Blue Cave, Montenegro

A "Blue Cave" is a popular attraction in many countries - I visited one in Greece, in Malta or Brazil (click on the links to see my posts). Montenegro is less known in the West and not as famous as other popular destinations but it's good to know that this tiny Balkan country also has its own, beautiful Blue Cave. Although the most visited attractions of Montenegro are the spectacular Kotor Bay and the peculiar (and extremely expensive) St. Stephan's Island, the Blue Cave is also a cool place to see, especially when combined with the charming town of Herceg Novi (take a look at my post about it) and the nearby Zanjice beach.

Graffiti and street art in Costa Rica

Graffiti and street art in Costa Rica

Tropical nature - this is what attracts. Costa Rica, unfortunately, lacks the old, colorful colonial towns like those in Nicaragua, Mexico or Brazil. Therefore, its capital - San Jose, although being the only metropolitan area in the country, is the least visited spot on Costa Rica's tourist map. San Jose is also a jungle, but in a different sense of the word. It's a concrete jungle - and not too pleasant for visitors who are used to beautiful architecture, pristine European old towns or other colonial, vibrant villages.

San Jose is also dirty, and I mean, really dirty. The rubbish rot in between the streets, the plastic bags fly grabbed by the wind - pollution is obvious everywhere, even in the very city center. So why on Earth would anyone want to visit this city? Is there really nothing that it can offer?