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Pocket Travel Guide - Poland
19th February 2019

Pocket Travel Guide - Poland

Poland, located in Central Europe, celebrates its 30th anniversary of escaping communism and Russian superiority this year. The country expanded greatly over those years in many areas, such as economy and global relations, but it’s still...

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  • Pocket Travel Guide - Poland

    Pocket Travel Guide - Poland

    Date: 19th February 2019

    Poland, located in Central Europe, celebrates its 30th anniversary of escaping communism and Russian superiority this year. The country expanded greatly over those years in many areas, such as economy and global relations, but it’s still underappreciated in the tourism spheres.
    90% of the people I talk to about Poland are surprised to hear how much it has to offer. And polish people, on the other hand, are surprised to hear that our own Mazury made it on the National Geographic’s list of Top Places to visit in 2016.
    Even though it does not offer blue oceans and tropical weather, it has something for everyone- access to the Baltic and SPA resorts to the North, breath-taking rocky Tatra mountains to the South, and a land of blue lakes in its North-Western part. In addition tourists can explore strongly European architecture, experience vibes of 1000+ years old cities, eat great food and listen to a very distinctive language.
    So whenever you decide to be one of those who visit this small country, I hope you will fall in love with it, and you may find some of the basic travel information below helpful. 



    1. Transport

    Poland has developed great public transportation, not only within the cities but also across the country. In every big city, whether it’s Warsaw or Cracow, a bus, tram or train will quickly and easily get you to every attraction.
    If you decide to visit a bigger chunk of the country and move from one city to another, the best and easiest way is to use a train (called PKP or Intercity), which would take you e.g. from Gdansk to Cracow in 7-8 hours for about 20 GBP, and there are over 15 times during the day to choose from.
    A cheaper but longer option would be a bus, and there is a variety of buses and times to choose from. Air travel within Polish territory is not very good and super expensive.

    2. Money and prices

    Poland’s currency is the Polish Zloty (PLN), which stands for ‘gold’. Currency Exchanges are very common, usually marked with a big word KANTOR, but do not worry about getting too much cash, 98% of stores, restaurants etc will take a card. To be honest, more places accept cards nowadays in Poland, than e.g. in Germany. You should, however, gear up in cash when visiting farmers markets, or village stores. Also be aware that some smaller stores may have a minimum card amount, usually 10-20 zlotys (~2-4 GBP). I’s say prices are fairly cheap. To give you an idea, some of the prices in a touristy area are:

    -A meal for 2 in a good restaurant with drinks ~100 zlotys (~20 GBP)

    -Pint of beer in a pub ~8-14 zlotys (1,60-3 GBP)

    -Basic cup of coffee ~6 zlotys (~1,20 GBP)

    -Loaf of bread ~2,50 zlotys (~ 0,50 GBP)

    3. What to eat

    Poland offers different types of regional food in different areas, meat-lovers will be especially happy there, but there is bunch of vegetarian options as well. Some of the must-try’s are:

    ·Pierogies (dumplings with filling; cheese and potatoes- ‘ruskie’ are the most common)

    ·Oscypek (found in the South, a smoked sheep cheese)

    ·Flounder and 20+ types of spiced herring (found in the North, regional Baltic fish)

    ·Toruń gingerbread cookies

    ·Zurek soup (regional Southern soup, but can be found everywhere, made of fermented cereals often served in a bread bowl)

    4. Hidden gems (outside of the big cities everybody knows about)

    - Zakopane (a ski resort in the Tatra Mountains)

    - Sopot (Baltic sea resort with the longest wooden pier in Europe)

    - Malbork Castle (a 13th century Teutonic Order castle)

    - Biskupin (open-air museum with a real size model of an Iron Age settlement)

    - Toruń (a home of Nicolaus Copernicus and a capital of Polish gingerbread)

    The more I think the more I could expand that list, but it’s best to just come and discover it for yourself! 


    About the Author

    My name is Klaudia and I am an Archaeology and Anthropology student at the University of Bristol. I am a passionate travel blogger and photographer, who during the 23 years of her life visited 24 countries and dreams about a career in the travel writing industry.

    Link to my blog: https://adventurnik.com/

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  • Jerusalem – The Holy City of Tourism

    Jerusalem – The Holy City of Tourism

    Date: 13th February 2019

    Jerusalem is the holy city to three major religions – Christianism, Judaism, and Islam. But there is so much more to this unique city, an exciting destination for religious AND non-religious tourists alike!

    What to Visit

    You will not be disappointed with Jerusalem. This is a fascinating city, with a lot of history. Be sure to explore:

    • The Old City: Take your time walking around this walled area, where history comes alive. Divided into four quarters (Muslim, Christian, Armenian and Christian), here you will find:
    • Western Wall
    • Church of the Holy Sepulcher
    • Via Dolorosa
    • Dome of the Rock
    • Tower of David
    • Machane Yehuda Market: So many different tastes and smell! Make sure to try what you can here. Delicious and authentic Mediterranean cuisine, cheaper than most restaurants.
    • Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center: free entrance and an experience you will not forget. It takes at least a couple of hours to walk through the whole museum, so plan ahead.
    • Mount of Olives: get breath-taking views of the city from this holy place.


    Tips to Visiting the City

    1.IT IS SAFE!

    Rest assured, Jerusalem is completely safe. Because it is a high conflict region, you will see a lot of Israeli soldiers everywhere you go, which might be a bit of a shock, but you get used to it. They are around to make sure you are safe. Of course, you should do a little research ahead, and make sure they are not currently going through a period of special tension. But other than that, the everyday tourist has nothing to worry about.

    2.PRICES ARE A BIT SALTY

    The Israeli Shekel (₪) is not worth much (1£ = 4.7₪; 1€ = 4.1₪; 1 US$ = 3.6₪), however Jerusalem is overall an expensive city throughout the year. You will probably find better deals staying in hostels, many of which offer private rooms. The best places to stay are in or near downtown (near the streets Ben-Yehuda and Yaffo), where you will find good a variety of restaurants, while still being near the Old City.

    3.DURING SHABBAT, THEY REST

    Jews rest during the Shabbat, which goes from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday. This will likely impact your travel plans, because all public transportation stops. You will also encounter many restaurants and shops closed. It is a good time to walk around the city that will be less busy than usual.

    4.GETTING AROUND

    If you arrive in Israel through the Ben-Gurion Airport, your options to going into the city are:

    ·Train: costs 23.50₪, takes only 28 min.

    ·Public bus (line 485): costs only 16₪ but takes about 50 min.

    ·Shared taxi (your best option during Shabbat). You will find these minivans once you exit the airport. The “Sherut” will take you to wherever you need to go, and costs around 60₪ per person. It is still much cheaper than a private taxi (that will cost something around 280₪), unless you arrive in a group and can share a private taxi. Be aware that the Sherut only leaves after filling the whole minivan (around 10 seats), so you might have to wait a bit.

    The transportation system in Jerusalem is very good. You can get around the city using the light train or city buses very easily. They display information and make announcements in both Hebrew and English, so you will not be completely lost. Most Israelis will also speak English, so when in doubt, ask around!

    SAFE TRAVELS!

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  • India - A Feast for the Senses

    India - A Feast for the Senses

    Date: 21st February 2018

    India is a country you’ll never forget. Once you step out of the airport and hear the distant echo of beeping rickshaws and bustling cities, the country begins to take its hold on you. Despite its reputation of being a dangerous, dirty country, perhaps too chaotic for some - those who take the time to get to know the magical lands often fall in love with it.

    India makes you feel alive. It’s intense, surreal, and vibrant. Sometimes it’s even unfair, it’s challenging, and you’ll see things which will change your perspective forever. Around every corner is something new; a rainbow of colours, fragrant smells of herbs and spices, the buzz of bazaars, diverse cuisines and patterns of beautiful fabrics.

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    You’ll see rickshaws twisting and turning through the windy roads, just missing someone at every swerve.Your eyes will glimmer in the colorful bright fabrics, beads and textiles. The beauty of the Taj Mahal will look different than the photos you’ve seen so many times before; its white marble walls will shine brightly in the sunshine, commanding your attention. You’ll stare in awe at the mountain views and lush, green landscapes across Kerala and the tropical blue beach paradise of Goa.


    But not everything you see will dazzle you with joy. You’ll see the crowds of homeless people sleeping at busy Indian train stations. People will squeeze onto a chair class carriage as they embark on a 48 hour train journey with no room to sit down. Maybe, as you walk down the side streets of Kolkata and see hoards of homeless, hungry children, you’ll realise how lucky you really are.

    You’ll hear the endless beeping and revs of tuk tuks and scooters. Chatter in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and English will flow past your ears as you walk through crammed streets. You’ll get used to sound of aggressive shoppers haggling at busy bazaars, the beating thumps of women doing laundry and the passion in religious chants.

    Then you’ll bask in the calmness of the birds singing in the empty mountains. You’ll listen to the faint sounds of water rippling while boating through serene backwaters. And as you fall asleep in the desert of the Golden City, you’ll hear nothing but the breeze.

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    You’ll smell the sweetness of Jasmine flowers which delicately decorate women’s hair, representing hope and spirituality. Cinnamon, ginger, coriander, bay leaves, masala and every pungent spice will fill the air as you pass by a bazaar. The savoury scent of samosas and bhajis, or freshly brewed chai sold by busy street stalls are bound to tempt you.

    For every good smell in India there’s a bad. Fish rotting in the burning sun, mounds of rubbish piled high, and walls which reek of urine will be common occurrences. But there’s no need to worry - these smells are quickly masked by the pleasant smell of musky sandal and lavender incense burning from every temple, street corner and house.

    You’ll taste diverse, rich and spicy food with interesting contrasts at every corner of the country. Vegetarians will feel like they’re in food paradise and relish in the endless meat-free choices. The varied taste of thalis, homely taste of street food, and curries packed with spices will feed your soul. You’ll find yourself addicted to Indian food, which is always infused with passion.

    There’s nothing more heart-wrenching than the touch of an Indian child beggar grasping at your hand or banging on your window for food or money. As you stroke an Indian street dog or cat, you’ll feel their bones poke through their fur; not an inch of fat on their bodies.

    A trip to India will change your perspective, it will make you feel lucky, and it will make you want to help. You’ll be inspired by Indian’s hope and joy in the smallest of things, and their humble lifestyles will make you think twice. India - a country of sensory overload.

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  • Join The Travel Diary Revolution in 2018

    Join The Travel Diary Revolution in 2018

    Date: 2nd January 2018

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    Our diaries are sourced and manufactured ethically in South Africa. And for each one sold we donate 10% of sales to a charity in the same region of the world as your diary is for.

    So make the world a better place whilst seeing it at the same time.

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  • Best Viewpoints in Asia

    Best Viewpoints in Asia

    Date: 2nd November 2017

    Asia has several countries that have some of the best scenic views in the entire world. Asia is known for its natural landscapes, iconic landmarks, and large metropolises. Asian countries are always some of the top tourist destinations in the world. You can truly appreciate the scenery by taking an adventure to the best viewpoints.


    Thailand – Ang Thong National Park

    Thailand has a lot of famous islands that attract visitors year-round. Many of these islands gained their popularity because of the amazing views that can be seen from them. Ang Thong National Park is an area that includes a collection of limestone islands. These islands are topped with tropical forests with some of the best beaches in the country along their shores.

    Ang Thong National Park is known for its beaches and marine life. It is recognized as a national park in order to preserve its natural wonder. One of the islands within the park is Ko Wua Talap. This island serves as the park’s HQ and tourist center. It’s also where you can get the best view. You can hike up one the cliffs on this island to be greeted with panoramic views of the entire park.


    China – Longji Rice Terrace

    A major part of China’s culture is its agricultural practices and rice has always been a major crop grown in the country. For most, the way of farming rice has been unchanged for centuries. Many regions of China have hilly landscape so in order to still utilize the land, farmers developed the technique of rice terraces.

    One of the most popular rice terraces to view in China is called the Longji Rice Terrace. It’s often referred to as the “Dragon’s Backbone”. The rice terraces tier from the foot of the mountains to the peaks. Taking a trip to the top of any of the mountains here will give you a great view of the area.


    Laos – Vang Vieng

    A small town in Laos called Vang Vieng is actually a frequent destination for tourists for several reasons. It’s surrounded by many natural attractions such as mountains, waterfalls, and its famous Blue Lagoon. The entire town sits in the valley which makes it a great start point for hiking adventures.

    The Phangern viewpoint is one of the best viewpoints in Laos. It’s located at the peak of the Phangern mountain. This viewpoint will give you panoramic views looking down to the town and all of it’s surrounding landscapes. The Phangern viewpoint is a clear view over the entire valley.


    Vietnam – Ha Long Bay

    Ha Long Bay is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular places to visit in Vietnam. This bay consists of thousands of small islands, some with beaches, other covered with limestone cliffs and forests. Ha Long Bay is also a common place to find cruises and sailing. It’s a great place to explore above and below the water.

    The best island to get great views of Ha Long Bay is on Ti Top Island. There are several tours available to hike up the island’s main mountain. Ti Top island is located in the middle of the Ha Long Bay to give you the best viewpoint.

    There are countless viewpoints to visit in Asia. Many of the viewpoints require trekking up high in the mountains but the resulting views definitely make any trip worth it. A great way to experience the viewpoints is to arrive at them in time for the sunrise or sunset. Tours are usually provided and scheduled around these times. These viewpoints in Asia give you great photo opportunities and are even more breathtaking when seen in person.

    Author: Bryan Shelmon

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  • Thailand With Kids

    Thailand With Kids

    Date: 26th October 2017

    Visiting Thailand is on so many people's bucketlist. And I can see why. Where else can you live like a king as a family of three on one income? Where else offers wild city-life in the city of Bangkok mixed with the chilled out vibe of Northern Thailand. Thailand has so much to offer families, if you are willing to give it a go.


    Bangkok

    Okay so many people do not associate family fun with Bangkok. Actually, although Bangkok has a wild side, a deep dark and secret side - the wild side is just that, a secret. If you want to find that darker side of Bangkok you need to go looking for it. On the other side of things Bangkok is a wonderful city with so many options for families. You can explore nearby old cities on a day trip, travel near and far on a budget and stay in luxurious hotels for a fraction of the cost that you experience in Europe.

    When visiting Bangkok make sure to visit the famous Khao San Road, go a little earlier in the day and it is absolutely fine for children and a great place to pick them up some new clothes at the Khao San Road market. Enjoy cheap Pad Thai, a family of three can eat here for less than 100 baht... or you can always rely on McDonalds if they kids aren't very adventurous. Stay nearby at the Wild Orchid Villa to get a little more quiet but still be in the best location in the city.


    Sri Racha

    If you are not in Bangkok for long, but want to enjoy a beach escape from the city then you should head to Sri Racha. It is only 1 hour and 30 minutes by bus from Bangkok's Ekkamai station - and costs less than 200 baht per person. Sri Racha is a lot less smoggy than Bangkok, so you can feel the heat of the sun a lot more, and can enjoy this on the beach or at one of the wonderful serviced apartments in the city which boast a rooftop pool. Check out Citadines Grand Central in Sri Racha for a homely apartment with everything you need to look after yourself.

    Sri Racha is also right beside the smallest island in Thailand, which is literally walking distance from the centre of Sri Racha. Enjoy a day exploring the tiny island and then let the kids burn off the rest of their energy at the enormous play park before the bridge to the island.


    Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai is one of the best locations for anyone living on a budget. You can rent an apartment, with security, gym and a pool for up to 14,000 baht per month - amazing. Chiang Mai also offers a lot to families including an enormous zoo, aquarium, monkey schools, snake zoo and a night safari. The options are almost limitless in this incredible city. In the Old City you can rent a budget room for less than $10 a night, eat for 60 baht per meal and travel in Songthaews for 30 baht per person (small people are free usually.)

    Chiang Mai is also full of expats making it a great place to meet other travellers or long-term residents of the city. You can find co-working spaces almost everywhere and the internet connection is the best compared to other areas of Thailand.


    The islands

    It is no secret that Thailand boasts some amazing islands, and some of them are not even expensive to live on. Sure, the weather can be rainy at some points of the year so make sure you plan in advance of your trip. The islands offer unlimited beaches, which of course means snorkelling, beach volleyball and football and lots of space to build sand castles.

    You can enjoy extreme sports at minimal cost, take boat tours, visit secret gardens and enjoy beautiful hikes with extremely rewarding views.

    Thailand is a great place to visit as a family, and you can do it on a budget, or as a luxury traveller. Decide what kind of atmosphere you seek for your family and research the different areas and what they have to offer - Thailand has it all...

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  • 5 Things You Need To Know Before You Cycle Around Bagan, Myanmar

    Date: 26th June 2017

    Cycling around Bagan, Myanmar is like pedalling back in time.

    Bagan was founded in the first century and it was during the 9th and 10th centuries that it flourished and the temples we see today were constructed. These days they still stand, although crumbling, and retain their silent elegance.

    Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, it is the largest and most concentrated collection of Buddhist religious structures in the world. Although tourism in Myanmar is currently growing, it still has a lot of historic charm and remains largely unchanged.

    It is possible to get around Bagan via horse and cart or even mini-van if you are craving modern comfort – but what’s the fun in that? If you are a true adventurer, biking between each of the temples is the most exciting way to explore.

    The area is mainly flat, so the only challenge is dealing with the heat. A cycling trip around the temples will keep you fit and healthy and will also allow you to take much more in. Here are some tips that you should know before you begin your journey:

    1. Get Up Early

    If you can drag yourself out of bed earlier, you’ll not only enjoy riding around in cooler temperatures before the sun begins to bake the plains – but you will also have the chance to see the temples against the beautiful backdrop of the sunrise. It is a good idea to rent your bike the night before, as the bike rental place may not be open early enough.

    2. Drink More Water Than You Think You Need

    The heat can reach incredible highs, especially during the summer months, so make sure that you are drinking water throughout the day. Drink more than you think you need, because it is sometimes difficult to realise when you are dehydrated. Also, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.

    3. A Sarong is Essential

    A sarong is one of the best items you can bring with on your Bagan trip, as it is lightweight and serves so many purposes. You can wear it as a headscarf to keep you cool and shield your scalp and face from the sun. You can wrap it around your shoulders or legs in order to be respectful and not show too much skin when visiting a temple. You could even use it as a picnic blanket if you stop to have some lunch.

    4. Test Your Bike First

    There are several bike rental places around Bagan where you can rent bikes cheaply – but make sure you give your bike a short test ride and an inspection before you pay for it. Some of the bikes are old and may be in poor repair, which is not something you want to notice when you’ve already paid and started pedalling and it’s too late.

    5. Relax, It’s Not Possible to See All of the Pagodas

    At its zenith Bagan had around 13,000 temples and these days you’ll see around 2,200 left standing. You’d have to be able to cycle at light speed to be able to see all of them on your trip, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself and rush between them.

    It’s better to choose a few temples you are really interested and explore them in detail, noting the exquisite carvings and statuary. These really are gorgeous buildings and a lot of time and effort went into making them as beautiful as possible.

    Have you cycled around Bagan? Let us know about your travel tips in the comments below. 

    Kelly Dunning is a Canadian freelance travel writer. She lives a nomadic lifestyle with no fixed address – working from the road for the last 5 years with her partner Lee, a web-designer from England. They have traveled to over 40 countries and they offer travel tips, stories and inspiration on Global-Goose.com.

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  • Island Escape: A Guide To Mykonos, Greece

    Date: 14th June 2017

    By Emma Cunningham

    Out in the Aegean Sea, lies the sun-drenched, elegant, Cycladic island, of Mykonos. Arriving to the island will be a treat in itself, as you dance across the sapphire Greek waters via ferry, welcomed by a shoreline so psychedelic, your eyes pop.

    “Unreal,” you will say to yourself as you step foot to land, far too mesmerized at the view to notice you’ve been waiting for a taxi for 20 minutes to take you to your hotel. Later you will learn how Greeks do not hold any sort of conventional time scheme for life.

    “I thought the club closed at 4am?” You will shout to your new found friend somewhere along Paradise Beach. “It’s already 7! How are we still here?” You laugh about it over souvlaki for breakfast.

    Oh, Mykonos…

    And with so much zen, views, food and fun to indulge in, you might begin to feel a tad overwhelmed by the tiny island.

    Worry not though. By all means, continue to stroll down those angelic white streets, (but don’t forget snag a spot near the town windmills for sunset) because I took it upon myself to provide you with some secrets of the stunningly picturesque, Mykonos.


    WHERE TO STAY

    Chances are you came to Mykonos for the party and scenery. Paradise Beach is where you’ll get both.

    There are two main accommodations spots near Paradise Beach where all the party dwellers and budget travelers post up.

    1.Paraga Beach Hostel

    HIGHTLIGHTS -

    - Outdoor pool and bar

    - Mini-market on hostel grounds

    - Free shuttle bus to town and ports

    - Ocean side restaurant

    - 250km walk to clubs/bars on Paradise Beach

    - 24/7 reception

    - Great sunset views

    - Rates starting at 16€/night

    2. Paradise Beach - CAMPING

    HIGHTLIGHTS -

    - Cabins and bungalows available sleeping 2-3 people

    - Free breakfast

    - Steps away from the infamous Paradise Beach

    - Located near endless shops, restaurants, and water sport centers

    - Located near bus station for Mykonos Town

    - 24/7 reception

    - Over looks ocean and Paradise Beach

    - Rates starting at 45€/night

    Looking to splurge a bit or not interested in staying in a camp ground or hostel? Click here to search for your ideal spot in Mykonos!


    WHERE TO EAT

    SAVE: Sakis Grill House - Mykonos Town

    For Mykonos Town, this place is a steal. Delicious gyros and pitas starting at 3€!

    The perfect spot for a quick and cheap bite before losing yourself around the mystic white streets.

    SPLURGE: Kastro’s Restaurant & Bar - Little Venice

    Every meal, no matter where you are, should make you feel the way Kastro’s makes you feel. Sit for a cocktail, listen to some chill-out tunes and try and wrap your head around the sensational Greek sunset before your eyes. The vibe is so euphoric, you won’t know what to do with yourself. Especially when you eye up the waiters! Most thing can/should be ordered to share here, due to prices. I highly recommend anything with black olives or feta cheese, because GREECE.


    BEACHES & NIGHTLIFE

    The beaches on the south shore of the island (Paraga, Paradise Beach and Mykonos Town) have the best sand, views, and wind protection, but are pretty crowded at the height of the season. Like mentioned before, Paradise Beach is where the party is at. But if you’re looking for a beautiful beach without the chaos then head to Agios Sostis. There are zero lounge chairs or umbrellas in sight, so you truly feel as if you’re at a secret beach. So secret, some people may even go nude. Platis Gialos and Ornos, are quieter, less crowded and more popular with families.

    If you’re looking to drink and dance until the wee hours of the morning, Cavo Paradiso is your spot. Everything is outdoors and built into a dramatic cliff top just east of Paradise Beach. There are international DJs there practically everyday throughout the summer, from DJ Snake to Steve Aoki, you’re bound for an epic night. If you are feeling something a little lower key, then Paradise Club is the place for you. A smaller spot sitting right on the water, with fun music and a very fun crowd.


    GETTING AROUND MYKONOS

    Don’t you DARE sit around the beach nursing your hangover all day. Mykonos is too extravagant to not see every inch of. March yourself up to your hotel/hostel’s information desk and ask where the nearest ATV rental is. It’s easily the best way to round up a few new friends for some exploring and you’re able cover the entire island from coast to coast.

    They’re incredibly easy to operate (and much safer than scooters/mopeds). And side streets in Mykonos are incredibly narrow, meaning not many cars are able to fit! So you can get by very easily without worrying too much about traffic. Be sure to bring a map with you so you can hit all the secret beaches!

    Prices start at about 20€/day and you must have a valid driver’s license.


    GETTING TO MYKONOS

    BY AIR

    If you’re on a time crunch or just extremely anxious to get to Mykonos, there are daily direct flights from Athens to Mykonos airport.

    Check out Skyscanner.com or kiwi.com for your cheapest and best rates.

    BY FERRY

    Depending on the route and vessel, you can reach Mykonos from Athens within 4-6 hours. Piraeus and Rafina are the two main ports in Athens.

    You can book a ferry online to Mykonos (as well as other Greek Islands) via Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways or Sea Jets.

    A true European playground, Mykonos is a flawless mix of luxury fantasy and a wild ride of an island, offering something for everyone. It’s everything that it’s hyped up to be, and more. So go grab your suitcase and passport, because the psychedelic shores are calling…

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  • 5 Pictures You Must Get In Venice

    Date: 14th February 2017

    Venice is one of the most romantic, photogenic and popular cities in the world. Here are 5 of the must have pictures during your visit:

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    San Marco square from above


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    The Grand Canal


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    The water and islands surrounding the main city of Venice


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    Gondalas 


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    Canals which aren't the Grand Canal


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  • 5 Pictures You Must Get In Cape Town

    Date: 17th December 2016

    Cape Town is one of the duels of Africa, a beautiful beachside city with one of the most iconic mountains in the world.

    Here are the photos that you must get when visiting.

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    Table Mountain at sunset (or at any time of the day!)


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    The penguins of Boulders Beach


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    A Cape Town sunset


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    Lion's Head from the top of Table Mountain


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    Cape Town's iconic coastline 

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  • 5 Pictures You Must Get In Santorini

    Date: 17th November 2016

    Santorini is one of most beautiful places on Earth, and arguably the prettiest place in Greece. It attracts countless visitors every year looking for perfect photographs of the island, windmills and that famous sunset. 

    Here are the 5 photos you MUST get when you are there:

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    The perfect Santorini sunset


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    The white buildings


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    A windmill


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    The winding streets of Oia


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    One of the island's towns from afar



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  • 10 Foods You Must Try Travelling Through Asia

    Date: 7th November 2016

    1. Laksa – Chinese and Malaysian

    The perfect laksa balances sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavours to create a rich, and often spicy, noodle soup with chicken, prawns or fish, sautéed in coconut milk. It’s distinct and addictive flavour comes from the laksa leaf combined with chili paste and coriander.


    2. Bao – China

    Bao is a steamed, bread bun that’s filled with a limitless variety of fillings. You’ll find them on the streets for a delicious, on-the-go lunch or try a more gourmet variation at an upscale restaurant.


    3. Pad Thai - Thailand

    Yes, it’s stereotypical but until you’ve tasted a locally-made Pad Thai from a street stall in Thailand, you can’t say you’ve truly experienced Asia.


    4. Tom Yum – Thailand

    You’ll find variations of this popular Thai soup throughout South-East Asia. Made from a herbed clear, sour and spicy broth, not only is it delicious, it’s also healthy.


    5. Pho - Vietnam

    This Vietnamese soup makes an incredibly cheap and authentic meal for any time of the day or night. With rice noodles and chicken or beef, it’s garnished with basil or mint, chili and lime.


    6. Amok – Cambodia

    Amok is at the centre stage of Cambodian cooking. It’s a creamy coconut curry that’s made by cooking fish or chicken in banana leaves for maximum flavour.


    7. Nasi Goreng – Indonesia

    Another flavour-packed dish you’ll find all over the country, Nasi Goreng means fried rice. Try it at an authentic local restaurant for the best sweet, salty and spiced fried rice you’ll ever taste, tipped with a fried egg.


    8. Chicken Tikka Masala – Malaysia

    What makes Malaysian cuisine so unique is it’s blend of Chinese, Indian and Malay influence. You don’t need to go to India to enjoy this authentic disk of baked chicken in a creamy and spicy tomato and coriander sauce that’s often served with flat bread.


    9. Larb – Laos

    I thought minced meat could only be so good until I tasted larb. You’ll find it made from chicken, beef, pork, duck or mushrooms, intensely flavoured with lime and fish sauce, served over rice.


    10. Papaya Salad – Laos

    Who would have thought that a salad made from shredded, unripe papaya could be so moorish? This Laotian dish is a must try whether you like it hot, sweet or sour.

    Start planning your culinary adventure through Asia, by getting your hands on an Asian Travel Journal. Plot must-taste destinations on the included map and create your own list of foods to try. It’s also the perfect place to make notes of dishes that inspired to try back home.

    10% from all sales of our Asian Travel Diary are also donated to the Little Fireface Project to help save the critically endangered and super cute, slow loris.

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  • 9 Unique Animals You Can Only See in Australia

    Date: 31st October 2016

    Did you know that more than 80% of Australia’s animals can’t be found anywhere else in the world?

    This very large, down-under island is home to some incredible and unique animals that bring flocks of tourists to the country. So, what are some of the great animals you can see travelling in Australia? Here’s a taste from our Australian travel journal…


    1. Kangaroo

    While Australian kids DON’T really ride kangaroos to school, these strong animals weight up to 90kgs and can run up to 70km/hour. You’re likely to see one in most rural parts of the country. Watch for them crossing roads and don’t mistake them for their smaller relative, the wallaby.


    2. Koala

    Contrary to popular belief, one, the koala is not a koala BEAR and two, they’re not cuddly! Koala’s are aggressive and territorial marsupials that spend all day either sleeping or eating eucalyptus leaves, which are toxic to almost all other animals. You’ll find them up and down the east coast.


    3. Dingo

    Dingoes are native wild dogs and they’re Australia’s largest predator. They can be found all over the country with the exception of larger towns, cities and Tasmania.


    4. The Tasmanian Devil

    Although you won’t find dingoes in Tasmania, it’s the only place to see the endangered Tasmanian devil in the wild. About the size of a small dog, it’s the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world and it’s very unique with a pungent odour, extremely disturbing screech and strong, ferocious bite. Don’t worry though, they’re not known to attack humans unless provoked.


    5. Platypus

    The platypus is an egg-laying mammal, or monotreme, which are distinct to Australia. The live in burrows near rivers, have a duck-like bill, a furry body and webbed feet for swimming. They’re very shy and hard to spot but head to the coastal areas of eastern Australia or the zoo for your best chance.


    6. Echidna

    Echidnas might look like a hedgehog but they’re another unique monotreme with a long, sticky tongue that they use to eat ants from their holes. Don’t try picking one up!


    7. Wombat

    This solid, muscular and short, burrowing animal isn’t often seen in the wild but can be found throughout the south-eastern regions of Australia. Weighing up to 36kgs, they have rodent-like teeth, powerful claws and a backwards pouch to carry their young.


    8. Emu

    The flightless emu is the second tallest bird, after the ostrich. They can be found all over rural Australia and are well adapted to the harsh climate, only requiring water and food infrequently. Their meat was an important food for native Aborigines and although uncommon, you might be able to taste an emu egg that’s the size of 8-10 chicken eggs.


    9. Perentie

    These shy native goannas are the forth-largest type of lizard. If you see one of these in arid areas, west of the Great Dividing Range, count yourself lucky! They can overpower small birds, mammals and reptiles with their strong claws and tail and are an important part of Aboriginal culture and traditional diet.

    Write about your unique experiences with Australian animals in our Australasia Travel Diary. 10% of all proceeds are donated to the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust, helping to save New Zealand’s rare and unique bird.

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  • 8 Ways to Save Money Travelling in Europe

    Date: 25th October 2016

    “Travel. It’s the only thing you can buy that will make you richer”

    Here at Adventurelogue, we totally agree that seeing the world only makes you richer. But, if you’ve got the wanderlust gene like us, you’ll also appreciate that the more money you save, the more places you can venture.

    Travelling through Europe can be fairly expensive (especially if the exchange rate’s not in your favour), but there are lots of simple things that you can do to save yourself some pennies so that you can do more, see more and experience it all!


    1. Travel Off Season

    All the attractions are crowded, you’ll spend hours waiting in lines, it’s hard to find availability and when you do it’ll cost an arm and a leg. If you choose your timing, travel to Europe in shoulder seasons when the weather’s still good and prices are a little lower.


    2. Travel Overnight

    Red eye flights and overnight train tickets are often cheaper than travelling during the daytime but they’ll also save you on a night’s worth of accommodation. Invest in a comfy travel pillow, record your daily explorations in your travel diary and fall asleep to wake in your next city.


    3. Join Loyalty Programs

    Sign up for frequent flyer and hotel programs that give you reward points for your bookings. It’s amazing how quickly they add up and a free flight and/or hotel rooms makes a big difference to keeping travel costs down.


    4. Look for Free or Low-Cost Activities

    It’s amazing how many free events and things to do there can be in different cities so have a look online for free art events, museums and other interesting things to do. You can also save lots of money by creating your own tours such as mapping out top restaurants or coffee shops for a personalised gastronomical adventure or hire a bicycle to see major sites.


    5. Cook Your Own Meals, Sometimes

    One of the best parts of travel is trying the local cuisine but if there’s nothing particularly delicious or unique then cook your own meals to save money. Pick up snacks and other easy to prepare food from local farmer’s markets or supermarkets and find a picturesque place for a picnic.


    6. Walk or Use Local Transport

    Do as the locals do and get a subway pass, walk or use buses to get around instead of using taxis. It’s a great way to experience the more authentic side of a city and it’ll help to keep you fit.


    7. Buy a Local Pre-Paid Sim

    If you don’t think you can get by just using free Wi-Fi in shops and hotels, buy a local sim card to save a small fortune on roaming costs.


    8. Sleep Local

    If regular hotels are expensive, look for local alternatives like Airbnb and Home Exchange, stay just out of the city centre or camp for a more authentic, money saving experience.

    Before you head off on your European adventure, grab yourself (and your travel buddies) a European Travel Diary. With plenty of blank pages to capture your thoughts and memories, it’s the perfect way to document your journey.

    10% of all sales from the European Travel Journal are donated to Hauser Bears to help them in their mission to better the welfare of bears worldwide.

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  • 8 Reasons Why You MUST Keep a Travel Diary

    8 Reasons Why You MUST Keep a Travel Diary

    Date: 17th October 2016

    The days of journal writing seem all but lost in our fast-paced digital world. Cameras have replaced sketches of beautiful people and places, ‘checking-in’ lets us look back on what we’ve done and a single post to all our friends is easier than sending postcards.

    There’s a special beauty in the written word. So, before we forget these age-old traditions, here’s a timely reminder of why keeping your own travel journal is the best way to truly experience, learn from and remember your worldly adventures.


    1. It Never Runs Out of Batteries

    No power adapters, cords or charging needed, your travel journal is always good to go even if your adventures are taking you for a month-long trek through the wilderness.


    2. It’s the Best Place to Express Your Creativity

    Everyone’s got a bit of a creative spark within them. No matter where around the world your travels take you, visiting new places and experiencing new things allows you to explore your creativity.

    Try sketching the Great Wall of China, record inspiring meals and ingredients or brainstorm new business ideas. Your World Travel Diary is the perfect place!


    3. It Lets You Remember All the Important Bits

    Everything from your must-do lists to funny quotes and that ticket to a Broadway show fit perfectly in your travel journal. Help make the taste of that banoffee pie be remembered by slipping the package into your diary or spritz the pages with your favourite French perfume.


    4. It’ll Help You Defeat Boredom

    Let’s face it, travelling isn’t as constantly incredible as your Instagram account makes it out to be. Those more boring times waiting for planes, busing across a country or waiting for your ‘lost’ friends to make it back to the meeting point are the best opportunities to scribble down some memories in your travel journal.


    5. Gives You Something to Show the Grandkids

    When you travel, you collect stories and experiences and there’s no better way to be able to share your journey with your family than sitting down and flicking through your travel diary. It’s something you’ll keep forever and look back on with fond memories.


    6. It May Save a Friendship

    It’s true that “travel is best measured in friends, rather than miles” but no matter who you choose to see the world with, they’re sure to do something to aggravate those nerves.

    Use your travel diary to work out your annoyance, leave your poor friend who insists of taking photos of every single landmark be and avoid a fight.


    7. Your Travel Journal Isn’t a Target for Theft

    That’s unless you’re on a Contiki and you’ve done a bit too much ranting, raving and other things that would make good gossip…


    8. You’ll Use it to Help Others Plan

    Revel in being the travel expert among your friends and share your best travel tips and secrets by flicking through your diary to help others plan an amazing trip!

    Don’t create experiences that will be forgotten, preserve your around the world adventures in your own World Travel Journal from Adventurelogue.

    Not only does it have a pouch for keep-sakes, it’s got a wold map so you can track your footprints around the globe.

    10% of all proceeds go directly to help support Traffic, so you’ll be supporting a leading world organisation to monitor and prevent wildlife trade.

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