Before visiting for myself and discovering otherwise, I assumed that summer was the best time to experience Croatian culture. Images of larger-than-life yachts and drunk twenty-somethings danced in my head but that was as far as my imagination wandered.Our trip was specifically tailored toward budget, off-season travel so I was somewhat surprised when some of the regional reps said things like[...]
 
 
Let me just start off by saying that I loved Zadar. I also have a feeling that if I hadn't done any research before heading to Croatia, I might have skipped this city altogether and that would have been a huge bummer. Before visiting the country, there were always two images that came to mind when thinking of Croatia: yachts and beaches. Granted, I'm probably not alone in those perceptions, as Cro[...]
 
 
Two summers ago I got the chance to spend a few days in Lapland (Finland to be exact). While I've never visited Lapland in winter, I can only imagine how beautiful it looks with all the fluffy white snow all over the place. If I were to go back to Lapland in the wintertime, here are some of the adventures I'd fill my days with.1) Be an Elf at Santa's WorkshopDuring my stay in Lapland, I sp[...]
 
 
Sometimes I look back and think, “Wow, I was really brave.” Despite being a well-traveled 26-year old (at least I think so!) some of my most daring decisions and memorable experiences happened before I became a travel writer by profession. During my semester living in London, I took every opportunity to travel. One of my most exciting trips was going to be Spain, where I would reunite with a few [...]
 
 
Maybe it was Eat, Pray, Love or just my affinity for pasta, red wine and gelato but I've fallen for Italy hard. During my semester studying abroad in London, two friends and I flew to Venice for our week-long Spring break. From Venice, we hit Florence and Rome before boarding our flight back to the UK.That being said, there are so many other cities and towns in Italy that I didn't have the cha[...]
 
 
During my semester studying in London, I took full advantage of traveling throughout the country. It didn't take me very long to discover that England was a world of its own in many ways. As a self-described literary nerd, I was completely dazzled by cities and towns like Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford. Not only were these villages visually stunning but they also hold so much literary signif[...]
 
 
This is a guest post by Andrew Tipp.Scandinavia. It’s expensive, right? So it’s probably best to skip cities like Copenhagen when you’re backpacking around Europe?Wrong. Well, not completely wrong. It is expensive - you won’t get much change from £7 when you buy a pint. But it’s totally worth visiting, either as a short trip in itself or a stop on a longer backpacking adventure.Obvious[...]
 
 
This is a guest post from Katie-Belle of  Delightsome.It can be hard work trudging the fashionista streets of Madrid in search of that latest bargain, while trying to squeeze in a few sightseeing visits such as the Prado art gallery, perhaps even a tour of Real’s Santiago Bernabeu football stadium into a long weekend break.Cities can tire, and even in the central park of the Retiro you can[...]
 
 
Over the past few years, I've had two failed attempts to visit Barcelona. Both times life got in the way my plans changed. While I knew that Barcelona was not in the cards for me, I didn't want to leave Europe without at least seeing Spain. Before heading back to the states I decided to visit a friend from high school who was studying in Sevilla. I figured Sevilla might be no Barcelona but it woul[...]
 
 
It's been nearly five years since my first visit to Ireland and of all the places I've been this year, Ireland never stopped whispering in my ear. Even though I consider myself American, having been born and raised just outside of Washington, DC, I actually have dual citizenship with Ireland and so naturally I feel tremendously connected to the country.Not surprisingly, I find myself  thinking[...]
 
 
My third time in Ireland definitely proved to be my lucky charm. I was able to experience the Irish countryside while still enjoying city life in Dublin. Although nearly five years have passed since my first visit, many of my initial observations have remained true. Here are a few of my favorite things about my beloved homeland.1) The People are Exceptionally FriendlyI don't know what it i[...]
 
 
This is a guest post from Nicholas Biblis on behalf of Aspiring Backpacker.Being the second largest city in Greece, Thessaloniki often gets overshadowed by Athens. To be fair, many cities could get overshadowed by Athens based on the history and culture of the city alone. But Thessaloniki is full of history too and at least as much culture. I recommend any traveler to make a stop Thessaloniki,[...]