Perth, bastion of Western Australia, is a perfect starting point for exploration across the desert, national parks, wineries and the islands. There is nothing better than a wine tasting, a swim with dolphins, or simply a stunning sunset on the beach.
The Spanish monarchy has been an important commissioner and helped Madrid grow into the beautiful capital that it is. Scattered around the city centre and the outskirts of the metropolis you can see some of the best examples of Neoclassicism and Baroque architecture.
by Juan Morella
From 1849 until 1943 France occupied a portion of Shanghai. This can still be seens in the open roads, beautiful colonial architecture and European cafes in the area. Here some of the highlights, but best is to just walk along the quiet, leafy streets yourself to see the former "Paris of the East".
by Chen Chi
Camden Town, aka Camden, has long been associated with the alternative or counter-culture and is home to a number of iconic music venues, markets and historic buildings. Once the home and stomping grounds of iconic English band Madness, as well as the punks who used to (and some still do) hang outside the market, to Britpop legends Blur, Oasis and more.
New York City
From punks, to squatters, immigrants to artists and avant-garde musicians, the East Village and the Lower East Side has long been a home to a variety of cultures. Explore the culinary diversity and creative sights while you explore these two distinct NY neighborhoods.
The Vatican is a fascinating mix of history and religion, a crossroads of popes and artists. There are private tours available for half a day or to even skip the line at the museum, but there is only one Vatican City tour that incorporates all of the wonderful Vatican's Basilicas with the Vatican Museums ensuring you see everything in one single day.
Explore the markets, monuments, temples and treasures in Bangkok's old town. Please keep in mind that temples are religious places and therefore have a dress code if you wish to enter. The Grand Palace has the strictest dress code of all, but most of the time if your shoulders are covered and your shorts or skirts aren't too short, you should be fine. Many temples also rent out clothing you can wear that is appropriate for entry in case you do forget to bring something with you.
New York City
New York City can be overwhelming especially for first-time visitors and those new the city's hustle and bustle. With so much to do and see, it's virtually impossible to narrow it down but we've made it easy for you. Here's your quintessential guide to the best of the Big Apple.
by Alicia Jones
Hungary's capital is not only home to spectacular architecture and a fascinating history, it's also home to a number of thermal baths thanks to the naturally occurring mineral waters making a popular wellness getaway. Grab your towel, bathing suit and flip flops and let the relaxing begin.
by Zoe Hart
Tucked between some of Rome's major sights you'll find one of the city's hippest neighborhoods. Easy to miss, this neighborhood is popular with locals in the know and expats, but still retains much of its medieval charm. Don't miss a chance to step away from the major sights and explore this charming area.
by Silvia Rossi
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark pioneered the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States from St Louis to the Pacific Coast. Travel in their footsteps and explore the wild west like Lewis and Clark did at the turn of the 19th century.
by Jay King
Once fortified trading posts along the (Dutch) Gold Coast turned centers of the slave trade, these forts and castles along the Atlantic cost of Ghana are ghostly reminders of the past and a unique way to experience Ghana's history. Not to mention the miles of pristine beach too.
by Jay King
Mini guide based on a city walk by Björn Lansink: I live in the Netherlands and love to visit Amsterdam. The canals, streets & street food (make sure to try the 'stroopwafel'), the museums & street art, restaurants / bars & cafes, are the places that really give Amsterdam it's charm. In this guide I'll show you some of my favorite places to visit, and I think that you will enjoy them too! *The photos used in this guide are not mine, credits go to the copyright owners.
Organic wineries, craft breweries, lush forests, dramatic rocky coasts and to top it off, volcanoes! Washington state and Oregon make up the Pacific Northwest in the US and are not only popular filming locations (Twilight Trilogy anyone?), this area is a haven for the indie, underground, Eco-friendly and all-around-funky as well as nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.
January 2 is Berchtoldstag in Switzerland. The holiday's name derives from the verb 'berchten' meaning “to walk around, asking for food”. People usually meet to exchange good wishes for the new year. Here are the best places to head to share your good wishes for 2015.
LowerDowntown, or 'LoDo' is Denver's premier historic district and oldest part of town. It's known for its red-brick buildings, many of which were constructed after an 1863 fire. Today it is filled with art galleries, restaurants, bars and more. Whether you're looking for a place to head after a game or a fun day (and night) out, here's your guide to LoDo.
Calton Hill rises up above the city of Edinburgh and offers the best panoramic views of the castle and more. Home to some of the city's most famous monuments it's bordered one one side by Princes Street - the city's main shopping street. Head to the end, look for the stairs on the left and climb up. Make sure to bring comfy shoes and a camera!
The King’s Highway was a trade route from Egypt to the Euphrates River. The Jordan part, running along the Great Rift Valley on Nabataean territory, was mentioned first in the Bible, used by Roman and Arabs and now it's the scenic getaway to the Red Sea.
by Avi Cohen
During the first days of December Krampus visits Austria! While Santa hands out presents to some kids, the naughty ones should be really scared because Krampus is coming the get them! Here are some great places to see parades - which very often you can combine with a visit to a Christmas market which is also good fun. The best day to go is the 5th of December (when you will see devils everywhere in Austria) but there are some towns that have parades before that.
From New York City head north through the Hudson River Valley to see some of the nation's most beautiful scenery. Once you've reached the capital Albany, head west through the lakes and hills of upstate New York until you get to Niagara Falls. With stops at historic houses, parks, museums and more, head out of the city for a relaxing, scenic trip from NYC to Niagara.
by Grace Lee
Not only Dracula! Romania is blessed with all kinds of landscapes, from the seashore and alpine environments to forests. Romania's architecture is also outstanding, with vestiges from the pagan days, ancient ruins, castles and fortresses. All these have been largely appreciated by the international film industry.
by Tomas Szabo
The American South is home to US Route 61, also known as The Blues Highway, as well as numerous landmarks and hotspots that are important in the history of blues, jazz, soul and early rock and roll. Explore America's musical history with a road trip from Memphis to New Orleans.
by Anna Harris
Looks aren't everything, except on occasion when they are.
After Disney memorialized the Neuschwanstein Castle with its logo, it is easy to overlook all the other stunning castles spread across Germany. With their different styles and legacies, they all played their part in the history of Germany.
by Irena Chloé
Patrons of the arts, humanities and sciences know that admission fees at museums are a necessary cost - especially in relation to preservation, restoration and exhibition of the works on display. Not every museum has a price though, and here's a list of some of the best museums that are free (or have a pay-what-you wish fee) which even the thriftiest of students can afford.
by Jen Grasso
Hesse is the region where the Grimm brothers lived and collected their fairytales. Follow in their footsteps and discover magical places in the heart of Germany.
by Zoe Hart
The Silk Road is a series of trade and cultural transmission routes that were central to cultural and commercial interaction through Asia and the Mediterranean Sea. In India there are 12 great silk road sites, spread across seven states: Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Puducherry, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
Follow in the tyre tracks of Che Guevare and explore South America by Motorcycle. When it breaks down hitch rides on trucks or travel as a stowaway.
by Juan Morella
Cenotes are sink holes that are a very common geological feature in Yucatan. They are often found close to Mayan ruins and you can combine a visit to the ruins with a dive!
by Juan Morella
"We are all pilgrims who seek Italy". From 1786 to 88 Goethe travelled to Italy and visited Lake Garda, Verona, Vicenza, Venice, Bologna, Rome and Alban Hills, Naples and Sicily. The report of his travels became a famous book that starts with the sentence "Et in Arcadia ego", meaning "Even I managed to get to paradise".
by Val Anzolin
Germany is your dream country if you love trains. Many parts of the country look like they were designed by Mr. Märklin himself. So get yourself train tickets and travel all over the place! Here are some recommended stops to make your journey double special.
It's one of America's first highways, paved in 1926. Route 66, also known as the Mother Road, connects Chicago with Los Angeles with almost 2,500 miles of sights to see. Lined with quirky roadside attractions, bizarre museums, general stores, old gas stations, breathtaking natural attractions and so much more, partake in a true American pasttime - a road trip on historic route 66.
by Jen Grasso
Hurtigruten is a daily shipping service along Norway's western and northern coast between Bergen and Kirkenes. Hurtigruten ships sail almost the entire length of the country, completing the round-trip journey in 11 days. Highlights include the Hanseatic League city of Bergen, the Geiranger fjord (summer only), and the Lofoten Islands.
Situated at the top of Highgate Hill in North London, Highgate cemetary consists of two section, East and West. Not only a cemetery but also a natural reserve. Highgate Cemetery is the final resting place for a number of famous historical figures and well as beautful examples of Victorian tombs. Whether you come for a peaceful walk or to learn about the famous figures from the past, try not to get spooked with this guide.
by Jen Grasso
Jjimjilbangs are traditional Korean Saunas. Men and women visit separate parts of the spa. Most jjimjilbangs are open 24 hours a day and you can find them everywhere in Korea. The bigger ones are more used to seeing foreign guests. Jjimjilbangs are also a really cheap way to spend the night, since you only pay once and can stay for 24 hours.
Boston was settled in 1630 after the English settlers moved from Charleston, SC up to Boston due to the lack of available fresh water. Named after Boston, England, where many of the settlers were from, the new settlement meant to be a Godly city on a hill for all to see. From smallpox outbreaks, hangings, Revolutionary and Civil wars, witch hunts and much more, Boston has had its share of challenging times. From burial grounds to historic sites, Boston's is haunted by its history and here are the spookiest places to see.
by Todd Baker
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is known for its delicious pho (traditional Vietnamese noodle soup) and pork rolls but there are a number of tasty dishes to try. The best places to find these are family-run shops and stalls named after family members, such as "Aunty" or "Chi" , meaning sister.
by Tri Nguyen
Mesoamerican pyramids or ceremonial structures, as some are, are to be found across Mexico. There are hundreds of these done in many different styles and they were made by several pre-Columbian cultures including the Olmecs, Maya, Toltecs, and Aztecs. Constructed by city states, the style for each city state is usually different. These are usually made out of stone and mortar but several of the earliest may have even been made out of clay.
by Irena Chloé
A special list for those who boldly want to go to islands where few others have gone before.
by Yannis P.
From Sequoia National Park and Death Valley west to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, south through Arizona and back through the desserts of Nevada and California, here are the great national parks and really the great outdoors of the American Southwest. Tip: If you're going on a road trip, the desert is hot! You must not use the air conditioner in your car - the engine will overheat and you'll be stuck in the desert with no way for the car to cool off. Bring lots of water, some sunglasses, roll the windows down and enjoy the beauty of the desert. It gets cold at night so make sure to bring something warm too. There are camping sites along the way and in most of these national parks as well.
by Todd Baker
Fans of The Wire! Want to see the down and dirty, gritty side of Baltimore? Check out this Mini Guide to see Avon Barksdale's territory, where Omar lurked in the shadows, Bubbles holed up, Carcetti cleared his head and so much more. Many of these sights are just filming locations but the restaurants, bars and diners are all well-known establishments in Baltimore. Take a drive through the seasons of The Wire and grab a bite when you're done. (Please Note: It is advisable to drive for most of this tour as public transit isn't extensive enough and there may be neighborhoods tourists shouldn't casually walk through.)
Also known as Paseo del Río, the River Walk is one of San Antonio's main attractions. A series of pedestrian pathways take you along the river connecting major landmarks on the way. The paths are also lined with restaurants and shops. Put on some comfortable shoes and lets take a walk along the river!
by Buddy Smith
Start your day at one of these amazing cafes in Stockholm, where you can either get a nice quick pastry or a long and lazy brunch.
by Irena Chloé
Experience the Dutch colonial past of Jakarta from the time it was still called Batavia. Start by entering Fatahillah Square and feel like walking into a history book. After having lunch at Cafe Batavia, take a cab and continue your visit at the old harbour 'Sunda Kalapa' to see the main port of Batavia from the 17th and 18th century.
by Tim Franken
As the former capital of Japan, Kyoto has a number of temples, gardens, parks, sitesand more that are prefect to explore on nice days. Leisurely stroll through these sites and take in the architecture, design and more in this ancient city. There are so many to choose from, but here's a small selection - from the most important temples one must visit to more adventurous hikes and journeys.
SF is home to such a large variety of cuisines, there's something for everyone around any and every corner. Vegetarians, however, usually get the short end of the stick, but not in SF. Here's my guide for the top vegetarian places in this vegetarian-friendly town.
by Ted Baker