Author Profile: David Johnston

Travelsewhere

Travelsewhere is written by David, an Australian travel-addict, blogger and photographer who focuses on sharing the quieter, lesser seen pockets of Europe and the World. He has been travelling solo for more than 2 years now and is a lover of castles and dramatic landscapes.

Read this blog


11 Sights to See in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

11 Sights to See in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Looking back at my posts from Romania, I realised that I only ever shared a post on places to eat from the Transylvanian city of Cluj-Napoca. That’s a pity, as the cosmopolitan Cluj was probably my favourite big city stop during my Romanian...   view more


Photo Series: The Magnificent City of Gdansk

Photo Series: The Magnificent City of Gdansk

Gdansk, Poland

One of my standout favourite destinations from my visit to Poland was the magnificent city of Gdansk. This port city on Poland’s northern Baltic coast is home to some incredible architecture and waterfront...   view more


Elsewhere: Kuldiga and the Venta Rapids, Latvia

Elsewhere: Kuldiga and the Venta Rapids, Latvia

Kuldiga, Latvia

Can you think of a place during the holidays that everyone seems to stop at, as they drive to and from their getaway? Somewhere to grab lunch or just pause at to break up the long drive? Well in Latvia, that stop is the small town of...   view more


6 Tips for Visiting Tallinn, Estonia

6 Tips for Visiting Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

I wasn’t particularly sure how to best share the city of Tallinn with you. As the capital of Estonia and its major tourist destination, if you’re heading to Estonia there’s a good chance you’re going...   view more


Embracing the Estonian Seaside in Parnu

Embracing the Estonian Seaside in Parnu

Parnu, Estonia

When people think of visiting the Baltic states like Estonia, its unlikely they think about spending much time by the beach. That’s more a southern Europe, Italy or Greece kind of thing...   view more


A Visit to the Charming Town of Cesis, Latvia

A Visit to the Charming Town of Cesis, Latvia

Cesis, Latvia

As part of my visit to the wonderful Gauja Valley, I planned a day trip from Sigulda to the charming town of Cesis. My time exploring the historic town reinforced how special this part of Latvia is, while furthering my understanding of the history of the country as a...   view more


Castles of Sigulda and the Gauja Valley

Castles of Sigulda and the Gauja Valley

Sigulda, Latvia

Just an hour away from the capital of Latvia is the small town of Sigulda. While often a day trip for visitors to Riga, I opted to spend a few days there to better explore the...   view more


Back in Brno for November, Again

Back in Brno for November, Again

Brno, Czech Republic

The city of Brno is the second largest city of the Czech Republic and the capital of the South Moravia region. It was established as a city in 1243 and became the capital of the Margraviate of...   view more


11 Essential Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

11 Essential Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

The Baltic States were always somewhere I’d been curious to visit and in August of this year I thankfully had the chance to do so. My first stop was to be Riga, the capital of Latvia and I was pretty...   view more


5 Reasons to Visit Skopje, Macedonia

5 Reasons to Visit Skopje, Macedonia

Skopje, Macedonia

The city of Skopje may just be my favourite capital that I’ve visited in the Balkans. As my last stop in Macedonia it was a pretty great way to cap off my enlightening and eventful...   view more


9 Things to Do in Ohrid, the Jewel of Macedonia

9 Things to Do in Ohrid, the Jewel of Macedonia

Ohrid, Macedonia

When it comes to tourist hotspots in the Republic of Macedonia, it’s hard to go past the majestic Lake Ohrid. This vast lake lies in the southwestern corner of the country on the border with Albania. As a landlocked country, Lake Ohrid is the closest Macedonia comes to having a...   view more


Exploring the War Remnants of Karosta, Latvia

Exploring the War Remnants of Karosta, Latvia

Liepaja, Latvia

Walking out of the city of Liepāja on Latvia’s southern coast one morning, I couldn’t have guessed where I would end up later that day. After spending the previous day exploring Liepāja, I had decided to venture north of the canal and visit the neighbourhood of...   view more


The Many Surprises of Tetovo, Macedonia

The Many Surprises of Tetovo, Macedonia

Tetovo, Macedonia

In Ohrid, the end of my time in Macedonia was drawing near with my last stop being the nation’s capital of Skopje. Still wanting to see more of the country, I decided to squeeze an extra destination in before reaching my final...   view more


Elsewhere: Prilep, Republic of Macedonia

Elsewhere: Prilep, Republic of Macedonia

Prilep, Macedonia

The city of Prilep has a long and illustrious history, stretching back beyond the Romans to Ancient Macedonia. Many of the events that shaped the city happened between the 11th and 14th centuries, when the city bounced between the Bulgarian Empires, the Byzantines and the Kingdom of...   view more


What to See in Poznan, Poland

What to See in Poznan, Poland

Poznan, Poland

It’s rather peculiar that the city of Poznan in Western Poland isn’t a larger tourist destination. While Poznan is one of the biggest cities in Poland, it’s nowhere near as well-known to tourists as Krakow, Warsaw or...   view more


Elsewhere: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Elsewhere: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo may not be a large city today, but it has some rich pedigree. It was once the grand capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire from the 12th to 15th centuries. During this period, Bulgaria was a powerhouse of the Balkans and many historic heroes, like Ivan Asen II, lived during that...   view more


Plovdiv, An Ancient City with Youthful Spirit

Plovdiv, An Ancient City with Youthful Spirit

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

After enjoying Bulgaria’s coast for two weeks, it was time to head inland. Having only seen the seaside parts of the country, I wasn’t sure what to expect with my first stop in the city of...   view more


11 Essential Things to Do in Brasov

11 Essential Things to Do in Brasov

Brasov, Romania

Romania’s city of Brașov is kind of a perfect reflection for the country’s Transylvanian region. The city has all the elements that make Transylvania such a captivating place, available to you in a single...   view more


What to See in Sibiu, Romania

What to See in Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu, Romania

Today, Sibiu is a shining example of Transylvanian architecture and history, boasting an impressive historical old town. The old town is divided into the Upper Town, which was once the citadel with its masterfully restored houses, and the Lower Town that lies beyond the citadel’s...   view more


Dining in Cluj – Four Ways

Dining in Cluj – Four Ways

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

For my visit to Cluj, I knew it to be a major city of Transylvania and so expected that I would explore its cityscape and Transylvanian urban life. While I did explore these aspects of Cluj, it didn’t feel like the sreets, landmarks and urban life were its most interesting...   view more


Elsewhere: Oradea, Romania

Elsewhere: Oradea, Romania

Oradea, Romania

For an emerging travel destination, there are still quite a few places in Romania that have yet to fully pop up on tourist’s radars. Most certainly one of these is the understated city of Oradea by the country’s border with...   view more


Elsewhere: Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Elsewhere: Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jajce, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Jajce actually has quite a distinguished pedigree. It was once the capital of the Kingdom of Bosnia during the Middle Ages before falling to the Ottoman’s in the 16th century. This goes to explain the town’s hilltop fortress and the quaint stone walls that surround the...   view more


A Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna

A Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna

Bratislava, Slovakia

When visiting Vienna, there’s so much to see and do that I can’t imagine you running out of things to do. However if you do, or want to see something a little different, then you also have the opportunity of a Bratislava day...   view more


Elsewhere: Vigo, Spain

Elsewhere: Vigo, Spain

Vigo, Spain

Spain is a country of overwhelming choices. Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Majorca, the list goes on. You’re never going to run out of places to visit. But if you’re already passed through all the highlights, where...   view more


Elsewhere: Aveiro, Portugal

Elsewhere: Aveiro, Portugal

Aveiro, Portugal

Aveiro, once a small fishing town, is now an emerging tourist destination for Portugal. Located south of Porto on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, Aveiro is a petite port city known for its production of salt and...   view more


14 Lisbon Sights to See

14 Lisbon Sights to See

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal is a lively place that has plenty to offer those that chose to journey there. While maybe not as flashy as many of the other European capitals, it does have a lot going for...   view more


Elsewhere: Olomouc, Czech Republic

Elsewhere: Olomouc, Czech Republic

Olomouc, Czech Republic

Olomouc is a modest city, host to a compact old town inside some subtle city walls. For a small and little heard of place, Olomouc has a surprising number of things to see with an abundance of fountains and...   view more


Elsewhere: Białystok, Poland

Elsewhere: Białystok, Poland

Bialystok, Poland

While it may not be able to compete with the heavy-hitters like Krakow and Warsaw, I found Białystok to be a pleasant first step in exploring Poland and hope you’ll find something to your liking...   view more


11 Sights to See in Kaunas, Lithuania

11 Sights to See in Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas, Lithuania

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by Kaunas, from its lively atmosphere to the many landmarks I soon came to learn about. So here is my list of the essential sights to see in the city of...   view more


The Charming Medieval City of Torun, Poland

The Charming Medieval City of Torun, Poland

Torun, Poland

Torun just oozes medieval charm and its hard not to feel like you’re visiting a different century. Enjoy the following guide through the delightful sights of...   view more


5 Big Reasons to Visit Warsaw, Poland

5 Big Reasons to Visit Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

What makes Warsaw such an interesting city to visit is the vast range of things to do in this modern metropolis. Warsaw isn’t just an old town and nothing more, not that Krakow is...   view more


16 Essential Things to Do in Perugia, Italy

16 Essential Things to Do in Perugia, Italy

Perugia, Italy

For whatever reason, I was intrigued by the idea of visiting the city of Perugia in the Umbria region of Italy. So when I found decent flights for my visit home to Australia out of Rome, I decided to visit a few places in Italy on the way. Perugia was the first place on my...   view more


11 Sights to See in Wroclaw, Poland

11 Sights to See in Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

The city of Wrocław in western Poland is somewhat of a paradox; it’s one of Poland’s largest tourist destinations and yet you seemingly here very little about...   view more


A Day Trip Pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy

A Day Trip Pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy

Assisi, Italy

If it weren’t for one man, the story of the small Italian town of Assisi would be vastly different. The town would have been relegated to the still prestigious ranks of being yet another awfully scenic hilltop...   view more


Elsewhere: Lively and Lovely Leuven, Belgium

Elsewhere: Lively and Lovely Leuven, Belgium

Leuven, Belgium

How the city of Leuven isn’t a bigger deal in Belgium is beyond me. This small city in the region of Flanders is simply full to the brim with stellar attractions that I think can stand toe-to-toe with Belgium’s...   view more


My Favourite Moments Visiting Krakow, Poland

My Favourite Moments Visiting Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

Arguably Poland’s most popular tourist destination, visiting Krakow is a dreamland for those who love historic old towns and exploring local culture. Given how much praise I had heard for it beforehand, I arrived to the city in Poland’s south cautiously...   view more


The Quaint Mining Town of Roros, Norway

The Quaint Mining Town of Roros, Norway

Roros, Norway

Norway is very much a country known for its coast and with good reason. One word – fjords. When I was planning my trip to Norway back in 2014, I realised that every single place I had planned was on the country’s coast....   view more


11 Things to Do in the Three Cities, Malta

11 Things to Do in the Three Cities, Malta

Birgu, Malta

For many visitors to Malta, the nation’s capital of Valletta is the main Maltese city that they will explore. But it by no means the only city on the islands and you need only look across The Grand Harbour for...   view more


A Day in Kampong Cham, Cambodia

A Day in Kampong Cham, Cambodia

Kampong Cham, Cambodia

When I decided to take a tour through Cambodia in 2014, there were only a couple of places that I really knew of and wanted to see. I was interested in visiting the nation’s capital of Phnom Penh and of course, Angkor...   view more


Delving into the War History of Ypres, Belgium

Delving into the War History of Ypres, Belgium

Ypres, Belgium

Today, the town of Ypres in Belgian’s West Flanders region is ultimately defined by a single event in its history – the First World War. Situated by the French border, Ypres saw some of the largest and most devastating battles of the war from 1914 to...   view more


Climbing the Stairway to Heaven in Lamego, Portugal

Climbing the Stairway to Heaven in Lamego, Portugal

Lamego, Portugal

Often it can be a single image that inspires me to visit somewhere. This was indeed the case when I decided to visit Lamego, a small city in Portugal’s Norte Region. I’m not going to fault you for not having heard of...   view more


15 Essential Things to Do in Antwerp, Belgium

15 Essential Things to Do in Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp, Belgium

When I lived in Belgium as a young kid, Antwerp was the nearest big city to us. We were in a small town so Antwerp felt enormous in comparison. As it turns out Antwerpen is actually that large, being Belgium’s 2nd largest metropolitan area after the capital,...   view more


6 Reasons Why Lucca is My Favourite City in Italy Right Now

6 Reasons Why Lucca is My Favourite City in Italy Right Now

Lucca, Italy

Italy has no shortage of incredible, idyllic cities that conjure up romantic holiday notions. Truly the same goes for the ever-popular region of Tuscany. Here you find powerhouse destinations like Florence, Siena and Pisa that are each exceedingly popular with tourists to...   view more


The Majestic Valleys of Vila Real, Portugal

The Majestic Valleys of Vila Real, Portugal

Vila Real, Portugal

Except for its border along the popular Douro Valley, the district of Vila Real in Northern Portugal is firmly off the tourist trail. The district features the fertile, rolling hills that the Douro Valley is becoming increasingly known...   view more


Stella Artois Brewery Tour in Leuven, Belgium

Stella Artois Brewery Tour in Leuven, Belgium

Leuven, Belgium

For those who drink, an unmissable part of visiting Belgium is the chance to explore its beer culture. Aside from drinking copious amounts of different beers, another way is to go on a tour of one of the country’s...   view more


Elsewhere: The Cultured Elegance of Viseu, Portugal

Elsewhere: The Cultured Elegance of Viseu, Portugal

Viseu, Portugal

True to form, I don’t really remember why I decided to make Viseu my first stop on my trip to Portugal this year. It’s likely it’s because it was logically positioned as a stop between Salamanca in Spain and Portugal’s...   view more


11 Sights to See in the Clifftop City of Orvieto, Italy

11 Sights to See in the Clifftop City of Orvieto, Italy

Orvieto, Italy

During my short winter trip through Italy in January, the city of Orvieto was the only one destination I knew I wanted to see from the outset. Another majestic destination in Umbria, I was thrilled by the concept of visiting another mostly overlooked...   view more


Visiting Kőszeg, the Delightful Jewel Box of Hungary

Visiting Kőszeg, the Delightful Jewel Box of Hungary

Koszeg, Hungary

A long time before I thought of taking a trip through Hungary, I’d been looking at possible day trips from Vienna. The border between Austria and Hungary isn’t all that far from the capital and several promising spots had popped up in my digging. One of these was the small town of...   view more


Arezzo, the Forgotten City of Tuscany

Arezzo, the Forgotten City of Tuscany

Arezzo, Italy

Arezzo has a strong historical and cultural pedigree of its own, much like its busier neighbours. The city sits in the region’s east at an important crossroads between many of Italy’s central...   view more


5 Reasons to Visit Keszthely by Lake Balaton, Hungary

5 Reasons to Visit Keszthely by Lake Balaton, Hungary

Keszthely, Hungary

Looking at a map of Hungary or even Central Europe, it’s hard not to notice the large lake in the west of the country. This is Lake Balaton, one of the main geographic features of this relatively flat country, maybe after the Danube...   view more


Photo Series: Mdina, the Silent City of Malta

Photo Series: Mdina, the Silent City of Malta

Mdina, Malta

Once the capital of Malta, the fortified city of Mdina lies near the middle of the Mediterranean island. This location alone makes Mdina an interesting spot to visit, since so many of Malta’s landmarks rest along the country’s rugged...   view more


9 Things to Do in Guimaraes, Portugal

9 Things to Do in Guimaraes, Portugal

Guimaraes, Portugal

The small city of Guimaraes is another delightful destination for those willing to scratch the surface of what Portugal has to offer. Tucked away in northern Portugal, Guimarães could be simply seen as an easy day trip from Porto. However, that really wouldn’t be doing this quaint city...   view more


Making the Most of A Rainy Day Visiting Tournai, Belgium

Making the Most of A Rainy Day Visiting Tournai, Belgium

Tournai, Belgium

First of all though, let me share a little on Tournai itself. The city of 70,000 people lies in the westernmost reaches of Wallonia, right against the French border. It’s in fact far closer to French cities Lille and Roubaix than it is any other major Belgian...   view more


Wandering in the Old Town of Sopron, Hungary

Wandering in the Old Town of Sopron, Hungary

Sopron, Hungary

During my frequent stops in Vienna, I became increasingly curious about visiting the awfully close border towns of Hungary like Kőszeg and Sopron. While both are perfectly manageable day trips from Vienna, I simply never got around tot hem while I was...   view more


Capturing the Devastating Beauty of Subotica, Serbia

Capturing the Devastating Beauty of Subotica, Serbia

Subotica, Serbia

Secluded in the far north of Serbia lies the small city of Subotica. Nestled by the Hungarian border, this quiet city is home to its fair share of beautiful sights. From its ornate architecture to its relaxed, verdant streets, Subotica is the perfect kind of destination to simply stroll...   view more


9 Helpful Tips and Local Advice for Visiting Brussels

9 Helpful Tips and Local Advice for Visiting Brussels

Brussels, Belgium

My time in Brussels earlier in the year was divided between my own independent sightseeing around its major attractions and then being shown a more local side to the city from friends who live there. It was fascinating to see how often these two approaches overlapped, but also where they...   view more


Elsewhere: Vibrant Southern City of Szeged, Hungary

Elsewhere: Vibrant Southern City of Szeged, Hungary

Szeged, Hungary

Home to cheerful architecture and a lively student atmosphere, the southern city of Szeged is one of Hungary’s most endearing destinations. Wedged by the borders of both Serbia and Romania, Szeged is the third largest city in Hungary and not one to disappoint...   view more


Nazaré, Central Portugal’s Alternative to the Algarve

Nazaré, Central Portugal’s Alternative to the Algarve

Nazare, Portugal

Like many of the Algarve towns, Nazaré began as a humble fishing village. However, it hasn’t had decades of European tourists descend on it every summer. The town’s popularity has soared in recent years thank to the local surf culture, but it still clings strongly to its...   view more


8 Easy Things to Do in Novi Sad, Serbia

8 Easy Things to Do in Novi Sad, Serbia

Novi Sad, Serbia

The city of Novi Sad in Serbia’s north can be a tricky one to unpack. Lying on the banks of the Danube River, the city manages to somehow juggle a bunch of opposing characteristics. Novi Sad is Serbia’s second biggest city and yet seems mostly overlooked by...   view more


17 Essential Sights to See in Ghent, Belgium

17 Essential Sights to See in Ghent, Belgium

Ghent, Belgium

With a growing reputation as a fun and memorable tourist destination, the city of Ghent in Belgium is really starting to make a name for itself. A major city in the western half of Flanders, Ghent combines a youthful student atmosphere with some staggeringly beautiful...   view more


Boost Your Visit With These Special Porto Tips

Boost Your Visit With These Special Porto Tips

Porto, Portugal

Portugal has seen a huge boom in tourism the last few years and that’s partly thanks to the city of Porto. The northern city has fast become a beloved city break destination in Europe, due to its bohemian culture, scenic cityscape and famous port...   view more


Venturing off the Beaten Path in Vrsac, Serbia

Venturing off the Beaten Path in Vrsac, Serbia

Vrsac, Serbia

Situated in the far east of Serbia by the Romanian border sits the petite city of Vrsac. As part of my endeavours to see more of Serbia, I chose to venture out to see what the city was...   view more


7 Unexpected and Unusual Ghent Sights to Find

7 Unexpected and Unusual Ghent Sights to Find

Ghent, Belgium

Like any other city popular with tourists, Ghent has its fair share of major attractions. As one of the largest cities in the Flanders region of Belgium, you’ll find plenty of sights to see on a typical city...   view more


Peace and Quiet in the Capital City of Rabat, Morocco

Peace and Quiet in the Capital City of Rabat, Morocco

Rabat, Morocco

Capital cities seem to fall into two categories. They’re either these big rockstar destinations, a main attraction of their country, or something much more shy. Rabat, the capital city of Morocco really seems to belong to the...   view more


Falling for the University City of Coimbra, Portugal

Falling for the University City of Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra, Portugal

There are few places in Portugal as steeped in living history as Coimbra. This city in central Portugal is a natural stopping point for those travelling across the country between Porto and...   view more


How to Make the Most of a Day Trip to Utrecht

How to Make the Most of a Day Trip to Utrecht

Utrecht, Netherlands

Although considerably smaller than Amsterdam, Utrecht is still the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. With strong historic ties to the Church in the Netherlands and the country’s largest university, there’s no doubt of its...   view more


6 Simple Reasons to Visit Belgrade, Serbia

6 Simple Reasons to Visit Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia

A visit to Belgrade is not so much about visiting a list of star attractions than it is about experiencing the city’s feel and atmosphere. If you’re looking to experience the Balkans, picking the largest city in the region is a good way to...   view more


The Quintessentially Belgian City of Mechelen

The Quintessentially Belgian City of Mechelen

Mechelen, Belgium

Mechelen is almost perfectly located for visitors to Belgium.It sits neatly in between two of the country’s most popular destinations, Brussels and Antwerp.With such grand, important neighbours it’s easy to imagine the city being overshadowed, but this wasn’t always the...   view more


The Scenic City of Trebinje, Bosnia Herzegovina

The Scenic City of Trebinje, Bosnia Herzegovina

Trebinje, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Found right down in the very south of the country, Trebinje is considered the main city for this corner of Bosnia Herzegovina. With only 30,000 people though, it is by no means a large...   view more


9 Brilliant Things to Do in Taichung, Taiwan

9 Brilliant Things to Do in Taichung, Taiwan

Taichung, Taiwan

To be honest, the city of Taichung in northwestern Taiwan was a mystery to me. Although I only really had 24 hours, I managed to quickly delve into what Taichung had to...   view more


11 Sights to See With a Day in Nimes, France

11 Sights to See With a Day in Nimes, France

Nimes, France

Nimes is a moderate-sized city, with a rich history but even then you can hope to see most of its major landmarks in 24 hours. Would I recommend staying only one night? No, but if that’s your only choice, here are the sights in Nimes that should be your...   view more


Unravelling the Layers of Medieval Obidos, Portugal

Unravelling the Layers of Medieval Obidos, Portugal

Obidos, Portugal

Exploring Obidos quickly leads you down random alleys, into small gardens and before you know it, you’re standing upon its walls looking out over the town. If you’re thinking of visiting Obidos, this is what you have to look forward...   view more


A Day Out Discovering Cijin Island, Taiwan

A Day Out Discovering Cijin Island, Taiwan

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Taiwan is often thought of as a destination of metropolises. Visit Taichung or Kaohsiung in the south, and you’d find that hard to...   view more


10 Terrific Things to Do in The Hague, Netherlands

10 Terrific Things to Do in The Hague, Netherlands

Hague, Netherlands

It’s interesting when you only know a place due to one very specific context. For me, The Hague was always associated with the International Court of Justice and stories regarding war...   view more


A Humble Slice of Life in Leiria, Portugal

A Humble Slice of Life in Leiria, Portugal

Leiria, Portugal

There’s no shortage of interesting and enlightening destinations in Portugal, especially in the country’s central region. While there may be better known and more popular spots like Coimbra and Aveiro, the town of Leiria is an intriguing place...   view more


Reckoning with the Ancient Roman City of Tongeren

Reckoning with the Ancient Roman City of Tongeren

Tongeren, Belgium

Most of Belgium’s main tourist destinations happen to be the country’s main cities, like Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp. But among the list there is one outlier, a small city that also happens to predate all of its...   view more


How to Make the Most of a Day Trip to Lille, France

How to Make the Most of a Day Trip to Lille, France

Lille, France

A modern city with a historical core, there’s no shortage of things to see in Lille. The fifth largest urban area in France, Lille is not a ‘lil destination. In fact, while a day trip is a good choice if you’re short on time, there’s certainly enough to do to justify several days in the...   view more


Photo Series: Life by the Canals of Delft, Netherlands

Photo Series: Life by the Canals of Delft, Netherlands

Delft, Netherlands

More and more I’m finding that it’s the smaller cities in Europe that leave me wanting more. Delft is further proof that the Netherlands is home to a whole slew of destinations beyond the capital...   view more


The Vibrant, Revolutionary Spirit of Timisoara, Romania

The Vibrant, Revolutionary Spirit of Timisoara, Romania

Timisoara, Romania

Still not fully appreciated by international tourists, Romania is a far bigger country than people realise. Visitors tend to focus on the gothic mystique of Transylvania and the nation’s capital Bucharest, but the country has plenty more to...   view more


Visiting Taitung During a Typhoon, Taiwan

Visiting Taitung During a Typhoon, Taiwan

Taitung, Taiwan

A small coastal city, there are no skyscrapers looming, no sign of endless traffic to contend with. Taitung is somewhere where you feel like you can breathe and simply take a...   view more


5 Reasons to Visit the Basque City of Bayonne, France

5 Reasons to Visit the Basque City of Bayonne, France

Bayonne, France

On its own, Bayonne is a rather small city, but that may just add to its old-fashioned appeal. For travellers looking for a good reason to visit Bayonne, I’m glad to share more than just one. One of the highlights of my last France trip, here are five reasons to visit the Basque city of...   view more


5 Awesome Reasons to Spend a Day in Piran, Slovenia

5 Awesome Reasons to Spend a Day in Piran, Slovenia

Piran, Slovenia

When you visit Piran, Slovenia suddenly becomes an ever more intriguing, complex place, and one that’s hard not to love. To give you a better idea of what I’m on about, here are some reasons to allow a day in Piran during your next Slovenia...   view more


Enjoying a Grand Old Day Trip to Eisenstadt, Austria

Enjoying a Grand Old Day Trip to Eisenstadt, Austria

Eisenstadt, Austria

Sure there’s Salzburg on the far side of the country, but a much nearer option is the city of Eisenstadt. Found just outside Vienna, a day trip to Eisenstadt allows you to continue soaking in all of Austria’s...   view more


Things to Do in San Sebastian Between Meals

Things to Do in San Sebastian Between Meals

San Sebastian, Spain

After visits to Galicia and Andalusia, I figured it was time to venture to the north, starting with the heartbreaker that is San Sebastian. Known as Donostia in the Basque language, San Sebastian is one of the largest cities in the Basque...   view more


The Best Cafes in Warsaw for Digital Nomads

The Best Cafes in Warsaw for Digital Nomads

Warsaw, Poland

My first time in Warsaw, and Poland generally, the coffee there wasn’t particularly noticeable. By revisiting the capital and spending a decent amount of time working away at cafes in Warsaw, I’ve a new-found appreciation for the city’s coffee...   view more


Guide to Sightseeing in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Guide to Sightseeing in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

For visitors to Taiwan, the great southern city of Kaohsiung has to be on your itinerary. As one of the major metropolises on the island, the city is jam-packed with things to do. What’s more, Kaohsiung sightseeing takes you right across the city, venturing into lots of different...   view more


6 Strong Reasons to Visit Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina

6 Strong Reasons to Visit Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Sarajevo was my first real taste of this part of Europe and ever since, the Balkans have drawn me back repeatedly. As such, it’s often the place to which I compare other Balkan...   view more


6 Simple Tips for Visiting Taipei, Taiwan

6 Simple Tips for Visiting Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

As the last stop on my visit to Taiwan, I can safely say that this city is totally worth visiting. Sure there are more places to visit in Taiwan but as a starting point or city break getaway, Taipei totally...   view more


11 Spectacular Sights to See in Salamanca, Spain

11 Spectacular Sights to See in Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca, Spain

To my delight, Salamanca is a historic city whose renowned university and exquisite architecture have created an everlasting appeal. Even visiting in winter did little to curb my enthusiasm to explore the deceptively compact historic city...   view more


Moment in the Alps with a Day Trip to Samobor, Croatia

Moment in the Alps with a Day Trip to Samobor, Croatia

Samobor, Croatia

A small town on the edge of the mountains, Samobor shows that Croatia is far more diverse than people give it credit...   view more


5 Reasons to Visit the Creative City of Lodz, Poland

5 Reasons to Visit the Creative City of Lodz, Poland

Lodz, Poland

What makes Lodz such a fascinating destination in Poland is how wildly different it is to other major attractions. Compared to Krakow, Warsaw or Gdansk, a visit to Lodz shows you a completely different side to the...   view more


8 Essential Things to Do in Malacca, Malaysia

8 Essential Things to Do in Malacca, Malaysia

Melaka, Malaysia

Visiting Malacca is a great chance to understand what makes Malaysia such an interesting country. The city is such a balance of different things, that you’re surely find a side to the city that appeals to...   view more


5 Tips for Spending One Day in Ronda, Spain

5 Tips for Spending One Day in Ronda, Spain

Ronda, Spain

One of Spain’s most breathtaking regions, Andalusia has no shortage of wonderful destinations to visit. Among them, the small city of Ronda still stands out in my...   view more


Admiring the Pretty Town of Telc, Czech Republic

Admiring the Pretty Town of Telc, Czech Republic

Telc, Czech Republic

Even with one day visiting Telc in the region of southern Moravia, I was floored by how scenic the town was. Every corner seemed to reveal a new view and a new photo...   view more


How to Spend a Day Visiting Varazdin, Croatia

How to Spend a Day Visiting Varazdin, Croatia

Varazdin, Croatia

Varazdin goes to show that Croatia is a far more diverse country than most people realise. Varazdin is a fun little inclusion. Based on my experience there, one day in Varazdin is perfectly fine, letting you see the sights without lingering too...   view more


Sights to See in Jelenia Gora, Poland

Sights to See in Jelenia Gora, Poland

Jelenia Gora, Poland

Given how unknown Poland is to many people, it’s probably no surprise that there are corners of the country that you simply haven’t heard of. The entire region around it is rife with destinations to...   view more


7 Reasons to Visit George Town in Penang, Malaysia

7 Reasons to Visit George Town in Penang, Malaysia

George Town, Malaysia

If there’s one place in Malaysia that you always hear good things about it’s the island of Penang. Just off the west coast of Malaysia, this island basically ticks every box, be it history, culture or...   view more


Heritage, Coexistence in the Town of Trebic

Heritage, Coexistence in the Town of Trebic

Trebic, Czech Republic

Found in the historic region of Moravia, Trebic lies roughly halfway between Brno and Cesky Budejovice. Given how out of the way that is, no wonder Třebíč is an overlooked...   view more


How to Make the Most of Vienna Public Transportation

How to Make the Most of Vienna Public Transportation

Vienna, Austria

Repeatedly lauded as the world’s most livable city, Vienna has a lot going for it. I’d say that one of the many factors that earns Vienna this title is the city’s exceptional public transport...   view more


Is There Anything to See in Nerja, Spain?

Is There Anything to See in Nerja, Spain?

Nerja, Spain

If you’ve been wondering if there’s anything else to see in Nerja, then this article ought to have you covered. Around every bend of the town’s coast you’ll find a beach wedged between...   view more


The Revitalised Industrial City of Katowice, Poland

The Revitalised Industrial City of Katowice, Poland

Katowice, Poland

Not far from the ever-popular tourist destination of Krakow in Silesia, Katowice couldn’t be more different. Whereas Krakow is a wonderfully preserved historic city, Katowice’s story is far less...   view more


7 Fun Things to Do in Ipoh, Malaysia

7 Fun Things to Do in Ipoh, Malaysia

Ipoh, Malaysia

Beyond a few obvious candidates like Kuala Lumpur and Penang, many would be hard pressed to come up with other names. That being said, one of the best up-and-coming Malaysian destinations is the curious city of...   view more


7 Essential Sights to See in Trieste, Italy

7 Essential Sights to See in Trieste, Italy

Trieste, Italy

Whether you explore its ancient roots, the city’s love for coffee or its Austrian architecture, it’s an easy city to admire. Plus, there are plenty more sights to see than what I’m sharing...   view more


Taking in the Lovely Little City of Rzeszow, Poland

Taking in the Lovely Little City of Rzeszow, Poland

Rzeszow, Poland

Sometimes you’re unsure whether a place will be worth your time, but I can safely say that to visit Rzeszow was worth the trip. Not only is this small city more attractive than you might realise, but also quite lively, especially when I was...   view more


6 Simple Tips for Visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

6 Simple Tips for Visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Given that it’s the nation’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur tends to be the first place people go to in Malaysia. Among the capitals of southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur sometimes gets lost in the mix but it’s certainly a modern city and cultural...   view more


The Unexpected Pleasure of Rijeka, Croatia

The Unexpected Pleasure of Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka, Croatia

Keen to find out for myself what the city offered, Rijeka was a natural fit in my Croatian itinerary. Before venturing onto Istria, I spent a few days in the city even though I didn’t know what to...   view more


How To Make the Most of a Day Trip to Trakai, Lithuania

How To Make the Most of a Day Trip to Trakai, Lithuania

Trakai, Lithuania

For travellers to Lithuania and the country’s capital, the most popular day trip from Vilnius is to see the castle at Trakai. Having failed to visit Trakai the first time I went to Lithuania, this picturesque island castle became a priority on my second...   view more


7 Things to Know about Drinking Coffee in Vienna

7 Things to Know about Drinking Coffee in Vienna

Vienna, Austria

Of the things to do in Vienna, visiting a traditional Viennese coffeehouse tends to be one of the most popular. Drinking coffee in Vienna is an experience on its own which is why so many tourists are keen to see what it’s...   view more


How to Spend One Day in Batumi, Georgia

How to Spend One Day in Batumi, Georgia

Batumi, Georgia

I noticed the coastal city of Batumi and was genuinely curious why it had never been mentioned to me when people raved about the country. I guess they simply didn’t get the chance, as my one day in Batumi sightseeing assured me it was well worth the...   view more


8 Things to Do in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

8 Things to Do in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

Within the city’s compact Old Town, you’re bound to find a nice variety of things to do in Ceske Budejovice. To help you get the ball rolling, here are 8 things that I think you won’t want to miss in this South Bohemian...   view more


Is There Anything to See in Karlovac, Croatia?

Is There Anything to See in Karlovac, Croatia?

Karlovac, Croatia

Relatively unknown, this city sits at a crossroads between the coast and hinterland, so most pass through and don’t stop. All of this begs the question, is there anything to see in...   view more


5 Reasons Why Cordoba Is My Favourite Place

5 Reasons Why Cordoba Is My Favourite Place

Cordoba, Spain

Even if it’s your first time in Spain, I highly recommend visiting Cordoba because it’s culturally fascinating and has loads to do. It showcases the best sides of Spain, bar the beaches, and does so without feeling busy or overwhelming. Let me get into greater detail with the below...   view more


The Guide to Sightseeing in the City of Kutaisi

The Guide to Sightseeing in the City of Kutaisi

Kutaisi, Georgia

A quiet city, Kutaisi makes for a nice contrast to Tbilisi and the coast, letting you get in touch with the Georgian heartland a little. Hopefully with this Kutaisi guide, you’ll get a sense of this destination and maybe even add it your Georgia...   view more


Watching a Dragon Be Vanquished in Trutnov

Watching a Dragon Be Vanquished in Trutnov

Trutnov, Czech Republic

For people that do take the time to sightsee around Trutnov, they may be surprised with what they find. In true Czech form the city has some nice architecture, including the arcades that you find in many Czech...   view more


Unwinding in the Green Town of Anyksciai, Lithuania

Unwinding in the Green Town of Anyksciai, Lithuania

Anyksciai, Lithuania

Thankfully I did visit Anyksciai though, as I got see all the greenery that surrounds this unobtrusive town. From the riverfront to the forest and everywhere else around Anyksciai green is the dominant colour and part of what makes Anyksciai such a treat to...   view more


8 Super Useful Tips for Visiting Hamburg, Germany

8 Super Useful Tips for Visiting Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg, Germany

Having spent 3 days in Hamburg sightseeing around this city in northern Germany, I can clearly see just how complex and unique Hamburg is. Only looking back on it now can I see the similarities between it and other port cities I’ve been to in...   view more


The Sorely Overlooked City of Lublin, Poland

The Sorely Overlooked City of Lublin, Poland

Lublin, Poland

With all the character and sights you expect to get in Poland, this eastern city is still sorely overlooked. You won’t find crowds of tourists here this summer that’s for sure. If that kind of intrigues you, then let’s get to what you can expect out of a visit to...   view more


14 Best Things to Do in Vilnius, Lithuania

14 Best Things to Do in Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania

Like the other capitals of the region, Vilnius has plenty of character and you won’t be short on sights to see. The best things to do in Vilnius range from historical landmarks to modern curiosities, which means even people with different interests should find attractions that intrigue...   view more


20 Things to Know Before Visiting Vienna, Austria

20 Things to Know Before Visiting Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

The grand capital of Austria, Vienna is the kind of classic tourist destination that impresses visitors with its attractions, atmosphere and culture. Once the heart of an empire, Vienna’s elegance and grandeur easily delights visitors with romantic notions of what Europe is...   view more


Making the Most of One Day in Pula, Croatia

Making the Most of One Day in Pula, Croatia

Pula, Croatia

A relatively popular destination for those visiting Croatia, Pula is another Croatian city with a well-preserved Roman history that you can still see today. While you could happily spend longer there, one day in Pula is all you need to uncover this side of Croatia’s...   view more


All the Best Things to Do in Leipzig, Germany

All the Best Things to Do in Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig, Germany

I had a faint recollection of visiting Leipzig as a child but I really didn’t know what was in store for me there. Unlike cities like Berlin and Hamburg, I wasn’t already deeply familiar with the most popular things to do in Leipzig. Just the way I like...   view more


6 Reasons to Visit Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

6 Reasons to Visit Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Of the most popular places to visit in the Czech Republic, the town of Karlovy Vary certainly stands out as being a little different. The largest of Bohemia’s spa towns, it is a place that exists purely to host...   view more


Don't Miss These Sights to See in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Don't Miss These Sights to See in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Bydgoszcz, Poland

Visiting Bydgoszcz in the summer, it was a pleasant surprise to learn just how much the city had going for it. You won’t have much trouble finding sights to see in Bydgoszcz for a day or two, that’s for...   view more


Ultimate Guide to Sightseeing in Erfurt, Germany

Ultimate Guide to Sightseeing in Erfurt, Germany

Erfurt, Germany

Erfurt is the perfect example of a smaller German city loaded with character that doesn’t receive much notice. Despite being the state capital of Thuringia and conveniently located in central Germany, the idea of visiting Erfurt doesn’t seem to be a common...   view more


10 Best Things to Do in Aarhus, Denmark

10 Best Things to Do in Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus, Denmark

I feel like I was able to fit an awful lot in during my 2 days in Aarhus. Even in the cool April weather, I was more than happy to roam the city streets sightseeing. And yet even with two days up my sleeve, there’s still plenty more I didn’t have time...   view more


5 Easy Reasons to Visit Tbilisi, Georgia

5 Easy Reasons to Visit Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

People go to Tbilisi when they visit Georgia but that’s normally out of necessity. It’s high time that actually experiencing Tbilisi became focus as well. With all that in mind, here are my reason why Tbilisi is worth visiting and a fascinating destination in its own...   view more


11 Superb Sights to See in Zagreb, Croatia

11 Superb Sights to See in Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

Even though Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, the fact that the city isn’t on the country’s coast seems to work against it. I’ve realised that there’s more than enough sights to keep you thoroughly occupied during your...   view more


The Pleasing Hilltop Town of Tabor, Czech Republic

The Pleasing Hilltop Town of Tabor, Czech Republic

Tabor, Czech Republic

Visiting Tabor, I was delighted to learn about another picturesque town, full of architecture, history and character. In fact, there are just the right amount of things to do in Tabor that the town would make for a great day trip from...   view more


Is There Anything to See in Liberec, Czech Republic

Is There Anything to See in Liberec, Czech Republic

Liberec, Czech Republic

At the very tail end of my last trip to the Czech Republic, I decided to spend one day in Liberec sightseeing. To see if you should add Liberec to your itinerary, here’s what there is to see in the northern Czech...   view more


How to Spend One Day in Odense, Denmark

How to Spend One Day in Odense, Denmark

Odense, Denmark

With a long history to its name, Odense has been a major settlement since the Viking days of the 11th century. These days, the city is mostly a commercial and culture hub for the region of Southern...   view more


What to See on a Day Trip to Skofja Loka, Slovenia

What to See on a Day Trip to Skofja Loka, Slovenia

Skofja Loka, Slovenia

Just a short distance northwest of Ljubljana, Skofja Loka is full of the kind of charming sights you expect from a pretty European town near the Alps. Best of all, a day trip to Skofja Loka gives you ample time to see the towns...   view more


How to Spend One Day in Rothenburg, Germany

How to Spend One Day in Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg, Germany

This medieval town in southern Germany has many admirers and is one of the big destinations along the Romantic Road in Bavaria. Plenty of tourists quickly pass through the town in half a day, but in my mind you really ought to spend at least one day in...   view more


Making the Most of a Roskilde Day Trip from Copenhagen

Making the Most of a Roskilde Day Trip from Copenhagen

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde may lack the grandeur and name recognition of the Danish capital, instead it offers some great historical landmarks and a more intimate setting. Read on for my Roskilde travel tips gleaned from my day exploring this quiet Danish...   view more


Free Things to Do with One Day in Marseille

Free Things to Do with One Day in Marseille

Marseille, France

Marseille really won me over. I had prepared myself not to like the city based on its reputation of being quite gritty. One day in Marseille sightseeing later and I genuinely can’t wait to go...   view more


6 Reasons to Visit Manila, Phillippines

6 Reasons to Visit Manila, Phillippines

Manila, Philippines

It’s fair to say that visiting Manila won’t be for everyone. If you prefer beaches and jungle over a sprawling metropolis, it could be a hard sell. But if you want to dip into the culture, history and cuisine of the Philippines, Manila is the perfect place to do...   view more


The Effortless Sightseeing Guide to Catania, Sicily

The Effortless Sightseeing Guide to Catania, Sicily

Catania, Italy

Inside this sightseeing guide to Catania you’ll find recommendations on attractions around the city you won’t want to miss. Most are easy enough to reach from the city centre and you could probably cover them all with one day in...   view more


What to See When You Visit Celje, Slovenia

What to See When You Visit Celje, Slovenia

Celje, Slovenia

You can spend one day in Celje and experience quite a lot of the town. And yet you weren’t grow bored if you allow a little longer either, mainly thanks to the surrounding countryside. To see what I mean, here’s all the Celje info I think you need to travel...   view more


A Simple Sightseeing Guide to Helsingor, Denmark

A Simple Sightseeing Guide to Helsingor, Denmark

Elsinore, Denmark

Helsingor is a small coastal city due north from Copenhagen with plenty of history an endearing seaside feel about it. Visit Helsingor and you’ll know you’ve left the big city behind, that’s for...   view more


The Perfectly Pretty Harz Town of Goslar, Germany

The Perfectly Pretty Harz Town of Goslar, Germany

Goslar, Germany

With only a few exceptions the tourists I encountered in this devastatingly pretty place were all Germans. Which seems crazy to me as Goslar is exactly the kind of destination that tourists to Germany would want to...   view more


6 Tips for a Gentle Time Visiting Toulouse, France

6 Tips for a Gentle Time Visiting Toulouse, France

Toulouse, France

Even with two full days of sightseeing there, it’s not the Toulouse attractions that stick with me, but rather how it felt to be there. A bit like my hometown of Melbourne, it’s more about the culture and way of life than any specific...   view more


How to Spend a Day in Bauska, Latvia

How to Spend a Day in Bauska, Latvia

Bauska, Latvia

Bauska is a reasonably small destination to visit. Bauska has quite a lot going for it, from a genuinely interesting castle to picturesque riverbanks and a quaint town centre. Here’s what you have to look forward to if you decide to make a day of this enjoyable Latvian...   view more


What it’s Like to Visit Regensburg with a Local

What it’s Like to Visit Regensburg with a Local

Regensburg, Germany

Regensburg is one of the largest cities and tourist destinations in the state of Bavaria. Much of that has to do with the Danube River which flows through it. The city is a popular stop for river cruises and it’s easy to see why with its atmospheric medieval...   view more


A Quick Tri City Tour of the Polish Riviera

A Quick Tri City Tour of the Polish Riviera

Gdynia, Poland

When you travel to Gdynia, it’s best to head straight for the water. It’s there that you’ll find a whole bunch of attractions around its marina. They range from the several historic museum ships, to the Gdynia Aquarium and a small amusement...   view more


How to Make the Most of the Copenhagen Card, Denmark

How to Make the Most of the Copenhagen Card, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen isn’t a cheap place to visit. That’s to be expected from a major Scandinavian city. But it’s also somewhere that you don’t want to skimp on, because otherwise you’re really going to miss out. Which is why you need to look into the Copenhagen card before your...   view more


The Special Little Lakeside Town of Ludza, Latvia

The Special Little Lakeside Town of Ludza, Latvia

Ludza, Latvia

Ludza is really quite small, with fewer than 10,000 people there. It kind of makes sense though given that it’s way out towards the Russian border in the Latgale...   view more


5 Terrific Reasons to Visit Montpellier, France

5 Terrific Reasons to Visit Montpellier, France

Montpellier, France

Montpellier is worth visiting and is the perfect size to spend a day or two exploring. And if other tourists choose not to go here, it just means you don’t have to...   view more


10 Wonderful Things to Do in Bamberg, Germany

10 Wonderful Things to Do in Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg, Germany

Even though I’d only seen the same few attractions photographed over and over, people assured me there were plenty of things to do in Bamberg. They weren’t wrong. Bamberg’s the kind of place where there’s something new to see around every...   view more


6 Special Sights to See in Jekabpils, Latvia

6 Special Sights to See in Jekabpils, Latvia

Jekabpils, Latvia

Easy to reach, home to a castle and a UNESCO world heritage site, visiting Jekabpils seemed like a no-brainer. A small and quite modest city, if you decide to visit Jekabpils you’ll learn there’s a few things to see and do. Here’s what you have waiting for...   view more


How to Visit Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, Denmark

How to Visit Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, Denmark

Hillerod, Denmark

Frederiksborg Castle is a gorgeous royal residence that you can visit as a day trip from Copenhagen. Visiting Frederiksborg turned out to be one of my most memorable experiences. Trust me, you’ll want to add a trip to Hillerød and Frederiksborg Castle on your next Denmark...   view more


How to Make the Most of a Day Trip to Noto, Sicily

How to Make the Most of a Day Trip to Noto, Sicily

Noto, Italy

With a day trip to Noto you’ll see why the Baroque Trail is so special. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Noto and its incredible architectural time...   view more