There are many advantages about living in the authentic and vivid city Lisbon. You can find a couple of them in my previous blogs about Lisbon. One of them is being able to travel quickly outside of the city center, direction praia – a beachy getaway. Or, if you’re more into mountains, move up to the hills of Sintra and see one of the many gorgeous castles in this area. Let’s take a look at seven easy and beautiful day trips from the Portuguese city of tiles.

1. Belém

Belém is the closest and most easiest city to reach from Lisbon. You can take the train, tram, bus, taxi, whatever pleases you most: it is only 2 km from Lisbon and it won’t cost you much.

Belém has a lot to offer. Get out at the train station and start walking on the beautiful riverside promenade, surrounded by the burning sun, birds flying around and the salty smell of the Atlantic Ocean. Must-see attractions are:

  • Torré de Belem, a beautiful tower surrounded by water
  • Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a monument dedicated to the discoverers of Portugal
  • Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, an impressive, 500 year old monastery

Stroll around the village of Belém and make a stop for a meia-de-leite and some delicious pastéis de nata at the famous Pastéis de Belém. This trip is perfect for all year round, since it is so close to Lisbon and you can also enjoy this village in winter time.

How to get there: by tram or train from Cais do Sodré station.

2. Cascais

Care for a trip to the beach, do some shopping and eat delicious meals in a wide variety of restaurants? Then Cascais is your pick for a perfect day trip from Lisbon. Cascais’ architecture is one of a kind, you will find beautiful picturesque buildings in this small town. Head over to the beach, small yet cozy and perfect if you’re not int surfing and don’t need big waves, this is a perfect place to relax at the beach.

How to get there: by train from Cais do Sodré station.

3. Sintra

Feeling like passing your day off in a fairy-tale village surrounded by dreamy castles, palaces and mansions? Or are you feeling adventurous and in the mood for some hiking? Then head over to Sintra by taking the direct train from Lisbon (Rossio).

While walking in Sintra village, you almost feel like being in a fairytale. Its surroundings are so surreal – especially if you visit the Pena palace, which architectural style is also based on the same elements. Game of Thrones fans, gather around for a hike to the castles of Walls (Castelo dos Mouros) and imagine you’re in the middle of a scene of GOT.

Castelo dos Mouros

As for the nature lovers; you won’t be left in the dark during this day trip. You can enjoy the tranquility of the Portuguese hills and mountains and instead of driving up from Sintra village to the castles, you can take a hike of one hour to reach the top.

Last but not least, the stunning mountain views overlooking the Serra of Sintra are a feast for the eyes of everybody. So relax, take a break and indulge yourself in the nature of Western Portugal.

How to get there: by train from Rossio station or Oriente station.

4. Arrábida 

My favorite city escape must be the area of Arrábida. The only barrier to overcome here is that you will need a car since traveling by public transport is very difficult in this area.

Arrábida is a region that stretches out from the coast until deeper in the Portuguese mainland. You can either visit the Park or you can go on a road trip, what I like to call: Rocky Road! It is basically one long road at the coastside. While driving past all the beaches, it is hard not to get out every 5 minutes and run to the every beach that you see. But it is definitely possible to do in one day.

The clear, blue beaches are separated from the road by immense walls of beige rocks and in between that you find the soft, light sand which gives you a beautiful contrast to enjoy to the maximum.

If you continue the Rocky Road, you will end up in the Natural Park of Arrábida. So, either way, it is all up to you: beach or park?

How to get there: by car.

5. Sesimbra

Sesimbra is my second favorite destination for a day escape from Lisbon. Why? Sesimbra is a modern. stunning city with a coastline bigger than your goals. Cozy, relaxing and beautiful is how I would describe Sesimbra.

Beach and city is the perfect combination for a daily getaway trip and that is what you will find in the Portuguese city of Sesimbra. Walk on the beach side promenade, breathe in the fresh air of the ocean and feel the sun burning on your skin. Look to your right and you’ll see pretty palm trees and Praia da California, Sesimbra’s beach of the Atlantic Ocean. Look to your left and you’ll find local Portuguese cafés, restaurants and shops.

How to get there: by bus (TST) from Praça de Espanha.

6. Setúbal

Setúbal is the perfect getaway for Southern Portugal vibes, and it is twice as big as Sesimbra. It has a cozy city centre with many locals restaurants, pastelarias and cafés. And, of course, you can also check of the beach, since it has a wonderful coast. So, again, it depends on what you are looking for exactly for your day trip. You can easily make a day or weekend trip to Sesimbra or Setúbal.

How to get there: by train from Oriente station or by bus (TST) from Praça de Espanha.

7. Caparica

Last but not least we have Costa da Caparica. This is one of the many beaches in the region of Caparica. These beaches are endless, and that is the amazing thing about this place. On a busy day, you can take the bus or taxi and travel away from Costa da Caparica. Like this, yo you can visit more private beaches, like Fonte da Telha or Praia do Castelo.

The main attractions in Costa da Caparica are the spacious beach bars and restaurants, the long decks and of course the possibility to do some surfing. The main reason Caparica has so many visitors is for water sports, like: surfing, wind sailing, etc. Be sure to visit the centre of Caparica, where you will find shops, restaurants of all ethnics (like a decent Greek restaurant – finally found one in Portugal!) and some hotels if you are planning on spending the night there.

How to get there: by bus (TST) from Praça de Espanha.

Praia Fonte da Telha

So whether you’re living in Lisbon or just on a holiday there and you want a quick getaway for one day or a weekend, then your options are endless. It all depends on how you want to spend your day or weekend. Enjoy the Portuguese nature and hospitality, dear salty soul. 

Solo female travel. It is a delightful thing, isn’t it, ladies? You have all the freedom and adventure in the world. You can broaden your horizon just by taking a plane on your own and going on a solo adventure. You expand your limits by jumping into an unknown experience. Yes, most of us have been bitten by the travel bug. And that’s okay.

The taste of freedom while traveling solo is even sweeter when you travel to a safe environment. A place where you don’t have to worry about being harassed or robbed. A serene yet interesting travel destination, perfect for perhaps your first solo trip.

But where can I find these perfect destinations, you might wonder? Let’s see what are the top 5 of safest cities for solo female travel in my experience. I went to each of these cities alone and I am happy to share with you my honest and true review about solo travel to these destinations.

5. Uruguay, Colonia

Colonia is a small Uruguayan city close to the border with Argentina. Yet, even though it is close to Buenos Aires and the habitants have the same accent, the safety changes drastically when you’re at the other side of the pond. Colonia is a warm, cozy and beautiful city. You feel yourself at home while strolling through this city , smelling the fresh forests, the salty ocean and the sweet flowers. This is a place where you can find true and deep peace.

As you can already imagine, this Uruguayan pearl is super safe for anyone to visit. The locals are super friendly and relaxed, making you feel welcome in their tranquil city.

4. Belgium, Bruges

Being born in Belgium, it is easy to know which places to go to and which places to avoid. Bruges is definitely a must-see when you have to chance to visit the country of beer and chocolates (and let’s not forget the waffles). Besides the rustic architecture and the many cafés (and types of beer) you can find here, you can come to complete relaxation when in Bruges.

Belgium is overall a very safe country to stay at, and in Bruges, where tranquility meets history, you will find yourself in a safe environment. You can pass your time strolling through musea and visit old, big buildings and get to know their stories.

3. Italy, Venice

I don’t think Venice needs an introduction. With is romantic rivers running through the whole city and its small islands all sticking together to create what may be the most beautiful city in Italy, it is well known worldwide.

Venice may be a destination not so loved by solo female travelers because it is so popular and crowded. But if you are as much an Italian food and culture lover as me, then you will find a way to make this destination an amazing solo trip.

I recommend you to stay not in Venice itself, but on the mainland of Italy, close to the train station. A train will take you to Venice in no-time. It is totally safe to stroll around this authentic city, and since there are so many people, you will never be alone so you can always address somebody to ask for help if you – like me- are really, really, really bad in orientation (and the little Venetian roads don’t do no good, trust me).

2. Portugal, Lisbon

Lisbon is the central hub of Portugal. With its charming style and stunning architecture, this is perfect destination for solo female travel. Spend your golden hour at one of the many rooftops bars with gorgeous views – stretching all over city until the other side of the river – order some pastel de nata and drink a café meia-de-leite in peace without anyone bothering you. Lisboetas are in general really friendly and social, so you’ll make local friends in no time. Also, there are lots of international visitors and especially Brazilians who love to visit this Portuguese capital, which makes the atmosphere in the center so vivid.

I took a trip to Lisbon with a friend last year and a couple months later, I found myself living in the capital of tiles. I love a lot of things about Lisbon, and a big factor is that it is so safe. As a woman traveling alone, you will experience a city that is so popular and crowded, but peaceful at the same time. The only strangers that will address you are some guys in the popular streets asking if you want to buy something. But they even address the locals, and they will do no harm to you.

1. Malta, Valletta

Valletta, the capital of the small island Malta, was declared the European Capital of Culture in 2018. And does this marvelous, Italian-influenced city deserve this title. Not only historical and architectural lovers will adore this lovely city; I am talking to you, dear foodies, because Malta has an amazing gastronomy. That is why I chose this destination to spend my first solo trip. And after returning for a couple of times, I still do not regret discovering Malta- more precisely, Valletta.

Lose yourself in the interesting history and architecture of the ex-British colony and pay a visit to the many museums. Stroll around the dockside for a lookout to the Three Cities (Birgu, Senglea and Bormla) and grab some pastizzi for on the way.

But let’s not wander too far from the real subject here, which is: safety for solo female travelers. Valletta always made me feel comfortable and welcome, since the moment I set foot in this city. It is a completely safe and cozy city, where you can be sure to enjoy your travels the most.

The subtle wind brings you the smell of a salty ocean while your feet sink deeper and deeper in the soft sand. Every step brings you closer to the warm and beautiful Mediterranean ocean.

Palm trees cast a pleasant shadow over your body while you lay your feet in the burning sun. In the background, you hear relaxing music playing softly from the beach bar next to yours.

While resting your head on the soft pillow of your beach bed, your fingers slide through the warm sand while all your worries dissolve slowly.

The water surrounds your body and all the stress and worrying thoughts easily drift away from your mind. With every dive you take, the water becomes more and more pleasant.

There is a strong feeling arising, the urge of staying inside the refreshing and wavy ocean. You never want to leave again.

Thalassophile (n.) a lover of the sea, someone who loves the sea/ocean.

Ah, Milano.

Every traveler’s go-to spot for the newest and trendiest fashion pieces, delicious artisan ice cream, and beautiful views at typical Italian cafeterias overlooking the Duomo di Milano. 

Magical mornings in Milan

Waking up in Milan is magical. You wake up, go outside, stop by a small Italian bar, order a latte macchiato and a croissant con Nutella and you start your day. After jumping on a local bus, be sure to look around you and enjoy the sun coming through the romantic, vintage styled buildings of the Milanese suburbs.

Milan is known to be a modern, trendy city, but I experiences that it holds a strong authentic, Italian vibe. You can move through the city using the old trams and the city architecture is beautifully antique. The vintage, romantic Italian style is without a doubt well present in this major fashion hub.

Buonissimo!

One of the reasons for me to go back to Milan would be the delicious gastronomy. Spaghetti Carbonara, Risotto alla Milanesa, Cotoletta alla Milanesa, … the list of mouthwatering Milanese dishes is endless. After a delicious Mediterranean meal, be sure to drop by an ice cream shop for some homemade gelatocon tiramisu, Ferrero, Nutella, this ice cream doesn’t even match your wildest fantasies. It is safe to say Milan is a mekka for fashion lovers as well as for foodies.

Fear not: the history-, architecture- and even religion-lovers will not be left in the cold. The stunning piece of architecture il Duomo and the fantastic fountains and churches in the city will provide you Instagram-worthy material all year long. Even inside the iconic mall Galleria Vittorio Emanuele has a magical point which you have to pass: the bull’s balls. IN the middle of the hallway, you will find a mozaïc of a bull and on the place where his testicles should be, there is a hole – made especially for your heel. Tradition says that if you rotate backwards around three times, you will have good luck for the rest of your life. Look at that, another advantage of this amazing city!

You will leave with a full stomach, an Instagram feed for the rest of the year, and good luck for the rest of your life. What else would one want?

That summer breeze, that endless ocean, that lagoon blue ocean that is so clear you can see every little fish and sea shell floating on the sand… is there anything better than a good ol’ tropical beach?

I agree.

Having Greek and Italian roots, my parents used to take me to the most beautiful Mediterranean hidden treasures – small and cozy, yet beautiful villages, relaxed beaches, gorgeous viewpoints and impressing castles – nothing escaped our family vacations.

Now that I am an adult and I travel by myself, it is less evident to find such places – until I ended up in Sardegna last year to visit my Italian family. It was the first time I was there and it is clear that my blood relatives still have this influence on me.

In North-Eastern Sardegna, the most known place is Olbia, a lovely, vivid city that connects the small island Sardegna to the outside world.

Further away from the city, you will cross Maiorca. Basically, Maiorca’s nightlife is of another level. It’s not so much about the clubbing and going out, but more about the social and outside life that is highlighted in this authentic area. The biggest public street is closed down every night just so people can put up their market stalls and walk in peace during the whole evening and night. Restaurants, bars, stores, ice cream shops: everything is open until late night.

In the morning, be sure to get up early and get in your car or jump on your bike, because it is time to explore the most beautiful beach, or – as my Italian grandfather calls it – the Maldives of Europe: Budoni.

Budoni is a hidden pearl, only known to the locals of this small yet charming village. Not only is the water as blue as a lagoon and as clear as the cloudless sky, the sand is extremely soft and a walk on the beach will relax you in the deepest ways. The tropical vibes will hit you while you’re being surrounded by hammocks, sandbanks, little stalls at the beach and, not to forget: coconuts.

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If you ever get tired of swimming in the Mediterranean ocean and laying in the hot Italian sun (it’s hard to believe but at some point, you will) you can take a break and walk to one of the local fresh seafood restaurants. Since we’re at the Italian coast, be sure to try the best of the best in this region, which is: any combination of pasta and fish.

At night, you can eat some more of the Italian “la dolce far niente” and take a stroll in the crowded promenade in the center of mesmerizing Maiorca.

Cape Town Calling

6 days.

In 6 days I accomplished something I never thought I could.

I ate something I never thought I would and I laid my eyes on things I never thought I would.

South-Africa, that’s all because of you.

There are a few sides to visiting Cape Town. Firstly, there is the historical and cultural side -District Six Museum educates you about the history of the South-African capital, while Robben Island takes you back to the prison where Nelson Mandela once was held.

Secondly, you have the natural and wild side of Kaapstad. Hiking Table Mountain might be the most challenging and exciting goal I ever accomplished.

Strolling down the botanical gardens of Kirstenborsch during a lovely (free) walking tour opened up my eyes and made me realize how diverse and magical Mother Nature really is.

Not to be missed: a safari tour in one of South Africa’s many private wild reserves. To check off “seeing the Big Five” on your bucket list is a goal, I believe, we all have in common.

Next, let me show you some real South-African vibes. Enjoy some biltong while waiting for your braai to get started, or finding yourself in a state of relaxation while enjoying the warm sunset on Signal Hill. How about hiking up the Cape of Good Hope? It is a challenge, but the views are more than rewarding.

Or you can bring a visit to Boulders Beach, where you will not only find a beautiful beach by see through water, but also expect to be surrounded by the cutest little visitors – African penguins.

The main goal of my travels to South-Africa was to visit my best friend. But boy, did that turned out to be one of the best trips I ever made. If you ever visit this warm, vivid and exciting country, make sure to get the best out of it and take you time to do so.

Buenos Aires. It would be an understatement to say that you surprised me. You know that feeling when you have a certain image in your head, and it turns out to be even better than that? Yeah. That happened.

Astonishing artsy alleys 

I started off my first day in Palermo Soho. In contrary to Palermo Hollywood, this sparkly and colorful barrio is full of hip, cool and modern restaurants, bars, clubs and stores- it most certainly deserves it’s second name, Soho. Strolling around in these graffiti-filled streets keeps you fascinated, since your attention keeps going from one cute store to another astonishing artsy alley. 

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Fill your boca with La Boca’s empanadas

You can’t have been to Buenos Aires without visiting La Boca. One of Argentina’s most popular football clubs is based in the capital and runs through the veins of los porteños (the locals of Buenos Aires). 

Nonetheless, if you are not really into football, you can skip visiting the stadium and continue your voyage to the most fun street in BA: el Caminito! When walking through this street and admiring the tango dancers, vivid architecture and positive vibes you can just feel the passion of this South-American metropolitan. 

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There’s two sides to every cup

While on one side you have the authentic and warm Argentinian barrios, on the other side you have a more modern and fancy neighbourhood (a.k.a. my future home), ladies and gentlemen I present to you: Puerto Madero! 

One moment you are walking through skycrapers and business offices, and before you know it you find yourself standing in front of a lagoon, surrounded by food markets and vendors on the street. 

All these barrios have one thing in common: parks. So many gorgeous, spaceous, blossoming parks. Speaking about blossoming: be sure to make a drop by Floreria Atlantico. This flowershop may look ordinary at first, but hidden you will find one of world’s best 50 bars. 

No costa nada!

Have I mentioned that a lot of things are free in Buenos Aires? To be correct, you will find almost every activity or event to be free of any charge. 

My best experiences with cosas gratis were: 

  • Centro Cultural Recoleta 

This cultural center offers not only art exhibitions, you can also hang out on maybe the most gorgeous terrace of BA. Later on, grabe a drink or a bite at the romantic and cozy fair just at the exit of the cultural center. 

  • Cemetario Recoleta 

Even though it may not sound so appealing, you should visit this cemetary during your trip. It has gravestones higher than your goals. It has temples, little roundabouts, and a housecat wandering around. It has remembrances of all kind of important figures of the Argentinian history, and thus of all kinds of different cultures and backgrounds. 

  • Yoga in the park 

If you want some balancing of your mind, body and spirit after dancing all that reggaeton and drinking all those cerveza’s, you might want to check out your nearest park – there’s a great chance you can drop in to a free yoga class there. 

  • Reservado la Costañera

Remember the lagoon I mentioned in the barrio Puerto Madero? Exactly, you will find it in La Costañera. Put on your running shoes and get ready to breathe in some fresh air and take in some beautiful nature portraits. 

  • El Rio de la Plata 

Unfortunately, Buenos Aires does not have a beach. Wait. Don’t pull back from your idea of this trip. I know it is a big step to take (going to a destination without a beach), but you can do it. I believe in you, okay? 

Besides, you can always cool off at the river side. Stay around until the evening and catch one of the free festivals. Get ready to party all night long at the rio!

Long story short: Buenos Aires’ diversity and passion surprised me in a good way. This may sound cliché, but this vivid city really has a lot to offer. Hasta la próxima, Buenos Aires!

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Lisbon, you are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. But, in case you do want to be somewhat prepared, I’ve listed the most beautiful, chill and delicious spots in this surprising city.

Wether if you’re visiting Lisbon or living there: let me save you some time and serve you upon a plate right now: the most fine spots in the Portugese capital.

If you read my previous blog, you already know Lisbon offers a lot of beautiful miradouros – also kown as viewing points.

Mesmerizing Miradouro

Miradouro Santa Luzia consists of a few chill spots: there’s the lower deck, as I like to call it, and a higher deck. Both offer a sort of garden-ish feeling, where you can chill out sitting on the colourful walls covered with flowers and plants. Here’s the catch: if you walk to the upper deck part and keep on walking towards the end, you may find a pitoresque stairway that leads to… a small, cozy, cash-and toiletless cafetaria. This cafetaria de Santa Luzia offers the best view in town, if you ask me. Um café com leite e um pastel de nata, por favor!

Cristo Rei Rocks

Another must-see when in Lisbon is the Cristo Rei statue. It may look like it’s at the other end of the world, but it is easily (and cheap) to reach by ferry and bus.

When you arrive at the bottom of the statue, you are already blessed with an amazing overview of the river and Lisbon itself. I recommend to take the elevator towards the statue. Even though you may think you will have the same view, trust me, you will not. The mighty Christ statue, sunset vibes and an overview of the bridge, river and city will give you some serious chills (and make you feel like you´re in Rio de janeiro!)

Cristo Rei Statue in Lisbon

The Cristo Rei Statue

A delicious meal that won’t cost you a thing

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting hungry over here. Although there are some tourist traps in each city, in Lisbon you have some more chance to find a really good restaurant that’ll give you the best meal of your life. Yes, I’m giving some credits to the underrated Portugese food. Farinheira, bacalhau a bras, salmao grelhado,… you will not regret skipping out on Mc Donald´s for one of these delicious dishes.

Rockin’ rooftop bars

Last but not least, I’m taking you a level higher right now – literally. Although Lisbon has a lot of ups and downs, hills and stairs, steep streets and elevators – and other synonyms for a hilly landscape – there are some benefits attached to this. i am talking rooftop bars and restaurants. Wether they’re expensive, touristy, local, cheap or hidden: if you look properly, you can find one on almost every building.

TOPO bar has the best view ánd vibes. Hiphop, house, rnb: whenever you get at this cozy yet modern bar, you won’t be sitting around much for long. Visit during sunset and you’ll be surrounded by a wall of golden/ pink Portugese residences.

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TOPO rooftop bar

PARK bar may be the most popular rooftop bar in Lisbon. Owing its name to the real life parking this bar is built on, be ready to get dancing whilst holding a (pricy) drink in your hand. Their style of music is a mix of hiphop, trap and oldschool hiphop. Offerng a view over the city with the bridge and Cristo Rei statue in the distance, be sure to pass by this bruising piece of nightlife.

These were a couple of the many goregous and relaxing spots Lisbon has to offer. I would like to share more of them with you, but now I’m craving some farinheira, a glass of red wine and some city views during sunset. I’ll see you at the next blog for some more inspo. Até a vista.

It’s been three and a half months since I’ve moved to sunny Lisboa. Okay, I admit, it’s not always sunny here. But winter is packing its bags and spring is just around the corner.

A lot of people ask me: do you sometimes have regrets about moving to Lisbon? My answer is: I miss my family, friends, and familiar surroundings, but that doesn’t mean I regret this decision. I knew that travelling and moving around places requires some gut and courage. I am making the best out of my time here and that’s all that matters now.

So, let’s move on from the boring chitchat and move on to the real purpose of this blog: Lisbon city. 

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Lisbon really surprised me. The authentic city has not only a coffee place on every corner, but also hidden rooftop bars and gems of (cheap) restaurants that will leave you rollin’ right out of the door.

Besides the delicious food and bruising bars, Lisbon has a cool and chill nightlife too. There is a neighbourhood called Bairro Alto where all the youngsters come together at night on the colourfully decorated streets to celebrate life. 

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What I love most about this modest city, is the views. Wether it’s out of your own window, the famous Castelo de Sao Jorge, or one of the beautiful miradouro’s, Lisbon has some really relaxing and cool views to show you. 

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Another thing I learned about Lisbon is: don’t be afraid to go out there and explore things on your own. The city has tourists of course, but also a lot of locals and expats. Who knows who you will meet and have a great time with! 

Furthermore, I’d like to show you my favourite spots in this city – but that will be for my next blog. 

Bom dia Lisboa, I am back!

One of the main reasons I booked a trip to Curacao were the pearlwhite beaches covered by the lagoon blue waves and the deepblue, endless ocean.

Those aspects did not disappoint me.

What everybody should know before heading to Curacao, is that in the touristic parts, you almost feel like you’re on a set up beach in Holland. I did expect Dutch people there, but not so many. 

However, if you go to the less touristy areas and decide to blend in between the locals, you may find yourself between a mixture of Latinos and Antilleans. Party guaranteed! 

Another main reason I went to Curacao was to scuba dive. I got my PADI Open Water Certificate there. Yay me! I wasn’t the only one, and how could you even blame us? The coral riffs, the special species of underwater organisms, all together with a ocean so blue and warm it’s almost unreal. 

I recommend to take diving lessons or diving trips at diving center Pietermaai, I am really satisfied on all aspects and I am sure the crew will welcome you with open arms and you will have amazing dives.

Now, let’s talk about beaches. All the beautiful beaches are at the West Coast, but just before the centre of Punda you will find a small piece of beach with a dock, if you don’t feel like traveling far for a swim. 

If you didn’t rent a car like I did, it is pretty hard to go to the West Coast. So unless you know somebody with a car, your best option is to do a West Coast Tour. See all the beaches in one day. The lagoon beach, the pig beach, Cas Abao, Grote Knip, Kleine Knip, Porto Mari, the turtle beach, etc. A must see is the blue room. There is a funny and crazy captain who is happy to welcome you on board of hi ship to the blue room, an underwater shipwreck and underwater Buddha statue. As I said, really worth it!

“So what is there to do at night?”

“Well, it depends on what you want and what night of the week you want to do something. You see, every day there is something else to do on the island.” 

That answer was the one I got at least three times. And it’s true. You have beach bars, beach clubs, music bars, dance clubs, festivals,… I can suggest you some places like Mambo Beach and City Beach 88, but it’s best if you check Facebook while you’re there or just ask around.

You can have two types of vacations in Curacao: you can book a luxury vacation and don’t come out of your hotel or resort, or book a hostel and meet new people and build a social life in no time. I choose the second option. Claro.

So we have the beautiful nature, different areas and a nice social life. What else could you want?

The city centre’s colourful and picturesque architecture definitely left a fun impression behind. You find cute stories and even bank offices around ever corners, and the locals have an amazing sense of decorational styles.


I had to admit that I didn’t have high hopes when visiting Venice. When I asked others about their experiences, the top three answers I got were: too touristy, too hot and too expensive. In other words; Venice didn’t sound to charming. Still, I went on a solo trip to the small island and I have to admit, I’m pleasantly surprised. 

What I do recommend, if you’re on a budget, is to stay in Mestre. Mestre is not located in Venice itself, but on the mainland of Italy, at the other side of the bridge that connects Venice to the mainland. From Mestre, you can easily take the train for €1,30 single ride and you’ll be in Venice in 10 minutes.

Venice is a surreal city. Imagine hopping on and off bridges all the time, wandering your way through the very small streets in the charming city. Once in a while you interrupt your wanderings with a stop in a local bar for a glass of homemade prosecco, or you treat yourself a delicious Italian spaghetti carbonara in a restaurant at the waterside. 

I got seduced by the smell of fresh pizza and made a stop at a local yet popular pizza place where they let their pizza dough rise for at least 24 hours. The current count when I was there was 32 hours. You can only imagine what the pizza tasted like.

Okay, now I’m wandering off too much to the food-side. Views-side, there is a lot to see in Venice. I was afraid I couldn’t see everything in two days, so I booked a Tripadvisor-tour. Unfortunately, I am a free spirit. A free bird. And you can’t lock a free bird in a cage. So, when people started to approach me asking if I was the tour guide, a little alarm bell rang in my head. I’m so different from these people, why am I here?

When the tour began, we all had our headset on and the tour guide had a stick with a flag (yes, really) and, at that moment, another alarm bell rang in my head. Should I turn around and leave right away? I actually want to explore this city on my own and freedom calls me!

I stuck around a little but more and then I escaped the tour. I told the tour guide I was sick, gave the headset back and took off. 

Freedom never tasted so good.

I ran into the little streets and where tourists went right, I went left.

I decided for myself that was the way I was going to explore Venice. Just as I did in Malta. 

When sunset fell, I fell too. For Venice. Piazza San Marco lights up with magical colourful gradients of light as the night fell.

The vivid nightlife of Venice charms the floating city. At night, when most of the tourists went back to their accommodation, all the locals come outside, and go to bars and restaurants. Many little shops are still open and the atmosphere is so much different than during the day – Venice during the night has a calm vibe, yet it’s vivid, and so authentic.