Hello Traveller! Happy New Year! Happy 2022! Feliz año nuevo! ✨
The start of a new year can be a very moving experience. It’s a time when we reflect with gratitude on the past and set our hopes and intentions for the days ahead. What’s more, a new year gives us an opportunity to reinvigorate our enthusiasm for chasing goals and dreams.
In the first edition of the new year you can read about:
- The top 20 travel destinations of the year 2021 🌏
- Winter get away on a Mediterranean island: Mallorca or Menorca? 🏝
- We collected the best photo spots of Paris, but is Paris always a good idea? 🇫🇷
- Discover the beautiful Southern France! Carcassone & Toulouse are waiting for you! 🥖
- Best sellers of December 2021 🏅
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Our top 20 places in 2021 🌏
Travelling was not easy at the beginning of 2021 either. The question and even the opportunity to travel during a pandemic were kind of impossible for the majority. Most of the countries were still in complete lockdown. Borders were closed, therefore we also focused on in-land traveling and kept exploring beautiful Spain. Later, during the year, when some of the borders opened, and the Covid passport finally appeared, we managed to have some very nice travels out of Spain & out of Europe as well. So let’s see the top 20 places that we were able to visit in 2021 during the second year of Covid-19.
Mallorca or Menorca? 🏝
Mallorca, the Balearic dream, the idyllic island of everyone’s bucket list, the Mediterranean treasure. We could continue saying nice things about this pearl on the sea, as the list is kind of endless. Regardless of all the over-crowded, and spoiled holiday resorts, Mallorca is still breathtakingly beautiful! We tried to summarise the must-see sites and the unmissable spots for you, so let’s see the perfect weekend itinerary on the island of Mallorca.
Let’s see the best places, coolest activities, and cultural sites to visit during one day in Palma de Mallorca. If you have just one day, this article is for you. We have compiled a list that is possible to complete within one day in Palma de Mallorca. So let’s go!
Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Arabs, Catalans and Aragonese, English, French, and finally Spaniards again… The history of Menorca has been filled with countless cultures that have shaped it as it is. Quiet and beautiful, original and endearing. Stick around and read for a while with us so we are going to show you the best round trip on Menorca.
Menorca is a quite small Spanish island with 97.000 inhabitants. It is situated in the Balearic archipelago, close to Mallorca. Menorca is ideal for relaxing beach holidays along its rugged coastline, rocky coves, and inlets. The island has plenty of small resorts around at the beautiful bays and sandy beaches. Nevertheless, Menorca is not only about beaches. It also has a very important cultural part, like prehistoric settlements, remains of the Talayotic Culture, white villages, and two very interesting towns.
Paris is always a good idea? 🇫🇷
We long for Paris in all seasons. The most popular destination in the world is the French capital. By an average of 20 million tourists visit Paris in a year. The Japanese are also happy to travel here. According to some surveys, at least six million (!) of them per year. Several of them arrive in the city with excessive expectation, and the romanticizing souls eventually leave in a state of shock.
Are you looking for the most Instagrammer spots in Paris? Perfect background for a selfie? Here you have our bucket list of the Paris best photo spots. From the most classic and must-do ones to some alternative places you must go, visit and take pictures of them.
Discover the beautiful Southern France! Carcassone & Toulouse are waiting for you! 🥖
The medieval town of Carcassonne is a fabulous place, it looks like a perfect castle coming right out from a fairy-tale. Carcassonne is best known for La Cité, a double-walled old castle, with massive ramparts and strong fortifications. We had the chance to visit the medieval town of Carcassonne in November 2021, on a long weekend, among a lot of other tourists. Here we are going to share our experiences and recommendations if you are up to get there.
We have spent a couple of days in Carcassone, a place 100% done for tourists, and after it, it was great to see Toulouse, a vivid and real city, so likable and mixed of cultures, with many imprints of history. Let’s see how we spent Toulouse in 1 day! We need to admit that Toulouse is not really a touristy place. There are no world-class monuments or major sites. Nevertheless, it is exactly the reason why we decided to visit the city. Seeking for the less-known, forgotten but still authentic places. To see a city that is not set up for tourists, but only for locals.
Let’s review our latest travel stories, here comes the list of our best-sellers this month 🏅
These mistakes during an airport security check – that we are going to list here – are super easy to avoid. With a bit of preparation and careful thinking, even an inexperienced traveler could be less annoying for their most frequent traveler buddies. If you would like to avoid the unpleasant moments when all passengers behind you are impatiently waiting, not to mention all the crowding, cursing crowd behind you, it’s worth taking these 5 excellent pieces of advice.
Lisbon’s Wonderland is inspired by London’s Winter Wonderland. It’s is definitely the biggest and the best Christmas market in Lisbon. It opens its gates on the 1st of December and stays till the 1st of January. If you are in the mood for Christmas spirit, lights, flavors, and scents, this is your place! Save it for next year!
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