Why You Should Spend The Night In A Hotel In Sintra

Sintra is one of the most magical places I have ever visited. Back in 2012 I spent just a few hours there for the first time and fell in love with it. Since it’s conveniently placed just an hour train ride from Lisbon, it is the easiest and most popular day trip from the city center. However, I recently went back to explore this medieval wonderland again and decided to spend a few nights at the...more

The Three Life Changing Meals I Had While Traveling In Paris

I've never considered myself a picky eater, but I have never been that adventurous either. When I first started traveling, I was committed to branching out of my comfort zone and trying some exotic dishes. That wasn't to say I was ready to jump into eating brains or eyes or anything, but I wanted to consume the local food. And I wanted to eat everything the way the locals ate it, without making any modifications....more

Visiting Portugal? Here’s How To Have the Perfect Three Days In Porto

If you're planning a trip to Portugal, you absolutely cannot miss visiting Porto. I can't say enough good things about this place. It was easily my favorite city in Portugal the first time I visited, and even after a second trip, this incredible city remains at the top of the list of my all time favorite places. Even though I could spend weeks in this charming little port town, you really only need a couple...more

Don’t Leave Porto Without Eating At These Four Places

Portugal was one of the biggest surprises during my first backpacking trip through Europe. From the beaches in the South, to the fairytale land of Sintra, and the hilly stoned streets of Porto - it's one of my favorite countries. No part of the country stuck with me though quite as much as Porto did. I couldn't go back to Portugal without visiting my favorite city up North. I am always happy to have a...more

6 Reasons You Should Stay at the Palacio das Cardosas Hotel In Porto

If you're looking for the perfect place to stay while you're visiting Porto, you won't find any better hotel than the Palacio das Cardosas Hotel. It is centrally located right in Liberdade Square and makes for a great starting point for whatever you want to do. It's also steps away from the São Bento train station for where ever your next adventure takes you. Even though the rooms aren't cheap, I worked around that to...more

Visiting the Magical Place that is Sintra, Portugal.

One of the best things about open-ended traveling is winding up in places that you didn't know existed. Or being pleasantly surprised that a destination highly exceeds your expectations, like Sintra. When I decided to start my 14-week trip off in Portugal, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew it was conveniently located as one of the closest countries to fly into from the United States. I knew it was relatively affordable, and I...more

All About the Time I Hiked the Italian Coast in Cinque Terre

On my first long backpacking trip to Europe, my travel partner and I were terrible planners most of the time. To missed trains, running after buses, and not checking in for our Ryanair flight before we got to the airport, we were the target of most rookie travel mistakes. But sometimes terrible planning worked out better than we could ever have imagined. Like the time we got on a much later train than expected from...more

My Top Three Unplanned Italian Destinations

When it comes to Italy, it is easy to ramble on about the impeccable cuisine, high quality coffee, beautiful language, the winding canals of Venice, breathtaking coast of Cinque Terre and the ancient cobblestones in Rome. From top to bottom, it is arguably my favorite country. It is also one of the first places I recommend to anyone who is planning a trip to Europe. There are so many obvious reasons to love the country....more