Archive for the “Europe” Category

My Current Favorite Hostels in Europe

During four years of European travel, I’ve stayed at more hostels than I can think of. Ones I won’t ever remember, ones I wish I wouldn’t remember, and ones I wish I could stay at forever. I love hosteling. I’d never want to stay at a hotel as I find hostels great value and easy places to meet people. Here are my favorite places to rest my head when I go to Europe: Kabul (Barcelona, Spain) Kabul is tied for […]

10 Ways to Visit Stockholm on a Budget

One of my favorite places in the world is Stockholm (I even attempted to live there last year). I love the city’s historical beauty, the natural beauty of the archipelago, and the beautiful people. Throw in lots of parks, delicious cafes, and bars, and you have the recipe for one of the greatest destinations in the world. Over the years, I’ve developed a good network of friends in Stockholm, and I’ve been there so much I feel like I know […]

The Mystical Smoo Cave of Scotland

I wish I could be everywhere but until they perfect cloning technology, there’s only one of me traveling this big world. I now plan on having regular guest writers on the website to highlight places I haven’t been yet… places we can together dream of visiting someday. This month my friend Alex Berger talks about northern Scotland and shares the story of Smoo Cave. It’s beautifully written. Enjoy! Perched atop the worn limestone cliffs at the mouth of the Geodha […]

My Love Note to The Irish

A couple years ago, I had a twenty-four hour layover in Dublin. I crammed in as much sightseeing as I could, and though I got to see the sights, I never got to know the city. I vowed to come back. The Emerald Isle has always held a certain allure: Guinness, friendly locals (never met an Irish person I didn’t like), rolling verdant green hills, leprechauns, pots of gold, lucky charms, hearty food, and ancient castles. Last month, I went […]

How to Spend Four Days in Madrid

When I visited Madrid in 2009, I only saw my hostel’s bed due to a bad cold I got in Barcelona. I left what was supposed to be one of the best cities in the world sad, sick, and upset I only ever saw the city on my way to the pharmacy. Returning in May while on my Eurail trip, I vowed not to leave the city without experiencing its supposed sensory-overloading sights, sounds, and eats. Taking the time to […]

Lisbon: Even Better the Second Time

There are some places you never leave. You may not be there physically, but a piece of you stays behind forever to be with the place that stole so much of your heart. It lives there, reliving those initial memories and waiting for new ones to be made. Last year, I visited Lisbon for the first time, and though the visit was short, thoughts of it never left me. I fell madly in love, and the city claimed a hold […]

How to Spend 5 Days in Barcelona

My first visit to Barcelona was in 2006. I fell in love with the city—the street performers, food (oh! the food!), laid-back lifestyle, history, people, and plethora of activities. Three years later, I returned again. Then a few months ago, I went back with a friend to show her how amazing the city is. And every time I come back, Barcelona surprises and inspires me anew. Barcelona is like Paris, New York, or Tokyo—there’s always something to do, and you’d […]

My 29 Favorite Restaurants in Europe

I don’t write about food often. I always have these grand desires to do so, but I never feel like I’m in a city long enough to make an expert judgment on the “best places to eat in city x.” It’s only when I spend extended time in a place—like I have in New York City and Bangkok—that I feel comfortable recommending a list of restaurants. But over the years, I’ve done a lot of European travel and accumulated a […]

That Time I Went to Portugal and Fell Madly in Love With It

They say you just know when you’re in love. That this feeling of certainty comes over you as if you two were always destined for each other. While I’ve never been in love, it’s a feeling I’ve experienced before. I remember the moment I walked out of the metro onto Paris’s Champs-Élysées. I knew right there I loved Paris. I could feel it in my bones. I loved Paris, and every day I’ve spent there since has only made that […]

And Then, I Didn’t Move to Stockholm…

Remember how I’ve been talking about moving to Sweden since the beginning of the year? Remember when I moved to Stockholm last month? Even though it was only going to be for a few months, I was very excited to relocate to Sweden. I mean, it’s beautiful, it’s clean, the people are nice (and beautiful), the quality of life is great, and did I mention the people here are beautiful? Plus, I was looking forward to learning Swedish, having my […]