Archive for the “Europe” Category

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

They say you just know when you are 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 […]

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 […]

The Dalmatian Coast of Croatia

I didn’t really know what to expect from Croatia. Everyone I know always raves about how beautiful and amazing the country is. Croatia is always on some best travel list as the place you shouldn’t miss. So I went last week with a bit of excitement (warm weather, sun, beaches!) and trepidation (is this going to be a crowded tourist trap?). I was spending a week sailing around Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and, while it was overly bursting with people (July […]

And Then, I Moved to Stockholm…

I’ve been preparing for it so long now that it doesn’t seem like it’s really happening, but today is the day I move to Sweden. As you read this (as long as you read this on Monday), I’m boarding a flight to Stockholm, where I will spend the rest of the year. Everyone keeps asking me if I’m nervous or excited or scared to be moving there, but to be honest, today I don’t really feel anything. It seems like […]

How to (Legally) Stay in Europe for More Than 90 Days

As I’ve been planning my move to Sweden, I’ve been trying to figure out how to get past the 90-day limit placed on tourist visas. This is a problem encountered by travelers every year and a question that regularly pops up in my inbox. “How can I stay in Europe for more than 90 days?” I am asked. It’s a great question with a very complicated answer. I’ve always known it to be difficult but until I started researching on […]

How I Had a 10 Day London Vacation for $700

Back in September I wrote the ultimate guide to travel hacking. It was a way for me to share tips and advice on how to travel cheaply without sacrificing comfort. And as I watched people’s reactions and answered questions about that guide, I hit upon an idea. It’s one thing to say “Hey, this stuff works,” but it’s another to actually show that this stuff works. I decided that as I hopped, skipped, and jumped around the world, I was […]

More of My Favorite Hostels in Europe

Ages ago, I wrote a post about my favorite hostels in Europe. Since that time, I’ve slept in a lot of new and amazing hostels around Europe. So I thought, rather than rehashing an old post, I would simply create a new post about the recent hostels I’ve been to that I think are some of the best in Europe: The Bulldog (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Though The Flying Pig is one of my favorite hostels in the world, a great […]

The Ruin Bars of Budapest

One of the upsides to being an independent writer is that I’m my own boss. There are no deadlines, no one to pester me, and no outside burdens. I get to write about what I want, when I want – the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, since the stories on this blog are based on what I see and do, I have no one to say things like, “Matt! There’s a cool new trend in this city, here’s […]

Interesting Facts About Poland

I’m in my other homeland of Poland. While most of my family came from Ukraine, some of my family tree’s roots spread out into Poland (as well as Germany). Right now, I’m visiting Krakow, learning about its Jewish history, exploring salt mines, and drinking Polish vodka before heading up to Warsaw. Poland doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves, so in order to spread the love, here are some interesting facts about this amazing country: The most popular dog […]

Halfway Home

Six months ago, I embarked on my last round the world trip. It won’t be the end of my travels, but simply the beginning of a new chapter in my life – one filled with shorter trips. It’s hard to believe that time has passed so quickly. It feels like only yesterday that I was exploring Sweden and Norway. The clock has moved so quickly that I feel little has been accomplished over the last six months. Yet, at the […]