2017 in Review, and a Look Ahead to 2018

As 2017 comes to a close, I’ve decided to follow the example of fellow travel bloggers and look back at what was going on this year. Further below, I will also reveal what I have planned for 2018.  2017 in Travel I am really happy about how my year in travel has turned out. I managed to visit Cyprus, Belarus, Norway and Bulgaria for the first time – that’s another

Konavle: Escaping Dubrovnik to Croatia's southernmost tip

Dubrovnik is often called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and it certainly lives up to its nickname. Without a doubt, it is the most gorgeous and magnificent city on the eastern Adriatic coast. However, there is a catch. Dubrovnik can get crowded, and if I say so, I mean packed like sardines in a can. The medieval city has always been a popular tourist destination, but with the arrival of

Varaždin and Čakovec: A day trip to Northern Croatia

When we think of Croatia, we tend to think of pristine beaches and charming small towns along the Adriatic Coast. Dubrovnik, Split or Plitvice Lakes are without doubt worth a visit, but if you want to get away from the crowds and inflated prices, they are best to be avoided during the summer months. Yet, Croatia has much more to offer and some of its attractions are closer than many

Day trip to the scenic hilltop village of Pöllauberg

The picturesque hilltop village of Pöllauberg is one of my favorite places in Styria and I have made day trips to the region ever since I was little. Many people come here for the scenic hike from Pöllau to Pöllauberg, which covers a difference in altitude of 300 meters and takes a little over two hours round-trip. I have done this hike in the past and can recommend it to

Uzhhorod: Ukraine's Laid-Back Gateway to the West

When I got off the train, I noticed that something was odd. Not even the Cyrillic signs on the platform could alter my first impression. Having visited a number of cities across Ukraine before, I felt that in Uzhhorod, the capital of Ukraine’s Transcarpathia province, I was greeted by a world much more familiar to me than in places like Kyiv, Odesa or even Ivano-Frankivsk. As I walked through the

Abandoned U.S. Air Base at Frankfurt Hahn Airport, Germany

You may have heard of Frankfurt Hahn Airport, the low-cost airport mainly used by Ryanair and other low-cost carriers. Hahn Airport (HHN) has become a popular alternative to the main Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), despite the fact that it is located 100 km west of Frankfurt in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) in Hunsrück region, pretty much in the middle of nowhere. What many of the travelers do not

10 reasons why I fell in love with Yerevan, Armenia

I once sold my old car to a likeable and smart guy from Armenia. He invited me to his apartment to complete the transaction and his wife made sure I wouldn’t leave hungry. I still remember the smell of the coffee I was served in a traditional Armenian coffee cup. Ever since, I was eager to find out more about this far away country in the Caucasus of which most

How to travel from Austria to Lviv and back on a budget

Lviv, Ukraine is one of my favorite cities in Eastern Europe and still fairly off the beaten track. One reason for that is the lack of convenient low-cost flights from major airports and the relatively slow train connections in this part of Europe. In the following article, I will explain how you can still travel to the Western Ukrainian metropolis if you are on a budget. In this article, I