5 tips for visiting the markets during Christmas in Europe
Celebrating Christmas in Europe? Enjoying the markets is one of the best ways to get into the spirit of the season. Here are five things to know before you go.
10 tips for travelling to Europe for the first time
From advice for solo adventurers to money-saving methods, here are 10 tips for traveling to Europe for the first time.
A grand European adventure with Air Transat: London and Portugal
From exploring Buckingham Palace and Notting Hill in London to Portugal’s sun-soaked beaches, here are highlights of European adventure with Air Transat.
Where travellers should actually go in Vienna, Austria
Elegant Vienna, Austria has gorgeous landmarks, famous cafes and of course, the opera. Here’s some advice from locals on where visitors should actually go.
Discovering the treasures of Melk Abbey, Austria
The grand facade of Melk Abbey welcomes visitors to Austria’s Wachau Valley, and touring the centuries-old monastery means stunning views and architecture.
7 cool things to see in Salzburg, Austria
From trick fountains to scoping out spots that appeared in The Sound of Music, here are some of the quirky, fun spots to see in Salzburg, Austria.
A complete guide for what to do in Brussels in one day
From noshing on waffles to laughing at a peeing statue, here’s what to see in Brussels in one day.
The best things to do during a day trip to Bruges, Belgium
Known as the ‘Venice of the North’ thanks to its canals, medieval Bruges is also a UNESCO site. Here’s how to make the most of a day trip to Bruges.
Best food in Belgium: 3 things you need to try
From sweet treats to thirst-quenching beer, these three things are the most popular food in Belgium that you need to try.
9 of the best places to visit in Bosnia
Waterfalls, a monastery built into a cliff and enchanting towns are just some of the highlights of this itinerary, which covers some of the best places to visit in Bosnia.
Sarajevo sightseeing: 5 things to do in Bosnia’s capital
Sarajevo, Bosnia boasts a colourful centre, lively cafe culture, and is just enough off the beaten path that travellers can slip right into the flow of things to catch a glimpse of what life is like in this city where old seamlessly blends with new.
The best things to do in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Some of the best things to see in Mostar, Bosnia on a day trip include the stone bridge Stari Most, the cobbled streets of the old town, and its unique bazaar.
The best of Bosnia: Why you need to do this epic Mostar day trip
The two-hour, circular route from Mostar includes stops at the gorgeous Kravice Waterfalls, the photogenic Blagaj monastery, Pocitelj and Medjugorje.
5 things you need to know about driving in Bosnia
Road tripping is a great way to explore Bosnia, but there are some important things you’ll want to know before hitting the highway to avoid trouble.
One week in Croatia: The best places for the ultimate road trip itinerary
From Dubrovnik’s city walls to the cascading waterfalls in Plitvice National Park and island hopping along the Dalmatian Coast, here are must-see spots to add to your Croatia itinerary.
Krka or Plitvice Lakes: How to pick between the Croatia waterfalls
From the colour of the water to the on-site attractions, here’s everything you need to know about choosing between Krka or Plitvice Lakes in Croatia.
Epic day trips from Dubrovnik, Croatia
From mesmerizing waterfalls to blonde beaches and charming old towns, here are some of the best day trips from Dubrovnik…including a couple that will earn you more passport stamps!
One day in Dubrovnik: The perfect itinerary to make the most of your visit
Dubrovnik is a must-do on every Croatia itinerary thanks to its pretty perch along the sparkling Adriatic Sea, hidden laneways that wind through the top of the old town, and ridiculously scenic viewpoints at seemingly every turn.
What to do in Paphos, Cyprus
From soaking up the sun on the best beaches to exploring historical hot spots and UNESCO sites, here’s what to do in Paphos, Cyprus.
Paphos excursions: Incredible Cyprus day trips you need to take
Paphos is the perfect base for Cyprus day trips, with easy access to waterfall hikes, wine regions, coastal cities and the western beaches.
10 of the best places to visit in Cyprus
From UNESCO sites and acclaimed wine routes to scenic spots like waterfalls, beaches and gorges, here are 10 of the best places to visit in Cyprus.
8 quirky, fun things to do in Prague
Dining in a cave, taking a beer bath and drinking a cocktail out of a gnome are just some of the most unusual, fun things to do in Prague.
A day in Prague
Though it’s hard to judge an entire country by its capital, Prague gives visitors a good jumping-off point- but get ready for a workout!
5 unique things to do in Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic
From soaking in beer baths to checking out a bear pit, here are some quirky ideas for what to do in Cesky Krumlov
Soaking in suds: What it’s like to bathe in a Czech beer spa
Beer baths have traditionally been found throughout the Czech Republic, and the benefits include increased circulation, exfoliation and softer hair. Here’s what the experience is like!
Why Hluboka Castle is one of the prettiest Czech Republic castles
With a snow white facade, intricate design details and immaculate gardens, Hluboká Castle is considered one of the most impressive Czech Republic castles.
Fun, quirky things to do in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
From beer baths to spooky sanctuaries and even glamping under a castle, here are some of the most unique things to do in Kutna Hora.
A noble night out: Medieval glamping in Malešov, Czech Republic
Malešov Camp near Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic offers guests the chance to can sleep under a fortress, in a so-called ‘medieval glamour camp.’
Spooky sanctuary: Visiting the Sedlec Ossuary Bone Church
Kutna Hora’s Bone Church is exactly what it sounds like: a church made entirely of human bones. How’s that for a wacky tourist attraction?
10 fun activities in Copenhagen, Denmark
From canal tours to cycling to exploring royal palaces, here are some of the best Copenhagen activities.
The Lindholm Høje Viking graveyard in Aalborg, Denmark
The Lindholm Høje Viking cemetery is Scandinavia’s largest viking burial ground with 682 graves, making it one of the top Aalborg attractions.
The ultimate itinerary for 2 days in London
From quaint Notting Hill to regal Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, here’s the perfect London itinerary to see the top sights in just two days.
Why St Luke’s Mews is one of the cutest London photo spots
Quiet, colourful St Luke’s Mews is tucked away in the affluent Notting Hill neighbourhood, and is one of the best Instagram spots in London.
A medieval masterpiece: What to see in Tallinn, Estonia
From climbing up medieval towers to exploring the stone walls that once guarded against invaders, here’s what to see in Tallinn.
25 photos of Tallinn, Estonia that will make you want to visit
Medieval Tallinn is absolutely enchanting, with winding cobblestone streets, a skyline dotted with turrets and steeples, and stone walls dating back centuries.
The ultimate guide to the top sights in Helsinki, Finland
From the incredible Rock Church to the blindingly-white, towering Helsinki Cathedral and a sea fortress, here are the top sights in Helsinki, Finland.
Paris: Top sights in the City of Lights
Few cities in the world can rival the history, beauty and architecture of Paris. You could easily spend a week lazing around in an outdoor café, taking in the stunning views from the top of the Eiffel Tower or poring over priceless works of art. But how do you see it all if you only have a couple of days? Easy: stick to the main highlights.
Champagne: The region, and the drink!
I have a confession to make. I have a wee obsession with bubbles. Champagne, Prosecco, Brut—you name it, I’ll guzzle it. So when I visited France, I made sure to spend a day in the gorgeous region of Champagne.
Why you should drop everything and go to Annecy, France
Annecy, France boasts gorgeous mountain scenery, a 12th century castle, amazing food, and tiny canals leading to the crown jewel, the Palais de l’Ile.
Exploring beautiful Beaune, Burgundy’s wine capital
France’s Burgundy region is famed for its wine production, which lures connoisseurs from around the globe. And the heart of it is the beautiful town of Beaune, home to the stunning Hôtel-Dieu.
Why the Palace of Versailles is a perfect day trip from Paris
The Palace of Versailles is as awe-inspiring as you’d expect being the former home of a king, with the highlights being the chateau and famous gardens.
Canoeing to a castle: An epic visit to France’s Château de Chenonceau
Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley is one of France’s most popular castles, and it turns out you can canoe right under it!
Amazing castles to visit in France’s fairytale Loire Valley
From exquisite gardens to grand architecture and one that you can even canoe under, here are some of the best castles in Loire Valley, France.
10 times Orléans, France proved it’s totally adorable
Orléans features whitewashed facades, a bustling town centre that never feels too busy and a lively waterfront, making it a popular stop in the Loire Valley.
Fun things to do in Vallée du Loir, France
Wine tasting, cycling on an eBike, kayaking and sleeping in a chateau are among the fun things to do in France’s picturesque Vallée du Loir.
La Batelière sur Loire: The boat hotel in Loire Valley, France
Here’s what it’s like to stay overnight at La Batelière sur Loire, a boat hotel situated along the banks of the Loire River in France’s Loire Valley.
How to rock a whirlwind tour of Berlin, Germany
Yes, it’s possible to see the best of Berlin, Germany in just a day! From the Berlin Wall to Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie, here’s how to do it.
The castles of Bavaria, Germany
Located in southeast Germany, the state of Bavaria is home to the city of Munich and arguably some of the best scenery in the entire country. Think: rolling green hills, lush gardens, lakes and those famous castles perched high above it all, looking down on the quaint villages nestled in the hills below.
Munich: The heart of Bavaria
Munich is the capital of stunning Bavaria in southern Germany, and boasts huge parks, architecture and a world-famous beer hall. Oh, and nude sunbathers!
What you need to see in Nuremberg, Germany
It has a dark history, but Nuremberg has lots for visitors to see including fortified castles, charming laneways and Europe’s best Christmas market.
5 tips for surviving Oktoberfest
Even if the idea of getting sloshed with strangers doesn’t sound appealing, a trip to Oktoberfest is definitely something to add to the old bucket list.
Passau, Germany: An unexpected surprise
It could have been gorgeous St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the delicious gingerbread or confluence of three rivers. Whatever it was, Passau cast a spell on me.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany: The town that time forgot
Home to Christmas markets, fortresses and a Night Watchman’s tour, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany is well worth a visit if you find yourself near the Romantic Road.
Stepping back in time in Regensburg, Germany
Being one of the world’s best preserved medieval cities, it’s easy to feel like you’re stepping back in time when visiting Regensberg, Germany.
Why you should visit Wilhelmshöhe Park in Kassel, Germany
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wilhelmshöhe Park in Kassel, Germany has a towering monument, greenhouse, walking trails, museum, water show and two castles.
Exploring the crooked houses in Hann Münden, Germany
Built on the banks of a fast-flowing river, Hann Münden, Germany is now most famous for its crooked, half timber houses and picturesque cobblestone streets.
Opa! The best way to see Greece
Visitors flock to Greece to enjoy the piercing blue waters accented by lush green hills dotted with little white houses. So it seems like a no-brainer to explore the islands by getting off dry-land, and travelling by boat.
How to spend 2 days in Budapest, Hungary
From soaking in the Szechenyi Baths to seeing Buda Castle to enjoying an enchanting night cruise, here’s how to make the most of two days in Budapest.
Széchenyi Thermal Bath: Tips for visiting the famous Budapest spa
The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is one of the most famous and beautiful spas in Budapest, thanks to its steaming thermal waters promising healing properties.
5 reasons to go to Iceland now
From spellbinding landscapes with waterfalls and geysers, to epic road trips and crazy cuisine, here are five reasons you should go to Iceland now.
The ultimate Ireland itinerary for one week of exploring the Emerald Isle
Tips for planning a trip to Ireland, including stops in lively Dublin, the scenic Dingle Peninsula and the Cliffs of Moher.
Fun activities in Limerick, Ireland
Wondering what to do in Limerick, Ireland? Here are some of the best activities, including castles, kayaking and epic day trips.
Royal retreat: Amazing Irish castle hotels near Dublin
Deciding where to stay in Dublin? Here are some of the best royal rooms in castles near Dublin, which are well worth adding to your Ireland itinerary.
Quirky and cool things to do in Dingle, Ireland
From dolphin spotting to quirky bars to epic road trips along the Wild Atlantic Way, here’s what to do in colourful Dingle, Ireland.
When in Rome: How to make the most of your visit
Once you make it past the crush of tourists at the airport, you will be rewarded with breathtaking architecture, fine dining and a taste of Italian hospitality. Here’s how to see Rome in a few days.
Top things to do in Venice, Italy
There are so many iconic images that come to mind whenever one thinks of Venice. The sleek gondolas, quietly passing through the winding Grand Cana, the grand bell tower in St. Mark’s Square, and tiny houses with artfully-decorated windows lining the water. Only have one day there? No problem, just make sure you do the following three things.
How to spend the perfect day in Florence, Italy
There are few places in the world that conjure up romantic images like the region of Tuscany. Sun-soaked vineyards, rolling hills topped with charming castles, quaint cobblestone streets and wine. Lots of wine.
A guide to Pisa—including that leaning tower
I have to say, I love tourist traps. I know that all the hoity-toity, hardcore travelers out there are too good for such attractions, but hey, isn’t seeing world-famous landmarks kind of the point of leaving home?
Why you should skip Venice and stay in Lido
Lido is like the Hamptons of Italy. The perfect place for a weekend getaway, the quiet island features a white sand beach, dozens of delicious restaurants and cafes, cute stores and a laid-back yet classy vibe.
Top 5 tips for visiting the Vatican in Rome, Italy
The best tips for visiting the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Square, including how to score tickets to the Papal Audience.
How to see Vaduz, Liechtenstein in one hour
Tiny Liechtenstein is often skipped by those traveling through Europe, but it only takes an hour in Vaduz to get an idea of what the country has to offer.
The three islands of Malta
Malta is off the radar for many travellers, which makes it an even better pick for those who make the trip. The country is just off the southern tip of Italy and east of Tunisia, and the influences from both Africa and Europe are apparent the moment you touch down.
The most beautiful places to visit on a Montenegro road trip
From relaxing on Budva’s beaches to hiking through Durmitor’s dramatic mountain ranges, here are the best things to do in Montenegro on a road trip.
Incredible things to do in Kotor, Montenegro
From where to find epic views to the best day trips, here are some incredible things to do in Kotor, which is one of the best Montenegro destinations.
What to do in Amsterdam in 3 days: The ultimate travel guide
Only have three days in Amsterdam? Here are the quirky, fun attractions and main sites you must see, money saving tips and great day trip ideas.
The Zaanse Schans windmills: A charming day trip from Amsterdam
Clogs, cheese and windmills are the quintessential symbols of Holland, and all of them can be found in the charming area of Zaanse Schans near Amsterdam.
Spectacular surprises on a fjord safari in Flåm, Norway
A fjord safari from Flåm is an amazing way to see Norway’s majestic fjords, which feature snow-capped peaks and waterfalls bursting out of every crevice.
The best spots for photography in colourful Stavanger, Norway
From colourful Øvre Holmegate to historic Gamle Stavanger, here are the best spots in Stavanger, Norway for both photography and exploring.
The ultimate guide to the must-see spots in Bergen, Norway
A colourful wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great hike that offers birds-eye views of the city are just some of the best things to do in Bergen.
Cruising from Stavanger to Pulpit Rock through Norway’s Lysefjord
A boat ride from Stavanger, Norway through the gorgeous Lysefjord is a fantastic way to explore the dramatic scenery, including Vagabond’s Cave and famous Pulpit Rock.
A scenic ride up Norway’s famous Flåm Railway—then cycling back down!
The Flåmsbana Railway between Flåm and Myrdal is considered one of the world’s best train rides—and cycling back down is a pretty spectacular journey too!
Why scenic Mount Fløyen is the best hike in Bergen, Norway
Whether you walk, hike, bike or ride up, there’s no question Mount Fløyen is one of the crown jewels of Bergen, Norway
30 photos of Norway that will inspire you to pack your bags immediately
Norway’s scenic treasures include vibrant fjords that burst out of the shimmering sea, towering waterfalls and a front row seat to the epic northern lights.
Exploring the world’s largest castle in Malbork, Poland
Built in the early 1400s, Malbork Castle is considered the largest brick structure ever built with human hands, and is an easy day trip from Gdansk, Poland.
The best of Lisbon, Portugal: How to plan the perfect trip
From cool art districts and viewpoints, to where to find the best pastel de nata, fado music and port, here’s how to plan the perfect trip to Lisbon.
Why Sintra, Portugal is the best day trip from Lisbon
Pastel palaces, moorish castles and lavish estates with secret tunnels waterfalls are just some of the treasures found in the enchanting town of Sintra, Portugal.
Why you need to visit Cascais, Portugal (and what to do while you’re there)
Despite its location just outside Lisbon, Cascais seems a world away thanks to its sun-soaked beaches, palm-fringed mosaic sidewalks and ocean viewpoints.
A sunny sojourn to lovely Lagos in Algarve, Portugal
Portugal’s Algarve has some of Europe’s best beaches, mostly around Lagos. From Ponte da Piedade to famous Praia Dona Ana, here are the area’s top sights.
The best spots for photography in Lisbon, Portugal
A roundup of the best spots for photography in Lisbon, Portugal, including panoramic viewpoints, towering monuments, street art and a few hidden gems.
St Petersburg itinerary: How to spend 2 days in the Russian city
From visiting the Hermitage Museum and Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood to a night at the ballet, here’s how to spend 2 days in St Petersburg.
A tour through Russia’s opulent Peterhof Palace and Gardens
The majestic Peterhof Palace and Gardens are located just outside St. Petersburg, Russia, and the entire estate was designed by Peter the Great himself.
How to visit Russia without getting a visa
A Russian tourist visa can be expensive and a pain to get, but there’s one way around it: visit Russia on a cruise.
Top 5 things to do in Ljubljana, Slovenia
From exploring Ljubljana Castle, tracking down dragons or relaxing in a riverside cafe, there is no shortage of things to do in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The best sights around Lake Bled, Slovenia
From boat trips to bicycles, castles and mountain climbing, here’s a roundup of the best sights in Lake Bled, Slovenia- including that famous island.
The ultimate guide to exploring Slovenia’s Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle
A castle built into a cliff and the ‘Queen of all Caves’ might sound like hype, but as anyone who has visited Slovenia’s Postojna Caves or Predjama Castle can attest to the spectacular sites live up to their reputation.
Exploring the seaside in pretty Piran and Portorož, Slovenia
Located on Slovenia’s southwest coast, the iconic shot of Piran’s orange rooftops surrounded by sparking blue water draws visitors from around the globe.
Why you must visit incredible Garden Village in Lake Bled, Slovenia
The incredible Garden Village eco-resort near Lake Bled, Slovenia boasts tree houses, glamping tents, gardens and even an infinity pool.
Hola España! Highlights of Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, Spain
Bronzed bodies soaking up the sun on glittering beaches. Amazing architecture. Evenings spent feasting on tapas. What’s not to like about Spain?
10 quirky, fun things to do in Stockholm, Sweden
From sleeping in an airplane to ice bars to seeing underground art installations, here are some of the quirkiest, fun things to do in Stockholm.
The best of beautiful Bern, Switzerland—including that bear pit!
Home to bear pits, medieval buildings and a centuries-old clock tower, Bern, Switzerland is easily one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Exploring lovely Lucerne, Switzerland after a rough start
Highlights of Lucerne, Switzerland include the gorgeous Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and touring Lake Lucerne and the surrounding region.
Cheese please! Cycling through Switzerland’s Emmental region
Even if you’re not a fan of Emmentaler cheese, a day spent cycling through the gorgeous Emmental region in Switzerland is not to be missed
How to plan the perfect ski weekend in Zermatt, Switzerland
From hitting the slopes to taking a cable car up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, here’s how to plan the perfect ski weekend in Zermatt, Switzerland.
How to visit Zermatt, Switzerland on a budget
Zermatt, Switzerland in the heart of the Swiss Alps is a beautiful vacation destination, but can be notoriously expensive. Here’s to how visit on a budget.
Just how expensive is Switzerland?
While Switzerland has historic cities, mountains and great food, many travellers stay away for one reason: money. Here’s what visitors can expect to spend.
Istanbul: A trip through the colourful Turkish city
Istanbul is a textbook case of ‘east meets west.’ The city on the banks of the Black Sea is technically located in both Europe and Asia, and the influences of each are obvious. Walking through colourful Istanbul you’ll pass a Four Seasons hotel and notice a brand-new Mercedes-Benz parked on the street, at the same time as you hear the enchanting call to prayer and spot a thousand-year-old wall.
Turkey in a treehouse
I have slept curled up in a ball on an airport floor. In the backseat of a car. In a teepee. I have even slept under a canoe. But by far the most unique place I have ever laid my head down is in a tree house.