5 things to know before visiting a European Christmas market
Visiting a European Christmas market is one of the best ways to get into the spirit of the season. Here are 5 things to know before you go.
Top 10 things to keep in mind if you’re heading to Europe
Traipsing around Europe, hitting eight countries in seven weeks made me learn some solid travel lessons pretty fast.
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 Austria’s Melk Abbey
While monk sightings aren’t guaranteed in Melk Abbey, stunning lookout points, incredible architecture and some shocking surprises make it worth visiting.
A quick guide to Salzburg, Austria
Heading to Austria? Travel by train so you can enjoy the picturesque scenery the country is famous for, and see beautiful cities like Salzburg.
Why Brussels, Belgium should be on your European travel list
From waffles and beer to historic buildings and flower carpets, here’s why Brussels, Belgium should be on your European travel itinerary.
The best of Bruges, Belgium: the Venice of the North
Bruges’ preserved medieval buildings helped it become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its famous canals and clock tower lure visitors from all over.
The best eats in Belgium
It’s safe to say that other than being the home of Tintin, the country of Belgium is most famous for its culinary creations. Here are three things you have to try before you leave.
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!
10 fun activities you have to try in Copenhagen, Denmark
From soaking in the sights on a canal tour to cycling, drinking and exploring royal palaces, here are 10 fun activities to try in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Exploring the Viking graveyard Lindholm Høje in Aalborg, Denmark
Lindholm Høje in Denmark has 682 cremation graves marked by rocks, dates back to the Iron Age, and is Scandinavia’s largest Viking burial ground.
How to see London’s top sights in just two days
From quaint Notting Hill to regal Buckingham Palace and its famous neighbour Big Ben, here’s how to see London’s top sights in just two days.
Why St Luke’s Mews just might be London’s cutest street
Quiet, colourful St Luke’s Mews is tucked away in London’s affluent Notting Hill neighbourhood, and is the thing Instagram dreams are made of.
Fun ways to make the most of your Tallinn Card in Tallinn, Estonia
Climbing Tallinn’s old town walls, exploring tunnels and cycling to the iconic TV Tower are just some of the fun activities to try with your Tallinn Card.
25 photos that will put Tallinn, Estonia on your travel wish list
The fairytale city of Tallinn, Estonia boasts winding cobblestone streets, a skyline dotted with turrets, and old 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 see best of Budapest in just one (long) day
From soaking in the famed Szechenyi Baths to seeing Buda Castle and enjoying a spectacular night cruise, here’s how to see the best of Budapest in a day.
Greeting the morning at Budapest’s Széchenyi Thermal Bath
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 soaring glaciers to spectacular ice blue lagoons, the tiny country packs a punch. Here are 5 reasons why you should go to Iceland now.
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 making your visit to the Vatican easier
The best tips for exploring the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square, including how to score tickets to the Papal Audience and why timing is everything.
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.
Amsterdam 101: A travel guide to the city of canals
While you could easily spend a week simply wandering around Amsterdam’s picturesque canals, here’s a guide to the main highlights you simply can’t miss.
The Zaanse Schans windmills: A perfect 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.
A tour of the world’s largest castle in Malbork, Poland
Completed in the early 1400s, Poland’s Malbork Castle sprawls out over 52 acres and is considered the largest brick structure ever built with human hands.
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.
How to see the top sights in St. Petersburg, Russia in just 2 days
From visiting the Hermitage Museum and Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood to a night at the ballet, here’s how to see St. Petersburg, Russia in just two days.
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.
Do you need a visa to travel to Russia during a cruise?
Residents of most countries require a visa to travel to Russia, which can be time-consuming and expensive. Fortunately there’s one way around it: visiting 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
Beyond the winding cobblestone streets of the Old Town and medieval Gamla Stan, there are plenty of fun, quirky attractions in Stockholm, Sweden.
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.