F(r)ee tour: City Sights Maastricht

A small 4 km distance from the Belgian border, Maastricht finds itself in an interesting location. The city is located in the Netherlands, but surrounded by neighboring countries Belgium and Germany. Since there was a master open day at the university, I combined my educational trip with some sightseeing of the city itself. Quite odd I had never been here before. Everyone who did visit kept telling me how cosy the city is, and they were absolutely right! Continue reading “F(r)ee tour: City Sights Maastricht”

7 free things to do in Antwerp

About two weeks ago, I decided to make a day trip to Antwerp, a city located about an hour and a half from Leuven by train. Even though I love to travel abroad, there is so much beauty in my own country, that might get a bit underappreciated. Antwerp is a really vibrant city, and besides occasional shopping trips, I hadn’t really given it much attention thus far. I discovered that the city has lots to offer, and is ideal for people travelling on a budget. Continue reading “7 free things to do in Antwerp”

Conquering the rain in London

The UK is mostly not associated with great weather, although I must admit, of all the times I traveled there the weather was more than fine. During my two week trip through England and Wales I did have a couple of days where one minute the sun is shining; the next rain is pouring down. At a day like that, it’s perfect to dive into one the many free museums in London. I’d already been to London a couple of times, but still it is always nice to go back. In general I do prefer to visit places I haven’t been before, I like to see something new, and feel like the “wow” effect gets a bit lost if you have already explored a certain area. Continue reading “Conquering the rain in London”

48 hours in Krakow

I just got back from Krakow yesterday, and it sure was a great way to begin my summer vacation. I had never been to Poland before, so this was my first experience with the country. I definitely liked Krakow, in some ways the Old Town reminded me a bit of Prague .

The town is small, but the atmosphere is really lovely, the many streets quaint and charming. What I also noticed is that the city feels very clean. Only minus would be that Polish people appeared to be quite unfriendly. Not sure if I just was in bad luck or not, but it seemed like they weren’t all too keen for tourists. I do not speak Polish myself and often it was hard to communicate with the locals. Nevertheless I had a great stay in Krakow! Continue reading “48 hours in Krakow”

Getting lost in Venice: tips for budget travellers

I just got back from my trip to Italy last Saturday, and it was just what I needed! With the sun on my skin and surrounded by the gorgeous Italian culture, I could recharge my batteries for the final weeks of the academic year. It’s been a couple of years since I traveled to Italy, back in 2012 to Umbria and Rome, but I still had some good memories about it and was longing to experience the country once again. Venice wasn’t quite the same as the other places I’ve already been to in Italy. I was afraid it might be overrated or too busy. It sure was busy in some places, but you have to know where to go. Venice can be perfect for any budget traveler, getting lost along the many canals is just a perfect way to get around. Here are some tips on how you can experience Venice without spending your money on overpriced hotels or pasta. Continue reading “Getting lost in Venice: tips for budget travellers”

Why Malaga is a perfect Andalusian getaway

I always thought Malaga was one of those destinations in Spain where people go to for the nice weather, the sea and the parties. While you can definitely find these in Malaga, the city has so much more to offer! I was surprised by it’s beauty and really think this is could be a perfect place to explore part of the wonderful Andalusia. The airport has lots of connections and is only 6 km from the city itself. Malaga has a train station that connects with other destinations in Spain. I’ll share a couple of things I did during my three-day stay in the city. Continue reading “Why Malaga is a perfect Andalusian getaway”

Five places you need to see in Sevilla

After I’ve been to AlmeriaGranada and  Jaén and Cordoba, I continued the journey in Andalusia. I planned three days in Sevilla, which is a wonderful city. The first day it was pouring rain so I mainly spent my time indoors. The two other days were very pleasant and also allowed me to explore the areas outside of the city. I stayed in Eurostars Regina Hotel, which wasn’t expensive at all, and the buffet in the morning was very yummy.  Continue reading “Five places you need to see in Sevilla”

Impressions of Jaén and Cordoba

After visiting Almeria and Granada I had one day to explore the region of Jaén and another to visit Cordoba. This might seem like a very short time, nevertheless I’ve managed to get a good impression of both, without having to run from one place to another. Also this time I decided to stay in a hostel. This one was really great! Very good value for little money. The only issue we had on the first day of my arrival was to find dinner. Apparently it was a local holiday so pretty much anything nearby was closed. For the two evenings (I stayed here to explore Granada as well) we ate at Bomborombillos. This place is so great! Our waiter was very friendly and advised us some good tapas and products from the area. We had fantastic and local food for a great price, definitely a recommendation!  Continue reading “Impressions of Jaén and Cordoba”

15 pictures to inspire you to visit Granada

From Almeria, I moved on to Granada, where I spent two days. I needed a full day in the Alhambra, which was so much more beautiful than I’ve imagined. The second day I explored Granada itself. The city gives a Moroccan feel, I’ve never been there but it just felt like that. Tiny streets, white houses. Lots of little stores with spices displayed outside. Very lively, and so beautiful! Don’t forget your European Youth card for discounts. Continue reading “15 pictures to inspire you to visit Granada”

Almeria in pictures

As I told you, three weeks ago I went to the beautiful Andalusia in Spain! (read about it here) My first stop was in Almeria! I only stayed here for a brief two days, nevertheless I’ve gotten an impression and I really liked it here. It wasn’t that easy to find the hostel though, but eventually we did, luckily. Andalusia seems to be an ideal holiday for anyone on a budget, I stayed in the hostel for only 15 euros a night, breakfast included! Dinner was about 7 to 10 euros drinks included, so really not expensive. Of course I was travelling of season, which might have had something to do with it. Continue reading “Almeria in pictures”