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When we visited Tallinn on our recent trip to the Baltics, we instantly fell in love with the city. The charming medieval building, the cobblestone streets and alleys, all of it was perfect.

Additionally, we found lots of things to do in Tallinn. Unfortunately, we only had three days, but we could easily have spent much more time here. And you know what we loved most? Despite being amazingly beautiful, Tallinn hasn’t made it onto the radar of most tourists yet. That means that you will find far fewer crowds than in other European capitals like Paris and Berlin.

If you’re thinking about visiting Tallinn, then let us give you some advice on the best places to see as well as our favourite travel tips.…

Germany

Are you in Frankfurt and have an extra day? After you explored the city, we recommend you to go on a day trip. One of the towns nearby that we love is Bad Homburg. You can easily spend 1 day in Bad Homburg without getting bored, strolling through the gardens and exploring the castle.

We lived in Frankfurt for two years before we finally visited Bad Homburg for the first time and I regret that we didn’t go earlier. It’s the perfect day trip! Back at the beginning of the 20th century, this spa town attracted visitors from all over the world. The Thai King loved the gardens so much that he gifted two pavilions to Bad Homburg!

These days, you’ll mostly run into local tourists.…

Lithuania

In the late 19th century, my great-great-grandmother took a train from Klaipeda to the other end of Germany, leaving everything she knew behind. She had just divorced her husband and was looking for a job. Back then, the city still belonged to Germany and went by the name of Memel.

With this kind of family background, can you imagine how excited I was to visit Klaipeda? And so was my grandmother, even though she wasn’t travelling with us. But at least, we could send her pictures of where her grandmother had grown up.

I assume that most of you who read this have no family ties to Klaipeda. But do you know why you should still be as excited as me about visiting?…

Costa Rica

Out of all the places I visited in Costa Rica, Tortuguero was by far my favourite. Don’t get me wrong. I loved relaxing on a beach, and I also enjoyed hiking through the cloud forest of Monteverde, but none of those places had the same charm as Tortuguero. This small town, which you can only reach by boat or by plane, was by far the most relaxed place we visited. Also, we saw lots of animals here, which made our stay even more fun.

I think you can easily spend two or three days here, looking for turtles and chasing butterflies. No matter how much time you have, here are the best things to do in Tortuguero.…

Lithuania

One of the best trips you can take from Vilnius brings you to Trakai. Located only about an hour from Lithuania’s capital, this is an easy and fun excursion.

Trakai is famous for its castle located on an island in the middle of a lake. It’s also a charming town where you can find a few museums and traditional houses. Altogether, you should expect to spend half a day here. If you leave Vilnius in the morning, you can be back after lunch.

While walking through Vilnius, you’ll see a few tour agencies offering to take you here. Our advice is not to join them and go by yourself instead, using our guide. Not only will you save money, but you can also decide what to see and how much time to spend at each place.…

Europe

Bern is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve had the pleasure to visit. I still remember being amazed at the landscape while peeking from the window of my train. The city itself is also gorgeous, with beautiful buildings, cobbled streets and lovely gardens.

In retrospect, I have no idea why it took me so long to visit Bern. I had been thinking about coming here for many years but it was never feasible. The closest airport was too far away, I didn’t have time or I just decided to go elsewhere. But from Frankfurt, my new home, it was so easy to get to Bern by bus that there was no reason to go anymore.

I absolutely loved Bern! If you haven’t been, I highly recommend that you go.…

Travel Advice

It’s almost Easter. And that means that the Easter holidays are just around the corner. Yesterday, we were supposed to take a train to Brussels where we would stay for five days. We were looking forward to meeting up with friends, eating fries and taking day trips all over Belgium (in particular to Brugges, which everyone says is insanely beautiful).

Then, on Good Friday, we had a flight to Mallorca, where we would meet with my parents and my brother to spend a relaxing long weekend. Despite being Spanish, Daniel had never been to Mallorca. And while I had spent a weekend in Mallorca a while ago, there were so many places left to explore on this beautiful island! Plus, I love the idea of meeting up with my family somewhere random in Europe.…

Latvia

Cesis is one of Latvia’s most beautiful towns and one that you shouldn’t miss out on. Indeed, it’s so pretty that you should put it on your travel itinerary right away.

And you don’t even need to have a lot of time because it’s easy to visit Cesis as a day trip from Riga. Of course, it’s nicer to stay for the night, because then you’ll have enough time to explore the whole area. But if you’re short on time (or visiting in winter, when it’s cold and gloomy), just come for the day. It takes about two hours to come here and you have the choice between going by bus or by train.

While Cesis is small, it has enough attractions to keep you occupied for at least a day. …

Belize

I will be honest with you. I didn’t love Caye Caulker. I’m not saying that I disliked it but it wasn’t my favourite place in Belize either.

I think it all comes down to travelling to Caye Caulker with the right expectations – and my expectations were high. My whole trip to Central America had been inspired by a young adult novel called Wanderlove. I have read that book more often than any other book (even more often than Harry Potter), and a huge part of it takes place on a Caribbean island in Belize. While the island in the book is fictional, it was inspired by Caye Caulker.

So you can imagine my expectations when I got there. I had vivid images of tropical beaches and colourful houses in my head, the kind of place where you cycle through backstreets without seeing any other tourists.…

Guatemala

Guatemala has it all. From volcanoes to limestone pools, Mayan ruins and lakes full of manatees – whatever you are after, you will find it here. The country might be tiny, it has roughly the same size as the state of Tennesse, but it is so varied that you can easily spend weeks exploring every corner.

The main issue is that most of us don’t have weeks or even months to travel to every Guatemalan village. But even in a week or two, or maybe four, you can have a brilliant holiday here. To make sure you don’t go home without having missed any of the country’s highlights, we have put together this list that will help you decide what to do and what to see.…

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