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I love Christmas markets.

Every year at the end of November, I get excited about the upcoming Christmas market here in Frankfurt. The lights, the food, going out with friends – there are so many things I love about the market.

If you’re visiting Europe in December, you should visit at least one Christmas market. Which one? Well, that’s up to you. Each of them is unique in their own way and we assure that you’ll have a good time. But to help you choose, we’ve asked fellow travel bloggers to tell us about their favourite European Christmas market.…

Travel Advice

If you are anything like me your phone has become an essential travel companion over the last decade.
Nowadays I can’t even think of travelling without one, it just makes things easier. However, we all know how useful our phones are heavily depends on the apps we use. With the market filled with millions of them, how can we find the gold nuggets in the mud?

I have made a selection of what I consider the best travel apps for backpackers that make my travels easier and cheaper. As I have personally used all of them extensively, you can rest assured they have all been tested thoroughly! So keep reading to find out which apps you should download before your next trip!…

Budget

One type of post we both find very useful is budget posts. When trying to figure out how much money we need to save for a trip, it’s helpful to see how much other travellers have spent. That’s also why we keep a detailed record of our expenses – we want to know how expensive different countries are.

The same applied when we went to the Baltics. We wrote down every single cent we spent. And now we’d like to share this budget with you. Hopefully, it will help you plan your own trip.

We’ll also be sharing lots of great advice on how to save money, so you don’t have to break your bank for travelling to the Baltics.…

Germany

I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures of the white castle rising between the mountains. Neuschwanstein Castle might be Germany’s most famous sight – so famous that it inspired Walt Disney when he designed the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

These days, the castle gets around 1,3 million visitors every day. And with good reason. It looks majestic from the outside and comes with a fascinating story. Plus, you can find a second castle within walking distance, so you can stay in the area for a whole day without getting bored.

But how do you visit Neuschwanstein Castle? How do you get there? Do you need to book your tickets in advance?

Like many travellers, we were wondering about these and other questions before our trip.

Photography

One of the daily struggles of anyone taking pictures of busy places is the people. They are usually everywhere! Always in the frame of the perfect picture, ruining a nice composition, or just getting in your way. So, if you don’t want to wait for hours until everyone is gone, check out this tutorial on how to remove people from photos. You will only need Photoshop (or something equivalent) and ideally a tripod. That’s it!…

Estonia

Estonia is one of those countries where we found it very hard to eat local food. In Pärnu, our second stop in the country, we went to the tourist information to find out where to get traditional Estonian food.

“There is no such thing as Estonian restaurants,” the woman told us. “We don’t go out to eat Estonian food.” That statement left us very confused. Both in Lithuania and in Latvia, we had been able to find traditional restaurants. Surely, there had to be some in Estonia as well? And what about those (admittedly few) traditional dishes we had read about online?

Fortunately, even though it seems a bit difficult at times, you can find plenty of traditional food in Estonia.…

Singapore

Singapore is a fantastic place to visit. This ultra-modern city has a mix of cultures that can’t be found in many places in the World. Chinese, Indian, Malaysian… everything blends in the city-state melting pot. And the food is no exception! Eating in Singapore means enjoying the cuisine of all kind of countries, with its own unique local specialities. But, did you know Singapore is also the city with the cheapest Michelin Star Restaurants in the World?…

Belize

“Why do you want to spend one week in Belize?” my friend asked. “There’s nothing there besides beaches.”

He knew I wasn’t a beach person. I can do a day or two on the beach, but any longer than that and I will get bored and start looking for other things to do. What he didn’t know, though, was that Central America’s second smallest country had lots more to offer than just beaches.

I quickly realised that a week in Belize was nowhere near enough. I had a fantastic time, and I easily would have found enough things to do to keep myself busy for another week or two.

Most backpackers rush through Belize because it’s the region’s most expensive country.…

Germany

Every year, when the days get shorter, I get excited for Christmas. The Christmas Market in Frankfurt is one of the highlights of this season, and I can’t wait to get out and have a cup of hot Glühwein.

Usually, the month of December means meet-ups with friends and co-workers at the Christmas Market. Plus, we like to go by ourselves a few times, just to enjoy the lights and look at the various handicrafts.

Even though we’ve lived in Frankfurt for a few years already, we discover new things every time we go. Last winter, for example, I found out that you can get amazing grilled salmon at the market. We have also discovered some of the smaller markets, which are all worth visiting.

Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands are known for being one of the most expensive destinations in the world.

If you google them, you will find beautiful cruise ships that take you around the archipelago for thousands and thousands of dollars. You will see luxury resorts and tours promising you the best experience – if only you pay enough. The islands have the reputation of being expensive, and it is possible to spend a small fortune coming here.

Yet, it is also possible to experience the beautiful nature and wildlife without blowing your budget. While the Galapagos Islands will never be the cheapest destination in the world, I have travelled here for less than 60$ a day. This budget included a double room with a private bathroom, two excursions and lots of awesome wildlife encounters that I wouldn’t want to miss.…

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