My recipe for the perfect holidays in Athens is the city plus the sea. I walked around Athens far and wide, touched the iconic ruins of the Greek civilization, saw firsthand where greeks made sacrifices and prayed to the Greek gods. After all these experiences in 30-degree heat, I wanted only one thing: THE SEA!
A Greek friend of mine from Athens dissuaded from swimming on the Athenian beaches, the so-called Athenian Riviera, believing that they are dirty because of the Athenian port located close to it. Instead of the Athenian Riviera, he advised the Marathon and Nea Makri area. And I went there.
Did I do the right thing to listen to my Greek friend? A spoiler: yes. In this blog post: where to go to the sea close to Athens, and is it realistic to find blue flag beaches near Athens? What to visit in Nea Makri and Marathon and are these beaches suitable for kids?
I traveled to Berlin many times, and each trip I stayed in a new area. I explored the city on foot and I was impressed by how every district of Berlin is different from the others. Berlin districts are like cities inside the city with their unique history and character.
If you wonder where is it better to stay in Berlin, which districts are safe, and where to be on the lookout, you will find all the answers in this blog-post.
MORE THAN A HOTEL. In the cinema or the factory. In the tree house or the bubble. In the tepee tent or the mill. Here are the most unusual hotels in Poland.
Do you want to celebrate your birthday in a special way? Or to impress your significant other? Discover some ideas for an extraordinary weekend in Poland.
Umm? Pridnestrovie? Transnistria? You never heard of it? Don’t worry. 90% of the people I meet in my travels have never heard of it, too. Now you will become the part of the “chosen ones” and will discover what you can expect from going to this place.
If you fancy something alternative, here you are. It’s the destination "off the beaten touristy path". Pridnestrovie - Transnistria is "the country in the country" that you will not find on the world map. Just for the sake of putting your foot on the ground of the unrecognized country, it's worth visiting it. But, it's a unique place in the world with interesting places to visit and things to do.
This blog post is a travel guide to Transnistria - Pridnestrovie. Find out what is Transnistria - Pridnestrovie? Why travel there? What to see and visit in the capital of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, Tiraspol? What are the top things to do in Transnistria - Pridnestrovie?
What do you need to know before visiting Pridnestrovie / Transnistria?
This blog post is the travel advice for Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. It contains all the practical information needed for a safe trip there: do you need a visa to Transnistria-Pridnestrovie? What is the process of registration on arrival?
How to get to Tiraspol from Odessa and Chisinau independently and with an organized tour? Do you need an accreditation in Transnistria / Pridnestrovie if you travel as a photographer?
Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, generally known as Pridnestrovie or Transnistria, is one of the most fascinating places you will ever visit. It's an unrecognized republic that was created in 1990 with a unique culture, architecture, monuments, food and attractions.
Experience the most of Pridnestrovie (Transnistria) with a local guide on a carefully selected itinerary. Immerse in the local culture and learn how it is to live in a country that "does not exist".
Here are the best tours and excursions in Pridnestrovie - Transnistria.
A house-celebration, a work of art in itself, and the most unusual residential building in Vienna, - this is the Hundertwasser House.
This hidden gem of Vienna is not located in the historical center of the city and is usually not part of tourist routes.
But if you, like me, love unusual and quirky attractions, I highly recommend visiting the Hundertwasser house.
In this blog post: Who is Hundertwasser? What is unique about Hundertwasser’s house and museum? How to get there? And more!
Say bye-bye to the boring chain hotels! A unique hotel with a story and an atmospheric design will help to make your visit to Wroclaw genuinely memorable.
Are you looking for something spicy? Check out this blog post with my selection of unusual hotels in Wroclaw.
What would you like: light and color therapy in your room, a hotel on Wroclaw Island, a stylish computerized room with a transparent bathroom, vintage and tango atmosphere, or a night in a former granary?
Read on and get inspired.
To truly get to know Poland, you have to taste it. Here is a selection of Polish dishes that will surprise you: tripe soup flaki, sweet pasta with strawberry, fish jelly rybna galaretka and more.
This year, Iceland again leads the list of the most expensive countries in the world and takes the second place after Switzerland. When I went there, I certainly knew about it, but still, I was in a slight shock from the price tags.
Are you going to Iceland? Get ready to fork out. According to Iceland Magazine, "Iceland's consumer prices are on average 66 percent higher than in Europe."
Find out in this blog post how much the trip to Iceland will cost and how to visit Iceland on a budget.
The journey that I will remember for a lifetime is a road trip through the land of ice and fire. I am writing these lines, and I see pictures of vast expanses and alien landscapes of Iceland in front of my eyes. And that feeling of being a child of nature comes again.
It is in Iceland that you feel the energy power of the Earth, because there are more than a hundred volcanoes, and many of them are active.
The best and the easiest way to see the island is to take a road trip along The Ring Road, where flocks of shaggy sheep and galloping wild horses meet on the way. By the way, for more than a thousand years, horses of only one breed have been living in Iceland. It is simply forbidden to import horses of other breeds into the country.
But I wanted to see the uninhabited and less touristy places in Iceland.Therefore, we decided to replace most of the Ring Road trip with an inland trip to the Highlands Icelandic plateau.
This blog post is an alternative travel guide to Iceland that will help you to design your off the beaten path road trip.
A ten days long meditation. It was my trip to Iceland.
Iceland is a country of elves, trolls, and Vikings. But it hides other miracles: places of power. These are unique places where a large amount of cosmic energy is concentrated. A person who gets there feels this energy on himself.
The sacred places in Iceland are not about temples or churches built by people. Iceland is a wonderland of natural powerful places.
There I felt like a primitive man, close to nature, alive to the tip of my hair and nails and connected with all living beings. Discover unusual places of power in Iceland where you find yourself in a spiritual stream.
The blue lagoon in Iceland is my blue dream. It is a place that has long excited my imagination. When I finally got there, it was not what I imagined. What hides the Blue Lagoon in the land of ice and fire?
I reveal all the secrets in this article.
I also give complete practical information that will help to make your visit to the lagoon a magical experience: when to go to the Blue Lagoon, how to buy a ticket, how to get to the Lagoon from Reykjavik, can you go to the Lagoon with a child and more.
Do you want to know what paradise looks like in a hut? If you are not ready to carry a canned beef stew in a 60-liter backpack and toil with the installation of a tent, but you still want to be closer to the Icelandic nature, try glamorous camping aka GLAMPING.
Where in Iceland to relax in nature with comfort? In this blog post, I selected the most unusual places. Check it out and get inspired!
Are you dreaming of seeing lavender fields reaching to the horizon and seducing you with its aroma? Now you can make your purple dream come true in Poland!
Poland has it’s own “La Provence” with lavender fields. Polish lavender plantations are unique places run by people with real passion and encouraging visitors to get out of the city, breathe, slow down and soothe beautiful and extremely aromatic lavender. If you are like me, a lavender lover, check out where in Poland you can admire it and which lavender fields are worth visiting.
Once a youth subculture, now it's a travel trend that is gaining momentum around the world. It's the industrial tourism.
For some, an abandoned factory is an occasion to rebuke the local government in ruins and pass by. Still, for some, such a building arouses a research interest and the discoverer's spirit.
But industrial tourism is not only about ruins and frozen construction sites. These are also former factories and plants that were given a second life: now they became home to the galleries, public organizations, cafes, restaurants, and their walls tell visitors a unique story.
What are the types of industrial tourism? What is the difference between industrial and post-industrial tourism? Who are industrial tourists? Maybe you are
also an industrial tourist, but still do not know about it? Find out in this blog post.
Galeria Szyb Wilson, in Katowice, Poland, is an excellent example of how a postindustrial facility can become a cultural center. Come to the Szyb Wilson Gallery for contemporary art created by young artists in the postindustrial interiors of the former Wieczorek coal mine.
Discover why this place is a bright spot on a post-industrial tourism map of Poland in this blog post.
Who doesn't like INFINITY pools? They are, indeed, fascinating. Since infinity pools are usually located on a roof or elevation, from where a panoramic view opens, you get the feeling that you don't swim, but fly.
Are you still looking for the perfect holiday location in Phuket?
Then check out my selection of the top 10 hotels with panoramic pools in Phuket.
Such a hotel will make your vacation in Thailand unforgettable!
This blog post is dedicated to all the lovers of heights and sunsets! As there are many hills in Phuket, there are also lots of scenic places with breathtaking views.
I love the height and observation decks, and so during my trip to Phuket, I tried to find the best panoramas of the island and enjoy magnificent sunsets. I found not only viewing platforms created by nature, but also atmospheric rooftop restaurants and sky bars.
So, here is where to go in Phuket to find the coolest places with observation decks and unique views of Phuket.
We are much more connected with the world than we think. DNA test helps to confirm that fact. Thanks to this analysis, you will find out who you are and where your ancestors come from. When you know which countries and regions were home to your ancestors, traveling there takes on a special deep meaning.
I always felt like a citizen of the world, but now, after I've got my DNA results, it is scientifically proven! Moreover, I found more than two thousand distant relatives. From now, my travels will not be the same.
What is this DNA tourism trend all about? How to do a DNA test? What surprising things did I discover about myself? Keep reading.
Khao Lak is a paradisiac and soulful place for holidays and escaping winter for those who love the untouched tropical nature, beaches, and relaxation. I believe that Khao Lak is a rather alternative and undiscovered destination in Thailand because even during the high season, it's not crowded with tourists. Perhaps this will change in a few years, but for now, you have time to enjoy the authentic Khao Lak.
In this guide, you will discover what unusual food to try at the local night markets of Khao Lak, where are the most paradisiac beaches, where to see the most
beautiful panorama, what unique activities to do, where to spend time with elephants, and many more exciting things.
In Bangkok, I was fortunate to visit several unusual concept cafes. One of them that just fascinated me was a rabbit cafe. Don't worry; they don't eat rabbits here. On the contrary, they are taken care of, since Rabbito Cafe is both a cafe and a shelter for rabbits.
Rabbito Cafe is a place where people can spend a day caressing and playing with sweet rabbits. It's just an excellent option for those who come to Bangkok with
children. In this blog post, you will discover how and why this cafe appeared, how to behave there, and when it is better to come. And of course, I post a lot of photos of cute
Do you want to go to a fairytale like place? The village of Zalipie is a unique place on the tourist map of Poland. It is a living open-air museum of unusual traditions and cottages painted in flowers. It is known in Poland as “the painted village”.
In this blog post, I tell how this village appeared, why everything is painted there, from wells and dog kennels to a fire station and a church, and how to get there.
Summer in Warsaw is something special. The city comes alive with outdoor festivals, parties, and events that attract
both locals and guests from around the world. Discover some unmissable upcoming music, art, theater, fashion, and food events in Warsaw and start filling your calendar!
Visiting Warsaw this summer and wondering what’s on the cultural agenda in this city? Or maybe you live in Warsaw and look for the events to make the most of your summer? Then this blog post is for you.
So, what Warsaw prepared for us this summer?
Exploring the city with a knowledgeable guide helps to get the taste of local life and visit off the beaten path places. In my quest to uncover Warsaw, I went on a tour Warsaw Behind the Scenes, and in this blog post, I will share how it went.
In short, it was half a day of fun and meaningful dive into Warsaw history and its present time. It’s definitely not an ordinary lecture-styled boring tour, but rather a city discovery in a company of a local friend who knows Warsaw inside out.
Travel is more than just sightseeing. Do you want to go to a new country for a reason, travel long term and in an alternative way? A meaningful and fun option to make it possible is to teach languages abroad. In this long and comprehensive blog post you will find out how to combine your passion for languages and intercultural communication with traveling.
Thinking about staying on Airbnb on your next trip abroad? It’s a great decision! With Airbnb, you will have access to unique, local and affordable accommodation
around the world. It is even better when you’ve got an Airbnb coupon code to get a discount up to $35
on your first booking!
In this blog post you will find a short and comprehesive instruction on how to receive your Airbnb discount.
Are you going to Barcelona and need a place to stay? Awesome!
What would you choose: a faceless room from the hotel chains or a night at the unique place with a concept and a story?
If you prefer an original place to rest your head or to surprise your travel partner, check out this selection of concept and unusual hotels, hostels and other accommodation in Barcelona.
You are guaranteed to find something that you would not find anywhere else in the world.
I spent a wonderful winter in Phuket and Khao Lak areas of Thailand, exploring paradise beaches and tropical nature. This time we were traveling with our new friend
- a drone Ozzy (DJI Phantom 3 4K) and were shooting the most beautiful places in the Southern Thailand. These two clips capture spectacular seascapes, islands, beaches and jungle. Watch it and
get inspired for your next trip to Thailand.
Experience Paris in a different way! Discover places off the beaten path.
Hunt for Parisian street art. Have a drink in a concept bar.
Enjoy lunch in an unusual restaurant. Take an alternative city tour.
Stay in the unusual hotel that will impress you.
Incredible Paris is waiting for you.
Have you ever been to Canada during Spring Season? If not, then you should definitely plan a holiday to this amazing country and visit it during the spring time at least once in your lifetime. Canada is absolutely beautiful, but spring season makes it spell bounding. Discover these spring break destinations and activities in Canada you haven't thought of yet!
After the long freezing winters, it is a beautiful sight to watch the white canvas of snow slowly changing into vibrant colors. The impressive vast landscape goes through a complete transformation cloaked in vivid assortments of green trees and blossoms.
Being the Great White North, not all the snow is melted away, some places in Canada is known for its frosty beauty, yet there are other places which are quite enhanced with the oncoming spring season.
Are you planning a trip to Warsaw? Try out this list of fun things to do, unusual things to see, and alternative city tours in Warsaw. Whether visiting for a day, a weekend or a week, you should be able to use this city guide to plan your itinerary and have a memorable experience in the capital of Poland.
Warsaw is so much more than the Lazienki Park, the Old Town with its Market Square, and the Uprising Museum. This dynamically developing city with a troubled history hides many surprising attractions.
Read this blog post and uncover Warsaw’s secrets!
Is there anything more fun than discovering the secret, alternative, and hidden attractions during your trip to Phuket?! Check out Phuket off the beaten track and find non-touristic places that will charm you and will make you see Phuket from a different angle.
A treasure trove of countless unusual and quirky things to do. A minefield of strange smells and even stranger tastes.
A melting pot of cultures, buzzing with life at every turn. A kaleidoscope of neon lights. A city that excites the imagination.
Yes, this is Hong Kong! Here are some ideas for your unique Hong Kong experience that differ from a regular tourist brochure and get
you off the beaten track.
We all know or experienced the various forms of tourism: excursions, organized tours, independent travel... But what if we could learn
about a new culture, the worldview of people from distant countries, their traditions, and culinary heritage through 'reverse traveling’?
Lanzarote or Fuerteventura? The Canary Islands are dream destinations for enjoying beaches, hiking, surfing, cycling, water sports, and so much more, all year round.
Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are located quite close to each other, but it doesn’t mean they are the same.
Not sure which island in the Canaries you should visit? I’ll help you to choose.
Meeting people while traveling is often the most precious experience rather than just seeing beautiful landscapes and taking selfies.
But how do you meet these people?
Well, you can go to the numerous Couchsurfing, Meetup, Internations or Facebook events, but then how do you make meaningful human connections when you are in the middle of an unknown crowd in a foreign country?
Are you feeling comfortable or awkward talking to strangers?
Here is a little guide on how to become more confident and make new friends when you are abroad.
Alternative traveling is an emerging trend that develops as a sort of anti-tourism or "different" tourism - call it as you like. The driver behind this concept is to find an alternative to the mass tourism and to show the ways (or to create new ways) for meaningful traveling.
If the all inclusive package tour to Egypt may "recharge your batteries," it will probably not recharge your soul.
Here are some ideas if you are in search of transformational travel and life-changing travel experiences.
To all the lovers of cute food and cute objects out there, - Hong Kong is the destination for you! Why? Because it’s a second home (after Japan) of the cute Hello Kitty.
Her shops, cafes and restaurants and all the imaginable things with Hello Kitty image (or in her shape) - you can find it all in Hong Kong.
Weather your children are fans of Hello Kitty or you like her yourself, be sure, you will like Hong Kong.
Airbnb has changed the way I travel. Why do I love staying on Airbnb?
Well, not only because of possibility to meet a genuine local host, or getting the whole apartment for a price of a hotel room, but also because I can stay at truly unique and unusual places that would not be available as accommodation otherwise.
Here is a listing of some insane and incredible Airbnb rentals to add to your wish list!
Find out about the off the beaten track and unusual things to do in Stockholm!
After you have visited the Old Town “Gamla Stan”, took a boat trip around the archipelago, ate the meatballs with lingonberry sauce, it’s time to try something “different”.
Warsaw has plenty of work-friendly cafes, and I enjoyed trying a different place every day when I was living in Warsaw.
Travelers, digital nomads, and new friends often ask me to advise some nice cafes to work from in Warsaw. So, I’ve decided to make a list of my favorite cafes and to share them on the blog.
In this list, you will find cafes with free WiFi, delicious coffee and food, and a pleasant ambiance. It also contains several free coworking spaces that provide an excellent environment for working productively.
So, here is where you can go to get the work done in Warsaw:
Sweet cat alert! Are you looking for an original place to meet a friend for a cup of coffee?
Or a place where you can come with your laptop and work in a nice ambiance? If that’s what you’re looking for, then you should come here - to a cat paradise, the Cat Café in Warsaw - Miau Cafe Warszawa.
Here is my review of this unusual cafe in Warsaw.
Transnistria / Pridnestrovie deserves to spend more than one day here. Most foreigners limit themselves only to visiting Tiraspol and the Bendery Fortress on a one-day excursion, but in fact, you can spend in Transnistria / Pridnestrovie a whole fascinating week.
If you are thinking about spending the night in Transnistria / Pridnestrovie, here are some recommendations for where to stay in Tiraspol and other cities of this unusual self-proclaimed state.
Raise your glass several floors up, lose yourself in the clouds, and indulge in the city's splendor...
Yes, Warsaw can be splendid!
It just depends on how you look at it.
If you enjoy observing the city from a bird’s eye and dancing on the roof under the stars, this blog post is for you. Here is the list of the best viewpoints, sky bars, rooftop bars and restaurants, and hotels with panoramic views in Warsaw.