Braga, Portugal: The Perfect Day Trip from Porto

Bom Jesus in Braga, Portugal

When I booked my flight to Porto, I knew I wouldn’t stay in the city the entire time. Although one of Portugal’s largest cities, I wanted to take advantage of the abundance of day trips possible to do from Porto. One of those day trips includes Braga. Braga, known as a religious hub of Portugal, is a beautiful city that is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the north of Portugal.

If you’d like to read more about my time in Braga and what to expect during your day trip to Braga, please keep reading.

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Porto, Portugal: 10 Things to See & Do

Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal via The Independent

If you read a previous post of mine you know that I’m going to be going to Portugal. Depending if I decide to post this on a Monday or on my regular Tuesday schedule, I may be traveling to Porto TODAY. (Hello, future me). Portugal is probably one of the top 5 European countries I want to explore and I’ll finally be tapping into it. I’ll be there for just under two weeks and I have a whole list of ideas to do.

Who knows if I’ll make time for everything on my list because I don’t want to be too strict with my itinerary. But nevertheless, I’d like to give a rough outline of what I plan to do during my time in the beautiful Porto. My goal is to enjoy my time in Porto but also take advantage of its prime location to take day trips around the area. So, if you’d like to find out what I’d like to explore, keep reading.

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10 Dreamy French Cities I Can’t Wait to Visit

Bonjour everyone! Welcome back to my blog. Or welcome, if you are new. One of the primary reasons I started this blog was to express my desire to travel the world. As well as to have a place to document my future travels. As of now, I haven’t been to many places. But the traveling love and itch for adventure is still very strong. Due to platforms like Pinterest, I am able to discover many places to add to my list of places to see. By the time I am 30 I’d like to say I’ve been to every single continent. Ambitious? Maybe. Doable? Absolutely!

You may have read my previous post about Spanish cities I can’t wait to visit. Europe in general is the continent I am most looking forward to exploring in my life. France happens to be one country with an abundance of cities, towns and villages that look like they can be out of a storybook. In fact, some places are rumored to have inspired classic Disney films like Beauty and the Beast. In this post I am going to document the 10 cities/towns/villages in France I can’t wait to visit. I’m not going to include Paris because well, duh, it’s a must. Plus, everyone knows of it.

Are you from France? Tell me, what are your favorite French cities? If you’re ready to read of more places throughout France outside of the home of the Eiffel Tower, continue reading. 

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10 Cities to Visit Around the Holidays & Winter

Merry Christmas! ¡Feliz Navidad! Feliz Natal! Счастливого Рождества! Joyeux Noël! Vrolijk kerstfeest! Buon Natale!

The holidays are such a magical time of the year. Okay, I cringed as I typed that. But this time of year, basically all December long has a certain vibe in the air. It makes you want to walk around in the snow, sip on hot drinks, look at colorful lights and watch holiday movies. Unless you’re from Australia, California, Florida, etc. But even if you’re from a place where it’s warm during this time of the year, you probably also see this time associated with this particular aesthetic. Despite introducing this post with “Merry Christmas” in several languages, I don’t want to exclude those who don’t celebrate Christmas. Or even those who don’t celebrate anything at all. Perhaps ‘happy holidays’ is more fitting.

For me, when I begin traveling more I want to make sure I travel not only to places when/where i’s hot. Most people want to escape cold climates to go to a beach town or they take their summer vacation in a place that’s also warm, but more tropical. While that’s nice, I think it only shows one side of a particular destination. A city transforms throughout the year. You can likely attest to that wherever you’re from. Seriously, I highly encourage you to forego the mindset that traveling and vacation should only be reserved for warm climates.

I am going to list places, all around the world, that I feel would be amazing to visit around the holidays. If you’re ready to discover your next potential holiday getaway, keep reading. Also, I wanted to preface that none of these gorgeous photos are mine. I found them via Google search!

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5 Ways to Get Over the Fear of Solo Travel

Most people do not grow up with extensive experiences traveling alone. When we are young, we go on family vacations, in school we go on class trips and when we are older, we go on trips with our friends or significant other. But what happens when our friends can’t go on a trip? Or don’t want to go to a certain destination? Or what if we don’t have a significant other to accompany us? For many people, that puts an end to ideas of going to a certain place. But it shouldn’t! If we waited for others our entire lives to do something we really want to, we would constantly allow others to shape our experiences.

Of course it’s scary. Being somewhere alone by yourself, potentially somewhere where there is a language barrier. But I have 5 tips to share with you that will hopefully allow you to make solo travel a part of your life.

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