So, I've told you all about my experience with the Europe Rail Pass in my last article HERE. I loved the flexibility and the comfortable seats, but I also hated the high reservation fees, especially in Italy! That was how I discovered a better alternative to train travel -- Bus Travel in Europe!
Friday, September 30, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Focusing on the transportation part of traveling, Berlin-based GoEuro is a God-sent travel platform that anyone planning an epic Europe trip needs to know about. Since I discovered GoEuro Website in Spring 2016 (the early stage of my travel planning), finding the best travel deals in this jungle of choices has never been easier. Long gone are the days when I have to open 20 tabs in Safari, frantically searching through a huge pile of deals, just to compare bus, train and flight tickets. In my humble opinion, this search website is very user-friendly as everything is pretty much straight to the point, time-saving as it lists down all the best travel deals geared towards your preferences that you’ve keyed in on the homepage.
Monday, September 26, 2016
A month prior to my Iceland trip, I was thinking of bringing food from France into Iceland. I know some Icelander must be rolling their eyes right now but don't exit this page yet. You can't really blame us, I've never seen Iceland make the cut in any "foodie capitals" lists, all I knew about Icelandic Food was rotten sharks and creepy sheep heads I once saw on the Discovery Channel and you know it did not help with the situation. Utterly lost, I’ve turned to the Tourism Board for advice. Their reply was prompt, attaching several restaurant recommendations and they spoke highly of Matur Og Drykkur, a newly opened restaurant that induces an innovative, exciting modern twist to local food fare. While I am not such a risk taker when it comes to food, I gave it a second thought… why not for once I'll be adventurous, experimental, just for Iceland. And the result? Exceptional. Matur og Dryykur took my taste buds out for a Helluva-ride... Let me tell you this: there's only one thing you should do now-- Bookmark this for future use.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Have you heard about Interrail or Eurail? When I was globetrotting across the Europe continent, I was quite surprised at the number of people who doesn't know about these train pass, including Europeans themselves! Hence, today I decided to write a complete (or almost complete) guide about it, from "how to buy a pass" to "how to return the pass" at the end of your journey!
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Ah, Riga, such an underrated city in Europe. Thanks to the 16-hours layover in the capital of Latvia, I got a chance to check out it's charming old town. For my short stay in Riga, I opted for the Seagull Garret Hostel while my friends stayed in another hostel outside of the Old Town.
Friday, September 23, 2016
I hate to break this to you, but let’s face it, most people only share the wonderful side of traveling but the fact is, everything has a dark side, including the seemingly perfect travels portrayed on social medias. Now let me share some of my experience with you all, about the nasty travel scams I came across with during my travels.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
North and Westjords of Iceland are area less travelled by if compared to the Ring-Road and the south of Iceland, which are well endowed with natural beauty like beautiful glaciers and endless cascading waterfalls.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Food... it strikes us with excitement and ignites our mood ALL THE TIME, I guess all Malaysians can definitely relate to this... yeah, we, who hail from a country dubbed as the "Food Paradise" know the best. So my first post about my trip to Iceland, it’s none other than an entry to recommend a good restaurant in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
After a whole week camping out in the wilderness of Iceland eating mediocre camping food, I’ve finally had enough. So I researched online in search of the best restaurant in Akureyri, and handpicked Strikið Restaurant and Bar to take care of our first splurge dinner in Iceland. It is voted by travelers as one of the top 3 restaurants to visit in Akureyri, at first, I was a little wary of it being a tourist trap, but turned out, it was not only good, it went beyond my expectation.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
My journey from Cologne to Rothenburg with Flixbus did not go as planned. We arrived at the Leverkusen Mitte station 15 minutes before the departure time but after 30 minutes waiting in the rain, I knew that I would be dealing with another bus delay.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
“Here Leonardo, you will be free to dream, to think and to work.”The kings of Loire Valley had been looking up to Italy for it’s Renaissance ideas. To further incorporate renaissance into French life, inviting the Italian renaissance man seemed to be the best idea, and King François I did just that.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
A lot of my friends were in awe when I said I've successfully done a SNCF Train Ticket Refund. I did not know it is such a complicated process (some say impossible) but it did take 3 months for them to refund me. Here is exactly what happened.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
A fan of French Chateau like me? Then you should never miss the Royal Chateau of Amboise, rising elegantly above the bank of the Loire River. Here are 11 reasons in BOLD, why you should jump on a train to Amboise.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Phnom Penh has so much more to offer than the typical tourist spots. Get off the beaten path and interact with Cambodian people, check out local markets, try foods you’ve never seen before; you’ll be glad you did!
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Empowering songs to keep myself on track,
Purely fun songs to remind myself about the pursuit of happiness,
Songs about time and life, priorities and so much more,
this is my ultimate playlist during my travels.
Friday, September 9, 2016
When it comes to mode of traveling in Europe, bus travel is not on the top of your list. I get it, most visitors to Europe wouldn’t want to deal with the double-digit travel hours and risk arriving at their dream destinations looking like a total wreck. But the truth is, in most countries in South East Europe especially, long-distance bus travel is unavoidable. In some case, it might even be the only transportation option you’ve got! Long-distance bus travels could be enjoyable (It doesn't have to be miserable, really!). There, I’ve said it. And on top of that, it is the cheapest way to travel through Europe!
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Kansas City has stopped apologizing for being a mid-size Midwestern US city, and has started celebrating everything that makes it awesome. A hidden gem in America’s heartland, it boasts an ever-growing list of museums, art hubs, barbecue restaurants, independent shops, breweries, cycling routes and more.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
There are no secrets in how to make new friends on the road but If you’ve done any of these following mistakes (intentionally or unintentionally), chances are, you won’t be able to keep those new people you meet as friends.
Please don’t do these if you want to make new friends
Please don’t do these if you want to make new friends
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Revealing my top 10 favorite travel #hashtag on Instagram to stalk while I am not traveling. I'll let the photos speak for themselves!