What To Do in Cluj, the Capital of Transylvania

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Before arriving in Transylvania, I pictured dense forests, and tall, rugged mountains, topped with menacing castles. And while those cliches are absolutely present, the idea of a large, bustling city like Cluj is certainly not what I had expected. Arriving in the city at the end of our busy road trip through Maramures, we had few clues on what to do in Cluj, but we would soon find out! Cluj-Napoca, as it’s known in a more official sense, is the …

An old building with coloured windows in Timisoara, Romania

12 of Our Favourite Things to Do in Timisoara, Romania

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Timisoara was our first stop during our time in Romania and it couldn’t have been a better welcome. Following the previous few weeks of near constant movement, it was nice to be able to stop for a week and really dig in. For what was a relatively unknown city to us at the time, we were truly impressed at the number of fantastic things to do in Timisoara. The city is located in the far western ranges of the country, …

A Few Days in Warsaw, Poland

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We found ourselves in Poland almost completely unplanned; our visit was completely due to costs. The reason we’d been in Europe in the first place was to attend a conference in Ostrava, in the eastern Czech Republic. The cheapest way for us to fly into this region was via Poland. So simply in a stroke of luck, we found ourselves in a fascinating new city we hadn’t even planned on visiting. And because we flew in early, we had a …

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Visiting Ostrava, the Czech Republic’s Forgotten Destination

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Sitting quietly in the Moravian-Silesian region of the Czech Republic, just a short distance from the Polish border, is the city of Ostrava. Until recently, this third-largest city in Czechia was completely unknown to us; which I’m sure this is the case for most who live outside of the area. While attending a travel conference known as TBEX a couple of weeks ago, we had the opportunity to spend some time in Ostrava. Thankfully, given our absence of strict schedule, …

Can’t Miss Things to Do in Bogota if you Only have One Day

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Alright, so you’ve finally arrived in Bogota. Perhaps this is the beginning of your Colombian adventure and have just flown in. Maybe this leg of your journey is coming to an end and you’ve just taken the night bus from Salento. Whatever your reason for coming, even if it’s only to spend a day in Bogota, give yourself a pat on the back – it was a great idea! We visited this amazing city at the end of our time …

The Best Things to do in Medellin

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Medellin is an outstanding city. One of the best we’ve ever visited in over ten years of travel. From the delicious food to parks and literal high-flying activities; there are so many great things to do in Medellin – It’s one of the reasons we so quickly fell in love with the city. We’ve put together a list of our favourite activities for anyone visiting this great city; whether you’re a short-term traveller stopping by for a few days or …

How to get from Salento to Bogota, Colombia

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Nearing the end of our incredible time in Colombia, we had one final destination to reach: Bogota. Although the journey itself was ultimately rather simple, figuring the path took some research. Given Salento’s popularity with visitors and it’s proximity to Bogota, we were quite surprised at the lack of information. We found dozens of posts on bus routes coming towards us, just nothing explaining how to actually get from Salento to Bogota. Although common sense suggests simply following one of …

8 Free Things to do in Medellin, Colombia

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Maybe you’ve arrived in Medellin at the end of your trip, money is running out. Perhaps you’ve spent a little more on beer or accommodation than expected and your budget is tighter than you planned. Whatever the reason, just because you’re looking to pinch pennies during your visit doesn’t mean you need to lock yourself in your dorm room. We’ve put together a quick list of the eight best free things to do in Medellin (or almost free at least) …

Spending A Few Days in San Jose, Costa Rica

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An Easy Arrival Being budget travellers, our typical means of transportation is often questionable at best. And while we’ve definitely upped our standards over the years, we certainly don’t travel in luxury. The journey from Granada back in Nicaragua, to San Jose, Costa Rica is in the ballpark of 8-10 hours; and considering our last day of transit involving border crossings, we decided that this time we’d spoil ourselves. Already drenched with sweat following the half-hour walk under Granada’s hot …