Located in the middle of the Transylvania region in Romania, Sibiu is a medieval city that has so much to offer on a cultural level. Sibiu has a large German population, which is why the city also has a second German name – Hermannstadt. Although it has been a popular destination for a long time now, it really rose to fame after it held the title of European Cultural Capital in 2007, along with Luxembourg, another city that I’m in love with. Years have passed and Sibiu not only kept its reputation as a cultural hub but even consolidated it by being the city host of several national or international fashion, food, sport or art festivals. No matter how the city will lure you to wander on its cobbled streets, you will soon discover all the other things that are great about it – and that’s mainly its history, food, and peculiar architecture – the houses with eyes on the roof.
Another year has passed and while I try to look back I realize it brought many opportunities, changes, happy memories, challenges and everything in between. Travel-wise it wasn’t a very crowded year, as I took a little time to breathe and start some new projects for my personal and professional development. I went on my travels mostly with family and friends, rather than going solo and that made everything fun in a relaxed way.
Vienna is an amazing city all year round, but during Christmas time its wide streets and beautiful Baroque buildings transform under glimmering lights. Therefore, in November-December, it is one of the most desired destinations in the world. It’s obvious why it holds the top spots in people’s preferences: it has tradition, beauty and a great deal of Christmas Markets. Basically, if you see a square, you see a market, but because time is a limited resource for all, you might want to know which ones are not to miss.Read more
Rome is not only one of the most visited cities in the world, but also one of the cities with most mentions in poems and songs. Because music and travel are two of my biggest passions, I thought I would combine them to create the perfect playlist for visiting the Eternal City.Read more
When you have a shoestring budget for your travels, you usually have two options. The first option is to take a car/bus/train ride to a place that’s not too far from your home. The second option is to find a cheap plane ticket to a destination (usually abroad) and fly there. When thinking about visiting a foreign country, many prefer to start with the capital for a number of reasons, like transportation convenience and range of stuff to do there. Europe offers quite a lot of choices for budget travelers, especially in countries located in its Southern, Eastern, and Central part of it. You can find below a list of the most 5 affordable capitals in Europe, that can promise a good time without digging a hole in your wallet.Read more
Travel is supposed to be all fun and games, but sometimes, things go wrong. Literally, anything can happen, from losing your possessions or being a victim of scams to getting sick and the list of disasters can go on and on. Because I get to travel a lot, over the years I got my fair share of problems down the road. While there are some happenings that can be avoided if you know what to expect, some don’t fall under your control, but the outcome will reside in the way you manage them. For example, having a sudden medical problem is mostly unavoidable, but knowing what to do in case this happens can make the difference between a ruined vacation and a fun vacation with a little unfortunate incident. And of course, I have a story on this topic.Read more
We are producing 300 million tons of plastic each year and only a small percentage is recycled. Nowadays, plastic litter can be found in all ecosystems. It’s in the soil and it’s in the oceans. Microplastics have been discovered even in the Arctic ice. It’s an issue that is impacting the lives of thousands of species, harming or killing them. We all the power to reduce the plastic pollution problem by being eco-friendly. Even when we travel. Because we are not citizens of a certain country. We are citizens of the world and we must take care of it. Each and every one of us. Together.Read more
Iasi is one of the biggest cities of Romania, situated in the north-east part of the country. Built on 7 hills, just like Rome, it is a picturesque city, with nice architecture and dreamy, green landscapes. Throughout the history, Iasi has been the spiritual and cultural core of Moldavia, one of the historical regions of Romania.Read more
When people find out that I travel a lot, they often ask for stories. Some want to know about people that I met along the way. Others want to hear a funny tale or a dangerous, weird or unexpected situation in which I found myself in at some point. Because I have a ton of stories of each and every type, I usually find myself ranting about them for a long time. At the end a lot of people ask: Why do you keep these stories for yourself? Why don’t you write these down on your blog? After a while I realized their question was valid. Isn’t that the purpose of having a blog? Sharing experiences with the world?
2018 is already long gone and I couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing experiences, memories and people this year brought into my life. It’s fun to look back and put in balance the things I wished for vs the things I checked off my list, but I definitely slowed down with making New Year resolutions over the last years.