During my work trip to Manila, my boyfriend and I did a weekend getaway to Boracay. Boracay is best known for their beautiful white sand beaches and if this place isn’t on your travel list, it should be! We spent most of our weekend walking along the beach, exploring one station after another. And at night, we wandered under a blanket of bright stars. My highlight was definitely snorkeling in open water and seeing all the colorful fishes. For me, snorkeling here was better than in Hawaii!
Venice is the most unique city I’ve personally visited in Europe – consisting of 118 islands connected by bridges and separated by a network of canals. There are also no cars allowed on Venice Proper. Just imagine the freedom of exploring without stopping at crosswalks or looking out for cars – it’s a pretty great experience! To be honest, I liked Venice on my first visit but it wasn’t until my second that I really loved this city. My advice is to make sure you have enough time to both visit the main attractions (my favorites listed below) and wander aimlessly in the city. Venice is made up of 6 neighborhoods so there’s quite a lot of ground to cover! Though if you ask me, San Marco is still my favorite.
After my first trip to Amsterdam last year, I knew I had to come back (and this time without the parents). It was most affordable to fly to Europe via WOW air so my boyfriend and I chose to have Amsterdam as the first city on our 3 week Europe trip.
Living in Northern California, Los Angeles is not new territory for me. Yet, I can’t wait to go back! Don’t get me wrong, the Bay Area is still far better than SoCal. But as a foodie, I do love trying new restaurants. And this time around, I found a few new favorites that might just be worth driving 6 hours on I-5 (and I hate I-5). I was sadly sick during this weekend so it was a struggle at times… but overall, it was a great way to spend the 4th of July weekend!
I went to Boston with my college roommate, Veronica, for MLK weekend. This was my first time in Boston and it quickly became one of my top three favorite cities in the United States. I became obsessed with the red brick streets and fell in love with the delicious food. I was also lucky to have Veronica as my guide because it was the perfect 3-day itinerary!
To continue our romantic getaway, my boyfriend and I chose the unique city of Venice. This was our first time in Venice and with only two days, we made sure to pack in all the main tourist attractions. We even crossed off “gondola ride” from our bucket list! No cars are allowed on Venice Proper so get your walking shoes ready! I do think the best way to explore is to walk aimlessly around the city, passing by all the shops and crossing over numerous canals. I would absolutely visit Venice again because two days is just not enough!
Of all the European cities that I have visited so far, Paris is in my top three. I absolutely loved it! I fell in love with the apartment buildings and their artistic balconies. I loved wandering the small streets and crossing the bridges along the Seine. I can’t get over the endless number of parks where someone can just sit or wander. And who wouldn’t love watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle every night! It was such a romantic place to be and the best spot to kick off my weeklong romantic getaway with the boyfriend.
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, I took a quick Dart ride to Malahide to explore the small town and visit one of the oldest castles in Ireland. I wasn’t blown away by the town, but my experience at the castle was well worth the visit.
Lisbon wasn’t originally on my list of cities to visit during my time in Europe, but my coworker wanted to go for the beautiful weather. The best part about Lisbon for me was the food – the fresh fish and the delicious pastries! I also appreciated Lisbon’s unique charm as I walked around the city. The tourist spots might be cheap to visit, but the lines were long and operations inefficient (one of my biggest pet peeves). It wasn’t one of my favorite European cities but I would still go back for the food alone.
There is a calming charm to Copenhagen and for such a beautiful city, it’s not overly packed with tourists. This made it easy to explore the small city quickly because we didn’t waste any time in long lines. I was a bit surprised at how expensive everything in Copenhagen is, especially the food, but the beautiful attractions make it worth every penny.