Category Archives: Destinations

Day trip: Scheveningen pier, The Netherlands

The iconic Scheveningen pier appears to have finally left behind its most troubled years. After costly renovations, fires and several years of decay, it eventually went bankrupt and was closed for a few years. In 2014, a new owner was found and Holland’s only pier got another chance. It reopened a year after and has been subject to ongoing improvements. My mum was very keen on visiting the Scheveningen pier, thanks to the most notable change: the addition of a ferris weel in 2016. We decided it was about time we took a day trip to the seaside to check out the new and improved pier.
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5 reasons why you should visit San Marino

Small countries fascinate me. That was my main reason for adding a visit to San Marino to this summer’s road trip plans. I wasn’t sure what I’d find. I’m not even sure what I expected of the country that proudly calls itself the oldest republic in the world. In the two days I spent there, I didn’t really find out what sets it apart from the country it’s surrounded by. Nor did I find out how a country with less inhabitants than the city I live in manages to have a successful economy. What I did find out, is why it’s one of the most charming places I’ve ever visited and why everyone who is travelling to Italy should consider taking a small detour. These are my 5 reasons why you should visit San Marino.
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Two days in Rome

As it turns out, big cities aren’t exactly ideal road trip destinations. During my tour of Italy, this became particularly clear in the capital city. Despite that, I only needed two days in Rome to fall in love with this city. I can’t wait to return for a more extensive visit of Rome and the smallest country in the world: Vatican City.
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Travel-inspired recipe: Portuguese black-eyed beans and tuna salad

One of my favourite things about travelling is getting to know the local cuisine. I take pictures of nearly everything I eat abroad. I often try to replicate one or two dishes from a trip. Travelling has provided me with many great recipes of dishes that take me straight back to the place where I tried them for the first time.
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The worst day of my Italian road trip

Travelling is hardly ever a continuous series of perfect, carefree days. Every trip is bound to have a bad day. The worst day – technically it was the worst night – of my recent trip to Italy started when my friend and I arrived in a coastal village in the vicinity of Rome.
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The truth about Cinque Terre

During my recent road trip through Italy, I visited the famous coastal towns of Cinque Terre. I instantly fell in love with them. There is an abundance of information out there on visiting this area, but I feel like a lot of what I’ve read is incorrect or outdated. The trip was quite a bit different than I’d imagined it to be. Despite the multitude of blogs that have already been written on this topic, I felt like the internet could do with an honest and updated post about visiting Cinque Terre.

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Life on the road

‘Turn left here.’
I take a look at the road Dom’s pointing at.
‘Are you sure?’ I ask him. The road doesn’t look very inviting, but he’s sure it’s the correct one, so I turn left. We’ve been on the road for nearly 16 hours and all I want is to find a place to sleep as soon as possible. My car is protesting quite heavily and nearly stalls a few times as it fights to climb the incredibly steep and narrow road, at the end of which is the most picturesque agriturismo I have ever seen.

Earlier in the day we’ve taken a detour over the St Gotthard pass to avoid the long traffic jam at the tunnel. At the top of the pass we discussed our plans for the day and decided that if we wanted to make it to the Italian coast on the first day of our trip, we’d have to find a hotel instead of a campsite. So here we are. Unfortunately the challenging trip up the mountain road has been in vain. The agriturismo is fully booked.

After an equally challenging trip back down, we try another hotel, which turns out to be so busy I can’t even park the car. Dom attempts to ring another hotel, but after saying “Pronto?” four or five times, they hang up on us. A quick check online doesn’t leave us with many options, so we decide to revert to our initial plan. Let’s just find a campsite before the sun sets. Thankfully, the first one we try has plenty of free spots. It’s a small campsite right next to the motorway, but it’s 9 o’clock and we’re losing the light, so it’ll do for now.

A non-skier’s guide to the Austrian Alps

Winter is not exactly my favourite season. I don’t particularly like the cold and in the Netherlands, snow is mostly just a danger to traffic, rather than something to enjoy. However, if you get the opportunity to visit one of Austria’s ski resorts, don’t turn it down just because you don’t ski. Although I’ve seen these mountains plenty of times during summer, they’re arguably at their most impressive after receiving a fresh layer of snow in the middle of winter. Here’s how to make the most of your time in Austria as a non-skier.

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