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Hi guys, in this post, I will tell you about my recent day trip from London to St. Albans, located just 30 min away from London. Even though St. Albans is so close to London, it has an entirely different atmosphere and feeling, and also there are plenty of points of interest in St. Albans. In this post, I will tell you how to get from London to St. Albans and what are the best things to do in Saint Albans and nearby. You can visit Saint Albans for a day or even for a weekend if you really want to stay away from London without even being too far away.

How did I find out about St. Albans? Is St. Albans in London?

When I just moved to London a couple of years ago, I was reading countless articles about things to do in London / nearby, and one of the articles has featured an gorgeous photo of a frozen lake and a park covered by a thin layer of snow. Another time I came across St. Albans when reading about the best food markets in England – St. Albans Market was featured in this article. And finally, I passed it multiple times when going from London to Luton airport, so I was aware that St. Albans is just a short ride away.

Day trip from London to St. Albans: best things to do in Saint Albans

So how to get to St. Albans from London?

You can quickly get to St. Albans by train or by bus. You can either buy the train tickets online (sometimes it’s cheaper in advance, check the prices on Trainline). The off-peak day return ticket costs around £10 per person. However, if you travel a lot across the UK and you have your travel buddy (e.g. spouse, best friend, parent etc), it may be worth to apply for a Two Together railcard. We managed to save a lot of money with the railcard this year (and last year as well). Oh, and I forgot to tell you that you can hop this train in St. Pancras, Kentish Town etc, so there’s a wide range of stop to suit your needs.

Alternatively, you can get to St. Albans from North London (Barnet), but it will take you longer and will barely be any cheaper. However, it’s a convenient option if you already live in North London.

Best things to do in Saint Albans during a day trip

Visit St. Albans Market (only open on Wednesday and Saturday)

If you’re planning to visit St. Albans during a weekend, you will have a bonus – the market, where you can buy some local produce and delicious street food from the local vendors. Read more about the market opening times here. Where is the St. Albans Market located? Head to St Peters Street and you’ll notice some 150+ stalls! Moreover, on every 2nd Sunday on the month, there’s a special farmers market at St. Albans, so if that’s what you’re interested in, you can definitely check it out!

Day trip from London to St. Albans: best things to do in Saint Albans

If you’re interested, what gear do I use to take photos, I have Sony A7 III with Samyang 35 mm prime lens.

Walk around in the Saint Albans park (Verulamium Park)

The park of Saint Albans is honestly very impressive and it’s great for a nice walk or even a picnic. You can find it on the map as St. Albans Park, however, the official name is Verulamium Park. From the park, you can see the stunning views of the Saint Albans Cathedral.

Day trip from London to St. Albans: best things to do in Saint Albans

Visit and admire Saint Albans Cathedral

One of the main things to do in Saint Albans during a day trip is visiting the famous Saint Albans Cathedral. St Albans Cathedral is one of the oldest in the country and Alban is the first saint of Great Britain. The entry to the Cathedral is free and it’s open every day from 08:30 to 17:45 pm. The Cathedral is magnificent inside and outside and it’s definitely one of the most beautiful cathedrals in England (my second favourite is York Cathedral (read my post about the weekend in York) and on the third place I’d put Canterbury Cathedral (read my post about a day trip to Canterbury).

Day trip from London to St. Albans: best things to do in Saint Albans

Have a pint in one of the local pubs

During the day trip to Saint Albans, I saw so many lovely pubs, but I could only visit one (it wasn’t the time for the proper pub crawl, and I can’t drink that much beer anyway). In the end, we picked Ye Olde Fighting Cocks which is one of the best pubs in Saint Albans City, and it also has a lovely outside terrace for a warm and sunny day. It’s located outside the city centre, next to the park and the Cathedral, so it’s a perfect spot if you want to relax.

Go shopping in St. Albans

I didn’t expect much from shopping in Saint Albans city, but I was pleasantly surprised by the selection of shops in the city centre. It’s nothing like Oxford Street in London, but still, there were quite a few nice stores and not that many people at all, so walking around and looking for clothes was a pleasure rather than a chore.

Visit the museums of Saint Albans

If shopping is of no interest to you, you can visit the Verulamium Museum in Saint Albans, where you can learn more about the history of Saint Albans, and it’s Roman past. Alternatively, you can visit the St. Albans Organ Theatre to see the collections of Organs.

Have a lunch / dinner in a sustainable restaurant in St. Albans

Finally, after exploring all St. Albans has to offer, I would recommend you to have lunch or dinner in a sustainable restaurant in Saint Albans called Lussmans. All the ingredients in Lussmans are ethically sourced from the U.K. producers and they also offer fixed price menus. The early dinner menu was quite affordable and delicious, so I would definitely come back to Saint Albans to eat at Lussmans again!

Day trip from London to St. Albans: best things to do in Saint Albans

Okay, that was it. Hope you enjoyed this post about the day trip to St Albans from London and the best things you can do in Saint Albans! Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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Are you planning a trip to Seychelles, but not sure where to start? Are you overwhelmed by all this information about Seychelles islands available online? Don’t worry, this will be the only guide to Seychelles you will ever need: here you will find everything you need to know about travelling to Seychelles, from the best islands to stay in Seychelles to the best resorts, car rentals, places to eat and prices in Seychelles and more!

Seychelles on a map, currency in Seychelles and a couple of useful facts

Seychelles is a tiny island country in the Indian ocean located closer to Africa than to Asia (hence it’s part of the African continent). If you’re curious, where exactly is Seychelles on a map, here’s a photo.

The official languages in Seychelles are English, French and the local language called Seychellois Creole. The population of Seychelles is just under 100,000 people. The main island of Seychelles is Mahe and Mahe is also the Seychelles island with the most people living on it.

The currency in Seychelles is called Seychellois rupee (SCR) and for £1 you can get around £17.5 SCR while $1 USD gets your roughly 13.6 SCR.

Seychelles is actually one of the least touristic paradise destinations, only about 300,000 people a year visit Seychelles and 66% of them come from Europe.

Seychelles in December. 5 Days in Seychelles

How to get to Seychelles: flying to Seychelles islands

Seychelles is a very remote country, and it’s the easiest to get there by plane. Depending on where you’re flying from, it might be easier to get there from South Africa, Ethiopia Europe or the Middle East. AirFrance and British Airways often fly to Seychelles from Paris and London, and the flights aren’t usually costly. You can check the availability and the prices of the flights to Seychelles on Skyscanner.

However, the cheapest flight from Europe to Seychelles island that I’ve seen was with Ethiopian Airlines, and I only heard good reviews about this airline, so I would definitely give it a chance. If you’re flying from the US, you might want to check the flights with Emirates, Etihad and Turkish Airlines.

The only guide to Seychelles you will ever need

Are Seychelles expensive? How much does a trip to Seychelles cost

I always thought Seychelles are crazy expensive! But I was wrong. I was looking for a tropical destination to go for Christmas for ages. It seemed like all the long-haul flights were competing between each other to be the most expensive economy flight in history and so far Vietnam was winning with £1250 ($1600) for a return flight (and that’s not even premium economy) and that if you were to buy the flight 4 months before Christmas. I was checking Skyscanner EVERY DAY, until one morning, I saw return flights to Seychelles for £550 (that’s like $720) return for Christmas! I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was too good to be true. But I also hesitated for a second before buying the ticket because I thought I wouldn’t be able to afford to stay in Seychelles (for some reason, I thought it’s more expensive than the Maldives, on the same level with Bora Bora). Oh, man, I was wrong.

Are Seychelles really expensive? Yes and not. Seychelles islands can be really expensive if you want, but you can also go there on a tight budget and enjoy your time in Seychelles. If you’re interested in enjoying Seychelles on a budget, head to my post about my itinerary for 5 days in Seychelles on a budget, where I talk about prices in Seychelles and affordable places to eat in Seychelles (Mahe, Praslin and La Digue) and you will find a list of amazing affordable properties in Seychelles.

However, if you’re not in the mood for checking the post, I’ve listed some prices in Seychelles for you here.

Prices in Seychelles, cost of a trip to Seychelles

Prices in Seychelles & budget for a trip to Seychelles:

Accommodation: We stayed 3 days on Praslin and 2 days on Mahe, and we spent around $650 for 5 nights during the most expensive season in Seychelles. Besides, the apartments were even bigger than our flat in London. If you’re not going during the high season, you can totally stay in great apartments for $80 per night.

If you’re a luxury seeker, you will find amazing resorts like Six Senses, but prepare to spend 5-digit figures there.

Food in Seychelles was also affordable. I was scared that it would be $130 for two tiny dishes like in the Maldives (we were in a resort there, hence the prices – read more about how much we ended up spending in the Maldives), but luckily, it wasn’t! You can totally buy groceries in various shops and cook them at your apartment. One day we even got a giant frozen crab for something like $8. We also ate in local takeaway stores – you can get a lunch box with fresh fish and rice for like $3, which is a bargain! However, if you go to restaurants, it’s not that cheap anymore – you can easily spend $70-$130 for two in a restaurant in Seychelles.

Our budget for a trip to Seychelles

In total, our budget for Seychelles was around $3200 (£2400) for two people including flights, food, hotels and everything else. We spent 5 full days in Seychelles, and we spent another 2 days flying from London to Mahe via Paris.

However, if you visit Seychelles island outside the busiest times (Christmas and January), book your accommodation in advance and, most importantly, stay on one island only, you can reduce this cost to just £1600-1700, which is a great price for a trip to Seychelles.

Prices in Seychelles, cost of travel to Seychelles

Best time to go to Seychelles:

If you’re wondering, when to go to Seychelles and what’s the best time to go to Seychelles, I must tell you that it’s complicated. There’s no guarantee that during the “good months” you’ll have good weather. We visited Seychelles in December which is considered a bad time to go to Seychelles because of the high chances of rains and no sun, nonetheless, December and January are the busiest months in Seychelles. Guess what, we only saw rain twice in 5.5 days and only for 30 min or so. Most of the days were very hot and sunny.

However, if you’re still convinced that you should visit Seychelles in its prime time, the best month to go to Seychelles islands is probably April, May and around October. Again, it doesn’t mean that you can’t visit Seychelles during other months, e.g. in summer or winter and you’ll get bad weather. It’s just luck.

Things to do in Praslin in December

How long to go to Seychelles for? Optimal holiday length in Seychelles

If you’re thinking, how long to go to Seychelles for, it’s also an individual choice. We’ve spent 5 full days in Seychelles (read this post about my itinerary) and managed to see 3 main islands, relax, discover everything and enjoy the holidays. For some, however, this itinerary might be too intense and depending on how do you usually spend your vacations, you can decide, how much time you want to spend in Seychelles.

I would say, 1 week in Seychelles is enough, especially if you want to see 2-3 islands (e.g. Mahe, Praslin, La Digue or others). If you’re staying on a private island, you can spend 3-5 days there, it’s all up to you. I would probably get very bored if I were to spend 2 weeks in Seychelles, but that’s just me: I like changing places and a variety of things to do.

If you have spare 2 weeks to spend in Seychelles, the itinerary for 14 days in Seychelles should definitely include visiting Mahe, Praslin and La Digue and maybe a couple of tours to private islands.

Are Seychelles worth it?

Which island to visit in Seychelles (if you could only visit one)?

I’ve got a separate post about the best island to visit in Seychelles, and if you’re curious and need a lot of information, you can totally check it out.

Long story short, I would, of course, recommend you to visit at least 3 islands: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, but if you have some budget or length of stay restrictions, I would recommend staying in Mahe, as it’s a great place to spend your vacation. If you have a bigger budget, you can definitely afford one of the resorts located on private islands, however, in this case, you won’t be able to enjoy what the other islands have to offer (in other words, you won’t be able to do any sightseeing in Seychelles).

Best hotels and apartments to say in Seychelles

If you have a budget for a resort, I would totally recommend you these well-rated resorts with amazing beaches: JA Enchanted Island (Round Island), Constance Lemuria (Praslin), Four Seasons Seychelles (Mahe).

If you’re on a budget, these are the best-rated apartments in Seychelles: Awesome Charlie D Villas (Mahe), Le Nautique Beachfront Apartments (Mahe), Island Charm of Praslin (Praslin).

Ocean Jewels Resort

Who are Seychelles for? What kind of people travel to Seychelles?

Interested, who’s the typical traveller that goes to Seychelles? Well, I’ve seen a few different types of travellers: Millenials who want to explore the world, families with young children staying in self-catering apartments, older people who already raised their children and just want to relax in a tropical place and people who are very well off and came for a regular vacation staying in a luxurious resort.

Who I haven’t seen in Seychelles are the backpackers – as it’s very expensive to fly to Seychelles and then you can’t really hitchhike around – if you want to see everything, you need to pay at least 100 euros for a return very from Mahe to Praslin and other ferries as well. Seychelles definitely isn’t the destination for backpackers.

However, we managed to stay on a budget in Seychelles and didn’t overspend if you’re interested in some money-saving tips for Seychelles, head to this post.

The only guide to Seychelles you will ever need

Honeymoon in Seychelles: yay or nay?

Are you planning to spend your honeymoon in Seychelles? Well, why not! It’s a good location for an affordable honeymoon where you hire a car to explore different remote beaches and spend unforgettable time there together. However, there are also a couple of downsides of Seychelles as a honeymoon destination: head to this post to learn more, whether Seychelles is worth it for a honeymoon or not.

Things to do in La Digue

Best beaches in Seychelles for swimming

Seychelles have some really amazing beaches, and many of them are really beautiful. However, when it comes to swimming, not all of them are always suitable for swimming because of really strong currents / rocky entrances or seaweed. Some of the beaches I really liked and enjoyed in Seychelles are below.

Best beaches in Seychelles (in my humble opinion):

  1. Port Launay Beach in Mahe
  2. Anse Lazio in Praslin
  3. Anse Takamaka in Mahe
  4. Anse Source D’Argent in La Digue
  5. Grand Anse in La Digue

Is Seychelles a good snorkelling destination?

If you’re going to Seychelles just because of snorkelling, you might want to pick another destination. Even though snorkelling in Seychelles is good, it’s nowhere close to the Maldives or Indonesia, for example. In fact, I was trying very hard to find really good snorkelling spots in Seychelles, and I found nothing in Praslin, only 1 place in La Digue and only 1 beach for snorkelling in Mahe.

All the good snorkelling spots in Seychelles are located around some small private or uninhabited islands and you need to purchase a special tour to go there. Again, you will be in a group and probably won’t be able to enjoy snorkelling at your own pace.

Where to snorkel in Seychelles? My favourite snorkelling spot in Seychelles was Port Launay beach in Mahe and my second favourite was Anse Source D’Argent in La Digue.

Snorkelling in La Digue

What to pack for Seychelles? Essentials to bring to Seychelles

Now, my favourite part: what to pack for Seychelles and what are the essentials that you must bring to Seychelles with you.

It goes without saying that you need to bring swimwear and bikinis, as you will be swimming a lot in Seychelles. I always buy my swimsuits on ASOS: they are affordable and I can have many instead on 1 expensive bikini.

I found the sun in Seychelles very aggressive, so I recommend bringing a GOOD SPF50 cream for your skin and at least SPF 30 for your face. I also used my BB cream from Erborian that also has SPF when I wasn’t going to swim.

Seychelles is an okay snorkelling destination (if you check the snorkelling section above, you will find out more about the topic): there are certain beaches with a lot of corals and fishes and I was happy that I brought my Helloyee snorkelling mask with me.

Things to do in Praslin

What else to pack for Seychelles?

I also brought the Nikon Keymisson 170 action camera to film fishes (it doesn’t require a special underwater case, which saves space in the luggage) and the drone – DJI Spark for drone photos.

We also bought a lot of small snacks, as we were renting a car in Seychelles and weren’t sure if we would have time for eating outside. Some snacks we brought included granola, protein bars and rice crackers.

What else to pack for Seychelles is totally up to you, but I would recommend some really comfortable sandals, especially if you’re going to go to the National Parks in Praslin and Mahe and if you’re going to rent a bicycle in La Digue.

Exploring Seychelles

Renting a car in Seychelles: is it worth it?

Finally, in the last part of this guide to Seychelles, let’s talk about renting a car in Mahe and Praslin: the two biggest Seychelles islands. If you want to explore Seychelles and visit a couple of beaches, restaurants and landmarks, I would definitely recommend you renting a car, as the public transport in Seychelles is not something you could rely on.

In Praslin, we rented our car through Capricorn Car rental. We got a very nice and new automatic car and the owner was really nice to us. On Mahe, we rented through a company which I wouldn’t recommend because of poor communication and old cars. Instead, try to book a car from a big international company in Mahe, e.g. Sixt is available there.

Del Place Seychelles

It’s time to finish this guide to Seychelles – hopefully, you found a lot of information! If that was not enough, I’ve got more blog posts about Seychelles on Tripsget:

Are Seychelles worth it? How not to be disappointed in the Seychelles
Most Instagrammable locations in the Seychelles
Best island to stay in Seychelles: Mahe, Praslin or La Digue
Itinerary for 5 days in Seychelles and tips for Seychelles on a budget

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Having lived in Sri Lanka on and off for the past 8 years, I am usually the source of all Sri Lanka tips and tricks for my friends and family planning a trip to the island. When it comes to Sri Lanka travel budget, I always say that Sri Lanka can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be.

You can go around the country by public transport, eat rice and curry, and rent cheap rooms as long as a bed and a shower is all you need to survive. Or you can hire a car with a driver, frequent chef-driven restaurants, and book hotel suites with an assigned butler who will draw your bath every morning (true story!). The choice is yours.

Sri Lanka is definitely not the cheapest travel destination, especially when you compare it to popular Southeast Asian countries like India or Thailand. But if you are coming from the Western part of the world, the prices will pleasantly surprise you.

This great guest post is written by Yulia from That’s What She Had.You can read more about Yulia and her blog at the end of this post.

Sri Lanka Travel Budget: Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka
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So let’s get to it! How expensive is it to travel in Sri Lanka?

The rate I am using in the article is USD$1 = 180 Sri Lankan rupees.

Transport costs in Sri Lanka

In my opinion, the best way to see Sri Lanka is by traveling from one city to another and staying at each place for 2-4 days. I know of many travelers who book a hotel room at the beach for 2 weeks and then take day trips to some of the most popular attractions. Not only it is hard to see the country this way — many amazing places are too far from the beaches on the Southern coast to be included on a day trip — but it’s very tiring as well.

I always recommend to travel from city to city for the first 7 to 10 days and then spend the last few days relaxing on the beach. So how does one travel around the island? You have several options. The cheapest way is by public transport: buses and trains.

Buses in Sri Lanka

Regular buses in Sri Lanka are mostly used by locals and occasional budget travelers. They are dirt-cheap: you will pay only a few dollars to cross the whole country from end to end. Mind you, there are no assigned seats in these buses, and you might even have to stand the whole duration of the ride.

Upscale buses with comfortable seats and AC run only to a few destinations, for example from Colombo to Jaffna and from Colombo to Galle. They will cost you $4-7, but you are sure to get a seat.

Trains in Sri Lanka

Trains are my favorite means of transportation around the island. They are comfortable (not European-style comfortable, but quite good nevertheless), fast and cheap. You can choose between observation compartment, first, second, and third class. Observation compartment and first class compartment provide assigned seats. Second and third class cars don’t have assigned seats and, just like in case with buses, you might have to stand the whole way.

To give you an idea, a train ride from Colombo to Jaffna (the longest ride you can do on the island) will cost you $8.50 if you choose observation compartment and $1.50 if you choose third class.

Another option is to hire a car with a local driver. I wouldn’t recommend driving yourself, as chaos reigns on the roads of Sri Lanka and driving is extremely stressful even for locals, let alone foreigners. Hiring a car with a driver will cost you $45 per day. Check the prices and availability of the cars in Sri Lanka here.

Sri Lanka Travel Budget: Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka
Photo by Yulia from That’s What She Had

What to pack for Sri Lanka? Something to spend money on?

If you are travelling all around the island, I’d recommend packing some warm clothes like sweaters and jackets, as well as beachwear. Once you reach hill country in the middle of the island, the temperatures drop to 10-15°C. You’ll need a good rain jacket as drizzling rain and fog are common in the mountains.

Make sure to pack a shawl and a long skirt to be able to enter temples — your shoulders and knees should be covered.

I also suggest to get sunscreen before the trip, as cosmetics in Sri Lanka are expensive.

Accommodation prices in Sri Lanka

As I mentioned before, you can find a hotel for any taste in Sri Lanka.

Luxury hotels will cost you $300-$1200 per night. Some great hotels to check out are: Shangri-La and Anantara Peace Haven.

Mid Range hotels will cost you $75-$200: Jetwing Lagoon and Araliya Green Hills.

Budget Hotels will cost you $15-$50: Casa De Kalu and Ella Ridge View.

Food prices in Sri Lanka: how expensive are meals in Sri Lanka?

When it comes to traditional Sri Lankan food, you can plan to spend as little as $2 per meal if you go for local joints serving rice and curry or fried rice. That price will go up 2-3 times if you are having lunch/dinner at a restaurant located in a touristy town. As a rule of thumb, I’d plan to spend $7-8 per meal given that you go for roti, kottu, or rice and curry.

At the oceanfront restaurants along the coast, freshly-caught seafood dishes will set you back $15-20. Cocktails are usually priced at $8-10.

Breakfast at an upscale hotel costs around $13-15 (you can often reserve a table even if you are not staying at the hotel).

There are also high-end restaurants, like Ministry of Crab in Colombo, where a meal for two can easily cost $100.

Sri Lanka Travel Budget: Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka
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Sightseeing prices in Sri Lanka: landmarks and activities

Sightseeing in Sri Lanka is not overly expensive. The most pricy attraction — Sigiriya Rock — will set you back $36.

Entrance to temples is usually free unless it’s a big tourist attraction like Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic where the entrance is $10.

The entrance to Royal Botanical Gardens is $15.

Horton Plains National Park is $10

Whale watching (day trip) is $50.

Sri Lanka Travel Budget: Cost of Travel in Sri Lanka
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Other prices in Sri Lanka: shopping

Once again, shopping expenses depend on the kind of souvenirs you are looking for. You can buy cheap magnets/masks/bijouterie at touristy gift shops and spend just a couple of dollars. Or you can go for handcrafted batiks, hand loomed clothes, fine china, and the famous Sri Lankan sapphires.

One of my favorite gift shops in Sri Lanka is called Barefoot (you can find it in Colombo and Galle). They only sell locally produced items that include designer clothes, books by Sri Lankan authors, and even furniture made by local artisans. I really love their fashion line and have bought Barefoot dresses and sarongs for $30-40.

You can find good locally made cosmetics at Spa Ceylon shops. Prices for their products like creams, shower gels, and shampoos run from $10 up.

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Whether you choose to travel on a budget or have a luxurious trip in Sri Lanka, I am sure you’ll enjoy this beautiful island. After all, gorgeous sunsets on the Southern coast cost nothing, as well as the smiles of local people, or the salty ocean breeze. And these are the best things in life.

This great post about the cost of travel in Sri Lanka & Sri Lanka travel budget is written by:

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That’s What She Had

Yulia is the She in That’s What She Had, a blog about food with no recipes and no reviews. She is a Russian girl who starts a research of a new country by Googling “What to eat in…” instead of “What to do in…”, doesn’t mind staying in line for cronut under pouring rain for hours, and reads on the history of pecan pie before trying one. She hopes one day you’ll visit a place she recommended and order what she had.

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Hey guys, in this post, I will tell you about the most Instagrammable spots in Milan. I just came back from Milan and Bergamo, where I’ve spent a fantastic weekend and went to explore the most photogenic locations and instagrammable places in both cities. Even though the weather wasn’t the best on the second day, I still enjoyed the trip a lot and discovered a lot of amazing places for this Instagram guide to Milan and Bergamo.

If you don’t follow me on Instagram already, please check out my Instagram page and give it a follow if you like my content. You can find me as @lizatripsget (most of the most Instagrammable places in Milan and Bergamo are already posted there!).

How to combine Milan and Bergamo in one trip?

The reason why I combined Milan and Bergamo in one post is that Bergamo is so close to Milan and you can literally reach it in 45 minutes. We bought a very affordable ticket from London to Bergamo (check the prices and availability for the flights to Bergamo and Milan here) and stayed overnight in Mercure Bergamo. We spend Saturday morning exploring gorgeous Bergamo and then hopped on a train to Milan. In Milan, we stayed in this cosy and stylish hotel called NU Hotel Milano, very close to the metro and the city centre as well. NU Hotel was very photogenic and while it’s probably not one of the most Instagrammable hotels in Milan, it’s very stylish and has some photogenic spots inside (e.g. hallway on the 5th floor and the view from the restaurant on the 6th floor).

Instagrammable hotels in Milan

If you’re looking for Instagrammable and overall very beautiful hotels in Milan and you don’t have significant budget restrictions, you might want to take a look at Townhouse Galleria and Armani Hotel Milan.

If you’re new to this blog, I should probably mention that I’m obsessed with Instagrammable places. Here, on Tripsget, you can find guides to the most Instagrammable places literally all around the world: London, Edinburgh, Istanbul, NYC, Paris, Tokyo, Iceland, Seychelles and more.

Here’s what I take photos on, in case you’re curious:

If you’re interested, what gear do I use to take photos, I have Sony A7 III with Samyang 35 mm prime lens.

In this post, I will mention famous landmarks, Instagrammable restaurants, coffee spots and cafes in Milan and charming photogenic streets.

Okay, let’s get started with the amazing Instagrammable spots in Milan (Bergamo part is below)

1. The streets and shops of Brera

If you can only visit one district of Milan, let it be Brera. Brera is all about colourful houses, cosy shops, excellent restaurants and photogenic spots. Just look at this beautiful flower stall – it’s definitely worth taking a photo. ​

Amazing Instagrammable spots in Milan & Bergamo | Photo locations in Milan

2. LuBar

Via Palestro, 16

One of the most Instagrammable locations in Milan is LuBar. It’s gorgeous inside with a lot of attention to details. It’s also one of the best-rated desert and cocktail places in Milan so it could be very very busy. If you want to take good photos there without any crowds, head there very early in the morning as around 4 pm on the weekend it’s already packed!

3. Coffee shop Pause

Via Federico Ozanam, 7

Another pretty coffee place in Milan is called Pause. Located close to the Lima metro station, this coffee shop is tiny but very stylish. The price for a coffee is also unbelievably low (compared to London).

​4. The flower shops of Milan

Multiple locations, e.g. Brera

Milan has so many great photogenic flower shop that I just couldn’t stop taking photos of them. A lot of them are located near Brera which is also the number one place of this guide to the most Instagrammable places in Milan. However, there are quite a few near the Duomo as well.

​5. Cafe Pavé

Via Felice Casati, 27

The place where we had to queue for a while is called Pavé. It’s a coffee/dessert place where you can either eat coffee with dessert or even order something more substantial (they serve brunch there). We really feel for their fruit and yoghurt tarts, and they were terrific. Coffee was also really really good there, so it’s worth queuing for a while to be able to eat at Pave!

6. Corso Como

10 Corso Como

Another wonderful photo location in this Instagram guide to Milan is the famous department store, Corso Como. Located next to the Garibaldi metro station, Corso Como is the iconic and legendary place. While the shop itself is beautiful, it’s not a photo location per se, however, the cafe on the first floor is insanely pretty and photogenic even in winter!

Instagram guide to Milan

​7. Duomo

What kind of guide to the best photo location in Milan wouldn’t include the famous Duomo? The iconic cathedral in Milan is magnificent and remarkable and the best views of it you can see from the Terrazza Aperol nearby or from the square in front of it. If you want some outstanding photos without many people, you will have to wake up at 7 am!

Photo locations in Milan

8. Fancytoast

Via Vittor Pisani, 13

Another place with a good idea and lovely interior is the Fancytoast. Located near the central station, Fancytoast is a place for people to have lunch (mostly for people working in the area). While I wasn’t a fan of their toasts, I must admit that they looked pretty. If the photo is what you want, then you can go ahead and order the most photogenic toast.

9. Navigli

Navigli is a beautiful area located outside the city centre of Milan, however, it gets very crowded on Sundays because of the Sunday Flea market. Navigli resembles Venice a little bit because of its canals and bridges, which makes it an excellent location for photos in Milan.

Photo locations in Milan

10. Starbucks reserve

Via Cordusio, 3

Starbucks opened its very store in Italy just a few months ago, and it decided to go big – they opened a flagship Starbucks reserve just a few hundreds of meters away from Duomo, and it looks insanely photogenic!

Photo locations in Milan

​11. Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II

Another iconic photo location in Milan is Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II located on the right side from the Duomo. Just as the Duomo, it gets insanely crowded and in order to get a good photo there, you need to wake up VERY early.

Photo locations in Milan

​12. Yellow trams of Milan

The traditional yellow trams of Milan could be really photogenic if you catch them at sunset and in a really beautiful location, for example. Try to find an old yellow tram as it looks best in the photos. I caught this one in Brera and I also saw some very close to the Duomo.

13. Rosa & Co cafe & bar

Corso Garibaldi, 16

Another pretty pink spot (almost as LuBar but not quite as impressive) is Rosa & Co cafe and bar located very close to Duomo and the Instagrammable Brera district of Milano. You can either visit Rosa & Co for a coffee or even grab a cocktail in the evening.

Photo locations in Milan

Photo locations and Instagrammable places in Bergamo

Photo locations in Bergamo

​14. The view from the tallest clock tower at the Piazza Vecchia

The entrance costs 5 euros, and you don’t even have to climb up, all that you need to do is just to take the lift up. The views from the clock tower at the Piazza Vecchia in the Citta Alta is just insane. If you’re lucky and it’s sunny, you will immediately fall in love in Bergamo!

Photo locations in Bergamo

15. Castello San Vigilio

Bergamo is the place for marvellous views. If you take another funicular up to the Castello San Vigilio, you will see the Citta Alta, Citta Bassa and the surroundings of Bergamo and the views are breathtaking. The funicular costs just 1.3 euros which is very affordable, so even you’re visiting Bergamo only for a couple of hours, don’t hesitate to get there.

​16. Little shops and restaurants of Bergamo

The shops and cafes in Bergamo are charming. You can find all sorts of delis, bakeries and even photogenic beer and vine shops. It’s now up to you and your creativity to take some photos with these beautiful storefronts.

Photo locations in Bergamo

​17. Cappella Colleoni

One of the most beautiful places in Bergamo to take a photo of is, undoubtedly, the Cappella Colleoni. The best place to take a photo of it is literally a spot in front of it and even around 12 pm on Saturday there are not that many people, so you can take a good photo.

Photo locations in Bergamo

Okay, that was it with the most Instagrammable places in Milan and Bergamo, hope you found some spots you’d love to visit! Don’t forget to check out some of my other posts in the Instagrammable places around the world category. If you have any suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to write them in the comment section.

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Many people are asking the questions, whether Seychelles are worth it and especially how good are Seychelles for honeymoon and I’ll try to explain it in this post.

There are many reasons people visit Seychelles: for a honeymoon, luxury secluded vacation break or just for a regular holiday. Of course, the expectations for some types of vacations are higher than the others, especially for the honeymoon.

In this post, I’ll try to answer some of the most common questions about Seychelles and tell you a few things, so you don’t have too high expectations and come back home disappointed.

How to get to Seychelles?

In order to get to Seychelles, you need to fly. There are very few airlines that fly to Seychelles, so make sure to buy your ticket in advance to avoid tickets being sold out. Check the price and availability of the flights to Seychelles here.

Are Seychelles worth it? Honeymoon in Seychelles

Unless you marry multiple times, you can’t have a honeymoon many times. I already had mine in Mexico, however, I did see quite a few honeymooners in Seychelles, and all of them looked happy and in love.

Honeymoon in Seychelles is a wonderful idea, however, it’s hard to find something for a medium budget (300-500 USD a night). You can either stay in dreamy hotels that are at least 2.5x expensive (like this one, for example). Most of them only include breakfast (so you will have to spend a lot on the food as well). Alternatively, you can have a fabulous budget-friendly honeymoon.

Nonetheless, all the beaches are public in Seychelles, so even if you’re staying at Four Seasons and hanging out on their excellent beach, there will be people who are not staying there. There could be many families with little kids, who might be crying just next to you. However, that won’t be the case if you stay in a hotel located on a private island (like this one). Problem solved.

5 days in Seychelles on a budget: our Seychelles itinerary

Affordable honeymoon in Seychelles

I must say that Seychelles are perfect for an affordable honeymoon, where you’ll stay in Guesthouses and Villas, drive your rental car and swim in the beaches all around the island of your choice (read my post about Mahe, Praslin & La Digue – which island to pick). You can also read my post about our itinerary for Seychelles on a budget and some tips for Seychelles so you have a really affordable holiday there.

If you’re interested, what gear do I use to take photos, I have Sony A7 III with Samyang 35 mm prime lens.

Are Seychelles worth it for a honeymoon? Well, if you’re looking for an affordable honeymoon in a tropical paradise, then 1000 times yes. If you’re looking for untouched luxury, yes, but you’ll have to stay at a hotel on a private island (there are few of those). If you’re looking for a medium range honeymoon, then better head to adults-only resorts in Riviera Maya or anywhere else in the Caribbean or the Maldives (read my posts about the Maldives here).

Honeymoon in Seychelles

Are Seychelles worth it for a tropical vacation?

If you’re looking to visit Seychelles as a regular holiday destination (e.g. your regular yearly vacation), you will probably enjoy it. You’ll enjoy Seychelles if you’re open-minded, don’t worry much about the service, and you’re ready to drive around in a rental car. Also, you wouldn’t mind driving to the beach, and you don’t have very high standards for the beaches for swimming.

Unlike many other tropical destinations I visited, the beaches in Seychelles were absolutely gorgeous but highly impractical for swimming. Most of the beaches have strong currents, and it was dangerous to swim. The other ones were very rocky, so you had to wear special shoes for swimming.

Beaches in Seychelles

After visiting three islands in Seychelles: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, I must say that the best beaches are definitely in Mahe. However, you still need to drive to a beautiful beach, where you can actually swim. Unless, of course, you stay in a property that is close to that beach (walking distance). In this case, I would recommend properties in Beau Vallon, Port Launay Beach in Mahe and properties next to Anse Lazio in Praslin. Find out more about the best beaches in Seychelles in this post.

If you are heading to Seychelles for snorkelling, well, there are better places around the world for that. Snorkelling in the Maldives was 10 times better, in my opinion. Moreover, in Seychelles, you really need to go the extra mile for snorkelling (e.g. going on a special tour).

Are Seychelles worth it?
Are Seychelles worth it? Seychelles honeymoon

Holiday in Seychelles: are Seychelles worth it?

The short answer yes, Seychelles is totally worth it. It’s a beautiful place, each of the islands has its charm (read my post about how all the islands differ between each other and where it’s better to stay) and there are plenty of photogenic spots in Seychelles (read my post about the best photo locations in Seychelles). It’s also possible to do Seychelles on a tight budget due to a presence of affordable self-catering apartments and cheap food stores and takeaways (read my post about 5 days in Seychelles on a budget – tips for saving money in Seychelles). However, you must keep in mind that all the beaches are public and you are likely to encounter people from outside your hotel even on the most private beach. There are very few splendid beaches for swimming compared to some other tropical destinations. And finally, to be able to explore Seychelles, you need a couple of ferries and at least 2 car rentals.

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In this post, you’ll find out how expensive is Edmonton to visit and what’s the price of travel in Canada.

This post is guest-written by Ben from Horizon Unknown, who has visited more than 50 countries and blogs about affordable travelling! All the photos are kindly provided by Ben as well!

Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta and is sometimes referred to as the “City of Festivals”. Whether you’re traveling in the chilly winter winds swooping down from the Arctic, or throughout the summer festival season, Edmonton is a great place to visit.

But just how much does typical activities cost in Edmonton? Like any city, there are a bunch of variables. Lets get into a run down on average costs of travel in Edmonton.

Transport prices in Edmonton

Getting there – Edmonton is a major city, so there’s plenty of flights from within Canada and the United States of America. From the nearest city of Calgary (a 3 hour drive) flights grange from $260-300 CAD,, round trip. This price will hopefully drop a little with the introduction of a couple of budget airlines for domestic Canadian flights. Check the availability and price of the flights to Canada here.

From a major airport U.S. hub, a return trip will cost around $400 CAD if you book a little in advance.

Airport transfer – Getting from Edmonton airport (YEG) can be a little challenging. To get to downtown Edmonton, taking bus 747 takes 25 minutes to get to the most southern Light Transit Rail (LRT) station. This costs $5 CAD. From here, you can catch the LRT downtown using the same transit ticket you used for the bus. They are valid for 90 minutes after validation or purchase.

A taxi will cost around $50-60 CAD from the airport to down town and will take roughly 40 minutes, expect over an hour in rush hour times of day.

Car rental – Having a car opens up so much of the city of Edmonton. Car rental can be done from many major companies, and is commonly done from the airport. The cheapest will set you back around $40 CAD a day for a 4 seater car with limited baggage space. Upgrading to a larger car for passengers or luggage, as well as extra features will bump this price up.

Check the most recent car rental prices in Edmonton here.

Bus/ Light Rail Transit tickets – Buying your fare on the bus will cost $3.25 CAD, and is valid for 90 minutes on any bus and LRT in the city. If you’re planning on using public transport a lot, you can buy a day pass for $9.50 CAD, or a booklet of 10 tickets for $25.50 CAD.

Taxi fares – Usually a flat rate for 1km is $1.65 CAD for a cab in Edmonton, along with an initial surcharge of $3.60 CAD.

Cost of travel in Canada

Accommodation prices in Edmonton

Just the ranges of accommodation prices from:

Luxury hotel for 2 people for 1 night – Prices for a 4.5-5 star hotel in the city range from around $200-250 CAD.

 3-4 star hotel – Around $150-200 for a double room for one night.

Affordable hotel – If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly hotel, still close to downtown , you’re looking at roughly the $100 CAD mark.

Hostel for 1 person (bunk bed) – Edmonton’s HI Hostel is one of the cheapest beds in the city, but it will still cost around $50, per person, per night.

You can check the best hotels deals in Edmonton here. 

Cost of travel in Canada

Food prices in Edmonton

Basic meal for two, brought from a supermarket – for a simple stir-fry enough for two, including rice, sauce and a few vegetables, you shouldn’t spend over $10. If you want to meat to that, you should be fine with a $6 CAD increase in price.

Cheap restaurants – Edmonton is a city where you can find some cheap resutrant meals. This multicultural city is home to many Asian style meals. Ramen at a Japanese restaurant is usually my favourite choice of a quick and cheap meal. Closely followed by Pho from a Vietnamese option. $10-15 CAD meals are pretty commonly found.

Mid-range restaurants – For the next step up in restaurants, you’re looking around $20-30 CAD. For a pub dinner, or a large lunch, and a drink this price point would roughly the price point to expect.

Going out in Edmonton

One beer in a bar – If you hit the bars during a happy hour, domestic beers can be as cheap as $5CAD, with full price import beers getting up around $8 CAD.

One cocktail – you’re looking around $12-15 CAD for a cocktail at a decent bar.

Entry to a nightclub – Depending on night of the week and events taking place, nightclub can range from $10-20 CAD.

Cost of travel in Canada

Sightseeing / tour prices in Edmonton

West Edmonton Mall is a popular activity inside the city of Edmonton. Once the largest mall/shopping center in the entire world, there’s plenty of things to see and do here.

Entrance to the Waterworld theme park costs $45 CAD, and $35 CAD for those under 45 inches (122cm). There’s also a dry theme park inside this giant mall. The cost for riding the indoor rollercoaster and number of other rides is the same as the water theme park.

The Muttart Conservatory is a fun and educational day for the entire family. These giant glass pyramids are set to different climates and showcase the range of vegetation that over in each. There are also some hands-on activities learning about these arid and humid environments .

Admission is $12.50 CAD for Adults and $10.50 CAD for seniors. Every month and or so there is a free admission day, usually held on a Saturday. The lines can get quite long on these free days.

Fort Edmonton Park is another educational day for the whole family, while learning about this historical side of Edmonton and the area.

Open from May to September for regular admission, and with events throughout the entire year. Regular admission prices are $26.20 CAD for Adults and children 2-17 are $20.90 CAD.

My personal favourite tour in Edmonton is actually free. Alberta’s Legislature holds a free walking tour, leaving every hour. To learn about the history of Edmonton and the Alberta province, this is a fantastic and cost-effective option.

Cost of travel in Canada

Other costs in Edmonton

Festivals

As I mentioned earlier, Edmonton has earned the nickname “the city of festivals”. There’s a festival for pretty much everything you can imagine in the city.

A few amazing ones are:

Taste of Edmonton – Where restaurants gather to offer their best dishes. You buy tickets and each food or drink has a specific ticket value. Expect to pay anywhere from $2-5 CAD per dish.

Heritage Days – one of my personal favourites, the process is much the same as above. You buy tickets, and then spend them eating whatever you want to try. With around 150 different nationalities taking part each and every year, there’s always a tasty culinary experience to be had!

Street Performers Festival – As the name suggests, street performers gather to entertain hordes of people. While these acts are extremely entertaining, the cost isn’t that high. You pay your fee by tipping the performers. Usually $5-10 dollars is more than enough per act and they are always well worth that price.

Snowboard/skiing

Snowboarding and skiing is also a possibility in the city during the winter. While the hills are small, there are no mountains inside the city, you have a couple of options if you’re really itching to hit the short slopes around.

Rabbit Hill is a small drive south-west outside of the city limits. It is a bit of a drive out, especially coming from downtown. you will get the best value if you have your own wheels. By booking your ticket online, you can save anywhere from 10-30%. By picking the right day, you can snag a ticket for as little as $30 CAD for an adult.

For a much more accessible option to get a few runs in, Snow Valley is a better option. Located just north of Whitemud Drive, and West from 122nd street, these hills are more suitable for kids and engineers hitting the snowy slopes.

A full priced adult ticket will cost $39 CAD, although there are quite a number of options for half days and a few hours. The terrain is pretty small, so a capable boarder or skier will cover it within a hour or two riding.

Mill Creek Ravine, Edmonton - Cost of travel in Canada

Tickets to see a movie

There are plenty of different movie cinemas in the city. If you’re looking for a new release, Hollywood style movie, you’re looking around $30 CAD. However, if you would like a more indie or educational movie, there’s Garneau Theatre, also known as Metro Cinema. Located on 109st, a couple blocks north of Whyte Avenue (82nd Ave), it’s a great movie-going alternative. Seeing a film in this historical building costs around $10-15 CAD usually.

High level street car

For unique perspective of Edmonton, taking this historic train across the North Saskatchewan River is another cheap activity. Operating from May to October every year, jump into one of three cars from different parts of the world and see the city from the High Level Bridge.

An adult return ticket will cost you $6 CAD, while passengers under 6 years of age are free.

Edmonton Cost of travel 

Being the capital of the Province Alberta, Edmonton has many memorable attractions. While some things to do cost, there are plenty of cost effective, even free things to do around the city. There are many ways to appreciate nature and enjoy a fun night out. 

If you’re after a great destination in the Western Province of Alberta, Edmonton is a perfect choice for any type of traveller!

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Hey guys, in this post, I wanted to tell you about our experience during our 5 days in Seychelles on a budget. We were looking for a warm destination for Christmas, and the tickets to all the tropical places were super expensive except for this one to Seychelles, which I bought in a heartbeat (check the prices of the flights to Seychelles now). However, I thought that we will struggle in Seychelles, as Seychelles is always perceived as a costly destination. Well, it’s not exactly correct: you can perfectly stay on a budget in Seychelles and enjoy your holidays a lot.

If you’re interested in the most photogenic locations in Seychelles, head to this post!

Seychelles in December

We went to Seychelles in December, which is (together with January) the busiest time in Seychelles, but it’s actually the rain season so the weather could be quite unpredictable. However, we were fortunate, as we only had rain once in 5 days and for a short period, so the weather in December was actually great. This is not the case all the time though, so be prepared that it could be rainy as well.

When it rains in Seychelles, there’s not much you can do, however, some people don’t mind swimming under rain or exploring the parks. Seychelles in December is really unpredictable, and you can never know, which weather would you get (but it’s the same case with any tropical destination). We also got decent weather during the rain season in the Maldives (read more about it in this post).

Best things to do in Mahe, Seychelles

Flying to Seychelles:

Probably the most expensive thing about travelling to Seychelles is the flight. Seychelles doesn’t have great connections with the outside world, and the airport is tiny. There are only about 7-10 incoming flights a day, and only 1 or 2 from Europe (usually with AirFrance and British Airways). We found the cheapest ticket on Skyscanner, and that was with JOON by AirFrance. The return ticket from London was £550 per person, which is not a bad price as well, especially for flying for Christmas (and technically over Christmas). Check the prices and availability for the flights to Seychelles now!

Affordable accommodation in Seychelles

Seychelles is not all about beautiful resorts and private islands. There are actually way more affordable hotels, resorts and self-catering apartments than the expensive ones. By affordable accommodation I mean that costs less than $150 per night (which is not a high price for a tropical paradise. However, I will mention some properties that cost even less than $100 for the room).

I will tell you about the affordable properties in Seychelles mentioning 3 main islands, but it’s up to you, on which island to stay. If you’re wondering, where to stay in Seychelles and which island on Seychelles is the best, head to my post about the differences between different islands, where I compare Mahe, Praslin and La Digue in detail. Read this post HERE.

5 days in Seychelles on a budget: our Seychelles itinerary
5 days in Seychelles on a budget: our Seychelles itinerary

Affordable accommodation in Praslin

There is a number of amazing properties located in Praslin. If you’re looking for affordable accommodation, we totally recommend Ocean Jewels Resort, where we stayed for 3 nights. Other options to look at: The Marine Park Cottage, Seashell Self-Catering, Villa Milou.

Affordable properties in Mahe:

Best affordable apartments to stay in Mahe: Les Elles Guesthouse, Sailfish Beach Villas, Kanasuk Self-catering apartments.  We stayed at the far end of the island, in the hotel called Takamaka Green village, a few minutes away from the beautiful Takamaka Beach, however, even though our lodging was gorgous, we didn’t have good sleep there, so I wouldn’t recommend it. 

Cheap accommodation in La Digue:

Some beautiful, affordable guesthouses and apartments in La Digue to look at: Chalets Anse Reunion, Veronic Self-Catering.

Our Seychelles itinerary for 1 week in Seychelles:

Out of 7 days in Seychelles, we were actually flying 2 days, so in reality, we only had 5 full days in Seychelles, which we split the following way:

Our Seychelles itinerary: 2 days in Praslin (3 nights), 1 day in La Digue (0 nights) and 2 days (2 nights) in Mahe.

5 days in Seychelles on a budget: our Seychelles itinerary

Seychelles Days 1-2: Praslin on a budget

On day 1, we landed in Seychelles very early in the morning – around 6:45 am. We decided to start exploring Seychelles from Praslin and booked a ferry about 2 weeks before the trip. Ferries were actually quite pricey, so if you have a very tight budget, you might want to stay on just one island, and that’s probably going to be Mahe if you’re looking for the most affordable option. However, don’t worry, as I already mentioned in THIS post, Mahe is a great place for swimming and snorkelling.

We, however, decided, to visit all the major islands in Seychelles to be able to choose, which ones we liked the most and to be able to write content about Seychelles having seen a lot.

The cheapest way to get from Mahe to Praslin

The cheapest way to get from Mahe to Praslin is actually by ferry. There are two ways to get to Praslin from Mahe: by plane and by ferry. The flight is slightly more expensive at $80 per person, and the ferry costs $57 per person. There are currently no other ways to get from Mahe to Praslin and vice versa, so you need to pick between these two. If you have a big family or you’re on a very tight budget, travelling between islands might not be the best idea for you. In this case, you can scroll down to the tips for travelling in Mahe on a budget.

Mahe to Pralin cheapest way

How to travel around Praslin

As I mentioned, out budget wasn’t extremely tight, and besides we wanted to see as much as possible in Seychelles, so we decided to hire cars in Praslin and Mahe and a bike in La Digue. We hired a car for 3 days from Capricorn Car Rental and paid around 150 Eur ($171). We were delighted with Capricorn Car Rental and the vehicle, so we would definitely recommend the service.

However, you can also travel around Praslin by bus – there’s a public bus, that connects the airport, ferry terminal and even Anse Lazio, so if you manage to find the bus schedule, you’ll be fine. Travelling by taxi in Praslin is quite pricey so we wouldn’t recommend it.

Things to do in Praslin in December

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What we did in Praslin in 2 days:

As we arrived pretty tired at our hotel Ocean Jewels resort and it was already 12:30 pm. We decided to eat the snacks we brought from London with us: various protein bars, cup soups and nuts, but also bought some local fruits on the way. The fruits aren’t very cheap in Seychelles, so prepare to pay about $10 for papaya, mango, some apples and bananas in Praslin (however, it also depends on the shop). I don’t recommend the store called “Whole Foods Store” – it has nothing to do with the actual Whole Foods and the quality of the products is deficient and the prices are exaggeratedly high in Whole Foods store on Praslin.

After having a quick lunch, we drove to explore the beaches of our side of Praslin (our self-catering resort was close to the Airport). Unfortunately, everything was covered by seaweed except for a lovely secluded beach near the Fond Ferdinand, where we stayed until the sunset.

For dinner, we just bought groceries again and decided to cook the seafood pasta. A bag of groceries including the food for breakfast and the next day and 0.6 kg of frozen crab was around $20, which isn’t too bad.

Things to do in Praslin

Eating out in Praslin: cheap places to eat in Seychelles

We didn’t want to spend the entire 2 days in Praslin just cooking food or eating protein bars, that’s why next day, we did proper research and found a couple of spots, frequented by the locals. The average price of a meal for 2 a “normal” restaurant for lunch is around $60-70, which, in my opinion, is quite high, so we decided to look for the places, where locals go. We found out, that Praslin has a lot of so-called takeaways, where you get a box of rice or fries with some veggies and a piece of fish or chicken (or something else). The first takeaway we went to was located in front of the Farish Family Mart, and the price of a box with fish (Mackerel) & rice & lentils was about 45 SCR which is just $3.3! The box was delicious, honestly, so we got a similar box for dinner as well (a bit more expensive – as it was for dinner and in another place – but still, it was no more than $4.5). As we learnt, the takeaways are great and cheap places to eat in Seychelles.

Ocean Jewels Resort

On the second day in Seychelles, besides visiting 2 takeaways, we went to the Valle de Mai to see the famous Coco de Mer. I didn’t know the price beforehand, and it was actually around $28 per person, which is a lot considering the fact, that there isn’t much to see in Vallee de Mai. I wouldn’t recommend going there if you’re on a tight budget in Seychelles.

Afterwards, we walked 15 min on the highway to see the waterfall and later went to the famous Anse Lazio that is considered to be one of the most beautiful and best beaches in the world.

beautiful Anse Lazio in Praslin

Day 3: Praslin to La Digue: Exploring La Digue in a day

We decided to go to La Digue only for a day to avoid the hassle of moving with our suitcases from island to island. Going from Mahe to Praslin was tiring enough, so we didn’t want to repeat the journey, even though the ride from Praslin to La Digue only takes 15-20 minutes.

Praslin to La Digue: how to get there

You can either buy a one-day tour that will bring you to La Digue and the neighbouring islands or buy a ticket to the ferry and decide for yourself, how much time to spend on the island. The cheapest option for travelling to La Digue from Praslin is the second one. The price of the ferry to La Digue is 15 Eur (17 USD) per person one way.

Things to do in La Digue during a day trip

Apart from swimming and snorkelling and riding everywhere by bike, you can also go on a tour hopping the islands nearby. However, these tours aren’t very budget-friendly, so we decided to skip them.

Renting a bike in La Digue costs 150 SCR for a day (per bike) ($11), which is quite pricey for the condition of the bikes they give you. Take your time and check your bike in advance, as mine, for example, as it turned out, had broken speeds and I couldn’t ride uphill in this bike as the chain was skipping rounds. My bike always sounded like it’s going to collapse any second. It survived until 5pm, but surely it wouldn’t survive a couple of days.

Things to do in La Digue

La Digue has a fair amount of hills, so having a decent bike is crucial to enjoying the island and riding around it. You might think that La Digue is tiny, but it’s not as small, and sometimes you need to ride somewhere for 40-50 minutes (but that’s pretty much from one end of the island to the other one).

Don’t forget to bring a UK-type plug and a really strong mosquito repellent to Seychelles!

What we did in La Digue in 1 day:

The first thing we did upon arrival at La Digue was hiring two bikes: as I mentioned above, that was 150 SCR per person. Immediately we started driving to the famous beach Anse Source D’Argent: the beach that appears on all the photo in Google when you type “Seychelles”. It wasn’t that full yet, as we arrived on the first ferry. The weather was sunny and nice, and the beach looked particularly pretty.

Praslin vs La Digue

Beaches in La Digue: La Digue in 1 day

However, you need to keep in mind, that the entrance to Anse Source D’Argent is not free: to get in, you need to pay something like 120 SCR ($8.5) per person for a day. You need to keep the ticket to re-enter later, in case you want to re-enter.

We only spent an hour in Anse Source D’Argent before heading to Grand Anse on the other side of the island. Grand Anse is a fabulous beach. However, it doesn’t have any vegetation to cover you from the sun, unlike almost all the other beaches, where you can hide from the sun under a palm tree or a giant stone. Also, the current was pretty strong in Grand Anse, so swimming was dangerous. However, Grand Anse was really photogenic, and we managed to get a couple of beautiful shots there. If you’re interested in other locations for good photos in Seychelles, head to this post. 

Grand Anse La Digue

Before heading to some other beaches, we went for a juice to Simon’s juice bar (it’s not very budget-friendly, as it appeared) and grabbed a bit of food in the takeaway nearby. The price for a lunch box was about 60 SCR, and we happily shared this giant box of noodles between us both.

Another beach we explored in La Digue was Anse Severe, however, in December it has almost no water, a lot of seaweed and overall, wasn’t suitable for swimming. We also drove to the Anse Patates (a beautiful photogenic beach), but the waves were pretty strong again, and the tiny beach was completely packed.

Anse Takaman

Snorkelling in La Digue

When going to La Digue, we expected it to be a wonderful place for snorkelling. However, I must say, that snorkelling in the Maldives, was way more impressive. In fact, snorkelling in Mahe was also a bit better than in La Digue. The only beach we found suitable for snorkelling in December in La Digue was Anse Source D’Argent and that only in one spot. However, this one spot was pretty amazing, so it was a pleasure to observe fishes there.

Snorkelling in La Digue

We took the ferry at 5:45 pm to get back to Praslin, where we started packing to go to Mahe next day.

Days 4 & 5 of the Seychelles itinerary: Mahe island

Our 2 days in Mahe: the best beaches of Mahe

As I mentioned in my previous post, Mahe really has terrific beaches, and in my opinion, Mahe has the best beaches in Seychelles. Mahe is bigger than other island and has the biggest local population as well, that’s why it’s also the most affordable island of all.

We bought the tickets for the first ferry and were in the ferry terminal in Mahe already at 9:30 am to pick up our car. Unlike Praslin, many international car rental companies are operating in Mahe, you can check the availability and prices on Rentalcars.com, but I’d say a reasonable price for a car would be 40-50 euros per day.

Best beaches in Mahe, Seychelles

The first beach we went to visit was Beau Vallon. Beau Vallon was a long, gorgeous sandy beach with plenty of food and drink options nearby. We had a mocktail in one of the beach bars (50 SCR per person) and then bought a takeaway box of 450g of fresh grilled tuna with rice and vegetables just for 150 SCR, which tasted amazing and was enough to feed us both.

5 days in Seychelles on a budget: our Seychelles itinerary

It was time to check in in our hotel Takamaka Green Village, so it took us almost an hour to get there from Beau Vallon (our accommodation was located on the opposite side of the island). Takamaka Green Village is located just 8 min walking from a beautiful Takamaka Beach, that I would mention as one of the high-ranked beaches in Mahe as well.

One of the most beautiful beaches in Mahe is Anse Intendance located just a short hike away from Anse Takamaka, however, Anse Intendance has very strong currents and it quite dangerous for swimming.

My favourite beach in Mahe was Port Launay, which we visited during our second day in Mahe. In my opinion, Port Launay is the best beach in Mahe in December & January, because it’s a lagoon, so there’s no wind, the beach has the softest and the whitest sand and many coral reefs perfect for snorkelling.

Port Launay Beach
Port Launay Beach

We also visited Grand Anse in Mahe, however, with strong winds and currents it wasn’t suitable for swimming.

Eating out in Mahe: where to have dinner in Mahe.

It gets dark around 6:45 pm in Seychelles in December, so we left the beach and drove further looking for a place for dinner. On that part of the island, there is not a big selection of spots to eat: we tried La Gaulette, but you need to book it in advance, as it gets busy, went to the Maria’s Rock Cafeteria, but it’s a very basic cafe for families on top of the amusement park, so we ended up driving for 10 minutes and went to Oscar’s Bar. You can have dishes for 250-350 SCR each, so it’s not very affordable if you’re on a tight budget, but since we spent nearly nothing in the previous days, we decided to splurge on dinner.

The next day, we had lunch in a great takeaway near Port Launay beach – it was the tastiest of them all and had dinner in a nice restaurant Del Place. It was the day of our second wedding anniversary, and dinner with starters, mains, 1 dessert and 2 cocktails was around 110 euros. It’s quite expensive but was fine for the anniversary dinner, so keep this place in mind, in case you have any celebrations during your stay in Seychelles.

Del Place Seychelles
Del Place Seychelles

Summary of our 5 days in Seychelles:

On the last day, we woke up very early, before the sunrise and drove all the way to the airport, stopping at the surfers’ bar for the most beautiful sunrise photo. We returned our car at 6:30 am at the airport before proceeding to the check-in. Make sure to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before the departure, as the queues for check-in are generally enormous and there are very few people working at the counters. We spent about 1 hour queuing for the check-in.

I hope you liked reading this post about 5 days in Seychelles on a budget visiting 3 islands in Seychelles. If you’re looking for the information on which island to stay in Seychelles, head to this post, where I explained that in detail. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask and I wish you a lovely trip!

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Jersey is amazing, do you really need any other reasons to visit it? Well, if you do, keep reading, because, in this post, I will tell you about 10 reasons to visit Jersey, Channel Islands.

Quick introduction to the 10 reasons why you should go to Jersey:

We visited Jersey in the middle of December as part of our FAM trip with Visit Jersey and wanted to say big thanks to Visit Jersey for giving us a unique opportunity to explore this beautiful island. However, as always, all the opinions are our own!

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10 reasons to visit Jersey, Channel Islands

Jersey is a great beach holiday destination

If you’re planning to go to Jersey in summer, it’s amazing, because you can swim. Jersey can incredible beaches and long coastlines and not that many people, so you can have a great vacation in a place that is far from overcrowded.

An awe-inspiring itinerary for a weekend in Jersey, Channel Islands

Jersey has an amazing history

History-buffs, beware! The history of Jersey is so complicated and interesting that you will spend hours exploring the museums and historical landmarks in Jersey. So if you’re interested in history, that would be one of the 10 main reasons to visit Jersey, Channel Islands.

If you’re interested, what gear do I use to take photos, I have Sony A7 III with Samyang 35 mm prime lens. I edit all my photos with Adobe Lightroom – it’s super easy to use and it allows to apply one preset (filter) to multiple photos. Check Adobe Lightroom out now!

​Jersey has a lower tax than England and is a great spot for shopping

Are you planning to buy a new iPhone? Well, it’s actually cheaper in Jersey as there’s no VAT. You can combine 2-in-1 and combine a fabulous holiday with shopping in Jersey!

​Jersey is a place with fantastic photo locations

If you’re into photography, Jersey is the right place. There are so many beautiful landscapes that you won’t need much imagination and effort to take a beautiful shot. Jersey is gorgeous in any weather and any season. It has beautiful, and even storms are beautiful in Jersey (we got into one – read more about it in my post about our weekend in Jersey).

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​Jersey is a paradise for walkers/hikers

If you like active holidays, Jersey is a spot for you! There are so many interesting hikes / walks you can take in Jersey with any fitness level. Whether you can only walk for 30 min or 430 minutes, there will be a route for you.

An awe-inspiring itinerary for a weekend in Jersey, Channel Islands

​Jersey is a great destination for family or friends breaks

Imagine a villa with 3 big rooms, sauna, living room, outdoor jacuzzi and a huge garden some 20 min walking from the beach that is not going to break your bank and it just a 40-min flight/ferry ride away. Well, all that and more you can find in Jersey. We stayed at Les Ormes Resort (thanks to Visit Jersey), and I actually described the hotel just above in a couple of sentences. I just need to add that there are also tennis courts, swimming pools and plenty of water activities available in self-catering accommodations in Jersey! Family and friends breaks have never been so active, fun and entertaining!

Les Ormes Resort Jersey

​Jersey is a destination for foodies

Jersey milk is famous in entire Europe (it’s fatter than the normal milk and tastes better), Jersey butter is famous all around the UK, and moreover, Jersey is so close to France and can offer the best of both countries: UK and France. Seafood is especially good in Jersey, and I absolutely loved the typical Jersey cider! Some restaurants to dine in Salty Dog and Les Ormes Brasserie – we were invited to both and liked them a lot. I’m sure you will like them too!

Salty Dog Bar and Bistro

​Jersey has an amazing Zoo that helps endangered species

I usually don’t support zoos, but Jersey Zoo is a bit different. It was established by G. Durrel who was one of my childhood’s favourite authors, and it’s currently operated by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and helps endangered species and animal conservation.

​You can practice your French without having to go to France

French (or Jerriais that is Norman French) used to be the main language in Jersey before, but since a couple of hundred years ago, it’s English. However, some streets are still names in Jerriais, and you can find about 2500 people, whose main language is Jerriais. However, French is also common in Jersey as Jersey is really close to France and there’s a lot of trade and tourism going on. So you can encounter a lot of people who can speak in French with you.

​You can perfectly come there for a weekend

And the last, but not least of the 10 reasons to visit Jersey is the fact that you don’t even need to take days off to visit Jersey. Jersey is just 40-45 minutes away by plane, so you can hop on a place on Friday after work and return on Sunday, and you will be able to see and explore a lot in Jersey. Check the prices and the availability of the flights to Jersey now!

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That makes Jersey a perfect weekend trip destination within the UK! If you’re interested in the itinerary for 2 days in Jersey, read THIS post.

I hope you enjoyed this post about 10 reasons to visit Jersey! Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

More UK weekend trip ideas: Bristol, York, the Isle of Skye, Cotswolds.

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Hey guys, it’s been almost three months since I published the last post from the series of the most Instagrammable spots and photo locations around the world. Now it’s time to share with you the most Instagrammable spots in Seychelles as well as the best photo locations in Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, the three main islands in Seychelles.

I just spent five fantastic days in Seychelles and managed to visit all the three islands in only five days, and it wasn’t tiring or exhausting. We managed to see almost everything in Seychelles, and I found Seychelles very beautiful and fantastic for taking photos. Before we start discussing the best locations for photos in Seychelles, I would like to share with you my post about my itinerary for 5 days in Seychelles (can easily be extended to 7 days or even 10 days) in case you haven’t finalised your Seychelles plans yet and the post about the best island to stay in Seychelles: Mahe, Praslin or La Digue (and what are the main differences between them).

In this post, however, I wanted to focus on the most Instagrammable places or the best photo locations in Seychelles. So without further ado, let’s get started!

Most Instagrammable spots in Seychelles

Most Instagrammable spots in Seychelles & the best photo locations in Mahe, La Digue & Praslin

Anse Source D’Argent in La Digue & the Reserve

My number one spot of the Instagrammable places in Seychelles is of, course, the Insta-famous beach Anse Source D’Argent and its surroundings. You need to pay around $9 to enter the reserve and be able to visit the beach; however, it’s worth it. Inside you can see amazing photogenic rocks, Tortoise rock, palm tree forest and of course, the beautiful sandy beach that is naturally divided into a few small areas. These are the photos you can take around the Anse Source D’Argent, and of course, you can be creative and shoot more. We also launched the drone from one of the sections of the beach, so it’s also great for that (don’t fly over the people though and respect everyone’s privacy).

Most Instagrammable spots in Seychelles

Grand Anse in La Digue

Another photogenic spot in Seychelles is the beach called Grand Anse in La Digue. Located just a short bike ride away from Anse Source D’Argent (not more than 20 min by bike), it’s a fabulous beach to take photos at. It’s generally not very crowded during the hours with the most active sun, because there are no palm trees and there’s no place to hide from the sun. We spent around 30 minutes at Grand Anse, but we managed to take quite a few shots at the rocks at the end of the beach, which appeared to be good for photos.

Grand Anse La Digue

If you’re interested, what gear do I use to take photos, I have Sony A7 III with Samyang 35 mm prime lens. I edit all my photos with Adobe Lightroom – it’s super easy to use and it allows to apply one preset (filter) to multiple photos. Check Adobe Lightroom out now!

Anse Takaman in La Digue

The last (but not least) easily accessible spot in La Digue is Anse Takaman. This beach could be a bit crowded. However, the rocks are almost always empty so that you can take some dreamy shots. Also, the view of the beach from the road is pretty nice so that you can take photos from there as well.

Anse Takaman

Vallee de Mai in Praslin & waterfall

Let’s switch to another island – Praslin, as we already discussed the best photo locations in La Digue in Seychelles. Praslin is a bigger island compared to La Digue, and there are more places to visit, however, the beaches in Praslin aren’t as photogenic as the ones in La Digue. One of the spots to take good photos in Praslin is the Nature Reserve Vallee de Mai, which is basically a giant jungle with beautiful palm trees. However, keep in mind the fact that the entrance to the reserve is not free and you will have to pay something like $25 per person (at least).

If you walk a bit further (down the road for around 15 minutes), you will see a beautiful waterfall, which I consider one of the best Instagrammable spots in Seychelles. The way to the waterfall isn’t nice, as you need to walk on the “highway” and there’s no place to park the car nearby, so you have to walk. However, the views and the photos are worth it, just be careful on the road.

Photo locations in Seychelles

Anse Lazio in Praslin

Another beautiful photo location in Seychelles is Anse Lazio, the beach that always makes it to the top beaches of the world. Anse Lazio is huge and has incredibly soft white sand and turquoise water. Anse Lazio is also perfect for swimming, and it has a couple of secluded sections at the left part of the beach, which you can reach by merely following a small path at the end of the beach. There are significantly fewer people in these sections, and you can take beautiful photos there.

Anse Lazio Photo locations in Seychelles

Fond Ferdinand in Praslin

Another location for photos in Seychelles is Fond Ferdinand also in Praslin. Fond Ferdinand is another Natural Reserve; however, it’s cheaper than Vallee de Mai and offers better views from the top. We haven’t been on the top, but the locals told us that the views are stunning (you can also check some photos on Tripadvisor here, which prove the point).

We also liked the lovely secluded beach near the entrance to the Fond Ferdinand. This beach is also photogenic and very very calm and quiet especially during the busy times in December and January. Again, there are beautiful rocks (you can always guess Seychelles in the photos based on these rocks and stones), so you can take some photos there. On this positive note, we’re finishing with the Instagrammable spots in Praslin.

Photo locations in Seychelles

Beachfront bars in Beau Vallon, Mahe

Another location that is not a beach (surprise, surprise), are a couple of beachfront bars in Beau Vallon in Mahe. Mahe is the biggest island and has numerous bars, restaurants and just places that could be considered photogenic. We liked some bars in the Beau Vallon area, e.g. Boat House and La Plage.

Photo locations in Mahe

Port Launay in Mahe

Port Launay in Mahe is, in my opinion, the best beach for swimming and snorkelling in Seychelles. If you have proper snorkelling gear and an action camera, you can try to take some great underwater photos and videos with the coral reef that is located in Port Launay.

Sunset in Mahe
Sunset in Mahe

Oscar’s Bar in Mahe

Another Instagrammable spot in Mahe is Oscar’s Bar, which is a beautiful beachfront bar located close to the Grand Anse in Mahe. It’s gorgeous during sunset and the day as well and has some great cocktails and dishes for dinner.

Del Place in Mahe (the best sunset) & the small island

Another one, the best Instagrammable spots in Seychelles, is the Del Place restaurant in Mahe in front of the tiny island, where you can easily walk during the day. Some areas of this island are currently closed because some Russian reality show is being filmed there; however, most of the parts are open to all visitors. Once you are done with the island, head to the restaurant Del Place around the sunset time (the restaurant opens for dinner at 6, but make sure to call and book a table in advance) to see a gorgeous sunset.

Del Place is not cheap, but the dishes were really tasty, and we enjoyed our second anniversary dinner in such a photogenic location.

Sunset in Mahe

Don’t forget to buy a good insect repellent for Seychelles (there are so many mosquitos) and the travel adaptor for the UK-plug

Surfer’s Bar for sunrise

If you like sunrise more than sunset, you need to see it on the opposite side of the island. On the last day, on the way to the airport, we stopped around the Surfer’s bar at the beach to take some photos of the beautiful rising sun. There were some photogenic palm trees, so the photos we took were lovely.

Best things to do in Mahe, Seychelles

Cascade Waterfall in Mahe

And the last, but not least of the most Instagrammable places in Mahe is the beautiful Cascade waterfall. You can swim in the waterfall and take some lovely photos there.

In order to see everything in Mahe and Praslin, you need to rent a car. You can check the availability on Rental Cars.

Okay, that was it with the most Instagrammable places in Seychelles: I hope you found some inspiration for a lovely photo shoot in Seychelles and now you know more about some beautiful photo locations. If you like reading about the photogenic locations all around the world, I have many posts in this category, feel free to check them out.

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Planning a trip to Seychelles and not sure on which island to stay to stay because there are 3 amazing options (or even more)? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I’ve just returned from Seychelles, and I’m ready to share with you all the information I’ve acquired during my trip. So, Mahe or Praslin or La Digue, what is the best island to stay in Seychelles? Keep reading to learn more about each island and what do they have to offer.

Have you been to the Maldives as well? Not yet? You can check my post about the best time to go to the Maldives! Alternatively, if you’re looking for great tropical holidays, you can check out my post about Cancun and Riviera Maya in Mexico

Best island to stay in Seychelles

Seychelles is a beautiful place. It’s a country that consists of a vast number of islands; however, the most famous three are Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. Mahe and Praslin are the two biggest ones and probably the most visited ones. However, all the three islands are undoubtedly beautiful, and sometimes it’s hard to pick just one. In my itinerary, I actually combined all the three islands in one trip (read about my itinerary for Seychelles and how did I manage to enjoy Mahe, Praslin and La Digue in one trip HERE), however, I know, that sometimes it’s impossible and you only need to pick one.

Well, in this case, you can pick the best island to stay in Seychelles for you – as everybody has different needs and priorities. Let me tell you a bit more about each island, so it’s easier for you to make your mind.

Mahe or Praslin or La Digue? Best island to stay in Seychelles
Mahe or Praslin or La Digue? Best island to stay in Seychelles

Mahe vs Praslin vs La Digue – best island to stay in Seychelles

Mahe – the biggest island with the best beaches in Seychelles

Let’s start with Mahe. I visited Seychelles in December, so the “good side” of Seychelles for us was the right one. What does “good side” mean? Well, Seychelles are pretty windy, and some beaches have powerful currents and a lot of seaweed in certain seasons. In winter (European winter – Dec – Feb), the windy side of Mahe was the left side of Mahe (where the airport is located).

Don’t forget to bring a UK-type plug and a really strong mosquito repellent to Seychelles!

I wasn’t sure I wanted to stay in Mahe, as I thought it’s a crowded island with a lot of traffic, commerce and other downsides (I imagined something like Male in the Maldives), however, it’s 100% not right. Mahe is actually amazing, and in my opinion, Mahe had the best beaches for swimming in Seychelles. And also for snorkelling.

We stayed at the far end of the island, in the hotel called Takamaka Green village, a few minutes away from the beautiful Takamaka Beach. We rented a car (it’s a must in Mahe) – try to rent a car in advance during the busy periods. Check rentalcars.com for the car offers & availability. The car is a necessity in Mahe if you want to get around the island and explore what it has to offer.

sunrise in Mahe

Beaches in Mahe

I will probably write a separate post about the best beaches in Mahe, but here I’ll mention that my absolute favourite beach for swimming and snorkelling was the Port Launay. I also enjoyed the Beau Vallon beach and the Takamaka beach.

Things to do in Mahe

There are plenty of things to do in Mahe besides swimming and snorkelling: you can hike, go fruit shopping to the fruit & fish market in Victoria, buy a diving tour to a nearby island, go inside the Morne Seychellois park and much more.

Best things to do in Mahe

Best places to stay in Mahe

A good thing about Seychelles is that you don’t need to stay in a resort – there are plenty of beautiful apartments, and you can really stay on a budget. You can read my post about the tips to spend your holiday in Seychelles on a budget. However, you can also stay in one of the dreamy resorts in Seychelles and have the best beaches at your fingertips.

Best resorts to stay in Mahe: the H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, MAIA Luxury Resort

Best apartments to stay in Mahe: Les Elles Guesthouse, Sailfish Beach Villas, Kanasuk Self-catering apartments

Best things about staying in Mahe:

Mahe is a great place to stay in Seychelles: you’ll have access to the fabulous beaches, there’s a huge selection of restaurants, and there are plenty of activities you can do in Mahe. The airport is in Mahe, and you don’t need to pay extra for a ferry or a plane to Praslin or La Digue.

Best things to do in Mahe, Seychelles

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The downsides of Mahe:

Mahe is not a small island, and you will have to hire a car to be able to see it properly. Mahe is definitely not walkable, and it’s not a tropical paradise island, where you can walk everywhere. Mahe can be quite crowded and noisy. Some parts of Mahe aren’t very safe.

Praslin – the island of Coco de Mer

Another popular option for staying in Seychelles is Praslin – the second biggest island. Praslin is famous for the Anse Lazio beach that always makes it top 15 of the best beaches in the world. Praslin is a lot smaller than Mahe, but still not very walkable. You can get around by buses, but it’s just so much easier to explore Praslin by car, as you can get almost everywhere in 15 minutes.

If you’re looking for a trustworthy car rental, we hired a car through Capricorn Car Rental and the service was excellent and our car was new, clean and nice. We had an excess of 3500 euros, which is a bit scary given the number of falling coconuts on the island; however, we didn’t have any accidents, and it was great.

Praslin is much smaller compared to Mahe, and it’s not all fantastic turquoise beaches as you can imagine. In fact, in December, we could only swim in Ferdinand bay (a lovely not-so-well-known beach close to the jetty) and in Anse Lazio. All the beaches on our side of the island (where we stayed) – on the side of the Praslin airport, were not suitable for swimming, so we had to drive to Anse Lazio.

Best beaches in Praslin

Things to do in Praslin:

There are slightly fewer things you can do in Praslin vs Mahe, but there are two fascinating natural reserves that are worth visiting – the Vallee De Mai which is a bit pricey (costs almost $25 per person), where you can see the famous Coco De Mer that only grows in Praslin. Coco de Mer is a very interestingly shaped coconut (looks like a heart, or a butt).

best things to do in Praslin

Fond Ferdinand is another cheaper national park, which also has a beautiful viewpoint, from where you can see the entire Praslin. You can also take a couple of tours to other smaller islands from Praslin.

Where to stay in Praslin:

There is a number of amazing resorts located in Praslin. If you’re looking for affordable accommodation, we totally recommend Ocean Jewels Resort, where we stayed for 3 nights. Other options to look at: The Marine Park Cottage, Seashell Self-Catering, Villa Milou.

Luxury resorts in Praslin: Raffles Seychelles, Four Seasons Praslin.

Ocean Jewels Resort

Benefits of Praslin: Praslin is a relatively small island, so it’s easy to drive everywhere. One of the best beaches in the world is located in Praslin.

Downsides of Praslin: Praslin is not walkable, during some seasons, there are only 2-3 beaches suitable for swimming.

Praslin vs Mahe

La Digue – a tropical paradise with expensive beaches

Finally, the third island that we are going to discuss in this post is La Digue. La Digue is probably most compared island vs Praslin, as they are really close to each other, just 15 minutes away by ferry. The ferry goes pretty often and starts very early, so it’s possible to come to La Digue just for a day. However, if you’re looking to stay in La Digue, there are a couple of things you need to know.

First of all, there are many fantastic beaches in La Digue, but not all of them are free, and not all of them are suitable for swimming during certain times. For example, in December, Grande Anse has such strong currents, that it was not safe to swim (at all). However, the most famous Anse Source’D Argent was perfect, however, to get in, you need to pay around 120 Seychelles Rupees each, and that’s only for a day. So imagine you have a family of 4, you’re staying in La Digue for 5 days, and you want to visit Anse Source D’Argent every day. Prepare $170 just for the beach.

Praslin vs La Digue

However, I felt like it was worth visiting La Digue and if I wanted to relax property in Seychelles, I’d stay in La Digue for at least 3 days. You don’t need to hire a car; however, you need to hire a bike, and you can explore the entire island by bike. It’s super convenient and fun, so why not?

Praslin vs La Digue

Where to stay in La Digue:

There are some beautiful resorts located in La Digue, for example, Le Domaine D’Orangeraie. 

Some beautiful, affordable guesthouses and apartments: Chalets Anse Reunion, Veronic Self-Catering.

Things to do in La Digue:

Apart from swimming and snorkelling and riding everywhere by bike, you can also go on a tour hopping the islands nearby, which is pretty amazing.

Benefits of La Digue: it’s a small tropical island with its unique vibe and atmosphere. It’s the most relaxing island in Seychelles and the best island in Seychelles for a proper relaxing holiday.

Drawbacks of La Digue: La Digue is slightly more expensive than other islands in Seychelles. There are not many free beaches to choose from if you don’t want to visit Anse Source D’Argent every day. It’s far from Mahe and the international airport.

La Digue vs Mahe or Praslin

Praslin or Mahe or La Digue – what to choose?

Well, now when I told you a bit more about each island, it’s time for you to choose between the islands in Seychelles. If you need to choose between Mahe or Praslin, I would probably recommend staying in Mahe. If you’re choosing between Praslin or La Digue, I would probably recommend La Digue more. La Digue was my favourite island in Seychelles and Praslin was the one I liked the least (nonetheless, it’s still amazing and beautiful, but just when comparing Praslin vs Mahe vs La Digue, the contenders are strong).

If you have an opportunity, try to visit all the islands or at least 2 of them. It’s easy to combine 2 or even 3 islands in one trip to Seychelles, and you can do it even within 5 days as we did. If you want to take a look at my itinerary, check it out here.

La Digue vs Mahe or Praslin

Summary: Mahe vs Praslin vs La Digue

All the islands in Seychelles are beautiful and unique and totally worth visiting, and it’s up to you to choose where to stay. If you’re looking for great snorkelling, Mahe or La Digue are great, but Praslin isn’t. If you’re looking for a good place to swim, I recommend you Mahe. And if you’re looking for national parks, active holidays and swimming as well, Praslin is a good option.

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Hi everyone. It’s been a while since I wrote about one of my favourite countries in the entire world – Scotland. Ever since we moved to London, we missed Scotland and even thought of moving back for a while. With all my love for Scotland, I must assure you that Scotland definitely deserves more than 7 days travelling there, however, if you only have 7 days in Scotland (I know how hard it is to combine working and travelling the world), that would do. So as you can imagine, in this post, I will share with you my suggested itinerary for Scotland in 7 days.

An optimal itinerary for 7 days in Scotland (because only a year in Scotland would be ideal): FAQ

Should you stay in one city in Scotland or move from city to city?

I wanted to start sharing with you my itinerary for Scotland in 7 days. However, I thought, that it makes sense to answer some questions first. When going somewhere for 7 days, people often wonder, whether to stay in one place for a week and explore the country from one place or move between different cities.

Well, Scotland isn’t huge, but it’s not small either. Some of the places you can’t visit in one day for sure, so I recommend you to change locations and stay in different cities.

What is the best time to go to Scotland?

Uhm, the best time to go to Scotland? Any time! Scotland is beautiful all year round. In September and October, it’s relatively warm so you can enjoy some sunny days, November and December are perfect for autumn colours (read my post about a road trip to Scottish Highlands in November – it was so beautiful). End of November could be very pricey though, as it’s the time when students graduate from 4 universities in Edinburgh. January and February don’t have that many tourists – it’s excellent for exploring and cheaper hotel prices. March and April and May in Scotland are my favourites – you can see some gorgeous flower blossoms. And the summer – well, it gets crowded, but it’s also warm (for Scottish standards).

The ultimate guide to Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh travel tips - Meadows Cherry Blossom

How cold/warm is Scotland? What to wear in Scotland

Well, it’s not surprising for anyone that Scotland is pretty cold. Some places in Scotland are very windy, and the wind makes it even colder. I wrote a post about what to pack for a trip to the Isle of Skye in Scotland, but it would work for entire Scotland (except for the wellies maybe), so if you’re wondering what to wear in Scotland and what to pack for Scotland – read this post. I would definitely recommend bringing a waterproof parka and waterproof boots (e.g. Timberland) to Scotland. 

Okay, enough questions answered, so we can go ahead with the main part of the post.

The best itinerary for Scotland in 7 days: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Scottish Highlands and more

Days 1-3 of 7 days in Scotland: Edinburgh

If you’re going to Scotland from abroad, chances are, you will be flying to Edinburgh (or going by train from London, for example). That would make Edinburgh a perfect location to start your 7-day trip to Scotland. Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the entire world because of its unique architecture, friendly people and relatively small size.

Dean Village Non-touristy Edinburgh: 7 off-beaten path spots that are a must

Edinburgh: things to do & useful posts

The population of Edinburgh is slightly more than 450,000 people, so it’s a relatively small city; however, there’s a lot to see. As I lived in Edinburgh for 1.5 years, I have a lot of posts about Edinburgh that you might want to check out if you’re planning to visit Edinburgh: Ultimate guide to Edinburgh, 10 best attractions to visit in Edinburgh and 15 free things to do in Edinburgh.

Here I will only suggest what to see in Edinburgh during 3 days, but you’re free to replace the places I indicated with different places you liked from the posts.

Where to stay in Edinburgh:

I wrote a post about 10 best affordable hotels to stay in Edinburgh, so feel free to check it out as well. If you’re on a budget, I would recommend their hostels:

Some good affordable hotels in Edinburgh: The Lane Hotel, Summerside.

Great 4-5* hotels in Edinburgh: The Edinburgh Residence, Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square. 

If you only have 3 days, I would recommend staying close to the Old Town or Princes Street, and all the mentioned hotels are located conveniently for exploring Edinburgh.

Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland - tips from a local

Day 1 itinerary for Edinburgh:

On the first day in Edinburgh (and the first day of your 7 days in Scotland)(assuming you have a full day), you should wear comfortable shoes, because you’re going to walk A LOT.

I would recommend you to start exploring around 9am. Head to the Royal Mile all the way up to the Edinburgh Castle. You will probably want to go inside (and there is even one day a year when the entrance is free – that’s St. Andrew’s day). Sometimes it’s cheaper to buy tickets onlin beforehand.

After visiting Edinburgh Castle and enjoying the beautiful city panorama, you shop in some souvenir shops nearby (they have reasonable prices actually). Now you should start going down the Royal Mile and on your way, you can also visit the St. Giles Cathedral. You can stop for a quick cream tea break in Clarinda’s Tearoom (that’s one of Edinburgh’s most Instagrammable spots).

Clarinda's Tearoom Edinburgh

After a quick stop, continue going down until you reach the Holyrood Palace (you can visit it if you want and if you have enough time) or you can go in the Scottish Parliament – that’s absolutely free of charge, but the building is very modern, keep that in mind. Check the opening times of the Parliament on their website here.

If you want to have lunch, there are plenty of spots nearby.

Another thing you should do in Edinburgh is to climb Arthur’s seat – that wouldn’t take more than an hour, but the view of the entire city is just spectacular. Depending on the season of the year when you’re visiting Scotland for a week, the sunset times are very different. For example, the sunset in November is already at 3:45 pm, so you’ll be up Arthur’s Seat to see the sunset. However, if it’s summer, you can continue exploring the city later for quite a while.

Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland - tips from a local

After you’re done with Arthur’s seat, you can visit one of the tours, e.g. the Ghost tour, or my favourite Edinburgh Vaults tour or Mary King’s Close (they all start around the middle of Royal Mile). All the tours you need to book in advance.

Now when you’re done exploring, I totally recommend you to have a dinner in the Witchery by the Castle – a unique medieval-style Gothic restaurant very close to the Royal Mile. You also need to book this one in advance.

Day 2 of a week in Scotland: Edinburgh (continuation)

On the second day in Edinburgh, you can start your morning getting to the Royal Yacht Britannia – it’s 40 min by bus from the city centre, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Later on, you can head to the Calton Hill, another great place to see the panorama of Edinburgh, however, it’s right in the heart of the city, and it’s not that tall.

Beautiful Calton Hill - Best Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland | Tripsget

You can have a nice Scottish lunch in the restaurant “Howies” nearby – it’s one of my favourite restaurants in the city.

Later on, head to the Princes street – the main street of Edinburgh and walk it all the way to the hotel Astoria, hopping in some shops on your way. Princes Street is also the most important shopping street in Edinburgh.

At the end of Princes street, turn right and walk to the Dean Village – a dreamy town in the middle of Edinburgh that looks like a beautiful medieval village.

You can walk back through the George’s Street – an important street of Edinburgh’s posh New Town. There are plenty of restaurants, e.g. the Dome where you can have dinner. Alternatively, there are also plenty of spots at St. Andrew’s Square nearby.

Christmas at the Dome, 7 days in Scotland

Day 3 in Edinburgh: 7-day-itinerary for Scotland

The last day in Edinburgh you can start from exploring Edinburgh University (walk through Nicholson street) – one of the oldest universities in Scotland. The Old College is lovely and definitely worth taking a photo. Head to the Bristo Square – it would be lively and full of students.

Walk to the Bobby Greyfriar’s Monument and then all the way to the Victoria street – the most unique street in Scotland – it has two levels, and it’s beautiful. Later on, go to the Grassmarket and grab lunch in one of the pubs/restaurants there.

Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland - tips from a local

Climb up to the Royal Mile and visit the Scotch Whisky experience to learn more about Whisky. It’s an interactive museum with a tour and tasting included, so it’s definitely worth the price. Again, it also requires an advance reservation.

Edinburgh Whiskey Experience

Finally, climb down the Royal Mile to the Princes Street gardens and go to the National Gallery of Scotland. The museum is free, so it’s definitely worth taking a look.

You can have dinner around the George Street / St. Andrew’s Square again (you can visit the Standing Order, one of the most impressive pubs in Edinburgh that is converted from a bank).

Day 4 of 7 days in Scotland

Rent a car in Scotland

Good morning, now it’s time to change the location and go up North as part of your 7 days in Scotland itinerary. Take a train or rent a car (preferred option) – we always rent from Avis – they have high prices in Scotland and the newest cars. Alternatively, check the best prices on Rentalcars.com.

If you don’t want to drive, it’s totally fine. You have two options: either buy a train ticket to Inverness (check the availability here) or buy a tour from Edinburgh, where you will be brought to the major points of interest in Scotland during your week in Scotland. You can check the itinerary and the price of such tours here. 

However, if you still manage to rent a car (or buy a train ticket), keep reading.

Inverness

Head to Inverness via Cairngorms National Park – you will definitely stop on the way to take some photos.

Beautiful Scotland

The drive to Inverness takes about 3.5 hours. In Inverness, you can have a quick lunch (or buy something for lunch) and head further to the famous Loch Ness. You can take a boat cruise (you can book it in advance) in the lake and enjoy the beautiful views. Who knows, you might see Nessie as well.

You can stay overnight in Inverness. These accommodations are recommended: Old Drynie House, Crown House, Strome Lodge. 

Loch Ness & Inverness day trip from Edinburgh

Day 5 of 7-day trip to Scotland

It’s time to move again: long drive ahead. Leave the hotel around 7-8 am.

If you don’t have a car, there’s a bus from Inverness to the Isle of Skye (Portree) that runs twice a day. Make sure to check the schedule and book it in advance. 

In about 3 hours you will reach the Isle of Skye. But before that, definitely visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle

Beautiful Eilean Donan Castle

On the Isle of Skye, there’s a lot to see. I have a post about our road trip around the Isle of Skye – definitely check it out for all the information of what to see and where to start.

I recommend staying overnight on the Isle of Skye. These places are a good option: Skye Lodges, Kiloran B&B. 

Day 6 in Scotland. The Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands

Good morning! To see as much as possible, start early – head to the Fairy Pools and a couple of other spots of your choice in the morning and around 11 am start exiting the Isle of Skye and driving towards the Scottish Highlands. I also have another post about driving around the Scottish Highlands for a day so it might be useful for you as well.

The fairy pools, Isle of Skye

Head to Glenfinnan Viaduct to see the famous bridge from Harry Potter and then to Glencoe. It’s about 3 hours away from the Isle of Skye. If you still have time left, you can explore the Loch Lomond National Park.

You can stay overnight is one of the gorgeous B&Bs in the Scottish Highlands such as: The Ballachulish Hotel, Queen of the Loch. 

Road trip to Highlands Scotland in November - Glencoe,, Loch Lubnaig, Glenfinnan Viaduct and Ben Nevis

Day 7: Oban, Stirling and Edinburgh

On day 7, you can leave your accommodation early and head to Oban. Oban is a town in Scotland that definitely has its charm. It’s is famous for its fresh and very affordable seafood, good chocolate and great whiskey. I have a separate post about things to do in Oban as well, so if you’re interested, you can definitely check it out.

Finally, drive back to Edinburgh through Stirling (and visit the Castle if you still have time before flying/taking a train back).

Hopefully, this 7-day itinerary for Scotland was useful for you, and you got some ideas for your perfect week in Scotland. In case you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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It’s the end of December 2018, and it’s time for a review of this year. While this year is technically not over yet, I don’t have any trips planned anymore, so it’s time to sum the end up. It’s the first time I’m doing a yearly recap, not sure why I haven’t done any before? There must have been a reason, right? I was usually writing posts on blogging anniversaries, e.g. 1st year of blogging – the mistakes I learnt and same on the second blog anniversary, however, nothing about my personal life and there has been a lot this year.

Highlights of 2018. Three dream destinations crossed out from My Travel Bucket List

2018 was the year of travel. Finally, I had a full-time job that paid pretty well. Finally, I could spend a fortune on my trips. Finally, I could afford to stay in bucket list-worthy hotels from time to time. I bought a camera I was dreaming of for years – Sony Alpha – the most recent Sony A7 III. I even managed to buy a great lens (Sony FE 85mm 1.8) in Japan. My laptop died – I was able to buy myself a new MacBook Pro. I was almost well off, ready to buy myself new clothes every month (affordable clothes from ASOS, but still) and pay for nearly all the trips.

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And oh my, there were many trips in 2018.

In January, we went to Marseille, France and spent there a wonderful warm weekend.

In February, there was Luxembourg that we witnessed in the unusual snowy condition and our friend’s sister’s wedding in India. Despite being experienced travellers, we got scammed so many times in India, so this post about the scams in India was born.

Dreamy Luxembourg castle

In March, we went to Geneva, and I had a business trip to Hamburg, the city I was afraid of since I was 15 (I never wanted to come back). In the middle of the month, we went to Capadoccia and Istanbul, had a very crowded hot air balloon flight and witnessed the entire Istanbul being renovated 😀

 Tripsget Blog Year 2018 in ReviewA guide to flying in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia: all you need to know

In April, I received the worst gift from Pepe for my B-day – tickets for the concert we couldn’t attend because we booked flights for these dates before, but he didn’t remember. LOL, what do you know about bad gifts?) But I also went to Seattle for a business trip, and at the end of April, we went to Paris for a weekend to hunt for the most Instagrammable places in Paris.

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May… well, May was terrific. One of my bucket list destinations, the Maldives, was planned for the first bank holiday in May and we spent five most amazing dreamy days in a 5* resort in the Maldives. At the end of the month, we headed to Moldova and the Pridnestrovje – Transnistria – a country that is not recognised by anyone.

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In June, we went to Stockholm for a weekend and later to Moscow and St. Petersburg for the World Cup (it was awesome).

In July, we took a small break and only went to Lignano Sabbiadoro in Italy.

Lignano Sabbiadoro Italy

In August, we had two fantastic press trips planned – to York and Bristol, and I loved both cities. However, later in August, we headed to another bucket list destination – safari in Kenya and Tanzania. I was dreaming of visiting Serengeti since I was a child and I finally saw it with my own eyes! We slept in a tented camp in the middle of Serengeti, and it was the coolest experience ever.

 Tripsget Blog Year 20 18 in Review Our African journey: 7-day Safari in Kenya and Tanzania. 5 parks in 7 days

In September, I went to another business trip – it involved visiting Oktoberfest in Munich and later visited my brother in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Berchtesgaden is a beautiful city in German Alps.

In October, we only had one short trip – a road trip around Northern Spain (Santander, San Sebastian and Bilbao).

In November, we made another road trip combining Andorra and Midi-Pyrenees in France and visited 5 charming villages near Toulouse and later at the end of the month, crossed our another bucket list destination – Japan and also spent a wonderful layover in Seoul, Tokyo, a place where we will return for sure.

In December, there was Poland, Jersey and Seychelles, woah. 

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I set specific targets for this blog at the beginning of the year, but I sadly didn’t achieve them.

Lowlights of 2018: Health issues, job dissatisfaction and mild depression

2018 was the year of comparing myself with the others – hence the depression. I was trying hard to be the best at everything – travelling as much as I can, blogging a lot, working full-time, but I just realised that I couldn’t do it all well – I don’t have enough energy.

There were people I know that archived milestones in the projects they were working on: from blogs to high positions at work, however, I just felt like I couldn’t be good at anything. I tried to overcome this somehow, but I still get blue when I don’t achieve anything.

How expensive is Tokyo and Kyoto?

At the same time, I was experiencing some health issues, and I had to fly to my hometown 3 times to place dental implants that cost me £4,000. I couldn’t have gone to Australia or saved this money to buy a flat at some point, but my teeth told me otherwise.

Finally, I didn’t achieve most of the targets I set for myself in 2018 (weight loss, doubling the page views on this blog and more), so that just added the extra bitterness to the year.

How much is a holiday in Maldives? Cost of a holiday in the Maldives

Summary and the goals for the next year

In 2019, I promise not to be that harsh at myself for not achieving something. Working full-time, commuting, running a blog, Instagram and a demanding Youtube channel surely can’t be easy. I will set the goal to grow this blog to 40K page views a month and double my affiliate income.

I will improve my video-editing skills. I love shooting videos, and I hope to dedicate more time to it next year!

I will eat healthier, and I will go to small group PT classes. I will also actively fight my cellulite.

I will try to be more environmentally friendly, and I will eat less meat.

I will eat LESS sugar.

And finally, I would love to visit 15 new countries next year (and 2 new continents), let’s see how it goes. What are your achievements this year: 2018 year in revie? What are your goals for the next year?

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I probably need to write a post about the best day trips from London, because now, when I have been to so many places in England, I can definitely recommend you some. This post, however, is about the day trip from London to Canterbury, one of the most beautiful medieval English towns. I went to Canterbury in May earlier this year and loved it so much that I decided to write a dedicated post about Canterbury, as in my opinion, it’s a wonderful day trip idea from London.

How to get to Canterbury from London

If you don’t own a car, there are two ways to get from London to Canterbury – by bus or by train. We chose the latter one and booked our tickets in advance with Trainline (that saved us about £10 each because apparently, advance singles were way cheaper than anytime day return). When I day in advance, I mean 1 day in advance, however, maybe if you book a month in advance, the price would be even lower. In total, we paid around £28 for both of us with the Two Together Railcard (usually anytime return without a railcard is £28 each). If you live in the UK and you haven’t heard of different railcards, you should definitely check them out, as they help to save you a lot of money, even on the trains to the airport.

We had a direct train from London Charing Cross, and it took us about 1h 45 minutes to get there. There are faster trains, but faster trains usually mean more expensive tickets, and in our case, we were willing to sacrifice 30 minutes each way to save £30.

If you choose to go to Canterbury by bus, check the fares on National Express, as they vary from day to day, but I must say, that on the day we travelled, the coach tickets to Canterbury were more expensive than the train.

Alternatively, you can take a day tour to Canterbury and the White Cliffs of Dover starting from £40 per person (check the availability and dates here). 

Day trip idea from London: explore medieval Canterbury in Kent

What to in Canterbury in one day

My favourite way of spending a day in a different town /city is to wander around the city centre looking out for hidden gems and lesser-known spots. That, of course, after researching the top historical/famous locations and places in the city. If the city/town is small (and Canterbury is), you shouldn’t be worried about creating an itinerary for the day, because chances are, you will be able to see everything.

So what is there to see in Canterbury in one day? Here are the best things to do in Canterbury on a day trip:

Canterbury Cathedral

If you’re planning to visit Canterbury, most probably you must have heard something about the famous Canterbury Cathedral. It’s one of the oldest Cathedrals in England (completed around 1077) and it’s a Unesco World Heritage Site. In May 2018, the main facade was under reconstruction, so I don’t have a good photo of the Cathedral. If you’re planning to go in, the entry costs around £12.5 (as of Dec 2018) and you can check the opening times on the official website (but it usually stays open until 5-5: 30 pm except for Sundays, when it closes earlier).

Day trip idea from London: explore medieval Canterbury in Kent

Have a picturesque ride in a boat 

Take one of the historic river tours of Canterbury to learn more about the history of Canterbury. You can usually book these tours directly in Canterbury or you can check more information on their official website. 

Day trip idea from London: explore medieval Canterbury in Kent

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Check the remains of the St. Augustine Abbey

If you’re a history buff or just interested in unusual places, you can head to the St. Augustine Abbey and see the historical ruins as well as the more modern and well preserved parts. St. Augustine Abbey is also a Unesco World Heritage Site. 

Take a photo in front of the Medieval Gate of Canterbury

The Westgate of Canterbury is absolutely gorgeous and it’s a great spot for a photo (beware of the cars though, especially on a busy day).

Listen to the street musicians in the town centre

On a nice day (usually during the weekends), there are lots of talented musicians performing on the streets of Canterbury. 

(Spring-Summer only) Buy some local berries on a street market in the Town centre

The cherries and strawberries we bought in Canterbury were some of the best ones we tried in ages. The local produce of Kent is wonderful. It makes sense to buy more to bring it back home.

Day trip idea from London: explore medieval Canterbury in Kent

Have a cream tea and a cake at one of the lovely Medieval cafes

Relax from sightseeing and grab a bite in one of the charming cafes of Canterbury. Even Caffe Nero is located in a gorgeous medieval building, in case you’d like to stick to famous places. 

Day trip idea from London: explore medieval Canterbury in Kent

Go on the “Canterbury Tales” tour or head to a Beaney House of Art

Book one of the “Canterbury Tales” tours to learn a bit more about the Chaucer’s famous Canterbury Tales or head to the Beaney House of Art – a museum combined with a beautiful library and an art museum. 

Walk around the Westgate Gardens

If you’re tired of sightseeing and countless museums in Canterbury, just head to the Westgate Gardens to sit down, have a bite and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.   

Day trip idea from London: explore medieval Canterbury in Kent

Great places to visit near Canterbury

If you’re going to Canterbury, you can also visit the charming towns nearby that are part of so-called Triangle in Kent: Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay. You can visit all of then using the Stagecoach bus that departs every 20 minutes. For the latest schedule, check the website of Stagecoach.

We didn’t have a chance to visit Herne Bay, but we did go to Whitstable. The reason why we couldn’t go to Herne Bay is that we decided to WALK all the way to Whitstable and it wasn’t a good idea. Why? Well, we had to walk most of the way on a narrow busy road continually looking out for trucks and buses that could accidentally hit us. As you can imagine, there was little pleasure in that. However, Whitstable has definitely compensated all that with good hot weather.

Whitstable is a lovely town that is famous for its fresh oysters and beaches. There’s not much to do in Whitstable, so it’s fine to visit it for 2-3 hours (maybe longer, if the weather permits – you might be able to swim). However, there are plenty of cute cafes, nice restaurants and oyster stalls, so for sure you won’t leave Whitstable hungry.

Where to stay in Canterbury if you decide to stay overnight

Are you wondering, where to stay in Canterbury if you suddenly decide to stay overnight or make your day trip to Canterbury a weekend trip? I’ve got you covered. Here are some really good-rated affordable properties in Canterbury:

Thomas Ingoldsby Wetherspoon, the Hugo Hotel Concept, TOR Spa Retreat.

Whitstable Day trip idea from London: explore medieval Canterbury in Kent

Do you enjoy travelling around England and the UK? We enjoy it too! Feel free to check out some of our posts about travelling in the UK:

Best hike in England 

Weekend in York

Free things to do in Bristol

The road trip to Cotswolds

The road trip around the Isle of Skye (Scotland)

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Hey guys, I know you have been curious which places are actually on my ultimate world travel bucket list. What are the best places for me to visit in…a lifetime! You could easily ask me: how come I had this blog for almost 3 years and I still haven’t written about the places I want to visit. Well, it’s actually not that easy. 

How come there was no bucket list when I started Tripsget?

Looking for holiday ideas? My best holiday ever was in the Maldives. Read this post to find out, when to go to the Maldives and this one to learn how to pick a resort and how the resorts differ!

When I started blogging, I felt like there is so much I didn’t know yet. There were so many places that I have never heard of! So I started reading other travel blogs. My absolute favourite platform for discovering amazing content and especially blog post is actually Pinterest. I was looking for great places, adding them to my list, until I had enough places to create this ultimate world travel bucket list of places I’d like to see in a lifetime. This isn’t a full list, I’m sure, I’ll be encountering new places and will be adding them to the list.

What I will also do is: I will also add the dates of visiting the place and possibly a blog post about this place once I manage to visit them (if I do – but let’s hope for the best). So this post would be 2-in-1: a post for you, where you can discover new amazing places and a list & travel diary for me. I already have a post about my European Bucket list (feel free to check it out HERE, but it’s nowhere as big and detailed as this post).

Disclaimer: you won’t see that many places in Europe because I pretty much visited all the counties in Europe. In total (as of December 2018, I’ve been to 70 countries).

Are you ready for my ultimate world travel bucket list – the top destinations to visit in a lifetime? Let’s get started! (I won’t be putting images for all of these destinations, otherwise, this post would be at least 300 pages for sure).

My North America Bucket list:

USA (there are so many places I want to visit in the USA, that I even separated it in a different category)

  1. Grand Canyon National Park
  2. Yosemite National Park
  3. Yellowstone National Park
  4. Glacier National Park
  5. Zion National Park
  6. Death Valley National Park
  7. Sequoia National Park
  8. Horseshoe Bend 
  9. Antilope Canyon
  10. The Wave in Arizona
  11. Take a helicopter ride in Hawaii
  12. Hiking a bit of PCT (Pacific Crest Trail)
  13. Celebrate something in Las Vegas
  14. Visit the most Instagrammable places in Los Angeles
  15. Road trip using route 66
  16. Fly above NYC in a helicopter
  17. Walk around San Francisco 
  18. Take a train ride in Alaska

Rest of North America:

  1. Visit Jasper National Park 
  2. Visit Banff National Park 
  3. Visit Vancouver, Canada
  4. Stay in a castle in Montreal, Canada
  5. Observe sharks in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico 
  6. Get inside the ice cave in Chiapas, Mexico
  7. Drive from Mexico to Guatemala and visit Tikal

Central America Bucket List: 

  1. Visit the Costa Rica Sloth Sanctuary
  2. See Toucans in Costa Rica
  3. Stop by in Belize and visit the coral reef
  4. Scuba dive in Roatan, Honduras
  5. Visit Nicaragua
  6. Visit Galapagos islands

Caribbean bucket list:

  1. Take a cruise from Puerto Rico
  2. Take a picture with the flamingo in Aruba
  3. Swim with the pics & sharks in the Bahamas
  4. Have a ride in a pink car & try rum in Cuba
  5. Stay in a 5* resort in the Dominican Republic
  6. Take a gorgeous drone shot of St. Lucia

My South America Bucket List:

  1. Pet a llama in Machu Picchu, Peru
  2. Visit the lake Titicaca in Peru
  3. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Argentina + Chile
  4. Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
  5. Try a steak in Buenos Aires
  6. Fall in love with Iguazu Falls, Argentina
  7. Take a photo at the Salt Lake (Salar de Uyuni) in Bolivia 
  8. Visit the Carnival in Rio, Brazil
  9. Visit Salvador in Brazil
  10. Swing at the end of the world in Baños, Equador
  11. Visit the Galapagos Islands, Equador
  12. Admire the Kaieteur Falls in Guyana
  13. Take a look at Valparaiso from above, Chile
  14. Visit beautiful Montevideo, Uruguay 
  15. Visit Venezuela (preferably a beach)
  16. Take some colourful shots in Cartagena, Colombia
  17. Visit Medellin, Colombia
  18. Take a cruise to Antarctica
  19. Visit Paraguay
  20. Visit all the countries in South America

Africa bucket list 

  1. Climb the Mountain Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
  2. Visit Kruger National Park in South Africa
  3. Take a photo in Cape Town, South Africa
  4. Stay in Giraffe Manor in Kenya
  5. Swim in Zanzibar
  6. Listen to music in Cape Verde
  7. Drive through Namibia
  8. Visit Chefchaouen in Morocco
  9. Explore Fes, Morocco
  10. Meet the sunrise looking at the Giza Pyramids in Egypt
  11. Take a Nile Cruise to Luxor in Egypt
  12. Admire the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe 
  13. Walk through the avenue of Baobabs in Madagascar 
  14. Visit the Volcanoes national park in Rwanda
  15. Explore Mauritius
  16. Visit the Hoggar Mountains in Algeria
  17. Stay at the Praslin Island in Seychelles Done (12/2018)
  18. Visit the Simien Mountains National Park in Ethiopia
  19. Take a photo of the Table Mountain in South Africa
  20. Watch the stars in the Makhadikgadi National Park in Botswana
  21. Visit the beaches of Malawi
  22. Visit the Church of Saint George in Ethiopia
  23. Admire the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique
  24. Visit the Bwindi Forest in Uganda

Europe bucket list

  1. Hike in Madeira, Portugal
  2. Stay in an igloo in Finland
  3. Take a Fjord cruise in Norway
  4. Visit Trolltunga in Norway
  5. Do a road trip through Iceland
  6. Hike the Dolomites & reach the lago di Sorapis, Italy
  7. Visit the Cinque Terre, Italy
  8. Take an Italian wine tour
  9. Stay in a villa in Tuscany
  10. Stay in Positano, Italy
  11. Explore Sicily, Italy
  12. Hire a yacht in Capri, Italy
  13. Taste local food in Sardegna, Italy
  14. Explore Italian Riviera and visit Genoa
  15. Visit Bordeaux, France
  16. Visit Disneyland in Paris
  17. Take a road trip around Provence, France
  18. Visit Colmar, France
  19. Visit Le Mont St Michel in France
  20. See a sunset in Santorini
  21. Take an island cruise in Greece
  22. Visit Krakow, Poland
  23. Visit Zakopane in Poland
  24. Visit Odessa, Ukraine
  25. Visit Kyev, Ukraine
  26. Take a short part of the hike of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  27. Party in Ibiza, Spain
  28. Attend Tomorrowland in Belgium
  29. Visit Ghent, Belgium
  30. Stay in a cute village in the Netherlands
  31. Visit Keukenhof in the Netherlands
  32. Hike in Switzerland
  33. Visit Shetland, the UK
  34. Visit the Outer Hebrides, Scotland
  35. Attend Octoberfest in Germany
  36. Visit the Eltz Castle in Germany
  37. Visit the public baths in Budapest, Hungary 
  38. Visit Northern Ireland
  39. Admire the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia
  40. Visit Kosovo
  41. Visit Lagos de Tristaina in Andorra
  42. Take a photo in Azerbaijan
  43. Stay in the Rooms Hotel in Kazbegi, Georgia
  44. Visit Pamukkale in Turkey

Middle East travel bucket list:

  1. Stay in Wadi Rum, Jordan
  2. Explore Petra, Jordan
  3. Try local food in Lebanon
  4. Visit Saudi Arabia
  5. Stay in a luxury hotel in Dubai
  6. Explore Qatar during a stopover
  7. Stay in a resort in Oman

My ultimate Asia bucket list

  1. Visit my father’s home town – Kentau, Kazakhstan
  2. Visit Almaty, Kazakhstan
  3. Ride horses in Mongolia
  4. Try plov in Uzbekistan
  5. Visit Son Kul in Kyrgyzstan
  6. Visit Tajikistan 
  7. Do a short trek in Nepal
  8. Take a Ha Long Bay cruise in Vietnam
  9. Try Pho in Vietnam
  10. See the panorama of Taipei, Taiwan
  11. Do island hopping in Philippines
  12. See the sunrise with the balloons in Myanmar
  13. Visit Chiang May in Thailand
  14. Visit Langkawi or Penang in Malaysia
  15. Visit Gili in Indonesia
  16. Visit Java in Indonesia
  17. Visit a sky bar in Shanghai
  18. See the forbidden city in Beijing
  19. Visit the Great Wall in China
  20. Visit Xi-An, China
  21. Visit North Korea
  22. Visit the poop-themed park in Seoul, South Korea
  23. Visit the animal cafe in Seoul, South Korea
  24. See bears in Kamchatka, Russia
  25. Go to lake Baikal in early March, Russia
  26. Try seafood in Vladivostok, Russia

Australia and Oceania bucket list

  1. Stay in a water villa in Bora Bora
  2. Take a photo at the Easter Island
  3. Visit New Zealand
  4. Visit Melbourne, Australia
  5. See the Great Barrier Reef
  6. Visit the Cook Islands

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