Ogling Obidos // Magical Things to Do in Obidos, Portugal in Two Days

Ogling Obidos // Magical Things to Do in Obidos, Portugal in Two Days

http://test.skimlinks.com The second I saw a picture of the medieval walled city of Obidos, Portugal I knew that I had to go. So after an amazing two days in Aveiro, it was time to set off to the next small Portuguese city that was calling my name. Going between two smaller cities more often visited as day trips from Porto and Lisbon meant several connections and a multiple-hour train journey that would have only taken an hour and a half by car. But to me, it was worth it. The train station in Obidos is one platform in the middle of nowhere that requires a walk down country roads with no...

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10 Products That Will Change Your Life When You Backpack Europe

Europe backpacking gear flatlay

Backpacking Europe is the classic college student trip, and for good reason. Europe is easy to travel, relatively inexpensive if you do it right, and straight up amazing. Whether you’re doing a semester study abroad in Europe and have a few weeks of break or are taking the whole summer to backpack Europe, you’re sure to have an amazing time. Of course, living out of a backpack probably isn’t something that you’re used to, especially if it’s your first time backpacking. Over the years, I’ve had loads of trial and error with different products both geared towards backpackers and not, and...

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10 Delightful Things to Do in Aveiro, Portugal in Two Days

A canal in Aveiro at sunset

Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase from one of these links I will receive a small commision at no extra cost to you. Aveiro, Portugal is an absolutely beautiful little city just a 40 minute train ride from Porto. Because of this, it’s a popular day trip from Porto. But if you want to dedicate a little bit more time to the colorful city, then there are more than enough things to do in Aveiro, Portugal to occupy your time. In an attempt to either convince you to spend the night in Aveiro or provide you with information if you already have, I decided to...

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23 Aveiro, Portugal Pictures That Will Make You Book a Plane Ticket

Moliceiro boats and palm trees in Aveiro, Portugal

I had literally never heard of Aveiro, Portugal before starting to research places to visit in Portugal. But then it kept popping up on lists of day trips from Porto, and, drawn in by the nickname the “Venice of Portugal” and the gorgeous Aveiro, Portugal pictures, I knew I was going to have to visit. It turned out that Aveiro was anything BUT the “Venice of Portugal”. Sure, there are the canals and the boats, but where Venice is packed and well-trodden, Aveiro was almost completely empty and held a palpable sense that there was so much left to be explored. And explore I did. Rather than...

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You’re Allowed To Be Sad When You Travel: Porto Edition

A view of the tops of buildings in Porto, Portugal

I arrived in Porto, Portugal only a few minutes before 11 PM on the first night of my spring break. There I was greeted by a cheery man and the fanciest shared shuttle service of all time: a leather-seated sedan I had all to myself. I guess my flight was late enough that no one else wanted to share. And at only €8 direct from the airport to my hostel, there was no way I was going to complain about the circumstances. But it was dark and I was alone with a strange man in a country I had never been to before. To say that I was uncomfortable would be a severe understatement. Maybe a few extra...

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How I Became the Queen of the Hills with We Hate Tourism Tours Lisbon


Please note: I was welcomed as a guest on We Hate Tourism Tours King of the Hills Tour in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions are my own. Imagine cruising through the streets of Lisbon in an open top Jeep, wind whipping through your hair as you explore the best viewpoints in Lisbon and are guided through the history of the city. Sounds amazing, right? Well, this dream can be your reality if you want. For one of the best tours in Lisbon, Portugal all you have to do is hit up We Hate Tourism Tours for their King of the Hills tour. I promise you won’t regret it. Still not...

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25 Awesome Student Budget Travel Resources That Will Make You Buy a (Cheap) Plane Ticket Right Now

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One of the most common questions I get—both online and from my friends in real life—is how I manage to travel so much as a broke student (who is also getting pretty decent grades, if I do say so myself). Well, there are a few tricks for that: One, I make liberal use of weekends and school breaks. I also LOVE to use the excuse that it would be cheaper to travel around Europe for two weeks than fly back home (pros of studying abroad in Scotland, amirite?). I'm literally sitting in the Edinburgh airport as I write this, about to fly to Portugal for Spring Break. I also have a serious arsenal...

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21 Drool-Worthy Prague Pictures That Will Make You Book a Ticket

Sun shining through the clouds on the Prague riverfront from the Charles Bridge

Prague is, without a doubt, one of THE most beautiful cities I have ever visited. I know at this point that calling a place beautiful doesn't really mean that much, but there really is no other way to describe the place. It's just... beautiful. Going through my Prague pictures definitely reaffirmed that for me. Daniel and I found ourselves in Prague for just two short days last month, and every time we turned the corner you could hear us both whisper "wow" under our breaths. And we've both seen some pretty beautiful places. Because a picture is worth a thousand words and I'm totally...

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25 Things Nobody Tells You About Studying Abroad in Scotland

looking down the pier towards east sands and the cathedral in St. Andrews, Scotland

When I first decided to study abroad in Scotland for the duration of my undergraduate degree, I really didn’t think that there was much to prepare for. After all, how much difference is there really between the US and Scotland? Speaking the same language (mostly) means that we’re pretty similar, right? Wrong. In fact, over the past two years I’ve been studying abroad in Scotland, I have come across a LOT of differences and random quirks that I did not expect to. So if you’re planning to study abroad in Scotland anytime soon, here are 25 things that nobody told me. I hope you can go into...

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A Bright & Early Breakfast Tour of Prague with Naked Tour Guide Prague

The Charles Bridge early in the morning, with barely any people on it.

I think my number one travel aspiration is to be the kind of person who is able to somehow, magically, find all of the quirky and cool things about a new city that I’m visiting. Unfortunately, I am not that person. So when I went to Prague, I decided to find someone to help me with that. Enter the Naked Tour Guide Prague and their Bright and Early Breakfast Tour. I have literally never read something that called my name more than the Naked Tour Guide Prague website (although, disclaimer, the tour guide is not actually naked). Originally founded by former study abroad student Marcus...

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Addie in Obidos, Portugal

Hi, I’m Addie!

Two years ago, I moved across the pond from small-town Illinois to the UK to attend university. Now I’m doing my best to see as much of Europe as I can while I’m here.

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