2 Weeks in Portugal // A 2 Week Portugal Itinerary for First-Timers

A bird's eye view of Lisbon, Portugal

Planning on spending two weeks in Portugal? Here is the perfect two week Portugal itinerary for first-timers. When I first started planning my trip to Portugal I was totally overwhelmed by all of the places there were to go. Not only were there all of the obvious choices like Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve, but just a quick flip through my Lonely Planet guidebook let me know that there was a lot more of Portugal to uncover. From beautiful beaches to wineries to amazing hikes, it seemed like Portugal really did have it all. In the end, I ended up choosing four places that I was really...

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Portugal on a Budget // What I Spent in 2 Weeks in Portugal

A lemon tree peeking over a wall in Obidos, Portugal

Think you have to head to Eastern Europe to travel Europe on a budget? Think again! It’s super easy to travel to Portugal on a budget. I like to say that I travel during spring break because it would be cheaper than buying a plane ticket home. And while that might not be technically true, using the money that I would have spent on a plane ticket to travel instead is something that I happily do. That being said, I’m pretty sure traveling Portugal on a budget for two weeks actually was cheaper than a plane ticket home. In total, I spent €888.23 over TWO WEEKS (16 days) including fights,...

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5 Adventurous Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

5 Adventurous Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

Whether you’re ready for an adrenaline rush or a day spent lying on the beach, here are the best things to do in Lagos, Portugal. I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret. The prettiest beaches aren’t necessarily on the coast of Mexico or the islands of Bali. In fact, they’re tucked away at the southern end of Portugal in Lagos. Perfect white sand surrounding by stunning red rock formations jutting up out of the water. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it? I’ll do you one better: whether you’re just dipping our toes into adventure travel or have been going adventuring for...

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How to Hike the Lagos Cliffs and See the Best Beaches in Lagos

Madison staring out at the cliffs of Lagos, Portugal

Hiking the Lagos cliffs is the perfect way to see some amazing Algarve coastline, visit some of the best beaches in Lagos, and check out the famous Ponta da Piedade. Here’s a guide on how to hike the cliffs of Lagos, Portugal. After about a week and a half of traveling on my own in Portugal, I was joined by my good friend Madison (who I visited last summer in Colorado) for five days in Lagos, Portugal. During our first few days there, we kept hearing about this awesome hike along the cliffs, but we couldn’t find any guides online. So finally, Madison and I decided to just wing it and,...

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How to Take a Vienna to Salzburg Day Trip

View of a church from a random viewpoint on the walk up to the Salzburg Fortress

Although it can be a bit of a trek, a Vienna to Salzburg day trip is totally doable. This post covers how to make the best of your Vienna to Salzburg day trip, including how to get from Vienna to Salzburg and all of the best things to do in Salzburg. When Astrid and Leoni first suggested taking a day trip to Salzburg from Vienna, I thought they were crazy. A two-hour train ride away, a Vienna to Salzburg day trip is never something that I would attempt on my own. But they were insistent, and because I was pretty excited about the idea of seeing Salzburg again (I first visited the summer...

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18 Vienna Pictures that Will Make You Book a Plane Ticket

Addie running towards Schönnbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria

These 18 Vienna pictures perfectly showcase the beauty of the Austrian capital and will inspire you to plan your next trip there. I knew going into our trip to Vienna that I was going to be blown away by how beautiful of a city it was. And I was definitely not disappointed. To absolutely nobody’s surprise, Vienna is beautiful and so so photogenic. Daniel and I spent 5 days in Vienna exploring the city with our friends Astrid and Leoni, who live/lived in Vienna (Astrid was studying abroad there) and showed us all of the best spots. As per usual, I took loads of pictures (really there was...

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Cake, Coffee, and Schnitzel // What To Eat in Vienna (+ Where to Eat it)

Mohntorte (poppseed cake) at Cafe Vollpension in Vienna, Austria

Although it might not be the first place that comes to mind, Vienna is definitely in the running for being named foodie heaven. Here’s a guide on what to eat in Vienna and where to eat it–including the best schnitzel and cafes in Vienna. At the beginning of June this year, Daniel and I made a long-awaited trip to Vienna to visit friends who also work at the summer camp where we first met: Leoni, who lives there full time, and Astrid, who was studying abroad in Vienna for the semester. We spent four days there exploring the majestic and lively city and eating as much cake as we possibly...

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Love and Lambs in the Lake District // Our Perfect 4 Day Romantic Lake District Break

An old stone wall stretching across a field in the Lake District, UK

From gorgeous hikes to cute hideaway cafes, now is the perfect time to take a romantic Lake District break. There has never been a time in the last few years of living in the UK where I haven’t wanted to go to the Lake District. With its rolling hills and lakes covered in mist, there really is no place that epitomizes the United Kingdom better. And yet somehow, it kept not happening. Like, I would keep looking at hotels and sticking in dates but then never actually taking the leap and booking a stay. I would see other people’s posts on their blogs and social media and think to myself:...

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Lazing Around Lisbon // A First-Timers Lazy Itinerary for 4 Days in Lisbon

Addie staring out across Lisbon from a viewpoint

Disclaimer: this post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase from one of them I will recieve a small commision at no extra cost to you, which allows me to keep this blog up and running! A few years ago, Lisbon would have classified as an off-the-beaten-track destination. But nowadays, it’s one of the most trendy cities to visit in Europe. Going into my 4 days in Lisbon (on a longer, two week trip through Portugal), I was told time and time again how much I would love Lisbon. For the most part, I definitely believed what I was being told. But I was also worried that it was...

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

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

Disclaimer: this post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase from one of them I will recieve a small commision at no extra cost to you, which allows me to keep this blog up and running! 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...

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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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