The capital of the vast country which is Vietnam, Hanoi is a vibrant city packed with history, fragrant cuisine, ridiculous traffic and amazing coffee. A city buzzing with consistent motorbike horns, Hanoi is not for the faint-hearted, but it is teeming with hallmarks of Vietnam's turbulent past. Whether you're really into your Vietnamese history, love asian food or want to try some really wild nightlife Hanoi is the ideal destination for you.
For the most of us when we travel, we want to get the most for our money, spending it wisely on the experiences that will take our breath away, and not on that ridiculously overpriced taxi from the airport that the driver convinced you was the only way to get to your hotel. But why take my advice as gospel when you can hear all the best tips from other travel bloggers from across the globe? That's why I've compiled travel blogger's number 1 tips for budget travel, to help you get the most out of your journeys.
Milan is one of the more modern cities of Italy, it is a great place to visit to shop, eat and enjoy good wine as it is still host to traditional Italian cuisine and culture. We've put together a guide for some spots to try food and drink in Milan whilst wandering around this metropolitan city.
Unlike other cities in Italy, you need to dig a little to find the wonders in Milan, as it doesn't boast as many tourist, sightseeing attractions as the likes of Venice, Rome or Pisa. Whilst we used this city break as an opportunity to soak up the food and atmosphere of Milan, we also planned a few trips to significant locations, so here are my hits and misses for some of the picturesque sights in Milan.
The fashion capital of Italy, and one of the world, Milan is a sophisticated city oozing charisma and glamour with its beautiful architecture, glorious historical buildings and notorious designer flagship stores. The fast-paced, modern cosmopolitan city may be a contrast to other areas of Italy, with its uber efficient metro services, modern dress sense and attitude towards business, but Milan still hosts great Italian food and art. Celebrating the after-work drink ceremony, the Milanese have a stylist attitude to fashion and work, and a city break to Milan allows you to soak up the sights, style and food of this metropolis in Northern Italy.
Gràcia is a trendy and traditional area of Barcelona busy with artists and a variety of cultures. It's unsurprising therefore, that this area is lined with wall art and interesting bars and restaurants and is one of the most culturally diverse neighbourhoods of Barcelona. Its annual street festival; Festa Major de Gràcia, spans a week every August and sees the streets of Gràcia filled with decorations, live music and entertainment, Spanish food and drinks and is a fabulous way to immerse yourself into authentic Barcelona culture as well as getting some great insta's!
I'll admit that when it comes to city breaks I have everything from sight-seeing to hotels, public transport and airport transfers planned, to the point where I often have itineraries outlining what each day will entail. However, when it comes to food and drink this is the one aspect of a break I leave until we are at our destination, often depending on our mood, what cuisine we fancy and where we are that day. I also think that other than TripAdvisor and people's personal recommendations, it's hard to find restaurants that are really great without costing an arm and a leg. And of course everyone wants something different from their dining experiences; sometimes I don't mind a cheap tapas lunch with €2 Estrella, other times I want a three course meal that will cost me extra. In Barcelona we tried a variety of restaurants, so here I've described most of the bars and restaurants we visited, for anyone looking for places to try while in the city.
It really seems as though Barcelona has something for everyone, whether you're a history buff, an architect fanatic or just really love paella, this city has so much to do it can be difficult to narrow down which sights are really worth it when you have limited time in the city. Although we didn't visit EVERYWHERE in Barcelona we did make the most of our 5 days in the city, so here is a list of the best sights that are really worth hype, how to make the most of them and which attractions you shouldn't waste your time on.