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About Megan McDonough

Megan Eileen McDonough is a freelance travel and fashion writer based in New York City. She also runs Bohemian Trails, a travel blog covering global art, culture and off the beaten path destinations for the avant-garde traveler. Her travels have taken her to South America, Europe, Mexico and Egypt. Megan previously worked for a fashion agency in London and later for an international record label in New York.

Europe’s Most Colorful Gardens

Mirabell Gardens, Austria

It’s hard to resist a garden in full bloom, especially one sampling every color of the rainbow. While one can easily find a slew of scenic gardens and public parks in just about any city, there are a few European destinations boasting quite impressive flowerbeds this season. From larger-than-life palace grounds and artist-inspiring, free-growing shrubs to an island dedicated to flowers, here are eight gardens definitely worth an afternoon stroll.

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March 21, 2016 by | 2 Comments

Biking Through Austria’s Wachau Valley

Wachau Valley Wine Tour

Right in Vienna’s backyard is one of Europe’s most charming valleys. Less than an hour train ride from Austria’s capital city, travelers can abandon their city life for a few days in the country. More often than not, travelers touring through Austria tend to hit the major tourist attractions in Vienna and Salzburg but rarely visit anything in between. While both cities have much to offer in terms of art, culture and music, neither can compete with Wachau Valley’s striking landscape of towering mountains, vibrant green vineyards and medieval architecture.

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May 8, 2013 by | 0 Comments

The 10 Best European Cities for Layovers

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Whether your layover is a quick break or an entire 24 hours, venturing outside the airport in one of these ten European multi-faceted cities will make your layover just as memorable as your final destination. Here are our picks for the best European cities for layovers.

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April 1, 2013 by | 1 Comment

The World’s Best Neighborhoods for Spotting Street Art

Stumbling upon vibrant street art may seem like you’re digging for a needle in a haystack but it’s actually easier than you think, especially if you know where to look. Many cities where street art culture flourishes have one or two neighborhoods where street artists tend to leave their mark. From Bogotá’s colorful La Candelaria to London’s gritty East End, here are 11 of the world’s best neighborhoods for spotting street art.

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March 25, 2013 by | 1 Comment

11 of the Best Staircases in the World to Climb

When given the choice between a stress-free elevator ride and a dusty old stairwell, the elevator almost always wins. While there’s nothing wrong with trying to save a few minutes on your morning rush to work by riding the elevator, plan on taking the stairs on your next vacation. Most cities are best explored on foot and there are countless hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. From the famous steps at Machu Picchu to Switzerland’s suspended bridge over the Traversinertobel, exercising has never felt so thrilling. Here are 11 fantastic steps worth the climb.

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December 5, 2012 by | 3 Comments

Top Historical Highlights of Israel

Whoever said history was dead has clearly never traveled through Israel. The geographically small country is over-flowing with cultural and historic importance. While Jerusalem remains the main tourist attraction, lesser-known sites like Masada and Akko should not be skipped. In Israel, every element of nature exists in harmony. From ancient ports to secret cities, here are eight historic highlights for the curious traveler.

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July 27, 2012 by | 1 Comment

The Most Inspiring Hot Air Balloon Views

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride

Traveling is all about opening our eyes to new cultures and there’s no better viewpoint than high in the sky. Surprisingly, hot air balloon rides are relatively inexpensive in most countries and the photographs we leave with are well worth the cost. From the historic sites of Luxor and Angkor Wat to the wild Australian Outback and Maasai Mara in Kenya, here are 10 inspiring hot air balloon rides to jumpstart your summer travel.

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June 25, 2012 by | 2 Comments

New York City on a Budget

New York City may have an expensive reputation, but that shouldn’t stop budget travelers from visiting the Big Apple. There are always ways of getting around overpriced dinners and excursion fees and New York is no exception. While summer in the city can feel uncomfortably hot, it’s during these months when free or low-costing activities are the most frequent. Regardless of when you visit, here is your guide to New York City on a budget.

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June 8, 2012 by | 1 Comment

10 of the Best Cities to Explore by Bike

Norway trampe

Whether you’re a health fanatic or just a curious traveler on the hunt for an adventure, biking is an ideal way to explore a city. There’s nothing quite like taking in the sights and sounds of a new destination as you whip past monuments, street vendors and public parks. Due to the increased popularity of urban biking, many cities have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make easily accessible bike lanes for travelers. So, the next time you find yourself in a bike-friendly city, skip the car rental and let your legs do the driving.

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April 9, 2012 by | 4 Comments