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About Sasha Heseltine

Sasha Heseltine has circled the globe, feeding orphaned wallabies on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, getting lost off-roading in the Sierra Nevada, diving with manta rays in the Maldives, and hot-air ballooning in eastern Poland. Back home in the UK, she runs a local website, reviews hotels and restaurants for local media, and writes about her travels for national print and online publications.

Top 10 Things to Do in Transylvania

The mythical land of Vlad the Impaler, Transylvania is the wild frontier of once-secretive Romania. It’s a mysterious region encircled by the Carpathian Mountains and is rapidly opening up to the West. It’s home to enticing Saxon-cum-Baroque cities, medieval villages, fortified churches and magical castles. There’s so much to see and do, but here are our picks for the top 10 things to do in Transylvania:

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August 26, 2015 by | Comments Off

Spending the Day at Trakai

Trakai Castle.

Lithuania is a country with rich history, beautiful scenery and Baroque architecture that will undoubtedly soon be a firm fixture on the destination hotlist. The small Eastern European nation joined the EU 10 years ago and is the home to the historic capital city of Vilnius. There are many charms lying within easy reach of Vilnius. One of the most popular day trips from the capital is to Trakai.

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August 10, 2015 by | Comments Off

Five Sights Not to Miss in Slovenia

Beautiful Bled

Ljubljana’s pastel-painted Old Town, castle, Baroque churches and edgy Metelkova district intriguingly combine clashing architectural styles, making it a perfect destination to spend a few days. But beyond this lovely city lies some of central Europe’s most spellbinding countryside. Here are five sights not to miss in Slovenia — many still remarkably overlooked on the tourist trails and just waiting to be explored.

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August 4, 2015 by | Comments Off

Five Top Sights in Lithuania

Vilnius Old Town.

Lithuania’s lovely, small capital of Vilnius has a deliciously photogenic Old Town and many reasons to tempt visitors to explore; but outside the capital there are many more attractions to discover, from remote sandy beaches to bravura Baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage memorial constructed from crucifixes. Here are five top sights in Lithuania, all within easy reach of Vilnius:

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July 30, 2015 by | Comments Off

Five Reasons to Visit Bucharest

Get off the beaten path in beautiful Bucharest

Often overlooked by visitors as a drab, post-Communist city, Bucharest is actually anything but. In addition to centuries’ worth of architecture to discover, the city has a vibrant, celebratory vibe that mingles with a café culture and edgy nightlife. The Soviet blues are fast disappearing but prices are still cheap in comparison to other European cities, so stay a while to explore the five top things to do in Bucharest.

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July 14, 2015 by | Comments Off

Day Trips from Sofia

Snowy street of Plovdiv's Old Town.

Historic towns and UNESCO-listed monasteries surround the capital city of Bulgaria, not to mentioned the wild landscapes of the Seven Rila Lakes. Here are some of the most popular day trips from Sofia:

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June 15, 2015 by | Comments Off

Exploring Northern Cyprus

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has plenty of charm and history to explore, from Crusader castles to pretty harbor towns to often-deserted beaches.

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June 8, 2015 by | Comments Off

Ljubljana in 48 Hours

Ljubljana

Ljubljana is having a cool moment; it is awash with strutting university students bedecked in designer clothes; the countless bars and restaurants along the River Ljubljanica are overflowing all year around and the pocket-sized city has a Baroque Old Town, medieval castle, bucolic markets, and innovative museums to discover. The cultural soup caused by Slovenia’s proximity to Hungary, Austria and Italy can be seen in the heady mix of architecture – from Roman via Austro-Hungarian to Art Nouveau –and in the restaurant scene, where gastronomic influences range from Italian gelati through heart-warming Hungarian goulashes to Austrian pastries. Here’s how to see Slovenia’s pocket-sized capital Ljubljana in 48 hours.

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January 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments

14 Festivals and Events Worth Traveling For in 2014

Fed up with lazing on the beach or vacationing on the piste? Start planning your next trip right here as 2014 is panning out as a bumper year for travelers chasing a little more substance for their buck. There are major-league sporting events to attend all over the world and a cluster of poignant war anniversaries in Europe as well as landmark events in America.

Here’s a selection of some of the must-see festivals and events happening exclusively in 2013.

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January 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments

10 of the Most Beautiful Spots in Finland

The Kvarken Archipelago. Image courtesy of Ahlea on Flickr.

Finland is famous for its natural beauty, from its jagged coastline and strings of rocky archipelagos to bleak, scrub-covered fells and soundless expanses of northern snowlands. Over half of Finland lies within the Arctic Circle, forest covers 86 per cent of the land, there are 37 national parks, 187,888 lakes and almost as many islands and skerries sprinkling the coast. Here are 10 of the most amazing places in to visit in Finland ­– these beauty spots should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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November 20, 2013 by | 1 Comment

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