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Hel in Photos: Exploring Helsinki, Finland During Winter

Uspenski in Helsinki, Finland

Spend a few days exploring Helsinki and you’ll discover that the Finnish capital city is comprised of a beautiful yet eclectic collection of buildings. It is a place where Art Nouveau meets modern minimalism, with many historic buildings reminiscent of both Swedish or Russian styles of architecture….or both! I arrived early to explore the city … Read More

Traditional Alcoholic Beverages To Try While Traveling

Sake in Tokyo, Japan

Do you love an ice cold bottle of beer or a glass of wine? No, I’m not going to tell you to stop! In fact I’m most likely the one urging you to have another glass. Just don’t drink the same thing on vacation that you would be at home — try something new! Like … Read More

A First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Vienna

Skyline of Vienna, Austria

First time Vienna tourists will quickly notice that the city is rich in both food and culture, however there is much more than that driving tourists here. Overwhelming history. Amazing coffee. Excellent shopping. Countless nearby vineyards. As Austria’s capital and largest city, there is something for everyone here. That is undoubtedly part of the reason … Read More

20 Awesome Things You Do Not Know About Finland

Helsinki love locks with Uspenski Cathedral in the background

Hugs? Nope, not in Finland. Not kosher. But a bunch of nude men wrestling in the mud or relaxing together in the sauna? Perfectly normal. Welcome to Finland! 😀 The only Nordic nation on the continent that is not part of Scandinavia. Did you know that? That one was free — below are 20 more … Read More

22 Amazing Things You Don’t Know About Estonia

Look at that beautiful Tallinn skyline

Ahhhh Estonia. Totally ended up here by accident. One night we’re having drinks in Helsinki at the NBE Finland farewell party, the next morning I’m with a group of friends on the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Best decision ever! There are so many things you don’t know about Estonia. Plus … Read More

First Impressions Of Finland: A Friendly But Puzzling Land

Aerial view of Oulanka National Park in Northern Finland

Finland is amazing. The country is gorgeous, its food delicious and its people polite and friendly. In many ways the entire country runs so smoothly (often solely on the honor system) that we can all learn from Finnish people. Things here just work. Flawlessly….Except for those few puzzling times when they don’t and you just … Read More

Best Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

Solo Travel

Traveling alone can always be a challenge and a daunting experience — especially for solo female travelers. The sense of nervousness can be heightened when you are a female wandering around solo. While the world is a beautiful place, it can also be scary and you shouldn’t take security lightly as a female traveler. Nonetheless, … Read More