When you are traveling or moving to another country, it is important to know about the cultural differences you might encounter there. Sometimes I wish we would just receive a list of things we should not do in every country when we are crossing the border. I even think these ‘dont’s‘ are sometimes more important than knowing the local language. When I moved to Germany 2 years ago, I thought that I was fully prepared. My German was good, I had no problem communicating with people and I thought I knew quite enough about German culture. But still, I run into a few situations where I felt a little stupid because I didn’t know that I was doing something wrong. Germany is not that different from the rest of the world. If you follow the simple rule “treat others as you want to be treated”, you are going to be ok. But if you want to bring your cultural awareness level to the next level, read this list of things that you shouldn’t do in Germany:
For most first-time visitors in Switzerland Bern is usually not the top choice for a day trip. I totally understand it. In the country famous for its beautiful nature, why should you waste your precious vacation time to visit cities? That’s exactly the reason why Bern wasn’t on my bucket list as well. But one time when I was looking for day trips to take from Zurich I googled the photos of Bern and decided that it was time to go there. And the city didn’t disappoint me. In fact, I managed to come back three times already and will definitely visit again in the future.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about writing a travel bucket list. There are so many places in the world I want to see that sometimes it is hard to keep them all in mind. Whenever I nee to plan the next trip, I spend a lot of time thinking where to go instead of just picking one destination from the list. It will also be fun to look at the bucket list a few years later and see how much has happened already.
I wanted to write a list of countries to visit first but it didn’t work well. Some countries are more exciting than other and there are lots of things I want to do there. That’s why I decided to create a list for every country I want to visit. The first post is going to be about France for a special reason. At the moment I live right on the French-German border. I only need to cross the bridge to go to France and I can see the other side from the window of my apartment. However, the only part of France I have been to remains Alsace. And here is what is on wish-list.
My best friend from Ukraine came to visit me in Germany recently. As we were discussing what to do during her stay, I suggested going to Colmar. This French town is located just a 40 minutes bus ride from my current home and it is so pretty that I went there a few times already. To my surprise, my friend never heard of Colmar before! Sometimes I see Colmar on the lists of hidden gems on the Internet but you just need to go there once during Christmas to understand that this is no more an off-the-beaten-path destination. I will write a blog post with the tips to visit Colmar soon but here are some photos to inspire your wanderlust if you don’t dream of visiting Colmar yet. 😉
Zurich is the largest Swiss city with the busiest train station and the main airport in Switzerland. Zurich is a starting point of Switzerland travel itinerary for most international visitors. Thanks to the central location, you can easily do day trips from Zurich to almost everywhere in Switzerland. Moreover, you can even go to Germany, France or Liechtenstein from Zurich. Here are my favorite ideas for a day trip from Zurich.
Whenever I travel abroad, I try to learn or at least write down a few words and phrases in the language of the country I am visiting. Even though in most touristic places it is easy to find people who speak English, you never know when some knowledge of the local language may be helpful. Poland is quickly becoming a popular destination for international visitors and in cities like Krakow or Warsaw, you are most likely to be fine with just English. However, in smaller cities, some Polish vocabulary might come in handy.
While I enjoy learning foreign languages, I am also lazy sometimes, so I made a pdf with some useful Polish words and phrases. Scroll down to the end of the post to download a free pdf, print it and take on your trip to use whenever you need. Enjoy! 🙂
If you are a vegetarian traveling to Poland, you will quickly notice that most traditional dishes rely heavily on pork and sausages. And although I’m not a vegetarian myself, the amount of meat in Polish food was too much for me too. I do enjoy a good meat, but don’t feel like eating it every day is essential. Even if it is possible to make some traditional Polish dishes like bigos or golabki vegetarian, they kinda lose some authenticity without meat. This is why I prefer to stick to the dishes that are traditionally vegetarian. For all the veggie foodies out there, here is the list of the best Polish dishes to try on your trip to Poland.
So you are going to one of the most beautiful and most visited Polish cities and only have 24 hours to spend there. How much can you see in Krakow in one day? You will be happy to hear that you can actually see a lot! Krakow is not a big city and even in such a limited time, you can easily explore it on foot. If you are not planning to leave the historical part there is no need to use public transport. The distances between all the places listed below are around 15-20 minutes walking. And besides, walking in Krakow is a part of the experience because the city can boast of having some amazing architecture.
Except for the Christmas time, winter is my least favourite season to travel. Days are short, temperatures are low and the sun doesn’t shine every day – this is what I’ve been repeating for a long time until I got tired of my own complaints. The weather is something we can not control and the only way to stay sane is to change an attitude towards it instead. Winter travel can be enjoyable even if you don’t like cold weather like me. All you need is good preparation and your trip will be as awesome as in any other season. Here are some tips how you can make the most of your winter vacation.
Flixbus is the biggest company offering long-distance bus service all over Germany and is rapidly expanding its network in Europe. Unlike Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus offers affordable tickets and is therefore especially attractive to young people.
Over the past year, I had a love-hate relationship with Flixbus. At first, I was really happy to find such a cheap way to travel in Germany and small problems didn’t seem to bother me much. The more I traveled with Flixbus, the more disadvantages I started to notice. At one point I was so disappointed with their service that I said I would never use them again. After a while I started traveling with Flixbus in Germany again, but only when it fits my travel plans the best. Here is some information I wish I knew before I started traveling in Germany with Flixbus.