The simplest way to apply for a Visa in Vietnam

Applying for a visa in Vietnam can be quite tricky. There are hundreds of websites out there that all claim to be the official application site. Whilst nothing could be less true. These acclaimed websites are often the middleman, from which you’ll surely get your visa, but you’re likely to pay double the actual price. Read on to discover how you can easily apply for the Vietnam visa yourself:

The new visa application process for Vietnam since 2018

The Vietnam visa requirements used to be a lot stricter; tourists that we’re planning to visit Vietnam needed to apply for a letter of approval online or even had to visit the Vietnamese embassy in their home country to arrange everything. Luckily, Vietnam recently implemented a new visa application process. Since early 2018, it has become significantly easier for inhabitants of no more than 46 countries to apply for a visa.  It can now quickly be done online, from basically anywhere that has an internet connection.

It is an official document, so make sure to print it and have it at hand at immagration.

How to apply for your Vietnam Visa

You can apply for the visa via the website of the Vietnam immigration department. The application form takes roughly ten minutes to complete. Keep a scan of your passport and a pass photo at hand.  Once completed, a download link, from which the visa can be retrieved, will be sent to your e-mail within three working days. After the visa has been approved, it is valid for 30 days. Starting from the day of entry you’ve requested. Make sure to leave Vietnam before or otherwise, fines will be applicable.

Price of a Vietnam Visa

An e-visa will cost you $25 (€22). 

In general, the responsibility for the application of the visa lies with the Vietnamese authorities, making sure all your personal information is filled in correctly, is, of course, your own.


CITY HIGHLIGHTS: Florence, Italy

Florence, a city that has won over the heart of many tourists and has ranked no 1. as “Best City in the World”, “Most Romantic City in Europe” and “Best Citytrip” on numerous occasions. With its rich history, culture, and the incredible Italian cuisine; Florence really does seem to have it all. Eager to find out why? Make sure to visit these highlights on your next trip to Florence:

Top things to do in Florence, Italy  

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1. Boboli Gardens

The Boboli Gardens, situated behind the Pitti Palace, belong to Florence’ most frequently visited places. The garden, which was originally designed for the Medici Family, stretches over 45,000 m2, making it a pleasant walk on even the busiest of days. For almost four centuries, it was the garden of the great dukes of Tuscany and for a short period, even that of the kings of Italy. Nowadays, the garden is part of the World Heritage Site (UNESCO).

The garden is open every day of the week, except the first and last Monday of each month. Price for a ticket to enter the Boboli gardens is €10 ($11.3) from March to October (high season) and €6 ($6.8) in the remainder of the months.
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2. Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

The 10th largest cathedral in the world; the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, or better known as the Cathedral of Florence. The cathedral, built in the 13th century,  is famed for its theatrical details carved in pink, white and green marble.  A stunning sight amidst the busy streets of Florence’s historical center. Whilst the exterior might be spectacular, expect the inside to be somewhat plain.
Entrance to the Cathedral is free of charge. 

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

3. Climbing the Duomo

The inside of the Cathedral of Florence might not be as impressive as the exterior does expect, the view from the Duomo, however, does not disappoint. Located on top of the Florence Cathedral, the dome can be accessed via a steep and narrow staircase aside the cathedral. It can be quite the climb, 463 steps up to be precise, but the view is worth the endeavor. Climbing the Duomo is very popular, hence reservations are required and, as it sells out regularly, it is wise to do so a few days in advance. Visitors are appointed a time sloth in which they can enter.
The price for climbing the Duomo is €18 ($20) and is part of an OPA pass, which also grants access for 72 hours to the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Santa Reparata, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Brunelleschi’s Dome and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.
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4. Ponte Vecchio

The Ponte Vecchio, which literal translation means old bridge,  was built in 1844 and was originally intended for the Medici family. On the second floor, there is a hallway the length of one kilometer, which sole purpose was allowing members of the Medici family to get from one palace to another, without making an appearance amongst the people. Nowadays, the bridge is largely known for hosting some of the most expensive jewelry stores in the world.

5. Piazza Michelangelo

What’s better than wandering through the iconic streets of Florence? Staring at them from above. Piazza Michelangelo is a plaza, located roughly a 25- minute walk from the Duomo, that offers spectacular views of the city. To get to the viewing point it does take a small hike up, however, the path is completely paved. Along the way, there is a small park, which serves perfectly as a rest stop or for a picnic with a view.
Entrance to Piazza Michelangelo is free 
All prices as of June 2018, converted on in US dollar and EURO. 

HOTEL TIP: Away Resort – Koh Kood, Thailand

Koh Kood, where the roads are calm, the water is blue and the people are friendly. An unspoiled island, as it is often referred to by the masses. And for once, nothing could be more accurate. On the tropical island, located a 1-hour ferry ride away from Trat, there are no 7-elevens, no restaurant chains, and no mass tourism to be found. And what a delight it is. If a true island get-away is what you’re looking for, this is the place for you:

Away Resort Koh Kood

Providing one of the more authentic island experiences on Koh Kood is Away Resort. Without to much fuss, Away Resort lends itself perfectly for an island retreat. The resort is situated right across one of Koh Kood’s brightest beaches and boasts 30 wooden bungalows. Each with a view over light blue waters and the palm-fringed Klong Chao beach.

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The Bungalows

All spacious bungalows are equipped with double beds, a private terrace, and air conditioning. The interior of the wooden bungalows is basic, but in a lovely island way, where it is supposed to be simplistic. The surroundings are incredibly peaceful with views to match. The bathroom is composed out of two separate areas. One holds the sink and toilet, the other area is set half outside. Indeed, that means an outdoor shower, tropical style.

Rooms Away Resort Koh Kood

Away Resort Koh Kood terrace



The resort features two on-site restaurants, named Escape and Cast-Away. Cast Away is located directly across the resort and managed by the same staff. However, it is also open for locals and the other island guests. Escape is located directly on the resorts’ premises, this is also where breakfast is served. The price of breakfast, if not included in the room price, is €8 ($9) and is a positive mix of Asian and Western food.

Want to do something special? How about a private sunset dinner set up on the resorts own pier. For more information and a secret set up, contact the resort, they’re more than happy to arrange the magical evening.

Activity center

The resort has the largest activity center on the island, allowing guests to easily go and explore all the rest that the island has to offer. From the activity center, guests can take a free kayak at any time during the day. This is the quickest way to get to the stunning Klong Chao beach across the resort (approx 2 minutes).  Other fun ways to explore the island include renting a scooter or booking a private boat tour. Snorkeling amongst the coral reefs is highly recommended, and so is a visit to the waterfalls and mangrove.

Kayak Away Koh Kood

Drone Koh Kood Island

Massage center

At the Away resort, guests can make use of the on-site massage facilities. The spa center, located across the activity center, offers a range of treatments which are mainly executed in the tranquil wooden cabins on the sea side pavilion.

Koh Kood massage

Leisure area

For those who get a bit restless after all that beach time, the Cast Away provides a small leisure area in which guests can enjoy a game, or two. Everything is free to use. Best time to visit? Happy hour ;), set between 15:00 and 17:00.

How to get to Away Resort Koh Kood

From Bangkok:

Koh Kood can be reached from Bangkok within approx. 8 hours by bus and ferry. The easiest way to arrange the trip is by pre-arranging your tickets via With this combo ticket, you need to get on a bus from Ta Nee Road (near Koh San Road) that will take you to the dock at Trat. The bus time varies largely, depending on traffic, but take in to account that it will likely be over 5 hours. This includes a 20-minute stop for food and drinks along the way. Once arrived in Trat, you get on the Ferry to Koh Kood. You can also choose to arrange your tickets via a hostel/hotel, but expect to pay a surcharge. Costs of arraging it yourself are around 900 THB (€23) per person.

From Koh Chang:

The quickest way to get to Away Resort from Koh Chang is by speedboat. Tickets for the speedboat can be arranged via, at the Bang Bao pier, or at your hotel. The total travel time is roughly two hours. Mention to the boat crew that you need to go to Away Resort, and you’ll be dropped right off at their very own pier. Costs of the speedboat are again 900 THB (€23), including hotel transfer. Another option is taking the wooden boat, this takes slightly longer but is also slightly cheaper than the first option. Price for the wooden boat is around 750 THB (€20) per person.

What is it going to cost you to stay at Away Resort Koh Kood

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Koh Kood Thailand

Bungalow prices starting from €110 ($124) per night 

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In general prices for hotels and resorts on Koh Kood, as with many small islands, tend be slightly higher than on the mainland, due to demand and supply.

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All prices converted on as of 23 November’18, in THAI BAHT,  EURO and US Dollar

[Disclaimer: our stay at Away Resort Koh Kood was on the courtesy of Away Resorts]

HOTEL TIP: Marriott the Surawongse- Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, a city bursting with culture, sights, and diversity. In a city of this size, all sorts of accommodation options are at your disposal. From budget accommodations and hostels to the most luxurious hotels and resorts of them all. With such a competitive environment, hotels go above and beyond to give their guests value for their money, for prices that are uncommon to western standards. So what city better than Bangkok to spoil yourself and soak in luxury for a night or two, paying half, or even a third of normal prices. If you’re looking for an affordable luxury hotel in the middle of Bangkok, this is our no 1 recommendation:

Bangkok: Marriott Hotel, The Surawongse

Inspired by modern oriental influences, Bangkok Marriott Hotel the Surawongse offers a 5-star experience like no other. The hotel is located in the midst of Bangkok’s city center in the Silom area, roughly 25 minutes from Bangkok airport. With so many facilities on offer within the hotel, guests don’t even have to leave in order to have a good time. But if they do, the Sky Train, the Chao Phraya River, Patpong, Silom Business District, and several other local attractions are all nearby.

 Bangkok Marriott Hotel the SurawongseYao Restaurant Marriott

The Room

Marriott has done an excellent job processing the oriental atmosphere into the individual rooms as well, with a slightly modern touch to them. All spacious rooms feature a large double bed, flatscreen TV and desk. The separate bathroom is fitted with a large walk-in rain shower. The bathroom is shielded from the bedroom by glass solely, giving it an open feel and allowing guests to gaze upon Bangkok’s skyline whilst showering or taking a bath.

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This might be the best hotel fitness gym we have encountered as of yet. Not only are there plenty of cardio machines to get a good work out in -equipped with the latest technology; watching Netflix or catching up on social media on your machine? No problem- but there is also a diverse range of strength training necessities. Whether it is free weight lifting or on a machine. Safe to say you will be able to train here as you would in your hometown gym.


Not one, not two, but five qualitative dining options are to be found within the hotel. Each of the restaurants has their own distinctive but coherent look. The cuisine ranges from Chinese, Thai and global, depending on the restaurant.

Lobby Bangkok Marriott Surawongse

The breakfast is served in Praya restaurant, located on the 3rd floor, and the diversity of the buffet is bizarre. From Chinese gyozas to Japanse sushi, Indian Curry’s, English sausages, American pancakes, ice cream, French pastries, and so on. You name it, they’ve got it.

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Rooftop Pool

Who doesn’t like a good infinity pool? Overlooking Bangkok’s southside,  Marriott’s pool is a sight for sore eyes. The pool is open from 06:00 in the morning until 22:00 in the evening, making it the perfect spot to catch either a sunrise or -set over Bangkok. The cocktails aren’t bad either 😉

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Yao Sky bar and Restaurant

If you thought the view from the pool was impressive, wait until you see the view from the Yoa restaurant and sky bar. Located another 14 floors higher, on the 32nd floor, this terrace provides a view of Bangkok like no other. At the restaurant, guests are able to enjoy a large variety of lush cocktails and a dinner menu based on Chinese cuisine. All whilst soaking up a 360 degree of downtown Bangkok.

Yao restaurant at Bangkok Marriott Hotel Yao restaurant at Bangkok Marriott Hotel

How to get there

The hotel does not provide a direct shuttle service from either Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) or Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport (BKK). Luckily, arranging a taxi on both airports is easily done and well appointed. The hotel provides an estimated taxi fare of 800 THB for a one-way trip, which is good to keep in mind in case negations take place.

What is it going to cost you to spend the night at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse?

Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse


Room prices starting from €128 ($145) per night 

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All prices converted on as of 11 November’18, in EURO and US Dollar

HOTEL TIP: Cityden Up – Amstelveen, Netherlands

Planning an Amsterdam weekend getaway, business trip, or simply want to do some shopping and relaxing in an area near the airport? We have got just the hotel for you. Within instant reach of Amsterdam’s city center and Schiphol airport, in a city called Amstelveen, you’ll find hotel Cityden Up. Cityden has remodeled a former office building into over 80 modern hotel apartments with, most importantly, a comfort and price point that are unheard of in the urban center.

Hotel Cityden Up, Amstelveen

Overall, Cityden is a rather unique hotel-apartment brand that is committed to providing its guests with modern and, above all, comfortable rooms. The personal approach of the staff and the extensive in-room features will make sure you’ll feel right at home. All hotel apartments are smartly decorated so that guests can also choose to enjoy them for a longer period of time, making it suitable for both business and leisure trips.

Citizen Up hotel Lobby

The Room

All rooms at Cityden Up feature a fully equipped kitchen. Which, especially when you’re staying multiple nights, is a luxury on its own. Apart from to the extra comfort of being able to cook at your hotel room (whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner), it is a BIG budget saver. Even the fridge is rather large for hotel standards, so no need to squeeze everything in as one normally expects.  In addition, the spacious living area makes the room a pleasant space to get some work done or to sit back and relax.

The hotel has four room types – two of which are studios and two are suites. The room featured above and below is the comfort suite and is suitable for 3 people, as it has a convertible sofa bed. The separate bathroom is equipped with a walk-in shower and rain shower head. The cabinets are filled with towels of all sizes, so you’ll never run out.



Good hotel gyms are a rare find, and even though the gym at Cityden Up might be rather small, it sure is decent! The floor to ceiling windows create a light-infused room, which somehow contributes to an extra motivational boost. There are no strength machines, but all the essentials are there for a good cardio and free weight work out.

Citizen Up hotel gym

Roof terrace

If you liked the gym, you’ll love the rooftop.  There is nothing better than giving yourself a moment after a long day of exploring. What better place to seclude yourselves for a bit, than getting comfortable in this setting. Whether it’s warm summer nights or chilly winter evenings, get nestled in and unwind.

Rooftop terrace Cityden Up

Lucy’s Kitchen

Cityden Up features its own on-site restaurant and bar, called Lucy’s kitchen. Which next to a lovely breakfast buffet, also features an extensive lunch- and dinner menu. The restaurant opens on set times throughout the day, however, the bar opens early in the morning and stays open until late at night. Click here for more information on Lucy’s Kitchen.

For breakfast at Cityden Up in specific: it is diverse -think freshly baked croissants, salmon, pressed juices and yogurt with all the toppings you could wish for- and will cost you €12 ($14).

How to get there

Cityden Up is situated minutes away from the Amsterdam Zuidas Business district. In this area, you’ll not only find loads of restaurants, but there are also tons of public transportation options (station Amsterdam Zuid) that can take you anywhere in Amsterdam you’ll want to go. This also goes for anywhere else in the Netherlands. Furthermore, the hotel is conveniently located nearby a tram stop – one-minute walking distance-, that will take you directly into the city center within 15 minutes.

What is it going to cost you to spend the night at Cityden Up?

Cityden Up

Cityden Up hotel suite

Studio’s start from €90 ($103)| Suites start from €115 ($131)

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All prices as of 23’October 2018, converted on

TAPAS IN BARCELONA: 6 delicious Tapas Bars

Where to eat the best Tapas in Barcelona

Looking for a restaurant to eat tapas shouldn’t be all too difficult in Spain. These yummy bites, coming from the traditional Spanish cuisine, are to be found on every corner, street, and sidewalk. But, with such a big city like Barcelona, it can be hard to find the best. Here are 6 all-time favorite Barcelona tapas bars, where it’s guaranteed that the next bite is even better than the last.

1. Vinitus

Simple but brilliant. With an interior unlike most tapas bars in Barcelona -stylish and modern- Vinitus is a hit with locals and tourists alike. Don’t be surprised by the long queues outside, the restaurant doesn’t take reservations but works with a waiting list. Way to avoid the wait; arrive early before the locals do, which is usually around 20:30.

Tip: Going for white wine instead of Sangria? Their Verdejo (€12.8 p/bottle) is incredible! 

Restaurant Vinitus Barcelona

2. Casa Lolea

We said it before, and we’ll say it again. A visit to Casa Lolea is a must; only if it’s just for their unparalleled truffle risotto. Casa Lolea is furthermore renowned for its dotted bottled sangria, which is sold around the world. That and the cozy atmosphere are more than enough reasons to visit the restaurant hidden in the streets of Eixample. Make sure to call ahead to ensure yourself of a seat.

Casa Lolea Barcelona

3. Perikete

Any ham lovers out there? Perikete is the place you’ll want to go. The fairly new restaurant features a nostalgic interior, with ham covering the entire ceiling, barrels of vermouth that are placed above the bar and a selection of over 250 wine bottles placed throughout the bar. The owners specifically aimed to recreate tapas bars as they used to be. The result? An incredible authentic Spanish tapas bar, with great service and an atmosphere alike. Another bonus: the restaurant is very price friendly,

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4. La Flauta

Dine where the locals dine, at La Flauta. For over 25-years la Flauta has proudly served the Catalonian locals with qualitative tapas, building a name for itself one step at a time. Now, the tapas bar is more popular than ever and ques running along the street aren’t uncommon. Just walk up to the bar and place yourself on the waiting list, same things as our no 1 on this list. The service at La Flauta is pretty fast so the wait probably won’t be that long. Overall, the price and quality of the food are excellent.

Expect to pay around € 25 per person for an evening filled with tapas and wine.

5. Bar Lobo

Just an alley away from La Rambla, in a rustique square, lies Bar Lobo. The light and modern bar, that features an open kitchen, is in particularly loved for its sun faced outdoor terrace in the afternoon. Their menu goes beyond your traditional tapas classics, so even for those who think they’ve had just about enough tapas, Bar Lobo has got you covered. For an extensive dinner, with a jug of cava sangria expect to pay €30 per person.

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6. El Nacional

Okay, so maybe this doesn’t qualify as just a tapas bar, but it deserves a prominent spot on this list. El Nacional is a massive compound, that’s elegant nevertheless, right in the heart of Barcelona. Within the compound, there are 4 distinct- bars and restaurants. All specialized in a specific matter such as beer, wine, cava cocktails for the bars. Meat, fish, rice, and -of course- tapas, for the restaurants. In the tapas area, the way things work is slightly different than what you might be accustomed to. Obers stop by with a diverse range of tapas- whatever is fresh and ready to go out of the kitchen- and will show/sell you what they have. See something you like, grab it on to the table and the bill will be compiled later.

El Nacional Barcelona

El Nacional Barcelona

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Not in the mood for tapas? Visit one of our other favorites!

Brunch & Cake

Brunch & Cake; where every item on the menu is a feast for your eyes. Due to its success, more and more Brunch & Cake restaurants are popping up throughout Barcelona. No matter where you’re located, one is ought to be nearby.

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Flex & Kale

Flex & Kale, serving good-food-that-is-good-for-you. Their menu consists that for 80% out of plant-based items, the remaining 20% percent includes oily fish. Make sure to order the watermelon & feta starter while your there, yumm!

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9x IBIZA FAVORITES: Restaurants, Bars & Beaches

Mirror mirror on the wall, what is the finest island of them all? While we wait for an answer, we’ll go ahead and try to fill in the blanks: Ibiza. It’s bizarre that a tiny island, with less than 132,637 inhabitants, has so many different aspects to offer. Fine dining and ultimate tranquility, on one hand, parties where you can dance until dawn on the other. Not to forget the abundance of sangria and authentic Spanish culture at the center of it all, gluing the whole island together. Whilst discovering your own route through the island is half the fun, we’ll give away 9 of our favorite restaurants, bars, and beaches for a small nudge in the right direction.

Visiting Ibiza in July or August? Make sure to place reservations in advance to avoid disappointment. Whether it is for beach clubs, sun beds, lunch or dinner seats.

1.Little Ibiza

The perfect place to start your day, whether it’s with breakfast or brunch, is at Little Ibiza.  Their colorful terrace, filled with the classic tasseled parasols, overlooks the sea and Figuerates boulevard – not bad for a morning coffee. The items on the menu are  all decently priced with fruity smoothie bowls going for €10 ($11.6) and cocktails for around €7 ($8.2). In the mood for something oriental or Asian inspired later in the day? Then Little Ibiza is worth a visit as well.

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2. La Oliva

Set within the romantic and characteristic old town of Ibiza lies La Oliva. The restaurant features a Mediterranean menu infused with hints of Asian cuisine (yes, please). Pulpo fan or curious to try it out? This is the place to give it a go. The vast majority of tables at La Oliva are set outside, in an angled picturesque street nearby the bustling Dalt Vila square. All in all: the perfect old town dinning experience.

For more information visit

Restaurant La Oliva Ibiza

3. Aiyanna

The brand new sister of Amante, (our lucky no. 7 on this list) is Aiyanna Ibiza. Located on the north side of the Cala Nova bay, the beachfront restaurant features a panoramic view of the Mediterranean sea. The interior is very Ibiza alike, boho chic, with a focus on wood, white, and pops of colors throughout. Their healthy menu is large and varied, with a focus on organic ingredients that come straight from the garden, right to your table. Like what you may ask? Think sharing plates with all sorts of Mezze; avocado and pea guacamole, hummus, muhammara, feta cheese with olives and vegetable crudites for € 19,50.

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4. La Paloma

A treasure to be found in the middle of the island, in a small village named San Lorenzo: La Paloma. The small family-owned restaurant is set between the orange trees and therefore boasts a romantic atmosphere throughout. Simplistic, yet incredibly charming. Their menu can be found on chalkboards, scattered throughout the restaurant and hanging from trees. All featuring tons of yummy dishes, with organic ingredients and seasonal daily specials. The restaurant specialty is a homemade focaccia, stuffed with all sorts of goodness.

The total price of an extensive lunch: €42,70 ($49.9)  For more information visit

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Restaurant La Paloma Ibiza

5. Ohana Ibiza

Poké bowls at the beach – anytime! At the Playa d’en Bossa boulevard, you’ll find the new Poké bar Ohana. Choose between the salmon, tuna or vegetarian option; all topped off with delicious ingredients such as avocado, seaweed, edamame and so on.. you know the pokebowl drill. And, all for a very decent price – the salmon bowl will set you back €14 euro. Not in the mood for some poke lovin’? Then there are plenty of other options on the menu to chose from.

Poke bowls Ohona Ibiza

6. Cotton beach club

Along the western coastline, overlooking one of the prettiest beaches in Ibiza is the all-white Cotton Beach Club. It is in total contrast with the 50 shades of blue coming in from the beach set below (hint: no. 9 on this list) and therefore couldn’t look better. The menu on offer has influences from all over the world, think Japanese premium sushi rolls (>€23) and Thai curries (€25) but also Mexican chicken tacos (€25) or Segovia suckling pig (€36). Aside from being an excellent spot to enjoy lunch or dinner, Cotton Beach Club is a great place to sip wine in the late afternoon and watch the sunset whilst listening to some live Ibiza tunes. View, check. Vibes, check. Food, check.

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Cotton Beach Ibiza

7. Amante

Set on a cliff overlooking the turquoise waters of Sol Den Serra bay, lies a stunning beach restaurant named Amante. Offering a view like no other, this restaurant serves modern food from the Spanish and Italian cuisine. Need to lay down for a bit after lunch? Well, you can. Amante has an amazing lounge area, where you can rent a sunbed for €30,-. The sunbeds, however, are limited and in high demand. So if you’re keen on spending your entire day here after seeing the photos (we get it), make sure to reserve the sunbed weeks in advance. Fully booked? An alternative is to work with their waiting list – all reserved beds (no show) are released at 13:00

For more information visit www.amanteibiza.comRestaurant Amante Ibiza

Sunbeds Amante Ibiza

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8. La Scala

The restaurants in Ibiza old town are charming, to say the least. But restaurant La Scala takes it up a notch, with an incredibly romantic outdoor terrace. The street faced terrace is covered in all sorts of greens, lights, and flowers; creating a wonderful atmosphere.  Needless to say, you’ll want to book a table outside. The waiters are chatty and charming, offering complimentary cava to start your evening with and fresh fruit to end it. For a 3-course dinner, with a bottle of wine and water, a total was paid of €105,90 ($122,6).

9. Cala Tarida

Last but not least. Our favorite beach in Ibiza for an afternoon dip: Cala Tarida. The water here is super clear and mostly free of rocks and seaweed. Not to mention the awe-inspiring tones of blue overlaying each other. But, (yep, sorry there is a but) we’re not the only ones that feel thay way. It tends to get extremely crowded with locals and tourists alike in high season. Want to find a somewhat more secluded area? You can actally climb down the parking lot for a tiny, private-esque type of beach. Where it will just be you and everyone else that risked the climb.

Cala Tarida Ibiza

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Cala Tarida Ibiza

All prices as of August 2018, in US Dollars and EURO, converted on 

Your favorite spot on Ibiza not on here? Let us know in the comment section! We’d love to pay a visit.

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Things to do in NYC on a Budget

9x things to do for free in New York City

There is an undeniable allure to this city that drew in over 61.8 million tourists last year. And, any first-time visitor will have a full agenda trying to cross of its highlights. But, as goes for most cities that thrive on tourism,  these highlights are likely to cost you big bugs. Going to a show on Broadway filled with glitter and glam, seeing New York from above on the Empire State Building or exploring central park on a horse and carriage, it sure as hell doesn’t come cheap. When you’re eager to explore New York City, but are on a budget, here are our top things to do that are totally free: 

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1. Dumbo

Start with the best right? Our all-time favorite spot in New York; Dumbo. Some people might say that the  NYC High Line is the best place to get killer views from the skyline but those people obviously haven’t been to Dumbo yet. Dumbo, an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is an industrial area whereupon first arrival it’s hard to expect much. A first glimpse of its beauty is caught when approaching the photogenic bridge. Following the path towards the Brooklyn Bridge Park is where the true views lie, those of the world-renowned New York skyline. To see such a chaotic and immense city in such peaceful scenery is incredible.  No matter which time of the day you pay the venue a visit; sunrise, sunset or mid-day; it’s all equally good.

Dumbo bridgeView from Dumbo

Brooklyn Bridge Park

2. Brooklyn Bridge

Connecting Brooklyn to the iconic skyline of Manhattan: the Brooklyn Bridge. Till this day, the $15,000,000 bridge is crossed by over 120.000 vehicles every day. And those are not just cars alone. Thousands of tourists cross the bridge on a daily basis, trying to get a glimpse of the statue of liberty, Manhattan skyline and the river. Because of the popularity, the best time to visit is earlier on the day. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to cross the bridge. But, that depends of course on how many stops you intend on taking.  The bridge can be crossed on either side. Brooklyn to Manhattan and vice versa. The best views, however, are spotted when walking towards Manhattan. Unless you’re visiting during summer time, make sure to bring a jacket as it can get incredibly windy up there.

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3. 9/11 memorial 

As tragic as this day was, as breathtaking is the monument. The immense size, and the meaning behind it, will leave you speechless. As it was meant to. Friends and family of the victims still bring white roses to the memorial to honor those they lost. Increasing the already powerful 2,977 names engraved in the bronze plates flanking the area.  The monument itself consists out of two colossal manmade waterfalls that are situated within the footprints of were once the world trace centers stood. The memorial is out in the open air and does not require any admission. However, if you want to visit the museum afterward, the entrance fee is $24 dollar. 

Location: 180 Greenwich St, New York

New World Trade Centers New York

4. Time Square

New York’s most photographed scenery cannot fall short of this list. Dazzling bright lights coming from as far and wide as the eyes can see. Be entertained by street performers picking dozens of people from the crowd to jump over, a half-naked batman, dance battles or watch the live news. You choose. There is literally so much going on that, even when you’re not into the touristy stuff, there is something to this square that will leave you dazed for a minute. In an attempt to take it all in. There are multiple flagship stores and theaters attached to Times Square, but this might not be the best area to start off a shopping spree. As you’ve probably guessed, the people mass here is no joke.

Location: Midtown Manhattan at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It stretches from 42nd to 47th street.

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5. Central Park

In the ultimate concrete jungle, there lies 3,41 km² of green peace and quiet. Allowing the hard-working people of  New York to do their morning runs, dog walks or simply enjoy a peaceful afternoon away from the hustle every now and then. Take a stroll through one of the most filmed sceneries in the world and observe it for yourself. During summer time it’s great (and very romantic) to go rowing in the middle of the lake or find a serene picknicking spot. During winter exploring the park in a horse and carriage ride packed under comfy blankets is superb or hit the skating ranks for a fun activity. (Paid)

Location: North 110th Street to Central Park South (59th Street), and from Central Park West (8th Avenue) to 5th Ave

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6. The New York Public Library

The New York Public library stands proudly in the middle of the popular shopping street 5th avenue. The library is the second largest public library in the US and is still actively being used, whilst simultaneously being displayed for visitors. The entrance is free and whilst the first hall might not be very impressive, once you make your way through the somewhat of a maze of a building, you’ll start getting lost in rooms and halls that are nothing but majestic. Another reason why to love this place: the public toilet is easily accessible plus clean and there is free wifi. Pretty rare in the middle of 5th avenue. What more can one wish for?

Location: 42nd Street, Fifth Avenue

7. The American Museum of Natural History

Another favorite, the American Museum of Natural History. Where visitors take a walk through ancient history and it’s wildlife starting the moment they step foot inside. No dusty old museum as you might remember from your childhood. Imagine gigantic dinosaur fossils, animals from the amazon and creatures from the deep seas or take the chance to learn about ancient cultures and their traditions in one of the many exhibitions. The admission is $23 dollars, which will grant you access to all the museum halls. But hey we said free stuff only right? The funny thing is; the entrance fee is suggested. Which is sort of a “you need to know about it” thing or you’ll end up paying full price. Pay-what-you-wish admission is available only at the ticket counters.  The museum is also free the last hour it is open, which is from 16:45-17:45.

Location: Central Park West & 79th St, Upper West Side

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8.  High Line 

Just your regular park stroll, only 9 meters above the streets of West Manhattan. That would be the rather unique 2,3 km long High Line Park, which was built on an abandoned elevated rail line. The rail line used to run freight trains between 1934 and 1980. A few years after the rail line shut down the government decided to invest a lot of money to create what is now a magnificent park on the West side of Manhattan. The park was opened to the public in 2009 and has been one of New York’ most popular attractions ever since. Throughout the park expect to find a large variety of plants and flowers, art installations and plenty of benches to sit down and enjoy the view. The skyscrapers in the background make for a nice photo opp as well.

Location: Several entrances can be found anywhere on Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenue.

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9. The Staten Island Ferry 

Nothing like a nice boat ride, especially when it’s totally free. The Staten Island Ferry is a free commuter ferry that goes back and forth between the Whitehall Terminal (Manhattan) and the St. George Terminal (Staten Island). A great ride to get a glimpse of the renowned 46 meters tall copper statue of liberty located on Ellis Island. The ferry runs every 30 minutes, all day, all night and 7 days a week. A single crossing will take you approximately 25 minutes. Calculate some extra time though, cause passengers must get off and on once they’ve reached the destination.

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PIZZA, PASTA & STEAK FLORENTINE – Where to find the best in Florence

9x where to eat in Florence

When traveling, it is always best to abide by the general rule ‘do as the locals do’ to guarantee yourself of the best experience. Which especially goes for the food on offer in your destination country.  So mm, when in Italy, “do as the Italians do” does that mean wine, pizza & pasta all day? HELL YES. Lucky you. What is not to love about wood oven pizza’s, a truffle pasta or a juicy steak. With hundreds of good-looking (and smelling) restaurants around, we guess it’s safe to say that we probably didn’t even cover half of the amazing places to eat in Florence. That said, we sure tried and here are the best restaurants we can recommend to you!

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1. La Buchetta

Pasta prepared in a cheese wheel (yes indeed, the entire thing) and after thoroughly stirred -absorbing as much cheese as possible- the portion is served on the spot and finished off with some freshly grated truffle. No wonder why restaurant La Buchetta ranks highly on TripAdvisor and is referred to as one of the best restaurants in the city. With the friendly staff and extensive wine menu to compliment your evening, a visit to La Buchetta should be on anyone’s itinerary.

La Buchetta dinner

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For our dinner at La Bushetta, we paid a total of €81.50 ($95.7). Which included the pasta specialty, an entrecote, bread and good bottle of wine.

2. I Fratellini

When laying eyes on I Fratellini for the first time you instantly know that this is something precious. Perhaps one of the tiniest sandwich shops around, that also does not shy away from doubling as a bar, is tucked away in one the many side alleys in Florence. Easily overlooked by some, but a precious find to others. I Fratellini first opened its doors in 1875 and continues to serve guests with heavenly sandwiches and wine to this day. No matter which sandwich you choose, the price is set at €4 ($4.7).  It’s tiny, it’s basic, but it’s perfect. Compliment your meal with a glass of wine for only €2 ($2.3), whilst having a chat with the friendly hosts.
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3. Pizzeria iCamaldoli

Pizzeria iCamaldoli, located in the bustling center of Piazza del Mercato, is a small pizzeria with food and wine for incredibly decent prices considering its location. With a local bottle of wine (good wine) going for €8($9.3) and delicious pizza’s topped with fresh ingredients, this place is truly a little gem. The interior might be slightly different compared to the rest of their Italian neighbors but don’t let that fool you. Sometimes good things come unexpectedly, which especially goes for Pizzeria iCamaldoli, serving us the best pizza we had during our trip.

Pizzeria iCamaldoli

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For a late lunch at Pizzeria iCamaldoli we paid a total of €38 ($44.4). This included a bottle of wine, beer, a bottle of water and two pizza’s.

4. La Posta

A stone’s throw away from the Florence cathedral, in a surprisingly cozy alley, lies restaurant La Posta. Drawing immediate attention with its intimate outdoor terrace, which is heated at night, this is the perfect place to give the local celebrity a try: the steak Florentine. Meat with a side of meat; is what to expect if this is your first time ordering the juicy steak. The steak Florentine is signature to the Firenze region and therefore available as a specialty at most restaurants. Keep in mind that the steak Florentine can only be ordered by the kilogram (starting at a minimum kg), so it’s quite the bite. Adding to the experience, the meat, once prepared according to your wishes, is cut directly in front of you at the table.
La Posta Florence
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For our dinner at La Posta we paid a total of €109 ($128). This dinner included the steak Florentine (€60), a pasta, bottle of wine, bottle of water and a shared dessert.

5. Trattoria Zà Zà

In the heart of the city, you’ll find Trattoria Zà Zà. Due to its location and the good recommendations the restaurant receives scattered online, it’s no wonder this place thrives on tourism. The waiters speak perfect English and the service is fast and efficient. Their interior is what keeps the vibes of the restaurant warm and cozy. And, not to forget of course, the food is excellent. Every item we ordered of the menu was cooked to perfection. If possible, try to make a reservation on forehand, because Trattoria Zà Zà is popular with tourists and locals alike, it would be a shame if you miss out on a table at this lovely restaurant.
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Price of our dinner at ZaZa for two: €70 ($82,2). Which included another steak Florentine (for 1 pax this time), a truffle pasta, bottle of water, beer and several soda’s. For more information click here.

6. El Gato E La Fulpe

So, if we would have known that the Tiramisu would come out like that, and tasted the way it did, we would have probably skipped dinner altogether and just ordered ten of those. But, luckily we didn’t. Because we came to this cute authentic Italian restaurant, which is mostly visited by locals, for the pasta. Cooked perfectly al dente and with a large variety on the menu; this definitely is the place to visit for all pasta lovers (and tiramisu lovers for that matter, hehe).
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 For dinner for two, we paid €45 ($52.8) which included a truffle pasta, beef specialty, bottle of water, tiramisu and coffee.

7. Cornelius Pizzeria

Cornelius Pizzeria is a great spot to enjoy a pizza in the mid-day summer heat. Offering a small outdoor terrace that faces the sun for the largest part of the day, They have a diverse menu on display but we advise you to opt for the yummy wood oven pizza’s. After all, it is a pizza place. Furthermore we ordered a decanter of wine, whilst enjoying the sun on the terrace, but frankly, we have no clue why we did this. Decanters are hardly ever a wise choice, so don’t make the same mistake and go with a bottled wine instead. That said, the pizza is great!
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8. Konnubio

The stylish restaurant & wine bar Konnubio will catch anyone’s eye just walking sheer past it. Catching a glimpse of the inside is enough to see that the interior reflects one of the few modern takes on Italian restaurants in Florence. But, once inside, the glimpse you’ve got is nothing compared to what you get to see. From the green tiled bar to the sun-infused dining area surrounded with green leaves; this has to be one of the prettiest restaurants in Florence. Konnubio operates four different concepts throughout the day at set times and is closed in between. Starting with a breakfast experience, healthy lunch from 12:00 until 15:00 and finishing off with a fine dining menu and cocktail bar in the evening. 
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9. All’ Antico Vinaio 

Okay, gigantic queues in front of restaurants can only mean one thing right? The food must be extraordinary. What about a gigantic queue outside of a sandwich shop? Well, that’s a first, but 100% what you’ll encounter when going for a visit to All’ Antico Vinaio. These sandwiches have become such a phenomenon that All’ Antico Vinaio now has three different locations,  all across from each other, all with an equally long queue. But don’t let the queue scare you, it isn’t without a reason that these sandwiches are so popular. Plus they have become accustomed to working fast and you’ll be out of there in no time. With a sandwich, the sheer size of a pizza for solely €5 ($5,8) a piece, make sure not to plan this stop as an in-between snack.


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 *All prices as of 11 July ’18, in EURO and US dollar, converted on

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Discover the best beaches on the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava, in northeastern Spain, is one of the best known coastal areas in the world. With a diverse range of easily accessible and scenic beaches, there is no questioning its popularity. Some of them surprisingly non-touristy whilst others attract them by the mass. Nevertheless, the following three beaches are guaranteed to be amongst the prettiest to encounter on the miles long coastline:

1. Cala El Golfet

Fifty shades of green and blue make it nearly impossible to determine where to look first when arriving at Playa El Golfet. When making your way down from the parking area, to where the small beach is located, the hints of turquoise get clearer and clearer. The best view you’ll get is from above, so make sure to take it all in before heading along. Cala El Golfet is crowded solely with locals and their children. Which makes you instantly aware that this is something precious. The beach is small and as non-touristy as they come,  you won’t find any bars or restaurants on the beach, or nearby for that matter. So make sure to pack your bag before heading out. Furthermore, the beach is quite rough with small stones instead of sand, so if you’ve got some old water shoes in the back of your closet: this is their moment to shine.

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Beach El Golfet Costa Brava

2. Aigua Blava

Aigua Blava, a beach which name literally translates to “Bluewater” in Catalan. Guess that it is these stunning waters that make the beach a local favorite. That, and the bars and restaurants that are located directly at on the beach. All combined making this an excellent spot the spend the day, for friends and families alike. Other services, such as showers, restrooms, and shops are limited but available as well. The bay is surrounded by trees and offers a view of the idyllic town, feeling very Italian-esque. Thanks to the fine sand and the crystal clear waters, Aigua Blava is also a great snorkeling area.

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Aigua Blava beach Spain

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3. Tossa de Mar

A lesser known secret, but nevertheless a beach that still belongs on this short list; Tossa de Mar. Where else can you lay down on a beach and admire an ancient city wall, that still stands proudly today. The beach is divided into three separate areas by the boulevard, one more busy than the other but all within walking distance. On the boulevard itself, you’ll find loads of restaurants and bars, all very suitable for a nice lunch or dinner. But, for a cozy restaurant with an incredible view and (incredibly strong) cava sangria, make your way halfway up the city wall. It’s not very steep and/or too much of a climb. Especially not for the views you’ll be getting; definitely worth the effort before heading back on the road again.

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What is the car rental going to cost you?

Renting a car in Spain is generally pretty cheap. Starting for as little as €20($23) a day,  going up depending on how fancy you would like your ride to be. This amount however only covers the basic rental of the car, it is always advised to do a full insurance in case anything happens. Not because of your drivers’ skills, but because you’re in a foreign country with unknown roads and if something does happen; they will charge you to the full extent.

We rented our car at Sixt in Barcelona, which is very decent car rental and, with the insurance included, it cost us €84 euros for the full day. They have a 24 hrs return policy, so no need to rush back on the same day.

Save some more money: always chose to bring back the car with a full tank. They usually promote the “bring the car back empty and we’ll fill it up for you” as the laid-back option. However, they charge at least 3 times as to what it would have cost you to fill it up yourself.

Gas was €30($35) for a full day of driving. Bringing the total costs of our Costa Brava road trip from Barcelona to €114 ($133). All beaches mentioned above are within a few hours from the center of Barcelona, making them very suitable for a combined 1-day road trip.


* All costs as of 29 June’18, displayed in EUROS and US dollars, converted on 

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