15 Things to do in Valencia

Valencia was first mentioned in the 2nd Century BC as a roman colony. Its name actually comes from the latin Valentia which means “strength” or “valour”, a Roman practice of recognising the valour of former Roman soldiers after a war. With 2000 years of history, 45 museums, 30 parks, gardens and 16 theatres Valencia makes the ideal destination for holidays, cultural breaks, family travel, romantic escapades and solo trips. Valencia has two official languages: Spanish and Valenciano which is a dialect of Catalan. If you want to sound more like a local (even though the backpack and camera will shout “hey I am a tourist”) say “Bon dia!” instead of “Buenos Dias” and then mix and match with phrases from that “Learn Spanish in 6 Weeks” booklet you carry with you.  Continue reading “15 Things to do in Valencia”

5 Reasons to go on a family vacation

“I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life” (Barbara Bush). This is why moments when you get to bond with the dear ones are the key to a happy family.  Continue reading “5 Reasons to go on a family vacation”

5 Reasons Why Maldives is on my Bucket List

What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think about Maldives? It’s water hotels and endless beaches for me. I have always wanted to wake up on the ocean, which is why I would love stay at one of those hotels, but there are more reasons for which Maldives is a priority on my bucket list. Continue reading “5 Reasons Why Maldives is on my Bucket List”

Best Spring Destinations 2017

Maybe you are reading this blog post bundled up on your way to class or to work or maybe you are reading it after you have been shoving snow all morning. Or maybe winter is your favourite season and you hate me for talking about spring already *eyes roll*. In any case, while we are still in the middle of winter (sorry to remind you) and I had to pay a fortune on a new pair of winter boots *£15* (I could have just saved that for travel purposes you know) I will tell you something my friend. Spring will be upon us eventually and now is a good time to make plans for March, April and May and see if that’s going to warm you up a little.

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The Danube Boilers: Infinity Pools, Iron Gates and Mysterious Caves. The Place to Be

When you think about visiting Romania you should think about diversity. This is because different regions of the country have different types of natural treasures, from lakes and the Black Sea, to mountains covered in snow and forever green forests and more. Continue reading “The Danube Boilers: Infinity Pools, Iron Gates and Mysterious Caves. The Place to Be”

See the biggest T-Rex skeleton ever found. Getting around The Field Museum, Chicago.

At The Field Museum you can learn about 4,6 billion years of natural history and see fascinating exhibitions which cover various themes: dinosaurs, Ancient Americans, Ancient Egypt, gems, plants, animals, Africa, Asia and more. Continue reading “See the biggest T-Rex skeleton ever found. Getting around The Field Museum, Chicago.”

Reasons to Visit Lapland in 2017

Lapland, the largest and most northern region of Finland, is notonly a natural paradise which includes eight national parks but it is also the home of the beloved Santa Clause. And here is why: the first snow falls over Lapland around the end of August (August!!!) or beginning of September and we know how much Rudolf, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen love snow. Apart from Santa’s workshop there are many other reasons to visit Lapland. Here is a list of our favourites: Continue reading “Reasons to Visit Lapland in 2017”

Your Favorites. Best Travel Destinations of 2016

I decided to make it official: 2016 was an amazing year for Holiday on my Mind. The blog was launched on 7 September and it already reached over 4000 readers from across the globe – that means around 1000 views per month (if you are a blogger yourself you know this is a big deal for a new blog). It is an honor knowing that 4000 people chose to read MY blog when there are millions, millions of other travel blogs out there. I remember I felt drunk when I reached over 100 shares for the first time, when my Switzerland’s Top Christmas Markets blog post was repined 600 times, or when my Facbeook and Twitter pages got 1000 followers each. This wouldn’t have been possible without your help – yes the reader’s help because when you love writing, the only thing that will give you more satisfaction than writing itself is knowing that other people enjoy reading your work and find it helpful. Before I get too emotional, I would like to share my top 10 pieces of the year (judged after the amount of views they received). Continue reading “Your Favorites. Best Travel Destinations of 2016”

The Ultimate 2016 Christmas Market Guide (+FREE ebook)

Guys, I am SO excited for Christmas! I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to  celebrate Christmas with the dear ones, to listen to Carols, eat traditional food, wrap up in a blanket and sip hot chocolate next to the Christmas tree and to check out as many Christmas markets as possible!

I am sure you love Christmas markets at least as much as I do, which is why I decided to launch The Ultimate 2016 Christmas Market Guide. This means that each week I will be posting a special blog post about the best Christmas Markets to visit this year:

14 November: Germany’s Top Christmas Markets

21 November: France’s Top Christmas Markets

28 November: Belgium’s Top Christmas Markets

5 December: Switzerland’s Top Christmas Markets

12 December: England’s Top Christmas Markets (+exclusive live streaming for Holiday on my Mind subscribers, from the Canterbury, London and Birmingham Christmas markets)

19: December: Austria’s Top Christmas Markets

On the 1st of December, Holiday on my Mind subscribers will receive a free copy of the ebook: The Ultimate 2016 Christmas Market Guide (you need to be a subscriber by the end of November) which can also be purchase for £15 by non subscribers but why not get it for free?! (subscribe here – to complete the subscription process you need to click the confirm subscription button in your inbox). 

Cover photo credit: Jennicatpin/Flickr/Creative Commons (licence here).

Austria’s Top Christmas Markets

Christmas markets are an old tradition in Austria. They can be traced back to the Middle Ages. In 1298 Albrecht I  allowed the citizens of Vienna to hold a Krippenmarkt (December Market). Even if the market has changed over the years, traditions have been adapted to fit modern days but they still occupy a very special place in the heart of every Austrian and not only. Visitors from all over the world come to Austria every year to enjoy the festive season at some of the country’s most magical Christmas Markets.

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