If you're planning a day trip from Helsinki, the small town of Porvoo should be on your list. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland and less than 50km away from the Finnish capital, this idyllic town full of history, beautiful architecture and galleries is the perfect short trip to explore the more traditional side of Finland!
Founded in 1748 on a cluster of islands off the coast of Helsinki, the Suomenlinna sea fortress is a cultural treasure. Built when Finland was still part of the Kingdom of Sweden, Suomenlinna has taken a vital part in the history of Finland. Today, it is not only a UNESCO heritage site but also one of the most popular days out among tourist and locals alike. Check out what to expect from Helsinki's sea fortress islands!
With a recent past in between Eastern and Western Europe, but always keeping its Nordic style, Helsinki has become a trendy destination that is growing in popularity among travellers.
Although Finland might be better known for its landscapes, lakes and charming cities located next to the Arctic Circle, the beautiful capital city is also well worth a visit.
Find out what this unknown and yet very surprising destination has to offer!
Famous for being the setting of multiple Hollywood movies due to its resemblance to the surface Mars, Wadi Rum desert is a unique natural wonder that cannot be found elsewhere in the world.
During my last day in Jordan, I explored this incredible red ocean of dunes and rock formations in a 4x4 jeep tour. A thrilling experience that cannot be missed!
Everyone has heard of the city of Petra. Lost in the desert for centuries and rediscovered only in the 19th century, this pink-city carved out of rock has been attracting visitors from all over the worlds for decades.
But the ancient capital of the Nabateans is much more than the typical image of its magnificent Treasury: from Roman ruins to royal tombs and a monastery on the top of a hill, a visit to this city in the desert will leave you speechless.
During my second day in Jordan, I spent the full day exploring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Check out what this unique place has to offer!
The Kingdom of Jordan is a fascinating country rich in history, culture and incredible natural landscapes that can’t be missed when visiting the Middle East. Home to one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, I concluded my trip to Israel with a 3-day visit to its neighbouring country, starting with the Roman city of Jerash and the Citadel of Amman, the capital city.
There's no other experience in Israel like witnessing the sunrise from the top of Masada, an ancient fortification with breathtaking views of the Dead Sea. During my last day in Israel, I climbed the 450m hill while the sun was rising to observe one of the most impressive spectacles of nature that I've ever seen.
Not far from Masada I also visited the Ein Gedi Natural Reserve, an oasis in the Judean Desert and one of Israel's main hiking spots with stunning waterfalls and landscapes, ending the day with one of my bucket list things to do in Israel: floating and getting covered in mud in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.
Hebron, located in the West Bank, is the second holiest city of Judaism as well as one of the four holy cities of Islam. Split since 1997 in two sectors, one controlled by the Palestinian Authority and the other one by Israel, Hebron is one of the most troubled areas of the Middle East.
During my visit, I got the chance to visit both sides of the city with a local guide that would tell me their own view of the conflict: a Jewish settler on the Israeli side, and a local Palestinian from the other sector of the city. Find out what it is like to live in the most divided city of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict!
When we hear about the Palestinian Territories in Western media, we often get images of war, conflict and terrorism. Being so close to the West Bank during my visit to Jerusalem, I couldn't help but experience myself what Palestine was really like.
It can't be denied that the shadow of occupation and repression is quite prominent, however, what I found couldn't be more different to what I was expecting: lively cities, ancient sites filled with history and friendly people willing to do anything they could and more to make you feel welcome.
Temple Mount, with the imposing Al-Aqsa Mosque and the striking Dome of the Rock, is one of the most sacred and disputed areas of Jerusalem. During my fourth day in the Holy City, I queued up during its limited opening hours to ensure that I could access this unique place.
Its location was perfect to combine my visit with the nearby biblical sites of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives, where some of the most important events of the New Testament took place; as well as the City of David, the archaeological site where the city of Jerusalem originated over 3000 years ago!