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I learned some really interesting and unexpected facts about Luxembourg when I visited to see the Christmas markets this year. Even though it’s located in western Europe, it had a lot of its own characteristics which set it apart from neighboring countries. Here are some of the things you can expect when you visit Luxembourg yourself.

Luxembourg is Very Expensive

The first observation I made when I landed was quite unexpected. I knew there were several really expensive countries around Europe, such as Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Denmark; I didn’t realize Luxembourg fit in the same category. I certainly didn’t budget for what I found there. Meals were comparable to what you’d expect to pay at a touristy restaurant in London, Prague or Rome, but prices in Luxembourg aren’t for tourists.

The minimum wage in Luxembourg is over $13 an hour, and the average monthly salary is around $5,500! The real estate and cost of food directly reflect this. The average rent for an apartment in town is around $2,500 per month, and the average meal is about $20. My saving graces during my visit were the sausages at the Christmas markets. These ranged from $4-$6.50 depending on the flavor and size you get and were also really delicious – so much so that I ate one for nearly every meal. Otherwise, about the only other place to eat on a budget are kebab shops.

Fancy Houses and Cars in Luxembourg

I was surprised to see that gas was cheaper than in surrounding countries. The Berchem service station, located just a few miles south of the city center, is the largest gas station in Europe, serving up to 25,000 customers per day. Now I understand why my trans-Europe Flixbuses always pass through Luxembourg.

Public Transportation is Free

A few months ago, I read that Luxembourg was becoming the first country in the world to have free public transportation. I figured this would be a big boon for my budget during my visit, but I was disappointed. It’s true that Luxembourg is becoming the first country with free public transportation, but that starts on January 1st, 2020. I visited five weeks before that.

As it was, a single ticket (valid for 2 hours) for any of the public transportation (buses or trains) was only €2 ($2.20), and a 24-hour ticket was €4 ($4.40). That included the bus from the airport. As such, the cost of transportation was actually the smallest part of my budget when I visited. Well, technically I didn’t spend anything on accommodations as I Couchsurfed the whole time. The hostels were all fully booked and the cheapest hotels were well over $100 a night.

A Quarter of the Daily Population Doesn’t Live in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is one of the least-populated countries in Europe with less than 600,000 people, yet every day an additional 200,000 workers come in from surrounding countries, primarily France, Germany and Belgium. Luxembourg has one of the best quality of life indexes in Europe, but it also is one of the most expensive countries in the world to live in.

It isn’t just the 200,000 daily commuters who are foreigners in the country. A massive 46% of the country’s residents are expats. This was readily apparent in the four days I was there. While my first Couchsurfing host was a local, my next two were from Spain and Bangladesh. The restaurants in town had a huge range of cuisines catering to all the cultures living there…but I didn’t have the budget to sample them.

Most Citizens are “Quint-Lingual”

Yeah, I coined that word, but it just wouldn’t sound right to merely call Luxembourgers bilingual. The locals grow up learning French, German and Luxembourgish in primary school, and then English in secondary school. Many also learn an additional language, especially if their family wasn’t from Luxembourg. Expats who come in primarily learn French, but can also learn the other three languages while maintaining their home language. The Luxembourgish language is similar to German and French (a German base with a French twist, as my Couchsurfing host put it). If you plan to live there, it’s possible to get by in the country just speaking French.

Statues in Luxembourg

Since Luxembourg became a Grand Duchy in 963 AD, the country has been controlled by the Dutch, the French, the Spanish, the Austrians, the French again, the Prussians, the Dutch again, gained independence in 1890, and was occupied by the Germans during both world wars. Parts of the country have also been sectioned off to the surrounding countries over the centuries. The result is a cultural diversity comparable to cities like London and Rotterdam.

An Impregnable Fortress

While on the free walking tour in Luxembourg City, I was fascinated by the massive fortress that surrounds the central hill of Luxembourg…except that hardly any of the fortress still remains. Only one of the original 23 gates still stands. As a lover of urban ruins, I was fascinated by what remained of the fortress, which was still quite extensive, even though I didn’t even have a chance to see the underground tunnels.

The Romans built a fort in this location during their Empire, but it wasn’t until 963 when Count Sigfried built the first castle. The fortress was enlarged several times over the next several centuries until 1867. In all those years, it never fell by force. It was once taken over peacefully, and another time surrendered from starvation after a prolonged siege.

After the Austro-Prussian war and the fall of the German Confederation, the Second Treaty of London was signed which ordered the dissolution of the fortress and reaffirmed the mandate that Luxembourg remain in perpetual neutrality, as decreed by the first Treaty of London in 1839.

Luxembourg Fortress

It took 16 years and a small fortune to dismantle 15 miles of tunnels and 10 acres of castles, battlements, batteries and barracks. Thankfully they didn’t destroy everything and the remaining fortress structures and tunnels were given UNESCO World Heritage designation in 1994.

Luxembourg is Really Clean

Similar to what I saw in Switzerland earlier this year, Luxembourg is a very clean city. It doesn’t have the trash, graffiti or animal droppings so common in other cities, and you also won’t see any homelessness. Well, I did see one drunk guy who could have been homeless, but I didn’t see anyone just lying on the streets. As to the cleanliness, I don’t know if the city employs a team of cleaners to keep things spotless, or if the citizens take responsibility on their own.

Luxembourg Palace

I’ve been really surprised by the cleanliness in some of the countries I’ve visited in my travels. In Albania, there were hundreds of older women on the streets before sunrise every morning making the city spotless, and Poland seems to have employed their entire homeless community as janitors (considering you see hundreds of cleaners and very few homeless people). This is so different from the US cities I grew up in.

My Thoughts on Visiting Luxembourg

Overall, I really liked Luxembourg. The biggest drawback for me was the cost of meals and accommodations, although I did manage to find Couchsurfing hosts for all three nights I was there. The Christmas markets were also really nice, perhaps not quite as nice as Germany, but still enjoyable.

It’s not often I visit a location that I don’t feel the need to return to, but I don’t think I’ll need to return to Luxembourg unless my travels actually take me there someday, even though there were a few activities I didn’t get a chance to do like exploring the tunnels of the fortress. We’ll see.

If you want to learn more facts about Luxembourg, I’d recommend taking the TwentyTour Free Walking Tour of Luxembourg City. A free walking tour is always the best way to learn about a city when you first arrive so you know what to see, where to eat and other facts you wouldn’t otherwise learn about, especially when they’re given by a local.

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Further Reading

Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in the world, but there are still quite a few things to do there. Here are a few other ideas for how to spend your time in the country.

Here’s some extra reading to save hundreds on your next vacation or stage of your journey.

When I first arrived in Europe back in 2015, I was quickly introduced to Megabus. It immediately became my favorite way to get around. A few months later, all the routes outside the UK were bought out by Flixbus. If you’re traveling on a budget, using Flixbus in Europe is your best choice.

Cheapest Bus Tickets in Europe

With my tight budget when I started traveling, I couldn’t be happier with the Megabus ticket prices. I was riding around the UK for as little as £4 ($6 at the time) per ride. When I went over to mainland Europe, I continued to use Megabus as much as possible. They were almost always the cheapest way to get around, such as my ticket from Toulouse, France to Barcelona, Spain for €5 ($6)!

When Flixbus took over, they continued to be one of the cheapest bus companies in Europe, but not quite as cheap as Megabus. Gone were the great specials. That wonderful ticket I got to Barcelona tripled in price! I also learned about Blablacar and would use them more often than not, but Flixbus was always an option for me.

Comfort of the Bus

Flixbus does one thing right in keeping their buses fairly consistent. The shorter-distance buses are usually one level, while the longer rides are double-decker buses. The seats are moderately comfortable, not particularly spacious but not small either – certainly not as small as some of the buses in Asia! Their buses all have a toilet (although sometimes it’s out of order) and Wi-Fi (which doesn’t work as often as it does).

Selfie on Flixbus

Some of the buses in Europe, such as the Student Agency or RegioJet, are considerably more comfortable. Those are more spacious, come with meals and even have entertainment systems on the seatbacks. Surprisingly, every now and then you can find one of those tickets as cheap as Flixbus! It’s definitely worth a search.

My Journeys on Flixbus in Europe

Milan to Rotterdam – 19.5 Hours

My longest journey with Flixbus (and one of my longest bus rides ever) was from Milan, Italy to Rotterdam, Netherlands. I left the Lampugnano FlixBus Bus Stop at 9 p.m. and arrived at Rotterdam Central Station at 4:30 p.m. the following day. I traveled through six countries (barely missing a seventh). Distance aside, this was one of the best bus rides…and the worst.

In Milan, I was one of the first ones onto the bus. It was one of the biggest models that Flixbus uses and had two decks. On the lower deck, there were two tables with four seats apiece. I quickly grabbed a seat at one of the tables so I could set up my laptop and get some work done before I was ready to catch some shuteye. Somehow, by the time the bus pulled away from the station, no one else had joined me at the table! There were very few people on the bus but I feel I got really lucky. Not only could I use the table for working, I was later able to stretch out across the seats to have a good sleep.

Disaster struck twenty miles outside Brussels, the terminus of the first bus. I wasn’t entirely sure what happened as everything was being shouted in French, but apparently our bus broke down. Another bus was on the way and I was told it wouldn’t be a long wait. I was in a bind because my connecting bus left soon after we were scheduled to arrive, and Flixbus won’t wait for a prior, late bus. Then I found out the driver (or possibly another passenger) needed to be at the airport immediately, and there was a van to take a dozen passengers to the Brussels station right away.

Crazy Flixbus Driver London to Brussels

I went to grab my baggage out of the hold, and found it completely flooded. Putting my waterproof cover over my 85L backpack doesn’t help when it’s sitting in several inches of water. All my clothes, my sleeping bag and several other objects were completely saturated. Miraculously, nothing important was damaged! I keep my notebooks sealed in dry sacks, and all my electronics were with me inside the bus. So while I had a few extra pounds of water to carry and spent the evening doing laundry, my possessions were basically okay. I did reach out to Flixbus to see if they would address the matter but didn’t get a response. I wasn’t surprised. When dealing with budget companies, customer service is usually the first aspect to suffer.

Amsterdam to London – 10 Hours

In 2016, I made my first long-distance trip with Flixbus in Europe…after they had bought out Megabus. It was just one segment of a rather long journey – a train from Alkmaar to Amsterdam, the Flixbus to London, a Megabus to Edinburgh, and then a local bus up to Dundee where I spent two weeks at my first housesit. The trip was rather uneventful, or maybe I just couldn’t think of anything but the pain in my feet. In my attempt to catch my train in Alkmaar (which I failed to do), I fell down the stairs and seriously injured both of my ankles. Rather than cancel all my travel plans, I bore the pain all the way to Dundee where I could get to the hospital (with my British citizenship’s medical coverage).

I made this journey a couple times, most recently this summer after working in Rotterdam for a few weeks and then an amazing weekend in Haarlem. Just a few miles away from the train under the English channel, the bus pulled into a border patrol station and everyone had to get off the bus. A few minutes later, two men were pulled out of the cargo hold beneath the bus and detained. At first, the driver said we would have to wait for the police to arrive, but after half an hour, he told us to get back on the bus and we were on or way again. Apparently that’s becoming a rather common occurrence these days, and another reason never to put anything valuable into the bags you put under the bus (or checked-in baggage for flights).

Stowaways Caught Hiding on Flixbus

London to Rotterdam – 12 Hours

I’m mentioning this trip separately from the last trip for an interesting reason. Although Rotterdam is two hours closer to London than Amsterdam, the ride was two hours longer. That’s because the bus sometimes can ride the train that goes under the English channel, and sometimes it takes the ferry. Also, some of the buses between London and the Netherlands are direct, while others have a bus change in Brussels. Unlike flights, these details aren’t covered clearly on the website and can make your journey a lot more interesting.

My journey took longer because we took the ferry instead of the train, and that then caused me to miss my connecting bus in Brussels. As I said earlier, they don’t care if a scheduled bus will leave before another bus arrives, although Flixbuses rarely leave on time anyway. So instead of a short wait in Brussels, I had nearly two hours to wait for the next bus to Rotterdam.

This was also the journey where the driver gave me a hard time in London for my bag being too big, enforcing the brand new regulation (at that time) for luggage size with Flixbus. That was the only time I’ve ever had a bus anywhere in the world complain about my bags, and truthfully, it’s a primary reason why I prefer to take buses over planes.

That driver wasn’t just crazy with me. A few minutes later, he told a guy he could use the bathroom in the station, and then drove off a moment later, making the guy literally chase after the bus on the streets of London while the guy’s girlfriend and half the passengers were screaming at the driver to stop!

Copenhagen to Stockholm – 9 Hours

Sometimes an amazing travel hack is to book a flight to a city or country near your final destination, and then take a bus the final leg of the journey. I did this back in 2016 when I was trying to get from Edinburgh to Stockholm for the TBEX conference. Direct flights were nearly $200 pounds, but flights to Copenhagen were a mere $25! Copenhagen is 400 miles south of Stockholm, but the bus tickets were only $20 for an overnight bus, which also covers the cost of a hostel (more than $20 in both Copenhagen and Stockholm). So I spent 4 amazing days in Copenhagen before my bus to Stockholm, and ended up saving well over $100!

Flixbus from Copenhagen to Stockholm

I do have to mention that the trains in Sweden are seriously luxurious (some of the best I’ve been on) and also much faster than the bus. While they cost a bit more than the bus, I’d highly recommend them as the best way to get around the country.

Amsterdam to Prague – 14 Hours

The other long ride I had with Flixbus in Europe was for TBEX Ostrava in 2018. This one was the most uneventful rides of the bunch. Once again, I opted for the overnight bus and arrived in Prague at 7 a.m., just in time to get some amazing shots of the central square with hardly any tourists in it. In fact, three of the five people in the square were also bloggers headed to TBEX! It really is a small world after all.

Prague Central Square

Rotterdam to Amsterdam

I’ve also used Flixbus several times for shorter journeys. The train is faster, but the cheapest way to get between Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands is by Flixbus (except maybe Blablacar). For just €5 ($5.50), buses leave about every hour between the two cities. Somehow those journeys always seemed to have the best drivers too. They were crazy funny and friendly. One of them, in particular, had my girlfriend and me in stitches for several minutes as he gave one joke after another, mostly about the toilet and things you could do to the person sitting next to you.

Malpensa to Milan

One other Flixbus in Europe worth mentioning is the regular shuttle from the Malpensa Airport in Milan, Italy to the city center. Once again, it’s the cheapest way to commute between the two. Buses run a few times an hour and costs €8 ($8.80). The taxis will try to charge you nearly $100!!!

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Riding Flixbus in Europe

Further Reading

Here’s some extra reading to save hundreds on your next vacation or stage of your journey.

Are you planning a trip to Ostrava and looking for things to do? Perhaps you could consider visiting the Jeseniky Mountains. If you like nature, hiking, adventurous activities or sunbathing on the shores of a lake, the Jeseniky Mountains will be perfect for you.

The Jeseniky Mountains are a little over 60 miles northwest of Ostrava near the Polish border and take about two hours to reach by car or bus…although there aren’t a lot of direct trains or buses. Better to rent a car. Rental companies from the Ostrava airport are as little as $15 a day (plus insurance).

I had the chance to visit the Jeseniky Mountains on a day tour with a group of other bloggers through TBEX. Within ten hours, we learned all about the mountains, what kickscooters were and how much fun (and dangerous) they could be, and how the Slezská Harta Dam helped to save the region.

Praděd National Nature Reserve

Our first stop was at the Praděd National Nature Reserve. At 4,893 feet high, Praded is the highest mountain the Jeseniky Mountains, and the fifth-highest in the Czech Republic. Our bus had to wait quite a while for the final stretch of the road as it narrows down to a single-lane up in the mountains. We parked at the Chata Sabinka chateau and from there hiked to the radio tower atop the summit of Praded.

The radio tower was completed in 1983 and rises another 531 feet above the summit. You can buy a ticket for the viewing platform halfway up for about $5. Unfortunately, the platform is fully encased in rather dirty windows and the photos from there aren’t the best. The tower also has accommodations you can rent. A group of my friends did so a week after I was there, although I don’t think they had the best experience. It’s not exactly a 5-star hotel.

Jeseniky Mountains from the Radio Tower

The best views were from the base of the tower, which afforded a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. Our guide pointed out a particularly interesting rock formation to the south called Petrovy Kameny (Peter’s Stones). Locals used to believe that witches lived there and practiced rites among the stones, kinda like the standing stones in the UK. Nowadays the area around the stones is off-limits due to the rare flora (plant species) growing there.

A Crash Course on a Kickscooter

How do I describe the kickscooter we used. I used to think of a kickscooter as one of those little Razors that kids would race around on. The Czech version is quite different. It looks more like a bicycle, with a regular-sized wheel on the front, a smaller one in the back, and a skateboard-like platform between.

Kickscooer in the Jeseniky Mountains

We rented our kickscooters from the radio tower at the top and without further ado, took off down the mountain trail. Kickscooters are popular on the trail, and the hikers are used to making room for them. There was a small section at the beginning of the trail when we actually had to “kick” our way up a short incline, and then it got fast. Really fast. There were a couple of bloggers who took it easy. A couple others, myself included, went all out, barely using the breaks at all! We continued down the road far beyond where the bus was parked, learning that the single-track road also afforded us more safety on our way down without having to dodge oncoming vehicles.

At one point, I attempted to get a selfie video while riding. I captured just a few seconds before I started really picking up speed and had to put the phone away. Later I found out that another blogger on a different tour had tried the same stunt, but with less success. When I saw him a couple days later in Prague, he was missing significant patches of skin on his arms. Yet another girl had been run off the road when a car got too close to her. Not that kickscooters are inherently dangerous, but you need to know what you’re doing on them…just like a bicycle.

To book your own tour on the kickscooters in the Jeseniky mountains, click here.

Lunch at Centrum Slezska Harta

Having worked up an appetite, we went for lunch at Centrum Slezska Harta. After a week in the Czech Republic, I was thoroughly in love with the local cuisine. I started with a beef broth soup with noodles, and then went for the pork schnitzel with french fries and vegetables. For dessert, I had the apple strudel. Somehow with all the fried food and french fries that I had while in the Czech Republic, I still managed to lose ten pounds within three weeks!

Lunch in the Jeseniky Mountains

Boating on Slezska Harta Dam

Our next stop was the picturesque village of Leskovec nad Moravici on the shores of Slezska Harta Dam – the newest reservoir in the region. When it was finished in 1998, it was said it would take ten years to fill. Instead, later that year there were heavy rains which filled the reservoir completely. At the same time, it’s believed that the dam saved Ostrava and other cities from severe flooding. Also, there were six villages at the site of the dam. Five were partially flooded, while the sixth was completely destroyed.

Boat Rental on the Slezska Harta Dam

Unfortunately, our lunch ran way too long and we arrived an hour after we were scheduled to take the boats out. We were initially told that we had missed our window and there were no boats left for us, but I pleaded with them and found that there was one boat available. They were small, electric boats and I had 20 minutes to take three other bloggers out onto the lake for relaxation and some wonderful shots. We couldn’t get too far as there were strong winds that day and the manager of the boat hire was concerned we wouldn’t be able to get back in time.

Selfie on Boat Ride on the Slezska Harta Dam

The lake is massive, and a very popular vacation spot for the locals. Even though it was a Wednesday, the shores of the lake were packed with families and sunbathers, and the boat rental was fully booked.

Summary

Our tour got us back in Ostrava by 7 p.m., an hour later than scheduled. Although the tour lasted nearly ten hours and we had a wonderful adventure, it wasn’t nearly long enough to really enjoy the Jeseniky Mountains. If you’re planning to go, consider going for more than just a day. Besides the radio tower and Centrum Slezska Harta, there are plenty of other accommodations available in the region.

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Further Reading

Are you visiting Ostrava and looking for other activities? Here are some other articles to help you out.

Here’s some extra reading to save hundreds on your next vacation or stage of your journey.

I’m a little embarrassed to say I only made it to 10 countries in 2017, the same as in 2016, and only six were new. I’m wondering if I’ll be able to get back up to 35 countries as I did in 2015. To get started, here are the first countries I have on my 2018 itinerary. For this list, I’m just putting down the countries I’ve yet to visit. Countries I plan to return to or live in, such as Scotland and Thailand, are a given.

Morocco

Living in Edinburgh, I’m starting to appreciate my trips to sunny climates more and more. As I write this, the snow outside is billowing down. While I love snow, I wouldn’t mind a walk along a beach right now. I don’t think there are many countries in Europe at the moment which are warm enough for that. Instead I have Morocco on my itinerary to kick things off. I don’t know if it will be the first country I visit, but I’ve heard some amazing things about the country I want to see for myself, like the extensive forests where I thought there was only desert. I also ran across a website for luxury Marrakech villas which I’m interested to check out.

Moroccan food has also always been some of my favorite. I’m looking forward to trying it in the country of its origin, sitting on the ground around a low table and eating delicious lamb and couscous with my fingers.

Norway

The next countries on my 2018 itinerary are the remaining ten I have yet to visit in Europe. I’ll start the list with Norway. To be honest, I’m dreading my visit to the country with the northernmost point in Europe. I nearly went broke in Iceland, and I hear Norway is even more expensive (the most expensive in the world). I’ll either have to read some really savvy blog posts on how to save money in the country, or keep my visit quite short.

I’ve dreamed of visiting Pulpit Rock near Lysefjord. I’m not afraid of heights, but I still think this might challenge my comfort zone. Besides, I have to make it before the rock falls down or something else prevents me from enjoying the experience. Besides that, I wouldn’t mind a cruise through the fjords or a visit to that northernmost point.

Switzerland

For years, I mistakenly thought my grandmother was from Switzerland. Not sure where I got that from – she’s from the Netherlands. But I still want to see the land of the Alps, even if it is the other most expensive country in the world.

One of the challenges I want to accomplish in Switzerland is skiing in the alps. I’ve been hitting the slopes since I was 8 years old, but sadly I haven’t made it down a piste since I broke my knee before leaving the US. I’ve participated in plenty of strenuous and adventurous activities around the world, including a 110 km bike ride in Lithuania and jumping off a 50-foot cliff into the water in Thailand, but nothing would please me more than to ski again. What better way to prove the medical community in the US wrong?

Slovenia

I keep hearing Lake Bled is the most beautiful lake in Europe (Plitvice Lakes are in their own category), and Ljubljiana seems to be one of the most beautiful cities on the continent too. Beyond that, I can’t say I know many attractions in the country I should visit; only that general region is quite nice, considering I’ve been to the four countries surrounding it. I’m curious if their food is more Italian or Austrian based.

Luxembourg

I almost made it to a housesit in Luxembourg last year, but the trip fell through at the last minute due to scheduling conflicts. I’ve been told I can explore Luxembourg City in a couple days, but I wouldn’t mind some trips out into the countryside too. I’ll have to do some more research to see what else is worth visiting in the country.

Lichtenstein, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, Malta

These five are some of the smallest countries in the world. They each have their own attractions, including the beautiful fortified towns in San Marino and Lichtenstein, the casino in Monaco and mountain monasteries in Andorra. I’m slightly devastated that the rock bridge in Malta that was featured in Game of Thrones came down in early 2017 during a bad storm. All the more reason to get to some of these hidden gems before they’re gone.

Belarus

This is the only country completely in Europe that I need a visa for with both my passports (Russia and Turkey are mostly in Asia). I do have the option of a visa-less three-day visit if I fly in, but there seems to be more than three days worth of adventures in the country. I have a friend in Brest who invited me to see the country back in 2015. I’ve also been told it’s cheaper and possibly more beautiful than Ukraine, which I fell in love with last year. Maybe I will just stick to the three days, but I’m open to suggestions for what else to see in the country.

Vietnam

After getting to my last countries in Europe (not that I don’t plan to revisit many of them over and over), it will be time to return to SE Asia. I hope to rent my condo in Chiang Mai again, and from there take some trips to new countries. The first is Vietnam, which has some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve seen. My friend Juliano Cottito did a two-month road trip through the country last year, and every day his posts on my Facebook newsfeed make me want to drop everything and join him.

Ban Gioc Waterfalls just might be the most beautiful falls in the world. Their coffee is world-famous. The cities look more cultural than Thailand and spelunking through Paradise Cave is definitely on my bucket list. Ooh, and Halong Bay is one of the world’s phosphorescent beaches! That’s a must!

Unfortunately I no longer get a visa-less entry with my UK passport, but I really can’t complain about how many countries I do get to enter without a visa with my two passports.

The Philippines

I’ve had plenty of Filipino friends invite me to see their beautiful country, and I can’t wait to do so. While I’ve read a few blogs about it over the years, I don’t actually know any specific attractions I need to see, beyond endless beautiful beaches. I’ve also been particularly interested in visiting the country after reading Cryptonomicon by Neal StephensonMy 2018 Itinerary: Time To See the Rest of Europe 1. Maybe I’ll find some buried gold!

Indonesia

And lastly, there’s Indonesia. Where to start? I think I’ve read more blogs about Bali than any other place in the world, and Ubud seems to be the new Influencer haven. I’m guessing I’ll be wanting to create another home base there once I visit, following in the steps of so many of my fellow bloggers.

2018 Itinerary Summary

I’ve now established Edinburgh as my official home base, having rented a flat with a minimum six-month lease. It’s so nice to have my own place with all the possessions I’ve picked up through my travels in one place. It’s not a big room, but I’d be happy to host any of my friends passing through Edinburgh and show them my favorite city.

For my travels, I’m looking forward to some shorter trips, rather than living out of my backpack all year. Having my home base will help with that, but I’m also looking at some different ways of travel, such as working with tours and cruises, finding some boutique hotels to visit and joining some more food tours to learn new cuisines.

What do you think? Have you been to any of these countries/ Do you have any recommendations for me for any of these destinations? Anyone interested in traveling with me or meeting me in any of the countries on my 2018 itinerary? If you can’t make it, I’ll be writing lots of articles so you can live vicariously through me. Let’s have an adventure together! Feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.

PS: I’m sorry for the purely text article, but I use my own photos, and it’s hard to include them for countries I’ve yet to visit!