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Maria Haase, our Editor-in-Chief, grew up in Germany and splits her time between the US and Europe. The travel bug bit her early in life and she has lived in and traveled extensively to all corners of the world. Europe holds a special place in Maria’s heart and she wants to show you her home from a local’s point of view.

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Best Restaurants in Santorini & What to Eat There

Are you wondering what to eat in Santorini? And what are the best restaurants in Santorini to try these fantastic Greek dishes? Then you are not alone!

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10 Best Places to Visit in Northern Ireland (2023)

If you’re planning a trip to Northern Ireland, you’re in for a treat. The small country of Northern Ireland offers an abundance of picturesque coastal towns and serene countryside. Take a look at the 10 best places to visit in Northern Ireland here:

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15 Romantic Destinations For Your Honeymoon In Europe

Planning your honeymoon in Europe? Let us help inspire the honeymoon of a lifetime.

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Read on to find out the best 8 free things to do in Sicily that will ensure your bank account is not depleted once you are back home.

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11 Best Beaches in Almeria, Spain

Read on for the best beaches in Almeria featuring fine sand and crystal clear water.

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Best Things To Do in Madrid – 3-Day Itinerary

We laid out the perfect 3 days in Madrid itinerary for you!

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Origines by Chef Adrien Descouls – A Slice Of Heaven In The Auvergne

Origines par Adrien Descouls is a fantastic Michelin-starred destination restaurant & hotel in the heart of the Auvergne, France.

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Best Things to Do in Grindelwald, Switzerland

Check out all the fun things to do in Grindelwald, Switzerland. It is the perfect hub to explore the Swiss Alps.

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2 Amazing Venice Walking Tours You Should Not Miss

These 2 Venice Walking Tours with locals will show you the top attractions AND best food in Venice. What a great way to explore the city!

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Fantastic Things To Do in Lake Como

Planning a trip to Lake Como soon? Don’t miss these fantastic things to do in Lake Como, Italy.

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Paris Food: 12 Fantastic French Dishes You Have To Try

Paris Food: Learn about the 12 must-try French dishes you have to try on your next trip to the city of love.

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What to Wear in Europe

Tips on what to wear in Europe to not stand out as a tourist. Don’t forget to pack these helpful & stylish items for your next trip to Europe!

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Where to Stay in Paris – The Best Paris Arrondissements for Tourists

Not sure where to stay in Paris? This guide will help you find the best hotels in the best area to stay in Paris for your itinerary.

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Is the Roma Pass Worth it?

Planning a trip to Rome, Italy? Find out if the Roma Pass will save you money, depending on your Rome itinerary.

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Amsterdam to Giethoorn Day Trip – Helpful Tips From A Local

Amsterdam to Giethoorn is the perfect day trip if you are looking to experience a quaint, picturesque Dutch village.

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7 Days in Italy: 1 Week Itinerary from Venice to Rome

7 Days in Italy is not a lot, but with this jam-packed Italy Itinerary, you’ll see the top highlights: Venice, Florence, Rome & more

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Paris Hotels with Views of the Eiffel Tower

Everything about the best Paris hotels with views of the Eiffel Tower – a list of hotels in Paris with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

Best Hikes in Ireland

The 5 best Hikes in Ireland take you along beautiful coastlines, rugged mountains, and green rolling hills. Find the best hiking trails in Ireland here.

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