3 European cities that are extremely underrated

Whenever you plan a trip there are cities that automatically pop in your mind, either because you know someone who went or because you’ve seen it a lot on the internet or in the movies. But the world is huge, there are billions of people and hundreds of cities and so much to see. Yet we always confine ourselves to what is comfortable, even if we haven’t been our selves knowing that someone we know did is still a sense of comfort. Here’s why I am bringing you 3 European cities that are extremely underrated and easily accessible.

  1. Lugano

To be honest, I have never been but I have done a lot of research about the Swiss city and let me tell you this, it’s about time you add it to your bucket list. It is rich with natural scenery including lakes, parks and mountains as well as beautiful churches and cathedrals to visit. It is a perfect destination for a relaxing trip or a nice stop on a euro trip.

  1. Helsinki

Not only is it beautiful and rich with amazing scenery but the capital is also full of different landmarks, markets, parks and city tours that could be very interesting to visit. In addition to being a city where one could take various day trips to other beautiful destinations like Oslo and Tallinn. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a destination where you could stay for a long period of time but is one that is definitely worth a visit.

  1. Tallinn

Well speaking of Tallinn (it is in Estonia by the way). The city is full of spots were just taking a stroll through is enough to feel like you’re in a different era especially in the Old Town. Among the top attractions that are going to leave you in awe is the Uspenskin Cathedral, The Esplanadi Park, Sea Fortress Suomelinna & Old Market Hall. Just keep it in your mind.

 

 

 

How to REALLY experience a city: Make 3 stops.

You can travel the world, you can go on long flights and check out places off your list but not every time you visit a city you truly experience it. There is always a level of the involvement you lack if you just decide to see the layer and explore what is meant to be shown to tourists. But in order to truly see a city closer, there are a few spots you might need to stop by.

  1. A Park

Whether it is the main park or a small on in the city side a park is usually a good choice of place to see natives in their daily routines. Some going out for a jog, a group yoga exercise or even a stroll. It is a place where you could meet different age groups carrying out different activities that would definitely give you a feel of the culture and the day to day lives of the citizens in this destination.

  1. A Pub

NO, you do not have to be a drinker, but passing by a local pub during Happy hour and watching how locals take a break from their daily routines to enjoy a drink definitely gives you a true insight on what the citizens of the country do in their day to day lives.

  1. The Underground 

This is as true as it can get, this is literally the place where you get to see students, friends, colleagues, employees, and businessmen. You literally see the city in a 10-15-minute underground ride and the farther you go away from the city center the more you actually get to know more. In many countries, especially European public transportation is the means of commuting regardless of social class. Thus, you truly grasp what a place is all like when you watch its people commute during different times of the day.

 

There are so many places you could go to know more about a place and the longer you stay the more insightful your experience gets but if it is a short trip, I promise those 3 spots could definitely show you some beef.

 

 

5 Hacks for smart winter packing

 

Packing is a nightmare, let us just say this for a fact and take it from there!

But winter packing is even worse. Going on a trip to enjoy the winter magic is awesome but having to pack for it isn’t. You need to keep warm, to travel light and have some space for shopping. A combination that might seem impossible but here are some tips to make your winter packing as efficient as possible.

 

  1. Neutral, neutral!

Make sure you pack items that could be used for several outfits. A pair of black pants or a basic black or white top. Make sure you create different outfits with repeated items! The best way to do that is to limit your color palette, this way you would not need to have completely different pants, tops or jackets you get to change just an item or two and you have a completely different outfit.

  1. Eliminate different sweaters!

Do not pack 3 different sweaters!! Travel wearing one sweater rather than stuffing it in your bag and make sure to depend on underwear for warmth! Pack thermal leggings and tops to wear under each and every outfit; they are lighter and smaller in packing and they do the trick!

  1. Don’t pack boots!

If you really want to have boots with you make sure you wear them rather than pack them. Boots are very bulky and stuffing them in a suitcase is a disaster. Also make sure you take neutral ones to avoid needing another pair.

  1. Roll don’t fold!

 Rolling your clothes is actually more efficient than folding them in terms of space the space your clothes take when they are rolled is much smaller because they minimize gaps, they reduce creasing and it is easier to unpack.

  1. Bulk up as you go!

Make sure you wear your bulkiest tops, sweaters, and shoes on the plane because it means they do not need to take up from your luggage space!

As much as being fashionable on a trip is satisfying but suffering from huge and heavy luggage is a nightmare we all try to avoid. And the key to avoid that is to do not pack last minute take the time to think smartly about the items you pack and get creative with mixing and matching outfits.