It had been my 30th birthday and 2 of my friends were about to reach that same milestone. When we were younger, we used to go on vacation together, but that was 10 years ago. Our girlfriends got together and booked all 6 of us a weekend to London.
Friends who learned about our plans to visit Croatia were quick to recommend the Plitvice Lakes, easily Croatia's most famous national park.
On an area of only a few km² are 16 of the most beautiful lakes and I don't know how many waterfalls.
Too much to count!
The national park is a lot bigger, but let's be honest, you're only coming for the lakes.
Our tour in Croatia was amazing and so was Split.
It's not as unique as, say, Dubrovnik, which almost seems stuck in medieval times.
While Split has a lot of history (with Diocletian's Palace), it is a modern city and - unlike Dubrovnik - it's not overrun by tourists, although you'll still find a ton of them.
I can barely name 5 Croatian cities, but the most prominent name is definitely Dubrovnik and I'm sure everyone has heard about this Pearl of the Adriatic. So what makes this town with only 40k inhabitants so special? The walled historic center.
A good 2 hours north of Vancouver, along the most scenic Sea To Sky Highway, lie Whistler & Blackcomb, 2 mountains that make up one of the most renowned ski destinations & the largest ski resort in North America.
The resort hosted most of the 2010 Winter Olympics events.
Vancouver is the gateway to outdoor activities as it is surrounded by some of Canada's best nature.
But even if you're no great adventurer, this progressive & ethnically diverse city in western Canada and very close to USA's north border is worthy of a visit.
I'm usually pretty good at making the most of my available time in order to visit as much of the city as possible. In Dublin, however, I ended up spending most of my spare time in alcohol-related activities, and I don't even feel bad about it: this is the home of the Irish pub after all!
Because of its rich culture and scenic and diverse landscape, Portugal had been on my bucket list for awhile now.
And Lisbon keeps being cited as one of the world's coolest cities.
And that weather!
So… guess where we just went?
I came to Mexico City hoping to find what's left over of the ancient civilizations that used to roam these places, but modern civilization has mostly taken over by now.
It wasn't until I visited Teotihuacán, an archaeological site just outside of Mexico City, that I was truly awed!
I've seen too much of the western world and wanted to experience another culture, so I was really excited to go to Mexico City and learn all about the Mayans and Aztecs.
Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital, lies buried underneath modern-day Mexico City and you can still find remains, like the ruins of Tenochtitlán's main temple complex: the Templo Mayor.