Journal

Inside Europe: Seeing Ireland by Boat

After time spent travelling and living in California, Vancouver, and Sweden, David Owen Mahon is now back in his native Dublin, where he manages the bar at Mother Reilly's, an award-winning pub and restaurant adjacent to the family-run Uppercross House Hotel. Chatting with tourists all...

10 Reasons to Vacation in Budapest, Hungary

It's not everyday that you get to experience an incredible place most people know nothing about, and then bring home incredible stories packed with unexpected surprises. After living in Budapest for three months solo, that's exactly what I get to do now that I’m home:...

Inside Europe: A Conversation With Photographer Jaap Ruurd

Planning a trip to a place you’ve never been, on the other side of the world, can be extremely overwhelming. Leafing through those Lonely Planet books can lead to hundreds of dog-eared pages and every Google search can garner literally millions of ideas for your...

11 Awesome German Things

Since their outstanding World Cup victory, it's time a little light was shed on the other amazing things Germany has contributed to. Whether it be changing the face of Christmastime, or creating astounding X-ray technology, Germany has a substantial place in the history of inventions....

Spotlight: France

In honour of Bastille Day---France's National Day commemorating the start of the French Revolution in 1789---we're turning the spotlight on this beautiful Gallic nation. The largest country in the EU, and third largest in Europe as a whole, France has been charming visitors with its...

Europe’s 10 Most Liveable Cities

Monocle's list of "Most Liveable Cities" is based on an extensive number of objective and subjective check-marks. The city must have health in its bones, with a low crime rate, affordable health care, and an efficient public transport that spreads its arms far and wide...

9 Unusual European Experiences

When visiting Europe, there are the typical experiences, the not-so-typical ones (i.e. visiting any of the 10-not-so-obvious European cities on our recent list), and then the truly unusual (renting the entire country of Liechtenstein, anyone?). For our nine unusual European experiences, we've scoured the continent...

4 European Countries You Didn’t Know Existed

Europe is an epicentre for tourists in the summer. Visitors flock to all the typical sites to soak in the sun and the historical architecture. Cities like Paris, Berlin, and Vienna are on everyone’s check-lists, making the destinations all the more crowded and expensive. Silently...

Spotlight: South Tyrol

One-half of the self-governing Trentino-South Tyrol region, this province in the north of Italy is a fascinating blend of Italian and Austrian culture. Part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918, the region was then annexed by Italy and received its autonomy in 1972. Today, South Tyrol is one...

7 Incredible Cathedrals in Europe

Even if you're not religious, you can still appreciate the amazing architecture of cathedrals, marvelling at how their soaring spires and stained-glass windows have stood the test of time. Europe has an abundance of fascinating religious structures, but for this list we've narrowed it down...