Guest Post: Daniel Hall, Trip101
Earlier in 2019, a study said that millennials are traveling to the same places each year as they get “net-lag” from their holiday research.
We know you’re busy and don’t want to spend all of your free time in front of a screen planning your trips... but that doesn’t mean your holiday has to suffer! Let’s take a look at 7 of the best things you can strike off your bucket list by visiting #Europe.
We guarantee that after reading this article, you net-lag will be long gone.
1. Experience the magic of the theme park that inspired Disneyland
Disneyland might be one of the most popular and heavily visited theme parks in the world, but it wasn’t the first. No, that would be Tivoli Gardens, which is right in the centre of the Danish capital, Copenhagen and is the oldest operating theme park in the world. This theme park is a magical place to explore, especially at night. Come here to stroll around the beautiful pleasure gardens, ride one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the world, or even enjoy a ballet or musical performance!
In FTLO’s Scandinavian tour, you’ll not only visit Copenhagen, but two more Northern European capitals: Oslo and Stockholm. This trip is the perfect way to get acquainted with Scandinavian life!
2. Tour the tapas bars of Barcelona (and learn to cook paella!)
The Barri Gòtic (otherwise referred to as Barcelona’s 'Gothic Quarter') is one of the most romantic and authentic parts of Barcelona. The narrow, cobbled streets and open squares are filled with secrets. Some of the best kept secrets are culinary, but with the right guidance, you’ll be able to discover some of the best places to eat in Barcelona. Try wafer thin slices of cured jamón serrano, tasty and lovingly prepared croquetas, and little pintxos on sticks. If you’re really into Spanish cooking and want to take home a skill that will impress your friends, you can even take part in a paella cooking class. If you’re a foodie, you certainly won’t want to miss crossing this off your bucket list!
3. Have a 'Nice' time in france
Of course, if you visit any of the places on our list you’ll have a nice time, but who can resist a pun? France is another country famed for its excellent gastronomy and that’s exactly what you’ll learn more about when you take a tour of Nice with a knowledgeable local guide. After you’ve learned the history of the town, why not head to a restaurant to sample some traditional French food and some tasty rosé? It’s also just a stone’s throw from St. Tropez and Monaco, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to feel like a movie star!
If you like the sound of either Barcelona or Nice, check out FTLO’s Barcelona and South of France Trip.
4. See the sunset over Santorini
When you think of the Greek Islands, the island that will probably be unconsciously etched into your mind is Santorini. Sparkling blue waters, whitewashed houses precariously clinging to cliff edges, and beaches of both white and black sand all await discovery on this magical island. The best way to see the island’s incredible geography is from a sunset cruise. You’ll also probably want to climb the mountain that shaped this island, right? No problem. And while you're at it, why not take a dip in the volcanic hot springs.
You can do all that and more on FTLO’s awesome tour of the Greek Islands!
5. Take a husky-led safari to hunt for the Northern Lights
Who doesn't want to see the Northern Lights? What about taking a husky sled adventure across the wilds of Lapland? Err… yeah. And meeting Father Christmas? You may as well while you’re here! Even though it’s a winter wonderland, you can still enjoy warming outdoor saunas when it’s well into the minus temperatures. Everything about Lapland is absolutely magical, and you won’t want to miss a single thing.
So, why not check out FTLO’s Lapland Trip? (This one’s only available in winter, mind you!)
6. Discover the city that was once ‘the Shame of Italy’ just over 50 years ago
Would you believe that Italy’s current capital of culture had people living in caves with no running water or electricity in your parents’ lifetimes? Seems crazy, doesn’t it? That’s exactly the situation in Matera, until recently, a little-known town in Southern Italy. Explore the city’s caves, of which many are now boutique hotels, restaurants, and even museums. What was once the Shame of Italy, is now one of its many sources of pride!
As well as visiting Matera, FTLO’s Amalfi and Puglia Trip will lead you to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Amalfi Coast and explore the unusual trullo houses of Alberobello.
7. Go truffle hunting in Tuscany with a local family
Ever wondered what it would be like to explore the Tuscan countryside with a local family and their cute pooches, before heading back to a farmhouse and preparing a delicious meal with some of the rarest and most delicious fungi in the world? Even if you haven’t, we imagine we’ve piqued your interest. Tuscany is one of the hotspots when it comes to Italian cuisine, but that’s not all. There’s beautiful Renaissance architecture throughout the cities of Florence and Siena, while the region is close enough to Rome, where you can take in over 3,000 years of history!
Of course, you’ll find out way more about that through FTLO’s Tuscany and Rome trip!
Now that your bucket list is drawing out…
We’re pretty sure that you’ll be itching to book one of FTLO's curated tours, specifically aimed at young professionals. You’ll travel with like-minded people, but best of all, won’t have to deal with the stress of time-consuming travel planning. That’s all done by the team at FTLO! If you have any questions about their trips, check out the FTLO website and chat with a travel expert.
About the Author: Daniel Hall is a travel writer, blogger, and English teacher interested in learning new languages and cultures and trying a cooking class everywhere he goes. He enjoys reading, writing, playing and watching football, and comedy.
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