Posts in Destinations
Pisa in Pictures: There's More to This Gorgeous City Than the Leaning Tower

When I was 19, my friends and I hopped off a train in Pisa, snapped a photo of the Leaning Tower, and then hopped back on another train out of there. What a wasted opportunity! Pisa has Bologna's activist energy (without all the graffiti and snobbery of the punkabestia and well-to-do); Florence’s beauty (without all the tourists); and Naple’s timeless wildness (but a little less wild and less petty crime). This town has so much more to offer than just a photo of at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Spend at least a full day here, if not a few days.

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Lucca, Italy: Your Insider Guide on the Best Food and Places to See

Enough with Florence and Siena already. You should be walking the medieval walls of Lucca; eating aperitivo in Pisa; sipping Chianti at Castello di Brolio; or lounging by the sea in San Vicenzo. We cover all this on the Postcard Academy podcast episode: “Lucca, Pisa, and Other Towns in Tuscany You Must Visit.” To make things simple, here I’ll focus on the best things to eat and see in Lucca, Italy. 

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Glasgow, Scotland: the Best Pubs, Restaurants, and Places to See in This European City of Culture

For decades, Glasgow, Scotland had a reputation for being a down-on-its-luck former industrial hub. But the Glaswegians worked hard to turn their city into a world-class tourist destination with museums, opera, ballet, and more. In 1990, Glasgow was named the European City of Culture and since then travelers from around the world have visited to enjoy its cozy pubs, great restaurants — which include a lot of veg-friendly options, delicious food markets, designer shops, and, of course, cultural offerings. 

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New Orleans: A Local’s Guide to the Best Restaurants, Bars, & Quirky Fun

New Orleans celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, and since it’s almost Halloween, I thought this was the perfect time to talk about this haunted Southern city. On the Postcard Academy podcast, Hope Kodman, a tour guide with French Quarter Phantoms, joined me to talk about the history of the Big Easy; the origins of Mardi Gras; the difference between cajun and creole; and other fun stories. Of course, we tell you where to find the best: food and drinks, quirky shops and museums, burlesque,  jazz, ‘female-owned romantic boutique,’ and more.

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Munich Must-Sees City Guide (Plus Day Trips)

You may know that Munich was the birthplace of the Nazi movement and that 80-90% of Munich was bombed in World War II. In the decades since, Munich has rebuilt itself into one of the most livable cities in the world. On the Postcard Academy podcast, Munich resident and tour guide Maxine Ryder shares her best insider travel tips on what to do in the old town and outside the city.

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Best of Barcelona: Your Ultimate City Guide

Barcelona has eight UNESCO sites, beaches, mountains, a beautiful historic center, tons of restaurants and boutiques, and art everywhere you look. No wonder it’s one of the most visited cities on Earth. On the Postcard Academy podcast, Paulina Grzeszczyk, of Devour tours, shares her insider tips to beat the crowds and discover the best the capital of Catalonia has to offer. 

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Amsterdam Guide: Best Insider Tips for First Time Visitors

Amsterdam is more than hookers and weed. In fact, only 10% of Dutch people say they smoke marijuana. Want a more authentic Netherlands experience? Follow the advice of Audrey Sykes, author of the Amsterdam edition of the Moon Travel Guides (Don’t worry, we’ll still tell you where to find weed).

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Taste Florence: Where to Find the Best Food in the Heart of Tuscany

All summer, the streets of Florence swell with tourists, tired and hungry from museum binges and promenades under the Tuscan sun. Desperate for something to eat, they settle for stale panini in the city’s worst tourist traps. More than 10 years ago, American expat Toni Mazzaglia said, “Basta!” and started the food tour company Taste Florence to help visitors discover the best food in her adopted city. Here are her top recs.


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Skopje, Macedonia: What to See and Where to Eat in the Land of Coffee & Kitsch

Walk around Macedonia’s capital city, Skopje, and you’ll find yourself in three primary areas: the bohemian district, the old town, and the redeveloped downtown, which has been compared to Vegas kitsch on steroids. After snapping your photos of the 72-foot-tall (and unofficially named) Alexander the Great statue and those of his parents, you’ll want to focus your time on the first two areas. 

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Animal Lover? This Belize Animal Sanctuary Wants Volunteers Like You

Belize Zoo (really an animal sanctuary) offers a hands-on internship program that lasts from two to four weeks. Just want to visit? The money from your ticket will go to taking care of beautiful creatures like Junior Buddy, the zoo’s 11-year-old jaguar. 

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Berlin: Your Travel Guide to Europe’s ‘Poor but Sexy’ City

Berlin, Europe’s ‘poor but sexy’ city, is still recovering from World War II and the Cold War. The postcard? Think street art, low buildings, and people chilling in parks everywhere. There’s something for everyone, whether you like clubbing all night or hitting museums in the morning.

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Russians Also Poisoned My Friend's Great-Grandma (And other lessons learned in Germany)

If you’ve visited Berlin on vacation, you might think Germany is all hipster coffee shops and fingerless gloves (these are called stulpenand I love them). But go outside the city, and you’ll learn Germany isn’t one big liberal love fest welcoming immigrants with open arms. What I learned from celebrating Easter in former East Germany.

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Oaxaca City: Where to Eat and What to See in This Mexican Food Lovers' Paradise

My friend, Cristal Dyer, aka the Tofu Traveler, and I just spent four perfect days eating ourselves silly in Oaxaca City, which is also famous for its beautiful handicrafts and colonial architecture. We share our ridiculous adventures in this food capital, as well as a detailed travel itinerary for you, in the Postcard Academy podcast episode: Mexican Food Lovers’ Paradise: Oaxaca. 

 

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You Need to Visit (or Move!) to Romania This Year. Here’s Why

Romania is the next big thing for expats and travelers seeking to get off the beaten path. Why? To start, you can live an awesome life there for $1,000 a month. Theater, opera, and other culture pursuits are cheap or free and accessible to everyone (Romania's Communist past means less elitism than you find in other European countries). History lovers will love wandering the medieval cities. And then, there's Dracula's castle. 

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Slovenia: Ultimate Travel Guide

Slovenia is a land of fairy tale castles, baby dragons (more on that later), and delicious moonshine. You may also know this former Yugoslavian republic as Melania Trump’s place of birth. But Noah Charney, an American expat and Slovenia resident since 2006, says his adopted country deserves to be known for so much more.

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Eating in Istanbul: Your Food Guide

I expected to find falafel in Istanbul, but I was fantastically wrong. To set the record straight on Turkish cuisine for other travelers, I asked food and travel writer Robyn Eckhart to come on the Postcard Academy podcast to discuss traditional Turkish recipes and Istanbul food culture. We have a lovely chat about her new cookbook: Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey, and create a food guide for your next trip to Istanbul. 

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