We’re Going Back To Europe!

Traveling to South East Asia this time around was a very spontaneous thing – we simply made the decision one day while in Germany, bought the tickets, and a week or so later we were off.

It has been a fun trip, although quite different from how we used to travel.

This time, our purpose was not to explore every corner of every country, but to travel slowly and stay in one place for longer periods of time to be able to get some work done.

We stayed next door to the Petronas Towers in KL, indulged in Indian food in Penang, passed by iPoh to try their reputation as the food city of Malaysia (and were deeply disappointed), and spent a whole month down in relaxed Melaka, which we quickly decided was our favorite city in South East Asia.

We visited Singapore with its exciting diversity, traveled on the luxurious Eastern and Oriental Express up to Bangkok, and settled down in Chiang Mai to relax and catch up on our new project.

In a few weeks we’re traveling back to Europe, and these are our plans until the end of September…

Netherlands

After landing in Amsterdam, we’ll spend 5 days in the city soaking up the relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the best of Amsterdam with its canals, boutique shopping and long list of oddities.

Las time we were in Amsterdam during the Europe Train Challenge it was very rushed, so we are looking forward to taking a step back and enjoying the city differently.

We’ll explore the alleyways and bridges, sit on street side cafes sipping coffee, take strolls in the parks and check out the Grachtenfestival.

We don’t want to have any specific plans for this city, as the best way to get the most out of Amsterdam is to take things as they come.

Belgium

From Amsterdam we’ll take the train to Brussels, where together with Tourism Flanders we will be traveling around the Flanders region in Belgium to explore their amazing festival scene and the incredible cities this region offers.

We’ll start the journey with visiting Oudenaarde and its awesome festival “Feest in het park” when one of our favorite Kiwi bands, Fat Freddy’s Drop, is playing!

After the festival we will continue to beautiful Ghent, Antwerp, Bruges and of course Brussels - waffles and chocolate here we come!

Portugal

Remember how we said we were planning to return to Porto later this year?

Well, by the end of August we’ll finally be there to see more of what we missed last time, and to travel around the northern part of the country.

We’ll spend a week with several local tour companies exploring Portugal’s medieval towns, lush nature and beautiful coastline before heading back down to Porto again to attend the TBU travel blog conference - its our first conference like this, so it should be fun to finally meet up with some of the other travel bloggers out there.

Austria

Then by the end of September, we’ll finally arrive in Innsbruck, Austria – where we’ll start looking for an apartment to base ourselves and spend the up-coming winter.

We really like this city, and while we admit that we have problems committing ourselves to stay in one place for a longer time, we have a really good feeling about Innsbruck - so we will be based there for at least 12 months while we launch our new project and start a new chapter in our lives …

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19 Responses to We’re Going Back To Europe!

  1. budgettraveltalk August 2, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    Sounds like an exciting European line-up, and Innsbruck will be a nice place to finish and stay. I am off to check out Melaka!

    • Sofia August 4, 2012 at 3:30 am #

      We’re really excited about everything we’ll be up to in Europe, and yes, do check out Melaka, it’s a lovely place, we’ll post an article about it on monday :)

  2. Erin Bennetto (@erinbennetto) August 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I love this! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    • Nathan August 6, 2012 at 10:01 am #

      Hey Erin – thanks for the comment – will make sure to write heaps about it then :)

  3. Erica August 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Sounds like you had a good time in Souteast Asia. Quite a different travel style compared to your 90-day train challenge. The variety of traveling to explore and traveling slower combined with working is one of the most fun things with travel. Where did you live in Chiang Mai by the way? Do you have any recommendations of good, not too expensive places to live for a longer time (2 weeks to 1 month)? I look forward to reading your posts from Europe!

    • Sofia August 4, 2012 at 3:39 am #

      Haha yes, it was very different from our 90 day challenge.

      We actually stayed in two different hotels. We spent several days looking for good apartments, but they were either too expensive, too shabby or simply too far away from the city center than we liked.

      We found two hotels in amazing locations which gave us some pretty good discounts, Eurana Boutique Hotel and Lanna House. Quite a few people stayed at a place called CM apartments next door to Eurana, which had cheap monthly deals and was apparently pretty good.

  4. roel August 4, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Good travel plans! And, don’t forget to visit the Vondelpark in Amsterdam!

    • Sofia August 6, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      We will make sure to spend some time in Vondelpark, it’s my favorite park in Amsterdam, such a fun vibe there.

  5. Flashpacking Around the World August 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Really useful travel trips, we’re currently on an around the world trip and have a travel blog. We’ve just left Penang and loved the food there. We were considering visiting iPoh, but based on what you report, we’ll give it a miss and travel over to some of the Malaysian beaches on the east coast.

    • Sofia August 6, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      Yeah I think the beaches on the east coast is a better idea, the islands there are absolutely stunning. Have a great time.

  6. Larissa August 8, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Looks like we will finally have a chance to meet, I will be in Porto for the conference as well :) I have never been to Innsbruck but it looks gorgeous, I’m so curious. Safe travels and see you soon!

    • Sofia August 12, 2012 at 2:23 am #

      Awesome, look forward to meeting you there!

  7. Sarah August 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    We love your blog! We are looking forward to moving to Europe in a few weeks and are excited to see more of your posts from there!

    • Sofia August 12, 2012 at 2:25 am #

      Thank you Sarah, where in Europe are you moving to?

      • Sarah August 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

        About an hour south of Frankfurt,Germany! We are very excited to get there and start exploring! Thanks for your European travel tips – keep them coming!

  8. Jim @NeverStopTraveling August 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Good blog! Maybe we’ll bump into one another in A’dam, Belgium or Austria this Fall. Happy travels!

  9. Visit The Cotswolds August 17, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Been reading your blog for a while now, back in to Europe are you heading to Engand, if so I look forward to you visiting the Cotswolds :)

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