Back in 1984, Sarajevo was the host city for the Winter Olympics. They built a bobsled track on Trebevic Mountain (completed 1982) which continued to be used for races right up until the Bosnian War began in 1992. Because of the vantage point above the city it was then used by Military forces. When the war finished in 1996, the bobsled track lay abandoned, the costs to get it back to working condition were too high. It has since been covered in street art and graffiti and overtaken by the forests surrounding it. The Sarajevo bobsled track had been on my bucket list to visit for years. As a huge bobsleigh fan it was a must see and it didn’t disappoint me in the slightest!
Before visiting the Greek Island of Santorini, I’d heard from various people that Santorini was expensive. I’m not a traditional ‘budget traveller’ as such, but I do travel on a budget and trying to research how much it was going to cost was a bit of a nightmare. There’s only really information for the luxury budgets (the typical cave rooms and infinity pools associated with Santorini) or the extreme other end of Santorini on a budget, with all the cheap places to eat and free things to do. There’s not really any ‘mid range’ information for a Santorini budget!
Latvia is a country that surprised me and I quickly fell in love with it. Originally I landed at Riga airport, jumped straight on a train and headed for Sigulda and the bobsled track. On the way home, I had some spare time to kill before my flight home so used it to check out the Riga Christmas Markets. They aren’t huge but they definitely make up for it in personality and setting!
With Wow Air and Iceland Air now serving the USA, it has opened a whole new door for cheap transatlantic flights to Europe (and therefore England)! Whether you’re going to Iceland to explore the country or just to use it as a stopover for an onward flight, here are some practical tips that I picked up during my trip to Iceland in April.
Since I became an ‘immigrant’, I was intrigued to find out if any of my ancestors had emigrated/come from anywhere other than Great Britain…has travel always been in my blood…literally!! Ancestry DNA recently had a sale so it seemed like the perfect time to find out!
Mayrhofen is a small village located in the Zillertal Valley in the Tirol region of Austria. Innsbruck is the closest major airport with a 1hr30 transfer or it can be reached by train, changing at Jenbach (with links to other places such as Salzburg and Munich). To be honest, Mayrhofen attracts a slightly older crowd that are mainly into hiking, but there is SO much more to the region than just hiking trails. Here are my top 10 things to do in Mayrhofen in summer!
The Hintertux Glacier in Austria sits at an elevation of 3250 metres and it’s one of only a few places where you can ski 365 days a year! I visited in July and while it was 26c/78f at the bottom of the mountain, on top of the glacier it was a chilly -1c/31f! There are a range of different activities to enjoy including summer skiing and the Hintertux Ice Palace!