Where: New Zealand: Taupo, Wanaka, Queenstown (amongst others)
When: During spring or summer. New Zealand is definitely colder than most people expect. Even in January and February the temperature can drop under 20C.
Price: I would say New Zealand is in the middle. Not as expensive as Australia, but not as cheap as one could travel in Thailand or Indonesia.
Get there: You definitely need a car to get to the most beautiful places. If you don’t want to drive you can try one of the hop on hop off bus company. They drive you everywhere and have many popular stops you can choose from.
Do: Have a wetsuit. Some lakes are glacier lakes and the water is freezing cold even in summer. So if you want to swim I suggest you’ll get a wetsuit to last longer in the water.
My tip: Beware of the ducks. They are vicious and definitely not afraid of you. I did the mistake and sat down with a sandwich… And it was gone immediately. So if you want to eat stay away from them. Unless you want to feed them, then go ahead.
Where: Greece: Athens: Acropolis
When: Anytime unless its raining or too hot. In summer time try to go as early as possible so you’re not in the full heat during midday.
Price: There is an entrance fee for the Parthenon as well as the Acropolis museum. But also some parts you can walk for free. If you are a student it is completely for free no matter which country you’re studying in.
Do: Definitely visit the Acropolis Museum. It is amazing and has also a cafe with view on the Acropolis. But the best part for me is the old city underneath the museum. You can still see the houses and shapes of the streets of ancient Athens. So far you couldn’t do a tour there but sometime in spring of 2015 they want to open it for the public. I’m very much looking forward for that on my next Athens trip.
My tip: Spend some time in the park below the Acropolis. There is a big stone you can get on and have a nice view over the city. Have a nice break there instead of going to the overpriced cafes of the area.
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Where: Germany: Bremen: “Schauburg” Cinema: Vor dem Steintor 114
When: Anytime you want to watch a movie… Or just want to have a drink. This Cinema is also a very nice and cosy Bar. You can sit outside or upstairs both ways you’ll have a great view of the street.
Price: They have wine in every price category for you to choose. The other drinks are quite cheap. For movies they have the regular prices.
Drink: They have a large wine list so I would suggest that. If you want to go alcohol free then have a “Fritz Cola”, a local version of Coca Cola.
Do: Explore the area. You are at the most alternative (some would say cool) part of the city. Find little shops and other interesting Bars and Restaurants. There is so much to see.
My tip: The sneak preview. It’s every Monday. You pay a reduced price but you don’t know what movie you’re going to see. It can be so much fun, even if the movie isn’t that great people will still have fun. However its wise to make a reservation for that since it gets booked out pretty quick. You’ll have to be there earlier to pick up the tickets but the bar is so nice you will go early to have a drink anyway.
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Where: Portugal: Algarve: Lagos: Coastal Walk
When: I would say between Mai and September. However you might be even lucky in April. I was there at that time and even had a swim in the ocean (although the water was still very cold).
Price: All the beaches are free. Lagos itself is cheap compared to other European holiday Places, but prices will go up during high season.
Get there: When you are in Lagos you can choose the beaches on both sides from the city. I would recommend going right (facing the ocean). There is a little walkway on the coast that gets you to so many different beautiful beaches. You can get maps at most hostels and hotels.
Do: Walk everywhere. I don’t even know if all beaches are accessible with car (some definitely are). I really enjoyed walking from beach to beach discovering different routes to get there. At some point (if you walk far enough) the ocean changes from Mediterranean looking to more of an Atlantic style (I actually don’t think it is the Atlantic yet but the two oceans meet at some point close by). There you can take a surf lesson if you like since the waves are bigger.
My tip: Bring lots of water and maybe some food with you. There are beach bars at some of the beaches but not all of them and you will get hot during walking. Also wear sunscreen and a hat since you will be exposed to sunlight for most of the time.
Where: South Africa: Cape Town: “Bo Kaap”
When: Anytime it’s not raining or it’s not too hot.
Get there: Well if you have a car you can just drive up the hill… If not why not walk. Going up is a pretty good exercise.
Price: Its free.
Do: Combine it with a hike to Signal Hill. The area is at the beginning and if you continue going up you will have an amazing view over the city (on the one side) and over the beaches (on the other)
My tip: Have some food. Bo Kaap is mainly home of Cape Towns Moslem community. You will find a couple of shops that sell amazing food! Don’t miss out on that.
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