Rotterdam is a city that took me so much by surprise! I was there a couple of weekends ago because it was the destination for the Traverse 2018 conference and otherwise I doubt it would have been somewhere that would have ever been high on my list of places to visit. However, Rotterdam is an amazingly cool ultra-modern city with lots more to do than you would initially imagine and a relaxed friendly vibe. It offers a startling alternative to the ever-popular Amsterdam and I reckon it is about the hit the big time!
It’s quite funny that on one of the hottest day’s this year in the UK I’m writing about my trip to Stavanger two weeks ago where I was wearing a jumper and coat and even experienced some snow on my hike up Pulpit Rock!
While the weather may have somewhat shattered my dreams of beautiful views over the fjords it didn’t diminish my enjoyment of Stavanger itself. Don’t get me wrong it’s very quiet and you wouldn’t need more than a day to explore most of it but if you’re heading here anyway for the amazing hiking opportunities nearby it’s a pretty great base with lots of picturesque areas and interesting history.
You may have seen my recent guide to the lovely Polish city of Gdansk which I visited back in January of this year, but while I was there I also managed to squeeze in a quick trip to see some more of the surrounding area. As I haven’t previously been to Poland I wanted to see some of the Polish riviera while I was so close and with the public transport being so cheap too it seemed almost criminal not to at least make a fleeting visit to at least one of the other places that make up the Polish tri-city area. In the end I opted for Sopot because it was closer and a little research prior to my trip indicated there was more that interested me there out of the two, however had I more time I would have tried to combine all three places.
As it is, here’s a little guide to some of the things you can see and do in Sopot and how to do the day-trip from Gdansk…
So as you may know the UK has been having somewhat of a snow crisis this past week. I am starting to feel like I’ve seen more snow in the last 3 months than I have in my whole life considering my wintery trip to Zurich in December and the snow during my 2 days in Gdansk in January! While I was somewhat looking forward to the cold season this year having spent parts of the last two winters definitely snow-free in South Africa and Australia respectively this year might have gone a bit far. I am more than ready for Spring now and my trip to Sri Lanka in a week’s time!
Winter is nearly over (yes that sound you just heard is my huge sigh of relief!) and honestly one of the only things I like about January is sketching out my travel plans for the upcoming year. So I thought now would be the perfect time to dish out a holiday suggestion based on somewhere I absolutely loved when I visited a few years back. It’s affordable, easy to get to and has loads to offer, including plenty of sunshine. I give you… the Algarve in Portugal.