more than a beach holiday: a local’s guide to Cyprus during shoulder season

Besides being my homeland, Cyprus is one of the most beautiful and popular holiday spots in Europe. Now, when hearing the  island’s name, most people envision a beach, a pool, and a cocktail, but, trust me when I say that this Mediterranean gem  offers a lot more than (gorgeous) beaches, that you don’t want to miss: from vast archaeological sites to beautiful hiking trails, and from charming, cobblestone-street villages to endless vineyards.

And what is the best season to enjoy all of Cyprus? 

Shoulder season !!! (April-early June & September-October)

Here is why:

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Croatia’s best & bluest beaches

Croatia is one of those #blessed countries that play by Mediterranean rules, meaning that early autumn (September and maybe even beginning of October) is practically still summer; weather’s still nice, sea water’s still warm, nightlife’s still buzzing lively, but quieter than before.
If you find yourself in Croatia during its summer months, there is one thing that you will definitely want to do, and that is head to the beach.
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shows not to miss at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

It’s August 17th (or it was August 17th, back when I wrote the blogpost #tbt), which means that the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 just hit its halfway mark, but, more importantly, that a new Game of Thrones episode drops in 3 days omg omg omg (Update: Currently waiting for final season of GoT)!!! So… Are you broke yet? (probably). Are you sick of festival flyers? (probably). Do you still like people? (probably not)
I trust that you have applauded your fair share of acts so far, but if you choose to visit the festival during its last two weeks, or still have a few pounds to spare, here is a handful of must-see shows at the Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival.
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top 10 tips for surviving the Fringe

August in Edinburgh could mean a few things:
  • That you are enjoying your summer holiday somewhere sunny, sipping your 2nd mojito next to a pool, in which case I hope you are having a lovely time I hate you.
  • you took your summer holiday in June or July (me) and now you are sitting in an empty office hating all your mojito-sipping colleagues who will return to work with a tan (me),
  • you are stuck in traffic, irritated towards everything and everyone because you live in Edinburgh and FRINGE HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED !!!
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5+1 reasons to visit Croatia

After months of planning, anticipating, and planning some more, it finally happened! My visit to the country of wine, grilled seafood and truffles (nope, not Italy), the land of lavender, the home of a thousand islands, and the place where Winter is coming (or – Season 7 Games of Thrones spoiler alert – it has arrived), Croatia! I was there for …
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