Miami • Visit the Gilded Age

Many know Miami for its stunning beaches, beautiful people, fancy cars, Cuban food, and raucous parties. But what you might not know is that Miami holds a hidden treasure: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This National Historic Landmark is one place that is definitely worth leaving Miami and South Beach to visit. Villa Vizcaya (as it was formerly named) was commissioned…

Plovdiv, Bulgaria • The Oldest City in Europe

Plovdiv is the second biggest city in Bulgaria, located 150 km east of Sofia, the capital city. The first impressive fact about Plovdiv is that it has been inhabited continuously for over 8000 years! You can see this in the extensive variety of archaeological and historical buildings in the Old Town. First, the Roman amphitheatre…

Toledo, Spain • Medieval Delights

Around 75km south of Madrid lies the historical walled city of Toledo. It’s known as “the city of three cultures” owing to the co-existence of Christians, Arabs and Jews during the Middle Ages, which is why the city boasts such a vast array of architecture. From the moment you enter through its gates, you’ll understand why it was…

Girona, Spain – A Hipster’s Barcelona

This Tip is provided by our Barcelona based English Explorer: Matt Mills Girona may not be a name you’ve heard much – or ever – but if you’re a bit of a hipster when it comes to destination choice, then this is the city for you. The walls ooze with history and the nightlife is surprisingly…

Beijing – A Bubble and a Bird’s Nest

Cast your mind back to when Beijing hosted the world Olympics (some 8 years ago now)! You’ll no doubt remember this host-city as leaders in Olympic village architecture, boasting some of the most impressive buildings seen in the history of the games. Our tip? If you didn’t manage to get tickets to the famous sporting…

Moscow – A Bath with a View

Tall and triumphant, the Triumph Palace Hotel is quite literally a step above the rest, renowned as the highest hotel in Europe. For a modest $100 USD per night, you can bring in the New Year on the 60th floor of a Neo-Classical high-rise, and become part of Moscow’s skyline in one of Russia’s most…