Category: Europe

New Visa Requirements for Americans to Visit Europe Starting in 2021

If you love to travel to Europe, you are going to want to pay extra close attention to the VISA exemption changes that are being made for Americans who travel to the European Union starting in 2021.  No longer will you be able to enter the EU without preauthorization, so you will want to make sure you are prepared before you visit.  In this article, I outline the changes that are being made to the VISA requirements for Americans, what you will need to travel to the EU starting in 2021, and the process for getting authorization.

Visitor’s Guide to Ghent, Belgium

Ghent is an absolutely stunning city that sits at the confluence of the Scheldt and Leie Rivers.  In fact, much of the city is built up around these rivers, which intersect the city and give it the charm that has made it such a popular tourist destination.  In addition to its stunning city landscape, the city of Ghent is also well known for its cuisine and its beer.

In fact, according to the local tourism industry, there are roughly 653 restaurants, 620 cafes, and 250 kinds of beer available in Ghent.  And that doesn’t even include the amazing chocolate that is found in chocolate stores scattered about the city and the amazing Belgian style waffles that you can buy from street vendors.  In short, Ghent is a foodie’s dream come true.

In this guide, I am going to give you all of the information that you need to make your visit to Ghent an absolute success.  I will outline the best ways to get to the city, talk about when the best times to visit are throughout the year, give you some recommendations on where to stay and where to eat, and finally I will talk about the top things I would recommend seeing and doing while you are there.

Visitor’s Guide to Zermatt, Switzerland

If you are into outdoor adventure, then the beautiful city of Zermatt in Southern Switzerland should be near the top of your destinations list.  World renown for its skiing, mountaineering, and hiking trails, Zermatt is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground.  Every year, people from around the world visit Zermatt to ski on its amazing slopes, hike on the many miles of beautiful alpine hiking trails, and to view and even climb the neighboring mountain peaks.

Zermatt is home to the Matterhorn, which may be one of this world’s most beautiful and enchanting mountains.  With its jagged peak, which is often made more alluring by cloud cover, the Matterhorn looks like it could have been conjured up on a Hollywood movie set.  It is only the 10th highest mountain in Switzerland, but it may be the most famous because of its sheer beauty.  But as beautiful as the mountain is, it can also be deadly.  Since 1865, roughly 500 people have died on the mountain.  This is an average of roughly 3 or 4 people a year.  So if you are going to try and climb the mountain, make sure you know what you are getting into before you set off.

Visitor’s Guide to Ronda, Spain

If you are looking for that quintessential Spanish fairytale experience, then look no further than the city of Ronda in Spain’s Malaga province. This mountaintop city, which is built-up on the precipice of a deep gorge, looks like it was conjured up from the mind of one of this world’s greatest storytellers. It really is that beautiful and unique.

While this fabulous city may not have been imagined up by a great storyteller, it has attracted some of this world’s most creative minds. In fact, both Olson Wells and Ernest Hemingway spent some significant time in this city of dreams throughout their lives. According to Hemingway, “Ronda is the place where to go, if you are planning to travel to Spain for a honeymoon or for being with a girlfriend. The whole city and its surroundings are a romantic set.”

Cahir Castle Visitor’s Guide

One of the largest castles in Ireland, the Cahir Castle is also one of the prettiest. One of the things we loved the most about this castle is the lack of crowds.  It isn’t as notorious with tourists as some of Ireland’s other castles (the Rock of Cashel is just 30 minutes away), so you rarely have to battle large crowds to get access to parts of the castle or have to wait for people to clear to get good pictures.

Dromoland Castle Hotel

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to stay in a castle, then I have the perfect place for you.  The Dromoland Castle in Ireland is the perfect experience for anyone longing to get an authentic castle experience.   Located in a 15th century Irish castle, this five star hotel is guaranteed to take your breath away.

Blarney Castle Visitor’s Guide

Located near the city of Cork in Southern Ireland, the Blarney Castle is one of the most famous castles in Ireland.  Built by one of Ireland’s most powerful and influential chieftans, Cormac McCarthy roughly 600 years ago, the castle attracts droves of visitors to this day.  Much of that has to do with the legendary Blarney Stone, which is said to give you the gift of eloquence upon kissing it.

Dark Hedges Visitor’s Guide

If you have seen the Game of Thrones, you are probably familiar with the Dark Hedges.  This location was featured prominently in the highly popular HBO series.  If you are a big fan of the show, or if you just want to see this amazing grove of trees in person for yourself, then this is the guide for you.

Belfast Visitor’s Guide

Until I visited Belfast, I didn’t truly realize just how amazing the city really is.  It is a city that is steeped in history, and so much of that history can still be explored.  When I visited, I felt like I was taking a trip back in time thru some of Europe’s most historical moments.  This is one of the things that makes the city of Belfast so special.

Dublin, Ireland Visitor’s Guide

Dublin is such an amazing city with an amazing history.  With such an amazing and storied history, it may come as a surprise to you that Dublin actually has the youngest population in all of Europe.  In fact, over half of the population of Dublin is under the age of 25.  With this youthful undercurrent, Dublin can be an exciting place to visit and explore.  It is definitely one of my favorite destinations that I have visited.