There is so much to do and see (and eat!) in Taipei that you might not have enough time to fit everything into your weekend getaway. While the list of things to do in Taipei is seemingly endless, I’ve compiled my top 10 favourite things I did while exploring the city for five days that were either absolutely free or incredibly cheap!
Getting a gym membership in Hong Kong can be an absolute nightmare; from trying to find the right gym with the right price in the right area. Thankfully, GuavaPass, a completely new way to go about becoming more healthy and fit, has come to Hong Kong to make working out easier and more fun (and without those frustrating contracts). I was able to do a two-week trial with GuavaPass and I honestly loved every second of it. Being an avid gym-goer for well over five years, I wasn’t sure if GuavaPass would be able to actually leave me wanting to switch gyms after the two weeks. I was – you guessed it – very wrong.
You’ve likely heard about the incredible beauty of Tuscany: its Renaissance-era architecture and art, and unique landscape. There are many different cities, towns, and villages throughout the area that are well worth a visit while you’re traveling around. Each region remains distinct from its neighbors and offers visitors a glimpse at its history, culture, traditions, and life. Below are the 10 best places to visit in Tuscany that are an absolute must when you’re in the area.
Lucca, the capital city of the province of Lucca (confusing, I know) in Tuscany, is best known for its Renaissance-era city walls that are still standing today while many other city walls throughout Tuscany have collapsed. Lucca is a great city to stay in while you do day trips to various parts of Tuscany since it’s in a relatively central location. Aside from Lucca’s ideal location, the city has so much to offer visitors in terms of history, culture, architecture, and (of course) food. Whether you plan to stay for a day or a week, here is a list of the top 10 things to do in Lucca.
Florence, the capital city of Tuscany, is one of the most visited cities in this region with its numerous iconic sights, fashion and art industry, and lovely architecture. While Florence does have a handful of things to do that are worth your while for a visit, 24 hours is enough time to see, do, and eat your way through this city. Below is a list of the top 8 things to do in Florence, Italy.
Though not necessarily familiar by name, once you’ve been shown a picture of any of the five little towns along the Cinque Terre with their brightly colored old buildings densely packed along the coast, you’ll remember seeing a photo and telling yourself that that is one of the places you’d love to visit. If you haven’t been already, hopefully this article will convince you to visit one of the five towns of the Cinque Terre; they are a true hidden gem in Italy and an absolute must if you’re looking for a bit of adventure, a splash of bright colors, deep blue-green waters, delicious food, and picture-perfect surroundings.
The saying, “you can’t judge a book by its cover” rings true to the unassuming exterior of SAAM, despite Chef Patrick creating fabulous fine dining dishes in the kitchen. Tucked away on Graham Street in Central, it’s likely you’ve passed by SAAM multiple times and didn’t think much about it. Having recently revamped the menu and concept of the restaurant, SAAM is ready to make a big splash in Hong Kong’s dining scene with well thought-out tasting menus. The newest venture, after SAAM’s successful “Back to School” menu, is a kaiseiki inspired winter tasting menu highlighting seasonal ingredients and using various methods of preparation for each course.
I first heard about Nice, France way back in university when two of my closest friends embarked on an exchange there. After hearing about their travels and how much they gushed over the beauty of the French Riviera, I vowed to visit Nice at some point. Thankfully, that time came sooner than I had thought when I recently found myself immersed in the beauty of the south of France. One thing that surprised me most about Nice, having known next to nothing about the city before arriving, was how many interesting little streets and alleyways there were; every turn held a surprise waiting to be discovered.
Prague has to be one of my favourite European cities I’ve traveled to: I completely fell in love with its baroque buildings, vivid culture, traditional food, and – of course – cheap beer. Another great thing about Prague is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to see and do everything that the city has to offer. In fact, this list is composed primarily of things that are, if not free, relatively cheap. Whether you’re there for one day or thirty, you won’t find yourself running low on things to do in Prague.
Morton’s of Chicago first entered the culinary world in 1978 and has since expanded its brand (and mouth-watering steaks) worldwide. In Hong Kong, Morton’s sure knows how to make a trip to Kowloon worth it with their classic staples of steak and seafood. Morton’s of Chicago has recently added six new dishes to their fall “Prime Selections” menu, making a visit an absolute must if you’re in the market for quality food and service, a beautiful view of the harbour, and an overall wonderful dining experience. This wasn’t my first time dining at Morton’s (check out my review on Morton’s happy hour) and it certainly won’t be my last.