Christmas in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is a fantastic, but often overlooked, place. If you’re in Europe already, it’s a super affordable way to have a quintessential Christmas long weekend, complete with markets and a huge tree in the medieval square. If you are further afield and planning a longer visit to Europe, then make sure the well-known destinations like Paris and Munich don’t push the hidden treasures of Tallinn off your list. Its beautiful architecture, fascinating history, charming character and outstanding value all deserve your attention and time.

Pizzas and Piazzas: Florence, Italy

There’s the old adage that love means being willing to sacrifice. For Florence, I very willingly sacrifice sleep, savings and any form of calorie counting - and would gladly do so any day of the week. It’s an easy exchange. Here you are repaid in cultural experiences that are nothing short of amazing. Click to read about Vespa tours, wonderful walks, and all the best bits of Florence.

A city of villages: Sydney, NSW

One of the benefits of Australia arguing over what should be its capital (and ultimately creating Canberra for that purpose) is that Melbourne and Sydney seem to be perpetually competing to be seen as the country's top city. Sydney is amazing but spread out and expensive. Read on to find out how to do Sydney on a budget.

The affordable Australian city break: Brisbane, QLD

Queensland's capital city is home to over two million people, making it Australia's third most populous city after Sydney and Melbourne. With the most days of sunshine per year of any Australian state capital, it's becoming a firm favourite for those who want a modern city lifestyle without the cost (and the more mixed weather) of Melbourne and Sydney. To find out where to go for the best views and food in Brisbane, read on.

From wine tasting to whale watching: Cape Town, South Africa

Nestled between dramatic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town has transformed itself from somewhere only the adventurous would explore to a mainstream tourist destination. With incredible road trips, whale watching, penguins, vineyards, surfing, great restaurants and a challenging but fascinating history all packed together, it's not hard to see why. Read on for information on helicopter trips, whale watching, and unbelievably cheap wine tasting.

Rocky Revolutions: Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, largely known for Revolution and Rocky, is the largest city in Pennsylvania. It has plenty of fascinating history to explore, as well as a lovely character to enjoy. Only got a day to spend in Philadelphia? Here’s your plan of what to see, where to go, and places to eat.

An Italian paradise: Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari is the capital of the Italian island of Sardinia. Filled with stunning architecture (including the 13th century Cathedral and the hilltop Castello) and situated on a breathtaking coastline, it is a great choice for a beautiful and peaceful Italian get away. Thanks to the fact that RyanAir and EasyJet both now fly direct to Cagliari Elmas Airport from a range of European cities including London, it can be a very affordable one too. We went on an absolutely amazing (and affordable!) private sailing trip in Sardinia - read the full post for details.

An eclectic city of laneways and trams: Melbourne, VIC

Often said to be the most European city down under (due to its changeable weather just as much as its cafe culture), Melbourne is a must visit for anyone exploring Australia. Click to find out more about the beautiful botanic gardens, the towering skyscrapers in the CBD, the impressive array of museums and arts on offer, the laneways that weave through the city, and how to enjoy Melbourne without breaking the bank.

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