Istanbul to Venice By Train & Bus – A 17 Day Itinerary

Istanbul to Venice By Train & Bus – A 17 Day Itinerary

Balkans
If, like me, you have an endless list of places that you want to visit but don’t fancy travelling long term and can’t take every other week off work, this itinerary is for you! I visited 6 countries in 17 days and managed to not feel rushed, tired or burnt out - although I did have to have a couple of early nights towards the end of the trip. It took a fair amount of planning but it all paid off and it didn’t cost the earth either. Starting in Istanbul, my boyfriend Billy and I headed across the Balkans and into Italy before flying back home.
Why You Should Take the Night Train From Istanbul to Sofia

Why You Should Take the Night Train From Istanbul to Sofia

Istanbul
I really wasn't sure about getting a night train from Istanbul to Sofia. Surely it would be like sleeping in a hostel dorm but much, much worse? Cramped, dirty"beds", snoring train companions, horrible toilet facilities and absolutely zero sleep. Right? Wrong! It was a fantastic experience and one that I would happily take again. In this blog I'll explain the basic information you need to know such as when it runs, how long it takes and how much it costs, what to expect on the train and why you should definitely consider taking it in the future. So, let's get started!

Hi, I'm Nell. I’m a Leeds based travel blogger creating content to inspire you to make the most of your weekends, limited annual leave and hard-earned cash by writing about part-time, mid-budget travel. Here you'll find posts about city breaks, hiking trips and tales of food and wine.

How to Experience Istanbul in 48 Hours

How to Experience Istanbul in 48 Hours

Istanbul
I was childishly excited to visit Istanbul - to explore the Grand Bazaar and other endless markets, cruise up the Bosporus river taking in the sights of both Europe and Asia, experience the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia and eat five kebabs a day. But as I read more about all that Istanbul had to offer, I started feeling stressed about how I would see everything I wanted to when I had less than 48 hours to do it in. I decided not only to prioritise, but to spend my time immersing myself in the culture of Istanbul and local life rather than spending precious hours queuing for the must-see items.
30 Foods to Try in Istanbul

30 Foods to Try in Istanbul

Istanbul
Istanbul offers a sensory overload, from the sight of brightly coloured buildings and impressive mosques; to the sound of enthusiastic haggling in the markets; to the feel of the thick air surrounding the busy centre. But the tastes and scents of Istanbul left the most lasting impression on me, with the constant smell of delicious food in the air and the discovery of something new to eat at every corner that I turned.
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