Poland’s history is simultaneously strange, marvellous, and tragic. The birthplace of Chopin, Maria Sklodowska (Madame Curie), Pope John Paul II, and modern pierogis amazed us more than we anticipated. The stunning beauty, cleanliness and rich history rivalled, and surpassed in many cases, more expensive metro cities we have visited in other countries. The amount of accessible and educational landmarks changed our perspectives on historical life and modern conflicts drastically. While we wanted to explore more of this underrated European gem, our time limited us. That being said, we want to share how you can make the most of Poland in a week or less.
We visited 4 cities in 7 days. It might sound like too much in a short time, but the key is to leave the cheap vodka partying to the end. Many hostels have a check-in time of 1pm-3pm. With that being the case, we traveled earlier in the morning and reached our hostels around check-in so we had a day and a half, more or less, in each city. We looked at destinations ahead of time, but also took (as always) at least a half-hour to familiarize ourselves with the hostel maps and brochures to see if there was any local advice we didn’t find online.
For those of you who want the quick tips- here are fast links to the top things to visit in Gdańsk, Warsaw, and Kraków.
The time of buying fresh notebooks, taking as many extra shifts as possible before classes start, and collecting four-ply toilet paper from relatives’ bathrooms is upon students around the globe. This year, however, there is an obvious difference for many students who had planned to study abroad: COVID-19. The world’s operations have drastically changed (as everyone knows) but these events have students, especially international ones, in a unique predicament.Read More
Sorry for the hiatus, Sailors! During this time of uncertainty and stagnancy we couldn’t keep still for long! After being stuck inside for 14 days, we started exploring new avenues of life when we could leave Larissa’s mom’s basement again. Thinking of relevant, genuine content for a travel blog during COVID-19 has been a bit of a challenge. Sharing our struggles to achieve solidarity at first was fitting but now the demand for uplifting or lighthearted content is what we’re feeling. Overall, we wanted to share with you what we’ve been doing during this indefinite absence of travelling and how it’s made us feel.
Without jobs, travel, sports, or anything else, many people have a lot of time to spare which leads folks deeper into Do-It-Yourself territory. DIY has become more popular over the last 50 years. The term “DIY” started in the 1960s with the growing disdain towards mass production. It gained popularity in the 70s with the invention of VHS. Handy people would share How-To instructional videos on a range of topics. After WWII, handcrafted and artisan products took a dive at the hands of new economic growth and the creation of plastic. For people who had only known self-labour, having someone or something else do the work was an inconceivable luxury. Of course, upper classes had always taken the opportunity to commission work and avoid manual labour, but with the rise of technology the average middle class family was being given similar opportunities.Read More
Most people have heard that Denmark ranks high globally for happiness, social progress, healthcare, and bicycle lanes. It’s also found to be the most uncorrupt country in the world by Transparency International with one of the lowest crime rates globally to top it off. While these modern features of the nordic country are already quite impressive, the Danes also have a number of historical feats to brag about.Read More
We are now beyond a month of quarantine here at Land Sailors Travel just like many globally. The one thing we didn’t plan for this year was to be apart. We had a backup plan for every possible situation while abroad but the thing that always remained constant was the fact that we would be together—that and we definitely didn’t plan for an epidemic.
Whenever we spend long periods apart we have the opportunity to plan and prepare. But COVID-19 didn’t allow us to prepare for anything. We had to leave belongings and people behind in Germany and say goodbye to each other temporarily. Without anywhere to call our own in Canada and no income, moving in with our parents became the only option. The issue is that those cities are 7 hours apart so seeing each other regularly isn’t possible. Going from spending every day together for 8 months to no face-to-face interaction all at once was difficult and remains a daily challenge. Adjusting to all the challenges of COIVD-19 is an emotional struggle most people haven’t experienced in their lifetime. So, how do we handle our long-distance relationship in one of the most stressful times of the 21st century? Continue reading for some helpful suggestions on how to maintain a healthy relationship during quarantine.Read More
Here at Land Sailors Travel we are a little tired of the endless Netflix vortex (we didn’t think it would be possible, but here we are). While it’s not necessary to gain a new skill or create a side hustle during COVID-19 isolation, it is certainly nice to have a variety of options while stuck indoors – especially ones that can expand our knowledge or inspire us for the future. So, we went on a quest to find interesting free things to do on the internet during these uncertain times and want to share them with you! Below you’ll find everything from virtual tours to live opera shows 😃Read More
Most people love amusement parks. At the very least they enjoy the atmosphere of rigged carnival games and miniature donuts.
Tivoli is a legendary park in the downtown core of Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen. It is the second oldest functional amusement park in the world, the oldest being Bakken park which opened in 1583 and is a 20 minute train ride from Copehnagen in the city of Klampenborg.
But what makes Trivoli park so spectacular? The story goes that in 1951 Walt Disney visited this park while studying the famous Danish children’s story writer Hans Christian Andersen and loved the magical atmosphere of the park so much that he visited it multiplied times to capture what created the feeling. It ultimately inspired him to create a similar magical park: Disneyland. In 1955 the first Disney park opened in California which has since expanded to 12 parks in 6 locations worldwide. So, you can take Disney’s word for it- but we had a slightly different experience.Read More
Europe is well known for its train infrastructure, rightly so. Trains in Western Europe especially have a commendable network not only between cities, but between countries. The European Union makes travel seamless between borders and often trains are faster than cars and sometimes even faster than planes, if you consider the time spent in security and at the luggage carousel.
But what many travellers don’t know is that European bus routes are also world-class. In many cases they take longer, but the price difference is often well worth the extra hour or two- if you’re not in a huge rush.
The main choice for bus tickets is between Flixbus and Eurolines. To be honest, we haven’t used Eurolines yet because their website doesn’t seem to work for us whenever we try to compare prices. No matter, we’ve taken a liking to Flix and here is a list of pros and cons to see if this bus company is for you!Read More
I’ll start this article by stating that ATMs in Europe are *mostly* *safe*. *Mostly* meaning that you shouldn’t use questionable machines in alleyways susceptible to identity theft technology. *Safe* meaning that your identity won’t be compromised, but your bank account may be emptied more than it honestly should. Trusted Private European companies include: Euronet, EC, Bankomat, and Your Cash. That being said, it is ALWAYS better to use ATMs inside of banks during business hours as they are the safest against thieves, your card can be retrieved if the machine malfunctions, and they have the lowest usage rates.Read More