If you haven’t been to, or considered Vietnam as your next travel destination, I would sincerely encourage you to do so. Many locals will know how to speak English, and the low cost of living makes for an economic travel expense as well. There is a wealth of local food offering, but also high-end, French-inspired cuisine that you can enjoy while in its major cities.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, both officially and as the food capital of the country, with unique dishes you can only find in Northern Vietnam. Here I list out the top 5 must-eat foods in Hanoi that are the most unique and authentic.
If you’re visiting Hanoi, one of the most recommended side trips to take is an overnight or two-night cruise in Ha Long Bay. I’ll provide a quick rundown of what to expect on two leading cruise providers, highlight similarities / differences, and my opinion on which I liked better, and why.
If you find yourself in South Vietnam, make a trek out to Hoi An. The picturesque town has so much to offer, but is best photographed in the early morning.
Finland, or Lapland (northern region) to be exact, is a magical place to visit in the winter. Seeking out below freezing temperatures and mountains of snow may seem absurd to some, but trust me when I say that the wealth of activities and sheer beauty that Lapland has to offer is worth risking a little frostbite.
Rovaniemi is often referred to as “Santa Clause Village” – largely because there is actually a North Pole theme park, and also because you can find and ride on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, just like Santa.
Chasing Northern Lights – it’s in almost everyone’s itinerary when they visit the extreme Northern Hemisphere where they might be in a position to see the northern lights (aka aurora borealis). When we were in Lapland (northern region of Finland), it was all we could think of on how to best see this astral beauty before we had to return home.
Finland is quickly becoming a hotbed of tourist activity, and not surprisingly, is home to some unique, unconventional hospitality as well. I’ll highlight some of these hotels that are worthy of your consideration and your Instagram posts.