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10 European Cities You Just Have To Visit

10 European Cities You Just Have To Visit

As a keen traveller who’s always planning her next adventure, I do a heck of a lot of research on cities I need to visit and destinations that will suit not only my taste for travel but my budget too! As a UK citizen, travelling around Europe is ideal as nowhere is too far, flights are cheap and also relatively inexpensive. So today I’m sharing with you my top 10 European Cities that you should definitely be adding to your travel bucket list!

1. London

I suppose I should begin with my own capital city! I’ve always loved London since a young age, the buzz just draws you in. You will never run out of sights to see, restaurants to try and pop-up events to head to. The city is just bursting with culture, don’t just stick to central London either, there are plenty of things to do in East London as well.

Make sure you stop by Sketch for afternoon tea, stay at the Hoxton and dine at Dishoom.

2. Rome

The perfect destination to head to with your partner. There’s no denying Rome is a romantic city, although that being said, I am yet to visit Venice! There are obvious sights such as the Coliseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and Trevi foundation to visit, all of which do not disappoint! I would advise to try and book a tour before you head off to Rome as it saves lots of time and queuing. Take a leisurely stroll around the cobbled streets with a gelato in hand. Try some of the back streets for true Italian food rather than some of the restaurants that are slap bang in the centre and offer a more tourist centred menu.

Stay at the Regina Hotel Baglioni, take a Segway tour and eat plenty of gelato.

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3. Berlin

A stark contrast to Rome are the graffiti’d walls of Berlin. An exciting city, this has to be one of my favourite destinations for a long weekend. Bursting with restaurants, bars, boutiques and rich history. Berlin is not be missed off your travel list. Make sure you visit the Brandenburg gate, the Reichstag and the Berlin wall to take in the history of the city. After you’ve visited the city’s main spots, enjoy the many bars and stunning city art and architecture. Berlin is also home to many parks and gardens too, so if you’re visiting in the summer time try and plan a picnic too.

Stay at the Titanic Gendarmenmarkt, visit Voo store for the best threads and eat at Cookies Cream for great vegetarian food.

4. Dublin

If you’re based in the UK, Dublin is under an hour away by airplane but even if you’re further away it’s still well worth a visit! Enjoy a pint of Guinness as you overlook the city from the Guinness Storehouse panoramic bar. The Temple Bar area of the city is a must-visit with tonnes of pubs and bars to enjoy whilst watching the world go by. The temple bar region is great for a younger audience with lots of different eateries, vintage shops and other little gems.

Stay at The Westbury for a touch of luxury or The Temple Inn for a more affordable stay.

5. Stockholm

Slick and stylish, Stockholm is the the ultimate destination for fans of Scandinavian design and minimalism. Bursting with inspiring street style, picturesque cobbled pathways and endless cafés, there are so many aspects to this city to enjoy. Be sure to enjoy a boat trip of the islands whilst viewing the stunning architecture the city has to offer.

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Stay at Hotel J, eat at Lilla Ego and make sure you visit Acne Studios for high end designer fashion.

6. Paris

The city of love! Paris is definitely one of those places you just have to visit at some point in your life. The city is truly stunning and of course the Eiffel Tower is an absolute must see. Wander down the gorgeous streets and be sure to stop for a macaroon and café latte! This is a seriously stylish city, oozing elegance and class. You have to experience some Parisian shopping, it’s not all about Chanel and design fashion though, there are some great vintage stores with many hidden gems.

Stay at the stylish Hotel Recamier, stop for a hot chocolate at Angelina and enjoy an éclair from l’éclair de genie.

7. Cambridge  

The historic university of Cambridge has so much to offer. Walk around the stunning university grounds and be sure to take a punt down on the river! There are plenty of boutiques, cafés and restaurants to visit, and make sure you head to the University Botanic Gardens and Fitzwilliam Museum for a fun, affordable day out. There’s always something to see at one of the city’s theatres, and there are lots of bars to keep you entertained in the evening also. There’s also the nearby Newmarket Races which are well worth a visit!

Stay at the Bedford Lodge Hotel, eat pizza at La Margherita and stop for a drink at student favourite, The Snug.

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8. Barcelona

Flights to Barcelona can be very cheap from the UK so it’s no wonder it’s such a popular holiday destination. You can enjoy the best of both worlds with a city vibe as well as a beach. Make sure you see some of Gaudi’s work whist you’re there, the Casa Batllo is a must see for all Gaudi lovers. To ensure you see as much of the city as you can then I would recommend a cycle tour. There’s no better way to see the sights and learn all about Barcelona’s history.

Stay at the H10 Catalunya Palace and be sure to book your cycle tour before you go!

9. Prague

Take in the sights of this medieval city and its stunning gothic architecture. It’s the perfect Christmas break destination but can be enjoyed year-round! Highlights of the city include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge and the infamous John Lennon Wall. There are also other fun activities you can try including a cycle trip from Prague to Vienna. The beer museum is also a popular tourist attract, offering a lively atmosphere and plenty of different beers to ‘test’.

Stay at the Boho Prague Hotel and eat a Kolkovna restaurant.

10. Budapest

Often described as a ‘fairytale city’ it’s not hard to see why, the city castles look like they’ve come straight out of a Disney movie. The city itself is breath-taking, full of charm and incredible architecture everywhere you turn. You must be sure to visit the Budapest Parliament, the building is quite simply beautiful. Find the best view of the city at the Fisherman’s Bastion, a tip though, be sure to get there early to take in the best view without swarms of other people.

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Stay at the Corinthia hotel and spa for a touch of luxury and be sure to stop by the Ruin Pubs too.

Where is next on your travel list?

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Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

Benjamin Franklin said it like this: “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” He knew from his own experiences and watching others that the ones who got up early were healthier and more successful. That’s why a morning workout can be so important.

One 2017 study found that:[1]

“after controlling for such factors as age, sex, smoking habits, and others…night owls, were found to have a 10 percent greater risk of dying from any cause compared to morning types.”

This is a great reason to tap into some morning motivation and get your morning workout done.

Circadian Rhythm for morning workout

    As you can see in the above graph, your blood pressure begins to rise between 6 and 7 in the morning[2]. That means this is a great time to get your body moving and your heart pumping, even if it’s just for 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. 

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    Here are some tips on how to find the motivation for a morning workout.

    1. Remember Your Why

    It starts with remembering why you want to get up for a morning workout. If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.

    Getting up early isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it, right? Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong, and the WHY behind it must be so powerful, that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

    2. Go to Bed Early

    If you want to get up early for a morning workout, it’s going to be important to get to bed earlier. Falling asleep at midnight and trying to get up at six just won’t work in your favor.

    This will likely be very difficult for a few days while you adjust your sleeping habits. However, as you get into an exercise routine in the morning, this will naturally make it easier to fall asleep earlier and faster at night.

    3. Make a Commitment

    I sometimes tell my Facebook community of my plans to work out, and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc. This is a way to develop accountability. By publicly announcing your intentions, you increase your chances of actually carrying out your plans.

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    Another way to do this is to find an accountability partner who has similar goals for morning workouts. You can check in with each other to make sure you’re sticking to your plans. If that doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer for a few weeks to get you started.  

    You can learn how to find a good accountability partner here.

    4. Find a Friend

    If you can find a friend that is motivated like you are, and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals. Many people prefer working out with friends to working out alone. Whether it’s a chat while hitting the treadmill at the gym, or having someone to spot you while weightlifting, working out with friends is sometimes just more enjoyable.

    Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” With this kind of question, if they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.

    Make a statement instead: “Can’t wait to see you in the morning!” This implies that they will be there, and they will feel more obligated to show up.

    5. Treat Yourself

    We all have to treat ourselves every now and then. After a morning workout, plan to treat yourself with a colorful, healthy breakfast or a delicious morning smoothie. This will help you look forward to something and push through to the end of your workout.

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    You can learn more on rewards and punishments here.

    6. Change your Mindset

    Many people throw away the idea of a morning workout by simply saying, “I’m not a morning person.”  Instead of using this excuse, decide to try to become a morning person by shifting your mindset.

    When you look into the benefits of waking up early and getting some exercise in before your day starts, you’ll feel more positive about your life overall.

    7. Plan Your Day

    You know you’re going to be busy. Try time blocking to plan all the things you need to do on a given day, and make sure you add in your morning workout[3]. If you have a plan laid out, you’ll be more likely to follow it and get done everything on your list done.

    Time blocking

      8. Reflect on How You’ll Feel After

      Starting a morning workout is hard, but visualizing how you’ll feel after can help you find motivation. Think about the extra energy you’ll have and how proud you’ll feel knowing that you were already so productive. No matter what you do the rest of the day, at least you squeezed in your exercise!

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      For me, I live in an area where there are a lot of runners. When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants, and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.

      9. Lay out Your Workout Clothes

      Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something to wear. Tap into the determination you have before bed in order to convince your less-than-motivated morning self that you need to get up and get your morning workout in. When you wake up and see your outfit laid out next to you, it’ll push you to get up and get moving.

      10.  Set Multiple Alarms

      Many people miss their morning workout simply because they hit the snooze button so many times. In order to make this more difficult for yourself, set a series of alarms. That way, if you keep hitting snooze, you’ll have three or four alarms going off every ten minutes, which will be annoying enough to get you out of bed.

      Also, put one alarm at least a few feet from your bed so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off.

      Final Thoughts

      About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that loves to get the day started as soon as possible. Without the distractions that begin to come around 8 or 9 in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more productive and more likely to squeeze in that morning workout.

      Take some of the actions above and find the best morning workout routine to start your day and feel good.

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