Malta- Exploring the South Region

A small island tucked away between Africa and Europe, Malta is a stunning country that resembles both its neighbours but still holds its own uniqueness and beauty. Many don’t know it exists, and those that do usually forget it’s there as its half the size of the Greater Toronto Area. Whether you are seeking a weekend getaway or a two week holiday there is plenty to do and see on this tiny island. There are many resorts in the northern bit of the island, but if you want to live more like a local and get the full Maltese experience, stay in the southern part where you can stay in a hotel or get an Airbnb with a rooftop patio for a reasonable price. There are ferries between Valetta, Silema and Cospicua multiple times a day and you won’t be disappointed with the views. Once a part of the English colonies, English is spoken by almost all Maltese people so no need to stress about communicating with locals.

What to do when you arrive?

Rent some scuba gear or go snorkeling in the blue waters, where you can take a boat cruise along the island while enjoying an ice cold beer. There are many companies at the port where you can book on the day and often include lunch and a transfer to and from the port.

No need to take a map, the island is only 14 kilometers wide, and 27 kilometres long, so it is hard to get lost, and when you do get lost that is when you will be most impressed. Tucked away in tiny cobblestone alleys are a number of Catholic churches, wine bars and cafes. Many only having outdoor seating overlooking a number of statues outside one of the hundreds of parishes Malta is home to.

In the evening you can head to St. Julians where the nightclubs will stay open until the small hours of the morning and the drinks are free flowing in the beachside clubs. Just remember that the ferries end before midnight so if you are out partying you will need to take a taxi home or download Uper which is used in Malta instead of Uber.

Be sure to visit Marsaxlokk Fishmarket. Only open on Sundays, this market is where all the best seafood restaurants and chefs get their supply. Afterwards, you can walk along the seafront enjoying another beautiful view and all the colourful dainty fishing boats. There are many restaurants here, serving simple but classic seafood dishes. Fresh prawns, mussels and lobster are and sold at market price. Not far from the market is Peters Pool, a suntrap just off the main road where locals and tourists alike go to cool off. You might feel like you are a bit lost getting there, but once you are through the fields and power plants the Mediterranean Sea is a treat for the eyes!

There is so much to do and see but if you really want to fall in love with this island, ditch Google Maps and speak to a local. Being such a small island, many people have travelled all over the country, and it still holds an old fashioned mentality, where word of mouth is the best marketing. You won’t be disappointed with this small but stunning country!

Low Budget Trip to Amsterdam

The densely populated capital of Netherland is Amsterdam, famous for its artistic heritage, intricate canal system and small houses of gabled exterior from the golden age of 17th century. It is one of the most beautiful cities to travel.

The best things from this heritage structured city is not cheap and will cost heavy on your pocket. If you want to explore the city for free than the following places are for the explorer who want to enjoy the beauty of the city without costing high.

1.    Openbare Biblioteek

Have you ever heard of a library which is one of the biggest libraries in the world? If no, then pay a visit to openbare biblioteek where you can avail the facilities absolutely free. From millions of books, magazines, newspapers in different languages and movies are free in this library. What else a Bookworm want?

2.    Schuttersgalerij (Civic Guards Gallery) and Amsterdam city archives

Some part of the museum is free for the visitor throughout the year. It is one of the museums where you can explore the gallery which have modern and historical things. The basement of this museum is known as Amsterdam city archives which have the memorial archives.

3.    Gardens and parks

Free access to public gardens and park is one of the perks given by the government of Amsterdam. Best refreshing way to spend time with friends or family without spending a single penny. These parks are perfectly built to facilitate the visitors with proper walk paths, small lakes and most importantly a beautiful green view.

4.    Ferry ride

If you want to enjoy your evening in fresh water and beautiful view of nature than ferries are the best option to opt for. IJ river has several ferries floating across and giving a free ride. As Amsterdam is also called as the city of water, it is worth to witness the beautiful city from water.

5.    Churches and Cathedrals

Historical and gothic architectural churches are also the center of attraction. The entry to these cathedrals is completely free of cost. You can pay a visit, worship there or attend any ceremony or the services free of cost.

6.    Begijnhof

The most famous courtyard of the city is Begijnhof. If you are a single woman then you explore this place which has sculptures and a church for free. This courtyard was a home of a religious woman from the past who took an oath of chastity.