5 x Amazing Autumn Destinations

As the leaves start to fall from the trees, it reminds us that Autumn is really here and it’s time to trade those skirts and short trousers for warm coats. During this time, a lot of travelers seek some sunshine. Here are 5 Autumn Destinations that you want to book now.

Lake Placid, New York
As voted by Booking.com and it’s travelers, this region is stunning during the Autumn season. Apart from the beautiful lake, there is a forest with colorful leaves and wild animals. Enjoy the view whilst sipping on a cup of hot chocolate from one of the cabins that you can rent during this time. Check out the Mirror Lake Inn Resort to get the luxurious break from it all.

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Stunning views over the lake at the mirror lake inn resort

Montreal, Canada
A friend of mine recently sent me some photo’s of  his trip to Montreal and I couldn’t believe the amount of colors in just one picture. Just wow. Besides the colors, this city gives you the feeling that you’re in Europe. The architecture, street art and food choices make it feel like New York, Berlin and Buenos Aires are added into a blender and poured in your glass. Drink up and enjoy! Flights from Amsterdam are available from around €600.

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Budapest, Hungary
This city is beautiful during the Fall but there’s also lot’s to do! There are several Autumn festivals going on like the Cafe Budapest Contemporary Art Festival which runs between 7th and 23rd of October. The summer crowds have disappeared so Budapest is a lot comfortable to explore during this time as it can be very busy during high season.  Outdoor temperatures remain mild but if you want to heat up, you should try one of the many bathhouses the city has to offer. When it comes to food, you can totally find your taste as they offer something for the carnivores but also have lot’s of veggie and vegan options available. Flights to Budapest go from as little as 200 euro if you book for this month.

Budapest in Autumn

Black Forest, Germany
Now, I have been here many times because my sister lives here and I can’t get enough of it. During summer, all you see is green and during Autumn is like a field of colors with snowy mountains in the background. My favorite city near the black forest has to be Freiburg. This is a cute student city near the border of Switzerland and France is packed with lot’s of cute German restaurants, shops and market squares. It was actually voted one of the best cities to live in Germany because of the fresh air, lack of danger and good schools. My boyfriend took his motorbike this summer and crossed through part of the forest so you can only imagine how it looks when the colors are there. You can fly to Baden-Baden or Basel with Easyjet for around €100 euro from Europe.

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The black forest during summer

Prague, Czech Republic
This destination is great if you only have a little to spend but still want to get away. Sarah and I were there during spring time and we also noticed the nature that surrounded this city. Many visitors never set a foot out of old town and although that completely understandable, it’s a shame because just outside the city walls you will find something quiet beautiful. You can do a lot of hiking and enjoy stunning views. 60km outside Prague you will find the Kokořínsko Nature Reserve for example. If you still want to opt for the city itself, you won’t be disappointing. Food is super tasty and so cheap to other European standards! To read our Prague city guide, check here

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Prague from above

Are you going to book any of these last minute Autumn destinations?

Love,

Elke

Booking.com reveals top 10 destinations to catch Pokémon

It’s taken the world by storm and even though I’ve never played it, I meet a new Pokémon Go fanatic almost every week. I was on a press trip in Norway last week and while we waited for a ferry, one of the tourist board members jumped out of the bus because she saw a rare Pokémon. True story. 
Travel giant Booking.com now connects travelers to a huge range of destinations and capitalizes on the popularity of the game as an option to add to the Destination Finder.

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As seen on Booking.com

Travelers can now recommend other travelers to certain holiday destinations where you can play Pokemon Go. This allows players to exchange information with each other and fans can easily on a global adventure to catch Pokémon’s everywhere! Simply fill in Pokemon Go into Booking.com ‘s Destination Finder to see where you should go according to other Pokemon Go players. With a million locations in more than 224 countries , even beginners can be Pokémon Masters.

Based on reviews from travelers and Pokémon fans, Booking.com reveals the top ten destinations to catch them. Discover destinations, new Pokéstops and Pokégyms worldwide. (I had to look up the meaning of these words, seriously) I’m sure there are a few PG fans amongst my readers so here you have it, the top 10 spots to find your Pokémon.

1. Kristiansand, Norway – I was there recently and while I was having my lunch by the harbour, I could see my fellow travelers busy on their phones with huge smiles on their faces. Yes, it was a good spot, apparently. 

2. Playa de Palma, Spain – Visit the beautiful beaches of Palma while catching. 

3. Corpus Christi, Texas, USA – Travel alongside the coastal cities of Corpus Christi and catch your favorite creature in the water while you lounge on the beach or while you are fishing. Not bad ey? You can even combine it with visits to the many museums and other attractions.

4. Ocean City, Maryland, USA – Discover miles of white beaches while your busy playing on your phone. Or visit one of the theme parks, shops or many restaurants.

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Chillin’ or watching out for Pokémon’s?

5. Birmingham, Great Britain– Visit the young Birmingham city center for creative street art , antique shops, great nightlife and the Bullring shopping center. Chances are your Pokémon’s are right here.

6. Santa Cruz, California, USA – Pay a visit to well known Pier 39 and Union Square, those little creatures are hidden around here! 

7. Playa de Ingles, Spain – Take a rest and relax on the beach while you’re sipping on a cocktail and working on your tan. Just wait, and they will pass you.

8. Fuengirola, Spain – Visit this beautiful town on the Costa del Sol and relax on one of the beautiful beaches, go to the medieval castles or take a long walk on the beach.

9. Galveston, USA – This island city on the Gulf Coast of Texas, is known for its amusement parks, restaurants, the historic pier and also because of it’s Pokémon’s.

10. Blackpool, Great Britain – Take a trip to Blackpool, the ultimate British coastal town. They are around here somewhere..

Well there you have it. A wanderlust blogpost about Pokémon. I never thought that would happen! Ah well, as long as you get outside and don’t forget to look around you at some point. Let’s be honest, that’s the REAL reason we travel right?

Love,

Elke