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Through Her Lens: Destination Highlights by Female Travellers

Travelling is not just about reaching a destination; it’s about immersing oneself in new cultures, exploring hidden gems, and experiencing the world through a different lens. In this blog post, we’re thrilled to showcase destination highlights from the perspective of female travellers. Join us as we journey to diverse corners of the globe, uncovering must-visit spots and hidden gems that capture the essence of each destination.

1. Reykjavik, Iceland – Recommended by Emma

Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, is a captivating blend of Nordic charm and cosmopolitan flair. Emma, an adventurous soul, recommends exploring the city’s vibrant street art scene, savouring Icelandic delicacies at the famous Reykjavik Food Hall, and soaking in the rejuvenating waters of the iconic Blue Lagoon. Beyond the city limits, she suggests embarking on a road trip along the Golden Circle to witness dramatic waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, and otherworldly landscapes.

Stay at Reykjavik Loft HI Hostel or Dalur Hostel

2. Kyoto, Japan – Recommended by Aiko

Kyoto, Japan’s cultural heartland, is a treasure trove of ancient temples, serene gardens, and traditional tea houses. Aiko, a lover of Japanese culture, recommends exploring iconic landmarks like the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and Kinkaku-ji Temple. She also suggests immersing oneself in Kyoto’s culinary delights, from savouring matcha tea and wagashi sweets to indulging in kaiseki cuisine at a traditional ryokan. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience a traditional tea ceremony or participate in a kimono rental photoshoot for an authentic taste of Japanese culture.

Stay at Utano Youth Hostel

3. Lisbon, Portugal – Recommended by Sofia

Lisbon, Portugal’s coastal capital, is a charming blend of old-world charm and modern sophistication. Sofia, a passionate traveller, recommends wandering through the narrow alleys of the historic Alfama district, admiring the intricate tile work of the city’s iconic azulejos, and indulging in pastéis de nata, Portugal’s famous custard tarts. She also suggests exploring the vibrant neighbourhoods of Bairro Alto and Chiado, soaking in the views from the historic São Jorge Castle, and taking a tram ride through the picturesque streets of Lisbon. For a day trip, she recommends visiting the fairy-tale town of Sintra or the quaint fishing village of Cascais.

Stay at HI Lisboa or HI Parque das Nações Hostel

4. Marrakech, Morocco – Recommended by Fatima

Marrakech, known as the Red City, is a sensory delight with its bustling souks, exotic spices, and ornate palaces. Fatima, an intrepid traveller, recommends getting lost in the labyrinthine streets of the medina, bargaining for treasures at the iconic Jemaa el-Fnaa square, and sipping mint tea at a traditional Moroccan riad. She also suggests visiting the tranquil Majorelle Garden, exploring the vibrant colours and patterns of the Bahia Palace, and experiencing the magic of a traditional Moroccan hammam. For an unforgettable adventure, she recommends venturing into the Atlas Mountains for hiking, camel trekking, and exploring Berber villages nestled among scenic valleys and peaks.

Stay at Marrakech Hostel

5. Amsterdam, Netherlands – Recommended by Eva

Amsterdam, the vibrant capital of the Netherlands, offers a perfect blend of rich history, artistic heritage, and modern allure. Eva, an avid explorer, recommends strolling along the picturesque canals of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring, admiring the masterpieces at the Van Gogh Museum, and experiencing the vibrant energy of the city’s famous cycling culture. She also suggests exploring the charming Jordaan district, indulging in Dutch delicacies at local markets like Albert Cuyp Market, and taking a leisurely boat tour to discover hidden gems along the waterways. For a cultural excursion, she recommends visiting the historic Anne Frank House or taking a day trip to the idyllic windmill village of Zaanse Schans.

Stay at Stayokay Amsterdam Oost or Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

6. Sydney, Australia – Recommended by Mia

Sydney, Australia’s iconic harbour city, is a captivating fusion of natural beauty, cosmopolitan flair, and laid-back charm. Mia, an adventurous traveller, recommends soaking up the sun at world-famous Bondi Beach, exploring the scenic coastal walk from Coogee to Bondi, and picnicking in the lush botanical gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour. She also suggests indulging in fresh seafood at Sydney Fish Market, catching a performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House, and taking a ferry ride to picturesque Manly Beach for surfing and beachside dining. For nature enthusiasts, she recommends hiking in the stunning Blue Mountains or exploring the diverse marine life at the Sydney Aquarium.

Stay at YHA Sydney Central or YHA Sydney Harbour

These destination highlights from female travellers provide a captivating window into the global tapestry of travel experiences. From Marrakech’s bustling markets to Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes and Kyoto’s timeless allure, each destination offers a unique blend of culture, history, and natural beauty. Through the lens of female travellers, we gain insights into hidden gems, must-visit spots, and unforgettable moments that fuel our passion for exploration and leave us inspired to embark on new adventures with boundless curiosity and wonder.

Where will your next adventure take you?

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