transportation

How to Use Public Transportation in Barcelona to Explore the City

If you’re planning to travel to Barcelona, what’s better than exploring the city by using public transportation? Not only will you get a chance to experience blending like a local, but it’s also relatively cheap to get around Barcelona with its well-connected public transport!

In this post, I’m going to share several types of public transportation you can take to explore Barcelona, from bus to metro.

So, what’s the easiest way to travel by public transport in the capital city of Catalunya? Can you purchase a travel card to use all of these transportation methods? Let’s find out!

TCDD Turkish State Railway: Traveling by Sleeper Train in Turkey

TCDD Turkish State Railway: Traveling by Sleeper Train in Turkey

When I decided to travel to Turkey (now recognized as Türkiye) for the winter, my initial plan was to get on the sleeper train in Turkey with the famous Dogu Express that takes passengers from Ankara to Kars on a 24-hour journey during the winter wonderland. However, it turns out that the route got so popular that when I tried to book it, the Dogu Express tickets were all sold out.

Although it wasn’t my first experience traveling with a sleeper train since I got a chance to get on the overnight train in Thailand and Vietnam, it was my first time traveling with an inter-city train in Turkey.

I know Turkey has decent sleeper cars in some TCDD trains, according to some friends who took it years ago from Ankara to Izmir. So this time, I decided to travel by sleeper train in Turkey but since I didn’t get to book Dogu Express, I ended up booking one for the Istanbul-Ankara route instead.

Previously, I shared my two cents about traveling by bus in Turkey. In this post, I’m going to share my story of traveling by sleeper train in Turkey, including some tips for booking the train ticket, the facilities in the cabin, and also a review of my overall experience of taking a sleeper train with Ankara Express from Istanbul to Ankara and my take on whether it’s better to travel by train or bus if you’re planning to travel between the cities.

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Serbia - The BeauTraveler

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Serbia: 20+ Places To Visit in Serbia

Serbia was the third country that I visited on my last trip after the United Arab Emirates and Turkiye. For those who didn’t know, I’ve been obsessed with the Balkan region for as long as I can remember, and visiting Serbia has marked a new milestone for me as I’ve just checked one of the top of my bucket list for this decade.

Initially, I wanted to travel around the whole Balkan region as I planned. But since I started my trip by the end of 2021, most European countries had not opened their border to Indonesian citizens yet at the time. Good thing for me, because as an Indonesian citizen, I am eligible to enter Serbia for 30 days within a year without a visa.

The good news is that I got to travel around and visit some of the must-visit places in Serbia. Dora, my best friend from Croatia, whom I’ve known for almost 20 years since MySpace, decided to drive to Serbia so we could have a lovely girls’ trip throughout the country.

In this post, I’m going to list some of the best places to visit in Serbia and how to travel around the country.

Is Edirne Worth Visiting? - 11 Things to Do in Edirne, Turkey

Is Edirne Worth Visiting? – 11 Ultimate Things to Do in Edirne, Turkey

Edirne is a historical city in Turkey that is situated close to the Bulgarian and Greek borders. When I told my Turkish friends that I was planning to go to Edirne on my last trip to Turkey, some of them convinced me that the only benefit of going to the city is exactly the fact that it’s the closest city in Turkey to the European Union. But other than that, is Edirne worth visiting? What are some ultimate things to do in Edirne?

In this post, I will try to share my firsthand experience of visiting Edirne. The pros and cons of going to the city that used to be the capital city of the Ottoman Empire before Constantinople took over in 1453.

So, here are some things you can do in Edirne, Turkey!

Day Trip From Izmir, Turkey: Ephesus and Sirince Village

It was only the last few days in Izmir that I realized time was running out, so I decided to go on a day trip from Izmir and get on the train to Selcuk to visit Ephesus and Sirince Koyu. It wasn’t my first time visiting Ephesus, but I had never been to Sirince, a village not so far from Ephesus that is known for its wine.

The last time I was in Izmir, I really thought I had enough time to reminisce the good ol’ days and visit all the places I went to 12 years ago for the sake of nostalgia. But with work and other responsibilities, I couldn’t get it all. As a result, I didn’t have the opportunity to go to Cesme from Izmir as planned on my last trip. Maybe next time, though.

But well, I managed to come back to Selcuk and visit the ancient Greek city Ephesus, the cave of the Seven Sleepers, and the House of Virgin Mary on my last trip to Izmir, I decided to share my experience on that. This article will include some tips to go to Ephesus from Izmir by public transportation and some other information you may need to know before going there.

So, how do you go to Ephesus from Izmir city center? There we go!