Pinterest’s most coveted #2: Travel porn

There’s something inherently addictive about travelling. Maybe it’s the fact that seeing other parts of the world opens your eyes to how much you’ve been missing. Or possibly the heat and sunshine have infiltrated your brain, making your life in little Dublin suddenly seem monotonous. Either way, I’ve been bitten by the bug, and my travel board on Pinterest is only proliferating my addiction.

In this, the second instalment of ‘Pinterest’s most coveted’ (read the first instalment here), I bring you: Travel porn – beautiful places to visit, according to my Travel Pinterest board*.

 

Sorrento - Krka - Budapest

From left: Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Italy; Krka, Croatia; Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest, Hungary.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

The Amalfi Coast is located on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno, and this right here is the unbelievably picturesque town of Sorrento. As it’s in Europe, getting oneself to Sorrento should be fairly easy. A quick survey of hostels.com shows that you can find nice hostels relatively cheap there. However, Ryanair do not fly to Naples, which is the nearest airport, and Aer Lingus flights are not cheap (return flights in September are in the €400 region) so Sorrento on a budget may not be feasible.

Krka, Croatia

This unbelievable waterfall is located in Krka National Park in Lozovac, Croatia. However, just getting to Krka is an adventure in itself, as the nearest airport is in the capital Zagreb, which is nearly 400km away. So, um, maybe hire a car?

Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest

This one I’ve actually been to see (blog post pending), and I can confirm, that the reality exceeded all expectations. Fisherman’s Bastion is amazing, with some of the best views in the city. Budapest in general is amazing. Thanks to Michael O’Leary and a very low cost of living in Hungary, Budapest is definitely a city you can visit on a budget.

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St Petersburg, Russia; and, Istanbul, Turkey.

St Petersburg, Russia

This right here is the beautiful Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg. Flights to St Petersburg are actually far more affordable than expected, as Lufthansa will fly you there and bring you back for around €250 (in September, which still isn’t really off-peak), bear in mind that flying to St Petersburg means a layover. However, I also respect anyone who wishes to boycott visiting Russia due to Vladimir Putin’s insane laws on homosexuality.

Istanbul, Turkey

The frequency with which unrest in Istanbul appears in the news may turn any traveller off visiting this part of the world, but there’s no question that it is a beautiful city. This is a shot of the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish). With Turkish Airlines, you can get yourself to Istanbul for about €250, with hostels varying in price from as little as €5.50 per night for a dorm room.

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Marble Caves, Chile; and, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Marble Caves, Chile

These caves are so beautiful that they hurt my eyes. Located on Lake General Carrera, a remote glacial lake that spans the Chile-Argentina border, these caves were formed about 6,000 plus years ago, and are widely regarded as the most beautiful caves in the world. However, as with most natural beauties, it’s not the kind of place you just fly into, so if you harbour any desire to visit these caves, it will require a lengthy bus commute.

Queenstown, New Zealand

Thanks to the fact that New Zealand could literally not be any further away, a visit to this beautiful country not only means you need A LOT of money, but it also means needing a lot of time. My brother lives in New Zealand and on the two occasions in the last four years that he’s managed to make the trip back to Ireland, it has required 48 hours of travel just to get here. Add to that the 48 hours it’s going to take you to make the return journey and you’re looking at needing two or three weeks there just to make it worth your while. But oh man will it be worth your while.
Due to not sitting on a large stack of money, to date I have not made a visit to my brother in New Zealand, but other members of my family have, and they couldn’t even articulate how amazing the scenery is. Queenstown, as pictured here, is particularly breathtaking. You’ll need the guts of €1,000 just to fly there though. You’ve been warned.

*DISCLAIMER: Most of these places I haven’t visited yet, and I understand that photographs (and Instagram filters) can be deceiving, therefore I’m very sorry if you visit any of these places and they turn out to be shite.

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