I love challenges, either when it comes to learning a new complicated language - such as German - or heading to a new destination. Every year, I love to go for a couple of days to discover a new place that it is not necessarily on any of the top 10-places-to-see-before-you-die lists, because I strongly believe that any place has its own charm and beauty and interesting spots full of history and natural wonder.
This is how a couple of years back, I made a beautiful trip to the surprising city of Nantes or later on, spent an unforgettable holiday in Wales, at Llandrindod Wells, or went to Europe's far Eastern destination, the welcoming city of Kishinev and its beautiful people. When I am looking back to these trips and all these years heavy with personal achievements and lessons learned, I wish I can keep going on at least at the same pace. Maybe with happier moments, if possible.
Since moving to Germany, I notice how underrated this huge European country it is. Most of travellers head to Berlin - which is a huge challenge with an enormous potential for every kind of attraction, from foodie, to culture and hiking - or Munich. Maybe to some other 2-3 destinations, but in most cases, this country remains mostly unknown. Which is a pitty, because during my intensive 8 years of life in Germany, I keep discovering amazing destinations no one dare to go there - unless they are locals. Having this in mind, I started a couple of years ago my project 100 Places to See in Germany aimed to feature my discoveries off the beaten path. Since then, the number of places went higher and my knowledge about Germany improved significantly. Change of blog address, the same passion remained. This year, my main focus was to go on with the project and reveal even more destinations worth at least one visit. The travel treasure hung will continue intensively in the next months.
As soon as this week, I am heading to my trip of the year, covering some places I always wanted to visit, plus some new destinations it happens to have on my radar due to their cultural heritage. My journey will start at Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a place famous for its Christmas Markets, but that also has some secret foodie and architectural secrets to share with me. I will continue to the city of Augsburg where I am ready to be charmed by the old history. From there, the city of Füssen will bring me closer to Castle Neuschwanstein that I always wanted to visit. Given my openness to new and unexpected, be sure that more surprises will call my name soon.
Until my blog posts will be ready, follow me on Instagram, where I am @Ilanaontheroad, for permanent story updates along the way.
See you soon!