The Best of Turkey Mini Group Trip (11 days/10 nights) with Crazy Travelista

The Best of Turkey Mini Group Trip (11 days/10 nights) with Crazy Travelista

I let you guys decide where we will go next, and I must say I’m SO excited you picked TURKEY! I’ve secretly wanted to go back there for a while now. I’ve been three times now and I can never get enough. Turkey is truly one of the most  diverse countries in the world with SO much to offer and so many amazing places to experience.

If you’ve been a little too afraid to make the journey there yourself, this is the perfect opportunity to come experience the country with a small group of girls! In my 3 visits to Turkey, I have never once felt unsafe. It’s an incredible place and I’m excited to share my favorite places with you!

This trip is special because I have hand picked the best places based on my experience there and excluded the places that weren’t worth it. Turkey is huge and although I haven’t been everywhere, I can assure you we will visit all the top highlights of Turkey! It’s going to be a lot packed into 11 days, but SO worth it, and you won’t go home missing out on any of the best places in Turkey.

Turkey Trip Details

Trip Dates: May 24th-June 3rd, 2020

Trip starts in: Istanbul, Turkey

Trip Ends in: Istanbul, Turkey

Trip Price: $1950

***a VISA is required for Turkey. US citizens can get a visa beforehand online now. (They are in the process of eliminating the visa on arrivals). It costs $30. If you’re from another nation other than the US, please do your research on visa requirements to make sure you can enter Turkey!

Itinerary: we will spend 3 nights in Istanbul, 2 nights in Cappadocia, 1 night in Pamukkale, 1 night Izmir, and 3 nights in Kas.

Places we will visit in Turkey: Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, Grand Bazaar, Cappadocia, Galata Tower, Love Valley, Tokapi Palace, Pamukkale, Kas, Kekova castle, Kaputas Beach, Ephesus, and more!

Istanbul, one of my top 3 favorite cities in the world!

The magical hot air balloons in Cappadocia

“Cotton Castle” aka Pamukkale

The incredible ancient city of Ephesus, a UNESCO site.

What’s included

  • All accommodations in Turkey (a mix of hotels and apartments; Cave hotel in Cappadocia). Shared room with another female (with your own bed obviously)
  • Some breakfasts (when we stay at hotels)
  • All transportation within Turkey (except airport pickups on the day of arrival and drop-offs day of departure)
  • 3 plane tickets within Turkey (from Istanbul to Cappadocia, Cappadocia to the Turkish coast, and then back to Istanbul). **  This includes a carry-on bag ONLY.
  • Boat day tour in Kas
  • Entrance fees to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, Tokapi Palace, Pamukkale, Ephesus.

What’s NOT Included

  • Airfare to and from Turkey
  • Travel Insurance (this is mandatory for this trip)
  • Visa fees (the cost is $30 for US citizens)
  • Food (excluding breakfasts at some hotels)
  • Entrance fees not mentioned above
  • Pick up and drop off from airport upon arrival and departure
  • Any optional activities (example: hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia)

Is This Trip for You?

If you are a fun loving adventurous spirit with a good sense of humor and love meeting new people and experiencing different cultures, this trip is for you! These trip will focus mainly on adventure activities, and photography, so a love for both is a must!

This Trip is NOT for you if:

If you love drama, drugs, or getting black-out wasted every night, this trip is NOT for you. This is for the more mature traveler who doesn’t mind long days of adventures and photo taking. 

This trip is probably not for you if you are a budget traveler. My group trips will mimic my traveler style, which I describe as “ballin on a budget” (I heard it on a rap song and thought it described my style perfectly). This style means not budget, but not super luxury. Basically, I like nice places, but I find awesome deals to make them cheaper. Most the accommodations we stay in will be comfortable, cute, and unique. 

Trip Cost

Non-refundable deposit: $500 due February 3rd, 2020

Total trip cost: $1950 due March 24, 2020

Discounts for past group trippers: $100 off if you’ve been on one of my trips and $200 off if you’ve been on 2 or more of my trips!

PS: This price is guaranteed until February 3rd because of the 3 plane tickets involved. If those prices go up, the price will be increased accordingly. So it’s better to reserve earlier than later to assure those prices!! 🙂

To Reserve Your Spot

You can fill out the form HERE to reserve your spot if you’re a new group tripper. If you’ve gone on any previous trip of mine, please fill out THIS FORM instead. Spaces are limited and only open to 4 people max so if you’re interested, please sign up as soon as possible to assure your spot!♥

Please DO NOT buy any plane tickets until you talk to me first! If you have any questions, you can email me at


The Perfect Sardinia Road Trip: Best Sardinia Beaches and Scenic Routes

The Perfect Sardinia Road Trip: Best Sardinia Beaches and Scenic Routes

Sardinia island is overshadowed by the other more popular Italian destinations and took me about 10 years of traveling to Italy to finally visit. My Sardinia road trip blew me away and surprised me in so many different ways. Sardinia is a lot bigger than I thought and there is SO much to see!

Sardinia is the 2nd largest island in the Mediterranean behind Sicily. One week was not nearly enough to see all the highlights and I barely scratched the surface of the amazing-ness of this island.

Sardinia (aka Sardegna) is an agricultural island and very mountainous. It’s rough around the edges and perfect for those who want to see more off-the-beaten path beaches. Most the Sardinia beaches were a little hard to get to honestly, but all SO worth it.

For this 8 day trip, I focused on the East Coast of Sardinia and part of the Northern tip and I think it was a perfect introduction to Sardinia. But if you want to see most of the island highlights, you will need at least 2 weeks, or multiple trips. 

How to Get to Sardinia 

There are many daily flights to Sardinia from the mainland of Italy for very cheap, if you don’t mind the budget airlines. 

My ticket from Milan to Olbia, Sardinia (on the Northeast of the island) cost $40 flying on EasyJet. It was less than a 1-hour flight. On the way back I flew to Rome on Meridiana for $88 on a direct flight. 

Note: I went in the off-season in April. Expect much higher prices during peak season.

As Always, I used Skyscanner to find my tickets (9 out of 10 times it results in the cheapest tickets for me).

Renting a Car in Sardinia 

Let me start by saying that having your own car is a MUST to explore the hidden spots and places that aren’t on the map. I have never rented a car on my own because it’s usually too expensive (and more so because I can’t drive stick shift). But through much research I realized that most of the best beaches in Sardinia can only be reached by car (or foot).

The public transportation is lacking on the island, especially outside of July and August. After spending a week there, I realized I definitely couldn’t have seen half of what I saw without a car and it was great being able to go at my own pace. I did LOTS of stopping at random cliffs to take pictures and I was loving it! 

Note: the road conditions were not good in Sardinia, so drive carefully so you do not get a flat. There were a lot of potholes, even on the freeway. So just make sure to stay alert to avoid them.

Sardinia road trip

It was also great not having to lug around all my camera equipment on my shoulder all day like I usually do when exploring a new place.

I went with Sicily by Car and paid $180 for an 8-day automatic car rental (which is SUPER cheap for an automatic in Europe). Prices were half that if I only knew how to drive a manual car! One day I’ll learn, damnit!

The company had mixed reviews and I initially had my concerns and said “oh hell no”. But I spoke with my host in Sardegna beforehand and she assured me she had used the company many times without any mishaps so I trusted that! In the end, Everything went smoothly and I don’t have any complaints.

I booked this car on, which I love to use when renting cars in Europe.

PRO TIP: if you want to avoid a large deposit on your card, get the extra full coverage insurance (it’s worth it if only to avoid the 800 euro deposit). I paid a 250 Euro deposit. Also, make sure you walk around your rental and check for scratches that weren’t marked on the rental agreement. I saw 4 extra scratches that weren’t marked and had them added on the agreement so I wouldn’t get charged for them later! They happily agreed to sign off on it and I was on my way! Simple. Quick. Efficient. Bam!

(PS: this is before I had the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card, which I always use for car insurance overseas so that I don’t have to pay for extra coverage).

Sardinia Road Trip: Where to Visit in Sardinia

Best Beaches in Sardinia (North East)

Let me start by saying this list is my personal opinion. In one week I was only able to visit a handful of Sardinia beaches and wasn’t able to see all of the most popular beaches on the island as they are all spread out. I will say that Sardinia has the most consistently breathtaking beaches out of any country I’ve been. Every little beach I saw was spectacular, even the random little ones I saw while driving. Here is a list of the best beaches in Sardinia on the North East coast of the island. 

My Top 5 Favorite Sardinia Beaches

1. Cala Goloritze

Cala Goloritze requires a 2-hour hike but is so worth it! This beach alone is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that’s how special it is. It’s a rocky beach with huge boulders in the water with the most crystal blue/green waters.


Sardinia road trip

The photos I took do NOT do it justice as it was super overcast and about to rain. Even so, it’s still gorgeous!

Tip: Drive to Brainei and then look for signs for Golgo. From there it’s about 20 minutes. Follow signs for Golgo restaurant/bar.

2. Capriccioli

Capriccioli is one of the famous beaches of the ritzy Costa Smeralda region and was my second favorite beach in Sardinia.

It is made up of 4 small half crescent shaped beaches. There are 2 on the East and 2 on the West about 5 minutes walking distance from each other. The 2 small beaches on the East are prettier and less windy.

Sardinia road trip

The 2 East beaches are separated by huge boulders and green vegetation. It’s absolutely breathtaking. You can drive right up to it and one of the easiest beaches to access on Sardinia, yet one of the prettiest.

Sardinia road trip

3. Spalmatore

This stunning beach was on the Island of La Maddalena. I stopped at this beach randomly on my road trip and it ended up being the nicest blue/green contrasted water on the island. It was one of the clearest waters I’ve ever seen and I was in a daze just staring out at it.

No filter whatsoever on the below photo. How freaking pretty is that water?
Sardinia road trip

4. Capo Coda Cavillo

As you drive to it, you will be greeted with a beautiful panoramic view and private beach on the way. You will need to drive down a dirt road with lots of pot holes to get to it but it is worth well it.

Sardinia road trip

There was a private little beach on the way to Capo Coda Cavillo that I just had to stop at and climb down to. There wasn’t a single soul there besides myself. Just the way I like it!

Sardinia road trip

5. Cala Luna

Located in the gulf of Orosei, Cala Luna (“Moon Cove”) is a spectacular beach that has caves you can go into and get away from the sun. You can take a €12 boat ride from from Cala Gonone and get dropped off at this beach. You can also reach this beach by hiking from Cala Fuili about 1.5 hours and I heard it’s a difficult hike (proper shoes required!)

If you’re also interested in doing a Sicily road trip, check out my detailed itinerary: Sicily Road Trip: 9 day Sicily Itinerary 

Other Awesome Places to Visit in Sardinia

Cala Brandinchi

A sandy beach known as the “Tahiti of Sardinia” by the locals. The crystal waters are very shallow and you can walk out pretty far. 

Sardinia Road Trip

Cala Lunga Di Porto Massimo

A tiny private beach on La Maddalena with cascading colors from light blue green to rich blue and turquoise hues. 

Porto Cervo

Puerto Cervo is a beautiful colorful village that reminded me of Arizona with the sand blast orange on the streets and buildings. For the best panoramic viewpoint, head to Stella Maris Church. 

Best Scenic Routes in Sardinia 

There were so many beautiful stops along the coastline during my road trip in Sardinia, so I thought I would mention a few here. 

1. Road from Cannigione to Palau. On my way to catch the ferry to Maddalena I was slapped in the face with numerous turquoise waters that lined the coastline making this a great drive for photo ops. 

Sardinia road trip

2. Road from La Maddalena port to Cala Francesca. Blue, blue, and more blue. 

3. Road from Caprera to Cala Coticcio (on Caprera Island). This drive is through a pine forest and up into the nature where you will have a great panoramic view over the island.

Sardinia road trip

4. Northeast on Maddalena Island passing Spalmatore and “panoramica“. This stretch of coast took me awhile to pass since I kept stopping for photos of jaw-dropping waters. 

Sardinia road trip

Where to Visit in Sardinia: La Maddalena and Caprera Islands 

La Maddalena and Caprera islands are part of the Sardinia archipelago and you can cover them both in a day if you start early. They are both gorgeous and should not be skipped, especially La Maddalena.

La Maddalena Island

La Maddalena is a small island off the Northeast of Sardinia. It is a short 20 minute ferry from Palau (€23,80 for 1 person plus car roundtrip) and I highly recommend you make a trip here while in Sardinia. 

Sardinia road trip

La Maddalena had the most consistently pretty waters in all of Sardinia. I would have liked to stay one or 2 more days. The island is very small, but there is a lot to see. You can drive the whole island in half a day.

Make sure to stop at Porto Massimo, a tiny private beach with cascading colors from light blue green to rich blue and turquoise hues. 

Caprera Island

Caprera island is a 10 minute drive from La Maddalena which is connected by a bridge. Caprera is uninhabited so it’s perfect for nature enthusiasts. There are endless walking/hiking trails to explore.

The drive around the tiny island will mostly be through a beautiful pine forest. It’s a very quiet and peaceful place and I really enjoyed it. 

Prettiest Regions in North East Sardinia 

Orosei-way more rugged and untouched than the rest of the island. Mot of it is part of huge national park with lots of hiking and hidden beaches. This was my favorite area on Sardinia. 

Costa Smeralda-more polished than the rest of the island kn own as being the playground of the rich and famous. It has beautiful beaches but they are more crowded.

Budoni-gorgeous beaches that are made of white sand and less crowded.

Where to Stay in Sardinia

L’essenza Luxury Huts

L’essenza eco friendly luxury huts (aka tipis) are set in a beautiful natural environment surrounded by lush greens and great views. Also, the kindest and most helpful hosts! This is truly a unique experience and if you go to Sardinia, you have to try it out

L’essenza Sardinia

You can ready my detailed post about it here: Ecofriendly Luxury Huts at L’essenza, Sardinia

Su Gologone Boutique Hotel

Su Gologone is a GORGEOUS art hotel secluded in the mountains the perfect place to get off the grid and relax. What really impressed me is that the owner hand-painted all the designs by herself!

Su Gologone

You can ready my detailed post about it here: Su Gologone: A Secluded Oasis Igniting the Inner Creative in You

Airbnb in Azeachnea (Costa Smeralda)

I stayed in a cute Airbnb up in the hills with the most spectacular view over the surroundings. The host was super kind and attentive. She even came with her car a few times to bring me back as I got lost (my sense of direction sucks). She served a filling breakfast and we had wine together each night. I wold highly recommend this place. It was only 20 minutes from Costa Smeralda and 30 minutes from the airport.

I paid $45 per night for this Airbnb. You can check out the listing on Airbnb HERE. And if you’re new to Airbnb, you can use my $40 OFF coupon HERE.

Travel Insurance for Italian Islands 

I would never travel without travel insurance anymore. I learned my lesson. Too many bad things can happen (and they have unfortunately). Travel insurance is especially important when traveling to islands, as you may need to be air-lifted to the mainland in the worst case scenario. Do you know how much air-lifting costs? Think at least 5 digits (I.e. Expensive AF!).

My favorite travel insurance that I have been using for the past 4 years is World Nomads. I have made 3 claims so far and have been fully reimbursed for all 3 without any hassle. I highly recommend them.

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Ninh Binh Vietnam: The Incredible Day Trip You MUST Take from Hanoi

Ninh Binh Vietnam: The Incredible Day Trip You MUST Take from Hanoi

Day Trip to Ninh Binh Vietnam

If there is ONE day trip you take from Hanoi, make sure it is to the serene Vietnamese countryside to an area called Ninh Binh. It was such a nice escape from the insanely hectic city of Hanoi and it ended up being my favorite place in all of Vietnam!

It’s an easy stress-free day trip from Hanoi and is 100% worth doing, especially if you love nature, mountains, and epic panoramic views. Here is a quick guide on how to do an easy day trip to Ninh Binh, Vietnam.

How to Get to Ninh Binh from Hanoi


Hanoi to Ninh Binh:

The earliest train to Ninh Binh leaves at 6 am and takes about 2 hours.

Ninh Binh to Hanoi

The last train leaves Ninh Binh at 5:27pm and takes 2 hours to get back to Hanoi.

The cost of the round-trip train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is 216,000 dong ($9.50). To get your ticket, go to the tourist info center in the train station. You will see someone behind a desk and you sit on a chair and wait for them to process your ticket. I waited 10-15 minutes and they wrote me a paper ticket. You must bring your passport to purchase a ticket (a photo of your passport works too).

Note: I went the day before to get my ticket because I wasn’t sure what time they opened and I didn’t want to miss the first train. I’m glad I did because they were very slow in processing the ticket! Apparently you can book on the official site of Vietnam Railways but when I checked the online prices were way higher than the in-person prices.


There is also a bus that runs from Hanoi to Ninh Binh and takes about 2.5 hours. The cost is around $7. But honestly, when it comes to public transportation in Southeast (SE) Asia, I would definitely trust the train over the bus as bus safety is a big issue in a lot of SE Asian countries.

What to Do In Ninh Binh Vietnam

Hang Mua (Mua caves)

Hang Mua is the crown jewel of Ninh Binh in my opinion. I went here first because I wanted to beat the crowds and the heat. I went right when they opened and was the first person there so I had it to myself for a bit which was really nice.

Ninh Binh Vietnam

You must climb almost 500 steps to reach the top of the Hang Mua Peak and the views from the top will blow your mind! The entrance fee is 100,000 dong ($4), cash only!

Ninh Binh Vietnam

At the top of what the locals call, “dragon mountain” is a HUGE carved out dragon that is said to be watching over the valley.

On the other side you will have a sweeping panoramic view over the Tam Coc Valley, and the BEST view I saw in all of Vietnam.

Ninh Binh Vietnam

Tam Coc Boat Tour

You can take a quick taxi from Hang Mua to Tam Coc for 50,000 dong ($2). Tam Coc is part of the Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Tam Coc Boat tour costs 270,000 ($12) dong per boat (2 ppl max). The trip is 1.5 hrs long and goes through the gorgeous valley, passing under some caves and past some rice fields. You also randomly stop to feed some hangry goats, which was fun!

Ninh Binh Vietnam

The fun thing about this boat trip is that one of the locals pedals the oars with their feet for the entire ride. They work really hard so make sure to give them a good tip at the end!

Rent a Bike in the Tam Coc Valley

One of my favorite things I did in Ninh Binh was rent a bike and wind through the gorgeous rice fields with the river on one side and the mountains on the other. There were many different paths to take and I had such a blast exploring the peaceful countryside.

You can rent a bike from across the street from the Tam Coc Boat tours at one of the shops for 50,000 dong ($2).

Get a Famous Vietnamese Egg Coffee

Brick coffee shop was only a 5 minute bike ride away from the boats. It had the most amazing egg coffee and was a super cute/trendy coffee shop. This was a great way to end my day trip in Ninh Binh before returning my bike and heading back to the train station.

Taxis in Ninh Binh Vietnam

I took taxis the whole time I was in Ninh Binh and it was super cheap and convenient. The taxi from Ninh Binh train station to Mua caves cost 100,000 dong ($4). The taxi from Mua caves to Tam Coc cost 50,000 dong ($2). The taxi from Tam Coc back to the train station cost 100,000 ($4). So in total it costs 250,000 for the entire day of taxis ($10).

Grab App

The Grab app is like the local version of Uber. But you can see messages through the app, good for when you have WiFi but not a local phone number to call. You can also add a quick note to the driver when you book (ex: I’m right outside the train station). You pay them in cash. You can set up to pay by card but you have to buy credits in increments of 100,000 dong so if you don’t use them all you waste money.

Tours in Ninh Binh

If you don’t really want to lift a finger and have everything planned out for you, I would recommend the tour company Get Your Guide. I usually like to do thing on my own, but when I do a tour, I usually choose this company. You can check the Ninh Binh tours HERE.


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Why You Need to Add Cyprus to Your Travel Radar: Cyprus 5 Day Itinerary

Why You Need to Add Cyprus to Your Travel Radar: Cyprus 5 Day Itinerary

Cyprus is an often overlooked destination in Europe as it’s kinda hidden under the radar and overshadowed by the other beautiful islands on the continent. I also think that it may frighten people to see it on a map how close it is to Syria and they question the safety. But let me tell you, Cyprus is SO underrated and actually quite safe! It’s one of those place I kicked myself for not visiting sooner.

Cyprus is a small island, but it really has it all: mountains, hiking, beaches, Ancient ruins, lots of cats, amazing food, and the only divided capital in the entire world (more on that later). Mix that in with a flare of Greek and Turkish culture and you have the magical island of Cyprus!

I rented a car and spent 5 days on the island packing as much stuff as I could in that small amount of time. My only regret is not spending longer there. This article highlights the best places to visit in Cyprus on a 5 day self-drive road trip.

Best Places to Visit in Cyprus

Cyprus 5 Day Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Cyprus and Explore Nicosia

Day 2: Cape Greko | Stone Arch | Konnos Beach | Fig Tree Bay | Nissi Beach

Day 3: Troodos Mountains | Kakopetria | Omodos | Agios Nikolaos Stegis 

Day 4: Baths of Aphrodite | Akamas Peninsula | Blue lagoon | Lara Beach | Avakas Gorge | Coral Bay

Day 5: Paphos | Tomb of the Kings | Ruins of Ancient Kourion | Commanderia Wine Route

Day 1: Arrive in Cyprus and Explore Nicosia

I didn’t arrive to Cyprus until around 3pm so I only had a few hours to explore Nicosia by the time I picked up my car and got to the city from the airport. I really regret not adding an extra here day because Nicosia was such a cool city!

Nicosia is one of the most interesting cities i’ve ever visited mainly due to it’s complicated history.

Best Places to Visit in Cyprus

Nicosia is the world’s ONLY divided capital city. The capital city has been separated into a northern Turkish section and a southern Greek section by a “Green Line” created by the United Nations. You will need a passport to cross over from the Greek to Turkish side, and vice versa.

Once you cross from one side to the other it’s a world of difference instantly. I stayed in the southern Greek part and once I crossed the line into the norther part, it was as if I stepped into Turkey. I have never experienced anything like it! I was able to buy some yummy Turkish delights and admire the gorgeous mosques as I walked through the ornate alleyways. Being able to experience 2 different culture by just stepping over the boundary line was something unique that I will never forget.

IMPORTANT NOTE: if you rent a car in Cyprus, you will NOT be covered by insurance if you drive into the norther Turkish part. I was told you may be able to purchase an additional insurance at the border, but it’s not widely known. This is precisely why I decided to walk over the border instead. Plus, it was more fun that way anyway!

Day 2: Cape Greko | Stone Arch | Konnos Beach | Fig Tree Bay | Nissi Beach

Cape Greko National Park-the most beautiful area of Cyprus that you could spend days exploring. The Cape Greko National Park is filled with nature trails, coastal walks, gorgeous turquoise waters, sea caves, and the best Cyprus beaches.

Ayia Napa Sea Caves-one of the best places to visit in Cyprus and definitely the most picturesque thing I saw in all of Cyprus.Best Places to Visit in Cyprus

The Sea Caves are a natural phenomenon on the east of Cyprus. It’s a popular place to cliff jump, dive, and snorkel. The water is super warm and clear and you could really spend all day swimming and sunbathing on the rocks. Make sure to look for the arched cove to take some epic photos. You have to climb down a few rocks to get to it, but it’s pretty easy. 

Best Places to Visit in Cyprus

Konnos Beach-a gorgeous bay with soft golden sand and lined with lounge chairs. It has some of the deepest blue/green waters on the island. The beach area is small and get get really busy, so get there early if you want to lounge. 

Kamara Tou Koraka Stone Arch-a natural stone arch formed from erosion. You can quickly stop here as to see it as it’s on the way to Konnos Bay. (Please DO NOT ignore the warning signs and try to take a pic on the arch, it looks likes it’s going to crumble into the sea).

Fig Tree Bay-a busy (but very pretty) sandy beach with lots of water sports and activities. There are some good areas for snorkeling in the coral and the water is pretty crystal clear. There is free parking on the side of Silver Sands Beach Hotel. This is rated as one of the top Cyprus beaches. 

Nissi Beach-during low tide there is a sand bar that splits the beach in 2 crescent shapes. There is a little hill you can climb up to get the best views. Unfortunately I was there during high tide so the sand bar was under water. The water at Nissi Beach was incredibly clear and gorgeous and probably the prettiest waters I saw after the sea caves. It’s a very busy beach with many people, restaurants and bars lining the beach, and lots of beach chairs. It’s definitely not a place to go to relax, but it’s still worth a visit because it’s so damn pretty! It’s also a good place to drink a cocktail right on the beach. 

Day 3: Troodos Mountains | Kakopetria | Omodos | Agios Nikolaos Stegis 

Troodos-There are several hikes you can do in this mountainous region. Also in this area is Caledonia waterfalls, one of the highest water falls in Cyprus. (it started storming when I got to the mountains so I didn’t get to complete any of the hikes unfortunately. 

Kakopetria-a small little village at the foothills of the Troodos Mountains where I stopped to get coffee at the Old Mill Restaurant, a family run restaurant. The Old Mill has an amazing view over the village and mountains and is also a hotel you can stay in. 

Omodos-the cutest little village with tiny alleys, lots of local music, a pretty monastery, restaurants, and many wine tastings around town. They even have an old wine press you can go see. This was the most adorable and charming little town I saw in all of Cyprus. 

Agios Nikolaos Stegis– One of the 10 UNESCO churches in Cyprus located close to Kakopetria. It is surrounded by a beautiful peaceful setting with the mountains in the background. Best Places to Visit in Cyprus

Stop in Vavla, a tiny traditional Cypriot village with narrow streets and cute little alleys. But make sure you have a small car to go through the narrow streets!

Best Places to Visit in Cyprus

Day 4: Baths of Aphrodite | Akamas Peninsula | Blue lagoon | Lara Beach | Avakas Gorge | Coral Bay

Baths of Aphrodite-you can go see the baths where Aphrodite supposedly met Adonis. It’s a little mystical cove with a small spring and vine and a fig tree adorning it. It’s fun to use your imagine and open your mind to what happened many many years ago at this same spot. If you’re into Greek mythology, it’s cool to see.

Best Places to Visit in Cyprus

Akamas Peninsula-a rugged National Park on the north west of Cyprus accessible by 4-wheel drive or by boat only. There are gorgeous bays and beaches to swim in and admire in a natural area. 

Blue Lagoon-a gorgeous bay with crystal waters and popular with boat and snorkeling tours. DO NOT try to attempt to drive this road with a regular car. An off road vehicle is necessary. The road is on the cliffside with no railing and is very steep in some areas. There are huge potholes and rocks on the road so make sure to have experience driving in places like this as it can be very dangerous.

Best Places to Visit in Cyprus

There is a company called Aphrodite Safari Bus Tours that has a little kiosk before the entry that will take you there in a big 4-wheel drive safari keep. It takes 30 minutes to get there and the driver drives very slow and safely. The cost is €15 roundtrip per 2 people. 

Best Places to Visit in Cyprus

Exploring the rugged landscape near the Blue Lagoon. No people in sight!

Lara beach-contains protected areas for turtle nesting. If you’re lucky enough to be there when they hatch, you can watch the newborn turtles make their way to the sea. Unfortunately I didn’t see any turtles while I was there but this would have been awesome to experience. The road leading to Lara beach is very rugged so drive very slow so you don’t damage your car. 

Avakas Gorge-on the way to Lara beach is an impressive canyon/gorge that requires a 15 minute walk. It’s a beautiful walk through the limestone cliffs where you will pass numerous fauna and flora as well as some streams. The gorge is huge and very nice to photograph and is definitely worth a stop. It’s also a nice cool place to escape the Cyprus heat. I would rank this as one of the best places to visit in Cyprus. 

Note: when you see the sign for the gorge, make sure not to park in that lot and go up the hill with your car. You can actually ride all the way down to the footpath and then walk the 15 mins from there. I didn’t know this and ended up waking the whole way which took 35 minutes each way. 

Coral bay-a sandy crescent-shaped beach that is great for water sports and sunbathing on sunbeds. 

Day 5: Paphos | Tomb of the Kings | Ruins of Ancient Kourion | Commanderia Wine Route 

Paphos Archeological Site-this park is still under excavation and contains ancient Greek and Roman ruins as well as beautiful mosaic floors. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1980. Entrance fee is €4.50

Best Places to Visit in Cyprus

Tomb of the Kings-a huge necropolis that is part of the Archaeological Park of Paphos. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tomb of Kings are actually tombs of the rich aristocrats and high ranking officials, but not actually of kings. They gained the name due to their grandiose appearance. Nonetheless, the tombs are worth a visit. Entrance fee is €2.50.

Ruins of Ancient Kourion-I actually thought these were much more impressive than Paphos with the dramatic ocean cliffs in the backdrop. I would definitely stop here if you have time! Entrance fee is €4.50.

Commanderia Wine Route-driving this route you will pass through beautiful tiny little local villages and green hills. I passed through 14 villages and 4 wineries on the route and the drive was breathtaking.  

Karseras Winerya small family winery that I highly recommend. One of the family members gave me the presentation and then let me loose for my own free tasting. He literally left me all the bottles and said that I could have as much as I wanted. That could have been dangerous if I wasn’t driving!

Best Places to Visit in Cyprus

How to Get to Cyprus

There are 3 airports you have the option of flying into: Larnaca, Paphos, and Ercan (North Cyprus). Most of the cheapest flights fly in and out of Larnaca (LCA) and secondly Paphos (PFO).

If you’re already in Europe or the Middle East, its pretty easy and inexpensive due to its strategic location.

From Athens, Greece you can fly direct to Larnaca for around $35. The flight is about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

From Amman, Jordan you can fly direct to Paphos for as little as $17. The flight is about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

From Beirut, Lebanon you can fly direct to Larnaca for about $75. The flight is about 45 minutes.

From London, England you can fly direct to Larnaca for about $65. The flight is about 5 hours.

I always use Skyscanner to find my tickets because they are usually the cheapest and it’s super easy to use. I use Skyscanner for about 95% of the flights I book.

Where to Stay in Cyprus

I stayed in the best Airbnb in a small town called Tala right outside of Paphos. It was a little one bedroom apartment on the bottom of my host’s house and had the best views over the coast. The host is an expat form the US and super accommodating and kind. She rescues cats so you will see many on the property. The location was great as you could reach all the great sites in the area in less than 45 minutes maximum. It was only $30/night so you can’t beat that!

Best Places to Visit in Cyprus

View from my lovely Airbnb in Tala, Cyprus. Only $30 per night!

You can check out the listing HERE. And if you’re new to Airbnb, you can use by coupon for $40 OFF HERE.

I also stayed briefly in Nicosia to explore the Cape Greko area and just rented a basic room for $28 in an Airbnb. You can check the listing HERE.

How to Get Around in Cyprus

Renting a Car in Cyprus

Fun Fact: They drive on the LEFT side of the road in Cyprus! I’m an idiot and almost drove off the lot on the right side until the rental dude said “you know we drive on the left here?”.

I rented an automatic car from a local company called Stevens Car Rentals. I really liked this company because you can either rent from the airport or they will pick you up and drop you off from your location at no extra charge! And even when you rent from the airport, you don’t have to take a shuttle or anything. They send someone there to personally escort you to the car. I loved it! The prices were super affordable and they were very responsive over chat. I highly recommend them!

I paid $175 for 5 days for an automatic car. It’s definitely cheaper if you can drive a manual (as is most of Europe). Note: I have NO affiliation with this company, I just really liked them!

Travel Insurance for Cyprus Island 

I would never travel without travel insurance anymore. I learned my lesson. Too many bad things can happen (and they have unfortunately). Travel insurance is especially important when traveling to islands, as you may need to be air-lifted to the mainland in the worst case scenario. Do you know how much air-lifting costs? Think at least 5 digits (I.e. Expensive AF!).

My favorite travel insurance that I have been using for the past 4 years is World Nomads. I have made 3 claims so far and have been fully reimbursed for all 3 without any hassle. I highly recommend them. They might not be the cheapest, but they have the BEST coverage, especially for emergency medical!

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2019 Crazy Travelista’s Group Trip Details and Sign Ups

2019 Crazy Travelista’s Group Trip Details and Sign Ups

Hi guys! I put this blog post together to give you a little idea of where the next group trips will be! I am only going to do ONE (possibly 2) more this year so I’m trying to see where people are more interested in.

Please take a look at the destinations below and use the sign up form at the end of this post to put your name down so you get first choice! There will only be room for 4 girls on each trip, so if you’re interested, don’t wait to sign up!

My past group trips have included Croatia, Iceland, Jordan, Banff, Lebanon, and Lofoten Islands. They have all been such a blast and we’ve made life long friends already! And most of the girls have been on multiple CrazyTravelista group trips already!

Can’t wait to see where the next trip takes us!♥

The options so far are: Azores/Lisbon/Sintra, Peru, Patagonia, Lofoten islands, Croatia, and Turkey.

*Please only sign up if you are really likely to go and the price and dates are good for you.


Portugal (Azores island/Lisbon/Sintra) 

Lagoa do Canario Miradouro

Dates: September 2019

Length: 7 nights

Trip Starts in: Lisbon, Portugal

Trip Ends in: Lisbon, Portugal

Where we will visit: Sao Miguel island (Azores), Lisbon, Sintra

What’s included: Accommodation in double occupancy, transport around the Azores and day trip to Sintra/Cascais, entrance fees to Sintra, hot springs in Azores, train tickets, round trip plane tickets to Sao Miguel from Lisbon.

What’s not included: plane tickets to Lisbon, food, alcohol, travel insurance (mandatory), activities/entrance fees not listed

Price: $1600

7 nights Peru (Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley)

Dates: March 2020

Length: 7 nights

Starts and ends in Cusco, Peru

Where we will visit: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco, Rainbow Mountain (optional)

What’s included: Accommodation in double occupancy, all transport including luxury vista dome train to Machu Picchu, entrance fee to Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu mountain hike, private Sacred Valley tour

What’s not included: plane tickets to Peru, food, alcohol, travel insurance (mandatory and must include high altitude coverage), activities/entrance fees not listed, Rainbow Mountain day trip (optional)

Price: $1900

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Dates: October 2019

Length: 5 nights

Where we will visit: Lofoten islands

Trip Starts in: Bodo, Norway

Trip Ends in: Bodo, Norway

What’s included: Accommodation in double occupancy (in the most amazing cabin on the water), all transport, return plane ticket from Bodo to Lofoten islands

What’s not included: plane tickets to Norway, travel insurance (mandatory), food


Price: $1690


patagonia photo

Dates: December 2-10, 2019

Length: 8 nights

Where we will visit: Torres Del Paine National Park, Mt. Fitzroy, El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, Puerto Natales

What’s included: Accommodation in double occupancy, transport

What’s not included: plane tickets to South America, food, alcohol, travel insurance (mandatory) activities/entrance fees not listed

Trip Starts in: Puerto Natales, Chile

Trip Ends in: El Calafate, Argentina

Cost: $2100-$2500 (depending  on the number of ppl going…so if you sign up, please be willing to pay the $ may be a little cheaper depending on the final number of girls). But, Patagonia is NOT cheap! 🙂

*PLEASE NOTE: there will be NO camping on this trip. So if you want to do multi-day hikes with camping, this is not the trip for you. This is for people who are short on time, or who don’t like to camp in a tent, but still want to see the main highlights of Patagonia.

*Must have moderate hiking experience for this trip. No beginner hikers please.

*You will need to bring sturdy hiking shoes and a rain coat for this trip.

Croatia Highlights (Dalmatian Coast)

When: September 2019

Where we will visit: Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar island, Plitvice Lakes, Vis island

What’s included: Accommodation in double occupancy, all transport, ferry tickets, tolls, entrance to Plitvice Lakes

What’s not included: plane tickets to Croatia, food, alcohol, travel insurance (mandatory) activities/entrance fees not listed

Trip Starts in: Split, Croatia

Trip Ends in: Split, Croatia

Cost: $1650


Details: To be Determined

Dates: October 2019 or May 2020

I will give more details based on response 🙂

Price: $1600-1950


Use this form to sign up HERE. Again, I will only be running one or 2 of these trips so I will pick the ones with the highest votes! 🙂


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