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Group holidays can be really fun. Or mind-numbingly hard to plan and execute, especially if the travelers are worlds apart in terms of interests, with only but a few things in common.
After more than one holiday with 5 to 12 people involved, I am sketching a user’s guide for all friends out there planning a trip together. You might want to read this out loud when you get together with your friends and start planning a vacation together.

You fancy modern art? Then I don’t need to tell you that Barcelona is the city of great artists. Gaudi, Dali, Picasso and Miro worked here and you’ll be amazed to see their works even in public spaces.

A city-break in Barcelona is enough for a few inspiring visits in different quarters of the city. Nowadays you can sense the artsy style in many corners, on buildings architecture, public sculptures or on the streets walls.

Warsaw, Poland is more than just a historic city. Second World War was harsh to them and the communist regime that came afterward is not an easy one to handle. Although scattered from the foundation, now Warsaw is a vivid and modern city. For a good background, check this documentary website. However, if you’re in Warsaw during summer time, go out of the Old Town and experience the usual city life. Polish people have a thing for deckchairs, ice-cream and beer, so my personal recommendation is to lie down and enjoy the life.

I had been planning a Malta getaway forever, it finally happened this year in July. My go-to advice: visit during the winter and don’t forget your phone charger!

Malta is a 316 sq km Instagram perfect archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies south of the island of Sicily, Italy, and has close ties with the United Kingdom, the French and, of course, Italy. It’s a must see for those who love beaches and clear blue waters, but also those who enjoy digging up history tidbits. But let’s start the trip at the airport.

London is probably one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Even though one of the most expensive, and recently plagued by one too many terrorist attacks, it’s still a top destination. It might have to do with the historical touristic attractions, the culturally rich background or the hip vibe of “must-see” restaurants, cafes and markets. Whatever your interest, there’s lots to do and see in the UK capital.

France – Paris, Great Britain – London, Germany – Berlin. Ukraine – Kiev, Italy – Rome (fill in the blanks). Whenever we talk about visiting a country we associate it with its capital city. It’s easy, you probably can reach it by plane very fast and at low costs, it’s safe, it does not raise any major risks and is as comfortable as possible, with cosmopolitan capital cities hosting five-star hotels and international cuisine. And most of the times it’s very familiar. But is that what you came there for?

If you like arts in any form or small historic cities, this one is for you. If you’d rather wander hours on narrow streets and cross tiny bridges over the canals in a constant curiosity, here you’ll feel more than fine. I’ll add that this is a city you’d probably fall in love with. This is Venice. First of all, I’m talking about a city in Italy and this says a lot. I don’t know what kind of spell is on that ground, but everything I’ve seen in Italy was picturesque. It’s in the romantic air, in the buildings’ architecture, the tasteful food, and that addictive Italian gelato! My personal history with Venice starts at a film festival, where I’ve seen the “Venice Syndrome” documentary. And it’s not only about the fact the city is really sinking. But it’s more about the phenomenon of depopulation, with more tourists than inhabitants.…

I live in Bucharest, Romania and I must admit that I did not really visit our neighbors. Shame on me, right? That’s why this year I wanted to begin paying courtesy visits. I started with a weekend getaway to Bulgaria during the last weekend of April (April 28th – May 1st) with Veliko and Nesebar. Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia, Moldova, you are next!

Welcome to Baku, Azerbaijan’s pearl and it’s capital city. Resting on the shores of the Caspian Sea, this city has a rich culture that you can never be bored with. Baku was born at the confluence of Persian, Arabian and Russian influences and you can see that in its architecture, art, culture and cuisine.  But wait, are you here for a short stay? Here’s my list of top destinations you can visit in one day and still get the taste of the local life.