Visiting Spain: Visit the Essentials First

visiting spain

It doesn’t matter what your travelling preferences are, we all love some fiesta, and what better place to have a fiesta than Spain itself? Located in one of the warmest parts of the European continent, Spain does not only offers long sunny days, but also a rich history and culture. This country can cater to anyone’s taste. Partying all night, visiting museums and researching the rich Spanish history or eating their delicious cuisine until your heart pops out. The only thing that you should know is where you’re heading, and this is where we step in. Look at the list below, and try to find the best Spanish ciudad for your holiday, especially if it’s your first time:

Madrid: The heart of Spain and capital of flamenco

It doesn’t do to visit Spain and not see the capital of the country, does it? As any other European capital, Madrid has everything to offer – bars that work until late at night, great shopping centers and some of the most amazing parks in Europe. One such is the El Parque del Buen Retiro, or simply shortened to El Retiro. It was once a royal ‘’hangout’’, and it staged many concerts and garden plays. Nowadays, it is a great tourist attraction (even though greenery might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Madrid), as people can rent one of the many rowboats and paddle in the huge man made lake in the center of the park. However, Spain is the only place in the world where you can see a live performance of flamenco dances, and Madrid is the best place to do this.


Barcelona: The diamond of Catalonia

You’ve no doubt heard of Barcelona. There are numerous tourists who hit the road to Spain and decide to visit this place only. And it doesn’t matter how many days you stay, Barcelona is a city which you can never fully explore. If you really want a European holiday of your lifetime, you should find one of the best Barcelona holiday packages that are offered, and see the home of the extremely impressive pieces of Gaudi’s architecture such as the legendary La Sagrada Familia. Moreover, taking a walk-through Las Ramblas and having a cup of coffee in one of its many cafés is definitely something that you should experience at least once in your lifetime.


Seville: From bullrings to beautiful barrios

To all the animal rights activists out there – no, we don’t agree with this either, but we must agree that this is one of the symbols of Spain and an inevitable part of Spanish history. Even though bullfighting originated in Ronda, Seville is its spiritual home. So, is it a form of art or simply animal cruelty? Well, it would be best to visit one of Seville’s many bullrings and see for yourself. However, don’t you think for a second that Seville is only good for this. As the heart of Andalusia, this magical city has many other things to offer – such as the Barrio Santa Cruz, one of the most beautiful barrios of Spain, or Alcazar (perhaps better known as Dorne from HBO’s Game of Thrones).


Granada: The place that’s the richest in Spanish history

First and foremost: you’re visiting Spain and you want to try tapas. Since Granada is one of the rare places in Spain where you get tapas for free alongside your drink, it should be on the must-visit list. Moreover, this is a place where you’ll see the most important historical monuments of this country. It is a paradise for every history buff. One of the best things you can see here is the Alhambra fortress – a fortress so huge that you will need a whole day to explore it to the smallest detail. If you want to imagine what it looks like, it’s said that you must imagine the world’s most beautiful gardens, add a fortress and multiply the whole image by ten. Alhambra overlooks the whole city of Granada, offering a most breathtaking view. And it’s also an excellent place to take amazing Instagram photographs! The ticket is around 13 euros, and it’s open from March to October, so make sure to plan your stay there accordingly.


And these are only the essentials. Spain has so many other things to offer, such as the 24/7 Ibiza parties, the spring days in Valencia, visiting the tomb of Christopher Columbus, walking across the world’s scariest bridge, seeing the Museum of Funeral Carriages, eating at the world’s oldest restaurant in Madrid or simply eating a paella. Spain should be your next destination. And maybe even the one after that, because you can go there as many times as you want, and you’ll still have more things on your bucket list.


Best Road Trips in Australia

Those of you who are always on a lookout for adventure have surely contemplated the idea of a road trip or maybe even been on a few of those epic journeys. If you have never done it in Australia, it’s high time you considered it! There aren’t many places that offer such great diversity and you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to different road trips that you can take in Australia.

driving off into the sunset in Australia

While the choice of the route depends on many things, there are some generally popular ones that people have been taking for decades (by car or campervan). So, take a look at some of those recommended by both local guides and those who have travelled around Australia.

Sydney to Melbourne

If cities are your thing, you should definitely consider this epic Australian coastal trip from New South Wales to Victoria. Waiting for you along the way are amazing rainforests, coastal views and you can also stop and go whale watching.

Think about stopping in Kiama, a small village where you can see the marvellous Kiama blowhole and witness water shooting high up into the air. Near this charming place, you can visit the amazing Seven Mile Beach and relax. If you decide to stop in Eden, you can take a whale watching trip and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenes.

Perth to Darwin

This long trip can really turn into one great adventure! Once you leave Perth, you can stop at Shark Bay, where the marine wildlife will do its best to make it worthwhile. Your next stop could be Karijini, where we recommend you inspect your car, because your next leg is quite a lengthy one. We recommend you head for Nitmiluk, although it’s over 2500 km away, but you’ll be treated to some of the most scenic parts of the journey, passing through mountains, breathtaking coast beaches, gorges and villages. The final leg of the trip is much shorter, but equally rewarding in terms of scenery.

Brisbane to Airlie Beach 

It is one of the most popular routes, probably because of the wonderful beaches along the way. Still, before you set off, make sure you have a reliable mobile mechanic from Brisbane inspect your vehicle, so that you can focus on enjoying your trip instead of dealing with car issues.

The journey will take you through some nice beachside towns, such as Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Noosa, before you reach Hervey Bay, where you can stop for a whale-watching experience or take a detour and visit the famous Fraser Island and its amazing beaches and lakes. Next stop should be Bundaberg, where you can sample some great rum. Once rested, you can continue towards Yeppoon and Airlie Beach, where you can enjoy diving, snorkelling or take a tour of the Great Barrier Reef.

plan a road trip with your map in Australia

Sydney to Byron Bay

Since Byron Bay with its great beaches is one of the most popular destinations in Australia, many people like to take this route. Although it could be done in one day, there are so many fantastic stops that can make the journey unforgettable. Your first stop could be the Central Coast, but make sure you visit Hunter Valley on the way. It’s famous for some exquisite wine, so don’t miss an opportunity to visit one of the famous wineries.

From the Central Coast, head towards Port Macquarie and continue in the direction of your final destination, Byron Bay. Even if you don’t make a stop along the way, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most renowned places in Australia.

Of course, there are many other road trips you could take in Australia. It’s really up to you to choose the one that you can afford in terms of both your free time and money. Whichever you take, you’ll be able to have a fantastic time.

driving down the road in Australia



Carry-On Made Easy

The Slicks Flexible Travel System

Travel inspires and helps us to understand people and other cultures. Travel takes us to faraway places; to simply visit relatives; to see the world. For as long as we’ve traveled, there has been our extra travel companion called luggage. Starting back with a “travel chest” (on a steamship and/or stage coach); then onto extra large suitcases and to where we are now (mad for carry-on). If you have elite status with your favorite airline, chances are you have “free” first bag or 2, priority baggage (first on the baggage carousel when you land) along with priority check-in. If you don’t have elite status or you are on a shorter trip, chances are you prefer carry-on.

While it’s great to travel, and to look forward to travelling, the worst part (at least for me) is packing. I dread packing. But I’ve just come across the answer to my packing prayers. The Slicks Flexible Travel System. It has it all. It’s a backpack and briefcase combined into a carry-on.

Slicks Bag as a briefcase

I’ve got the Slicks Biz Bundle. It combines backpack, trip cover, wash bag and suitcover in one. It’s the Swiss Army knife of luggage!

The Slicks Pack is super sturdy and can be a back pack or a briefcase (store the back straps in the pack and use the side handles). The back pack on its own is perfect for trips to and from the office or campus.

The Trip cover is the wardrobe bag that attaches inside the Pack and has a place for the wash bag, laundry bag (included) and room for underwear, socks, shirts, etc. It also includes a shirt cover to keep shirts folded and not wrinkled.

The suit cover can fold 4 times to keep your suit or nice outfit wrinkle free and attaches inside the Pack as well.

Here’s the best way to see what I’m talking about – Click Here for the full Slicks visual tour!

Slicks bag fitting together

Slicks bag as a backpack

This modular backpack/suitcase has a place for everything and everything in its place. It will keep you away from the baggage carousel (worth the price alone) and keep you organized. With all of its components and accessories, it provides great value. It’s carry on heaven!


  • Looks great, well designed
  • Carry On
  • Perfect for a weekend away or 3-day trip


  • Not enough room for a weeklong trip
  • Not ideal for checked baggage (but not what it’s meant for either)

All in all, a great piece of luggage and I highly recommend it. If you are interested in getting Slicks luggage, go to the Slicks website for more information and to order direct. And here’s my Promotion Code that will save you 10% at checkout – MarkTravelSlicks (valid until April 30, 2018).

Safe Travels!