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Ben goes places – Belgian travel blogger and content creator

  • Best Edinburgh Cocktail Bars
    Edinburgh is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, but it’s also known for its vibrant nightlife. The Scottish capital boasts of many bars, but few can compare to the quality of cocktails offered by some of its finest establishments. In this article, we explore five of the best cocktail bars in Edinburgh, including Hoot the Redeemer, Panda & Sons, and The Alchemist.
  • Edinburgh’s Best Bookshops
    Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a city steeped in history, culture, and literature. Home to famous writers such as Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh is a paradise for book lovers. The city boasts several fantastic bookshops that offer a wide range of books, from rare first editions to contemporary bestsellers. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at three of the best bookshops in Edinburgh – Edinburgh Books, Armchair Books, and Topping & Company Booksellers of Edinburgh.
  • Dubai Trip Highlights
    Dubai is a fascinating city, known for its luxurious lifestyle, rich culture, and beautiful landmarks. Located in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. I recently had the opportunity to visit Dubai during my cruise on the MSC World Europa. In this blog post, I’ll share my experience and provide some insights for anyone planning a trip to Dubai.
  • Pleasantly surprised by Saudi Arabia!
    Saudi Arabia is a country that has been known for its oil reserves and conservative values, but it is also a country that has a rich cultural heritage and a stunning landscape. My recent stop in Saudi Arabia on my cruise with MSC in the Persian Gulf was a pleasant surprise, as I got to experience the beauty of the country, its rich culture, and the warm hospitality of its people.
  • How to make the most out of a day in Doha, Qatar
    Doha, the capital city of Qatar, is a fascinating blend of modernity and tradition. During our cruise on the MSC World Europa in the Persian Gulf, we had the opportunity to stop in Doha for a day and explore the city’s many charms. One of the highlights of our visit was the dhow cruise along the coast, which gave us a unique perspective of the city’s skyline and coastline.
  • Spending the day in Abu Dhabi
    Cruising is an amazing way to explore the world, and the MSC World Europa in the Persian Gulf is a dream come true for anyone who loves luxury travel. Recently, I had the opportunity to go on a cruise on this magnificent ship, and it was an experience of a lifetime. One of the highlights of my trip was spending a day in Abu Dhabi, where we visited some of the most iconic landmarks of the city.
  • Why I’m choosing a river cruise over a city trip
    If you’re someone who loves to travel and explore new places but doesn’t want the hassle of planning and organizing a trip, then river cruising might be the perfect vacation option for you. River cruises offer a unique way to see different parts of the world while taking away the stress of planning a traditional city trip. In this article, we will explore some of the benefits of river cruises and specifically focus on the all-inclusive concept offered by VIVA Cruises.
  • My alternative picks for an interesting city trip in Europe
    Are you tired of visiting the same old cities that are always overcrowded with tourists? If so, it’s time to start exploring some alternative options! In this post, we will explore four alternative cities that are just as charming and captivating as their overrated counterparts: Lille instead of Paris, Bruges instead of Brussels, Trieste instead of Venice, and Edinburgh instead of London.
  • Beware of these European tourist traps!
    Europe is a continent filled with breathtaking landmarks, rich history, and diverse cultures. However, it is also home to some of the world’s most notorious tourist traps. While these places may seem like must-see attractions, they are often overcrowded, overpriced, and underwhelming. Here are five tourist traps in Europe that you should be wary of.
  • 5 reasons why I love Eastern Europe
    Eastern Europe is a treasure trove of history, culture, and natural beauty that remains relatively unexplored by tourists. From the majestic mountains to the charming cities, Eastern Europe offers a unique travel experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Here are just a few reasons why I love Eastern Europe more than Western Europe as a travel destination.
  • Top 5 summer holiday destinations for 2023
    Summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your next vacation. Europe has plenty of beautiful and exciting destinations to offer, and in this blog post, we will explore the top 5 summer holiday destinations for 2023.
  • Would I consider Seabourn Cruises for my next cruise?
    If you’re a seasoned cruiser looking to take your next vacation to the next level, Seabourn Cruises may be the perfect choice for you. Seabourn is a luxury cruise line that offers a more intimate, personalized cruising experience with unparalleled service, exquisite cuisine, and exclusive onboard amenities. In this blog post, we’ll explore why Seabourn Cruises is worth the extra cost, especially for someone with extensive cruising experience like yourself.
  • MSC World Europa: A Luxury Cruise Experience
    MSC World Europa, the latest addition to MSC Cruises‘ fleet, is a magnificent cruise ship that offers a luxurious, all-inclusive experience to its guests. The ship, which made its debut in 2021, set sail on its maiden voyage from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas, Doha and Dammam, and has received an overwhelmingly positive response from its passengers.
  • My Advent River Cruise on the Moselle with VIVA Cruises
    It’s December, Christmas is coming along, and I feel like visiting a Christmas market. But which one to choose? The Christmas markets along the Moselle river are regarded as some of the most cosy and beautiful Christmas markets Germany has to offer. So why not visit a few Christmas markets in one trip and what better way to do that than on a river cruise! I am embarking on the MS VIVA ONE from VIVA Cruises for an enchanting river cruise on the Moselle in Germany. Read along to find out what I loved about this particular trip.
  • Costa Navarino: an ode to Greece
    Last June, I took a short break from work and went on a trip to Messenia, a region in the southwest of the Greek Peloponnese. It’s home to Costa Navarino, a luxury travel destination I had already visited a couple of years ago. I can confirm, after staying at a Costa Navarino hotel for the second time, that Costa Navarino has mastered the craft of relaxed and understated Greek luxury. This is probably why the likes of Ronaldo and NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo like this place so much. If you want to know more about my stay at Costa Navarino, … Read more
  • The OPPO Find X5 Pro: is it my new travel photography companion?
    Last week I became the proud owner of a brand new OPPO Find X5 Pro, the new flagship phone from the trendy mobile communications company OPPO. As a matter of fact, I wasn’t planning on changing phones at the moment as the smartphone I had was only a few months old. But the opportunity came and it was too good to let it pass. Besides, I heard great things about the built-in camera! And since I was leaving for Mallorca a few days later, I was excited to see how it would perform on my trip there. Did I like … Read more
  • AOC U32U1: a review of this elegant 31.5 inch high-end monitor
    Santa got me the most amazing gift this year! One cold morning in December, I found a large box underneath the Christmas tree. I didn’t question how Santa was able to get it through the chimney, and opened up the box right away. It turned out to be the U32U1, a 31.5 inch 4K-monitor from AOC. I’ve been using it for my photography work for a while now, so I thought it was time to do a review. Let’s find out why I like this monitor so much.
  • My trip to Tenerife: the perfect 5-day itinerary for first-time visitors!
    In October I went to the beautiful island of Tenerife for the very first time. Having only visited Lanzarote before, I already knew the Canary Islands had a lot to offer in terms of impressive landscapes, but Tenerife still surprised me – in a good way of course! It offers a remarkable mix of beaches, forests and rugged volcano landscapes. Here’s why I think my Tenerife itinerary is ideal for first-time visitors!