The Top 10 Things to do in Tallinn, Estonia

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Inviting and mysterious, the medieval old town of Tallinn is a welcoming balance of intrigue and a picture perfect postcard. The old town is so well preserved that you’d be forgiven for pinching yourself and questioning reality – it really is too cute! Whether you’re spending a few days in the city or visiting on a day trip from Helsinki, here are the absolute best 10 things to do in Tallinn!

1. Start in the Market Square (Raekoja Plats)

As the central point of the old town, the Market Square is a great place to commence your meanderings through the cobblestone streets. From here you can already get a great idea of the vibrancy this city offers and within a 360 degree turn you will see the set of Game of Thrones come to life (minus the tourists, of course).

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2. Check out the view from Toompea

Many will tell you that the best view of Tallinn is found on top of Toompea. While this is a beautiful view, sure, it isn’t quite the best view of the city from above (read on to find out where you’ll find the very best view!) Toompea is a neighbourhood overlooking the old town and it is here where you will also find the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

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3. Step inside St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Located high on the hill of Toompea, St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a beautiful church of the traditional Orthodox faith. The cathedral was built in 1900, when Estonia was still a part of the Russian Empire. Although photographs aren’t allowed inside, you should take the time to step inside the cathedral and look around to marvel at the ornate architecture, mosaics and gold candelabras (besides, entrance is free!)

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4. Take in the view from St Olav’s Church

It surprises me how many visitors to Tallinn don’t make their way up the 258 stairs to the top of St Olav’s Church, which arguably has the best view of the old town. The tower dates back to 1267 and has previously been used to beacon approaching ships and as a KGB watch tower, though nowadays it is one of the must do tourist attractions in the city. It will cost you 3 euros to enter – a small price to pay for those picture perfect photographs!

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5. Stroll the cobblestone Streets 

One of Tallinn’s greatest pleasures is just to wander for hours through the winding cobblestone streets. The old streets are incredibly photogenic with their pastel coloured buildings, unique shapes and my personal favourite: the colourful doors of Tallinn! The prettiest streets I stumbled upon were Pikk (the longest street in the old town) and Katariina käik.

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6. Purchase yourself some powdered unicorn horn

The beauty of Tallinn is often found in its ability to remain in another era. Located in the market square, the town hall pharmacy is where you will find powdered unicorn horn, mummy juice, and all kinds of quirkiness. The pharmacy is believed to be Europe’s longest running pharmacy and was once a favourite of the Russian tsars. Keep in mind the pharmacy is unfortunately closed on Sundays.

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7. Walk the Town Walls

Another great view over the city is found when wandering along the medieval walls surrounding the old town. Once you have finished walking the walls, make your way over to kiek in de kök to learn about Tallinn’s defence history. To this day you can view the cannonballs left behind by Ivan the Terrible during the Livonian War.

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8. Indulge at the cutest pastry shop in town

After a long day of wandering the streets of the old town, make your way to the cutest (and tastiest) pastry shop in town, Rukis. Located on Viru Street, this pastry shop is full of temptations and at 2 and 3 euros a piece, its difficult to say no!

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9. Toompea Castle

Located opposite St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is Toompea Castle, which now houses the Parliament of Estonia but was once an ancient stronghold, used since the 9th century.

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10. Take the Day Ferry to Helsinki

If you’re visiting more of Estonia and haven’t arrived by ferry from Helsinki, then be sure to make a day trip two hours north to Finland! Helsinki is the complete opposite to Tallinn and offers a more urban experience, particularly appealing to design lovers and cafe hunters.

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I flew to Europe with Finnair, arriving in Helsinki (capital of Finland) at 6:00am, before taking the two hour morning ferry to Tallinn. Purchasing a ticket at the ferry port cost me 35 euros return on the Viking Line, which is the easiest/most accessible port if you are staying in the centre of Helsinki. The ferry offers free wi-fi and affordable food options (though they do leave a little to be desired!)

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

48 Hours in Helsinki

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I didn’t fall in love with Helsinki on my first visit two years ago, but my second visit to the city has convinced me this city has much to offer for a 48 hour stopover. Flying to Europe with Finnair for the second time, I decided to spend two days in Helsinki before embarking on the rest of my European adventure. Not only did the cold force me to shake my jetlag, but it also made for quite the comedic day out with friends as we saw snow falling in Spring!

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Helsinki Cathedral

Visiting Helsinki usually starts with the Helsinki Cathedral, located smack bang in the centre of town and offering great insight in to architecture in Helsinki: imperial, imposing, and when you look closely, very intricate. I found the cathedral was best visited in the early hours of the morning, when the rest of the city was sleeping and you could enjoy the impressive church to yourself.

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Cafe o’ clock

Helsinki has a strong emerging coffee and cafe scene, so I didn’t waste any time testing them out! Scandinavia has built a really strong reputation for drip coffee, which is best found at Paulig Kulma and Fratello Torrefazione. Other great coffee shops in own include Johan & Nystrom (hipster haunt), Cafe Fazer (chocolate, chocoalte, chocolate!!!) and Strindberg for great coffee in a casual setting.

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Helsinki Harbour 

The harbour of Helsinki is one of the cities’ most central points and places of business. Here you can visit the local markets, wandering along the waterfront or even take in the view from the ferris wheel.

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Market Hall

Located down on the waterfront is one of my favourite finds from my second visit to Helsinki, that I somehow overlook on my first visit two years ago! Inside the market hall you will find a variety of local produce, farm to table products, local delicacies and some traditional giftware.

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The Esplanade

Not far from the waterfront is perhaps my favourite area of Helsinki to wander around: The Esplanade. This is where you will find the cities’ most luxurious hotel; Hotel Kamp. Nearby are a range of upmarket restaurants and cafes, as well as upscale boutiques both local and international. Kappeli is a great place to grab lunch, especially in the warmer months when you can enjoy the outdoor seating. Don’t forget to look up when walking through this part of town – the architecture is amazing!

Experience the Finnish Sauna

One experience you absolutely must have in Finland is to enjoy a traditional Finnish Sauna. Many of the hotels in the city will have a sauna for you to use, but if not check out Helsinki Day Spa for the full experience. The more traditional way to spa (found outside of the cities) is to follow a hot sauna with an ice cold plunge in the lake (have tried it once, will never again!)

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Pastry shops to visit for a pick-me-up

After all your wandering, head to one of these great pastry shops for a sugary treat: Paulig Kulma, Fazer Cafe or the very cute Frangipani Bakery Boutique.

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Uspenski Cathedral

Another impressive church in Helsinki from the Orthodox faith is Uspenski Cathedral, located near to the harbour. The church was but in the mid-late 19th Century and is the largest orthodox church in Western Europe.

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Take a Day Trip to Tallinn

As beautiful as Helsinki is, there’s an absolute gem of a city located just a two hour ferry ride away. You guessed it: Tallinn, Estonia! Ferries run very frequently every day and it is a great way to spend 6-8 hours of your day in Tallinn, before returning to Helsinki in the late afternoon or early evening.

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Useful Information:

Arriving in Helsinki Airport

Helsinki International Airport is located a 30 minute drive from the city. The most affordable and convenient way to the city is with one of the public buses or the Finnair city bus (both around the same price).

Arriving in Helsinki City

The buses will drop you off in the centre of town at the main train station. For convenience I would recommend booking a hotel within the Kluuvi area, especially if you are only in town for a couple of days.

Early arrivals

Arriving early in Helsinki? There are luggage storage lockers below the main train station, costing 4-6 euros for 24 hours (depending on the size of the locker required).

Ferries to Tallinn

Catching the ferry is extremely simple and affordable. Purchasing a ticket at the ferry dock cost me 35 euros. To reach the port, it is around 20-30 minutes walk from the main train station.

Money matters

Finland is on the Euro and ATMs are widely available both at the airport and in the city centre. Most places will take card payment.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

How to make Fluffy Pancakes (The Fluffiest!)

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My childhood memories are riddled with pancakes for breakfast: be that making the batter, eating the batter raw, cooking and eating a stack the size of my head or getting creative with lavish toppings (anything that was in the pantry at the time). As I’ve grown older my love for pancakes has only strengthened, so when I opened Charlie’s Dessert House I knew we had to have my homemade fluffy pancakes recipe on the menu. What makes a great pancake to me is a plump, fluffy pancake that tastes as good as it looks. I’m confident to say we’ve got the fluffiest pancake recipe on offer and I’m proud to share it with you on the blog!

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Pancakes are one of our top sellers off the breakfast menu and its not hard to see why: they’re a fail proof choice, every time!

The trick to a beautifully plump pancake is the generous addition of baking powder, which will help puff up your pancakes rather than leaving them flat and lacklustre. We serve two pancakes at a time and the recipe below will make around 4 pancakes (enough to serve two people). Enjoy!

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Ingredients

2 cups flour

5 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

3 tsp sugar

1 1/2 cups milk

1 egg

60 grams butter

Toppings

Top your pancakes as desired – there’s no limit to your creativity! I like to add:

Mixed berries

Maple Syrup

Vanilla Ice Cream

Icing Sugar Sprinkle

Method

  1. Melt the butter in the microwave briefly and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

  3. Create a well and add the milk, egg, and melted butter.

  4. Whisk together until smooth and no lumps remain.

  5. Heat your pan for 3-5 minutes, until the pan is hot and better sizzles when placed in the pan.

  6. Portion our your batter and cook until golden brown.

  7. Serve with maple syrup, mixed berries, vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of icing sugar!

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This recipe is from Charlie’s Dessert House, my bakery in Tasmania.

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Tasmanian Mountain Bike Trails: Blue Derby Pods Ride

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Guided trails, cheese platters and cooked breakfasts… mountain bike riding has never looked so glamorous! Since finding out about the newly opened Blue Derby Pods Ride in Tasmania, my partner and I vouched to make the trek one hour north of our home (Launceston) and experience the new three day trip that covers muddy trails by day and delicious dinners by night.

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Checking in to Our Pod

For the three days, two nights adventure, we were far from slumming it in the wild. Our accommodation included a luxurious “pod”, sustainably built with minimal environmental impact, nestled deep in the hills of Derby. Each pod comes with a mattress, linens and pillows… lush! There’s no heating inside the pod so be sure to pack your winter woollies and on that note, aside from a few changes of clothes for each day riding, there really isn’t much more you will need. The creators of the Derby Pods Ride have thought of everything: towels, endless food that is proudly sourced locally, a wood fire heater, board gams and even a library study nook in the main house!

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The accommodation was just fancy enough to make you feel comfortable in your surrounds without taking anything away from the natural beauty of Derby. You’ll enjoy hot showers (after a long day on the bike this is pure decadence), three meals daily, endless snacks and of course, endless trails to explore!

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The Trails

Over the three days exploring Derby you’ll be riding on adrenaline, as each trail presents different challenges and terrain. Day one begins at the top of the Atlas Trail, which predominantly descends downwards to the town, stopping at the pods for lunch and to unwind after your first day on the bike.

After each day’s first ride, the guides employ an “as much as you like or as little as you like” policy, which is a great way to split the group between serious riders who want to take on as many trails as possible in three days, and those who are here to combine an active getaway with a little relaxation.

Day two saw us make our way up Flickety Sticks trail, an uphill battle if ever there were one! After a long climb to the top it is an exhilarating downhill descent that makes the climb worth your while. From there the group split on different paths, however some strong recommendations from our ride are Krushka’s and Dam Busters.

Day three was the grand finale we had all been waiting for: a chance to ride the Blue Tiers Trails, which are located a short drive out of Derby. Riders are shuttled to the top and make their descent in anywhere between 1-4 hours time to the finishing point. This was hands down my favourite ride of the trip and I’m sure the one I’ll be racing to go back to!

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Bottom Line

The Blue Derby Trails are best enjoyed with some mountain biking experience, so be sure to do a little training before you take off!

The price through high season is $2150 per person (includes 2 nights accommodation, shuttle from your Launceston hotel, all food, all wine, guides, bikes and helmets).

Whilst in Launceston be sure to check out Cataract Gorge, the Tamar Valley wine region, and of course visit my shop, Charlie’s Dessert House!

Thanks to Tara and Steve from Blue Derby Pods Ride who invited us to experience the ride! We would highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to experience the area with dedicated guides, local produce and comfy accommodation!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

The Perfectly Quintessential European Bucket list

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I don’t know about you but I love a cliché. When I think of Europe I think about sipping an aperol spritz in the summer sunshine, riding a donkey through the hills of a remote Greek island or eating so many warm, flaky croissants that I almost turn in to one. Europe is full to the brim with clichés and I for one cannot wait to be a part of them with each and every annual quest to my all-time favourite continent. If you’re anything like me then you have arrived at the right place for a perfectly quintessential European bucket list. Here we go!

Ride on a gondola in Venice

When you think of Venice you think of canals, water, and singing gondoliers. Sure, there’s more to Venice than initially meets the eye, but the first time visitor need only come with one goal in mind: see and experience as much of the city as possible from the water. Begin with a gondola ride for the quintessential Venetian experience, later upgrading to the (much) less expensive water taxis or even more local ferry network. With so much to see and history practically staring you in the face, Venice is a city that deserves a bucket list in itself!

Read more: Postcards from Venice

Drink beer in Belgium

Although there are many reasons to visit Belgium, drinking beer has got to be in the top 10. Along with waffles and frites, Belgium has a few claims to fame worth taste testing and there could be no better way to wash them down than with a local brew!

Read more: 12 Reasons to Visit Belgium

Ride a bike through Amsterdam

If there’s one thing I remember most from my first trip to Amsterdam at twenty years of age, it is the amount of close calls I had walking in to, away from, around, and waiting for cyclists. This city is a death trap waiting to happen for anyone who pauses for a moment and stops paying attention! But as they say, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! Be sure to hop on a bike and see the city from the streets, meandering through small alleyways and through neighbourhoods on the cusp of the city.

Read more: Amsterdam Bucket List

Eat churros

Is there anything more Spanish than a decent portion of street stall churros!? These deep fried goodies are best lathered in sauce (you can’t go past dulce de leche). You’ll find them all over Europe at street stalls luring you in with their sugary aroma!

Read more: Barcelona Tapas Tour

Make friends with a stranger(s)

One thing I never thought would be easy when travelling solo was to make friends and meet people from all walks of life. I soon discovered that not only was it easy, but also one of the greatest rewards travel brings. Now having friends in all corners of the globe – from different races, religion, cultures, beliefs… I have learned to shape my own. Now that’s something they can’t teach you in school!

Read more: How blogging gave me thousands of friends around the world

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Visit a castle or twenty

One castle, two castles, three castles, floor. While I won’t say the same for churches, somehow the fascination with castles just never seems to rub off on me and I could keep exploring the myths and legends of each castle for as long as I live. Luckily for me, Europe is an absolute mecca when it comes to castles (and LOTS of them!)

Read more: In search of Europe’s Best Castles to Visit

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Get gloriously lost in Prague

Ask anyone where they would recommend you visit in Europe and I can assure you 9 times out of 10 you will be told not to miss out on Prague. The Czech capital brings together many eras, ideas, and most noticeably, architecture. Look one way for gothic influence, look another for medieval marvels and before you know it you have walked through centuries of history in one compact Old Town.

Read more: A Walking Tour of Prague

Eat Gelato in Italy

This list would never be complete without mention of gelato (and a photo of one of my favourite stores on the Amalfi Coast, for good measure!) Eataly, as I’d prefer to call it, is full of great gelato no matter where you find yourself in the country and I’d almost say with certainty that this is a time honoured tradition itself (eating the stuff, that is!)

Read more: Where to find the best gelato in Italy

Get Artsy in Vienna

Vienna is hands down one of Europe’s prettiest city, if not THE most. Imperial and imposing, Vienna has so elegantly stood the test of time. One of the major highlights of this city is the expansive art collections on offer from the ages, particularly for attendees of the Belvedere. You also can’t miss the chance to see living art in the flesh at Hundertwasserhaus.

Read more: Vienna Bucket list

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Realise how cool Budapest is

“Europe” and “cool” are often two words you will read together, but none more so than in reference to the capital of Hungary. Although Budapest is well and truly discovered by every sense of the word, there’s still an under the radar appeal that never seems to leave this city. If I could choose anywhere to live as an expat in all of Europe, Budapest would be an obvious first choice.

Read more: Budapest Bucket list

Go to Poland

If what’s cooler than being cool is ice cold, then Poland, you are daaaaaamn frosty (literally and figuratively). This country is one of the “must visit” Eastern European destinations for a number of reasons, but especially for its ability to capture, freeze, and honour its history. I first visited Poland eight years ago, travelling only to Krakow. Since then I have been back to visit the capital, Warsaw, which I think flies totally under the radar (and provides a realistic glimpse in to communism in Eastern Europe).

Read more: Spotlight on Warsaw, Poland

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Go further east than Poland

The only thing cooler than going East is going more East, and by that I mean discovering the likes of Romania, Ukraine, Russia, and many more! So many of my favourite places in Europe are in the East and the more isolated they are, the more interesting they become. If you haven’t yet visited Romania, this should be near the top of your list, especially if you love vampire myths, mysteries, and spooky castles!

Read more: 8 Places you Must visit in Romania

Complain about the price of Copenhagen

As much as I love Copenhagen, I love to complain about the price of it more. I’m almost certain this would have to be the most expensive city to visit in Europe (no research to back my claim but an empty wallet to show for it). This should by no means stop you from visiting, but you will thank me later if you go by the “less is more” mantra and visit for just a couple of days.

Read more: Copenhagen Bucket list

Go yachting in Croatia

Yachting the length of Croatia in the summer time has become a right of passage in itself. The success of “yacht week” and seasonal yacht trips throughout the season are a combined result of the beauty of Croatia, affordability and luxe approach to a European summer. Does it get any better!?

Read more: 10 Things you Must Do in Croatia

Attend Oktoberfest

As surprising as it is, Oktoberfest in the South of Germany begins mid-September and runs through to the beginning of October… and for beer lovers, there really is no better time to visit Munich! Be sure to allow a few days in the South of Germany whilst you are here, especially if you’d like to make a day trip to the likes of Neuschwanstein Castle (arguably the prettiest castle in all of Europe!)

Get ripped off at least once

If there’s one thing you can’t always avoid when travelling throughout Europe its a rip off (or four!) Whether it be paying too much, being short changed or the old “you’re so beautiful, take this red rose” trick… don’t be afraid to be fooled at least once!

Stand in the Red Square

Perhaps the single most impressive architectural display in Europe is Saint Basil’s Cathedral in the Red Square, Moscow. The mid-16th century basilica is symbolic of a visit to the Russian capital and can’t be missed!

Read more: Moscow Bucket list

Get more Stylish in Stockholm

If there’s one thing I knew about Stockholm before my arrival it was that this is one of the most (if not THE most) stylish cities in the entire world. Street style could said to have been invented here, so do yourself a favour and dress to impress.

Read more: Top 10 Things to do in Stockholm, Sweden

Row a boat on a lake

Another quintessential experience in Europe and one of my favourite memories from my time in Slovenia is to row a boat on a lake and make a lunch trip out of it. Lake Bled in Slovenia would have to be one of my top picks, but the ethereal appeal of Hallstatt in Austria is also hard to pass up!

Read more: This may be the most romantic lake in the world

Rent a vespa in Italy

ABSOLUTE. MUST. DO. The most Italian I have ever felt in my life was our day riding a vespa along the Amalfi coast, stopping in at every town we passed for gelato, pizza, and an espresso before we hit the road.

Read more: Renting a vespa on the Amalfi Coast

Eat carbs in Italy

Speaking of, you really can’t go to Europe without visiting Eataly. Think gelato, pizza, pasta, and all of the good things you can only get away with eating in excess as a teenager (baaaahumbug!)

Read more: 15 Foods you Must try in Italy

Bike ride from Vineyard to Vineyard in France

One of my favourite cities in France pitched itself as the centre of wine country, offering vineyard – to vineyard bike rides (yes, I’m talking about Beaune!) Since then I have also ridden through the vineyards of Alsace and I’m convinced this is a sure way to feel instantly French!

Take photos of someone’s washing (at least once)

I could make a photo album with the amount of “washing” photos I snapped on my first few trips to Europe (the novelty has since worn off – sigh).

Read more: A complete guide to Lisbon, Portugal

Eat street food in Barcelona

I’m convinced La Boqueria is Europe’s best street food market and if you find yourself in Barcelona, you absolutely cannot pass up the opportunity to visit. Think fresh juices, sweets, fruits, and just about anything you feel like in the Mediterranean summer heat.

Read more: Barcelona Bucket List

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Wake up in Positano

These photos say it all. If you visit just one coastal destination in Italy, make it Positano.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Positano 

Stay in a French Chateau

Paris has my heart, but the French countryside is where you’ll find my soul. For the perfectly quintessential French experience, be sure to check in to a French chateau, purchase a bottle of wine, throw out a picnic rug and let sunsets turn to sunrises. Bliss!

Read more: Staying in a French Chateau

Visit more castles in Ireland

If there’s one thing Europe is not running short of, its a castle. Ireland has a lot to offer the countryside lover (two hands in the air over here!) and castles are in abundance.

Read more: 8 Places you must visit in Ireland

Catch the Hogwarts Express

STOP EVERYTHING BECAUSE THIS IS REAL! You read correctly, you can actually ride the Hogwarts Express. Jump on board in the Scottish Highlands and let your imagination run wild.

Read more: All Aboard the Hogwarts Express!

Visit the real Hogwarts Great Hall

Still within the UK (but unfortunately not at the other end of your train journey) is Hogwarts itself. There are oodles of Harry Potter filming locations in the UK, but one of the most realistic filming locations is the Great Hall, located in Christ College, Oxford.

Read more: Oxford Colleges to Visit

Eat nutella on something, everything!

Yep, so, crepes. Crepes, crepes, crepes.

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Play with reindeer in Lapland

Finland isn’t often on a first time visit to Europe, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t be! Imagine feeding reindeer in Lapland, trudging through the snow and living in a real life Chronicles of Narnia!

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Rent an apartment in Berlin

As much as I enjoyed Berlin, I enjoyed it much more when I lived there for a few months. Berlin is a great city for expats who want to base themselves in Europe.

Drink vodka in Russia

What could be more Russian!? Besides, this is a great way to meet and mingle with locals who, perhaps unsurprisingly, become a lot more chatty after a vodka or two!

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Swim in the Algarve

One of my favourite Mediterranean locations is Portugal’s Algarve and for shoulder season destinations, you can’t really beat it.

Read more: The Algarve, Portugal’s most loved holiday destination

Ski in Switzerland

Expenses aside, Switzerland is home to some of the most beautiful ski slopes the world over. If the price puts you off, consider cheaper alternatives like Austria or Poland, especially if it means extending your stay on the slopes!

Read more: A Guide to Zermatt Switzerland

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Visit Paris in the Spring

Every year I make the annual pilgrimage to Paris in the Spring. Be it for the cherry blossoms in April or the excitement that builds in May heading toward the summer, there really is no better season to visit my all-time favourite city (especially because you can eat both ice cream and hot chocolate in one day without overthinking it!)

Read more: Paris in the Spring

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Step inside the Hermitage museum

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Read more: A Quick Guide to St Petersburg, Russia

Eat Pizza in Naples

Naples, the birthplace of pizza, is an unmissable stop en route to the Amalfi Coast (if even for the pizza alone).

Read more: Where to find the best pizza in Naples

Take 1200 photos of the Eiffel Tower

If you hadn’t read this, I dare say you wouldn’t have even realised yourself doing it! There’s just something so magical and moving about the tower which, despite initial controversy, has become the symbol of Paris.

Gain weight from French Pastries

Need I say more? From macarons to mille feuille, there’s a whole world of pastry out there to discover, so you’d better get busy!

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Step back in time in Florence

Before I travelled to Europe at 17 years old, my only friend who had visited before me told me right before I left “you absolutely must go to Florence”. Although I hadn’t planned to visit, I made sure we visited for a day trip from Rome, and instantly I saw the allure in how Florence appears to have been frozen in time.

Read more: 20 attractions you must see in Florence

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Burn through your savings by visiting Norway

Although one of the most expensive countries to visit in Europe, there’s no denying that Norway is one of the most beautiful countries to visit for outdoorsy adventure seekers. From hiking to kayaking and everything in between, there’s a lot to discover!

Read more: The cities and towns you must visit in Norway

Island hop in Greece

Last but nowhere near least (saved to last because I still haven’t done it myself!?!?) is to go island hopping in Greece. Early 20-somethings eat your heart out, Greece is a playground with your name on it and nearly a right of passage for your first Euro-trip! From Mykonos to Santorini there are endless islands to explore in Greece, many of which you’ve never heard of until you get talking to a local.

 

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A bucket list destination you never knew you had, Lord Howe Island is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. Surrounded by crystal clear reef to snorkel in, Lord Howe is characterised by tropical heat, palm trees and volcanic mountains to hike. Sound idyllic? I promise you, this is a destination you’ll never want to leave. To help you plan your stay here, I’ve put together a list of the “must do” experiences on the island, covering the best hikes, viewpoints and attractions not to be missed!

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Mount Gower

Undeniably the island’s most iconic hike is an all-day trek that starts early in the morning and finished some 8-10 hours later. Mount Gower must be hiked with a trained guide, not only because the trail is unmarked but also due to the sheer cliff faces you are about to look down over, hanging on to a rope and with a hard hat no less! As the highest point on the island and with panoramic views (often obstructed by clouds which only adds to the aesthetics), this is for sure a must do on the island.

Disclaimer: my luggage arrived 24 hours after I did on the island which prevented me from hiking Mount Gower as planned. Major bummer but it just means I’ll have to go back!

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Goat House Cave

The second most renowned hike on the island can be completed without a guide, so I set off on this hike instead. Goat House Cave is a class 4 hike (as compared to Mount Gower – class 5), so while it is no easy feat, it is well worth the effort for those views of the island from above! Start your hike by climbing “Intermediate Hill” and follow it up with the track to Goat House Cave. On the return you can hike back the same way, venture onwards to the coast, or take a leisurely stroll down hill toward Lagoon Road and back to your starting point.

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Intermediate Hill

You’ve got two options for where to commence the trek to Goat House Cave and if you ask me, a great way to start is with Intermediate Hill! At the time this track felt like a knife driving in to my calf muscles, but upon reflection it felt more like a warm up to Goat House! This track gives you a great kick start to the day and offers reasonable views over the island.

Kim’s Lookout

As one of the best view points to see the whole island and Mount Gower in the distance, Kim’s lookout was one of my favourite short hikes on the island. Starting from the beach I made my way up to the lookout for sunset, as this is certain to be one of the best sunset views on the entire island.

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Malabar Hill

From Kim’s you can keep venturing onwards to Malabar Hill, even hiking all the way down in to Ned’s Beach if you wish! This hike is highly regarded by locals as offering the best views on the entire island – especially for sunset photos!

North Beach, Old Gulch & The Herring Pools

Before I ventured toward Kim’s Lookout and Malabar Hill, I made my way down to North Beach with the intentions to walk to Old Gulch at low tide and reach the Herring Pools nearby. Sadly the area was inundated with water after the tail end of a cyclone had passed through some days earlier. Next time!

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Ned’s Beach

Although not a hike as such, this list of must see attractions on the island would be incomplete without mention on Ned’s Beach! This is not only the most popular beach on the island, but also the filming location for Hollywood blockbuster The Shallows featuring Blake Lively. But fear not – Ned’s is a great place to snorkel with kingfish, sea turtles and Galapagos sharks!

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Thanks to Destination NSW for welcoming me to Lord Howe Island as part of their new #ILoveNSW campaign! Share what you love about holidays in NSW including the places you visit and the experiences you uncover. Upload your NSW holiday videos and photos to www.visitnsw.com/ilovensw using #ILoveNSW – the best videos selected will feature in a collection of films produced by Destination NSW and go into the draw to win Canon Prize Packs.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

The 25 Most Unique Honeymoon Spots Around the World

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I’m sure by now we all know that I crave anything but ordinary. From tree houses in the depths of South Africa to private islands in the crystal blue waters of the Maldives, there are some incredible honeymoon retreats I have visited over the years and many I still wish to experience (fingers crossed for my actual honeymoon!) If you’re anything like me and you’re looking for an out-of-this-world experience, here are my top picks for the most unique honeymoon spots around the world!

Singita, South Africa

I first visited Singita in 2013, on my year-long solo adventure around the world. Since then I have been back to their camps in Tanzania to witness the great migration and believe me when I say there is no event in my life that will ever come close to this experience! This collection of safari camps is highly regarded as one of the most luxurious options, so be sure to start saving your pennies for the honeymoon of a lifetime! My favourite camp in South Africa is Singita Sweni, and my favourite outdoors camp was in Tanzania, glamping in tents under the stars.

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Nihiwatu, Indonesia

For sure one of my top three hotel experiences worldwide over the past few years has been Nihiwatu, a tree-house, yoga-loving health retreat in Indonesia. Leaving Bali behind, you can escape the madness and land yourself on Sumba Island, just a short flight from the tourist-heavy streets of Bali and smack bang in the middle of local, rural life. The resort features all-inclusive meals, yoga, horseback riding and a spa retreat separate to the resort. Hello happiness!

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Hotel La Montana, Chile

If you’ve got a wild imagination and a sense of wonder, you don’t need to look any further than Chile as your honeymoon destination! One of my favourite countries to date, Chile is so diverse that you can be hiking in the world’s driest desert one day and trudging through thick layers of snow in Patagonia the next. One of the more ethereal honeymoon destinations in Chile is Hotel La Montana (or simply, the volcano hotel), complete with a rope bridge in the forest! Bliss!

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Chalkley Treehouse, Sabi Sand

I’ve always said that safaris have been the most incredible experiences of my lifetime (I doubt this will ever change), and my absolute dream honeymoon destination is to venture back to the continent of Africa and experience more of this incredible land. Could anything be more adventurous and romantic than sleeping under the stars, with the sound of zebras and lions trailing off in the background!?

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Norfolk Island

Perhaps the most surprising destination in the Pacific for me has been Norfolk Island, where I travelled with my partner after a trip to Europe for a little R&R. If you’re an Aussie like me and find yourself on a budget, this is a great destination close by (a 2 hour flight from Sydney) and affordable to enjoy. Most of the attractions on the island are natural swimming pools, beaches, or simply cruising around the island in a moke beach buggy. Absolute perfection!

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Royal Davui, Fiji

Fiji is hands down one of the happiest and most humble places I have been. The people are warm, friendly, and will go out of their way to ensure you enjoy your time in their country. Royal Davui is one of the most luxe resorts to check in to, set on a private island with just a handful of rooms that each face the ocean with incredible views. You can arrive by boat or chartered helicopter flight (fancy!)

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Beaches filled with flamingos – how could you say no to that!? Aruba is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean and with photos like that – it isn’t hard to see why!

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Giraffe Manor

You’ve probably seen the pictures and the good news is they aren’t photoshopped – Giraffe Manor in Kenya is REAL! The beautiful estate has become a top pick for honeymooners in previous years, as more and more travellers are seeking unique, one-of-a-kind honeymoons off the beaten path. With giraffes at your window sharing breakfast, how could you beat it!?

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Taj Exotica, Maldives

Our trip to the Maldives last year was nothing short of incredible. We arrived late at night, stepped off the plane, and without even leaving the airport we were on a shuttle boat to our resort – Taj Exotica. Most of the resorts in the Maldives are set on their own private islands, seemingly placed in the middle of the ocean. The water is some of the clearest you will find the world over, making it perfect conditions for snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, and kayaking. I don’t normally like to return to the same place twice, but I could certainly make an exception for the Maldives!

Taj Exotica

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Le Sirenuse, Positano

Positano could easily be my favourite place in all of Europe and surely the most romantic place we have ever travelled to together. With beautiful sunrises and sunsets in all shades of purples and reds, this was one of the most incredible views to wake up to. As always in Italy, the food was a major highlight and the surrounding region is best explored by vespa (so long as you trust your husband and his driving skills!)

Le Sirenuse Positano

Pangkor Laut, Malaysia

I never expected Malaysia to be one of the most romantic destinations I have visited, but as soon as you arrive at Pangkor Laut Resort, you can see why! Like something out of a movie set, the overwater bungalows are the perfect setting for an island escape.

Pangkor Laut

Zermatt, Switzerland

If you’re more of an adventurous type and don’t want the typical “beach, cocktail, sun” honeymoon, then reverse the psychology and take to the slopes! A winter destination is equally romantic in its own right, especially if it involves skiing, hot cocoa, and hearty Swiss food! Zermatt would have to be my top pick for the slopes as you will find so much to explore in the mountains and plenty to keep you busy back in the town.

Zermatt Switzerland

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Colmar, France

No word of a lie, this is the most magical little town you will find in France. Colmar was on my travel list for at least a couple of years before I finally made it to the Alsace region of France, located near the border to Germany. Colmar is romance in every sense of the word – the architecture, the food, the blooms in Spring and the nearby vineyards to explore by bike.

Colmar France

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Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand

Over recent years (and a few Lord of the Rings films), New Zealand has become the epitome of adventure travel. But the scenery is just the beginning! Without a doubt the South Island has adventure down to a fine art – with the likes of ski slopes, bungy jumps and scenic flights being a staple on most itineraries. Fly yourself to Queenstown to be at the centre of it all and if the budget allows, you cannot do better than Matakauri Lodge (one of my favourite resorts in the entire world. Period.)

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Explora, Patagonia, Chile

If you want the full Chilean experience in the luxurious setting of an all-inclusive lodge, then you can’t go past Explora. There are three base camps in the collection: one in Patagonia, one in Atacama Dessert, and one on Easter Island. If you want to see Chile in all of its glory (this is one of the most diverse countries in the entire world), then I would suggest doing all three. Each camp includes your meals, daily guided tours, and beautiful accommodation. You can’t beat it.

Explora Camps

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Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Our visit to South Australia this year quickly put the destination straight to the top of our favourites list. After spending a few nights on the mainland, we flew over to Kangaroo Island to escape the big smoke, hire a car and explore. KI is easily one of the most romantic destinations in all of Australia and Southern Ocean Lodge is at the pinnacle of luxury lodge escapes. The lodge includes accommodation, meals, mini-bar, daily guided tours, and an open bar (yup, DIY cocktails are encouraged!)

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Europe is my personal pick of romantic regions the world over, but it is also one of the most common (which for me is not a bad thing but with the title of this blog post suggesting “unique” honeymoon spots, I’ve made a conscious effort to avoid a whole list of European destinations!) If you do decide to make Europe your honeymoon choice, you absolutely cannot miss the chance to explore Slovenia! Not only does this country have Europe’s most underrated capital, but it is also home to one of the most romantic

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Scottish Highlands

Mythical and mysterious, the Scottish Highlands might not be the first destination on your list of potential honeymoons, but if you’re up for something a little different (and invariably cooler than beach destinations), then you won’t regret an escape in the North of Scotland!

The Scottish Highlands

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Budapest, Hungary

As one of the most encapsulating capital cities in all of Europe, Budapest is as romantic as big cities come. With a turbulent history, one wouldn’t expect to find the same level of architectural beauty as you can find in Paris, but believe me when I say it is here! Budapest is also relatively affordable compared to Western European capitals, thanks in part to Hungary keeping its own currency.

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Lord Howe Island, Australia

For anyone who has stepped foot on this majestic island a 2-hour flight off the coast of New South Wales, you won’t have any trouble agreeing that this is one of Australia’s best hidden secrets! Tourists are capped at 400 people at any one time, making this the perfect getaway if you’re looking for ultimate seclusion.

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Mo’orea, Tahiti

When you think of Tahiti as a honeymoon destination, it would be easy to think straight to the iconic Bora Bora, one of the most popular honeymoon destinations across the world (and believed to be where the overwater bungalow was invented). However after visiting Tahiti this year and experiencing a few different islands, I would have to argue that the best honeymoon is to be found in Mo’orea! This island is much more cultural and authentic, but still offers beautiful beaches, plenty of jungle to explore, and incredible French cuisine.

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Freycinet, Tasmania

Although I’m a little bias (being a Tasmanian myself), I truly believe Tasmania has some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the entire world. Undeniably one of the top picks is Freycinet, located on the East Coast but feeling a world away from reality.

The best things to do in Tasmania

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Lapland, Finland

If you’re after a winter honeymoon destination reminiscent of Narnia, Lapland should be at the top of your list. With reindeers, igloos and everything in between, a trip to the north of Finland is sure to be talked about for decades to come.

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The Cotswolds, England

Road tripping around the English countryside is one of the most romantic drives I have ever endured and nowhere is that more so than around the Cotswolds. The region is filled with history, charm, and some of the most beautiful thatched houses you ever did see!

The Cotswolds, England

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The Norwegian Fjords

Last but not least, how could one not fall in love with Norway! As one of the most expensive destinations in Europe, a great way to see the fjords is to book a cruise and hop-on-hop-off as you explore different villages and towns throughout the coast of Norway.

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

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One of Australia’s best kept secrets: Why you Must Visit Lord Howe Island

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It was a few years ago when I learned about Lord Howe Island – a tiny island in the South Pacific roughly 11km long and at its widest point, 2km wide. At the time I was eager to see anything and everything foreign and far away, but with this year’s resolution to see more of Australia, I knew Lord Howe would finally earn its rightful place at the top of my must see list!

Living on an island myself (Tasmania), I am no stranger to the unique and untamed beauty the coastal islands off the mainland of Australia hold. However when I landed on Lord Howe Island after a two hour flight from Sydney, I could have easily mistaken myself for having entered a postcard of natural beauty. Seriously… this place is too pretty for words (hence the many photos you’re about to encounter!)

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Stay: Arajilla Retreat

There are a range of hotels and retreats on the island, depending on the kind of vacation you’re after. As I visited Lord Howe Island solo and to escape reality, I chose a kids-free resort (there are two on the island – Arajilla Retreat and Capella Lodge). Both of these resorts are five star, all inclusive retreats – perfect for honeymooners or couples looking to relax and unwind (though if you’re a family, fear not! There are family-oriented resorts on the island, too).

Arajilla Retreat is hidden off the main road, in a jungle of palm trees and natural flora. The rooms are simple and uncomplicated, with the whole lodge having a really laidback, fuss-free vibe. Meals were certainly the highlight of my stay: with all-inclusive breakfast, lunch (picnic style if you’re adventuring) and three-course gastronomic dinners.

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Getting Around the Island

Before visiting Lord Howe Island I began to research car hire to plan my trip around the island… little did I know hire cars aren’t a thing! The island is so small and the roads so limited that the best way to get around and see the island is by bicycle. Most resorts provide these to guests and other than exploring the hiking trails on foot, this is sure to be the only mode of transport you will require!  Lord Howe Island Travel Guide | World of Wanderlust Lord Howe Island Travel Guide | World of Wanderlust Lord Howe Island Travel Guide | World of Wanderlust

Points of Interest

For such a small island, there is a lot to see on Lord Howe Island. If you would consider yourself an active traveller and would like to experience the best hiking trails on the island, please see below!

Mount Gower – available only as a guided hike due to sheer cliff faces and ropes required to complete the hike. Undoubtedly one of the best views on the island (the highest) and well worth the effort!

Goat House Cave – the second most celebrated hike on the island and a great half day trek combined with another walk in the vicinity.

Kim’s Lookout to Malabar Hill – one of the best viewpoints to capture Mt Gower in the frame. This is also a great spot to watch the sunset.

Herring Pools – although you’ll have to hike to get here, this is one of the most serene points on the island. You can swim in the natural swimming pools and enjoy one of the more remote parts of the island.

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Ned’s Beach – here you can view the fish feeding and experience the clearest water on the island, making it the perfect snorkelling spot. You will be joined by turtles, Galapogos sharks and kingfish!

Blinky Beach – the best point on the island to view local surfers and great for sunrise photos.

The Lagoon – perfect conditions for paddle boarding! This is the most central point on the island, nearby to shops and cafes, as well as where most tours depart from.

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Getting There

Qantas Link flies to Lord Howe Island daily from Sydney and on select days from Brisbane. After my luggage did not make the connection and learning that many passengers have this problem upon arrival, I would suggest packing your camera, swimmers and an outfit or two in your carry-on!

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Thanks to Visit New South Wales for welcoming me to Lord Howe Island as part of their new SNAP & SHARE campaign! Be sure to share your own NSW adventures with #iLoveNSW. Visit www.visitnsw.com/ilovensw for more.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

10 Tips on How to Bake the Perfect Cupcake

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Nothing sells better at my bakery than cupcakes. Whether its a chocolate cupcake topped with peanut buttercream and a snickers or the old and faithful vanilla-vanilla, cupcakes have been flying out the door since we opened in October last year. As someone who adores all things sweet (especially when they’re pretty), I want to share with you my tips on how to bake the perfect cupcake, as I’m a firm believer that a cupcake can solve anything!

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1. Use room temperature ingredients

The first step is one of the most important if you’re looking to create a perfectly shaped cupcake. Get your ingredients out of the fridge around one hour before you plan to bake, or be naughty like me and speed up the process to bring butter to room temperature with a quick zap in the microwave.

2. Measure in grams instead of cups

A French pastry chef once told me the best piece of advice he could ever give me was to always measure in grams in order to achieve the same result every time. No truer words. While cupcakes are much more forgiving than the likes of macarons (where every gram counts), it helps to be in the habit of measuring!

3. Do not over mix the batter

A huge no-no in the realm of baking is to over-mix your batter. Over mixing will lead to ill-shaped cupcakes that do not rise properly. Make sure you mix according to recipe instructions, wipe down the bottom of the bowl with a spatula often, and never over-mix.

4. Use a scoop to divide batter

The best way (I have found) to quickly but carefully measure out your cupcake batter is to use an ice cream scoop. I’ve tried all sorts of whacky ways to evenly divide the batter, but none is more effective than the good ol’ fashioned ice cream scoop. Use a scoop with a lever for quicker portioning.

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5. Tap on the bench before baking

Before you pop your cupcake trays in the oven, give them a light tap on the counter to ensure the batter is firmly in the baking cups and not wonky.

6. Rotate cupcakes whilst baking

After your cupcake are at least half way through the full baking time (imperative: do not open the oven before 50% of baking time is complete), rotate them in the oven to ensure even cooking.

7. Learn how to make the Perfect Buttercream

It took me a while to perfect the art of buttercream, something so easy but equally so easy to stuff up! You want a firm buttercream to ice your cupcakes, but not so firm that it doesn’t glide elegantly through the piping bag and on to your cupcake. Buttercream recipe to follow shortly!

8. Pipe with tips in varying styles

The best way to alternate your decorating style is to invest in a few different piping tips. This is an easy way to jazz up your cupcakes with little effort.

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9. Be inventive with flavour combos

One of my favourite things about baking is to be inventive and surprise our customers! Flavours like salted caramel, snickers and nutella always sell out quickly… but the fun additions of new flavours are what makes every day new and exciting at Charlie’s!

10. Sprinkles make the world go ’round!

Last but not least, you absolutely must decorate your cupcakes for that added touch of perfection! Sprinkles, small decorations to show the flavour and toppings are a great way to make your cupcakes stand out!

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All imagery from my bakery, Charlie’s Dessert House.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

Adelaide City Guide

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As one of the few Australian capitals I am yet to visit, I have long had Adelaide on my list of must visit places in my home country. A few years ago I met someone from the city who convinced me I must go and ever since have had the calling in the back of my mind. There’s no denying there is one month of the year that is best to visit Adelaide, so read on to find out more to help plan your own visit!

Check In: The Mayfair Hotel

With just a couple of days in the city and hoping to maximise our time here, we checked in to the stunning Mayfair Hotel in the city, which was conveniently located a stones throw from everything! Should you choose to stay here I would highly recommend taking the time to visit the rooftop bar upstairs, which has a great view and even more beautiful interior art deco décor!

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Eats & Drinks:

Adelaide has a widespread reputation for being the gastronomic capital of Australia (okay, maybe a slight overstatement, but true in my opinion!) With so much fresh produce and some of the countries’ most creative chefs, be sure to book yourself a table every meal of the day!

Propaganda Club – Great for late night eats and drinks with a really cool art deco vibe.

Georges on Waymouth – Fancy Shmancy! If you’re looking for fine dining this place is an institution!

FB’s Fancy Burgers – Sometimes you just feel like cheap eats and a damn good burger. You’ll find both here!

When to Visit:

My partner and I visited Adelaide in the month of March, when the city comes alive with endless events to attend! Our visit centred on attending Fringe Festival, an arts festival with endless entertainment, good food and great times. This was the highlight of our entire trip in South Australia! There’s also WOMAD music festival in March, the Adelaide Cup and a range of concerts and events on in the city during what the locals have dubbed “Mad March”.

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There & Away

Adelaide Hills – Just outside of the city you will find the Adelaide Hills, offering great views of the city and cute little towns to visit like our favourite – Hahndorf, Australia’s first German settlement!

Barossa Valley – Our time in wine country was one of our favourite trips to date. You’ll need at least a few days to explore the Barossa Valley.

Clare Valley – Onwards past the Barossa is Clare Valley, a farming area with great fresh produce and unreal scenery.

Kangaroo Island – Another must visit spot in South Australia is just a 45 minute ferry ride from the mainland or a short flight. Kangaroo Island is the perfect opportunity to spot wildlife and get a feel for Australian way of life – laidback and low key!

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A short drive out of Adelaide and you will arrive in Hahndorf

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The Barossa Valley is one hour’s drive from Adelaide

World of Wanderlust visited South Australia with the South Australian Tourism Commission. All opinions, recommendations and photos are my own!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!