I thought I may as well write a post just outlining what I did in my total of about 7 hours in France's beautiful capital city as well as letting you know what's worth doing should you choose to visit! Obviously I cannot give you every single detail of Paris after a 7 hour trip but it'll be the best whistle stop tour you're going to find.
Recently I was lucky enough to be able to visit Dubrovnik in Croatia. As a kid I remember turning my nose up at the thought of places like Croatia or Slovenia or Montenegro. These are now THE places to go and I can totally see why! Dubrovnik absolutely stole my heart in the 5 days I was there, so I want to make sure you know what you're missing out on.
This month I was able to tick another country off of my travel bucket list. I was lucky enough to be able to visit Canada and I am so pleased that I did. It was absolutely incredible and has left me with a very empty feeling now that I'm home. It's THE biggest post holiday blues I've ever had and that's saying something. Here's my trip condensed into one awesome blog post.
Last year I was lucky enough to visit both Croatia and Canada in my first two "You have to go here!" blog posts. This is the latest in the series. I've wanted to visit the US and California specifically for about as long as I can remember now due to the awesome weather, abundance of things to do, sights to see and food to eat (as well as how insta friendly it is - @matt_tapley to keep up to date with all my LA posts). After a bumpy start for reasons I will go onto explain, Los Angeles went onto become a must-see City and one that I most definitely have unfinished business with. You have to go here!
If you're here having a research because you're visiting LA, then let me tell you straight off the bat: I'm jealous. And really upset. If you're in need of an irritating little meatball to hit LA with, then I am available for hire. Will link my email.
All jokes aside, LA is a really unreal place. It's not somewhere that everyone overhypes and that movies make look way cooler than it is - it's worth all the hype and more (even in the rain). There's no shortage of sun (except for the first 3 days of my trip anyway), an abundance of cool places to eat, beaches you can chill on at the weekends and you'll never need to wear more than 3 layers at most - sold yet?!
There is so much to do here that 7 days simply isn't enough if you want to do LA right. It does mean that a second trip is always warranted though, so below I've done all the hard work for you so you can sit back and relax reading through your new itinerary, including rare rainy day suggestions if you happen to be one of the unlucky chosen ones.
Desperate to go in search of some sun or at least warmth, I decided to head to Thailand for my latest "You have to go here" blog post. In typical Matt Tapley fashion, I managed to book it in rainy season, however this time unlike my trip to LA, the weather was actually pretty damn good considering the amount of money you save travelling during this time of the year. I headed to the vibrant, chaotic and seemingly massive city of Bangkok looking to cram as much as possible into my time there before retiring to the relatively unknown island of Koh Yao Noi (little long island).
Whether you've ventured to the Med recently, or daydreamed about visiting soon; the little Greek island of Mykonos is worth grabbing your suitcase and boarding the next plane for.
Nicknamed the "Island of Wind" which it certainly lives up to - it has a quaint, traditional charm which sets it apart from the rest (minus the heaving numbers of visitors each summer, like Zante for instance). Obviously, the main attraction to the island is the cobbled town with white washed walls and vibrant flowers, but aside from that, Mykonos has so much more to offer. In this blog post I've compiled everything there is to see, eat and do, so all that's left for you to do is book your ticket and go!