Javier Elizondo standing amidst a gorgeous water fall in Costa Rica.

Javier Elizondo’s job is simple; he travels around Costa Rica looking for waterfalls which are lost to the world. So far, he has mapped and discovered 90 waterfalls, from his overall target of 450. To put this search into perspective, Costa Rica, a tiny nation in South America, is gifted with exceptional biodiversity, and forests.

Javier makes sure to capture images to encourage others to take up scouting waterfalls.

The over-riding arch of Javier’s search for waterfalls is conservation. He theorizes that well-documented routes to these natural attractions will make preserving them very easy. He plans to visit and document every waterfall of Costa Rica in a project called The Waterfall Trail.

Javier measuring the depth of a waterfall.

So how does one become a finder of lost waterfalls? Javier, an architect with a well-paying job, realized he had a higher purpose in life after coming back from a hiking trip. After that epiphany, he meticulously researched and mapped 450 waterfalls for 2 years, while working full time.

This incredible scene perfectly captures the beauty of waterfalls.

It might come as a surprise to some that the waterfalls Javier maps, come surrounded along with some interesting legends. Locals believe that ‘The Witch’, an extremely dangerous waterfall has the power to take a mother’s love for her son or ‘The Velvet’, a waterfall stunning and dangerous in equal measures, is inhabited with a namesake snake that is as beautiful and deadly as the waterfall.

Javier routinely came across waterfalls surrounded by legends. The most darkest among them was, The Witch.

The good news is the fact that Costa Rica has been very active in preserving and protecting its natural gifts as a part of its pioneering ecotourism program. This means, it’s just a matter of time before Javier’s dreams of preserving these waterfalls will become a reality.

Check out the amazing photographs and legends of these waterfalls here – http://www.thewaterfalltrail.com/english/

2 Days in Prague
Spring time views of the Valtava River, and Prague Old City

Prague is a magical city of castles, spires, gothic churches and baroque buildings. The beautiful capital of the Czech Republic is a popular tourist destination for those touring Europe. Trying to experience the best with just 2 days in Prague may seem difficult but is quite possible! The best plan is to spend one day enjoying all the historic monuments of the city, enjoy a pub crawl in the evening and spend the next day exploring the more off-beat destinations in Prague such as markets, art galleries or even amusement parks.

You can choose aspects from the suggested itinerary below, for enjoying a wholesome 48 hours in Prague:

Day 1 in Prague

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Trendy streets of Prague

On the first day of your 2 days in Prague, you can choose to make use of the excellent subway and tram services of Prague, which connect all corners of the city. Most heritage attractions are connected by either buses, trams or the metro so getting around within the city is going to be easy.

>> Pay a visit to Prague Castle and Charles Bridge for starters. Prague Castle is a huge place that needs a lot of time to be explored, so if you have other plans for sightseeing, make sure to spend only a little time here. The queues for entering are also pretty long, especially during tourist season and the holidays

>> Next, you can visit the Old Town, where the awe-inspiring Prague Astronomical Clock stands, showing zodiac signs, moon signs and other astronomical projections whenever the clock strikes. The place is currently under repairs and is likely to be back in action by the end of the year 2018.

>> When in Old Town, you can also choose to check out the local market for souvenirs, although remember to bargain hard when purchasing items here.

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Prague’s Old Town Square in the Spring season

>> You can also spend some time at the Vitus Cathedral towards late afternoon, after you have had a filling lunch at one of the many restaurants near the cathedral.

>> Pay a visit to the Franz Kafka Museum and the Old Town Square to understand the heritage and culture of the city better. By the time you are finished exploring these places, it will be time for the much-awaited pub-hopping.

>> In Prague, pub-hopping is like a religion, followed most diligently. You can start by visiting the area near Prague Castle, where a plethora of bars and nightclubs offer patrons a chance to enjoy their evenings in the company of like-minded people. But remember, the entire premise of pub-hopping is to not spend too much time at one place, and to keep moving after a drink or two. You can enjoy pub crawling till late at night, after which retiring to your hotel is a good idea since you will have another eventful day planned.

Day 2 in Prague – with kids

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Lennon Wall

>> On the second day of your 2 days in Prague, you can choose to visit quirkier places in Prague such as the Dancing House, a curving building that has become a popular attraction of the city.

>> The Lennon Wall is also a good place to enjoy a couple of hours, reading and admiring the political, and sometimes satirical graffiti that the wall has been covered in.

>> Today is also a good day to check out the local markets of Prague, for picking up bargains such as leather items, handmade chocolates and candies, electronic items and of course, some delicious snacks to take back home. You can recreate many of the Czech Republic dishes such as Goulash and dumplings, with the spices that you buy from Prague.

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A beautiful evening in Stromovka Park, Prague

>> If you’re travelling with family, Prague has plenty of options to keep your kids from getting bored! You’ve got 60 museums to choose from – but if you must narrow down to a few, head to Letná district of Prague. It has child-friendly museums like the National Agricultural Museum with ride-on tractors, play kitchens and computer games and the National Technical Museum that will mesmerize your children with its remarkable collection of vintage trains, cars and airplanes.

>> If you have time, visit the Kampa Island, where a Venice-like architecture will greet you. There are canals here that work as streets, connecting neighborhoods to each other. But remember to not be so mesmerized with the destination, that you miss your transport out of the city.

>> Spending 2 days in Prague and covering all that the city has to offer might be a hectic event, but it is sure to be worth your while.

Also Read: Prague Nightlife For Absolute Fun-Seekers

Where to travel in October
Palaiokastritsa Village, Corfu, Greece

Around the world, the month of October sees people take up every chance to soak in the sun and its colours before it goes into hiding in the winter months. October thus becomes the best month to travel and witness the magic of towns and cities coming to life across countries. It’s the best time to witness colourful fall foliage, clear blue skies, soft sunlight, and pleasant temperatures before the arrival of the cold, harsh winter. Countries closer to northern latitudes go through a magical transformation as greenery gives way to hues of red, orange, yellow, ochre, and gold! Nature parks, gardens, cities, and villages look surreal in the perfect setting of autumn colours and subdued sunlight – the best time to capture their beauty and share on Instagram!

If you’re wondering where to travel in October this year, our list of destinations is long! This is the month of celebration of harvest, food, wine, music and arts and culture all around the world. In Germany’s Bavaria and Munich, it’s the time for the famous Oktoberfest while in Japan it’s time to celebrate the colours of fall at the annual Autumn Festival. Sun-loungers and beach-lovers can head to the islands of Greece to soak in the autumn sun while the tiny hermit country of Bhutan looks its glorious best in October.

READ MORE: 9 Incredible Countries – Where To Travel In September 2018

10 amazing countries to visit in October

1. Germany

Germany is undoubtedly the hottest destination of Europe in the month of October. Perfect autumn colours, comfortable climate, and plenty of amazing festivals including the world-famous Oktoberfest. Berlin celebrates the reunification day on the 3rd of October with the Festival of Lights by lighting up the famous landmarks of the German capital in different colours and patterns. Don’t miss Munich – the scene of the famous Oktoberfest that takes place in the first week of October. The celebration of fabled German beers includes live music concerts, art workshops, food and beer tents, family and kids’ friendly activities, joy rides, and plenty of souvenirs. Nature lovers can head to the Black Forest region of Germany, a delightful place for scenic hikes with its green mountains, alpine lakes, charming German towns and villages with quirky traditions, thermal baths, mountain biking and cycling, spas, and plenty of adventure sports.

READ MORE: 10 Must Visit Fairy Tale Castles Of Germany!

2. Japan

Japan is known all over the world for its two magical seasons that transform the country into a paradise. The first is the world-famous spring season, known for its cherry blossoms festival that draws millions of tourists to its shores. Another charming time (though lesser-known) to experience the magical transformation of Japan’s natural beauty is during the autumn month of October. This time of the year sees dense forests and mountains of Japan turn into a kaleidoscope of red, orange, gold, yellow, ochre, pink, magenta, and violet. The October fall season is also known as ‘Koyo’ or momiji-gari (red-leaf viewing) in Japan sets in the month of October and peaks during November. October is also a comfortable time to visit Japan due to its dry and mild weather, allowing ample time to explore cities like Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Hakone, Nara, and Shinjuku – all ablaze with the colours of autumn!

READ MORE: Land Of The Rising Sun: Top Japan Tourist Attractions For Your 2018 Travel Bucket List!

3. Italy

Italy in October should be among the top of the bucket list for travellers due to five main reasons – fantastic weather, fewer tourists, cheaper prices, fall foliage, and plenty of food and wine festivals. October is considered offseason in Italy, but we feel this is the best time for die-hard foodies to be in the country! Foodies can revel in several food and wine related festivals across Italy, including the famous Alba White Truffle Festival in Alba, Eurochocolate in Perugia, Umbria Fall Food festival in Umbria, Boccaccesca (local food fair) in Tuscany and the nationwide World Pasta Day on 25th October 2018.

The Italian Alps slowly transition towards fall colours becoming a dream destination for photographers. Tuscany’s vast rolling meadows and countryside are full of autumn colours, while the colourful villages of Cinque Terre, the scenic beaches of Sicily and Italian cities of RomeFlorenceNaples, and Milan are just perfect to explore without the usual touristy crowd.

READ MORE: Top 10 Reasons To Visit Italy – 3rd Reason Is So Charming!

4. Spain

Spain in October is all about sunny and warm climate and lesser crowds. It’s the time for harvest related and cultural festivals across Spain. Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia region of Spain in October are perfect weather-wise while Andalusia in the south of Spain also starts to cool-off considerably.

October is also a great time to visit Spain for cultural experience seekers. There are several popular festivals lined up in the country featuring the human castle-building competition in Tarragona, Barcelona Jazz Festival, Seville Guitar Festival, Bilbao Night Marathon, Horror and Fantasy Film Festival in San Sebastian, Fires de Sant Narcis in Girona, and plenty of grape stomping activities accompanied by a picnic lunch and wine tasting in the vineyards of Barcelona.

Some of the key places to visit in Spain during October are Mallorca, Costa del Sol, Seville, San Sebastian, Malaga, Canaries Islands, Murcia, Almeria, and Ibiza.

READ MORE: While In Spain, Think Beyond Tapas: Top Spanish Food To Feast Upon!

5. France

October is the perfect time to visit France and experience its beautiful countryside as the fall colours and grape harvest celebrations are in full swing. Mild temperatures, comfortable, sunny days and lesser touristy crowd are the additional benefits of travelling to France in October. Accommodation is cheaper and easily available while restaurants and cafes charge lower prices. Long lines at popular attractions also thin out, making it easier to get access to the key landmarks and sights of France. Some of the best areas in France to see in October are Burgundy, Provence, Nice, Marseille, Cannes, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Lyon, Paris, Toulouse, and Saint Tropez.

Key festivals of France in October include Nuit Blanche (the annual arts festivals held nationwide), Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, Paris Oktoberfest (5-14 October), Zombie Walk in Paris (7th October), Pepper Festival in Espelette, Sorcerers’ Festival in Chalindrey, and Jazz entre les Deux in La Rochelle.

READ MORE: 10 Classic French Pastries And Desserts That You Must Try When In France

6. Greece

Greece in October is the perfect time to explore the country’s scenic islands and historic cities. The weather is sunny and mild while the prices of accommodation and food and beverages are lower by almost 20 percent. Clear blue skies and fall colours light up the Greek countryside while the stunning beaches allow plenty of solitude and privacy due to lesser crowds.

Some of the key places to visit in October are Kefalonia where one can explore the island on a self-drive and visit places like Myrtos Beach, villages of Livatho peninsula, the Monastery of Ayios Gerasimos, or the Monastery of Kipoureon.

Santorinis white washed villages with blue doors and windows are also fabled for their food and charming sunsets. Corfu’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of charming architecture and cafes of Liston. Rhodes is also ideal for exploring the ruins of the medieval old town of Helios and beach hopping. Milos is a beautiful and laidback island known for amazing restaurants, charming beaches, and affordable hotels. Athens and Thessaloniki are also perfect to learn and explore the rich history, culture, and traditions of Greece.

READ MORE: 15 Delicious Greek Food To Try During Your Greece Vacation!

7. Turkey

October is the shoulder season everywhere in Turkey except Istanbul. The month starts with pleasant temperatures and towards the end receives rain and humidity. Istanbul, being the most popular Turkish destination sees no change in the pricing of accommodation, food and beverages and touristy crowds.

However, towards the Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and the Black Sea, October is the perfect time to explore the cities and beaches. In the hinterland, Cappadocia and Goreme are also ideal this time of the year. Some of the best places in Turkey to travel in October are Izmir, Ephesus, Bodrum, Pamukkale, Aegean Coast, Antalya, Marmaris, Cappadocia, Goreme, Gallipoli, Trabzon, Black Sea Coast, Ankara, Canakkale, and Dardanelles. Some of the key festivals in Turkey in October are the International Wine Festival in Cappadocia and Republic Day on 29th October, celebrated all over the country.

READ MORE: 10 Hidden Gems Of Turkey

8. Bhutan

The hermit kingdom of Bhutan looks its best in the month of October. Clear blue skies and ample sunny days make it the most popular travel month in October, ideal for trekking and mountain-walks. Accommodation and flights need to be booked in advance due to the high demand for Bhutan in October. This month is also when the black necked cranes start to come in from the neighbouring Tibet, to nest in the scenic Phobjikha valley of the Black Mountains in Bhutan – this is a sight to behold. It is said that these cranes on arrival, circle the Gangteng Monastery three times and repeat this before returning to Tibet after winters.

Another important festival is the Thimphu Tshechu around Thimphu during October. Seasonal harvest is the common theme across the country and is the time for local celebrations of harvest, food, and nature. Some of the key places to visit in Bhutan are Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang, and Trongsa.

READ MORE: Top Reasons To Visit Bhutan, World’s Happiest Country!

9. Morocco

Morocco is pleasant in October and is one of the comfortable months to visit the country. Average temperatures across the country is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing. October is also ideal for hiking in the mighty Atlas Mountains and visiting the Atlantic Coast. October’s mild climate is also ideal for a trip to the Sahara Desert. Some of the best places to visit in Morocco are Marrakesh, Fez, Rabat, Casablanca, Tangiers, Essaouira, Atlas Mountains and Western Sahara.

READ MORE: 10 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Visit Morocco

10. Vietnam

October is a wonderful month to travel to Vietnam. It’s the end of the wet season in the north with cooler and drier weather. In the central parts of Vietnam, its rainy, but equally poetic for its lush green landscapes. In south of Vietnam, it is warm and shiny. Some of the best places to visit in Vietnam during the month of October are Ha Giang, Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Can Tho and Mekong Delta, Da Lat, Mu Cang Cai, and Hue.

READ MORE: Vietnam Tourism: 12 Iconic Images That Sum Up The Beauty Of Vietnam

Rome is one of the most gorgeous cities of Europe, famed not just for its cultural heritage but also for its architectural prowess back in the day. Spending a mere 2 days in Rome might not give you enough time to feel like a local, but it will certainly give you time to “Do in Rome as the Romans Do”. As part of your Rome itinerary, you can choose to cover all the ancient monuments on one day, and enjoy the next day touring the markets and the restaurants apart from the more quirky tourist attractions.

A great part about touring Rome is that most of the attractions are close by, so you can explore them all walking, save money on transport and explore the city like a local. The city has a great transport system that will let you cover most attractions in Rome within 2 days. With the metro, trams and local buses plying at all times of the day and night, it becomes an easy task to wander around the city with a day pass for all the transport options.

Here is a suggested itinerary for 48 hours for you to follow, on your Roman Holiday:

Day 1 in Rome – with kids

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Colosseum
  • On day one of your 2 days in Rome, start your sightseeing by paying a visit to the Colosseum, where you can marvel at the sight of the ancient sports and gladiatorial arena. Right next to this amphitheater is the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. Here, several statues and temples reside side by side, and only one ticket is required for visiting all these attractions. The only catch is it takes a lot of time to complete your exploration of these places. Our advice is to reach the Colosseum early in the morning, so that you skip some of the lines and can spend maximum time enjoying the attractions.
  • After you are done with this area, it is a good idea to pay a visit to the Trevi Fountain, which is also nearby. It is an extremely popular attraction, having been featured in plenty of movies and serials. Carry some change, because everybody who visits Trevi Fountain is supposed to make wishes by throwing in a coin.
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Looking down over the Piazza San Pietro in Vatican City
  • After you have wrapped up this part of the itinerary as part of your 2 days in Rome, you can enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and then head for a quick tour of the Vatican City – one of the tiniest self-governed country within a country.
  • Next, you must visit the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican museums to understand what these corridors of power are all about.
  • After your visit to the Vatican City, you probably won’t have much time to cover any other city attractions before they close, so your best bet is to visit the local markets and enjoy the nightlife of Rome.
  • You can also spend the evening at Spanish Steps, enjoy some street food with the locals and just sit on the steps for that perfect photo opportunity!

Day 2 in Rome

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Pantheon
  • The second day of your Roman sojourn can start with sightseeing with a visit to the Pantheon, where the tomb of Raphael is. Follow that up with a visit to the Castel Sant’Angelo, where you can find ancient paintings and furniture used back in the Roman glory days.
  • For an experience of the local markets, pay a visit to the Campo de’ Fiori, where local produce and other items are available for sale.
  • Other attractions that you can cover nearby include the Circus Maximus, the baths of Caracalla and the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, a gorgeous fountain with a homage to The Ganges, the holy Indian river, among 4 other rivers from around the world.
  • If you want to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city spread at your feet, visit the Janiculum, a famed hilltop terrace that lets you witness Rome in all its glory from a vantage point.

It would have been perfect if you could take out more time for the “Eternal City”. But if you can’t, you can follow our complete guide to see Rome in 2 days and enjoy some of the most historic attractions of the new world.

Also Read: Things to Do in Rome within 24 Hours

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Vienna, the capital city of Austria, is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Europe. Whether you’re traveling to Europe for a month-long holiday or spending just a bare minimum time in each country, spending 2 days in Vienna is an absolute must! The attractions of Vienna can be divided into two parts, the historic ones and the fun, modern ones. Plan your itinerary according to what sort of experiences you want and how much time you have in hand. Ideally, spending at least 4 nights and 5 days in the city can get you acquainted with most of the attractions, however, the same itinerary can be covered within 2 days as well. How? Have a look at our suggested itinerary for 2 days in Vienna!

Day 1 in Vienna – with kids

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A girl looking at the fishes in the Vienna Aquarium
  • On day 1 of your 2 days in Vienna, you can choose to cover the popular Vienna Zoo, the ‘Tiergarten Schönbrunn’ as it is better known, where you get to see animals from practically all over the world, in their natural habitat! For instance, the polar bear habitat is well stocked with ice and the panda enclosure has heaps of Bamboo stalks for them to gnaw at. If you are traveling with kids, then paying this place a visit is a must. However, this zoo is huge, and might take up your entire day.
  • Alternatively, head over to the Vienna Aquarium to spend the day looking at numerous kinds of marine life, learning about their food habits and more. This is yet another ideal place to take your kids to, and takes less time as compared to the zoo.
  • Later, spend some time at the mazes of Schönbrunn Palace, as well as the museums of the Hofburg Palace.
  • Towards the evening, you can choose to spend some time at Prater, enjoying the rides or simply taking in the always-festive atmosphere here.
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Schonbrunn Palace
  • Don’t forget to take a ride on the centuries-old Giant Ferris Wheel and soak in views of the city. This is a great place to spend a quality evening, interacting with the friendly locals.
  • To enjoy the active nightlife of Vienna, the best thing to do would be to hit the many pubs and bars of the city. Depending on where you are staying in Vienna, you can pay a visit to either Naschmarkt or Innere Stadt, for a memorable glimpse into the nightlife of the city.

Day 2 in Vienna

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Palace Belvedere Museum

On your day 2 in Vienna, try to leave for your sightseeing as early as you can, since you have a lot to cover.

  • Explore the historic aspect of Vienna, by visiting places such as Mozarthaus Vienna, the last house of Mozart, the famous music composer.
  • The Belvedere Palace Museum is also a great place to visit. If nothing else, just to see the world-famous Klimt collection (the works of iconic artist Gustav Klimt) here.
  • For lovers of art and history, a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum is a must.
  • If you are looking for a place to visit with kids, spend some time at the Wiener Riesenrad, a fairground home to a permanent collection of exciting rides and exhibitions.

If you have time left before you leave the city, make sure to visit the local markets for purchasing some great leather pieces. Be it shoes or a jacket, the leather products here are pretty good. And the best part is, you can also buy faux leather here, so brace the shopaholic in you!

Also Read: 10 Must-See Vienna Attractions

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