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Festive Holiday Guide: Montreux Christmas Market in Switzerland!

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The Montreux Christmas market is arguably one of the best and the prettiest christmas market you can visit in Switzerland!

Every November to December, it takes place right by the city’s lakeside and offers an array of treats and activities for all ages.

With its beautiful twinkling lights, wooden stalls selling the most delicious treat and exquisite ornaments, it’s no wander why people from all over flock here to join the merriment of the season. Not exaggerating here, but a mere visit to the Montreux Christmas market can spark the Christmas spirit even in the most Scrooge-like visitors!!

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How to Pack for Winter in Switzerland (and Europe): 20 ESSENTIAL PACKING TIPS

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How to pack for winter in Switzerland? Packing for a holiday is already a troublesome chore, but when it comes to packing for a WINTER holiday… Boy, it is even more difficult! Especially if you come from a warm, tropical climate like me (I’m from Singapore!) it can be overwhelming thinking about everything you might need. 

Considering that winter clothing is twice as bulky.. after packing in just one down coat into the luggage… you pretty much have no space for everything else!

This is why in this blogpost, I am going to share with you my best tips to pack for a winter trip to Switzerland (or any other cold weather countries in general)!

Take it from someone who has made plenty of mistakes with bad dressing and insufficient preparation, suffered but LEARNT invaluable experience after surviving 3 years of cold winter season!

Let’s get packing!

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First Ski Experience in Switzerland! Extraordinary Winter Ski trip in Aletsch Arena

First Ski Experience in Switzerland, Aletsch Arena

First ski experience, at the ripe old age of 29!!!! If like me, you have lived nearly your entire life in a warm and tropical country with no snow, ski-ing is probably something extremely foreign and not your typical sport unlike swimming or badminton.

Having moved abroad to Switzerland for coming 4 years already… I finally decided to embrace the snow, pick up those ski gears and hit the slopes for the first time!

Read on below to find out my first ski experience in Switzerland and how it went.

Watch the full vlog here:

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WHAT TO BUY FROM SWITZERLAND? 10 UNIQUE IDEAS FOR SWISS SOUVENIRS

You’re done with your tour of Switzerland, seen all the jaw-dropping sceneries of the Alps, tasted all the Swiss cheese and chocolate and about to head home. But we’re all too familiar with that stressed out feeling when there are only few days left of your vacation, and yet you haven’t bought souvenirs for your family and friends!

Far too often I’ve visiting friends asking me about what EXACTLY are worth buying in Switzerland, because they aren’t too sure about the local brands and options available.

But don’t worry. I am here to help!

In this post, I’ve rounded up 10 Swiss brands, all originally made in Switzerland!

No tacky fridge magnets, no noisy cowbells…instead I have sought to curate items that are either PRACTICAL, USEFUL or EDIBLE, that doesn’t add to the clutter.

From artisan Swiss chocolates, soft wool slippers, all-natural skincare, down to your humble vegetable peeler: this blogpost features some of the best and most authentic Swiss brands you can find!

WATCH THE VLOG:

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10 Best Things to do in Bordeaux (France)

Trying to decide what the best things to do in Bordeaux, France are? Look no further!

With culinary delights to entice the senses, rich French wine to sip and savor, and historic architecture and monuments second only to Paris, you’ll find yourself utterly enchanted by the Southwestern French city of Bordeaux.

Bordeaux has a lot to offer and is often overlooked by many travellers. However, I’m here to show you why you should spend at least a weekend in Bordeaux by sharing 10 best things to do in Bordeaux!

To break down your perfect weekend in Bordeaux, here is what I’m talking about in this article:

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SHOULD I GET THE SWISS TRAVEL PASS? ULTIMATE SWISS RAIL PASSES GUIDE

Swiss Travel Pass Guide

One of the top questions I get asked all the time by travellers visiting Switzerland is this question: WHICH TRAIN PASS SHOULD I GET? Swiss Travel Pass…or the Half-Fare card? 0.0

No thanks to the mega-confusing Swiss transport system and the range of rail passes available out there, I could never provide a clear-cut answer to those of you who asked. Because the truth it, it really depends on your itinerary!

After days of research, I finally decided to pen down my full analysis of the few most popular train passes in Switzerland. This includes the Swiss Travel Pass, the Half-Fare Card, specific regional passes such as the Top of Europe and Bernese Oberland Regional Passes, as well as cost-saving tickets such as the Saver Day Pass and the Super-Saver ticket.

I will conclude with some general travel advice and considerations to help you make the best choice!

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Klein Matterhorn (Matterhorn Glacier Paradise) or Gornergrat: Which is Better?

THAT’S IT! You’ve booked your trip to Switzerland, all set to catch that glimpse of the iconic Matterhorn. The trip up to the Klein Matterhorn and Gornergrat are considered the two most popular, “must-visit” excursions for the Toblerone mountain view…but which one offers the better experience?

Luckily enough, I got the chance to visit both! And in today’s post, it’s going to be a mountain showdown between the two, Where I compare everything from transport, prices, altitude, attractions to outdoor activities!

Be sure to read till to end for my honest recommendation, and daytrip suggestions from Zermatt around the Valais region.

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Paragliding in Interlaken, Switzerland: All you need to Know

paragliding in interlaken, switzerland

Ever wondered what it’s like to fly? To feel nothing but the air beneath you and the wind taking you on a journey? It’s everyone’s fantasy as a kid, but with paragliding, it’s as close as you can get to the real thing! However, there’s no point in flying in the sky without an incredible view, so where else would be better to try paragliding than in SWITZERLAND?

In this review, I’ll take an in-depth look at what paragliding at Interlaken, Switzerland is like. I’ll share my own personal experience doing it, as well as information and tips you should know when booking the activity!

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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe: IS IT WORTH IT?

This iconic image is sprawled over a 40 metre giant billboard and catches every tourist’s attention at Zurich Airport immediately upon arrival: The Sphinx Observatory on a steep rock, towering over a great snow field of Aletsch glacier. Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe”, it screams.

AKA…The most expensive tourist attraction in Switzerland!

This is one of Switzerland’s most popular travel destinations and many of you are likely planning a visit here this year. In this post, I will share with you my experience visiting the Jungfraujoch, including what to see and do, as well as practical information for planning a daytrip.

Read till the end to find out if this mountain excursion is REALLY worth making a special trip for in Switzerland, and how to get tickets to the Jungfraujoch at cheaper rates!

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Top 7 Things to Do in Montreux, Switzerland

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Oh Montreux! This Swiss city on the shorelines of Lac Léman needs no introduction: Being most famous being the home to one of the world’s most celebrated music event: the Montreux Jazz Festival! Every year during the first two weeks of July, the festival spirit drifts over Montreux like a sweet holiday fragrance…a unique ambiance of excitement, lightness and carelessness.

But did you know that aside from jazz, there are tons of other exciting activities, excursions and daytrips to do within Montreux and the Swiss Riveria Region?

In this post, I am sharing my essential Montreux travel guide, with 7 best things you MUST do when you are here. This itinerary is best broken down into 2-3 days, so you can get the most out of your trip!

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