How to visit 12 Scottish islands in 2 weeks

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Earlier this year, I counted how many Scottish Islands I had visited since I moved here in 2013. I don't usually count countries, but I thought - to heck with it - and did it anyway. With 790 islands, some inhabited, but many just pure wilderness - there is no way to ever "see them all", and so the counting became about something different than just ticking [...]

How Best to Explore the Greek Islands Santorini, Naxos & Amargos

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‘Oh boy, 24 hours on a boat’ - that was my first thought when my partner asked me to go to Greece and travel there by ferry. Why so long? Of course the main reason was that we had a low budget but a hungry heart: we wanted to travel around and see different islands while spending as little money as possible. The only way we could afford to do so was by buyin[...]

3 weeks, 8 Maldives islands and one favorite

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Three weeks in the Maldives was enough info to make any jaw drop, especially once I told people that I would not only visit one but eight different islands. The next question on everybody's mind always was which one was my favorite so naturally I weighed the pros and cons at every new resort to evaluate just what was my favorite place of the bunch. And that [...]

25 Unique Things to do in the Faroe Islands

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My recent trip to the Faroe Islands has absolutely blown me away. I had been to many northern destinations and seen bizarre and isolated islands like Iceland or the Shetland islands, but the Faroes were a different number. Maybe Google Maps doesn't give them Streetview - or a complete location system to be honest - because they know that people would get stu[...]

The Travelettes Guide to the Faroe Islands

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The Faroe Islands had been on my bucket list ever since I spent a semester at the University of Reykjavik and one of my friends traveled there on her way home to Europe by ferry. I was intrigued - a place so remote you have to take an overnight ferry to reach it? Enough reason for me to put it on my bucket list. Years later, I would finally get to tick the r[...]

Why I decided not to boycott the Faroe Islands

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There is one thing about travel blogging that really annoys me - and that is that by sharing your thoughts and tips on the Internet you apparently give permission to people to judge you and tell you what they think of you. Don't get me wrong, I'm all up for constructive criticism, that's not what I mean. But I never gave anybody the permission to judge me re[...]

Tropical Islands - The Unlikely Oasis Outside Berlin

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I will admit that I had serious doubts about visiting an artificial beach, enclosed by a ginormous tent-like construction, but then again, I figured millions of happy visitors couldn't be so wrong that I decided to go for it: I would spend a weekend at Tropical Islands. It was ultimately the idea that I thought my son, who's almost two and LOVES water[...]

It's a Kind of Magic: The Shetland Islands

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We got out of the car and had a quick look at the map. It wouldn't be far, but the weather looked vicious. We set out anyways; wrapped up in our waterproofs, our cameras safely stowed in our waterproof bags and our boots strapped on tightly. The first stretch was simple and the path easy to follow, but then it stopped. Well, there was one path leading to the[...]

48 hours on the Japanese Art Islands

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Originally dotted by small fishing and farming communities the Japanese Art Islands are now also home to galleries, coffee shops and art installations.  The main islands, Naoshima and Teshima are about 3 hours from Kyoto by train and ferry. Visiting this area does require a bit of planning, mostly to coordinate transport, but it’s so worth it. Let me tell yo[...]

How to Get the Most out of the Galapagos Islands

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Ever since I was a little girl, watching nature programmes on the telly with my dad, holding my little Greek land tortoise in my lap and pointing at the giant tortoises on the screen, I dreamt of going there myself - the Galapagos Islands. They have always been a mysterious place: so far away, out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean; inhabited by bizarre anim[...]

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