Author archives: Annika

East meets east - Getting zen in Bali

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This July I had great plans to finally add two new countries to my personal map: I was going take my first trip to Tokyo followed by seeing my family in the Philippines. Alas, as it happens sometimes happens in life - you can plan all you want, things can still go wrong or in my case not work out at all. My travel plans fell through within a week to spare an[...]

5 Top Nepal Experiences for non-trekkers

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There are few other countries that scream adventure like Nepal does. Thanks to the Himalayas it is a country of superlatives and it shows in the activities people come here to do. Of course, on top of this list is a trip to Everest or Annapurna base camp - trekking is the name of the game. But just because it is called basecamp doesn't make it any less of a [...]

Mermaid Aboard - Diving in Raja Ampat

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Scuba diving has been my passion for the past three years. It started innocently enough with seeing little Nemo for real and at first, I had no idea that it would start a love affair that would influence all my future travels. These days chances are if there is no diving at a destination I am not that interested in going and more than ever do I think Ariel w[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Seminyak, Bali

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Some people love it, some people hate it (and that is quite alright!) but for us, Bali still has a special place in our hearts. Whether you are traveling with kids, plan an Eat Pray Love kinda holiday or want to explore the underwater world - Bali has something for everyone. I will admit that I have a soft spot for Bali, so much so that I stayed there 2 y[...]

The 7 most epic Train Journeys in the World

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We love traveling by train. There is something so romantic and old-worldly about it, something that makes you want to put on a great dress and order a martini even if the bar car only offers luke-warm coffee (yes, looking at you, Deutsche Bahn!). For years I had to take a train to go to school as a teenager and still it hasn't deterred me from being absol[...]

5 Movies to Inspire your next Train Journey

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I love train journeys. Even if they can be long, tedious and not always comfortable, I think there is something so romantic and wonderfully old-school about taking a train. Whether you watch the world go by from a bench squished amongst people in a 3rd class compartment or from a comfy bed on a luxury train - something about making the journey part of the d[...]

A Journey on the Maharajas Express, India

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There are trips and there are trips. The latter are the kind you never ever forget. Like seeing orangutans in the wild in Borneo, my first Maldives live-aboard, and yeah, probably my first business class flight too. What can I say? I like adventure as much as I like luxury. With that sentiment, I was stoked to be invited to be part of the Great India Blog[...]

A beginner's guide to Singapore

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After a few months of traveling in Southeast Asia and a daunting heartbreak, I was tired and all I wanted to do was curl up on my mother's couch. Attending a conference and exploring a new city was the last thing on my mind. Singapore especially - a city I only knew for its amazing airport - seemed quite overwhelming in my mind. But when ITB Asia and an inv[...]

10 True Hidden Gems in Bali

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Bali is easy to love and once you set foot on the Island of Gods you will understand why so many travelers flock here. Whether weekend visitors from Australia, digital nomads or honeymooners - Bali is one of Asia's number one tourist destinations. While the island needs tourism, the boom in recent years has had its side-effects and many mourn the loss of Ba[...]

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