Author archives: Annika

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[...]

A Beginner's Guide to Ubud, Bali

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Ever since Eat Pray Love, Bali has been a firm favorite on the solo female traveler's radar. After all, it was here where Liz found enlightenment amongst the rice paddies, new friends, a new fortune and finally a new love. While the movie doesn't really tell us where Liz is finding this Balinese paradise, ever since single women have been flooding Ubud, yog[...]

Of cheese, snow and a mountain - A weekend in Zermatt

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Some people just like it hot, and I am definitely one of them. Anything below 30 degrees is not hot for me and put me somewhere below 25 degrees and I will most likely put on a jersey. I think the thing I complain most about is being cold. So it came to my own surprise that after four months in Southeast Asia I found myself back home in Germany in November [...]

25 Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Travelers

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Christmas is almost upon us and with that, the last minute rush to find the perfect gift starts. Because let's be honest - during the rest of the year we have mountains to climb, foreign languages to learn and to get lost in new cities. Lucky for you, we put together some pretty ideas to bring Christmas cheer to the travelers in your life or to add to your [...]