Author archives: Annika

A Traveler's New Year's Resolutions for 2019

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I am not one for bucket lists or New Year's resolutions. This is not because I can't keep them but because they often seem quite insignificant on the grand scheme of things or the timing is just off for me. While I like the clean cut that comes by the year changing and find that it gives me an emotional clean slate somehow, why wait for January 1st to make n[...]

7 Reasons to put Crete on your Travelmap

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Who doesn't think of whitewashed houses and blue windows to the backdrop of the even bluer ocean when they think of Greece? So did I for the longest time until I actually took my first trip to Greece and visited Thessaloniki and Halkidiki. There was nothing blue and white about either yet I still loved them both. So when I started to plan my Greek return I j[...]

My best tips for flying - 20 years in economy class

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I always laugh at posts titled 'How to make economy class as comfortable as business' or such. We all know there is just no way to turn an economy flight into a business class experience regardless of how much nice lotion you use during a flight. But even I will admit that after almost 20 years of flying long distance - yes, I am that old! - I have learne[...]

Roadtrip through Uganda: Finding Gorillas, Chimps & Lions

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I don't have a bucket list when it comes to traveling. I don't even know why I don't; maybe I am scared that I can't tick everything off in one lifetime. Mind you, I have had the privilege to do many bucket list worthy things so far: see orangutans in the wild, have a huskie puppy named after me, and scuba dive in the Maldives. As you can tell the common d[...]

Why you should attend the World Nomad Games

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I don't quite know how and why I even applied but when I got invited to attend the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan I was mainly confused, wondering what I had gotten myself into. I had never been to Central Asia and the only nomads I knew were of the digital kind. Yes, I am a traveler and adventurous at times but my adventures evolve around scuba diving, saf[...]

The adventurer who travels the globe in a wheelchair

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I met Sylvia Longmire as most people meet today: on the internet. I was researching inspiring female travelers for a post about Instagram and what it has become. I wanted to feature women that were different for a lack of better word than the stereotypical traveler we so often see today: predominantly white, twenty-something and skinny. I set out to search f[...]

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[...]

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