Author archives: Annika

10 Commandments for getting over a heartbreak

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Thailand is good for all sorts of occasions: to party, to find adventure, for girlfriends and for romance. The last time I wrote about Thailand here I was in love and we were annoying the other patrons in a hotel in Phuket. This time around I am heartbroken and desperately trying to get over it. Why did I choose to return? Because quite frankly I love Thaila[...]

Is this Indonesia's best kept secret?

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I don't have a travel bucket list. The reason for that is quite simple - I can never tick places off for good as I fall in love with countries and want to return over and over again. But if I had one, Raja Ampat would have been in the top ten ever since I started diving. Image by Jackson Groves from Journey Era The archipelago lies off the west coast of P[...]

Waking up with Elephants - my Sri Lankan adventure

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I am staring mesmerized at the little elephant baby. It is tiny, well at least in elephant terms and quite feisty, it seems to know that today is World Elephant Day. Luckily I am spending the day at the Shangri-La Hambantota in the South of Sri Lanka. It seems a fitting location as there are elephants everywhere in the hotel and it is not far from the fam[...]

7 Reasons to take a trip with Scubaspa

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I am kneeling on the sand and around me is just darkness and the light of some flickering torches. It is quiet except for the sound of my own breathing. I know I mustn't hold my breath, but it's hard because I am not only surrounded by 20 other divers but also by 20 nurse sharks and a few stingrays. They seem to like us and are just as curious, coming close[...]

One Night on a Desert Island in the Maldives

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There are about 1200 islands in the Maldives and only 300 of them are inhabited, either by locals or by resorts. So chances to find a real desert island here are quite good. Mind you, I am still very excited when I arrive at beautiful Maafushivaru and am told that I get to spend a night on my very own, very deserted island.   My first trip to [...]

10 Cool Hostels in Europe you should check out this summer

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I have a confession to make: I have never stayed in the dorm room of a hostel. There, I said it. I don't even think that it has anything to do with my wise old age of thirty-something; sharing a room with strangers was just never my approach of getting a good night's sleep. In addition, I like an accommodation with a story, a sense of place and preferably so[...]

A bit of Hotel romance and Goodbye's in Phuket

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The bellboy who is opening our taxi door doesn't blink an eye as we get out. Even though we look like proper... travelers. My face is makeup free, my hair is still tangled from weeks in the saltwater and our luggage consists of a disorderly array of backpacks, shoulder bags, and something that resembles a bodybag - my dive equipment. To give him credi[...]

Becoming a PADI Divemaster on Koh Tao

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I am scuba diving in the Andaman Sea and experiencing a dream come true. Or I would be if my stupid ears would play along and equalize. But they are in no mood to do so and so I am stuck, holding on to a barnacle-clad rope, a meter and a half below the surface instead of discovering one of Thailand's best dive destinations. I try my best not to get irritated[...]