Author archives: Annika

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 [...]

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[...]