Author archives: Annika

10 Websites you need to travel better in 2017

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We are well into the new year and so is our trip planning. Katja is heading off to Mexico, Tabea is going to Sri Lanka and while I enjoy the South African sun, I'm already planning a trip with my dad to Morocco afterward. Once the destination is set the real fun of travel planning begins: how to get there and for how much? What to do and see? How to meet [...]

25 Reasons for a Wintery Road Trip in Scotland

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  I will admit that there may or may not have been a guy involved when I started to plan a mini road trip in Scotland in the midst of November. Men in kilts with sexy accents - surely that's a good enough reason?! But even if you can't find yourself your very own Highlander there are lots of great reasons to go to Scotland right now. 1. Outlan[...]

35 Reasons to Spend your Winter in the Sun

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  Winter is officially upon us! While that can mean playing in the snow, wearing cozy jumpers and eating all the Christmas cookies, it also means less sunshine, freezing commutes and rainy weekends. Because let's be honest, winter just ain't all snowflakes and mulled wine. Some don't like to take their chances with Olaf and prefer to live in e[...]

The politics of travel: a worthy discussion?

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Should travel bloggers talk politics? Politics. One of those topics you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table. Same with religion, money, and sex - and the list goes on, and eventually one wonders what there is left to talk about except for perhaps unicorns. Well, apparently, blogging is the new dinner table. "Is it appropriate for blogs to[...]

Top 10 Things to do in Bali

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Welcome to Bali - island of Gods, mecca for surfers, yogis and lovers of Eat, Pray, Love! Despite a rapid tourism development which as everywhere is not always a good thing, it is hard not to be at least charmed by Bali. Green picturesque rice paddies meet some of the best waves around, friendly locals, the smell of incense and frangipani in the air, an[...]

5 Highlights of Komodo National Park

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When I was a child, I loved the movie "The Land Before Time" and later when I was a bit more grown up "Jurassic Park" and yes, I will admit "How to Train Your Dragon." While I know that a dragon is not the same as a dinosaur (thank you for the lesson, little nephew!) both have always had an undeniable appeal to me. Adventure, a time long lost, a secluded isl[...]

29 Signs you have been to South Africa

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I have just returned from South Africa where I combined a press trip for Thomas Cook in Durban with a visit to my old home, Cape Town. Even though I was traveling in the middle of South African winter I was beyond stoked to have an opportunity to see my friends and family, eat some of my favorite grub, and just to see the South African sky again. As soo[...]

Travelettes Do Yoga - 5 Unique Yoga Retreats

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Yoga is one of my favorite activities and I think an excellent way to stay fit while traveling. The world is your oyster and any beach towel, sarong or hostel floor can become your mat. Yoga can be challenging, calming and everything you need it to be in between. In this day and age studios have popped up everywhere from urban metropolises to remote little i[...]

A Culinary Journey Through China

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When Finnair invited me to go on a culinary trip to China I was honestly a little bit apprehensive. Some reasons were completely unfounded in my own prejudices but others were honestly just food related. Ever since I had food poisoning from a chicken lo main take-out in New York ten years ago I haven’t been a fan. That memory and the idea of chicken feet and[...]