Author archives: Katja

Travelette of the Month: Kathi Kamleitner

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As you know, there is not just one, but ten Travelettes sharing their stories, pictures and advice on this blog on a regular basis. Each and every one of them comes with her own set of skills and interests, and of course, an interesting story. We want you to get to know us better, so we thought why not introduce you to a new team member each month - and what[...]

This could be heaven - Return to Velassaru, Maldives

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It all started with my friend Caroline canceling last minute. We have known each other for 5 years, well enough for me to know that this might happen and when it did I was not all that suprised. Still – now I didn't have a girlfriend to join me on my girlfriend getaway! With just 2 weeks left I called up all my female friends, including those living in diffe[...]

10 minutes to paradise - a trip to Kurumba, Maldives

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A curious, open-minded, upbeat and outgoing child is a huge blessing. Mind you, it's also a huge challenge, particularly when said sweetheart gets so excited with the world that he finds it hard to part with it, particularly during nap times or at night. When they are as little as my Atlas they still need 2 naps a day, meaning I have to fight the sleep battl[...]

Coco Palm Resort, Maldives – a sustainable escape to the end of the world

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What if I told you there was a place in the Indian Ocean that can make you feel like you're stranded on a lonely island (with your loved one of course!) while still pampering you with all the treats of a luxury resort? Well, welcome to Coco Palm Resort on Dhunikolhu Island.  When we arrived at Dhunikolhu the clouds were tinted in a dramatic grey, like [...]

Hotels we love: the Mövenpick Karon Beach Resort & Spa in Phuket

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I'm a big believer in budget travel. Make your money go as far as possible (literally) and get more time our of your holiday. Frankly, that is easier said than done in many countries, but there are still some amazing destinations where you can easily travel on a budget without scraping the bottom of the barrel. Thailand for example. Thanks to Thailand sti[...]

The heart of South Tyrol

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I have probably said this in the introduction of every other Italy post I've ever written but I'll say it again, because it's such a striking sensation - traveling here always feels like coming home. The moment I step off the plane, Italy gives me a friendly pad on my back, as if to say "Good to have you here, Katja." It makes me feel welcome with every cup [...]

Top 10 beaches in the world

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Had enough? Want to get out? In need of some seaside healing maybe? Trust me, we've all been there. At times you just have to switch off your mind as well as your everyday life and exchange scenery with some wonderful shades of blue, ideally in the shape of an ocean. Better still, a stretch of fine, white sand attached to said ocean. There are a ton of wonde[...]

The ASUS Transformer Book T100 - the ideal laptop to travel with?

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I won't hide that I was more than a little excited to be asked to test-drive the new ASUS Transformer Book T100. In many ways the clever design of laptop and tablet in one is ideal and I really wish my Macbook Air had that same feature. I dont own a tablet so I find myself regularly feeling jealous at everyone I see who does have one, especially those who tr[...]

Hotels we love: Wyndham Grand in Berlin

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At this stage I have quite a bit of travel experience under my belt and I've slept my way through countless hotel beds, comfy ones, not so comfy ones and occasionally truly incredible ones. In fact, quite often I look forward to a night at a nice hotel more than my own bed, because a quality establishment knows what makes people happy between 10pm and 8a[...]

Hotels we love: Martinhal Family Resort in Sagres, Portugal

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They say everything changes when you have a baby. Even before I actually gave birth I knew exactly what that would mean for me because 3 out of 4 people didn't waste a minute to let me know exactly what will change. I wouldn't sleep anymore, they said. I would not have time for friends and I most definitely would have to stop traveling. They said. To my big [...]