Author archives: Katja

The Travelettes Guide to experiencing Christmas in South Tyrol

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I've been to South Tyrol quite a few times and it's one of those places that just never disappoints. Maybe it's because it's in Italy, which to me is one of those countries I just can't help but love. The food, the people, the culture - there just is nothing I don't like about it. Take all those things about Italy and add a humble mountain range (the Alps) t[...]

10 gifts we want to find under the tree for Christmas 2018

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It is that time of year again, a time to think about things to give not just to the people you love and value having in your life, it's also a good time to think about someone who should be of number one importance to you and that is: you! I think Christmas and birthdays are actually an excellent time to give ourselves something we really want. That way, no [...]

Is El Raval Barcelona's coolest neighborhood?

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I was only 19 when I first went to Barcelona. And I didn't come as tourist. I arrived with just one suitcase and €270 cash in my pocket, ready to pay for my room in an apartment I would share with 4 other people from 4 different nations. That room was in a part of Barcelona called El Raval, making up one side of the infamous La Rambla, the Barrio Gotico's ug[...]

Top 10 tips for flying with small children

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Writing any sort of guideline for kids is always tricky business. Kids are no less unique and different in their ways as adults are and to pretend that one-size-fits-all type of stuff could really apply to each and every child is utter nonsense. What has however worked for me with my child was reading different opinions and various guides just like this one [...]

Club holidaying in Thailand - Do or Don't?

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As I am typing this I am sat on a plane back home, leaving a wondrous journey of 3 weeks through Thailand with my 4-year old son. And for the first time in these 4 years as a mother my trip was not unlike the trips I would go on before I had him. We rode on speed boats, minivans, tuk-tuks and songtaews, washed elephants in the mud, woke up to monkeys swingin[...]

A fresh look at Germany's most rugged shores

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Have you heard of the German Roamers? They're a selected few photographers who showcase the best of Germany, with a focus on outdoor living. In other words - they are those people who always make ones jaw drop by finding incredible angles and breathtaking landscapes, not rarely involving spectacular mountain ranges, valleys and forests. Do you thi[...]

8 Health Benefits of Surfing You Need to Know

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If you are one of the fortunate ones who live near enough to the sea to enjoy the health benefits of surfing, you know just how great it feels to ride the waves. Others may not be as fortunate, and so they plan regular holidays to some of the best places to surf, to get as much in as possible. Even those of you who know you feel great and can attribute it to[...]

Hotels we love - The Stones Hotel in Kuta, Bali

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Each year, for the past 14 years, I have treated myself to a very special birthday gift - a trip somewhere warm. If you're born in February, the coldest month of the year, like me, chances are you have not come to enjoy epic garden parties or picnics to celebrate your special day. At best you may have gathered the troups in some bar or hosted a dinner party,[...]

Top 10 things to do with kids in Bali

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As every year I knew well into 2017 that I was not going to spend the following winter in Germany. In fact, I haven't spent an entire winter in Europe for the past 13 years, why break with this tradition? Knowing I would be traveling with my 3-year old I opted for a place I had only been once many years ago but kept hearing wonderful things about: Bali. A[...]

This luxury hotel in Singapore just created a paradise for kids

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When you hear the name Shangri-La, what do you think of? Maybe cosmopolitan charm? Luxurious design? World-class restaurants? I expected all these things but I certainly did not expect that my stay at one of Singapore's oldest hotels would catapult me straight into a future where one place could cater to business people and families alike, a place I would fe[...]

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