Author archives: Katja

Tropical Islands - The Unlikely Oasis Outside Berlin

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I will admit that I had serious doubts about visiting an artificial beach, enclosed by a ginormous tent-like construction, but then again, I figured millions of happy visitors couldn't be so wrong that I decided to go for it: I would spend a weekend at Tropical Islands. It was ultimately the idea that I thought my son, who's almost two and LOVES water[...]

Vila Monte - A hotel dream in white

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It had not been all too long since my last trip to the Algarve, only a bit over a year, but when the invite to visit Vila Monte, a new design hotel in Moncarapacho, 15 minutes from Faro, came around, I had to jump at the opportunity. Sun, sea and a beautiful new hotel is too much of a lure for me to just wave it off. Plus, Atlas and I got to bring our friend[...]

Travelette of the Month: Nikki Vargas

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Meet the Travelettes: whether based in Europe, snapping photographs in Asia, helping refugees in Jordan or volunteering in rural Romania; the Travelettes challenge the notion of a conventional life and chase their passion of travel around the world. Each of the 10 girls that compromise the Travelettes team do more than tell stories; they impact change, run t[...]

The Travelettes Guide to a weekend in Stellenbosch, South Africa

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You've probably heard by now that South Africa is one of those must-do's on everybody's to-do list, when it comes to amazing destinations. We love it for the weather, the people, the stunning nature, the food... the list really is endless. While all corners of the country have spectacular places to visit, it is no coincidence that most visitors flock to Cape[...]

An insider tip in the Alps: Haus Hirt in Bad Gastein, Austria

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There are at least 2 excellent reasons for this blogpost which has been a long time coming because this trip actually dates back a few months at this stage (6, to be precise). However, I did not want to miss out on the opportunity to tell you all about it because this place, called Bad Gastein, is really something else. One. This is still a real insid[...]

Could this be the Number One Summer Accessory?

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It's the same problem each summer. I have nothing to wear, I need an entirely new wardrobe and an essential part of that is the perfect pair of sunglasses. With a whole 3 seasons in between I can't get myself to muster up the same level of excitement for the stuff I wore the previous year and so I often spend a considerable amount of time in the first part o[...]

Is this the best way to see a city?

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What is the first thing you do to start planning a trip? Get your hands on a travel guide? Google the top things to do in your destination? Or, if you're lucky, get advice from friends/family who have already been there? At best these efforts will give you an idea of what to do and where to go. At worst you end up following the masses from one touristy at[...]

How to get free flights

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This is where we tell you how you may well score a free flight of your choosing. Now, wouldn't that be a dream? Does this headline sound too good to be true? Well, it's not! Skyscanner has an amazing competition running right now, to celebrate their Skyscanner app which lets people find the cheapest available flights at all times. The website has long[...]

Fun in Trysil - exploring Norway's largest ski resort

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My fourth trip to Norway and I couldn't have loved it more. When I was younger, I never really understood why people went to a place more than once or twice. My logic: if you have time and money to travel, why not go see different places each time? Now, at 33, I know there is something unique and soothing about returning to a place you already know. You alre[...]

Communicating differently. Better. More.

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What is your favorite part of traveling? Lounging by the beach? Sleeping in at a wonderful hotel? Eating fresh seafood with your feet in the sand? I'm sure if you've made it to this website you appreciate all these things but there is one aspect of traveling that I find especially noteworthy - it is meeting new people. Sure, we meet people all the time. At p[...]