Author archives: Katja

A weekend at Forsthofgut: hitting reset on your sanity

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Snowfall and a swim in an outdoor pool were not two things I would have necessarily connected until now but this past weekend I was taught that this is very much a winning combo. The Forsthofgut in Leogang, Austria is not your average spa hotel; it is very much a full-body experience, making it incredibly easy to treat oneself with all the goodness li[...]

Top 10 things to do in Gstaad

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I will admit that until I actually visited I had not thought of Gstaad in Switzerland as a place for anyone but people with large bank accounts. Somehow I pictured it with old ladies wearing expensive furs and ageing gentlemen smoking cigars. Mind you, I couldn't have been more wrong. I found Gstaad to be a lovely mountain destination which is beautiful year[...]

How best to travel the Riviera Maya with kids

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It's the same every winter. As soon as January rolls around and temperatures routinely drop below 0 I simply have to pack my bags and board a plane to somewhere far away, hot and sunny. This year that destination was designated to be Mexico. It was a spontaneous booking, because when you stumble across $200 return flights from Amsterdam to Cancun, you simply[...]

Mayakoba : Mexico's finest escape

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It all started with this (unfiltered) view. Imagine starting your holiday with a Class A lunch in a beautiful, open aired restaurant with this as your backdrop. The coming days were bound to be wonderful. But let's go back to the start. 6 years ago, after listening to many people about the beauty and wonders of Mexico I finally booked a ticket and [...]

The one that got away: my weekend in Zurich

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I had high hopes for Zurich. After all I’d only ever come through the airport before, it was merely a transfer town to get to one of Switzerland’s outstanding ski resorts like Laax, Adelboden or Zermatt. This time around I decided to stay an extra 2 days before heading on to Gstaad, another reputable ski resort town I had not yet been to before. (More on Gst[...]

6 more tips to take better photos (with your smartphone)

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Last week I told you about the photography lessons I learned while attending a workshop with documentary photographer Paul Ripke. Ripke offered a bunch of fairly unconventional views on taking good photos, some of which I agree with, others not so much. But the bottom line is that it's always interesting to hear about other people's techniques, because they [...]

Traveling with kids: the Candia Park Village in Crete

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Crete is a place I have somehow always connected to my grandparents who've been swearing by it for 20 years. I pictured my grandma getting ultratanned on a rocky beach and ending each day eating souvlaki and drinking shots of ouzo. Lots and lots of ouzo. Needless to say I had been dying to see it for myself ever since. Naturally I jumped at the chance when [...]

6 (unexpected) tips to be a better photographer

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You've been there: scrolling along your Instagram and seeing all the pretty birds attending all the same events, one outfit better than another, posing together, posing apart, selfie here, duckface there. It was during during the last Coachella festival that I kept taking note of some instagrams of a particular photography style popping up on the accounts of[...]