Author archives: Katja

Costa Navarino - Greece's best family getaway?

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Ever since I became a mom, my travel behavior has changed a fair bit. Not at all in terms of frequency mind you, if anything I travel even more days out of the year now than I did before. However, the way I pick destinations, the duration of my stay, the things that matter to me most – all that is totally different now to what it used to be. Happy child[...]

A weekend in one of London's finest hotels

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It was the first day of 5 weeks full of travel for me and my 2-year old son Atlas. We were to go see 6 countries, visit 10 different hotels and in the end go on a cruise through the Mediterranean Sea. It was to be an epic holiday and this is where it all began. I couldn't have asked for a better beginning. London is a city close to my heart, it has be[...]

If you like traveling light, you will probably love this

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There are a ton of reasons why I love my job but one of them involves testing the latest gadgets, typically while traveling to some of the world's most incredible destinations. While I am not exactly a techie I do love all the great inventions the 21st century has bestowed upon us, because frankly my job and current lifestyle would simply not be possible if [...]

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[...]