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New Zealand is beautiful – even if you haven’t been there yet, we all know that much. Images of its mountains, coasts, country, and lakes saturate the internet and people rave about how clean, green, and natural everything looks. Although photos can’t possibly do its beauty justice, many photographers try of course. As a New Zealander, I can say that Crystal Brindle’s photos are some of the first I’ve seen …

[ Written by guest | 9 Jun 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

A weary bus ride up a windy road on a Saturday afternoon was finally close to its end, as we were creeping up into the small town of Bac Ha, Vietnam. It felt tiny and yet full of hotels – I certainly did not get any sense of character of its own. I wasn’t sure whether I would have good time there.
But once a new week started afresh on Sunday, the town changed its face. …

[ Written by guest | 7 Jun 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

If you’ve traveled to India before, you must have certainly experienced the incredible diversity with the country. India is a mosaic of cultures, climates and people – which also makes it a very popular tourist destination. The Taj Mahal and the beaches of Goa (and their likes) attract a huge number of visitors each year, but being from here, I’d like to tell you about a few hidden gems which are just equally as fantastic – …

[ Written by guest | 2 Jun 2015 | 16 Comments | ]

You are a traveler and you ‘suffer’ from wanderlust. You’ve already seen half the globe and aim for the whole thing before you are forty. Or thirty. You speak at least two languages and you know how to make small talk in at least three more. Your Facebook friends include people from every continent and there is a big chance that you don’t even remember how you met half of …

[ Written by guest | 29 May 2015 | 13 Comments | ]

I was about to visit Asia for the first time, and of course I had certain things in mind, when I thought about Japanese culture and its people. Still, I didn’t really know what to expect. I am not a big planner and think that it doesn’t matter how much research and planning you do in advance – the experience itself is the thing that counts and without too much planning your experience …

[ Written by guest | 26 May 2015 | One Comment | ]

It is no secret, that Dresden, in the valley of the river Elbe, belongs to the most beautiful cities in Germany. Despite that it often looses out against its bigger siblings Munich, Hamburg or Berlin. Back in the days, it gained importance in the 18th century, when most of the city’s most iconic buildings were built, like Frauenkirche (Women’s Church) or Zwinger.
In 1945 the city was bombed severly, which left …

[ Written by guest | 2 May 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

Over the years I have developed a good strategy for traveling new cities and new countries, and local markets have definitely made it onto the list of things to do when discovering a new place. I blame it on my students years, when travel money was short and spending it on admission tickets or eating in restaurants was rather a singular treat than a regular habit. Be it a big touristy market or ten stalls on a …

[ Written by guest | 30 Apr 2015 | 14 Comments | ]

Yes! You’re finally on your way. Weeks, if not months of preparation have gone into planning your trip. You’re ready. No, no, you were BORN ready! This is it.
Skip forwards a few days… and now you’re miserable. Turns out that friend of yours (whether they’re your best friend, your partner, or another solo traveller you bumped into on the road) is trouble, and they’re ruining your trip. You need to find …

[ Written by guest | 23 Apr 2015 | 14 Comments | ]

In the battle of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza often overshadows Formentera, Mallorca, and Menorca, but the latter three can more than hold their own against the White Isle – especially when it comes to activities and architecture.
Of course, if you like your holidays to come with a super club vibe, one may measure up a bit better than the other, but each has its fair share of pros and cons – all …

[ Written by guest | 20 Apr 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

On May 17, 2014 (my 24th birthday) I woke up early in Barbados. I stepped out from under the mosquito net hanging above my host’s bed and embraced the morning sun shining through the French patio doors.
I had my whole day planned (sort of): a surf lesson at Zed’s Surfing School at 10am; a short drive to St. Lawrence Gap to check out the beach, the restaurants, and the bars; …

[ Written by guest | 18 Apr 2015 | 4 Comments | ]