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With the World Cup going strong since a week it seems like all there is to find in Brazil right now is football. Of course that is not entirely true – there are plenty of other reasons to visit. One of my favourite places is Rio de Janeiro, a city which has fascinated me since my first visit in 2010. Back then I had booked for two weeks and stayed …

[ Written by guest | 19 Jun 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Looking over at my fiancé I could see his face reflecting the same mix of nerves and excitement bubbling within my chest as the reality of our situation began to dawn on us–we were in Colombia heading to an island with no idea of where we’d be spending that night. It wasn’t for lack of planning that we found ourselves in Colombia without a bed; rather we let the overall …

[ Written by guest | 16 Jun 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

As the taxi boat approached the island my sight was filled with palm trees, pastel-coloured houses and locals with dreadlocks; we had unmistakably arrived in the Caribbean. Instant happiness flooded my heart when I stepped ashore – this was what paradise must look like. A white sandy road lead from the pier towards the settlement. I started walking in my normal upbeat pace. “Where are you going with that speed”, …

[ Written by guest | 8 Jun 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

When I moved to San Francisco from Germany several years ago, I was fulfilling a fantasy that had grown out of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. Maybe it was because my aunt had given me the first book in the series to read when I was at the impressionable age of 18, but the idea of a young woman having adventures in a foreign city lodged itself deep in …

[ Written by guest | 5 Jun 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Perth has gone from a small country town to a mining boom town and holds the title of the world’s most isolated city; but what you will find in and around Perth will take you by surprise and leave you with a lasting impression. Growing up here I have spent a lot of time exploring the city and visiting the local holiday areas. If you are travelling out west, I would …

[ Written by guest | 28 May 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Whenever I’m planning a big trip or doing something for the first time I always like to develop a good idea of what to expect. Like an image in my head of how it is going to be and what I might learn as part of this new adventure. It would be fair to say that when my husband and I decided to ride our bicycles almost 5,000 miles across the …

[ Written by guest | 22 May 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Mumbai is the Indian city of dreams. It is home to the glittery theatre and film industry, financial centre of one of th world’s strongest growing economies, and on top of all that fashion capital of India. It is as diverse as its people – the richest man of the country lives here, and the area Dharavi is the biggest slum of all Asia. You will start noticing this blatant …

[ Written by guest | 15 May 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

These poor Americans with their one week of vacation..I could practically hear the thoughts and see the pity spreading across the faces of our new friends. My fiancé and I had landed in Colombia just a few hours earlier and had ventured into the balmy night air for a drink to celebrate our arrival. As is often the case with travel, it took little more than a ‘Club Colombia’ cerveza …

[ Written by guest | 30 Apr 2014 | 25 Comments | ]

The land down under is a big, beautiful place full of diversity and culture with a touch of danger thrown in for excitement. While Australia may be notorious for its vast array of land and sea animals that can kill you, it also provides stunning views and entertainment that you can’t get anywhere else. From Perth to Sydney and everywhere in between, Australia’s beauty truly is rich and rare. Here …

[ Written by guest | 19 Mar 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

In addition to the breathtaking landscapes, cute mountain villages, local festivals and great gastronomy, the Pyrenees can offer a lot to an adrenaline junky or one with a thirst for the slightly crazy. Often overlooked in favour of their bigger neighbours, the Alps, the Pyrenees offer as good a variety of sports (including good skiing in the winter) but without the huge numbers of tourists or hefty price tags that come …

[ Written by guest | 13 Feb 2014 | 4 Comments | ]