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Who doesn’t love those slighty surreal photos with vibrant colors and beaming lights, when cars and trains are turned into streaks of light and the sky suddenly glows in hues you didn’t even notice before. While it certainly requires a bit more than a regular skill set to approach night photography, already considering a few basic steps will make a huge difference. And the good news is, you won’t have …

[ Written by guest | 11 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

The island of Santorini is popular among billionaires and celebrities, so it’s no wonder that backpackers and budget travellers often choose to leave it out of their itineraries. But this fear is completely unfounded – the island may cater to a wealthy clientèle, but it also has plenty of hostels, affordable food and amazing pastimes for penniless travellers like – maybe – you and – definitely – I.
I opted for …

[ Written by guest | 13 Jul 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

Ever dreamed of staying at a place that combines modern comfort, a historic building and an art gallery at the same time? Well, then here’s the one to go for: Hotel Settecento in Presezzo, Italy!

I recently picked this hotel by pure chance when I was looking for accommodation for a few days in northern Italy – more precisely the region of Bergamo and Lago di Como – and I can’t …

[ Written by guest | 11 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

To me Porto felt like home from the first moment. There is something about this city – indefinable in the beginning, but clear to the mind at the end of my stay. It has a unique beauty that puts a spell on its visitors and it is no surprise that so many of them end up staying there permanently or at least seriously consider it. I spent a year in …

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

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 | ]