Author archives: Kathi

Doing London on a Budget with MEININGER Hotels

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When I think about London I think of soaring rents in posh neighbourhoods, the royal family and the banking district, hipsters who have overdrafts as big as the city itself. Two words I don't think of: Budget Travel. When my flatmate told me how much rent she paid as a student in London for a room in a dubious Whitechapel flat that she shared with two housem[...]

A Trip to Lake Achensee, or How I Fell in Love with Austria

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There is no place like home. As I live abroad these days and need to survive on a tight student budget, frequent trips back home are not always on the horizon. Ergo, every chance I do get to go back to Austria I am more excited than the last time. Last summer  I spent a fabulous weekend in Innsbruck, which is probably my favourite city in Austria when it com[...]

Travelette of the Month: Oneika the Traveller

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I have to admit something to you. Although I love blogging and writing down my experiences to share with others, I am incredibly lazy when it comes to reading other travel blogs. It's not that I don't like a well-written article and a selection of gorgeous photos for my own travel inspiration. In fact, I love that. It's just that for every really useful arti[...]

Fight for your Dreams: Speed Sisters

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If you would have told me a few weeks ago, that one of my favourite films in 2016 would be a documentary about car racing, I would have shook my head in disbelief and told you to do your homework better. I'm not interested in racing sports whatsoever. And yet, I am a film buff and have signed up for the #52FilmsByWomen challenge this year, to see at least on[...]

The Ultimate African Safari on a Budget

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Knock, knock, knock - I wake up. Is somebody knocking on my door? I thought we were supposed to sleep in today, have a leisurely breakfast and then slowly drive back to Lusaka. It is the last day of our safari in Mushingashi nature reserve, just east of Kafue National Park in Zambia. Our guide Jairos had promised us a laid-back morning and a slow drive throu[...]

17+ Awesome Tips for Travelling with Hand Luggage ONLY

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Are you a notorious over-packer? If you are nodding your head frantically right now - welcome to the club. It is good know that I am not the only travelette out there who is dreading to lift her 60+ backpack off the ground after attaching everything that didn't fit inside to the outside of the pack with those handy loose straps. If you tend to end up kicking[...]

The Propaganda Game - a documentary on North Korea

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What do you know about North Korea? Let me help you with a few basics I know from the news. It owns nuclear weapons that could allegedly reach the west coast of the United States; there is an incredible food shortage causing the population to starve; their dictator managed to shut down the theatrical release of a US-American satirical film evolving around[...]

Travelette of the Month: Alex Saint

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'Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…' You know the song, now we’re going to put it into action with a little bit of insight into the story of one of our very own Travelettes. Alex has been a regular writer since 2012 when her sister introduced her to the world of blogging. She has a long-standing love affair with Asia, has started her own per[...]

An Extraordinary Festival: Up Helly Aa, Shetland

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'I just danced with Baby Spice!', I texted my boyfriend back home - and may I add, it was a man dressed as Baby Spice... But I'm getting ahead of myself. There are some experiences, that leave you speechless. They are so incredible that long after the moment has passed, you still ask yourself whether this just really happened... Dancing with a man dressed[...]

Hotels We Love: andel's Lodz, Poland

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What does a hotel need, to feature in our Hotels We Love series? Well, obviously something extraordinary; something that no other hotel has to the same extent; something that lets you forget that you stepped out of your comfort zone and knee-deep into a foreign culture; something unexpected that leaves you in awe. When Katja and I made our way to Lodz in Po[...]