Author archives: Kathi

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[...]

How to Get the Most out of the Galapagos Islands

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Ever since I was a little girl, watching nature programmes on the telly with my dad, holding my little Greek land tortoise in my lap and pointing at the giant tortoises on the screen, I dreamt of going there myself - the Galapagos Islands. They have always been a mysterious place: so far away, out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean; inhabited by bizarre anim[...]

The Unforgettable Experience of NYE in Edinburgh

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If you have ever dreaded the notion of celebrating New Year's Eve surrounded by a crowd of complete strangers, standing outside in the freezing cold, waiting for the magical countdown to come and pass, so you can finally get to the most important point of the show - the fireworks - Welcome to the Club! No other annual festivity attracts as much frenzy and[...]

Travelette of the Month: Annika Ziehen

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Today I am going to introduce you to another one of our very own Travelettes: Annika. She is a bit of a German, New York, South African hybrid having lived in all these places long enough to call them home. Currently, she is back in her home turf, Cape Town, to escape the Hamburg winter, spend Christmas with her family there and dive with Cape Seals. An[...]

From Pole to Pole - around the globe with Steve Booker

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Ads on YouTube are the no. 1 mood-killer when it comes to showing your favourite music clip or cat video to your best friend, right? We count the seconds until we can skip the ad, or curse loudly at the system when it's one of those 30-second-ads you can't jump... But today something happened for the first time - I actually didn't want the ad I was seeing to[...]

25 Simple Ways to Save Money for Travel

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What is any traveller's worst enemy? Unsurprisingly, it is of course their bank account. How often have I heard that the reason for not travelling is that it is too expensive and there is simply no money for that flight to [insert dream destination]. I often get asked how I can afford to travel so much, and while there are certain perks as a travel blogger t[...]

Hotels We Love: Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

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It doesn't matter how stressed I am from travelling, from missed busses, delayed flights, lost luggage or inevitable language barriers, I know exactly where to go to calm down and relax for a few days: the forest. It could be any forest really, as long as there is plenty of green and I can hear the birds sing; but the rain forest in particular has an instant[...]

Experience Zanzibar like a Local with Red Monkey Lodge

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"Are you ready for the best food in all of Zanzibar?" - wasn't that what Mark had asked me in the afternoon? Then, why am I sitting on the floor of a candle-lit living room, with my dad on my left and a bunch of expats living on the island completing our circle? Fair enough, the smell coming from the partly inside, partly outside kitchen is amazing and my tu[...]

The Best Shoes for Winter Travel (and How to Keep Warm Feet)

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Travelling in winter - whether with carry-on or a massive backpack - can be quite tricky to pack for. Who wants to freeze when they have a couple of days packed with action and highlights ahead of them? Of course a warm winter coat and matching hat and gloves can do a lot to save the day even if you buy them spontaneously, but the point at which everything i[...]