Author archives: Vanessa

11 Experiences Not To Miss in and around Riga

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I can’t exactly tell you why, but I keep coming back to visit the Ex-Soviet satellites. I have yet to discover all of them, but among those I’ve already been to, the Baltics definitely rank high. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (from North to South) are three of the cutest, and yet nearly undiscovered countries the former Soviet Union (and Europe) has to [...]

5 Reasons To Travel Europe in Spring

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It started a few days ago, maybe a week now. The smell was different as I took those first early morning steps out of my apartment, it was lighter, fresher. Warmer. I took a sip of coffee, lifted my head, and only then started to notice that the city’s buildings weren’t covered in the wintry darkness that encases the world for the better part of the cold mon[...]

8 Nonfiction Books To Read On Your Next Trip

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If there’s anything I love more than being outside and exploring the world, it’s reading. Ever since I could make it all the way through that first Harry Potter book, back when I was in elementary school, I’ve been hooked. Of course, being head over heels in love with books means that every free second is spent with a nose buried deep in between pages an[...]

This is what happens when you move to a country without knowing the language

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It’s funny - I come from a very small village with just about 3,000 inhabitants somewhere at the very edge of the Austrian Alps, so you could kind of expect that having lived in 6 different countries and speaking six different languages (and counting) would be exceptional. However, I am by far not the only one – most people here speak at least two or three l[...]

Skiing, Saunas, and Schnaps: How To Spend A Winter Weekend in South Tyrol

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There is one single thought that has reliably pops up in my head on all my travels, no matter the destination, experiences, or length of the trip: “I want to live here”. I don’t know what it is about foreign countries and exotic places -  they have this magical power of attraction over me that immediately makes me want to abandon all the structures that I ha[...]

The Travelettes Guide To Kyiv

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Out of all the cities I love in Eastern Europe – and I love many of them, dearly! – Kyiv is my favorite. I first visited the capital of Ukraine exactly ten years ago, in winter, and fell in love immediately. Maybe I’m biased; while my family comes from Austria, my parents choose to live in Kyiv, after all – but the city has a certain kind of charm that other[...]

10 Instagrammers That Will Make You Want To Go To Australia

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Whether you're heading to Australia soon and still need some travel inspiration, or you're just keen on curating a perfectly sunny Instagram feed that will make you feel like you're on holiday whenever you have a look at your phone, checking for #australia is always a good idea. I think we've established that Instagram is our go-to vacation inspiration tool [...]

200 Ways To Make 2017 Your Best Travel Year Yet

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Are you the kind of person who makes New Year’s Resolutions? I definitely am – each year, I take time for myself to sit down, reflect on the year that just passed, and then decide on where I want to go from here. I try to build on past experiences and lessons as much as I reach for new goals and aim to establish a few new habits. This goes for my everyday li[...]

How To Feel at Home Anywhere

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There comes a point in every traveler’s life where they have to deal with homesickness – for me, this time tends to be around the holiday season. I’m crazy about Christmas, I love the quality time I get to spend with my loved ones who all head home for the celebrations, I thoroughly enjoy Christmas markets, I live for baking – and eating! – Christmas cookies[...]

20 Little Things You Might Not Have Known About Thailand

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Travelling is magical. Where exactly the magic lies, well, that is probably up to every single one of you travellers out there to decide – but for me, a big part of the charm is definitely hidden in the first time. The first time you visit a new country or place, the first time you experience something new, the first time you discover the richness of other –[...]