Author archives: Vanessa

8 Reasons to Visit Linz and Upper Austria

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If you had asked me a year ago about my relationship with Austria’s third biggest city, Linz, I would have answered, without a doubt: “It’s complicated.” Being born in the neighboring Salzburg, famous for its Baroque architecture and sophisticated culture, I haven’t always held the best views about Linz, which in the past was mostly known for its large i[...]

How To Create the Perfect Itinerary

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I’ve only ever met two kinds of traveler in my life: Those who plan their trips down to the tiniest detail, and those who love discovering the beauty of new places by chance. There is nothing wrong with either of those two options, but as hard as I try to be a little spontaneous, in my heart I guess I will always stay the thorough planner and strategist [...]

7 Ways To Travel as a Student

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So you’re a student and want to travel. That’s great! After all, chances are you’ll never have this much free time on your hands again, let alone the relative flexibility that comes with studying. You’re old enough to travel without parental supervision and, in most cases, young enough not to have to worry about your own kids yet – shouldering a backpack and[...]

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[...]