Author archives: Vanessa

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 –[...]

Hotels We Love: Altstadt Vienna

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The hardest part about going on a city trip for me is choosing the accommodation. I know exactly what I want: the uniqueness and creativity of an Airbnb, combined with the comfort and service of a luxury hotel. Most of all, I know what I don’t want: Waking up in a hotel which looks just the same in Amsterdam as it does in Zagreb. When I was invited to stay a[...]

5 Amazing Day Trips from Lisbon

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Can we all agree that Portugal is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe? At least I think so – I love the country dearly and keep coming back. Somehow, though, I’ve never managed to do a full-blown road trip to see the whole country. It's not that Portugal doesn’t provide ample opportunities for long drives through beautiful scenery, hidden places[...]

The Vegetarian’s Guide to Chiang Mai

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My first adventure to Thailand started with a warning. A well-intentioned one, no doubt, but one that was shared with me defiantly, assuredly, and most of all - repeatedly. It came at me from many places, it was wrapped in various phrases and intonations, but the gist of it remained stubbornly, until I was almost ready to believe it: “It is hard to travel as[...]