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It all started with my friend Caroline canceling last minute. We have known each other for 5 years, well enough for me to know that this might happen and when it did I was not all that suprised. Still – now I didn’t have a girlfriend to join me on my girlfriend getaway! With just 2 weeks left I called up all my female friends, including those living in different …

[ Written by Katja | 29 Jul 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

For a while now, I’ve been fighting Phuket’s corner. I lived there for nearly three months in 2012 and it featured heavily in the Southeast Asia leg of my RTW travels in 2011. It may not be idyllic Thailand and it certainly doesn’t offer a break away from it all but it does have some great advantages. Here are some of them:
1. It’s easy and relatively affordable to get to with …

[ Written by Frankie | 27 Jul 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

A curious, open-minded, upbeat and outgoing child is a huge blessing. Mind you, it’s also a huge challenge, particularly when said sweetheart gets so excited with the world that he finds it hard to part with it, particularly during nap times or at night. When they are as little as my Atlas they still need 2 naps a day, meaning I have to fight the sleep battle 3 times a …

[ Written by Katja | 22 Jul 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

When I first told my family and friends that I was planning on backpacking for a month on my own in Iran, they looked at me like I was a bit crazy. Though I could understand their doubts and reluctance (let’s be honest, Iran is generally not on the top of the world’s most touristy places), I was just excited and curious to see for myself what this country was …

[ Written by guest | 20 Jul 2015 | 20 Comments | ]

Before my recent 10-day trip to India there were a lot of questions to be asked. Why would you go there? Is it safe? Why are you taking that risk? – those were the questions my mum was asking. Which vaccinations should I get? How to avoid biting monkeys? What will I eat that is not too spicy? – that would be my best friend, who was going to join me. And finally, the questions …

[ Written by Kathi | 18 Jul 2015 | 20 Comments | ]

What if I told you there was a place in the Indian Ocean that can make you feel like you’re stranded on a lonely island (with your loved one of course!) while still pampering you with all the treats of a luxury resort?
Well, welcome to Coco Palm Resort on Dhunikolhu Island.

 When we arrived at Dhunikolhu the clouds were tinted in a dramatic grey, like I’ve only ever seen in the …

[ Written by Katja | 17 Jul 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

The first thing you notice about Boracay is the colour. Cerulean skies sink into seas that are fifty shades of blue and green, fringed by milk-white, velvet sands. If paradise printed postcards, surely they would look a little something like this?

Although I’ve been lucky enough to travel many parts of Asia, the Philippines have always eluded me. Maybe it’s because there’s a rather wide expanse of sea between this archipelago …

[ Written by Alex | 12 Jul 2015 | 8 Comments | ]

There is one place on earth that turns me into a content human being in an instant. It’s a place that, as soon as I hear, see and smell it, makes every inch of my body relax and be at ease. It’s the rainforest I’m talking about. Now you might wonder why I’m going on about this crush in a post about a spa hotel in Israel… Don’t worry, I’m …

[ Written by Kathi | 28 Jun 2015 | One Comment | ]

A backpacker community living on a paradise island, far removed from the hustling tourist hordes of the mainland – sound familiar? Considering that Alex Garland lived in the Philippines for six months before penning his backpacker classic The Beach, it wasn’t a surprise to learn that there are more beautiful beaches and undeveloped islands in this magical archipelago than you can shake a stick at. You could quite happily spend …

[ Written by Alex | 21 Jun 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

So, you went to South East Asia? And once the holidays are over you try to hold on to the last rays of sunshine in your mind, whether you are aware of it or not. You sport a tan and smug grin which are sure signs that you have just returned from the sunny shores of the Philippines, the ancient temples in Thailand or from playing with monkeys in Borneo. …

[ Written by Annika | 19 Jun 2015 | 10 Comments | ]
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