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A friend recently asked me: “Why do you always talk about cities as if they were guys!?” I hadn’t even noticed but I guess it’s true. And no, I don’t know the reason but it always seems apt. When I moved to Berlin just over six months ago, I doubted I would still be here today. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always liked it, the freedom, the parties, the colours …

[ Written by Caroline | 30 Jun 2015 | 5 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 | 4 Comments | ]

I’m a big believer in budget travel. Make your money go as far as possible (literally) and get more time our of your holiday. Frankly, that is easier said than done in many countries, but there are still some amazing destinations where you can easily travel on a budget without scraping the bottom of the barrel. Thailand for example.
Thanks to Thailand still being a relatively affordable travel destination my little …

[ Written by Katja | 17 Jun 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

On days like these I adore New York City – these balmy afternoons when walking through Greenwich Village feels like I’ve stumbled onto the movie set of every idyllic New York-based film I’ve watched growing up. I am sitting in Washington Square Park on the edge of that center fountain that seems to double as the town’s watering hole where red-faced locals and tourists alike all soak their feet. In front …

[ Written by Nikki | 8 Jun 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

A weary bus ride up a windy road on a Saturday afternoon was finally close to its end, as we were creeping up into the small town of Bac Ha, Vietnam. It felt tiny and yet full of hotels – I certainly did not get any sense of character of its own. I wasn’t sure whether I would have good time there.
But once a new week started afresh on Sunday, the town changed its face. …

[ Written by guest | 7 Jun 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

It is June, so summer is finally here – at least if you live in the northern hemisphere. It might not seem like summer has reached all of Europe yet; just yesterday I asked my flatmate if she wanted to turn the heating back on, and a few days ago I dug up the old winter boots to battle the rain – Glasgow, I love you anyways. But, I know deep down in my …

[ Written by Kathi | 3 Jun 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

I have probably said this in the introduction of every other Italy post I’ve ever written but I’ll say it again, because it’s such a striking sensation – traveling here always feels like coming home. The moment I step off the plane, Italy gives me a friendly pad on my back, as if to say “Good to have you here, Katja.” It makes me feel welcome with every cup of …

[ Written by Katja | 27 May 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

It doesn’t have to take hours on end to travel to a place that catapults you into a parallel universe. In fact, sometimes the most serene of all oases can be a short train ride away. And sometimes, just sometimes, it takes a mere 48 hours to calm down the buzz in your head.
When I stepped into the old farm-house of a stork farm in Groß Pankow, Brandenburg (the county that …

[ Written by Caroline | 22 May 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

Sand dunes, camels and oriental markets, or glassy high risers, cats and crazy nightlife – what is your idea of Tel Aviv? Mine was probably a little bit of both. Having met Israelis before, I knew Tel Aviv was a city that never sleeps. I knew it was by the seaside and surrounded by desert. I knew it was considerably secular and welcoming. I had heard about the local food …

[ Written by Kathi | 19 May 2015 | 9 Comments | ]
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