Europe

Women on the Trail: Hiking Fjällräven Classic Sweden

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Nervously, I shoulder my backpack and carry it across the campsite. Doesn't feel too bad - I've carried heavier things before! Just never for this long... After a few steps I stop, standing before my judge - the scale hanging off a tree, ready to tell me the awful truth. I take off my backpack and set it to the ground - big mistake. I struggle to lift it hig[...]

An Ode to Fall in Europe

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A forest ablaze in crimson and amber, the heady scent of wood fires and roasting chestnuts and the satisfying crunch of fallen foliage underfoot. When I close my eyes and think of fall, this is the picture that is conjured immediately in my mind. One that makes me giddy with happiness and never fails to bring a smile to my face - though it is an image tha[...]

What to Expect at a Yoga Festival

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When you think of festivals, you may think of glitter, booze, dancing, raging hangovers and general mayhem. The majority of England's festivals have all of that and more, but why not take some time out from the rollercoaster ride of festival season for something that will nourish you both inside and out, and leave you feeling better than you arrived: a yoga [...]

10 reasons to go to Brabant

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Had you asked me a week ago why anyone would want to travel to Brabant in the Netherlands, I would have probably replied that I knew next to nothing about it. So far, my awareness of the Netherlands did not stretch far beyond tulips, cheese and Amsterdam; it was only back in October of last year that I heard of Brabant Nacht from Vanessa, who wrote of her ex[...]

10 great tours to experience Berlin in an unusual way

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You've seen Mauerpark, Berghain and Brandenburger Tor, and now you're wondering what else is there to do in the exciting, vibrant city of Berlin. How about a guided tour? The German capital has a lot more to offer than the standard hop-on-and-off tours you were forced to do with your parents or on school trips. Here are some of my favorite Berlin city tou[...]

Traveling sustainably: A Green trip to Hamburg

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We all know it: traveling is a wonderful thing. Period. But it is often also full of contradictions and dilemmas. To me, some of the biggest of these are to justify all the pollution and problems it can cause. To put it bluntly, I wonder often if we have to harm our planet in order to discover its beauty. I don’t know; one sounds antithetical to the other, d[...]

10 Cool Hostels in Europe you should check out this summer

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I have a confession to make: I have never stayed in the dorm room of a hostel. There, I said it. I don't even think that it has anything to do with my wise old age of thirty-something; sharing a room with strangers was just never my approach of getting a good night's sleep. In addition, I like an accommodation with a story, a sense of place and preferably so[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Wroclaw, Poland

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Perhaps you caught my post a few weeks ago where I introduced you to a rather unknown Polish city, Poznan. I sung the praises of the city which is rich in culture, old architecture and great food. Today I'm about to do the same for yet another Polish city you may never of heard of, this time Wroclaw! Located just over 4 hours away from Berlin in the South W[...]

How to spend a weekend in Paris like a local

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I was always scared of going to Paris. I had heard so much about it. People loved it, were raving about it, were infatuated by it. But somehow, instead of making me want to go there myself, it always just put me off. What if I didn't like it? I couldn't tell anybody that... Better not risk it. Then - out of nowhere - an opportunity arose, to speak at a[...]