Europe

Why I Love Exploring My Backyard Instead of Traveling the World

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Back in 2014 I lived what you might want to call 'the dream'. I had just finished my studies, started working as a freelance travel blogger, writer and social media editor, and traveled the world. Within 18 months I traveled to Norway, France, England, Scotland, Croatia, Israel, Spain - twice, Curacao, Germany, the Netherlands, Shetland, Zambia, Tanzania, In[...]

Your Ultimate Venice Bucket List

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Venice has kind of always been on my bucket list, even though I don't actually have one. It's one of those cities I've always wanted to visit because it seems so otherworldly. No cars, no bikes, no trams and trains, none of these vehicles that dominate every other city with their fumes, sirens, honks and beeps. So when the time came and we started our road t[...]

Art, design and the great outdoors: A Weekend in Brabant, the Netherlands

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It was still dark outside when we stepped out of the sleeping coach onto the narrow hallway of our train. I took a sip of the steaming hot cup of coffee the conductor had brought me just a few minutes earlier and was reminded of the mornings spent in trains in India, cold wind blowing through the open windows and doors, drinking chai to get warm, and asking [...]

8 reasons why La Rochelle is the perfect weekend getaway

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Before I decided to buy my two-day ticket to La Rochelle, I only knew this city from images - not even from the recommendations or stories of friends. As those pictures had promised, I expected some nice French architecture and a beautiful port; the sea and a pretty city was all I had in mind. What I didn't expect was to be as pleasantly surprised as I was b[...]

Meet the girl who lives in a mountain hut in Norway

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I met Johanna during a media conference in Berlin this summer where she spoke about what it's like to live in the Norwegian mountains by herself. She had an incredibly calm way of speaking; her talk was by far my favorite. A few months later, we're close to Christmas now and I'm rushing from the office to a dinner in Kreuzberg, when I ring her for an intervi[...]

Of cheese, snow and a mountain - A weekend in Zermatt

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Some people just like it hot, and I am definitely one of them. Anything below 30 degrees is not hot for me and put me somewhere below 25 degrees and I will most likely put on a jersey. I think the thing I complain most about is being cold. So it came to my own surprise that after four months in Southeast Asia I found myself back home in Germany in November [...]

7 Reasons I was Miserable Walking the Camino de Santiago (But Why I'd Definitely Do It Again)

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In September 2016, I walked 126 miles in eight days. For as long as I'd lived in Spain, I'd heard people talking about the spiritual experiences they'd had while walking the Camino de Santiago. It wasn't uncommon for someone to say it had changed their life. In fact, it was the norm. The Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James, is a network of pathways[...]

Why You should Visit Sweden in Winter

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At first thought, short dark days and below-freezing temperatures might not sound like a dream winter travel destination. But despite these attributes, Sweden is the perfect place for your winter travels! If there is somewhere that gets winter right, it’s Sweden. And this is coming from a Canadian who lives in -20° temperatures for most of the year. Since ex[...]

10 Essential Experiences to have in Chania, Crete

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Greek islands are increasingly popular amongst travelers for their rich cuisine and picturesque landscapes. The largest of them, Crete, oozes gastronomic delights and cultural adventures. On a whim, I took a last-minute vacation (and my first solo trip!) to Chania and discovered its various unconventional corners. Here are ten alternative experiences you don[...]

Christmas at Hogwarts: The Complete Guide to the Harry Potter Studio Tour London

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Here I am on the train, it's finally happening. I boarded this train in London - had a little trouble finding the platform at first, but a helpful stranger took my by my hand and showed me the way. I waited impatiently for the train doors to open, quickly found my seat among others excited faces and now I'm here. Whisking through the city's suburbs, leaving [...]