Europe

How to Spend 48h in Barcelona

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Ever since I moved to Italy - and undeniably before that too - I have developed a growing fascination with Southern European culture. My curiosity and passion probably stems from all the amazing food I’ve been eating, or simply just the way I spend hours walking around and people-watch in each place I visit. The vibe of this area is truly intoxicating. Anoth[...]

10 Off-the-beaten-Path Things to Do in Madrid

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Madrid has no shortage of sights to see, from the Prado and the Reina Sofia Museums to Buen Retiro Park. Any guidebook worth its salt will tell you to visit the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, and the Puerta del Sol. And you should definitely see those places. But what about all the amazing sights you don’t read about in the guidebooks? You better believe [...]

Top 10 Places in Berlin to Work from your Laptop

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Last week we introduced you guys to a great little series we are running on travelettes this month which is all about the new style of business in your city. This comes as part of a campaign currently run by Huawei, one of our favorite providers of electronics (maybe some of you remember we've reported on their latest releases here and here in the past). The[...]

How A Simple Hello can Change Everything

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'A simple hello could lead to a million things.' This carpe diem-esque quote is scribbled on various journal pages, typed into an Instagram caption, or spoken aloud in times of uncertainty and hesitation. This is a story about one of my first experiences traveling solo, an experience that continues to affect and shape my travels one year later. It[...]

8 Alternative Things to Do in Amsterdam

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As fall descends on us and we wave forlornly at the departing summer sun, one way to keep spirits up is to plan a few city breaks in our favourite European cities. Jet off to Amsterdam for a plethora of fun at your fingertips! The city of canals and bicycles will capture your heart and have you yearning to pack your bags for a permanent Dutch adventure - it'[...]

Exploring Slow Food in Carinthia, Austria

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Are you a foodie? Do you know where your food comes from? I went on a trip to Carinthia to learn more about slow food and how to incorporate a healthy relationship with food into my busy daily routine (that usually doesn't leave a lot of time for hours and hours of cooking). Now this has been my second trip to Carinthia in just three months and I've been [...]

On Safari.... in the Netherlands

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Let’s start this off in complete honesty – I have never been the biggest fan of the Netherlands. In fact, I’ve been holding a giant grudge against the entire country ever since I lived in Rotterdam for seven months and made one bad experience after the other. Rationally, I am fully aware of the fact that the way I experience a place says nothing about the pl[...]

Is it OK to visit Disaster Sites like Chernobyl?

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When my boyfriend said ‘Let’s go to Chernobyl’, I heard ‘Let’s explore abandoned spaces’. Saying yes was a reflex and gawking at disaster porn a compulsion. But planning a trip is never so simple. When I agreed, I entered into a labyrinth of safety concerns and ethical debates that required me to reflect on the role of responsible tourism in a capitalist eco[...]

Europe's most underrated music festival

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'Should we just also sit down?', I asked my friend Frida as we stood in front of the playground stage listening to a local artist, Konni Kass, lulling everybody in with her soothing singer-songwriter pop. People in front of us were sitting down and swayed along to the music, and all around the stage people started to follow their lead. It was a beautiful sun[...]

Vila Vita Parc - The Hotel Paradise for Families in the Algarve

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Ever since I've had a baby, people with kids often email/text/call me to find out one thing: where to travel with their kids. It should be a family friendly place, warm weather, not too far a flight. Well, here comes my top answer: Vila Vita Parc in the Algarve. Ever since I first visited the Algarve when my little guy was only 5 months old I have[...]