Europe

Escape to Sylt island for a girls' weekend away

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I seem to be discovering a new side to Germany every week at the moment and loving it! Last month, I headed to Norderney to eat and sleep and sauna; this time the guys from Airbnb invited me on a trip to get to know the island of Sylt through locals' eyes. We discovered a bunch of places that - along with the seaside air - immediately made my mind go wild an[...]

24 hours of Bavaria - Sleepless in South Germany

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I’ve got a confession for you today: I’m quite German. At least that’s what my passport says and my family told me. I’ve been asking for some multi-cultural stories from far away ancestors for a while now, but none of my folks could tell me any of those yet. I gotta face it: they might simply not exist. No crazy Mexican uncle, cooking me the worlds best taco[...]

Vegan in Paris: A City Guide

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I went vegan a few months ago for numerous reasons and people often ask me whether it's hard. My standard answer usually includes something like, 'it's easy when you cook yourself', or 'you've got to change the way you think', or 'there are so many amazing vegan restaurants in my home town Glasgow'. But there is one aspect of my life, when I admit, it gets t[...]

Experience Glastonbury - A Festival for all your Senses

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I cannot believe I am here. My first thought while standing in front of the colorful Glastonbury sign overlooking the huge festival area. After having bought the tickets last October, not knowing which tragedies would cross my life's path the following months - including a cancer diagnosis. Now I am close to tears, thankful and looking forward to some of[...]

10 secret spots not to miss in Milan

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I have to be honest, the first time I visited Milan, I expected something different. Something more fashionable, something more romantic, something more beautiful. But expectations are a dangerous thing to have and I learned that you should never judge a book by its cover. So I looked beyond and slowly got to know the beauty of Milan. Milan might not have[...]

How to Travel Iceland on a Budget

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Forget tropical holidays, sundresses and straw hats. The new country in fashion calls for just about the opposite. You’ve seen it, you’ve heard of it, you might have even dreamed of it. Yes, it’s Iceland. It’s the breathtaking, ever-changing, untouched views of nature, the northern lights, the wildlife, the rarity of it all. A small country with a population[...]

10 Adventures to put on your Barcelona bucket list

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'Ser la leche' is a Catalan phrase used commonly as in 'today will be la leche' or today will be an excellent day. I couldn't agree more with this phrase as it pertains to every day in Barcelona. This Spanish city truly oozes with pleasure, passion, history, and the most exquisite tapas and vino in the Mediterranean. Barcelona is my favorite city in t[...]

Hotels We Love: Inselloft Norderney

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Like a lot of German 90s kids, I have a special relationship with the North Sea in Germany’s northwest. My family spent a beautiful summer holiday there, surrounded by baby seals, legendary tidal flats and tons of sandy shells that all made it home (to my mother’s dismay). The North Sea is known and loved for its fairly rough climate; it’s often windy, cold[...]

How to Travel Iceland With Kids

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Let's face it – traveling with kids is never easy. All the extra things you have to remember to bring, like favourite teddy bears and spare clothes in case of an accident, soon add up. It's also the most rewarding thing you can do with your children. Seeing those wide eyes fill with wonder, when your child, say, sees a huge waterfall for the first time, is p[...]

8 Reasons to Visit Linz and Upper Austria

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If you had asked me a year ago about my relationship with Austria’s third biggest city, Linz, I would have answered, without a doubt: “It’s complicated.” Being born in the neighboring Salzburg, famous for its Baroque architecture and sophisticated culture, I haven’t always held the best views about Linz, which in the past was mostly known for its large i[...]