Favs

A Farewell weekend at The Surin, Phuket

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The bellboy who is opening our taxi door doesn't blink an eye as we get out. Even though we look like proper... travelers. My face is makeup free, my hair is still tangled from weeks in the saltwater and our luggage consists of a disorderly array of backpacks, shoulder bags, and something that resembles a bodybag - my dive equipment. To give him credi[...]

Wilderness and culture: A day in Hay-on-Wye

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On the border of England and Wales, Hay-on-Wye is world famous for its literary festival, which runs in May and June. But this sleepy, charming town deserves a visit at other times too. What’s extraordinary about Hay-on-Wye is that you can spend hours out in the wilderness of the rugged Black Mountains, with only sheep and shaggy ponies for company. A[...]

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[...]

5 Classic Books To Pair With Your Next Vacation

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I have two loves: books and travel. So it’s no surprise that I combined the two in my debut novel, GIRLS WHO TRAVEL, a travel-themed romantic comedy that largely takes place in India, Italy and London. From classic literature, I learned that a strong sense of place can be magical. A setting doesn’t just have to be a backdrop; instead, it can permeate[...]

15 for the Bucket List: Europe's Top Hidden Destinations

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Not a single day passes without someone in my various social media timelines asking about the best spot for a vacation in Europe. Paris, Mallorca, Santorini - the usual suspects are super popular but people are craving new experiences and places which have not yet been spoiled by mass tourism. Luckily, the clever people at Mastercard have teamed up with some[...]

Should you bring a laptop on your travels?

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I'm no expert, but I would assume to about 7 out of 10 people the answer would be simple: No. It's heavy, it's bulky, it reminds you too much of work and might even give you pangs of guilt for not catching up on all those to-do's you were hoping to ignore until you get back home and back to reality. I once asked a series of people whether they bring a not[...]

Why traveling is the best time for a digital detox

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Laptop, camera, smartphone, tablet - when it comes to traveling I am usually the full spectrum of what is sometimes called a flashpacker. Traveling is my job and free time is often inextricably linked to what I do for a living so I see it as a necessity to travel with my full equipment. Unfortunately, this also means that I can never quite let go and just be[...]

5 female travel bloggers who make you want to go to Iceland

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Who doesn't dream about a trip to Iceland? The sparkling ice of the Glacier Lagoon, the black sand of volcanic beaches and the colourful houses all over Reykjavik. You will have heard of the Golden Circle before or of Thingvellir, the valley resulting from tectonic movements, where you can walk and snorkel between the continents. You might imagine driving al[...]

The art of solo travel & publishing my first book

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This is not a guide on how to get a book published. I said it first because I wanted to get that out of the way. As much as I would like to give advice on the matter, I can't because quite frankly I don't have a clue even though I did it (you will see very soon why...). However, this is a post that will hopefully inspire you to a) solo travel b) follow your [...]

Our 6 favorite books this spring

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Spring in Berlin is currently taking a serious break, hence I've stocked up on books before summer will swallow me completely. The selection I've piled up is surprisingly deep and perhaps even dark, but every book covers an extremely important issue that I think deserves some attention and wine-fuelled discussions with friends. When I've finished every book,[...]