Places

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[...]

13 fascinatingly unusual museums around the world

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“You’re not a museum person, are you?” My friend looked at me accusingly. We had spent a few days in Lisbon, walking around Portugal’s capital, drinking sweet port wine and the little beers they call “Minis”, taking day trips to the sea and castles around, but never once setting foot inside a museum. In fact, I hadn’t considered it until she asked. I felt[...]

How to successfully settle in a new city

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"Let’s quit our jobs and set up a commune in South America!” exclaims one of my friends at a Sunday lunch in Bethnal Green in London. Over roast beef and red wine, someone raised the idea of a whole group of us leaving our settled lives and jobs in London to live together in a paradise elsewhere. An enthusiastic discussion ensued, with proclamations about[...]

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[...]

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[...]

15 Things to do, eat & see in Sri Lanka

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Travelers are not supposed to have favorites and if we do, someone usually tries to make you feel bad about it. The truth is, though, we do - I think it's just human nature. Those are the places we feel at home and our heart frequently longs to go back to. Sometimes to the detriment of our 'real' homes. For me, those favorites create an issue because they me[...]

Planty places to escape to in Berlin

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The end of Berlin's winter has a tendency to stretch out like chewing gum. And this one does not taste like strawberries or some tropical fruit mix (well, not that any chewing gum actually does), it's more like the old gum, that has been stuck under your favourite shoe for far too long. Grey and gross. Point is: it's time to get rid of it and the pale, c[...]

Mayakoba : Mexico's finest escape

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It all started with this (unfiltered) view. Imagine starting your holiday with a Class A lunch in a beautiful, open aired restaurant with this as your backdrop. The coming days were bound to be wonderful. But let's go back to the start. 6 years ago, after listening to many people about the beauty and wonders of Mexico I finally booked a ticket and [...]

Traveling with kids: the Candia Park Village in Crete

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Crete is a place I have somehow always connected to my grandparents who've been swearing by it for 20 years. I pictured my grandma getting ultratanned on a rocky beach and ending each day eating souvlaki and drinking shots of ouzo. Lots and lots of ouzo. Needless to say I had been dying to see it for myself ever since. Naturally I jumped at the chance when [...]

20 Little Things You Might Not Have Known About Thailand

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Travelling is magical. Where exactly the magic lies, well, that is probably up to every single one of you travellers out there to decide – but for me, a big part of the charm is definitely hidden in the first time. The first time you visit a new country or place, the first time you experience something new, the first time you discover the richness of other –[...]