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DIY Sunday: Travel Shopper Bag

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One of the few things I didn't pack on my RTW adventure that I really, really needed was a travel-friendly foldaway shopper bag. Not because I was regularly going wild in the aisles of Southeast Asia's supermarkets but because every now and again I needed an extra bag; for the pair of shoes that I'd forgotten to pack and just found under the bed, to carr[...]

5 ways to be a perfect house guest

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My roommate and I have a spare room in our flat. It has been spare only in theory the last few months. We seem to have a steady flow of house guests through that small rear room with the round bed and mismatched blankets. We live transient lives in a transient city, and there is almost always someone visiting from out of town or in between housing to occupy [...]

DIY Sunday: Summer Wreath

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Here comes summer... oh and there it went again. Why can't the European summer just deliver the goods for more than a few days? I am starting to think I will never have the answer to this question, but what if it is going to rain, the least I can do is take advantage of this and make some sunny DIYs. Today I'm creating a little bit of summer inside with t[...]

10 Things to do in Sydney for Free

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So, I heard the other day that the Aussie dollar crashed a little bit, which will mean that the big land down under's prices may start to seem less steep to us foreigners who so love to visit one of the world's greatest countries. However, it's still not cheap over there by any stretch of the imagination, particularly in the big cities. At the beginni[...]

100 little things that travel has taught me

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Travel has been one of my most valuable teachers. Rather than sit in a classroom and learn about the world through a someone else's eyes, I did it through adventures and misadventures, tears and laughter. I know I still have so much to discover, but here are some lessons that sometimes I had to learn the hard way. Some of them I already kinda knew, some I ar[...]

New York City’s Hidden Subway Station

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Deep in the belly of New York’s subway system, a beautiful untouched station resides that has been forgotten for years with only a limited few knowing of its existence. Stunning decoration with tall tiled arches, brass fixtures and skylights run across the entire curve of the station, almost a miniature imitation of Grand Central Station... But it sounds lik[...]

When Travelettes Travel

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When we heard about a travel bloggers conference happening in Innsbruck, Austria this weekend, we figured that this could be our excuse to take some time off rainy days at the Berlin office and instead doing some networking and maybe learning a thing or two, all while enjoying the sunny and gorgeous city of Innsbruck. Not all of us are here, only Kathrine, N[...]

10 hip hostels around the world

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The days when the word "hostel" made you think about travel bums cramped up in tiny bunk beds with dirty showers, are over. This is the age of the travelette, where backpacking in heels is no longer an oxymoron, and the hostels are hip and fresh. Nowadays the gap between these low budget accomodations and certain boutique hotels can be very slim, providing y[...]

On Practicing a Foreign Language from Home

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Learning a new language is never easy. What can be harder than learning, however, is keeping up your new language once you stop taking class or practicing. If you happen to be learning a language on site in a country where it’s spoken, you never leave the classroom. Sometimes it can be hard to work up the courage to converse in a language that is difficult o[...]

Studying abroad: Parties, culture and languages

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5 years ago I made the choice to go abroad alone for the first time. Yes, I was going to be an Erasmus student (for the non-Europeans among us: exchange program initiated by the EU). The impression most have (including me) is that Erasmus students are on a semester or two long vacation with a minimum of effort studywise and a whole lot of partying with other[...]