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For me, 2014 was the year of festivals. I went to six in total… and only one of them required wellington boots. In fact, I didn’t even sleep in a single tent during all of my festival attending time. Call me boring, but this is exactly the way I like my festivals; with a comfy bed and a warm shower.
The reason I attended so many festivals this year was because …

[ Written by Frankie | 19 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

Mention Egypt and the first that comes to the mind are the ancient pyramids of Giza. Yet, on my recent journey there I found out that Egypt is of course so much more than mysterious triangular architecture. That’s why, besides scaling the great pyramids, I ventured Cairo and Giza for relaxing boat rides on the Nile and countless temples in the southern region of Egypt.
I travelled along the Nile by train, bus and …

[ Written by guest | 18 Dec 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Quite surely, most of you have never heard of this beautiful place, but the Derawan Islands in Indonesia have taken my heart by storm. Not as famous as other destinations in Indonesia, they still have a lot to offer. They are located just off the east coast of Borneo (also named Kalimantan by the locals) and comprise dozens of islands. I visited four which are also the most popular among …

[ Written by guest | 17 Dec 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Honduras is hot right now. And it’s not just the steamy, tropical, Central American climes that make it so. In fact, this whole stretch of land bridging the gap between Mexico and Colombia has been slowly coming into its own as a firm favourite with independent travellers over the past 20 years, as political and civil situations gain stability. As a result, safety concerns are less of an issue and …

[ Written by Alex | 16 Dec 2014 | 12 Comments | ]

If you don’t want to end up with your financial consultant on speed-dial no. 1 after your next spontaneous city trip, you should definitely make some sort of budget plan. After flights and train journeys, accommodation might be the next biggest expense you have to deal with, and hostels can come in quite handy when you want to save a penny or two for some fun activities during the day.
I …

[ Written by Kathi | 15 Dec 2014 | 16 Comments | ]

You hear so much about African countries that have exciting things on offer: Morocco for the maze in the medina and its snake charmers, Egypt for the Pyramids and sand dunes, or Tanzania for the jeep safaris and paradise islands; to name but a few. Zimbabwe on the other hand – what would be your number one reason to go?
I personally had no desire to visit; in fact, I had …

[ Written by guest | 14 Dec 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Me on the road is generally not a very tender and graceful affair. Me on the road usually involves a lot of swearing, excess luggage and sleeping on buses or trains (in fact I just woke up from a two-hour nap on my backpack as I’m writing this). And so it happened last week: I stumbled out of my flat in Berlin at a disgraceful time somewhere between midnight and sunrise, …

[ Written by Caroline | 11 Dec 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

Sligo is a thriving city of with a culture of adventure, food and the arts. Disclaimer – my family lives in Sligo, which has changed so much in the years since we first moved there in 1995 – I remember my first impression of Sligo as a grey town, nearly 20 years ago now. Sligo has changed its tune however to become a vibrant hub of creative community, young creative …

[ Written by guest | 11 Dec 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

Christmas is a great time to finally get a hold of some of the most-wanted items we have dreamed about all year – even if it takes a few hints to family and friends. You seemed to really like our comprehensive Christmas gift list, but it can be quite hard to choose from so many options. Among our team it started a discussion of what we think are the best …

[ Written by Kathi | 10 Dec 2014 | 11 Comments | ]

For years, photographers have been drawn to Namibia’s northwest – to a community living among the majestic Makalani palms at Palmfontein: the Himba. They invite visitors to see how they live and learn about their proud and ancient culture. From skin care to clothing and perfume, many Himba continue traditional practices that have remained unchanged for generations. Yet, they are becoming familiar with modern lifestyles through the visitors. They are …

[ Written by guest | 9 Dec 2014 | 3 Comments | ]
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