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Last year my mother gave me a book for Christmas that I took, despite moving back and forth between continents, always with me, because I liked it too much to not stuff in the last corner of my backpack. It is called ‘Das große Los‘, which I think can be adequately translated either as ‘the winning ticket’ or ‘the big chance’ by German journalist Meike Winnemuth.
Meike became winner of €500.000 …

[ Written by Annika | 30 Sep 2014 | 17 Comments | ]

“Are you ready?”, I heard him say right into my ear. “Yes,” I say. NO, I think – but what can you do. Slowly I start walking forwards. Suddenly a heavy weight pulls me back and forces me to stop. “And now run,” he shouts from the back. I do as I’m told – and as any woman would do when pilot Dreamy Eyes commands. Left, right, left, right; at …

[ Written by Kathi | 26 Sep 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

I published my second book, London Eyes, this month and some of you are already reading it.
It’s hard to explain how that feels. The best description I can come up with is that it’s like somebody going through a drawer full of your best underwear. While it feels very personal and invasive, you’re also quite proud of your fine silk undies so you don’t actually mind and you very much …

[ Written by Frankie | 23 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Ok, I lied in the title. I had about 30 hours when I explored Brno the other weekend. But as most of my time was spent in the dark halls of Klub Fléda – 60% social media barcamp, only 40% party, I swear – I had significantly less than 24 hours to roam the streets of this colourful little town. But let’s just assume you have a day to spend …

[ Written by Kathi | 20 Sep 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Last week I sat down with an old friend and her new partner. As it goes when you get to know someone, the conversation turned towards our jobs quite quickly. Soon I found myself showered in questions about travel blogging and our discussion made me think about why I want to be part of the Travelettes and what it is I am actually doing here.

After years of hype, bloggers have …

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

“I really admire how you can walk in heels on these streets”, I say to Isabelle while I try to catch up to her on the crumbling sidewalks of Essaouira. Isabelle is the owner of La Maison des Artistes, the riad I am staying at, and is wearing chic Chloé pumps while I am in Havaianas. She turns to me with a somewhat confused look, “Excuse me, I’m from Paris.” …

[ Written by Annika | 11 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

There is no question – booking accommodation is my least favourite step when preparing a trip. Usually I try everything to find a friend of a friend who will let me crash their couch, but that of course doesn’t work all the time. Sometimes I need to find a real bed, and then the endless search begins.
There are so many things to consider: how much money do I want to …

[ Written by Kathi | 9 Sep 2014 | One Comment | ]

Personally, I have never been a big fan of bucket lists. With every “20 places to see before you die” and “10 once in a lifetime trips” I shudder at the fact, that some few experiences (like seeing the Taj Mahal or hiking Machu Picchu) are deemed to be more valuable than others (like seeing the Victorian necropolis in Glasgow or hiking Sambock in South Tyrol). I cherish every single …

[ Written by Kathi | 9 Sep 2014 | 31 Comments | ]

Traveling with your family can be a roller coaster business: They’re the few people who have known you all your life, they are well aware of how you magnificent you look at 7am or when you have the flue, they’ve seen you achieve great things and they’ve watched you behaving like an idiot. No pressure. But it can also be an awesome, long overdue reunion when your brothers and sisters …

[ Written by Caroline | 5 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

There are a few cities that have sat on my “must visit” list so long that they have changed and in some ways they are no longer the place I thought they were.
At the risk of offending my editor and many of you lovely readers, Berlin was one of those cities for me. By the time I visited it was no longer “up and coming”; it had come up as …

[ Written by Frankie | 24 Aug 2014 | 20 Comments | ]
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