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Remember the awesome MasterCard Priceless campaign that ran for ever and ever? It showed in a really clever way that while yes, for certain things you need money, the true and important experiences are priceless and cannot be bought. That got me thinking that it is the same when it comes to travel, while you need a certain budget, the true and memorable experiences will be, maybe not for free, …

[ Written by Annika | 2 Dec 2014 | 8 Comments | ]

I love new beginnings. While I’m somewhere between shocked and stunned that we’ll pop cheap champagne to welcome a new year in just six weeks, 2015 to me is already filled with dreams, uncertainty and travel itineraries. I’ve never been to any of the places below (shock horror!) so my imagination may well be absolute nonsense but you’re welcome to share some of your know-how with me.

via Didier Jansen
1) Reykjavik, …

[ Written by Caroline | 26 Nov 2014 | 28 Comments | ]

It’s that time of the year: next weekend, four weeks before Christmas Eve, Christmas markets all over Europe literally hit the light switch and open their gates for happy children and thirsty grown-ups. Here people shop for cheesy Christmas gifts, indulge in over-prized German import products and get tipsy on the sticky sweet hot bevs they call glögg, punsch or glühwein. I love strolling across those markets, mulled cider in …

[ Written by Kathi | 24 Nov 2014 | 18 Comments | ]

Like it or not, 2014 is coming to an end soon and it is almost time for the annual new year’s resolutions. Usually my plans about what to do less or more of in the next 12 months are forgotten just after a few weeks, so I decided that this year shall be different. One of the Dalai Lama’s most popular quotes is “Once a year go somewhere where you …

[ Written by Kathi | 10 Nov 2014 | 12 Comments | ]

Ah, travel planning. Usually it goes something like this:
1. Picking a destination. Buying the tickets.
2. Hitting a local bookstore (or lazily adding-to-basket on Amazon) to buy a guidebook.
3. Flicking through the 300+ pages. Slowly realising that doing all the must-dos in a limited timeframe is physically impossible. Feeling a bit lightheaded. Pushing the guidebook aside for future review.
4. Date of departure gets closer. No plans beyond getting off the plane. …

[ Written by Marie C | 6 Nov 2014 | 15 Comments | ]

I’ve said it once, twice, thrice, too many times to count: Thailand is one of my all time favourite destinations in the world to backpack and travel in. I’m definitely not alone here though as Katja, Annika and Alex all share this love for the land of smiles and paradise beaches with me. It’s a place that when I think of it, it gives me a funny feeling in my …

[ Written by Sophie | 15 Oct 2014 | 11 Comments | ]

We love wishlists, you love wishlists, but does winter travel love wishlists?
Does the cold, snow and windy weather lend itself to being explored, enjoyed and embraced?
YES, is my confident answer, which is based on many previous winters bringing me some of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had. While Kathi outlined her winter travel bucket list earlier this year and we’ve given you five reasons to travel in Europe this winter, …

[ Written by Frankie | 13 Oct 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

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 | ]

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 | ]

Hello book-loving friends! That’s all of you, right?
So I asked my fellow Travelettes to recommend some books for a summer reading list and here are the results, some beautiful wanderlust-inducing reads about places, people and the power of travel.
Please feel free to add any of the books you’ve loved recently in the comments and I will add them to this bookshelf on Goodreads where you can find all of these books …

[ Written by Frankie | 15 Jul 2014 | 15 Comments | ]
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