Beaches

Wondrous wildlife in Puerto Madryn

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I’m hopeful. As we set sail from Puerto Pirámides, our guide Sebastian confidently assures us that we have a ‘100% chance’ of seeing Southern Right Whales today. He’s not wrong. Almost as soon as we get out into the deeper water a mother and baby are spotted from the team’s lookout point. Whale watching season is in full swing in Puerto Madryn in Patagoni[...]

Hitting reset - A weekend in the Hague

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One of my first memories regarding the Netherlands is “Hagelslag”, colorful, sugary sprinkles in all the flavors you could wish for. We were little and pimping our “boring” wholemeal bread with the local specialty made my little sis and me fall hard. We l o v e d the Netherlands. (Also, did I mention Vla?!). Later came the fascination with all the gre[...]

3 Days in Croatia: More than just a Beach Vacation

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Hashtag #exoticbeaches and inevitably the azure shades of Bora Bora, Seychelles or Phuket will compete with each other to get your attention. But what about those looking for a little more than just pretty beaches on their beach vacation? That’s when the aquamarine and turquoise hues of Croatia come in to sparkle and entice, as it offers a lot more than j[...]

Is this Indonesia's best kept secret?

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I don't have a travel bucket list. The reason for that is quite simple - I can never tick places off for good as I fall in love with countries and want to return over and over again. But if I had one, Raja Ampat would have been in the top ten ever since I started diving. Image by Jackson Groves from Journey Era The archipelago lies off the west coast of P[...]

Hotels we love - Shangri-La Villingili in the Maldives

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From the moment I first set foot on Villingili island I was in heaven. Someone handing me a coconut decorated with a frangipani flower was proof of that, in my book. I was taken directly to my villa, no annoying waiting around the reception, just holiday bliss from the first minute. It had secretly been my dream for a long time to experience the famed bliss [...]

3 weeks, 8 Maldives islands and one favorite

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Three weeks in the Maldives was enough info to make any jaw drop, especially once I told people that I would not only visit one but eight different islands. The next question on everybody's mind always was which one was my favorite so naturally I weighed the pros and cons at every new resort to evaluate just what was my favorite place of the bunch. And that [...]

One Night on a Desert Island in the Maldives

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There are about 1200 islands in the Maldives and only 300 of them are inhabited, either by locals or by resorts. So chances to find a real desert island here are quite good. Mind you, I am still very excited when I arrive at beautiful Maafushivaru and am told that I get to spend a night on my very own, very deserted island.   My first trip to [...]

10 good tips for traveling to the Maldives

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Ah.... the Maldives. "Ah" is literally always the word on my mind when I think about this stunning piece of land in the Indian Ocean. The first time a plane flew me over this incredible archipelago I knew I had found my favorite part of the world and to this day it remains my number one choice in all my bucket list recommendations. If you thought the [...]

10 Places you absolutely have to visit on Croatia’s northern coast

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It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that in Europe, everyone and their mother has been to Croatia at least once in their life. Chances are, they actually visit each year. It’s one of the most accessible holiday destinations in Europe, with basically everybody from the Northern countries heading here to get their fill of beaches, cocktails, and island hopping.[...]