Beaches

The Parador: The Epitome of Jungle Luxury

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I spent my weekend surrounded by jungle. I saw a white faced capuchin during my morning walk. I ate lunch with an iguana beside me. I swam under a waterfall in the afternoon. I did yoga with tropical birds. I watched the sunset over the ocean as I ate dinner. The best part?  I didn't even leave my hotel. Travelettes, I have a terrible confession to make. Whe[...]

5 reasons to go to... the Gili Islands

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When traveling Indonesia, there is without doubt a lot to discover. And while every one of the nearly 20,000 islands of the archipelago is probably worth a visit, I would like to introduce you to my personal favourite: the Gili Islands. The Gilis are three islands within close proximity of their better-known neighbours Bali and Lombok. And although their [...]

Monkey business on the Kenyan coast

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While traveling it is always a good idea to protect your belongings. International hostels offer cubbies for safekeeping, often with available space for using locks, a simple solution to prevent against theft from fellow travelers or general weirdo’s. But while trekking through Africa I discovered a new type of threat, a furry one that likes to jump around a[...]

Learning Bahasa Indonesian in Paradise

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When traveling to foreign countries where the language is literally so foreign, I found many tourists speaking LOUDER and s.l.o.w.e.r to the locals in a bizarre attempt to get understood. It seriously annoys me every time I see a traveler rudely turn their back to the waiter/market stall owner, throw up their hands and announce to their partner, “He just doe[...]

Puerto Escondido - Mexico's No. 1 surf spot

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"Let's leave the Caribbean Sea behind and go suuuuurfing". My friend and I spent some beautiful relaxing days at the turquoise Caribbean Coast and thought it was time for some action. To no surprise we found ourselves on a two-days trip towards one of the most famous surfer towns in all of Mexico: Puerto Escondido. It is located at the Pacific Coast in the [...]

Porquerolles, a visual diary

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One upon a time there were two girls who yearned for an island adventure. One where they could walk barefoot along the beach, sip rosé in the afternoon sunshine, chase seagulls and boys with yachts, watch the sun come up and forget the the real world exists. Porquerolles beckoned: The romantic village  filled their hearts and minds as they slowly settled [...]

Diving with Dolphins in Hawaii

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Early Saturday morning my sidekick Kellie and I jumped into her car to drive to the West side of O’ahu, one of the 8 Hawaiian main islands, to a little marina tucked into the corner of a beautiful piece of land. Ko’Olina Marina, first opened in 2000, is home to various catamaran sailboats where guests from nearby resorts come to inquire about snorkel tours a[...]

The Sarojin - a place you can only imagine

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"If you can imagine it, we can make it happen", says Justin and pours us another glass of prosecco as we watch the sunset above the Andaman sea. The entire scenery is completely unreal. Here we are, Bea and I, sitting at a beautiful private beach on gorgeous design beach chairs, set up for us especially to enjoy the sun hit the ocean while the sky turns oran[...]

The Glass Beach: a recycled beauty

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When I was a child, I would look forlornly at the uncomfortable stone and pebble beaches my mum would take me to in England. Trying to sit comfortably would be awkward and painful, and traipsing to the sea shore would require hobbling and limping over spikey rocks. I would amuse myself though by wandering the beach with a sand bucket, choosing pretty pebbles[...]

10 Great Surf Spots along the Atlantic Coast

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I have been waiting all summer long for this moment: sandy beaches,  green sparkling waves, sunshine and hot surfer guys. And finally all those day dreams became true. My friend Leo, who I once met at a surfcamp two years before, invited me out on a roadtrip along the Atlantic Coast. Equipped with a VW camper van, canned food, lots of sun cream and our surf [...]