Beaches

Vila Monte - A hotel dream in white

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It had not been all too long since my last trip to the Algarve, only a bit over a year, but when the invite to visit Vila Monte, a new design hotel in Moncarapacho, 15 minutes from Faro, came around, I had to jump at the opportunity. Sun, sea and a beautiful new hotel is too much of a lure for me to just wave it off. Plus, Atlas and I got to bring our friend[...]

48 hours on Germany's largest island

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Where do you go when you live in the big smoke and find yourself a little overwhelmed by all the work and the deadlines that are piling up on your desk? In London, that place was Brighton. In Berlin, that place is the Baltic Sea. So last week when said deadlines were getting on top of me, I threw all books, magazines and electronics into my friend's car and [...]

Roadtripping Along Portugal's Coast

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I'm sure many of you would agree that road tripping is one of the finest ways of traveling. So when I recently hit Portugal's road to shoot a story for Volkswagen Magazine - hence getting an excuse to escape a rainy and wintery Berlin - I knew I'd be in for a treat. Bernhard Huber, a talented and hilarious photographer from Munich, met me in Lisbon and took [...]

Off-Road in Aruba: 8 Can't-Miss Adventures

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Off the northern coast of Venezuela lies the white sand beaches and cotton candy turquoise waters of Aruba. At first sight Aruba is all cocktails and cruise ship tourists, but there is so much more to its windswept beauty and rugged interior crawling with blue-bellied lizards. Until October 2010 Aruba was part of the Netherlands Antilles (along with Saba,[...]

48 hours on the Japanese Art Islands

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Originally dotted by small fishing and farming communities the Japanese Art Islands are now also home to galleries, coffee shops and art installations.  The main islands, Naoshima and Teshima are about 3 hours from Kyoto by train and ferry. Visiting this area does require a bit of planning, mostly to coordinate transport, but it’s so worth it. Let me tell yo[...]

Why Valencia Should Be Your New Favourite European City

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Maybe it was because I had so few expectations or little time to think about it, but Valencia won my heart by storm. The Spanish seaside town literally had everything I could have wished for: parks, great cafes to work and read in, passionate artists who are up for talking to strangers (me), a lively street life, awesome food - and a chill atmosphere. There'[...]

9 Reasons to Pack Your Bags for Bonaire

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Bon Bini (welcome) to Bonaire, a small Caribbean island paradise nestled off the northern coast of Venezuela. It is a world renowned diving and snorkeling destination with incredible reef conservation and environmental precautions. Above water, Bonaire is all beach town vibes and smiles. It is one of those places where ‘everyone knows everyone’ and you feel [...]

The 8 Best Beaches of Cape Town

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Cape Town is world-famous for its beautiful beaches, and for good reason – with huge stretches of soft, white sand, critter-filled rock pools perfect for exploring, swimming in the azure ocean, fantastic surfing beaches, and many spots to soak up the sun, you really can’t ask for much more! So, here are the 8 Best Cape Town Beaches, as chosen by a terrib[...]

A Guide to Road Tripping Australia’s East Coast

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If never-ending expanses of golden beaches, lush rainforests, bright coral reefs and endless sunshine sounds like your cup of tea, its time you hit the highway and go on a road trip down Australia’s East Coast. With so much diversity evident in landscapes, wildlife, and even within the cities, there really is something to suit every taste along this stunning[...]