Countryside

5 Ways the Lake District took me by Surprise

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My favorite trips are always the ones that take me by surprise. A weekend in the Lake District of North West England was one such trip. The Lake District had never really been on my radar. I had heard about it, of course - everyone from Cornwall to Aberdeen knows about the Lake District. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. It's f[...]

3 great day trips you can take from Jerusalem

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Few places in the world are as interesting as Jerusalem. Each year an increasing number of visitors flock to the city to learn more about its history, to pray in what is one of the most sacred cities in the world for the 3 biggest monotheistic faiths, and to unravel the mysteries of its multiple layers. This is a city of contrasts; churches, synagogues and m[...]

Skiing, Saunas, and Schnaps: How To Spend A Winter Weekend in South Tyrol

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There is one single thought that has reliably pops up in my head on all my travels, no matter the destination, experiences, or length of the trip: “I want to live here”. I don’t know what it is about foreign countries and exotic places -  they have this magical power of attraction over me that immediately makes me want to abandon all the structures that I ha[...]

8 must-see places on a road trip through Catalonia

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You’ll already be well aware of Barcelona; Catalonia’s cool and trendy capital where Gothic mazes lead you to hole-in-the-wall tapas restaurants, sweet sangria, kooky architecture and hidden bars…  and with over 7 million tourists heading to Barcelona every year, it’s high time to venture out and see some of the stunning countryside that wraps the city edges[...]

Off the Beaten Track in Japan: Aomori Prefecture’s Natural Beauty

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The name Japan brings images of cherry blossoms, ancient and intricate temples, samurai warriors, and Tokyo to mind for most travelers. While those certainly are elements of Japan, they are not the only things that make Japan such an amazing place to visit. Everything from peaceful coastal fishing villages to beautiful temples set into mountain hillsides awa[...]

On Safari.... in the Netherlands

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Let’s start this off in complete honesty – I have never been the biggest fan of the Netherlands. In fact, I’ve been holding a giant grudge against the entire country ever since I lived in Rotterdam for seven months and made one bad experience after the other. Rationally, I am fully aware of the fact that the way I experience a place says nothing about the pl[...]

Traveletting on the Trans-Mongolian Railway

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Moments pass like a blur through the scratched window of my airport taxi. Communist tower blocks, Russian lettering, illuminating lights at the street side, and then blackness as far as the eye could see. Ulaan Baatar was the beginning of my trip through Mongolia, Siberia and Russia, and upon first landing, the city was like no other part of Asia I had previ[...]

5 Reasons to visit Darjeeling

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The emerald green hill station of Darjeeling is nestled in the far north-eastern corner of India, sitting 2,590 metres above sea level in the lower Himalayas. Bordering Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet, and with Nepal just over across the mountain ranges, the culture here is a magical blend of all these places. Not just famous for its cup of steaming hot Darjeeling [...]