Mountains

7 Reasons to Visit Ronda, Spain

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Spain greeted us - in best fashion - with miles and miles of dusty copper mountains and a bright blue sky. I immediately fell in love with the small, rural town of Ronda as our train rolled into the station. And that was just the beginning. One short mile beyond the station was the place I had been dreaming about and furiously Pinterest-stalking for months o[...]

10 Reasons Why It's Time to Go Back to Nepal

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Each of us has a country we’ve visited which did a little more than just steal our hearts. For me, Nepal goes deeper than any other country. Maybe it’s something to do with the fact that I was named after one of its mountains, or my long fascination with Tibetan Buddhism, or the wonderful people I have met while trekking and living in the country's cities. B[...]

8 Places Not To Miss in Austria’s Salzkammergut

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Ladies, this is it. This is where the hills are alive with music. Most travellers who come to Austria stop by in Salzburg for that sweet, sweet taste of the real Sound of Music (for this is where the musical was filmed), but if you are searching for the real deal, look a little further - to the Salzkammergut. The region, filled with impressive mountains a[...]

Skiing and snow biking in the Austrian Alps

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My best friend always says she doesn't need a psychologist because she's got the mountains. And that's right, what else could you possibly need!? My last trip to more hilly spaces led me and my mum (!) to Obertauern, a ski area in the heart of the Austrian Alps. And no, that wasn't back in January, it was in late April - because it snows until May in that pa[...]

3 Off-Beat Hiking Destinations in Greece

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Most people when they think of Greece, they think of islands with amazing beaches, crystal clear water, white houses with blue shutters and cozy taverns that serve ouzo with mezes. You might also think of the archaeological sites and Athens. But did you know that mainland Greece is also an excellent hiking destination? The mainland consists mostly out of mou[...]

Off the Beaten Path: Trekking in Bhutan

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I sat cross-legged and stiff whilst the monk chanted meditative prayers at 3,800 metres above sea level, breathing hard to catch my breath and calm my racing heart. I had just hiked up five hundred vertical metres from our grassy campsite on the plateau below to the monastery carved into the cliff. We left at the crack of dawn to be here for these morning pr[...]

A Trip to Lake Achensee, or How I Fell in Love with Austria

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There is no place like home. As I live abroad these days and need to survive on a tight student budget, frequent trips back home are not always on the horizon. Ergo, every chance I do get to go back to Austria I am more excited than the last time. Last summer  I spent a fabulous weekend in Innsbruck, which is probably my favourite city in Austria when it com[...]

10 Reasons to Put Kyrgyzstan on Your Travel Radar

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“Are you married?”, the customs officer asks me expectantly. I put on the universal smile of I-Don’t-Speak-Your-Language-But-Please-Let-Me-In-Your-Country that has proven so useful to me in the past, and shrug in helpless explanation: my Russian sucks, it is supposed to tell the uniformed man behind the glass window in front of me. “Husband? Man?”, h[...]

Fun in Trysil - exploring Norway's largest ski resort

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My fourth trip to Norway and I couldn't have loved it more. When I was younger, I never really understood why people went to a place more than once or twice. My logic: if you have time and money to travel, why not go see different places each time? Now, at 33, I know there is something unique and soothing about returning to a place you already know. You alre[...]

Escape to the Alps - James Bond Style

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When I got invited to join Katja on a three day trip to Sölden, Austria, I didn’t really realize what I was in for. For starters, I’m not a big winter-sports gal and have never been skiing (crazy, right?) Second, I’ve only been to the Austrian Alps once before – and I slept in a tent, not a 4-star hotel. So little did I know what a treat this trip would be. [...]