Mountains

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. [...]

Exploring La Alpujarra - A Secret Place in Spain

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What if I told you that I have discovered a place, where you can still find peace and quiet, where you can hear the sound of silence and where nature is unspoilt and pure? Beautiful clean water running in streams and rivers makes this lush and fertile land a dreamland for walkers. Wild camping on mountain plateaus, the feeling of being on top of the world, a[...]

Travelette Christmas Calender – Day 10: Schwarzwald Panorama in Germany

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Congratulations Rachel on winning yesterday's Bangkok hotel stay! We hope you have a fabulous time! On the tenth day of Christmas my Travelettes gave to me, a stunning stay at the Schwarzwald Panorama in Germany. The Schwarzwald has P A N O R A M A in it's name for a reason – the views of the frosted covered mountains are absolutely to die for. We are so [...]

Travelettes Christmas Calendar – Day 7: Icelandic Glacier Walk & Northern Lights plus Comfy Onesies

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First off, congratulations Natalie for winning yesterday's fabulous getaway to the Miramonte Hotel in Bad Gastein, Austria. We are sure you will enjoy your time hugely! Christmas time is all about twinkling lights and getting comfy while it's freezing cold outside – but with today's giveaway we allow ourselves to add a little edge to all those winter shen[...]