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Cruise Confessions (Part One)

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When I was 16, my mom broke the news at the dinner table that we’d be going on a European cruise with her extended family, and I was convinced it was April Fool’s Day. We weren’t “cruise people.” My entire childhood was filled with trips to the jungles of Costa Rica and skiing the Rocky Mountains. We were a family of outdoorsy adventurers, not fluorescent ca[...]

Mermaid Aboard - Diving in Raja Ampat

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Scuba diving has been my passion for the past three years. It started innocently enough with seeing little Nemo for real and at first, I had no idea that it would start a love affair that would influence all my future travels. These days chances are if there is no diving at a destination I am not that interested in going and more than ever do I think Ariel w[...]

This new app feature connects travelers in the most beautiful way

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Have you ever been on a cruise? Despite my job as a professional traveler, it took me 34 years, basically half a life, to go on my first cruise. I had lots of ideas on what it would be like and what sort of people would be attending it, and I was pretty certain I would feel out of my comfort zone; that somehow it wouldn't be my thing to be stuck on a ship f[...]

Nutella Crepes for Dinner: the Week I Spent on a Cruise Ship

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My first cruise... I have to admit I’ve always been a bit suspicious of cruises. I had prejudices and no shortage of them. I don’t know where it all came from - after all I loved watching The Love Boat as a kid, just like any of us who are old enough to remember. So what did I think cruises were? 1. Old folks. I thought the majority of people booki[...]

How to Get the Most out of the Galapagos Islands

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Ever since I was a little girl, watching nature programmes on the telly with my dad, holding my little Greek land tortoise in my lap and pointing at the giant tortoises on the screen, I dreamt of going there myself - the Galapagos Islands. They have always been a mysterious place: so far away, out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean; inhabited by bizarre anim[...]

10 Essential Experiences in Ecuador

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With a total of twelve countries spread across the continent, spanning from the tropical Caribbean Sea to the rough ocean at the southernmost 'end of the world', loads of mountains, forests and deserts in-between, South America is an incredibly diverse place to visit, and choosing where to begin is hard. One of the continent's smallest and way too often over[...]

A Cruise on the Dalyan River

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Last month, I was lucky enough to go on a wonderful honeymoon. Even though I’m not married. Now, before you start thinking I crashed some poor, hapless soul's first few weeks of wedded bliss, ("Hi guys, where are we sleeping?") let me quickly explain! A dear friend of mine has had a pretty crap year and to cut a long story short, her honeymoon to Turkey was [...]

Winterlust: A Bucket List for Winter

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Lately, I find myself complaining about winter more than usual. After freezing and shivering in -20°C Berlin two winters in a row, fate brought me to the milder, yet wetter winter in Glasgow. But even though temperatures hardly drop below zero here, it's still too cold most days. And if it's not, it's too warm for this time of the year. Or too windy. Or too [...]

Setting Sail in Berlin

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"I am sailing, I am sailing, home again 'cross the sea. I am sailing, stormy waters, to be near you, to be free." Accompanied by Rod Stewart's voice our boat floats along the Spree. The sun is shining, Katja is behind the steering wheel and I turn the music up a little more before climbing up on the boat's roof. Passing captains wave at us, every now a[...]

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