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15 amazing experiences to have in the Maldives

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Not too long ago I published some of my top tips regarding traveling to the Maldives - and one of them was to do something special every day. There is so much to do in the Maldives, and all of it is fun, wonderful and magical. Perhaps you're currently preparing a trip to the Maldives; but if not, these incredible experiences will almost certainly fire up you[...]

One Night on a Deserted Island in the Maldives

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There are about 1200 islands in the Maldives and only 300 of them are inhabited, either by locals or by resorts. So chances to find a real desert island here are quite good. Mind you, I am still very excited when I arrive at beautiful Maafushivaru and am told that I get to spend a night on my very own, very deserted island.   My first trip to [...]

Unboxing Hawaii - 10 reasons to visit the Aloha State

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If you pronounce Hawaii properly it's Hawai-i with a double-i, that sounds like the mating call of a colourful and rare bird - sweet, light and darn seductive. So I followed it. Graciously invited by GoHawaii, I went on a 5-day-long island-hopping trip to three of the eight main islands of Hawaii: Maui, Oahu and the Big Island. A trip to find that bird. [...]

A weekend at Forsthofgut: hitting reset on your sanity

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Snowfall and a swim in an outdoor pool were not two things I would have necessarily connected until now but this past weekend I was taught that this is very much a winning combo. The Forsthofgut in Leogang, Austria is not your average spa hotel; it is very much a full-body experience, making it incredibly easy to treat oneself with all the goodness li[...]

Lagen Island Resort: A honeymoon getaway in the Philippines

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I should probably begin with letting you know that I am not married, nor am I engaged. And I don’t even have any plans to get hitched anytime soon! But I recently visited a special tropical retreat on it’s own little island, floating in Bacuit Bay in the Philippines. And boy, am I already planning a faux honeymoon for a wedding that isn’t on the cards, just [...]

How best to travel the Riviera Maya with kids

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It's the same every winter. As soon as January rolls around and temperatures routinely drop below 0 I simply have to pack my bags and board a plane to somewhere far away, hot and sunny. This year that destination was designated to be Mexico. It was a spontaneous booking, because when you stumble across $200 return flights from Amsterdam to Cancun, you simply[...]

Mayakoba : Mexico's finest escape

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It all started with this (unfiltered) view. Imagine starting your holiday with a Class A lunch in a beautiful, open aired restaurant with this as your backdrop. The coming days were bound to be wonderful. But let's go back to the start. 6 years ago, after listening to many people about the beauty and wonders of Mexico I finally booked a ticket and [...]

Traveling with kids: the Candia Park Village in Crete

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Crete is a place I have somehow always connected to my grandparents who've been swearing by it for 20 years. I pictured my grandma getting ultratanned on a rocky beach and ending each day eating souvlaki and drinking shots of ouzo. Lots and lots of ouzo. Needless to say I had been dying to see it for myself ever since. Naturally I jumped at the chance when [...]

Vila Vita Parc - The Hotel Paradise for Families in the Algarve

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Ever since I've had a baby, people with kids often email/text/call me to find out one thing: where to travel with their kids. It should be a family friendly place, warm weather, not too far a flight. Well, here comes my top answer: Vila Vita Parc in the Algarve. Ever since I first visited the Algarve when my little guy was only 5 months old I have[...]

A Picture-Book Experience of Canada: Killarney Provincial Park

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Why do people come to this place?, I ask my captain during a boat cruise around the Georgian Bay, Ontario. I don't know – it's very peaceful here, but I guess they come for the scenery, he answers. And he is right, the scenery in this part of Canada is worth the five hour drive from Toronto. The little town of Killarney and Killarney Provincial Park are like[...]

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