Germany

Moving abroad during the pandemic: What can you expect?

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In March of this year, I was in New Zealand. I had landed after three months in Australia, ready to commence my working holiday via. Coronavirus was, at the time, a purely European issue - and despite being from the UK, I naively assumed it would never reach the Southern Hemisphere. Since we all lived through it, I’m sure you can guess what happened next.[...]

Are You Obsessed with Mad Men? You Have to See This Hotel

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Don Draper’s Uncle is Alive and Well in Germany. (Hamburg, specifically.) When I was a kid, I dressed up as a “poodle girl” for three Halloweens in a row. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the technical term “poodle girl,” it was the 8-year-old saying for a wannabe ‘60s sock hop gal, complete with a baby pink, flouncy skirt adorned with… you gu[...]

Want to stay like a local? Try this Airbnb alternative

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Craving Something Local? If you’re reading this, you probably like to experience a somewhat authentic slice of local life whenever you travel somewhere new. After all, you’ve found this blog, which has never exactly celebrated the Hard Rock Cafes and big bus tours of the world (not judging.). And while the desire to live like a local is a common thread a[...]

Hotels we love: Breathing Nordic air in Smucke Steed

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One of my long-term travel resolutions this year has been to reduce the amount of flights I take and explore my surroundings a little better. I wanted to get to know Germany's lesser known hideaways a little better and felt that two decades of escaping to faraway places left me clueless as to where a good old weekend on the countryside can be spent. Now Smuc[...]

Hotels we love: Villa Sorgenfrei & a weekend in Dresden

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In Germany, the city of Dresden has become the centre of political debates in recent years, take the refugee crisis, the nation's and Europe's response to it and growing right-wing extremism (like the weekly PEGIDA demonstrations). I know, this is not your typical intro for a travel piece but it's impossible not to reflect on Dresden's history and present if[...]

Hotels we love: Bleiche Spreewald

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Do you know that strange feeling when you look yourself in the eyes and realise that you’ve been completely out of touch with yourself and your body for way too long? The latter might somehow be functioning because it always does and you go about your daily business, or businesses. It may be when you step out of the shower, put sun screen on your legs and it[...]

10 great tours to experience Berlin in an unusual way

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You've seen Mauerpark, Berghain and Brandenburger Tor, and now you're wondering what else is there to do in the exciting, vibrant city of Berlin. How about a guided tour? The German capital has a lot more to offer than the standard hop-on-and-off tours you were forced to do with your parents or on school trips. Here are some of my favorite Berlin city tou[...]

Traveling sustainably: A Green trip to Hamburg

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We all know it: traveling is a wonderful thing. Period. But it is often also full of contradictions and dilemmas. To me, some of the biggest of these are to justify all the pollution and problems it can cause. To put it bluntly, I wonder often if we have to harm our planet in order to discover its beauty. I don’t know; one sounds antithetical to the other, d[...]

Escape to Sylt island for a girls' weekend away

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I seem to be discovering a new side to Germany every week at the moment and loving it! Last month, I headed to Norderney to eat and sleep and sauna; this time the guys from Airbnb invited me on a trip to get to know the island of Sylt through locals' eyes. We discovered a bunch of places that - along with the seaside air - immediately made my mind go wild an[...]

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