Mountains

The Travelettes Guide to Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Standing on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences, that you will never forget: the glistening white of the remaining glaciers, the thick carpet of clouds hiding everything below you out of sight, the sun tickling your nose after a long night's trek up the rocky slopes – just magical! Not that I know much about it... soon[...]

Hiking and Feasting in Bolzano: A Four Course Menu

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I never knew what the buzz was all about. Katja and Kathi have been hooked on South Tyrol for a while and I refused to believe it would be all that different from the "other Italy" that I have been to so many times: Venice, Rome, Garda, Trieste, Milan, you name it. Turns out, South Tyrol really is different. There is something particularly stunning about[...]

That one night I was stuck on a lonely island

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Islands suck and the story I’m about to tell you is a bit ridiculous, mainly because I’m to blame for the drama. A couple of weekends ago I traveled to lake Chiemsee in Bavaria for a story on the love affair between islands, lakes and castles in the area. I thought it’d be a brilliant idea to convince the right people to let me stay in a small roo[...]

Trekking in Chiang Mai - of blue toes and serenity

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"I'm cooking," my friend Julia declares and tries to cool herself with a self-made banana leaf fan. "You are boiling, not cooking," Jatoo, our guide, corrects her. His English is not only excellent, he is also a very brave man; I wouldn't have quibbled with her over semantics in the state we are all in. We are well into the third day of hiking in the mounta[...]

7 Highlights along the Pacific Northwest Coast

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When I plan a trip, I have a tendency to pack a lot in. I want to do everything, which makes me a prime victim for 'travel burnout'. The thing is, there are just so many exciting adventures to have around the world. This isn't any less true when exploring along the North American west coast. In my recent road trip from the absolutely wonderful Vancouver, C[...]

Discovering Chamonix, or Fulfilling my Childhood Dream

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Many years ago, in my tenth grade French class, we were given an assignment to create a travel brochure for any French-speaking locale of our choosing. My decision was based on a place that, as a snowboarder and lover of all things winter, I perceived to be the most glamorous, magical winter wonderland I could find. It was Chamonix, France.  At the time it [...]

Planning a Hiking trip to Stolsheimen, Norway

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I genuinely believe that hiking in Norway is one of the best things a human being could possibly do on a long weekend. Walking through, wait for it, 50 shades of green for hours and hours, armed with a map, a bottle of water and a camera, and then finally arriving at the hut completely exhausted, you will feel like you've just discovered a whole new level of[...]

Wellness holidays in Ladis, Austria

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If you start researching the region Serfaus - Fiss - Ladis in the south of Tyrol in Austria, you will inevitably find out that it is a year-round paradise for families with young children. There are regional child-care clubs, family-friendly activities, amusement rides, kids hotels and so on. When I accepted an invitation to visit the area and typed the name[...]

Adrenalin rushes in Kössen, Austria

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“Are you ready?”, I heard him say right into my ear. “Yes,” I say. NO, I think – but what can you do. Slowly I start walking forwards. Suddenly a heavy weight pulls me back and forces me to stop. “And now run,” he shouts from the back. I do as I'm told – and as any woman would do when pilot Dreamy Eyes commands. Left, right, left, right; at t[...]

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