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Hotels we love: the Mövenpick Karon Beach Resort & Spa in Phuket

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I'm a big believer in budget travel. Make your money go as far as possible (literally) and get more time our of your holiday. Frankly, that is easier said than done in many countries, but there are still some amazing destinations where you can easily travel on a budget without scraping the bottom of the barrel. Thailand for example. Thanks to Thailand sti[...]

How to decorate a traveller's home

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When you land somewhere new in the world and think, ‘You know what, I might stay here for a bit. I quite like it!”, you know you’re going to be experiencing something special. There’s nothing quite like fully immersing yourself in a new city or country for a substantial amount of time and absorbing every part of the culture. There are aspects to the c[...]

Be a traveler, not a tourist: A conversation with Marianna Jamadi

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Marianna Jamadi's job is to be a dreamer. She is also one of the most mindblowing photographers we have come across in a while, a passionate entrepreneur at El Camino (more on that later!) and always on the hunt for unique stories for her blog Nomadic Habit. We spoke to her about the challenges of living one's dream, the practicalities of traveling 17 count[...]

La Mamounia, Marrakech - A brief history, Mr Churchill and I

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Last November I was in Marrakech to attend Pure, an experiential travel conference. One of their speakers was the charismatic travel writer Pico Iyer. He told tales of his life and his travels, spoke about the world, of his new home in Japan and of course about Marrakech. Coming here back in the eighties as a young and, as he described himself, poor writer, [...]

Through the Eyes of: Crystal Brindle

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New Zealand is beautiful - even if you haven't been there yet, we all know that much. Images of its mountains, coasts, country, and lakes saturate the internet and people rave about how clean, green, and natural everything looks. Although photos can't possibly do its beauty justice, many photographers try of course. As a New Zealander, I can say that Crystal[...]

A Vintage-Style British Afternoon Tea

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If someone who had never been to England were to make a montage of typically British experiences, I can just imagine what it might involve (cue a mish-mash of red phone booths, getting caught in the rain and bumping into the Queen, Kate and Will or David Beckham on your way to the shops). However, there are two stereotypes that maybe do hit a little close[...]

The heart of South Tyrol

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I have probably said this in the introduction of every other Italy post I've ever written but I'll say it again, because it's such a striking sensation - traveling here always feels like coming home. The moment I step off the plane, Italy gives me a friendly pad on my back, as if to say "Good to have you here, Katja." It makes me feel welcome with every cup [...]

Unwind in Berlin: A weekend retreat at Storchenhof

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It doesn't have to take hours on end to travel to a place that catapults you into a parallel universe. In fact, sometimes the most serene of all oases can be a short train ride away. And sometimes, just sometimes, it takes a mere 48 hours to calm down the buzz in your head. When I stepped into the old farm-house of a stork farm in Groß Pankow, Brandenburg ([...]

Travelette of the Month: Charlotte Eriksson

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When Charlotte Eriksson recently told us the story behind her music and writing, we knew that you guys had to meet her! Charlotte is a Swedish singer-songwriter and author who left home at the age of 18 to pursue her art, and has been a constant traveler since. In between publishing her new short story collection ('Another vagabond lost to love', which immed[...]

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