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Hotels We Love: Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

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Have you ever been to Heaven on Earth? I have: Well, actually this is of course a much more tangible place than Heaven. This is the Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge in northern Tanzania. After trying and failing to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro last June my dad and I treated ourselves to a luxurious getaway close to Ngorongoro Crater nature reserve and Serengeti Na[...]

Doing London on a Budget with MEININGER Hotels

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When I think about London I think of soaring rents in posh neighbourhoods, the royal family and the banking district, hipsters who have overdrafts as big as the city itself. Two words I don't think of: Budget Travel. When my flatmate told me how much rent she paid as a student in London for a room in a dubious Whitechapel flat that she shared with two housem[...]

Get Lost in the Laneways of Melbourne

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The laneways of Melbourne are a wondrous thing. Embark on a trip into the colourful and bustling CBD of Melbourne, and wander amongst the tall skyscrapers anonymous in the crowds. Look up to the twinkling glass of the swish offices high above your head, look across the road to the heritage facades of the buildings, and keep your eyes peeled for the plethora [...]

Hotels We Love: andel's Lodz, Poland

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What does a hotel need, to feature in our Hotels We Love series? Well, obviously something extraordinary; something that no other hotel has to the same extent; something that lets you forget that you stepped out of your comfort zone and knee-deep into a foreign culture; something unexpected that leaves you in awe. When Katja and I made our way to Lodz in Po[...]

Hotels We Love: Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

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It doesn't matter how stressed I am from travelling, from missed busses, delayed flights, lost luggage or inevitable language barriers, I know exactly where to go to calm down and relax for a few days: the forest. It could be any forest really, as long as there is plenty of green and I can hear the birds sing; but the rain forest in particular has an instant[...]

Japamala Resorts - Baby sharks in paradise

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A proper island getaway will require from you to put some work and effort into getting there: paddle on a raft if we believe Survivor, survive a plane crash according to Lost or take the night bus, a ferry, and a speedboat in my case. While I doze off at the ferry station, a side effect if the night bus is too punctual and arrives at 5 am, I can only hope my[...]

Hotels we love: Ekies - All Senses Resort, Halkidiki

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When I got invited to Greece in June I was most excited that we were planning a beach day in addition to exploring Thessaloniki. Crystal clear water that is bluer than blue, fresh seafood, and sunsets at their best. Luckily not only the Greek islands hold the promise of all of that, but also the peninsula Halkidiki which is an hour's drive from Thessaloniki.[...]

Hotels We Love: JW Marriott Venice

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My Venice memories go like this: my family (six people!) went on vacation (a road trip) in Istria, Croatia in a (tiny!) two-bedroom apartment. One day we decided to hop on a boat and get our butts over to Venice. What followed was a day of chasing each other up and down the streets, bridges and squares. It was extremely hot, the streets were packed (surprise[...]

This could be heaven - Return to Velassaru, Maldives

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It all started with my friend Caroline canceling last minute. We have known each other for 5 years, well enough for me to know that this might happen and when it did I was not all that suprised. Still – now I didn't have a girlfriend to join me on my girlfriend getaway! With just 2 weeks left I called up all my female friends, including those living in diffe[...]

Hotels We Love: Kata Rocks, Phuket

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For a while now, I've been fighting Phuket's corner. I lived there for nearly three months in 2012 and it featured heavily in the Southeast Asia leg of my RTW travels in 2011. It may not be idyllic Thailand and it certainly doesn't offer a break away from it all but it does have some great advantages. Here are some of them: 1. It's easy and relatively aff[...]

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