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Hotels We Love: Taita Falcon Lodge, Zambia

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Usually when I go on trips, I'm quite spontaneous and flexible when it comes to accommodation. I'll find a cheap flat on AirBnB or even a local host on couch surfing, and as long as there is a soft surface which is roughly my length, a pillow and a blanket, I'm content. When I planned my trip to Zambia with my dad however, I wanted to make sure that every pl[...]

Hotels we love: Mizpe Hayamim, Israel

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There is one place on earth that turns me into a content human being in an instant. It's a place that, as soon as I hear, see and smell it, makes every inch of my body relax and be at ease. It's the rainforest I'm talking about. Now you might wonder why I'm going on about this crush in a post about a spa hotel in Israel... Don't worry, I'm not rambling on ab[...]

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[...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Hotels We Love: The Surin, Phuket

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Yes, this is a hotel review. But first, a story. Two years ago, when I was living in Phuket, I spent a day on Surin Beach and because we fancied a little adrenaline rush that afternoon, we decided to go wakeboarding. My partner got in the speedboat and I got dragged out to sea behind them... willingly I should add. And mercifully, I managed to stand and w[...]

Getting in Shape in Belek, Turkey

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Remember how I told you about the changes I’ve made to my exercising routine whilst traveling? (The secret is to actually start having one.) Well, this time I went to a trip specifically to exercise and to try as many new ways to tease my muscles as possible. And guess what? I came back feeling a hundred times more refreshed, active and centered than in any [...]

Hotels we love: Wyndham Grand in Berlin

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At this stage I have quite a bit of travel experience under my belt and I've slept my way through countless hotel beds, comfy ones, not so comfy ones and occasionally truly incredible ones. In fact, quite often I look forward to a night at a nice hotel more than my own bed, because a quality establishment knows what makes people happy between 10pm and 8a[...]

Hotels we love: Martinhal Family Resort in Sagres, Portugal

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They say everything changes when you have a baby. Even before I actually gave birth I knew exactly what that would mean for me because 3 out of 4 people didn't waste a minute to let me know exactly what will change. I wouldn't sleep anymore, they said. I would not have time for friends and I most definitely would have to stop traveling. They said. To my big [...]

Hotels we love: The Conrad Algarve

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Me on the road is generally not a very tender and graceful affair. Me on the road usually involves a lot of swearing, excess luggage and sleeping on buses or trains (in fact I just woke up from a two-hour nap on my backpack as I’m writing this). And so it happened last week: I stumbled out of my flat in Berlin at a disgraceful time somewhere between midnight[...]

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