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City-tripping in Zurich: our slow travel wellness break

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When I think about a girls’ getaway weekend, Zürich in the middle of February doesn’t immediately come to mind. I live in central Berlin, where midwinter is a chilly monotony of grey skies and overcoats. My energy for work and self care starts to flag. What usually re-energizes me is novelty, or a touch of heat on my skin. To my delight, a weekend stay at th[...]

The Most Unique Accommodation in Southwest USA

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Dramatic canyons, cacti, bright orange earth and stark rock formations of the Southwest US desert offer the perfect setting to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. If you're thinking of going on a desert vacation, don't opt for a boring hotel. Here are a few wacky and unique accommodation options in the Southwest to contemplate; from geodesic[...]

A Backpacker Meets 5* Resort Luxury: What I Learnt Staying At Shangri-La Mactan

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I’m a do-er. A jam-everything-in-so-I-don’t-get-FOMO kind of traveller. Someone who would choose a sketchy night bus to combine travelling with a (poor) night’s accommodation – and, because I haven’t learnt yet, immediately follow it with a day of intense sightseeing. There’s a few downsides to this kind of travelling though. The most obvi[...]

The Travelettes Guide to experiencing Christmas in South Tyrol

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I've been to South Tyrol quite a few times and it's one of those places that just never disappoints. Maybe it's because it's in Italy, which to me is one of those countries I just can't help but love. The food, the people, the culture - there just is nothing I don't like about it. Take all those things about Italy and add a humble mountain range (the Alps) t[...]

10 Airbnb's Around The World We're Lusting After

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Airbnb's are the affordable homes away from home that we just can't get enough of. It's not only the fact they're a fraction of the cost of other accommodation options either. There's something distinctly welcoming and authentic about staying in a local's home - an intangible personal touch that mass produced chain hotels will simply never be able to match. [...]

Magic Malta: Top 10 things to do in Malta

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Cast your eye beyond the Italian island of Sicily, just above the coast of North Africa, and you’ll find the archipelago of Malta. Plonked in the southernmost fringe of Europe, these little Mediterranean islands are surrounded by the bluest of waters, doused in the most golden sunlight and full to the brim of smooth local wine that’ll have you gasping fo[...]

Hotels we love - The Stones Hotel in Kuta, Bali

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Each year, for the past 14 years, I have treated myself to a very special birthday gift - a trip somewhere warm. If you're born in February, the coldest month of the year, like me, chances are you have not come to enjoy epic garden parties or picnics to celebrate your special day. At best you may have gathered the troups in some bar or hosted a dinner party,[...]

This luxury hotel in Singapore just created a paradise for kids

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When you hear the name Shangri-La, what do you think of? Maybe cosmopolitan charm? Luxurious design? World-class restaurants? I expected all these things but I certainly did not expect that my stay at one of Singapore's oldest hotels would catapult me straight into a future where one place could cater to business people and families alike, a place I would fe[...]