Tags archives: islands

A Hidden Gem: Dugi Otok, Croatia

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Planning your summer holidays can be very tricky, especially if you just have under a week to spend. One of the rare occasions I took such a  quickie of a holiday brought me to a wonderful island in Croatia: Dugi Otok. Croatia as a holiday destination increases in popularity from season to season (check out Katja's post on Dubrovnik). Within the last deca[...]

Hotels we love: the Four Seasons at Landaa Giravaaru, Maldives

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Coming to Landaa Giravaaru, short Landaa, felt like a dream. We had just been spending 4 amazing nights at the Four Seasons Resort in Kuda Huraa, another Maldives Island, (we wrote all about it here) and we really didn't think there could be any upgrade from there. There was. We walked into our beach villa - or was it a beach mansion? - like rap stars[...]

6 Top Things to do on Koh Tao, Thailand

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The Urban Dictionary defines the term ‘Paradise’ as a version of heaven minus the clouds, harps, angels etc, but typically seen as an ideal place of beauty such as a massive lush garden with every known exotic plant, animal and bird. This seems to describe the little island of Koh Tao perfectly. However, take this idea of paradise and factor in a long list o[...]

5 reasons to go to... the Gili Islands

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When traveling Indonesia, there is without doubt a lot to discover. And while every one of the nearly 20,000 islands of the archipelago is probably worth a visit, I would like to introduce you to my personal favourite: the Gili Islands. The Gilis are three islands within close proximity of their better-known neighbours Bali and Lombok. And although their [...]

Suomenlinna - island magic outside Helsinki

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I've already told you that my trip to Helsinki last month was an eye-opener to how gorgeous the Finnish capital is. The city is just as lovely as its friendly inhabitants, with good shopping and amazing food to be found all around. While the Finnish have reason to complain about their weather for part of the year (during the rather cold winters the sun doesn[...]

Ona - A Coastal Time Travel

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Growing up in a Norwegian town located on seven islands, Ålesund, I've always felt a strong connection to the sea. Being a kid of the coast and mountains, these are the places where I can relax the most. One of the most beautiful places I know is the island Ona, a tiny fishing community which has been populated for centuries due to its proximity to the Atlan[...]

Island life - tough, but someone has to do it

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It's time for showing off some holiday shots... Thailand has a few really great islands and whether it's beach, party or water sports you're into, all is available in plenty in places like ko tao, ko phi phi or ko samui. In my case, as I only had a short 7 days available I went to ko pha ngan for the wonderful beaches and the beach parties at night and[...]

Ko phan gan - half moon party

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You've probably heard of Ko phan gan and you've almost definitely heard of full-moon parties before. Arriving on Ko samui I had missed the last ferry to Ko tao and so decided to spend one night on Ko phan gan. As it turned out the bi-monthly half moon party was happening that night so together with a few others I went to check it out. Not the classiest of p[...]

Smiling in the land of smiles

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Guess where I am!? Bangkok!! There sure are no bacardi breezers in India. One has to consider himself lucky to come across a bar and when you do, be sure that it closes at 10. Not such in Thailand, oh no. Any old budget hotel goes restaurant accommodation will often sport a full bar and dish up anything from beer to fancy cocktails - a heaven sent. I[...]

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