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10 Reasons Why It's Time to Go Back to Nepal

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Each of us has a country we’ve visited which did a little more than just steal our hearts. For me, Nepal goes deeper than any other country. Maybe it’s something to do with the fact that I was named after one of its mountains, or my long fascination with Tibetan Buddhism, or the wonderful people I have met while trekking and living in the country's cities. B[...]

An insider tip in the Alps: Haus Hirt in Bad Gastein, Austria

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There are at least 2 excellent reasons for this blogpost which has been a long time coming because this trip actually dates back a few months at this stage (6, to be precise). However, I did not want to miss out on the opportunity to tell you all about it because this place, called Bad Gastein, is really something else. One. This is still a real insid[...]

8 Places Not To Miss in Austria’s Salzkammergut

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Ladies, this is it. This is where the hills are alive with music. Most travellers who come to Austria stop by in Salzburg for that sweet, sweet taste of the real Sound of Music (for this is where the musical was filmed), but if you are searching for the real deal, look a little further - to the Salzkammergut. The region, filled with impressive mountains a[...]

Skiing and snow biking in the Austrian Alps

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My best friend always says she doesn't need a psychologist because she's got the mountains. And that's right, what else could you possibly need!? My last trip to more hilly spaces led me and my mum (!) to Obertauern, a ski area in the heart of the Austrian Alps. And no, that wasn't back in January, it was in late April - because it snows until May in that pa[...]

A Trip to Lake Achensee, or How I Fell in Love with Austria

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There is no place like home. As I live abroad these days and need to survive on a tight student budget, frequent trips back home are not always on the horizon. Ergo, every chance I do get to go back to Austria I am more excited than the last time. Last summer  I spent a fabulous weekend in Innsbruck, which is probably my favourite city in Austria when it com[...]

10 Reasons to Put Kyrgyzstan on Your Travel Radar

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“Are you married?”, the customs officer asks me expectantly. I put on the universal smile of I-Don’t-Speak-Your-Language-But-Please-Let-Me-In-Your-Country that has proven so useful to me in the past, and shrug in helpless explanation: my Russian sucks, it is supposed to tell the uniformed man behind the glass window in front of me. “Husband? Man?”, h[...]

6 Amazing Instagrammers Who Prove You Don't Need to Go Far

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« You’re so lucky... » is the answer I usually get when I tell people how many countries I’ve visited in the last few years. I am extremely grateful for all the places I’ve got to explore in my lifetime but I am also strongly convinced of something: you do not need to go far to have your breath taken away or to live the ultimate expedition. In the world we l[...]

Escape to the Alps - James Bond Style

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When I got invited to join Katja on a three day trip to Sölden, Austria, I didn’t really realize what I was in for. For starters, I’m not a big winter-sports gal and have never been skiing (crazy, right?) Second, I’ve only been to the Austrian Alps once before – and I slept in a tent, not a 4-star hotel. So little did I know what a treat this trip would be. [...]

The Travelettes Itinerary for Tajikistan

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“Afghanistan?” the man at the airport check-in desk screamed at me as if I was completely crazy; “No, but close, Tajikistan” I answered with a big smile, as if I was casually flying to the US or Italy. With a clueless look on his face, he then whispered to himself “you’re the first person I ever meet, who’s going to that country…” I have to admit, flights fr[...]

How it feels to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

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You might think, I'm not the best person to answer this question. A little while ago, when I told you the ins and outs of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, I also confessed that I actually failed to summit this beast of a mountain. And yet, I know what it feels like to set out to conquer Uhuru Peak, to walk up up up and see the world (well, at least Northern Tanzani[...]

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