Magome – Tsumago hike: A side of Japan I never knew existed

Japan surprised me in many ways. But the most unexpected was the part of the Nakasendo trail between Magome and Tsumago. It is the place to experience rural Japan that seems to be worlds apart from its sprawling cities. The 8 km hike up in the hills of Kiso Valley balanced my image of this…

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Do’s and Don’ts of New Orleans Jazz Fest for Beginners

New Orleans Jazz Fest is the equivalent of Mardi Gras for music lovers. To avoid some of the common faux pas of a first-time visitor, here are some basic do’s and don’ts to observe.

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My year 2017 in pictures

Facebook keeps reminding me how great my 2017 was: According to Zuckerberg’s algorithms I made X new friends, earned Y likes, wows and hahas and gained a couple of “biggest fans”. But what does this really say about the last twelve months? Not much, as it turns out. Apart from the fact that I posted…

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Milford Sound Road – a Tourist Deathtrap?

“Gateway to Fiordland becoming a deathtrap for tourist drivers”. The article on a New Zealand online news site immediately caught my attention. Of course I wanted to find out how exposed to risk we were just a couple of months back without even knowing it. “Along with its reputation as being one of the most…

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Instagram is ruining travel for all of us

Maybe I shouldn’t cast the first stone when it comes to Instagram hype as I’ve been feeding the beast too. But lately Instagram has become almost like a professional sport where it’s increasingly hard to keep up with the competition. I never went the extra mile so my profile leaves a lot to be desired.…

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Was 2016 really that bad? No!

The year 2016 might go down in history as the year when the world lost not only some of the greatest music icons but also a great deal of common sense and direction. At times it seemed we were moving backwards, not forwards to a brighter future. And if I were only to listen and read…

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Camping in the Dolomites: Winding roads and spectacular views

»Do you want to go camping?« – »No.«- »Fine, so we’ll go just for three days, not four.«  The conversation with my hubbs ran something along these lines when we were deciding where to spend an extended weekend in August. So it was agreed – or at least that’s how I understood it – we’re…

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Salzburg or Ljubljana: What’s the difference?

I clearly remember my outrage a few years back when an American travel journalist said to me that Slovenia had a “very Habsburg vibe”. Those were her exact words and her obvious ignorance stunned me. How could she not see that our country is not just some insignificant part of a former empire lacking its…

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An airline that failed me: A lament in 5 pictures

The future looked bright and colourful. I was to participate at a conference in Stockholm which would coincide with our 10th wedding anniversary.  Since neither of us has been to Stockholm before this seemed like the perfect opportunity to combine business and pleasure. So I came up with this brilliant plan – I would fly…

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Only in New Orleans: Second Line Parades

He said he was the oldest still active DJ in New Orleans. I’m not sure if he was fooling us or not. I don’t even know if that’s really what he said as I could barely hear him over the sound of loud bounce music. Combined with his thick southern accent and a couple of…

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