I love traditional Japanese guesthouses. They are the perfect combination of rustic, simple and unusual to appear exotic. Combined with genuine hospitality of their owners, fabulous home-cooked meals and ubiquitous hot baths they make for a most enjoyable stay. So, it comes a no surprise that a stay at one of the thatched roof houses…Read More
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The first three things I’ll do when we land in Japan again
Does this ever happen to you? Do you, after you’ve returned home from some great trip ever imagine the things you would do if you had a chance to stay a while longer or to return just for a couple of days? This happens to me all the time. So it may come as no…Read More
Toilets and trains make me want to go back to Japan
The train is seven minutes late. Halfway through a 70 km distance, that is. In Japan something like this only happens after a typhoon wreaked havoc across half a country. Back home it’s a normal part of my morning commute that throws me into an unexpected state of reverse cultural shock right on the first…Read More
The ultimate New Zealand itinerary and how it all went down the drain. Literally.
If they would give out Oscars for the best travel planning I’m sure my mantelpiece (if I had one) would be lined with gold statuettes by now. I am able to plan our trips with such detail that I can almost envision the whole adventure before we even leave home. Our big trip to New…Read More
Can you lose your globetrotting mojo?
The other day I dug up my old backpack that has been withering away neglected at the back of our wardrobe. It’s been over six years since our last big trip. Our once so beloved backpacks gave way to suitcases just like multi-week long journeys were replaced by several shorter escapes. As we are getting ready…Read More
New Zealand with campervan: How many ways can you fail?
Travel planning is probably one of my favourite pastime activities next to travelling itself. But after a couple of weeks already spent working on our New Zealand itinerary starting with a 2-week camping journey of the South Island it slowly started to dawn on me. I might miserably fail with this one despite my obsessive-compulsive…Read More
Deciding for “The Big Trip”: Pros & Cons
When it comes to travel, money and time are in reverse correlation. Back in our student backpacking days when we had more than enough time on our hands the length of each trip was determined by the available budget. Being extremely flexible with how little we could spend per day we were able to save…Read More
Alternative guides to New Orleans
I bought my first guidebook some 20 years ago, at that time still unaware of the Lonely Planet series. With my husband-to-be we were planning to rough it in Ireland (i.e. to camp) so Rough Guide seemed to be the best fit. Later on the recognisable blue bible became our constant travel companion and curling…Read More
To camp or not to camp
It’s been almost a month since we’ve returned from our early summer holiday on Brač island. Since then all my social media newsfeeds have been full of pictures of beaches, sunsets and scantily clad people. This makes me even more determined to capitalise on the promise I made to myself (once again), that this summer…Read More
5 Tips to Make the Most of Weekend Getaways That Make Me Want to Stay at Home
Recently I read a great blog post about 5 Tips to Make The Most of Weekend Getaways. While I really love travelling this post got me thinking about how much comfort I am still prepared to sacrifice for that. Don’t get me wrong, I could come up with a different destination to travel to every…Read More