Visiting Venice: Look beyond the obvious

If you were a boat craving attention and by some weird stroke of bad luck ended up in Murano you would be – let’s put it mildly – in for a bitter disappointment. This tiny Italian island is one of the many in the Venetian Lagoon where being a fancy gondola is the only boat…

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Chile: Our trip of superlatives

Which is the best trip you’ve ever taken? For any true globetrotter this question poses the same dilemma as having to choose their favourite child or decide which limb of their body they would miss the least. I’ve been asked this many times and always found it impossible to give a straight answer. But if I…

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I have a bittersweet love affair with India

I’ve sworn I would never ever travel to India voluntarily and yet we’ve just returned from our sixth annual ayurveda treatment in Kerala. After all these years I still can’t wrap my head around what frustrates me most about this place while at the same time I simply can’t stay away from it. For sure,…

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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…

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My Lessons of 2015 in Other People’s Wise Words

Once again it’s the time of year when you can’t miss all the “2015 in retrospect” posts. Even Facebook is constantly nagging me to share my highlights of the last twelve months with everyone. Unfortunately I don’t post nearly enough selfies for Facebook to create a noteworthy recollection of enviable experiences. Neither are my attempts…

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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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Discovering true New Orleans on a Sunday bar crawl

The Uber driver drops us off in a quiet street of Central City on a sunny Sunday morning. If it was our first visit to New Orleans I would have second thoughts about walking alone in this neighborhood. But today we’re not walking, we’re visiting someone. A guy we’ve never met before. »Join French 75’s…

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Bed & Breakfasts that deliver what hotels promise you

Have you ever read what hotels say about themselves on their websites? Sometimes I wonder if people writing those descriptions all use some secret thesaurus of “clever words and expressions for hotel marketers”. It seems as if they all combined a bunch of inspirational phrases at random to convey the unforgettable experiences guests can look forward to.…

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People I don’t want to sit next to on planes

I am not the most sociable person on earth. Presented with a choice of small talk with a total stranger and reading on my iPad I would push the ear buds further into my ears and pick the latter. Usually, this character flaw isn’t causing me any trouble. It only deteriorates a bit before a…

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Camping challenges for dummies

Camping can be a great way to spend your holiday at one with nature, enjoying the great outdoors. If and only if you’ve grown up with it from your early childhood and never stopped practicing. If, however, you’re a complete novice or your last camping experience goes more than ten years back, you should brace…

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