Annika Ziehen

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Great Indian Blog Train & Why the great affair is to move.

Can we heal through travel? Does travel turn us into a better person, a better version of ourselves? I used to think so. Others, more experienced …

India

What visitors need to know – the Cape Town water crisis.

By now it is not so new anymore, but there is a severe Cape Town water crisis going on at the moment. However, as it is still quite unprecedented …

Water

Of kissing frogs & musical grapes - A Cape Town wine tour.

Cape Town Wine Tour<p>We start our Cape Town wine tour from home where we are fetched in the morning by our lovely guide Xavier in a very fancy car. To …

Grapes

A Foodie's Guide to Singapore

Few cities are so hyped when it comes to food as Singapore. And that is for the gourmets as well as the street food fans. I like both and so I was …

Asia Travel

Get a taste of the Black Forest and Flammkuchen in Freiburg

We decided to end our 13-month long journey back in the country where we truly discovered our love of travel together: <b>Germany</b>. We started in <b>Freiburg</b> …

European Travel

Best Places to Stay in Provence, France – The Ultimate Provence Guide!

Oh, Provence. This sun-soaked corner of France has lured visitors for centuries with its unique and captivating charm. I mean, who wouldn’t be …

Cyprus in winter: should I visit? - Reading the Book

Cyprus is a popular holiday destination for European travellers. Boasting a hot, sunny climate, a long coastline and a status as EU and Eurozone …

Muiron Islands snorkel adventure in WA

Five minutes later, another glides below through the blue expanse.<p>The depths on this initial hour-long snorkel make me think this part of the Muiron …

10 Reasons to make Quebec City your Next Winter Destination

When the winter months roll around most cities bundle up inside waiting for the warmer weather and bright blooms of spring, but Quebec City …

Hiking in Bako National Park and eating in Kuching - the best of Malaysian Borneo | Cycloscope: bicycle touring planet Earth

Bako National Park<p>the best place to see wildlife in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo<p>This article is part of our “<b>DIY Adventure Travel in Borneo</b>” series. …

20 Best Hostels in Reykjavik and Iceland (Updated for 2018!)

When it comes to raw natural beauty – it’s tough to beat Iceland. This tiny Nordic country has on the backpacker radar for years, but cheaper …

Get Out of the Cold and Head to Montreal

Winter in the North Eastern part of the United States can be a challenge to put it lightly. The freezing temperatures, snow and ice can make even the …

The ultimate foodies guide to Liverpool

When I choose to visit a city, as well as making decisions based on architecture, attractions and special interest (eg – quirky, unusual stuff that …

Malaysia Guides: Where to find free art in Penang

When you think of Penang art, the first thing that might come to mind is Ernest Zacharevic’s street art. But these works are borne from a city that …

Suburban street art, paints the town red… green, blue & yellow

Stretching from the city centre to the suburbs Perth is changing. Buildings and <b>laneways</b> are becoming urban tapestries of colour with street art …

10 Free things to do in Cape Town

Lumsdale Falls: waterfalls, pools and ruins in the Peak District

We learnt about Lumsdale Falls one evening in mid winter as we lounged in front of the fire and knew we had to visit. It’s only about an hour’s drive …

Planning Family Travel with a Full-Time Job and School-Aged Children

While travel helps round out a child’s education, it can be difficult to schedule family travel with school-aged children. Here are three, simple …

Family Travel

Exploring Rio Secreto, the Riviera Maya's Amazing Underground River

Shares 2K<p>Caves held a strange, primal allure for me long before we visited Rio Secreto. From reading about Tom Sawyer’s adventures in Mark Twain’s …

Best Regions of Europe to Visit in 2018

A new year deserves some new ideas, so I thought I’d share some places that you should consider visiting in <b>2018</b>. With individual cities and …

Europe

Windmills & Wine: Top Attractions in Solvang, California ~ Maps & Merlot

Have you ever dreamed of a place where you can eat authentic Dutch pastries for breakfast, tacos for lunch, and finish off the day with some …

A Visit To Eqi Glacier (The Calving Glacier) In Greenland.

Just north of Ilulissat on the west coast of Greenland and the world famous ice fjord is Eqi Glacier, a wall of ice that´s up to 200meters/656feet …

How to NOT Look Like a Tourist in Melbourne

<i>Happy New Year 🎉 I’m delighted to share my exciting new series with you in 2018!</i><p><i>Ever wondered what the secret is to having the most enjoyable trip</i> …

New Orleans French Quarter

The scene at night is filled with music in the bars and performances on the street, shops selling voodoo icons and ghostly haunted house tours. It’s …

Winter Holidays in Mont-Tremblant

There are a great number of ski resorts in New Hampshire and Maine within two-to-four-hour drive from our home in a Boston suburb, yet for our annual …

How to budget travel South Korea - 14 hacks for bicycle touring, backpacking and hitchhiking

the incredible landscape of Suncheon Bay<p>A guide to travel South Korea on a Budget<p><b>South Korea</b> is not a top tourist destination like Japan or …

Best of Instagram - #realwomentravel

I don’t know when or how it started but while I used to love Instagram as a medium it has stopped inspiring me. All I see are beautiful images of …

The Girl Who Travels no more?

I don’t know how to travel anymore. Or at least this is how it feels. My feet are getting itchy again after a month of staying in one place yet I …

20 Best Hostels in Paris (Updated for 2018)

Paris. Home to some of the world’s finest architecture, croissants, and parks – this city has captivated many seasoned and aspiring travelers… it …

Visiting Europe - What Every American Should Know

If you’re one of the 12 million Americans visiting Europe this year, this detailed list will help you plan and enjoy your experience to its fullest.<p>I …

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