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How to prepare a trip by… Reading

You picked a country, saved up money, bought the plane ticket and now you can’t wait to go! But wait, do you know anything about the place you’re going to? Whether it’s the sights, the people, the customs or the language, there are a lot of things you could or should know before you travel somewhere. And the best way to learn about a country and its people is through books, films and, of course, the internet. In the next couple of posts, I will introduce you to the best and most fun ways to get in touch with the places...

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The (almost) complete list of travel books – Nonfiction Edition

Have you ever looked for a book of a country you were just about to go to? I have. And I know many people have because that was one of the most frequent questions I heard while I worked at a bookstore in Berlin. Books are actually a pretty good way to get to know a country. Movies and TV shows usually show the “pretty” version of a place. Who wouldn’t like to live in a huge apartment in New York and hang out at a coffee shop almost 24/7 while barely working like the people from Friends?! But that’s...

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Throwback Thursday: Kayaking in the Abel Tasman

Last year in February, I had just come back from two weeks in New Zealand and a trip to the Abel Tasman. And as it was so grey and cold over the last few days, I thought I’d do another Throwback Thursday. I went to New Zealand to attend the wedding of my Kiwi host sister (I went to school in New Zealand when I was 16 and lived with a family there. And up to this day, we’re still in touch). So for my first week, I was in Wellington, my favorite city in New Zealand. At first I...

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Six of my favourite travel books of the past 12 months

I just love reading. It calms my crazy mind and it is my way of travelling for times when I can’t actually travel. My mum always made sure that I was surrounded by books. Fiction, guides, travel books, atlases, coffee table books and many more. A habit, I have certainly kept up (on a recent trip to London I just bought 10 more). I have read a lot of travel books during the past couple of months and so I wanted share some of my favourites with you. Gloria Steinem – My life on the road This book first came to my...

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Throwback Thursday: Van life in Patagonia

Three years ago on this day I headed off on a night bus through the quite literal Pampa in Argentina. A friend was in Argentina, too and he had just bought an old T2 VW van. So we figured that we could meet up and cruise down the Atlantic Coast for a couple of days. How could I say no to that? And thus began a week of wild camping and van life on beaches in northern Patagonia We met in the no-one’s-ever-heard-of-that seaside town of Las Grutas. I just checked, and Google Maps actually makes it look like it’s a sort of...

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My month in pictures: January

I started the year off thinking, that I could post a photo to Instagram every single day. The assumption was that I have so many images on file anyway, that I could easily choose a photo to post. Even on a day when the weather or work prevented me from taking a new photo. But I soon noticed that Instagram went from something I enjoy, to something that was forced. I wasn’t always happy with the images and I just felt forced to post something. So by the second week of January, I had gone back to my old...

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My month in pictures: December

A little bit of winter and a stunning sunset. There wasn’t a lot that happened in December to be quite honest. It was cold and grey most days. Not exactly perfect conditions for stunning photos. But I actually bought a new camera this month (most of the pictures below were taken on my new Canon 6D), so I did still try to get out as much as possible to play with my new camera. The picture of the records that you see below, was actually at a photography tour I did in Buenos Aires. But since it was a Christmas...

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The ghosts of my Christmases past

Growing up in Germany, Christmas meant mulled wine, dark evenings and lots of Christmas music. It also involved the expectation of snow but, 90 % of the time, not actually getting any. But my most memorable Christmases happened abroad when the chance for snow was zero or when everything went utterly wrong. So let me dig up the ghosts of my Christmases past. Berry picking and dinner on the floor – Christmas in New Zealand When I was 16, I was living in New Zealand and lived with a family and went to an all-girls High School. As New Zealand is so far...

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The Christmas gift guide for female travelers

Christmas: the time of year where you’re desperately trying to remember whether the person you care about has ever mentioned something that they might like. If you are looking for gifts for your favourite traveller, I hope my list of gifts for every budget will help you to find one (and it’s okay if that person is yourself 🙂 ). Stocking fillers: The vintage photo box is a great gift for every traveler who always takes images but never gets around to printing the. You can choose 26 images and have them printed out and looking beautifully vintage. At Christmas, the photo...

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