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Are you in Frankfurt and have an extra day? After you explored the city, we recommend you to go on a day trip. One of the towns nearby that we love is Bad Homburg. You can easily spend 1 day in Bad Homburg without getting bored, strolling through the gardens and exploring the castle.

We lived in Frankfurt for two years before we finally visited Bad Homburg for the first time and I regret that we didn’t go earlier. It’s the perfect day trip! Back at the beginning of the 20th century, this spa town attracted visitors from all over the world. The Thai King loved the gardens so much that he gifted two pavilions to Bad Homburg!

These days, you’ll mostly run into local tourists.…

Lithuania

In the late 19th century, my great-great-grandmother took a train from Klaipeda to the other end of Germany, leaving everything she knew behind. She had just divorced her husband and was looking for a job. Back then, the city still belonged to Germany and went by the name of Memel.

With this kind of family background, can you imagine how excited I was to visit Klaipeda? And so was my grandmother, even though she wasn’t travelling with us. But at least, we could send her pictures of where her grandmother had grown up.

I assume that most of you who read this have no family ties to Klaipeda. But do you know why you should still be as excited as me about visiting?…

Costa Rica

Out of all the places I visited in Costa Rica, Tortuguero was by far my favourite. Don’t get me wrong. I loved relaxing on a beach, and I also enjoyed hiking through the cloud forest of Monteverde, but none of those places had the same charm as Tortuguero. This small town, which you can only reach by boat or by plane, was by far the most relaxed place we visited. Also, we saw lots of animals here, which made our stay even more fun.

I think you can easily spend two or three days here, looking for turtles and chasing butterflies. No matter how much time you have, here are the best things to do in Tortuguero.…

Europe

Bern is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve had the pleasure to visit. I still remember being amazed at the landscape while peeking from the window of my train. The city itself is also gorgeous, with beautiful buildings, cobbled streets and lovely gardens.

In retrospect, I have no idea why it took me so long to visit Bern. I had been thinking about coming here for many years but it was never feasible. The closest airport was too far away, I didn’t have time or I just decided to go elsewhere. But from Frankfurt, my new home, it was so easy to get to Bern by bus that there was no reason to go anymore.

I absolutely loved Bern! If you haven’t been, I highly recommend that you go.…

Nepal

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is a chaotic city with constant traffic. Cars, bikes, scooters, buses, tuk-tuks, people… and definitely not enough sidewalks. It doesn’t matter where you are. There’s always someone honking or rushing near you.

However, this vibrant city is also full of markets, restaurants, trekking shops, handicraft shops, beautiful alleys and squares. It’s a great place to get lost and enjoy the city. Once you embrace the chaos and just go with the flow, you might end up loving the unique character of Kathmandu.…

Photo Stories

George Town, the capital of the Malaysian state of Penang, has been attracting tourists and travellers from all over the globe for a long time. However, its street art scene boomed in 2012. That year Ernest Zacharevicm, a Lithuanian artist, created 6 wall paintings during the celebration of the annual George Town festival. These murals soon became worldwide famous, to the point where one of them, Children on a Bicycle, is one the most photographed spots of the city.

Today, years later, the old town is full of murals. The trend that Ernest Zacharevic started kept growing, making the street art scene of George Town blossom. Now, international artists are invited to go there and leave their mark in the old town.…

Finland

When I was a child, my dad’s friend gave me a book called “Where Santa Claus lives”. I spent hours flipping through the pages, looking at pictures of Santa Claus and his elves. Visiting such a village, where I could meet Santa Claus and his helpers, sounded like a dream to me.

Needless to say that when I heard about the Santa Claus Village in Northern Finland, I knew that I had to go there. A village where it’s Christmas all year long? That sounds like a dream!

We visited in February, when the temperatures dropped to -20ºC and the ground was covered in a meter or more of snow. After taking an overnight train to Rovaniemi, we dropped off our luggage at our guesthouse and took the next bus to the Santa Claus Village.…

Ireland

Have you watched Game of Thrones? I haven’t, and it wasn’t until our guide kept making Game of Thrones references that I found out it was filmed in Northern Ireland. Apparently, the TV show is one of the reasons why this region has become more and more popular with tourists. But no matter whether you’re a huge fan or not, you’re going to love this region of the Irish Isle and should visit.

Northern Ireland has so much to offer! From brilliant shades of green to stormy coastlines and bustling Belfast, you’ll find lots of great things to do and see. If you’re short on time, you are in luck because it is possible to come here on a day trip from Dublin.…

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The Heart of the Silk Road

A trip through the ancient trading hubs that connected East and West

The Silk Road has always fascinated travellers from all over the World. The ancient network of trading routes connected the East and the West for centuries, making possible the trade between lands like China and Europe. The Silk Road is certainly the biggest trading network from the ancient era, and its importance didn’t decline until just a few centuries ago. Even today countries like China want to revive it, with projects like the One Belt One Road Initiative.

Such a vast network attracted huge amounts of people. The major trade hubs soon became wealthy and known all over the globe, with modern-day Uzbekistan as the heart of the Silk Road.…

Colombia

Unexpectedly, I really enjoyed Bogota.

It didn’t look like it at first. When I arrive in a new city, I use a combination of my guidebook and google to find out what things to do there and it didn’t look like there was much in Bogota. But then, the city ended up surprising me. Maybe it was the young and uplifting vibe. Or it was all the amazing things we ended up doing.

Or maybe it’s something else. I think one of the main reasons why I loved Bogota so much is because my boyfriend surprised me and came to see me. I was travelling with my friend Christina and one day, without ever having said anything, Daniel knocked at my door.…

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