That Paris Feeling

It seems so surreal now, but in February 2020 I traveled to Paris: An extended weekend getaway to one of my favorite cities with my mom and sister. The pandemic was just around the corner in mid-February, yet still seemed too far away in Central Europe back then. My sister wanted to do something special for her birthday, my mom hadn't been to Paris in 30 years and was eager to go back. I was desperately looking forward to a year of travel and weekend getaways to catch up on everything I had missed in 2019. So we just booked [...]

By |2021-06-11T13:09:29+02:002020/10/14|Categories: Destinations, Europe, France|Tags: , |4 Comments

Five Amazing Day Hikes in Montenegro

Five years ago (when blogging was still a thing?) I probably would have started this blog post lamenting about how I spent hours trying to find great hiking tips and trail recommendations for Montenegro. While it's quite easy to research Montenegro's beautiful coastline, Steffen (the husband) and I struggled a little finding suitable information on Montenegro's mountains and national parks for our trip in the fall of 2018. But here's the deal: No one reads (or writes) blog posts like that anymore so I'll spare you the overly narrative lamenting to share a plain, good old five-best-list (at least these [...]

By |2019-11-01T09:03:58+01:002019/06/03|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Montenegro|Tags: , |0 Comments

New Travel Adventures: Photographing a Destination Wedding in Croatia

It's funny how I thought travel photography was my calling when I started this blog over six years ago. As it turned out though: I'm actually a terrible travel photographer. Because I really don't like shooting landscapes. When you look at my blog content from the last years, it's easy to notice how I constantly shy away from the big, scenic frames -- I always rather focus on details like pretty coffees with blurry backgrounds. I mean, seriously, who comes home from an Iceland road trip with tons of photos of random gas station coffees, but didn't even take a [...]

By |2018-11-07T20:10:10+01:002018/09/21|Categories: Croatia, Destinations, Europe|Tags: , |2 Comments

Your Iceland Road Trip: The Things You Really Need To Know

Even without having any immediate Iceland travel plans for the longest time, I had known the names of famous Icelandic waterfalls for years. It seems pretty impossible to go on social media these days without seeing a mysteriously foggy Iceland photo within the first three minutes. Thus I'll spare you the "land of fire and ice" tropes and cut right to the chase: Because surprisingly, despite the numerous blog posts and social media coverage on Iceland travel tips out there, I somehow couldn't find the information I needed to prepare for the road trip on Iceland's Ring Road that Steffen [...]

By |2018-09-21T09:29:21+02:002017/09/10|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Iceland|Tags: , |6 Comments

Winter Impressions from Riga, Lativa

I'm summer girl through and through. At the same, I've been dreaming about spending New Year's abroad (with Steffen) for the longest time now -- but going on such a trip (at least within Europe) meant finally confronting myself with winter travel, something I had been putting off for years. Plane tickets were a little too pricey over the holidays, but since I could take the first week of January 2017 off at work too, I figured leaving for a trip on January 2nd was close enough to New Year's and also the perfect way to begin a new chapter. [...]

By |2017-07-14T21:53:31+02:002017/07/13|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Latvia|Tags: , |4 Comments

My USA Road Trip in Numbers, Instagrams, and Snapchats

In the summer of 2016, I did the craziest two week road trip across the Southwestern USA with Steffen, my favorite travel partner in crime -- and although it already feels like a lifetime ago, I have so much to say and oh-so-many photos to show! We flew into San Francisco where we spent two full days before picking up our rental car to chase after all the beautiful desert and canyon sceneries in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. We hiked longer than ever, haunted down amazing craft beer, and even managed to visit friends in Phoenix who we met on a crazy pub [...]

By |2017-06-29T13:34:37+02:002017/02/13|Categories: Destinations, North America, United States|Tags: , |7 Comments

Five Essential Things To Do in Venice

I really thought I understood Italian cities by now. After my week-long art history field trip to Rome back in 2006, which was my first visit to Italy as a grown-up, I had returned to Italy's capital in 2014 for several days and then visited Florence last year. I can order food in basic Italian and I know the correct time frame to drink a cappuccino by now. Thus when I booked a super spontaneous trip to Venice with my mom back in March, I didn't think about buying a guide book or reading many blogs beforehand. Partly because I didn't [...]

By |2019-09-20T08:13:34+02:002016/05/10|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Italy|Tags: , , |8 Comments

5 Things I Loved about Stuttgart

Stuttgart is not the kind of city that would appear on a Europe-in-20-days itinerary. It's not exactly the prettiest city and it's not really famous beyond the borders of Germany. But still, it might come up on the advanced traveler's radar for two reasons: It has two airports that might be cheaper to fly into if you want to go to Munich or Frankfurt, because both cities can easily be reached from Stuttgart by train. And speaking of Munich: Everyone and their mother wants to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, but many Bavarian locals actually stopped going in the last years, because the [...]

By |2015-11-24T09:24:36+01:002015/11/23|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , |19 Comments

The Turkish Riviera via Instagram

I grew up the middle of nowhere with a 20 kilometer distance to the next (terrible) small town coffee shop and almost no public transportation, especially not after 7pm. That little village lies next to a lake and is surrounded by soft hills and lush forests, but all I could ever dream about was the bustling energy of big cities that never sleep. I'd consider myself a city girl, but the funny thing is, that I've never even truly experienced a "real" city. The towns I lived in after high school graduation were small towns, with around 100,000 inhabitants. And [...]

By |2015-11-05T17:30:20+01:002015/10/08|Categories: Asia, Destinations, Turkey|Tags: , |2 Comments

Where To Drink Coffee in Hamburg

When I started traveling independently, I thought it was fun to have no plans whatsoever. I loved the romantic idea of an old car, a paper map and all the freedom in the world. I quickly learned that traveling with no plans at all is often a stupid idea -- especially in Europe during peak season. A spontaneous road trip through Southern France sounds great until you realize that showing up at a camp ground without a reservation in July is not the smartest idea. Learning from these major travel fails, I developed into a "vacation dictator" (that's what the [...]

By |2015-08-25T18:13:02+02:002015/08/25|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , , |15 Comments
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