All posts tagged: wanderlust

Northern Lights in Tromso, Norwar Best Served Scandinavia

Join in the Arctic Adventure and Northern Lights Bonanza in Tromsø

For those of your who have been following me on Instagram,  my love for Scandinavia will come as no surprise. Can you blame me? Who wouldn’t dream of watching the Northern Lights sparkle across the arctic sky or husky sledging through fjordic landscapes, where rugged mountains and glassy lakes stretch for miles and miles…If this wasn’t enough to make me want to visit, Scandinavians completely upped the hotel game with igloo and ice hotels dotted all around the region. Can I jump on the plane already?! Needless to say, when Best Served Scandinavia told me about their special offer on a Northern Lights trip to Tromsø,  one of the world’s most isolated and, by the sound of it, quite possibly one of the most enchanting destinations, I just knew I had to share it with you. Without further ado, here’s the deal. 400km North of the arctic circle, scenically tucked in between Norwegian fjords and snow-capped mountains, sits the island town of Tromsø, the northernmost city in the world – and the very centre of the northern aurora zone. …

Kahanda Kanda Pool side, sri lanka

Discover Sri Lanka, the Jewel of the Indian Ocean. Competition time!

White-sand beaches stretching along the coast speckled with palm trees, waking up to the sound of the sea and the smell of salt in your hair, the taste of magic and adventure filling up the air as you’re strolling through the emerald-green tea plantations perched on the gently curved hills… Sri Lanka’s reputation as a travel destination may be slightly overshadowed by the neighbouring India, but that’s precisely where its magic lies. A road less travelled amongst spiritual seekers flocking to India , Sri Lanka’s culture and natural beauty are guaranteed to charm you.   My sentiment towards the pearl-shaped island is particularly strong, as Sri Lanka is one of the countries I visited on my first big solo adventure that sparked my love for travel. In 2010, I quit my perfectly stable office job, reduced all my belongings to a couple of boxes that I put away in storage, packed my bags and headed off on a five month trip to South and South East Asia to experience the taste of freedom and adventure that …

Best places to see in Northumberland, England

England’s Most Beautiful and Underrated Gem That You’re Missing Out On

What is the first place that comes to mind when you think of England? London has long been considered the quintessentially  British destination and for a good reason, but what if I told you that there’s a place just a few hours train ride away, where medieval castles are scattered along the rugged coast, the cool wind carries the smell of the sea and tiny islands are filled with scenery and history straight out of a romantic novel?   Northumberland in North East England is quite possibly the most underrated region in the country. Wild-spirited and unapologetically beautiful in its raw simplicity, its value doesn’t end at picture-perfect landscapes. The North East is known to be one of the cheapest regions in England and offers fabulous value for money compared to the typical tourist destinations like London or Cambridge in the South. Another benefit? It lies on the border Scotland with an easy access to Edinburgh, the region’s most magical city! My backyard during the 6 years I’ve spent living in the UK, I was absolutely delighted to …

walks of Italy Tuscany tour review

Exploring Tuscany with Walks of Italy: My Experience

I’ve been living in Florence for a year and a half and yet, there are still many places in Tuscany that I haven’t got around visiting. It therefore comes as no surprise that when the lovely team from the Walks of Italy invited me to join them on their Tuscany tour, I jumped at the opportunity.   It wasn’t until a couple of days before the trip when the potential horror that I’ve always associated with organised tours kicked in. With the eyes of my imagination, I saw myself surrounded by a group of tourists armed with selfie sticks, marching one by one behind the tour leader holding a flagpole – an all too familiar sight in Florence. Well, I’m pleased to tell you that I was completely and utterly wrong! So wrong in fact that if you happen to be visiting Tuscany this summer but are short on time and don’t want to go through the hassle of renting a car and figuring out your way through the Tuscan roads, I wholeheartedly recommend going on an adventure …

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Heaven on Earth Waiting to Be Discovered

Red currant fields and square-shaped houses resembling toy blocks slowly disappearing in the distance, an occasional fruit merchant perched by the roadside… If you’re entering Bosnia and Herzegovina through its Croatian border with Dubrovnik, there isn’t much that will prepare you for its beauty. The country’s charm catches you off guard. As soon as your heart sinks at the sight of bullet marks still visible in some buildings or at the concrete walls of housing estates marking the war and post war-period, Bosnia and Herzegovina surprises you with a sight so stunning that it makes you look twice, wishing that you wouldn’t have to leave. Emerald rivers, waterfalls, rolling hills overlooking the country’s many lakes, the ottoman heritage which makes you feel as if you suddenly found yourself in Turkey… Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mosaic of natural beauty and fascinating culture. The best thing about it? It’s still very much a road less travelled amongst Europe’s popular routes which means that you can have a piece of this green paradise (almost) all to yourself. Without further ado, let’s find …

Gloria Atanmo, The Blog Abroad

A Day in the Life of Gloria Atanmo from The Blog Abroad

Travel is about adventure and no one does adventuring quite like Gloria Atanmo, the creative powerhouse behind The Blog Abroad where she writes about her journey as a solo female traveller in Barcelona, Spain. I had the pleasure to meet the ever so bubbly and contentiously positive Gloria at TBEX Spain and I can assure you that her blog is the perfect reflection of her character – witty, funny and inspiring wanderlust! The 25 year old, who describes herself as an adventure junkie not actively seeking treatment, is currently working on her first book about the unequivocal education of travel, risks, and hustle, due to be released in the summer 2015. Let’s find out more about Gloria and see where her love for travel will be taking her this year. What is your current location and how long are you planning on staying here ? My bed, and forever. Ha! So I’m in Barcelona and absolutely love it here, but I just recently decided my Spanish chapter will be coming to a close. I can’t say an …

Travelling solo while in a relationship

Why You Should Travel Solo While in a Relationship

I’ve always been a huge advocate of solo travel – I honestly believe that there’s no better way to evolve as a person and to truly get to know yourself than by embracing the spirit of adventure and throwing yourself into the unknown. The “unknown” isn’t a scary place, quite the opposite – it’s where you are free to make your own choices and learn to depend on no one but yourself.  It’s where you develop into a better, stronger and more open-minded version of yourself. There’s no doubt that solo travel enriches your life and gives you the freedom to celebrate who you are and what you want from life. Ok, but what if you’re in a relationship? Sure, it’s easy to travel solo when you’re  single, but what if you’re not? Surprisingly, there are very few articles addressing the issue of travelling solo while  in a relationship. Not only that, no one seems to be addressing the endless benefits that solo travel can have on our relationships! As someone who cannot imagine life without travel and lives in what can only be …

Savannah Grace interview

A Day in the Life of Savannah Grace, a Book Author and World Traveller

I’m really excited about this week’s “A Day in the Life…” interview because I’m about to introduce you to someone who’s been experiencing first hand what can only be described as every travel lover’s dream. 24 year old Canadian Savannah Grace, the author of two award-winning travel books, How I Grew My Boobs in China and Backpacks and Bra Straps, was pulled out of school at the tender age of 14 to travel the world with her family.  Leaving everything she knew behind to experience the unknown, she spent the following 4 years on the road. Shortly after, Savannah decided to follow her heart and moved to Holland which she calls home until this day. Savannah has been to a whopping 99 countries and continues to travel to more. Let’s find out more about her incredible life! What is your current location and how long are you planning on staying there?  I am currently in Alkmaar, Holland where I have been living for exactly 6 years, as of April 1st, 2015. It makes a really great home base for travelling as it’s very …

A Day in the life of Rachel Jones, Hippie in Heels

A Day in the Life of Rachel Jones from Hippie in Heels

Are you ready to feel inspired? In today’s “A Day in the Life…” series I’ll be introducing you to the creative force behind Hippie in Heels – one of the hottest travel blogs to follow this year! Rachel Jones is an American who left a career in nursing to live on the beaches on Goa, India two years ago where she is now a Thai masseuse, candle-maker, and travel writer. Her award-winning website gives advice on the other 24 countries she’s been to but has become the go-to site on India travel, focusing on off beat places & “glamorous travel”. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE magazine & was voted by Flipkey on of the top 25 female bloggers to follow this year. You can follow her adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+. What is your current location and how long are you planning on staying there?  I am in Goa, India at the moment and have no clue how long I’m staying! I didn’t know that answer when I moved here 2 years ago, and still haven’t got a clue. It’s …

Mareen Schauder, Miss Everywhere

A Day in The Life of Mareen Schauder

Get ready to be swept away by wanderlust as I’m about to introduce you to Mareen Schauder, a beautiful full-time traveller and a professional travel blogger who left her job in the corporate world to pursue her biggest passion – travel. Mareen, who swapped her office desk for a full-time blogging career at Miss Everywhere admits that she has a weakness for exotic beaches and stylish hideaways. Let’s get a glimpse into her fabulous life! What is your current location and how long are you planning on staying here? Dubai. I was here for a week and am flying back home to Germany tonight, repack my suitcase and then to Bali next week. What view did you wake up to this morning ? I woke up to this beautiful desert view of Al Maha resort in Dubai, which is located right in the desert between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Please describe your typical morning. Since you’re constantly on the move, do you try to stick to a routine? Every day is different depending on the current location and work …