Ayurveda with benefits or how I survived two weeks offline

On Christmas morning I logged out of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and boarded a plane. I was ready for a mental and physical detox. And what better place to end up at than Perumbayil Ayurvedamana, an authentic ayurveda hospital in Kerala. What followed were two weeks of complete relaxation that led me to some surprising…

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My year 2017 in pictures

Facebook keeps reminding me how great my 2017 was: According to Zuckerberg’s algorithms I made X new friends, earned Y likes, wows and hahas and gained a couple of “biggest fans”. But what does this really say about the last twelve months? Not much, as it turns out. Apart from the fact that I posted…

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Camping Ski Holiday. Seriously?

I love skiing. When I swoop down the slope on a crisp winter day I can feel almost as ecstatic as a dog sticking its head out of the car window. Not even freezing cold and snow can deter me as long as I know there’s the sweet reward of hot sauna and tasty meal…

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Can you lose your globetrotting mojo?

The other day I dug up my old backpack that has been withering away neglected at the back of our wardrobe. It’s been over six years since our last big trip. Our once so beloved backpacks gave way to suitcases just like multi-week long journeys were replaced by several shorter escapes. As we are getting ready…

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Camping in the Dolomites: Winding roads and spectacular views

»Do you want to go camping?« – »No.«- »Fine, so we’ll go just for three days, not four.«  The conversation with my hubbs ran something along these lines when we were deciding where to spend an extended weekend in August. So it was agreed – or at least that’s how I understood it – we’re…

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Camping in your fourties vs your twenties

Against all odds I rediscovered camping in my forties. However, that’s no longer the same experience I remember from my student years. These are just some of the most striking differences: 20ies: Picking the lightest tent you can find because you can only carry so much in your backpack. 40ies: Carefully choosing a campervan for…

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Salzburg or Ljubljana: What’s the difference?

I clearly remember my outrage a few years back when an American travel journalist said to me that Slovenia had a “very Habsburg vibe”. Those were her exact words and her obvious ignorance stunned me. How could she not see that our country is not just some insignificant part of a former empire lacking its…

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3 signs you should never go camping

Unless you’ve grown up spending your holidays camping you should approach any attempts at camping at a grown-up age with a certain degree of humour and a lot of patience. This was, to sum up, the insight of our last year’s camping weekend at Lake Bohinj. This year we (well, I, to be fair to…

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Why returning to the same place is the most relaxing holiday I can ever have

Slovenians, we’re a strange breed of people. Every year before summer we start discussing our national travel trends that always show the same result: most of us spend our summer holiday in Croatia. Next to the Germans we account for the most tourism arrivals to this country. We’ve been taught this way, it’s part of…

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Improving your photography skills: 5 reasons why workshops are the way to go

18 cameras all pointing in the same direction bursting shot after shot sounds a lot like a red-carpet scene. But instead of celebrities walking the carpet there’s a group of sheep heading to their pasture backlit by the first rays of sunshine. I can’t help but smile at myself and our group a little. We’re…

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