The excitement of an upcoming trip starts as soon as we start researching for a place to stay. After finally clicking "book" on what seems like a perfect room our expectations fly high - we envision a cozy quiet room with a nice view. Just like on the photos we have just scrolled through.
The reality is usually different. At the check-in you might hear "Sorry, no more rooms on the 8th floor left, only on the 2d one". Or you get a room right next to a noisy elevator or with windows facing the wall of the neighbouring house instead of the Eiffel tower, or a stinky one if you wish. We have been through it all.
No reason to get upset. With these 5 simple tips we have been practicing for years you will get a room you've been looking for or an upgarde to an even better one.
Raja Ampat has been on my bucket list for years. So when the invitation from Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia arrived, my bags were packed in seconds (okay in an hour or so, since the kids were trying to help).
Raja Ampat is an archipelago located just next to the Indonesian part of the New Guinea Island, also known as West Papua or Western New Guinea. Apart from being a real beauty – “the last paradise“ as many say – Raja Ampat has some of the world's most diverse and unique biosphere which attracts tourists from all over the globe. The waters of Raja Ampat are considered to comprise some of the world's finest dive spots including some of the most vivid and unique species.
After spending 5 days in the area, I thought i's share with you some tips which might be helpful if you are planning your trip to Raja Ampat - 8 things to know before you go. I certainly wish to find the time to return again as soon as possible.
New Zealand's geothermal paradise and Maori headquaters - Rotorua - attracts visitors from all over the world. Geysers, mud pools, hot springs, geothermal pools - you'll find it all here side by side. As a result lots of services built their business around these nature's phenomena. Many offer treatments and an opportunity to soak in the mineral waters. How to decide upon which one to visit?
We were invited by Polynesian Spa to try out their services and we gave in - after walking the 19 km long Tongariro Alpine Crossing my muscles were screaming for warmth and treatment. Long story short - we enjoyed our spa evening.
Here are 5 reasons why we think you might enjoy the Polynesian Spa as well.
As you know by now this blog is 95% about travel and travel means a lot of time is spent in the air or at the airport. Some of our very first trips were Asia bound and South East Asia remains one of our favorite destinations since.
Too bad that from our home airport Düsseldorf - a medium size European airport - there is a very limited choice of direct flights to Asian destinations. As a result we frequently take stopover flights via larger airports like Frankfurt/Munich/Dubai.
When Turkish Airlines offered me to travel with them to Indonesia and try their business class services and their connecting hub in Istanbul I said "yes" right away. I will tell you more about the trip (it was way too good no keep it for myself), but before I start let me tell you that thanks to Turkish Airlines what could have been a long and exhausting flight of 17 hours passed as fast and was filled with so much convenience and comfort as I have ever wished for.
But let me start from the beginning:
One sunny day in Spring we had a half day to spend before heading to the airport and saying "Good bye" to Provence. Since we were based in Aix-en-Provence and have done quite a lot of sightseeing in the area all the destinations we haven't seen yet were meant to be explored on a day tour, not half day.
I don't have to tell you that Amsterdam belongs to one of those cosmopolitan cities where "off the beaten track" doesn't really work any longer. But even though Amsterdam is international and you hear more English than Dutch at every corner there is still a lot of local flair going on - you just need to know where to find it.