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.
Traveling to St-Petersburg and not sure what to expect in terms of expenses? Than you are on the right place - this post is for you! As many of you know by now I moved from St-Petersburg to Germany 11 years ago, but still visit my home city on a regular basis. Whenever I get asked whether it is expensive to travel to St-Petersburg I always answer...
As my mom says: 'You can't be careful enough'. At some point she is right - we all should be more careful with our stuff and shouldn't go too easy about leaving our valuables unattended (ookay, now I also sound like my mom). But when traveling you want to relax and not being paranoid about your belongings - there are more important things to pay attention to than guarding your valuables day and night. Some countries are an easy go though - with low crime rates and high security. But what if you are heading to one where tourists are an easy target for thieves? I have to admit that in some countries I have traveled to I felt extremely uncomfortable because of the safety reasons (sorry, Brazil). But having Russian blood and living in Russia through 1990's helped me think straight and be as careful as I can but also enjoy the adventures. Having my bags snatched and cell phones stolen taught me to keep my eyes open and to expect the unexpected, but it haven't scared me from learning new cultures and traveling to faraway lands.
Let me share with you some tips I gathered during our travels on how to keep valuables safe without too much hassle.
I have to note here that those tips won't guarantee you safety, but they will help you to be more relaxed and prepared. But before I start please remember the most important rule of all:
Are you going to Namibia? Perfect choice! Namibia is incredible - it is all one could wish for in terms of wildlife, gorgeous nature and culture and much much more. In fact Namibia was a mind blowing experience for me, the one that still keeps me excited and longing for coming back.
Let me share with you 9 things to know before traveling to Namibia to help you planning your trip and to feed your growing excitement!