THE PHILIPPINES – mom & son backpacking trip | Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros

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It just so happened that Lu´s dad and me were not able to synchronize our holiday days for this year´s spring time and I decided already long time ago to take Lu on OUR FIRST MOM 6 SON ADVENTURE outside of Europe. Little did we know that THIS WAS JUST ONE OF THE MANY TO FOLLOW, hopefully. I am extremely …

THÜRINGEN – 4 days camping road trip

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Not so long ago, it was still kind of planned that we pack up our “summer clothes” and drive off to SYLT – a German island I´ve been really eager to visit ever since I moved over here. But then, well, as we by now probably all know, plans changed. It would have been a long drive by myself and …

HONG KONG´S BEST STREET MARKETS

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Everyone said it to me before we left, and I can totally agree now – HONG KONG IS ALL ABOUT FOOD & MARKETS! Okay, there are also other things, but you simply cannot ignore all these yummy snacks and markets. Remember to BRING CASH & BARGAINING SKILLS, dont´t forget to check the OPENING HOURS of the markets and bring a …

PORTUGAL – 10 days north to south road trip

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We spent his year´s AUTUMN HOLIDAYS discovering Portugal – flying to Porto where we rented a car after a couple of days and driving around 1500 km down to the south coast and back to Porto. We were really lucky with the warm sunny weather and could swim in the unusual warm Atlantic ocean! The HIGHLIGHTS of our 10-day long …

a weekend in: LISBON

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Lisbon is a great city to visit for a weekend getaway – there is a good chance the weather will be nicer than at home, the restaurants are amazing, there are lots of museums and historic places, the whole old part of the city has amazing atmosphere with live music bars located in charming narrow streets. We spent here 2 …

LÜNEBURGER HEIDE – a weekend trip

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Friday after Gin´s work we drove off to explore the blooming fields of Lüneburger Heide for the weekend – finally! I have to admit I had no clue this beautiful nature park even existed before I moved to Germany and have been wanting to visit it for “years” now. The best time to visit is late July – mid September …

a weekend in: SALZBURG

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The last years we´ve been driving past Salzburg 4-8 times a year and every time we cross the border to Austria we say:”we could really stop in Salzburg one day again, it´s been ages since we´ve done that!” It´s been 5 years to be exact, Lu was still safely tucked in my belly and we had a nice weekend strolling …

DUGI OTOK – 1 week relaxing summer holiday

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Dugi otok was on the list for a couple of years already, but as we usually prefer to go to any of the more southern islands we´ve been avoiding going there – until now. We knew that it is still quite untouristy and peaceful compared to the other bigger islands around and this was also the main reason we were …

road trips in Germany: Bremen – Cuxhaven – Helgoland – Bremerhaven

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Another great weekend is behind us and once again, Germany seized to surprise not only me, but this time also Gin! We drove off Friday morning and had 3 days time to spent on the northern coast – we chose Cuxhaven as a base. It was one of those spontaneous decisions, we booked a place to sleep only a few …

off the beaten track in Germany – HELGOLAND

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Since we have the awesome opportunity to enjoy a 3-day weekend every weekend for the next couple of weeks, we tend to make the best of it. And since summer is (or at least should be) coming, we thought of visiting the German north coast again. I was never in Cuxhaven and so, we had our goal. And as I …

RÜGEN – 4 days on the largest German island

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After the Easter holidays here in Germany, a whole series of holiday days start. 1st of May, then the “Christi Himmelfahrt”, followed by “Pfingsten” – so if you are smart and take some additional days off, you can have quite a few longer weekends. The past weekend was one of those, we had 4 days! And so we booked a …

CENTER PARCS – (family) Freetime parcs

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Center Parcs are very popular FREETIME PARKS we could say, set between woods, lakes, the sea or mountains – in Germany, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. In each park is built based on a similar concept, so once you were in one of them you pretty much know what to expect elsewhere. There is always a central building (called Market …

road trips in GERMANY: Hamburg – Lübeck – Scharbeutz – Kiel

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Moving to Germany gave me the opportunity to use some of the weekends (especially those few longer ones) for short trips to different parts of the country where I have never been before. Especially the northern coastal part is so different to anything I knew before and that´s why I always love to go there. Last year in the early …

FINLAND – 11 days round trip from Helsinki to the north and back

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Usually at this time of a year we would go some place warm, but not this time! I guess we both agreed it makes more sense to stay in Europe considering the fact we only had 11 days of time for our holiday. That would not have been enough for the other destination we had in mind (a much more …

SWITZERLAND – 4 days in the Alps

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So, we had 4 days time and decided we wanted to spend them in Switzerland, mostly because we have direct flights from Hanover (which is the closest airport to our home) to Zurich. We got quite a good price deal, so we gave it a go. Our main goal was to spend some time in Zürich (where I also have …

a weekend in: NUREMBERG

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Our FIRST TIME ever in Nürnberg was short but sweet! We stayed in a nice cosy hotel just about 50 metres from the famous Christmas market in the old town, so we were able to walk around and up to all the major tourist attractions and sights. The Christkindlesmarkt being one of the most famous Christmas markets in the world …

a weekend in: PRAGUE

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We decided more or less the last minute to spend the weekend in Prague, which is a little less than 5 hours drive from our home. So, we drove off Friday after work and were in the hotel by 9PM, which basically gave us almost 2 full days to explore the city. We left the city on Sunday when it …

MLJET – 10 days on the greenest Dalmatian island

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Mljet is the most southerly and easterly of the larger Adriatic islands of the Dalmatia region and also the greenest and most forested of them all. A big part of it is also a protected area of a national park. Many tourists come for the amazing nature and are seeking peace, recreation and good food. Some are only coming over …

BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA: short road trip from north to south

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This year, as many before, we planned to spend some days on one of Croatia´s many islands and we decided for Mljet. We tend to go every year somewhere else and usually we want to get there as quickly as possible, driving the highway from Ljubljana first to Zagreb and on to Split and continue towards the south. But this …

SINGAPORE in 4 days

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It´s big, it´s clean, it´s green, its has some amazing architecture, great restaurants and (from what we heard) nightlife. And if you feel too claustrophobic between all the big skyscrapers you can easily escape to one of the beaches or parks nearby. I was in Singapore when I was 14 years old and everything looked soooo big back then – …

BALI WITH KIDS – in 2 weeks around the island with backpacks

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Bali is very well developed and there are so many families travelling around that one might think this is the best place in the world for family travel. Well, the truth is not far from that. It´s very safe, the kids will love the beaches and the monkeys, it is very easy to get nice hotels with pools and all …

BALI: 2 week backpacking round trip

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Take 5 cups of white sandy beaches, a pinch of coral reefs and 3 litres of rice terraces. Add some yoga, nightlife and shopping. Mix it with 7 grams of diving, 3 cups of water rafting, 2 tablespoons of volcano trekking and 50 mL of surfing. Top it with watching sunsets, drinking cold beer, relaxing in the pools, jumping in …

VIS – the real “Mediterranean as it once was” & one of our favourite Dalmatian islands

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This summer we spent about 10 days on the Dalmatian island Vis, the farthest island from Croatia´s mainland. As the island was once a military zone and therefore inaccessible to all foreigners it has retained its charm and can truly be called “the Mediterranean as it once was”. We like Vis because of its uncrowded beaches, little stone house villages …

MOROCCO WITH KIDS – 2000 km in 2 weeks with a rented car

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We saw quite a lot of families travelling with kids and we can understand why. Its easy to travel, your kids will be treated like celebrities, hygiene and safety are not a problem, the desert is like a huge sandbox, the food is delicious and there are many nice beaches to choose from. So if you are searching for your …

MOROCCO: 2 week round road trip with a rented car

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About a year ago we were boarding a plane, flying to Casablanca to start our Moroccan adventure. All together we made a little over 2000km in 14 days, going from Casablanca to Fes, through Midelt over the Atlas mountains to Merzouga, Todra and Dades gorges to Ouarzazate from where we drove back over the Atlas to Marrakech, Essaouira, Oualidia, El …

WESTERN SICILY: 1 week road trip with a rented car

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Sicily – one of those ideal destinations for a short Autumn vacation, if you live somewhere in Europe, that is. Lu was just about to turn 2 and we thought we could use the last free plane ticket he was entitled to. So, we found flights from Leipzig (which is not that far from us) to Trapani and back, for …

SICILY WITH KIDS – 1 week road trip on the western side

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Sicily is more than perfect for travelling with your little ones. Why? First of all, if you (like us) live in Europe, the flights are not going to be too long and you can get them for a good price. And even if you come from far away you should definitely consider visiting Sicily if you are doing an Europe …

OMAN WITH KIDS – in 2 weeks with a rented 4WD car between the desert and oasis

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Children are most welcome everywhere and the local people will be more than happy to interact with them. There are playgrounds in most of the places we visited and where there are none, there are enough stones or sand to play with. We found Oman to be a very suitable country for travelling with kids, car driving was not a …

OMAN: 2 week round road trip with a rented 4WD car

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Our first big trip out of Europe with Lu! We were deciding on where to go for quite some time and after we excluded all the other destinations on the shortlist, Oman was our winner. Lu was a bit over one year old and was getting more independent, so we thought nothing can really go wrong. In March/April it´s still …

HVAR – 2 weeks beach holiday

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We decided to spent part of this year´s summer on the famous Dalmatian island Hvar, which has the reputation of being the sunniest Adriatic island and is even amongst the sunniest places in the whole Europe, considering the hours of sun in the whole year. And really, in 2 weeks we were there we had literately no clouds! In the …