Arriba Arriba, the new Mexican hotspot in Amsterdam!

Are you ready for a new South American hotspot in Amsterdam? Arriba Arriba will open its doors on the Rozengracht on the 1st of February.

Arriba Arriba is a Mexican street food hang-out with South American influences. You can go here from noon for quick taco’s or to dine extensively, 7 days a week. All dishes on the menu are created for sharing. Perfect for two or with a large group of friends. Arriba Arriba is a concept created by the IQ Creative team, that also brought you Happyhappyjoyjoy. For the concept and interior, they have joined forces with architects Concrete and JPS.

the word streetfood or ‘antojitos‘  literally means cravings

A quick bite or a long meal
In a country where 50% of the population buys their food on the street, the word streetfood or ‘antojitos‘  literally means cravings. At Arriba Arriba you will have the option to go for a quick mean taco or lunch. All tacos are created with authentic Mexican tortillas from Taiyari and baked according to the method of the old Aztecs. The toppings vary, from crispy pescado with crispy cabbage and lime, to rib-eye with chimichurri and avocado, or pulpo ‘octopus’ with sweet potato and pickled onion. You will also find healthy salads, and other bites such as oysters on the menu.
Starters and main courses do not exist here, just pick and choose want you want to try. Good to know that all tortillas and tostada’s are gluten-free!  The menu also offers plenty of choice for vegetarians.


Mexican street food? Yes please!

A typical Mexican restaurant with a modern twist

Modern and Mexican interior
We haven’t seen it yet but word is that it’s going to look and feel like a typical Mexican restaurant with a modern twist. The inspiration for the interior comes from the Mexican architect Luis Barragán, who works a lot with color, light and shadow, without losing any subtlety. The elongated space on the Rozengracht will becomes an atmospheric and cheerful place with areas of color. The decoration will consist of modern objects and will be filled with natural materials such as cactus and rattan. It’s also going to be quite spacious as the restaurant easily seats 150 people and is also perfect for people that just want to drink a Mexican beer or Margarita.

We can’t wait to visit this Mexican hotspot!

Arriba Arriba
Rozengracht 114 , Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Elke

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12 x Jobs that will take you around the World

If you love to travel, you’re probably keen to find a job that will take you around the world. You’ll be surprised how many jobs are out there, that may just be the perfect fit for you, and your travel ambitions. We’ve lined up 12 cool jobs that will feed your wanderlust.

Flight Attendant
No surprise here right? This job literally takes you around the world. Sometimes you will fly to 6 different countries in one month! Do you want to know about the misconceptions of a flight attendant, check out this article where our guest editor Amber explains what it’s like!


Guest editor Amber is a flight attendant

PR/Marketing manager for an International brand
Sarah can tell you all about it. She works for a large fashion brand and flies around the world for PR events and meetings. If you work for an international company or brand, you are likely to fly to the head or sister office, once or twice a year. I used to work for a company that had offices in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London and Sao Paolo. I saw a new destination every 2-3 months. Even though you are there to do your job, you always have some time to explore.

Au-Pair / Nanny 
It’s the perfect way to start a new life abroad because Au-Pairs live at someones house, plus you earn money and get to know the language. I did it when I was seventeen and started my nanny adventure in London. I ended up staying for seven years (!), and even though I quit my job as an Au-Pair, I learned a great deal and was ready to take on the world. Tip: Make sure you earn to the minimum standard. I got paid 50 pounds per week while most Au-pairs got 80 or 100 pounds. I didn’t know any better so check your resourches before making the decision.

Cruiseline Worker
If you can sing, dance, entertain, serve drinks or clean, you are perfect for a cruise liner! It’s a great job right after your studies and it can pay quite well. You stop at some of the most amazing destinations like the Caribbean or Miami. Downside is that you won’t see your family for while and you might get bored with the ship after a few months. Still though, it’s a great option to see the world!


Cruise your way around the world

Tour Guide
Are you good in telling stories? Well, this might be the job for you! Bus tours, bicycle tours, hiking tours, boat tours, and the list can go on and on. Work for a company or start your own tour guide business! We met a great Dutch guy in Prague who set up his own bicycle tour guide company, which we booked a tour with.

Teacher
Preferably an English teacher. But teachers are wanted. Period. In Hawaii, they were so short on teachers, that they were offering housing and free flights! 

Snowboard / Ski Instructor
My boyfriend is a great example. After his studies he learned how to snowboard and left for Austria where he did taught people how to board off the snowy mountains. Once you finish the intensive instructor course, you can teach anywhere in the world as long as there is snow. Tip: know your languages! English, German and French are a big plus!


Jobs that will take you around the world? Snowboarding!

Who wouldn’t want to live in a tropical climate?

Diving Instructior
Australia, Thailand, The Bahamas, they all need diving instructors! Get you pady lisence and teach tourist and travelers how to dive. You can move from place to place but many instructors stay in the same place for a few months. I can’t blame them, who wouldn’t want to live in a tropical climate with sunshine and beautiful marina!

Aid Worker (international)
Do something great for the world and start to work for a good cause. Downside is that you won’t get paid a lot of money. Sometimes is even completely voluntary. However, you get a place to stay, food & drinks, plus you are part of something amazing.

This job takes me around the world, and I get paid to do it!

Truck Driver
This may not seem like the job you had in mind, but if you can drive trucks or you like driving in general, this job is for grabs. No need to speak a certain language fluently, no need for a bachelor degree. Just great driving skills!

Photographer
Now, this one is a little more difficult because there are so many good photographers out there. If you really want to start earning money with it, you need the skills, the contact and some luck. Start to work for local newspapers and work your way up to the travel magazines. Sent your best pictures to worldwide competitions and make a name for yourself. Nature and culture photographers travel the world and see the most unique places.

Travel Writer/Journalist
That’s me! I never had the ambition to become a travel writer but it happened and boy, did I made a good choice. This job takes me around the world, and I get paid to do it! It’s hard work but after a little investment in time, you can do it too! To find out how I did it, check www.wander-lust.nl/how-i-became-a-full-time-travel-blogger/


My job takes me around the world

Do you have a job that takes you around the world? Tell us!

Love,

Elke

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Everything green at Matcha Bar in Amsterdam!

Amsterdam couldn’t stay behind, it’s Matcha everything at the new Matcha Bar and we love it! 

What is Matcha?
I first tried Matcha when I was in one of my healthy periods where I would try pretty much any weird superfood. I used Matcha powder in my smoothies but that was about it. I discovered it again when I was in Hong Kong several years ago. Matcha tea and Matcha coffee. I liked it immediately and noticed the little green stuff also gave me a boost, something that coffee does, but this boost felt a bit stronger. Ok, Matcha is something special I guess.


Matcha tea

So what is it? It’s finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. It contains both caffeine and theanine. This combination of chemicals is for the (calm) energy people might feel from drinking matcha. It originated in China but is used is many Asian cultures such as Japan.

Being the city of hotspots, Amsterdam picked up this trend  and The Matcha Bar opened their doors a few weeks ago. Here you can eat and drink Matcha until you see green. Literally.

What’s on the Menu?
Matcha Latte’s, tea’s (including Japanese bubble tea!), waffles, cakes (in all shapes and sizes), pastries and even Matcha pudding. You can feast your eyes on the green stuff and the funky pastel coloured interior. Come inside, grab a seat or take out. 


Yes please!

The Matcha Bar
Albert Cuypstraat, 89, Amsterdam
Open from Wed – Sun 12 – 8pm
Website

*Header photo credit: @flavorist_and_crossfiter

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7 unmissable travel gadgets for kids

When you’re traveling with children you might wonder which gadgets cannot be missed whilst travelling. Which gadgets you need also depends on the age of your children. A baby has different needs than a teenager obviously. I have created a list of the 7 most important travel gadgets for kids that will make traveling as comfortable as possible. 

1. Ipad (or tablet)
A well-deserved first place because where would we be without the iPad? It doesn’t matter which model you take with you, just download a few nice movies and apps and your traveling is a success. A tip for parents: download a few series from Netflix in advance so you and hubby can watch your favorite serie while the kids are asleep.

2. Bluetooth headset
A headphone specially designed for children, often have smaller ear cups and are available in the most beautiful and funky colors. Headphones for children are limited to prevent hearing damage so pay attention when using the maximum volume for a long time. Our children (12 and 8) have a JBL T450BT and are very satisfied with it!

3. Powerbanks
Traveling without electronic equipment is almost unthinkable nowadays. Mobile phones, iPads, Bluetooth headset, camera’s and I can go on and on. During a long flight, power banks are a must have. Nothing is more annoying when the iPad drops dead during a fun movie for the children. Be prepared.

4. Kelty-Child-Carrier
If you are an adventurous traveler and you have kids, you’re going to love the Kelty Child Carrier. This way you and your child can enjoy the view plus you can store your belongings, food and water inside the attached backpack. The 5-point child harness has a convenient child leg-secure system and is comfortable. It was voted as one of the best hiking essentials if you’re traveling with kids and can carry a child up to 18kg! Get it here.


The best travel gadget for kids?

5. Go Pro
Ok, this gadget is also fun for parents. The Go Pro is an action camera and is especially suitable for filming during extreme conditions. Adventurous journeys must be recorded right?  The Go Pro is especially recommended with kids because you can also take the camera into the sea and the pool. Children can play with it for hours and you end up beautiful images and movies. There are also special accessories available for children that make filming even easier (the chest harness for example).

6. Jetkids Bedbox
OH MY … if only I had done this discovery sooner … What an innovative solution for sleeping on the plane. I’ve had some night flights with my kids let me tell you! Picture this: four chairs where two children sleep across their two parents (not very comfortable). This invention is a gift from heaven for parents with young children. The time of giving up your own personal space on the plane is a thing of the past!

7. MIFI
Are you a family with teenagers? Then you understand how important WIFI is. There is no existence without WIFI for teenagers (this is an outright disaster). A MIFI can be a godsend! Buy a SIM card with data at your destination and you have Wi-Fi throughout. Your teenager will be so so happy with you! We have the Mifi of TP-link M7350. Works perfectly!

TIP: Although we understand that kids like to spend time on their iPads and other electronic devices, it’s of course much more important to enjoy new adventures and cultures. After all, to travel is to live.

Love,

Cheryl

*Cheryl is a mother of 2, with a love for travel. Having 2 kids didn’t stop her from traveling the world and she has become somewhat of an expert when it comes to traveling with children. She will write for Wander-Lust once a month where she will provide you with the best traveling tips for and with children! Find out more on her blog: travellingwithkids.nl

Wander-Lust now has a TRAVELING WITH KIDS section, check it out!

12 x lesser known spots in Australia you should visit

Most backpackers and travelers will pay a visit to beautiful Australia once or twice in their lifetime. With 8.7 million visitors in 2017, it’s one of the most visited continents in the world. Rainforests, desserts, mountains, beaches, cliffs, reefs, dunes and more, Australia has it all. Down Under is by far one of my favorite places in the world and the perfect destination for traveling by yourself.

But we all know about Bondi Beach, Fraser island, The Twelve Apostels and the stunning Great Barrier Reef. We think there are a few roads less traveled you should know about..

Western Australia
Most backpackers fly directly into Melbourne or Sydney and travel along the Eastcoast but the Westcoast is something you shouldn’t miss out on. It’s the side of Australia where the sun sets into the sea, where you can swim with whale sharks and it has less tourists.

  • Coral Bay
    Coral Bay is a tiny town on the coast, 1,200 kilometres north of Perth. It’s a special spot because it’s full of marine life. Whale sharks come to the area between March and June and from June to October you can watch the migration of the Humpback Whales. It’s not a town full of restaurants and café’s so you should go here to unwind and enjoy the stunning nature.
  • Rockingham
    Another great lesser known spot in Australia is Rockingham. I swam here with wild dolphins. You simply head out to sea, jump in the water and watch them play. No pool, no touching, no trained animals. You just enjoy these beautiful creatures, A must do!
  • Rottnest Island
    Just offshore from Perth, you will find this small lesser known island. Go here for snorkling, swimming or sunbathing. You can rent a bungalow for the night and there is even a small centre. It’s also home to the quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial.
  • Dunsborough
    I arrived in Dunsborough about 9 years ago but I still remember it as it was yesterday. I had never seen such a long stretched beach without people on it! The water is crystal clear and the people here are super friendly. You can also find the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park here, where you can spot some of the tallest trees in Australia. Enjoy coastal walks, whale watching and at night you can visit plenty of the pubs and wine bars. It’s a few hours drive from Perth and close to Margaret River. 


The stunning colors of Dunsborough, western Australia. Photo credit: @arigoestowonderland

Northern Territory
If you want to experience the real Australia, you should definitely visit the Northern Territory. Endless roads without seeing one person except for a couple of kangaroos. The spiritual and sacred land of the Aboriginals has more to offer than Uluru.

  • Devils Marbles
    The name is already cool enough to check these babies out! If you go to the Northern Territory you probably visit Uluru and Alice Springs but most people forget about the Devils Marbles. The round stone balls are a special sight and of spiritual significance to the traditional Aboriginals. The rocks are million of years old and due to erosion they have turned into giant boulders. It’s possible to camp on site and enjoy the unusual shapes at sunrise.

lesser known spots in Australia. Northern Territory
The spectacular Northern Territory

This spectacular natural sinkhole is something that reminds us of a scene from Avatar

South Australia
This part of Australia is famous for it’s wine regions, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, but there are a few hidden treasures that are lesser known but certainly deserve your attention.

  • Lake Bumbunga
    This lake is used to extract salt from and turns pink during some seasons. It’s located in an area that is lesser known in Australia so you could say that this Instagramable pink lake deserve a spot on our list!
  • Umpherston Sinkhole
    This spectacular natural sinkhole is something that reminds us of a scene from Avatar. The Umpherston sinkhole as once a normal limestone cave located at Mount Gambier, that was formed by the corrosion by seawater waves. The sinkhole was naturally created when the chamber’s roof collapsed. It’s now home to a beautiful garden that you can visit.

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Lake Bumbunga Source


The amazing Umpherston Sinkhole Photo credit: @dubstamatic

Australia’s Eastcoast
Visited by most, but some area’s are still overlooked. Here are 5 amazing lesser known spots in Australia’s East Coast that you will love!

  • Moreton Island
    If you plan to visit Brisbane, you might as well take a day trip to Moreton Island. This protected sand island is the smaller and lesser known sister to the popular Frasier Island. Known for it’s steep dunes, it’s perfect for sand-boarding and spotting shipwrecks.
  • Noosa Everglades
    When I arrived in Noosa, it immediately felt like I was in another climate. You will arrive in the tropics and you can enjoy some fantastic beaches and forest walk. One thing that not every traveler knows about, is the Noosa Everglades. One of Queensland best kept secrets. Take an adventurous canoe trip or camp into the wilderness. The everglades are gaining popularity fast, so be quick before it’s becoming a tourist attraction.
  • Brooms Head
    It’s one of those places you go to for total relaxation. It’s perfect for surfers and only an hours drive from Byron Bay! It’s often overlooked because of the popular destinations surrounding Brooms Head but this untouched paradise is worth the extra stopover and perfect for a few days camping near the beach.
  • Tin Can Bay
    This seaside village is tiny but has one thing that people come back for. The humpback Dolphin. Travelers and locals get an unique opportunity to hand feed and interact with these rare dolphins. It’s done with great care as they are a protected species. You can also enjoy the wonderful beaches, campsites and terrific seafood. You can also rent houseboats, take a beach drive or visit one of the lively markets. You’ll be surprised about the amount of backpackers that haven’t heard of this place. Don’t be one of those people 😉
  • Somersby Falls
    I’ve gotten this  inside tip from a local Aussi, so you know it has to be a hidden treasure! Somersby Falls is a picnic area with a stunning waterfall as your main view. Like all great parks in Australia, the location has several bbq’s lined up with picnic tables surrounded by rainforest and beautiful walking tracks. It’s located on the central coast just 1,5 hours from Sydney.

noosa-everglades. Lesser known spots in Australia
The Noosa Everglades

It’s more than you can ever expect it to be, one reason being, that there are so many new places to discover..

Enjoy it Mate!

Elke

For trips to Australia check www.travelessence.nl/australie and plan your trip!

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According to Google, these Destinations will be hot in 2018

Good old Google. They know everything about us, well almost. They monitor our behaviour, and know exactly what we clicked on, for how long and where they loose us. Whatever you may think of it, our behaviour can also predict the way we are traveling and will travel in the near future. Every year Google releases a Year In Search data report and when it comes to travel related searches, you can see which destinations are growing popularity.

While this year, destinations like Morocco, Iceland, and Bali took the lead, we have some new contenders for 2018!

1. Taiwan
Why the hell not actually! Taiwan hasn’t really come to mind immediately but thinking about it, this destination is totally stunning. The small island on the South East coast of China has national parks, cute teahouses and skyscrapers. Perfect for a couple of days exploring. Will this be the new Hong Kong for 2018?

2. Barcelona
Still one of the best cities in the world (we always go back there once a year!). There is a beach, the food is seriously addictive and it’s always warm. Even though there was a terrorist attack, it doesn’t stop people from going here. Next year, it will be populair once again.


One of Europe’s most popular city

3. Hawaï
More and more people are looking for paradise and Europeans are looking into Hawaï like crazy. We don’t blame them. Tropical forests, wonderful people and stunning beaches and reason enough to book your ticket.

4. Las Vegas
Vegas Baby! Maybe it’s hard to believe but people are actually looking to explore a little outside Las Vegas too. Did you know that there are some of the most amazing canyon’s out there? You can combine a few days of craziness with a couple of days roadtrippin’ and hiking.


Dreaming of Hawaii? Photo by @travelinhershoes

5. Hong Kong
People go here for the nightlife, food and impressive culture. Sarah is visiting Hong Kong this January and I have been there a few years back. 

6. Oman
We’ve seen Morocco, we’ve seen Dubai. People are ready for another beauty and next year it might be Oman.

7. Maldives
For all the couples out there, this is heaven. The economy is growing again (at least in some countries), and people want to treat themselves. The Maldives is the perfect place to do that.

8. South Korea
In early 2018, the Winter Olympics will be held here. Tourism will pick up and it’s no wonder that Google has tracked these numbers. But besides that, South Korea is diverse and the airport is close to town. The food is super innovative and goes from high end to briljant street food.


The food in South Korea is something special

9. Myrtle Beach
Sat whaat? This is a coastal town in South Carolina and popular with families. Why? Along its beachfront boardwalk are arcades, souvenir stands and restaurants and an amusement park by the sea that includes the larges ferris wheel of the country. This search was extremely popular for the States.

10. Hamburg
We’ve heard it many times last year; Hamburg is the new Berlin. With the new Elbphilharmonie building, this harbour city made a comeback and is here to stay in 2018.


Industrial and cool, hamburg will gain popularity in 2018

Destinations we think are going to be hot in 2018?
Well, a little bit different than what Google says but here’s what we think:

1. Mexico
This is because we’ve seen soooo many influencers going there the past year. They have planted the seed and have inspired many around the world to go here.

2. Malta
This tiny little island is located at the end of Italy’s boot and is perfect for a quick getaway. Mind you, Malta doesn’t have a lot of beaches but it certainly has a lot of culture to make up for it. To read more about Malta, check out this quick guide.

3. The Nusa’s
Our guest editor said it; she cheated on Bali with the Nusa’s and we think you are going to do the same. Get away from the tourist overload on Bali and check out these pretty islands. For pictures and tips check her article.


Cheating on Bali with the Nusa’s?

4. Georgia
We haven’t been but heard so many great stories about this hidden gem. It’s the kind of destination where you say; “wow, I didn’t realize it was this beautiful!” Mark our words.

5. Hawaï
Yes, we agree with this one! Like Google, we think this destination will be explored more than previous years.

So where are you heading in 2018?

Love,

Elke

Why the Paris region is this year’s Winter Destination

Ah Paris, beautiful, romantic Paris. We all know the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysées and the Notre Dame. But Paris is more than the usual highlights and this winter, you can enjoy festivals, many exhibitions, shopping sprees and unique hotspots to celebrate the winter in style.

Winter Wonderland
There are a few places in the world where the Christmas season is that little bit extra special. Paris and it’s region is one of those. The light, the ambiance and the special events during the winter period. Let’s start with the three main Christmas Markets this year.

  • Grande Arche in business district la Défense with 250 wooden chalets! It’s there until the 28th of December.
  • Notre-Dame, for local crafts, fashion and accessoires designs. It’s on from the 15th until the 24th of December.
  • Champs de Mars From the 21st of December until January 8th you can stroll over this Christmas market at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. It has gourmet food, gift ideas and crafts.

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Celebrate New Years Eve watching the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower

Ice-skating on top of the Observatoire Panoramique, how cool!

The Sky is the Limit
If you like to see Paris from a different point of view this winter, you have a few options. Take a ride on the largest ferris wheel in Paris on Place de la Concorde, at 70 meter high you have an amazing view over the city and Champs-Élysées. Another must do, is ice-skating on top of the Observatoire Panoramique on the Tour Montparnasse. How cool! The ice-skating ring is 210 meters high above the city and open from the 14th of Feb until the 6th of March. The nearest metro station is Gare Montparnasse and Ice-skates are available to rent on the spot.

Paris Christmas Destination

Shop till you drop
Sorry but not sorry. If you are in Paris, you need to go shopping! Even if it’s just for walking passed the shopping windows. For the best Christmas themed windows, you need to go to Boulevard Haussmann where you can find the best warehouses. Shopping centre Galeries Lafayette always has something special going on and transforms in a fair with a huge Christmas tree in the middle. This years theme is Carnival so we can only imagine what that’s going to be like! Are you more for the boutique shops? Then you should go to the Montmartre & South of Pigalle district. Marais is great for small shops and may even look a bit medieval at times. 

Musée des Arts Forains
Musée des Arts Forains © Sébastien Siraudeau

Parisian Tasty Hotspots
Chocolate, breakfast, macarons and other Parisian indulgences are all to be found in Paris. During the winter time you want to eat comfort food and drink the best hot chocolates. These are the hotspots where all of this is possible!

  • Brasserie Lipp is one of the oldest Parisian brasseries and offers a typical French menu from Escargots to céleri rémoulade. 
  • Paperboy Paris for the best bread rolls and sandwiches! They are located in the Le Marais area and is a favorite breakfast spot, also for the locals!
  • Jaja is the perfect place for a meal away from the crowd. Go here for comfort food Parisian style and enjoy the pretty courtyard. 
  • Wynwood is the perfect brunch spot with everything organic and a cute interior. Tip: Try the taco’s from the special menu!
  • Miss Kale Paris, if you love healthy food, this spot is for you! Vegan bowls, Poke bowls, Asian style bowls and of course bowls with kale!
  • Braun Notes Coffee is for coffee lovers who like to drink them pretty. They create the best coffee designs and also offer a great brunch menu that includes fruit in a coconut! 

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Wynwood Source: Wynwood

Exhibitions
It might not be on top of mind when visiting Paris region but there are many exhibitions and places worth visiting this winter. Never been to the amazing Château Versailles? Now is your chance and see Voyage en Hiver, a unique contemporary art exhibition through the groves of the castle. Or check Museum Marmottan-Monet where you can see the famous paintings of French artist Monet with your own eyes (remember the painting from Titanic?) and find out what he held in his private collection.

Voyage en hiver, Paris
Château Versailles during winter. Source: Versailles © EPV/Thomas Garnier/Skydrone

Reasons enough to head over to Paris and it’s surroundings this winter, to enjoy the lights and festive season when you still can!

Love,

Wander-Lust

This article was written in collaboration with the France Tourism Development Agency and Paris Region
*Header photo by @MaureenPowel

Travel Without Having a Care in the World

Is it possible? Traveling without having a care in the world? I mean, there is so much you need to think of when you’re on the go. We do know, you can make things a little easier if you plan a little bit ahead. Here are some useful tips:

  • Get the right (travel) insurance
    We’ve added this one above all the other tips because once you have this sorted, you know you are covered. You’ll be surprised how many people forget to get the right insurance.
  • Create a realistic travel plan
    Even if you don’t like planning, it really helps if you have some sort of travel plan set up in your head. This way you get set your limits.
  • Bring a credit card and extra debit card
    A credit card is great for discounts and rewards on flights and hotels. With every purchase, you earn points and these can run up quite fast! An extra debit card is just a plan B, for if you lose the first one.

  • Be flexibel
    Things will not always go the way you have planned it. You boat might be canceled due to stormy weather or your favorite hostel/hotel might fully booked. It will happen. Having a flexible approach will help you get through it.

Traveling without having a care in the world
Just sit down and..relax

  • Pack light and smart
    Save you the backache. Seriously, ladies leave your heals at home if you are planning to travel around. Just buy them on the spot.

  • Be openminded
    If you are traveling to different countries, you’re going to see different cultures, taste different food, meet new people and see things you have never seen before. This can be overwhelming sometimes, so an open mind helps to take it all in.
  • Be smart with your spendings
    Never go traveling with an empty bank account. Keep an eye out on the latest travel deals like flights and hotels. Do you want to know the best money saving tips while you travel? Check this article.
  • Leave something behind
    Leave your next of kin (parents, friend) a document with important information such as your first accommodation details.

But most important is, to just go with the flow and always trust your instinct. If you do this, everything will be just fine.

Happy travels,

Wander-Lust

*This article was written in collaboration with HEMA. For more Insurance with HEMA check here. We choose our collaborations honest and carefully. We always aim to give our readers the best possible tips, experiences and reviews. 

Bye Bye Unwanted Hormones, We Tested The Ladycomp

When you are a young woman growing up, one of the first things you learn about is anti-contraceptives. When you start to be sexually active, you are told to protect yourself agains unwanted pregnancy. Very good, of course. But what the hell are we actually putting into our bodies? Elke tested the Ladycomp, a tiny computer that’s going to save you from unwanted hormones and discomfort.

Let’s start by saying that there are many options out there to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy; The Pill, The Spiral(s), The Nuva Ring, The Condom. Most of these offer something that is uncomfortable and gives your body unwanted extra hormones. I was fed up with it and taking these extra hormones wasn’t an option for me anymore. I felt tired, bloated and stopped using birth control pills. I heard about The Ladycomp a few years ago but didn’t dig into it until now.

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Side affects from birth control pills Source

What is the Ladycomp?
It’s a small round shaped computer that fit’s into your pocket, that you can take everywhere. It does several things but the most important thing it does, it measuring your body’s temperature. Not like thermometer that you use to check if you have a fever, no this little computer does it so precise that it knows exactly when you are ovulating or not. It basically calculates your fertility status in less than a minute per day with 99,3{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} reliability. Pretty damn save if you ask me! I needed to test this, obviously.

Ladycomp

My first 3 months using the Ladycomp
I received the Ladycomp basic but there are 5 different computers available so check on the website which suits your needs the most. You start using the Ladycomp by charging the batteries and entering the right date and time. Ok, that was simple. Now you need to enter the dates of  the start of your menstruating cycle (if you remember the exact date) and you can do this as far back as 3 months. Now, this is where I got totally confused. I had the instructions booklet where it tells you what to do but somehow I didn’t manage to do it right. And because it only works if you do it right, I needed to call the helpdesk to guide me through it, just to be sure. With all the little options in the menu, it can look quite overwhelming at first so I advise you to read the instructions a few times. The Ladycomp needs a couple of months to get to know your body. The more period dates you have entered, the quicker it learns. I remembered my last 2, so I hoped this would speed up the process.

Red means: hold up, no unsafe sex! Unless you want a baby of course..

How to Use It
Measuring your temperature is the simplest thing. When you wake up in the morning, you grab the Ladycomp (leave it next to your bed), you grab the little thermometer attached to the Ladycomp and put it underneath your tongue for about 30 – 60 seconds until you hear a beep. You will now see a red, orange or green button which tells you if you are fertile or not. Red means: hold up, no unsafe sex! (unless you want a baby), Green means: Put on something sexy and go for it girl! Orange means: hmm, not sure, better safe than sorrow so use protection.

Wait For The Green Light
I was surprised to see a green light after only 2-3 weeks but I was too scared to take the leap of faith so early on. It’s still a computer you need to put your trust in, so I guess I needed some more time. After a few days green, it popped back to red n it has stayed red or orange for the rest of the month. When you are about to menstruate, you will see a blinking M. If you are not yet bleeding, just ignore the blinking M. If you started to menstruate, confirm M for at least 3 days in a row. Around the 10th of each new month, I got a green light, also in my third month so the Ladycomp must know my body a little bit right? I listened and so far so good! No unwanted pregnancy and I’m feeling good about this new way of protecting myself.

Compact & Easy to Bring
The Ladycomp is very small in size and fit’s into your toiletry-bag, no problem! If you travel a lot, this is a must because you don’t want to carry to much weight with you. When you buy it, it comes with a colourful cover to keep it save.

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When you order, you receive this cover so it’s easy to bring

Christmas Discount!
Ladycomp is celebrating Christmas and offers a 12{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} discount until the 21st of December! Besides this, they are also hosting a advent calendar where they will announce a new winner every day! For this you need to keep an eye out on their Facebook Page.

Are you ready for a change in anti-contraceptive? For more detailed info and prices visit the Ladycomp Website.

Love,

Wander-Lust

8 x New Years Eve parties in Amsterdam

The end of the year is nearby and the stress about where to go or what to do on New Year’s Eve is also closing in. We love a house party with friends and family but if you feel like going all out and dance until the early hours, then these are our recommendations for the best New Years Eve parties in Amsterdam.

King of the Gypsies, Rozentheater
If you’re looking for something a bit weird but wonderful, you need to go to this party on New Years Eve. It’s held in a theater with four different rooms right in the heart of Amsterdam where you can wonder, take on a game of armwrestling, listen to violin battles, drink absinth and dance to Balkan bands and magnificent dj’s. Yes, we said weird. Tickets are available here.

King of the Gipsies, New Years Eve parties in Amsterdam
Theater and dancing

2000 & Chin – New Year’s Eve, Chin Chin Club 
The recently opened Chin Chin Club is a combination between food, drinks, games and dance. It will be crazy, loud and festive. There will be a mega countdown, Chinese confetti and you can dance to house and disco hits. Located at the Rozengracht, it’s perfect for a night out that could last forever. For all the info check out Facebook

Kriss Kross New Year’s Eve, Elementenstraat
The boys from Amsterdam certainly know how to party and it’s no surprise that they are hosting a new years eve party this year. The dresscode is the Big Gatsby so you can go all out! The boys are hosting three stages; Mainstage, Old School and purple reload. Rumor has it that their famous Dutch uncle (Hennie Huisman), will take the stage for a mini playback show. Be prepare to jump, join moshpits and be covered in sweat. This one is going to be wild. Check Facebook for info and tickets while they are still available!

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One of the craziest New Years Eve parties in Amsterdam

NYE Around The World 2018, Westerunie
Vunzige Deuntjes, Rewind Amsterdam, Het Partyfeest, Friendzone Amsterdam en Klerenbende are joining forces for this event. What makes this event so special? They will celebrate NYE is 7 different countries which means there will be a countdown every hour (in a different language), every hour confetti, champagne, kisses and hugs. It seems like they are trying to copy an exclusive December party Oud & Opnieuw, but ey, who cares, it sounds like a lot of fun! The final release tickets are almost sold out so hurry! Website

Edel’s Oud & Nieuw Spektakel, Het Sieraad
This party is being held at a schoolbuilding in Amsterdam West so there are different rooms and hallways to dance through. Everything will be golden this year. Gold glitter, gold confetti and golden oldies. The only downside is, that we personally think that the sounds isn’t too good at Edel. This has something to do with the shape of the venue. A positive thing is, that the tickets are not crazy expensive. For 37,50 you have yourself a great night out. Website

Loveland New Year, Mediahaven
This one is for the techno lovers amongst us. Loveland is always hosting a great party until the early hours. Line up includes Alan Fitzpatrick, Oliver Koletzki B2B Reinier Zonneveld, Mathias Kaden, Egbert and Lövestad Facebook

Loveland New Years Eve parties in Amsterdam
For Techno lovers, this is the place to be

 

New Years Eve at The Winterparade, Rai
Remember when we told you about the largest Christmas parade in Amsterdam? Well, they are also hosting a New Years Eve celebration. Experience this special night at an ice-skating ring, a mega ferris wheel, fireworks show and an overflow of champagne. Tickets are only €13,85 and includes a glass champagne and a tasty oliebol! The party will last until 2am so it’s perfect for those who want to take it easy. Website

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One of the most chill New Years Eve parties in Amsterdam

NYE At The Bierfabriek, Bierfabriek
Dinner, dance and cheers. That’s what you can do here. Expect all the biggest hits and best tunes of 2017 feel free to dance on the table! The Bierfabriek is known for it’s great atmosphere and comfort food. For €50,- p.p you can have yourself a 3-course meal and limitless drinks until 12am. Plus everyone get’s a free glas of champagne at 12! It’s also possible to come and join the party after 12am. In this case, entree will be €12,50 at the door. More info here

So where will you celebrate this year?

Have a great one!

Wander-Lust