Top 5 » Badass Travel Women around the world

We celebrated international women’s day so a good reason to highlight some amazing women who inspire us to the max. We are so happy to see more and more independent females who pack their bags and travel around the world to show us that it can be done no matter what age, size or background. There are too many amazing women to mention them all but we’ve picked 5 badass travel chicks that we feel set a great example of what a strong female represents.

1. Celine Cousteau, USA & France
She’s a filmmaker, diver and most of all an explorer. Born in California and raised in France, she has certainly seen the world. Celine inspires people all over the world with her documentaires about humanitarian and environmental stories. She speaks 3 languages fluently and uses her voice as a public speaker. Besides all this, she is also a mother to a son. This woman has power!
www.celinecousteau.com

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What a woman! 

2. Floortje Dessing, The Netherlands
She’s the most famous traveler from the Netherlands. She has seen the whole world from Amsterdam to Greenland, Japan, The North Pole and even North Korea (she and her TV crew are one of the only ones that were allowed to film there). In total she has visited more than 120 countries and for her latest television show she is visiting Dutch people who live in remote places around the world and the TV program scores high! Besides all her travels, she also gives a lot back and she started a fair-trade sustainable clothing store called Nukuhiva. This woman is far from being done with traveling and we love her for it!

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Our Dutch pride; Floortje Dessing

“These wanderlust women show us that anything is possible”

3. Morgan Brechler, USA
She is the bohemian dream-mother of the world. At least, we think so. Morgan (26) is a (extremely beautiful) young mother from the US who travels and climbs around the most amazing national parks of the USA and other parts of the world with her daughter Haidlie since she was only a small toddler. She recently gave birth to her second child and she is working towards a degree in sustainable agriculture and Morgan is part of a new documentary called Born Wild, celebrating single adventurous mothers who want to instill a love of nature and the outdoors into their children’s lives from the very beginnings. Can we say we are a little bit jealous of this amazing woman? www.instagram.com/morganbrechler

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Wanderlust mother Morgan

4. Chelsea Yamase, Hawai
She is a Hawaii-based creative, traveling the world as an athlete, model, and writer. She is followed by many that want to be inspired to travel in an adventurous way. She travels the world with her boyfriend and photographer Sam Kolder, and together they take us on their daily adventures. She is pretty but doesn’t even know it. She is just being herself and showing us the beauty of this world. Follow this girl and be inspired! @chelseakauai

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We are addicted to her Instagram account

5. Roshni Sharma, India
Everybody told her she couldn’t do it and she proved them wrong. She became the first woman in India who drove all the way from Kanyakumari to Kashmir with on her motorbike. The 5452 km long road was dangerous and the trip was long but that didn’t hold her back. Armed with pepperspray, the 26 year old, took on the challenge and finished the journey. You go girl!

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The woman and her bike. Source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/

Love,

Wander-Lust

9 x Amazing Autumn Destinations for 2018

As the leaves start to fall from the trees, it reminds us that Autumn is really here and it’s time to trade those skirts and short trousers for warm coats. During this time, a lot of travelers seek some sunshine. Here are 8 Autumn Destinations that you want to book NOW.

Lake Placid, New York
As voted by Booking.com and it’s travelers, this region is stunning during the Autumn season. Apart from the beautiful lake, there is a forest with colorful leaves and wild animals. Enjoy the view whilst sipping on a cup of hot chocolate from one of the cabins that you can rent during this time. Check out the Mirror Lake Inn Resort to get the luxurious break from it all.

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Stunning views over the lake at the mirror lake inn resort (source: Lake Inn Resort)

Canada 
A friend of mine recently sent me some photo’s of  his trip to Montreal and I couldn’t believe the amount of colors in just one picture. Just wow. Besides the colors, this city gives you the feeling that you’re in Europe. The architecture, street art and food choices make it feel like New York, Berlin and Buenos Aires are added into a blender and poured in your glass. Drink up and enjoy! Flights from Amsterdam are available from around €600.

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Budapest, Hungary
This city is beautiful during the Fall but there’s also lot’s to do! There are several Autumn festivals going on like the Cafe Budapest Contemporary Art Festival which runs between 7th and 23rd of October. The summer crowds have disappeared so Budapest is a lot comfortable to explore during this time as it can be very busy during high season.  Outdoor temperatures remain mild but if you want to heat up, you should try one of the many bathhouses the city has to offer. When it comes to food, you can totally find your taste as they offer something for the carnivores but also have lot’s of veggie and vegan options available. Flights to Budapest go from as little as 200 euro if you book for this month.

Budapest in Autumn

Black Forest, Germany
Now, I have been here many times because my sister lives here and I can’t get enough of it. During summer, all you see is green and during Autumn is like a field of colors with snowy mountains in the background. My favorite city near the black forest has to be Freiburg. This is a cute student city near the border of Switzerland and France is packed with lot’s of cute German restaurants, shops and market squares. It was actually voted one of the best cities to live in Germany because of the fresh air, lack of danger and good schools. My boyfriend took his motorbike this summer and crossed through part of the forest so you can only imagine how it looks when the colors are there. You can fly to Baden-Baden or Basel with Easyjet for around €100 euro from Europe.

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The black forest during summer

Sicily, Italy
If you are looking for the sun and doing nothing more than relax for a whole week, we tip you to take a break with Club Med at their newly opened Cefalù Resort. With wooden cottages nestled atop rugged cliffs with a breathtaking view over Cefalù Bay, you’ll fall for the charm of this amazing (and luxury) Resort. It’s close to Palermo, so if you want to explore, it’s easily done. We are heading over there this October, so keep an eye out for our Instagram Stories! Stay’s are available from €1841,- based on 7 nights for 2 adults.

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Prague, Czech Republic
This destination is great if you only have a little to spend but still want to get away. Sarah and I were there during spring time and we also noticed the nature that surrounded this city. Many visitors never set a foot out of old town and although that completely understandable, it’s a shame because just outside the city walls you will find something quiet beautiful. You can do a lot of hiking and enjoy stunning views. 60km outside Prague you will find the Kokořínsko Nature Reserve for example. If you still want to opt for the city itself, you won’t be disappointing. Food is super tasty and so cheap to other European standards! To read our Prague city guide, check here

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Prague from above

The Lake District, UK
Easily overlooked, but so worth visiting. The colors are amazing, even though it rains a lot over at the lake district. Instagrammers travel to the lake district if they can’t afford a trip to Iceland, and we understand why. 

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Raven Crag, Keswick, United Kingdom

Cyprus
It’s the perfect autumn destination because of the nice temperatures and to soak up the last summer sun that you may need to re-charge yourself. Yes the climate is blissful and it has some fantastic beaches to stroll. But don’t forget about the many vineyards and amazing food. This island is one of best Autumn to-go-tip. 

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It’s a great time to visit this visitor-friendly country because of the nice weather and golden sun hours. It remains a place this unseen by many, but on the list of most travelers. Don’t forget about those magical nights underneath the prettiest starry sky you may ever see.

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Stunning, yet unseen by many

Are you going to book any of these last minute Autumn destinations?

Love,

Elke

5 places in Costa Rica you cannot miss out on

Costa Rica is the ultimate holiday destination for nature lovers and adventurous travelers. The country has 2 extensive coastlines, lots of jungle and more than half a million different plants and animals. The people and their lifestyle are considered incredibly friendly and relaxed, which rings true with the countries motto “Pura Vida”, meaning “the good life”. Below are 5 hotspots selected for you.

La Fortuna
La Fortuna is a small town at the foot of the Arenal volcano. The Arenal is one of the few active volcanoes in the world and when it is dark you can see the lava flowing down. At the foot of the volcano there are thermal baths and hot springs. It is an unforgettable experience to observe the volcano from the warm water of the springs.

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La Fortuna

Turrialba
Turrialba is located in the central region of Costa Rica. Along the town runs the river Pacuare and is considered one of the 5 best and most beautiful rivers worldwide for rafting. In addition, Turrialba is located next to a volcano where where you can go hiking.


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Dominical
Dominical is located on the pacific coast and those who like to surf will find themselves right at home here. Dominical itself consists of a paved road with some shops and restaurants. It is a cozy place with a hippie-like vibe and many interesting people. Check out this surfschool if you want to learn how to surf.

There are many beautiful beaches nearby and a lot of nature reserves

Ojochal
The small community of Ojochal in Puntarenas is located in the South Pacific, about 30 minutes south from the town of Dominical. Ojochal is a perfect base from which you can do all kinds of activities. There are many beautiful beaches nearby and a lot of nature reserves. It is also worthwhile to do a horseback tour there. 2 local guides will take you through the jungle and across the beach. During this tour you will also pass Cascada El Pavon, a small-but-beautiful waterfall with a pool at the bottom for swimming. Stay at Villas Gaia to get that local feeling.

Ojochal

Cahuita.
Cahuita is located in the northeast of Costa Rica on the Caribbean coast. This town also has a slightly hippie-like feel about it. Take a visit to the Cahuita national park where monkeys jump around all over the place, snakes are hidden in the trees and raccoons cross the paths. The largest coral reef in Costa Rica is also in the national park, so snorkeling in the colorful underwater world is a must. In the evening you will find a variety of good restaurants, as well as locals hanging out in the streets with friends and family, which creates a nice and lively atmosphere.

Love,

Iris

*Iris is one of our guest editors from The Netherlands. She’s got a big interest for fashion, poetry and traveling. She was only 3 months old when she was on the plane for the first time, and she has been to every continent in the meantime. She’s a dreamer and would prefer to be on the beach every day. You can follow Iris on Instagram.

5 x must see in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka might not be the first place you think of when booking a holiday, but it’s a must see this year. Why? After reading this blog, you will understand.

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Sri Lanka is one of the most interesting and exciting places I have ever seen. It’s a beautiful, chaotic and a mind-blowing place with a lot of culture, history and beautiful beaches. But when I went there, I really found it hard to know where I should be going. I wanted to find the beautiful places in Sri Lanka to enjoy my trip at its best. I found out by exploring, and these are 5 must sees!

Cafe Chill
The first place I would like to share with you is ‘Cafe Chill’ located in Ella. This quaint cafe, is the locals and tourists’ favorite spot. They serve both Sri Lankan and Western food and it looks like a hut, which makes it very cute and cosy. If you are hungry, the Sri Lankan and Western food will make your senses travel. Its roof is reminiscent of a hut, which makes of it the most cosy place to chill. There is free wifi if you need to connect with the homefront, but make sure you chill to the max! cafechillnescoffeeshop

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Cafe Chill

Udawalawe National Park
I had the chance to visit this super cute baby elephant shelter. Honestly, I had never seen elephants outside of a zoo, so I found this really amazing. The park is very beautiful and they had so many baby elephants. Sri Lanka is home to around 3000 wild elephants, with around 250 in Udawalawe National Park. The park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals and a safe ground for them to breed. Book your safari here!

Elephant Park Sri Lanka

Beaches
This is always one of my favorite spots. The beach. I am always really sad when I find a beach that is not nice, but Sri Lanka has a lot of beautiful ones. I couldn’t pick the one and only beach for you, so I listed my favorites for you. The beaches I liked the most were in Tangalle, Mirissa, Arugam Bay and Negombo.

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Mirissa Beach

Fish market
I think one of the most famous things in Sri Lanka are the fish markets. You can find them anywhere. During my trip, I saw a lot of them, but it is really nice to see and really nice to get fresh fish everyday. If you are interested in buying fresh fish, I would recommend you to go in the early morning. During the day, the heat is really strong and the merchants don’t have devices to preserve their products. The best fish market I have seen was the main fish market in Negombo.

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Fish Market

The Doctors House
The last place I want to share with you, is The Doctors House in Matara. This place is a 200-year-old former Dutch and Ayurvedic hospital which has been transformed into a bar. The place is next to the beach Madiha. The good vibes of the place, driven by the fun of the customers will make you want to stay there all day long. www.thedoctorshouse.lk

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The Doctors House

If you are from The Netherlands and you want a fast and easy Visa arrangement, you can get it here. So will your next trip be to Sri Lanka? 

Love,

Michelle

5 x Winter Chalets and Lodges you want to book right now

When it’s cold you just want to snuggle in front of the fireplace and enjoy a glass of mulled wine (or hot chocolate!) But it can get even better. Just imagine staying in these a-ma-zing winter chalets and lodges. Find out where you can book them!

Chalet Zermat Peak, Switserland
In at number 1 is this amazing chalet that sleeps up to 10-12 people and has a full staff catering (with a personal chef!), a large hottub and like every good chalet, it has a fireplace. This luxury chalet, located just minutes away from the centre of Zermatt, enjoys breath-taking panoramic views across the entire village and mountain ranges. If you sleep here you’ll be welcomed with champagne and you get a laptop for you to use. Prices are not available on the website, so that says enough.
www.mountainexposure.com

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Zermatt Peak chalets
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2. W Snowtop Court, Heber City UT, USA
This 14,000 sq.ft. of interior living space includes 8 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms (yes, each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom) and is for sale!
It’s yours for $11,300,000. Ok, maybe we should just dream on but seriously, this place is pretty amazing!
It kinda feels like you own private ski resort for you and all of your friends. Every room has spectacular views and the house is designed and build with natural materials.
www.skihomesinutah.com

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3. Lake Placid Lodge NY, USA
If you want to get away from the big city and relax, then you should go here. You can find this amazing lodge not far from New York City.
Overlooking the Placid Lake, you completely forget about the stress that you may have. Each room features wood-burning fireplaces, private porches and traditional interior that fits the surroundings perfectly. The ground has several lodges/winter chalets to choose from. Big, small, cosy and for families. You can also host amazing dinners here and in the winter you can ice-skate or go ice-fishing.
www.lakeplacidlodge.com

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4. Wrangell St. Elias National Park Lodge, Alaska
Voted as one of the best places to stay in Alaska, this lodge is surrounded by the most amazing nature and wildlife parks.
You can hear bears roam, wild moose graze and birds tweet. It’s the ultimate lodging experience for the adventurous traveler.
To get here, you must travel by a small plane and it’s not an easy destination to book. This needs to be planned. But the reward is one of a kind. The best wilderness experience you will get.
www.ultimathulelodge.com

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5. Wintersport resort Courchevel, French Alpes
This winter resort is known as one of the best credited winter chalets around France.

The interior is warm and cosy with everything made out of wood. The resort is popular with rich Russian and film stars such as George Clooney, Uma Thurman and Bruce Willis. I wonder why…!

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courchevel chalet
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For the best treehouses in the world check here!

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Love,

Elke

*Source featured image: Chalet Zermat Peak, Switserland

Top 5 » Parks in Amsterdam

Summer is pretty much over…that’s a damn shame, but no reason to stay inside! I want to talk about the parks of Amsterdam for a minute. We have so many, and we almost forget how rare this is. I was talking to a friend from New York recently and she told me, if you live in Brooklyn, you need to travel at least one hour for the nearest park. Did you know Amsterdam has a total of 50 (!) parks? We can’t mention them all but these are some of our favourite parks in Amsterdam.

1. Amstelpark
For tourists coming to Amsterdam, this might be a park they have never heard of. It’s not located in the center and it’s also not near any interesting attractions, so we understand it’s easily overlooked. Time to check it out! Amstelpark is located next to the highway and a business district called The Rai Amsterdam. It has a lot of green but what I love about this park, is that it has so many different features all in one. It has a maze, a mini golf course, a restaurant, a cafe, a small train for kids, a cool playground and many beautiful flowers and statues. No wonder that many events are held here. Festival Trek, Taste of Amsterdam and the Sunday market are some of events you will find here. 

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Festival TREK at Amstelpark

2. Sloterpark
If you don’t live in Amsterdam West, there is little chance that you have been here. It’s the park next to my house and I only realized it was so amazing a few years ago when I moved to the area. The park is around 6km long if you walk all around the lake. Sloterpark features a man-made beach and several water sports can be practiced here.  There is a lot of development going on right now which means the council is really doing their best in make this area as attractive as possible. Hotel Buiten, a community restaurant with activities, will be finished in a few months and Paviljoen Van Eesterenmuseum is opening this fall, as well as a small coffee house across the Meer & Vaart theater. Sloterplas also has many natural swimming spots that are surrounded by trees, many bunnies sand many runners use this park for a “rondje Sloterplas”. 

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Natural swimming area’s at Sloterplas

3. Vondelpark
It’s the most popular park in Amsterdam and everybody knows about it. Yes, it’s busy and full of tourists that try to cycle around on a rented bicycle, but that doesn’t make it any less charming. The park dates back from 1865 and is lovely if you go to the right spots. Vondelpark has many great restaurants such as De Vondeltuin, Het Blauwe Theehuis and Park 3 where you can enjoy in and outside seating. During summer you can listen to free concerts and performances at the Open Air Theater. Since a couple of months ago, the council decided to prohibited BBQ’s from the park and with good reason. The grass was being destroyed plus a lot of people didn’t clean up after themselves. With the ban, it’s a lot more relaxed. Something you probably didn’t know: After the war in 1947, the council decided to build a bunker underneath the Vondelpark bridge what was then rebuild into a club named Line 3 in 1968 where even Pink Floyd performed! It is now called The Vondelbunker and is mainly used for expositions and cultural purposes.

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4. Westerpark
This park gained immens popularity over the years and that’s thanks to the many great food and drinks spots around the park. Westerpark is not a park with lot’s of trees but has a large open field, a shallow water spot for children to play in and enough space for markets and events. The Westergas area that is located next to the park is home to many creative businesses and agencies. From the park, you can also hire boats such as Boat4Rent at a good price. Every 1st Sunday of the month you will find the Sunday Market here, where you can buy food, drinks and local goods. If you are around, check out Mossel & Gin and the secret city farm and hideout Buurtboerderij Ons Genoegen

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Westergas terras, next to Westerpark

5. Frankendaelpark
Located in Amterdam East, this park is a habitat for many types of plants, animals and insects. You could say that’s it’s the most ecological park of Amsterdam. It’s not large but Frankendaelpark has lot’s of small trails with quiet area’s where you can sit down. There are 2 amazing restaurants located in this park. De Kas and Merkelbach, which are known for their organic produce. Back in the 1600’s, the park used to be part of a wealthy estate and you can still see the old land house Frankendael (built in 1659), that is now used as a cultural complex.

For the full list of all the parks in Amsterdam visit this website.

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Top 5 » Wanderlust Hotels

Ooh how we always try to find something that special, convenient and of course not too expensive place to stay whilst traveling.
The perfect accommodation. Thanks to companies like Airbnb and Nightswapping, we can sleep in some of the most fantastic places and areas in the world. There are countless hotels, hostels, bed & breakfast to rest your head, but sometimes you come across that very special one. To give you some inspiration for your next adventure, we’ve listed our top 5 wanderlust hotels:

1. The Wanderlust hotel in Singapore
Just check out their website and you’ll start to understand where they’re coming from. 
Every room has a different theme and has been designed by several creative award winning agencies. A bit crazy but definitely adventurous enough for a true wanderlust addict! 
2 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209494

http://wanderlusthotel.com/

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2. 727 Fuselage Home in Costa Rica
Imagine waking up in a luxurious plane without the fear of crashing! (that’s my daydream) A refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 which in its prior life shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines. It has been build into this amazing treehouse. This accommodation is quite famous nowadays so expect to pay about 400 dollars per night.
Hotel Costa Verde
KM 6 a Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
http://www.costaverde.com/

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3. Free Spirit Spheres, Canada
These are treehouses for adults. Which is great because no matter how old we are, we always want to sleep in a treehouse! Tucked away in the rainforest of Vancouver Island in Canada, here you will find yourself one with nature. Write it down, it’s for your bucketlist!
420 Horne Lake Rd, Quallicum Beach, BC V9K 1Z7, Canada
http://www.freespiritspheres.com/


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4. Das Park Hotel in Germany
Maximum comfort in minimum space. Yes, it can be done! 
Here you sleep in “use to be” rain pipes. Guests can request a key code online and pay whatever they can afford, which gives that extra friendly touch to it.
Ebelstraße 25 a, 46242 Bottrop, Germany

http://www.dasparkhotel.net/

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5. Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji
This one is for the honeymooners. Or the the extreme traveller. Or the rich kid. Well, it’s just a very cool underwater hotel and it should be for anyone! Poseidon Mystery Island comprises approximately 225 acres and is about a mile long. Surrounded by a 5,000-acre (Holy moly!) lagoon, sea life will surround you. It’s still not ready and it’s not clear yet when it will open but an estimated 150,000 potential guests have registered to stay there.
http://poseidonresorts.com/

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Which one is your favourite??

Love,

Elke

Top 5 Travel Instagram Accounts You Should Follow This Year

Instagram. We love it. We love visually strong websites and blogs and Instagram instantly takes you to a moment. A picture really says a thousands words and these 5 Instagram accounts really prove that. We discovered some new amazing travel Instagram accounts this year that we think you will love.

1. @TARAMILKTEA
With 580K followers, this Sydney based traveler is living it up. Her pictures are truly mesmerizing and she makes our jaw drop every time. Her specialty has to be Japanese style food. Lot’s of color which reminds you of the Harajuku style. All her food photo’s are so perfectly styled and ordered and it looks like she has spent hours on it. Fascinating. Besides her foodie pics, she does a pretty good job of visiting the most amazing places. 


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2. @POLABUR
Originally from Russia, Polina calls Amsterdam her hometown now. We’ve actually met her a few times and she’s a lovely girl too! Besides traveling she posts the most incredible pictures with a slightly pink filter which makes it that extra special. From Moscow, to Austria, Australia and back to Amsterdam. This girl has been all over the world. She has a lot of Russian fans and her account grew rapidly over the last year. 

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At the Amsterdam Dam Square. @Polabur

3. @TRAVEL_INHERSHOES
Her name is Aggie Lal and she is one talented girl! Her Instagram account is to die for  but you should also check out her video’s that she is posting on her YouTube channel. It will make you want to pack your bags immediately. She describes herself as a Polish born, Australian educated, Los Angeles based adventure traveler, writer, blogger and photographer. Watch this girl. 

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4. @DOYOUTRAVEL
Ok, time for some men in this list! Yes, this one is a good one and a real traveler. He’s probably one of the most re-grammed person when it comes to travel photo’s and no wonder that he’s made it to our top 5 travel Instagram accounts list. Jack Morris travels the world with his girlfriend (@gypsylust) who has a crazy beautiful Instagram account of her own. He lives on the road and visits a new country almost every week. Dream off to his photo’s and it’s OK to be jealous, we are too. 

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Jack’s girlfriend @gypsy_lust

5. @WEARETRAVELGIRLS
Empowering indeed. This Instagram account features the most incredible pictures of women along their adventures and travels. Be inspired and get to know the women behind the photo’s. Who knows, you might get featured one day! 

 

Top 5 travel Instagram accounts we-are-travelgirls

Love,

Wander-Lust

Top 5 » Best Free Travel Apps of 2017

No one can live without their smartphone nowadays , including us. We love to explore and wander, but I travel best when I can look something up quickly. So even when I’m traveling I use my phone for good reason. There are more travel apps out there than ever and these are by far the best free travel apps of 2017! These apps could make your next journey a little faster, cheaper and smarter!

1.Google Trips
Coming in at number 1, is this new travel app from Google. It basically makes it a lot easier for you to plan your trip. Beforehand or when you are on the spot. Besides finding the usual “things to do”, you can also find travel details like reservations and confirmation numbers in one easy app. Google Trips simply gathers your travel information from Gmail and Inbox, then organizes it automatically. Plus, the entire app is available offline. Bye bye wifi hassle. Get the free app here

2. Hostelworld
Not everybody can effort a room at the Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji or The Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, therefore this app is perfect for you. Search and book more than 30,000 properties in over 180 countries, from anywhere. Read millions of hostel reviews from fellow travelers & book your next adventure via this app. Get to budget travel in an instance here

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Be a backpacker and check out the Hostel World app!

3. AirBNB
We all know Airbnb of course but when they announced the the app in November last year, they have upgraded the experience. ” Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, said “We realized we needed to create a whole, holistic journey.” Always wanted to sleep in a beautiful loft at the canals in Amsterdam, in a Treehouse at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaï or in a mini van right at Cala Cordo in Ibiza? The app is free and available on IOS and Android. 

4. Favoroute
Find all the travel guides in one place, written by travel experts, locals and travel bloggers. Choose a guide by your favorite Travel Designer that enjoys your way of traveling and knows the destination with the eyes closed. We’ve actually written a London Guide for Favoroute when the app was just starting their journey. The app is free but you need to pay for the guides. Updates are free. Get it here.

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5. Polarsteps
Explore – Dream – Discover
This app helps you to log and share your journeys in an easy and beautiful way, turning your travel moments into a lifetime memories. It automatically tracks your route and places you’ve visited while traveling. It even logs your route when you have no internet connection and it has a minimal battery impact. The route is plotted on a colorful world map. Not only super handy when you own a travel blog but also when you want tip your friends by sharing this map with them. A new feature is that you can order your travel photo’s online and make it into a photo album. Download it here and check the story below.

Bonus: Want to see how much you have seen from the world? Check out the travel app BEEN. Crazy enough we have only seen around 18{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} of the world. Wow, we need to get a move on!

So check out these free travel apps of 2017 and enjoy your next travels!

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Wander-Lust

Planning a Winterbreak? These Are Some of the Best Ski Regions in Europe.

Winter is coming. Once the leaves begin to color and fall to the ground and my summer tan is definitely gone (as far as I had one to begin with), so are my desires for crystal clear oceans and coconuts. The winter child in me has awoken. Bring me the snow, the freezing cold and the mountains. But most of all, give me a snowboard to ride them. That’s right, nothing beats that feeling when you breathe in the fresh alpine oxygen, speeding down a perfectly prepped slope surrounded by white mountain peaks as far as your eyesight can reach. I don’t know about you, but those little moments of happiness happen everyday when I find myself in one of the many awesome (and some of the best) ski regions in Europe. And with the snowflakes coming down earlier and thicker than ever, it’s time to book your next ski trip (trust me)! Now, if you’re like me you know picking the right destination is a struggle every year. Which area has the right slopes, has snow certainty and will make you holiday awesome? To make this struggle a little easier on you this time, I’ve listed my five faves for you.

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Ready to rumble!

Avoriaz – Portes du Soleil, France
Now don’t go cold on me, but I’m not really the heavy après-ski kinda girl. Every day I get up early as F to try to make it in time for the first lift going up, to snowboard all day and go to bed at 10 PM because I’m to exhausted to function. Doesn’t mean I don’t sip on a few beers or a glühwein whenever the lifts close down, but no radical parties for me. Recognize yourself? Then you MUST go to Avoriaz, a little car-free village which is part of the Portes du Soleil ski area. You can’t really go wrong with a ski area that translates into ‘doors to the sun’, right? With 650 km of slopes, touching the French and Swiss border the true ski/board lover will have a non-stop grin on his or her face. The lifts are modern and very well connected. Avoriaz is quite cute compared to the French ski-village standard. There are some bars, shops and restaurants so you won’t starve. The fact that there are no cars allowed makes it the perfect place to stroll around at night and look up at the amazing sky full of stars above you. Don’t like walking? Well, you can get transported by enormous sledges, powered by actual horses. Oh the pure bliss. Oh and did I mention you can get on the slopes straight from any apartment?

Söll – SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental, Austria
Up for a bit more true hospitality on your holiday? Head over to Austria for some alpine coziness in Söll. This is where you find the typical chalets and hotels and a hell of a lot more Schlager music when you enter the bar for that well deserved after-ski beer. With 284 km of slopes you won’t be bored easily. If you want to you can ski to a different village every day while passing numerous huts to indulge in some kaiserschmarrn (who doesn’t love scrambled pancakes) and coffees with cream. The latter is a bit more affordable in Austria then when going to France. Slopes here are wide, well prepped and fit for every kind of experience level. You do get lost quite easily here, but that’s part of the charm.

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Relaxing in Soll

Valfrejus – Valfrejus, France
With 61 Km of slopes, not a biggie but the area is only 4 hours away from Paris! But it is the perfect place for beginners on a budget. There aren’t that many lifts and the area is super compact, so the issue of losing your friends is non-existent in Valfrejus. The village is small and friendly with some nice little bars, and no cars (always a plus). You easily go up to the top of the mountain, eat a crepe in the sun and then take one of the wide slopes (or forest paths) down to the middle station to meet up with the rest of your friends. Perfect if you have some beginners, taking lessons, with you and want to meet up for lunch or a drink. To rent an apartment here is pretty cheap, same goes for your ski-pass. So don’t let a tight budget hold you down from booking a trip. But I must admit, this area does have some not so snowboard-friendly paths, if that cranks you up: make sure to pick the right tracks (the green slopes here are horrible ;-).

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Only 4 hours away from Paris!

Zell am Zee – Zell am Zee Kaprun, Austria
The Kaprun Glacier ensures white mountains, Zell am Zee village ensures a good time. The perfect place to go if you want to do some other stuff when your done skiing (ice hockey, sledging!). Where the glacier offers you pure white plains, the Zell am Zee area is more ‘ gemütlicher’ with lots of slopes between the threes and mountain cabins to drink hot cocoa. The lifts are modern, big and fast so you never have to spend a lot of time hanging and waiting in the air. With 138 km of slopes and most of them blue (easy), this is the place where you want to learn (it’s what I did) those perfect turns and brakes. Also, après-ski, much much better then in France. This place is full of lights and fun.

Les Arcs – Paradiski, French Alps
Paradiski, the word already says it: paradise. This place is gorgeous and not a surprise that it’s listed as one of the best ski regions in Europe. Well connected lifts, long rides, different scenery, awesome slopes. If it’s busy, you hardly notice it. I don’t think I ever waited longer than 2 minutes to get in the lift (apart from waiting for the big ass gondola’s that take 200 people at once) and there where so many options for day trips (if you have the extended ski-pass you can even head over to the La Plagne area). The total ski area of Paradiski offers 425 KM of slopes, never a dull moment. There are several villages in Les Arcs, of which I think Arc 1800 and Arc 1950 are the nicest with most restaurants and little shops. There are a number of bars, but don’t expect any of them to be really good. But buying some beers in the supermarket and just having fun with you friends in your accommodation is just as good right? Also, most apartments in Les Arcs are next to the slopes or just a couple minutes of walking!

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On top of the world!

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Les Arcs at night

What’s your favorite place to enjoy wintersport? Of course there are so many great options to choose from when you are booking your ski trip. But I hope these little insights from a hardcore snowboard fan just gave you a bit more knowledge. My next trip is booked, how about yours?

Love,

Jill

*Jill is one of our guest bloggers living in Amsterdam (@jillgwendolyn) where she works as a content manager for a digital agency. She’s Crazy about traveling and has spend her studies in New Zealand . You can read a new article from Jill in every 3rd week of the month

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