TOP 5 COUNTRIES TO LIVE IN (if you ever think about moving)

If you’re planning to leave your hometown and find your luck somewhere else then you should check this list. 

What countries are best to live in if you want to live abroad? Based on a recent survey of 20.000 global people, these are the results.

1. Canada

This country has it all. Adventure, rough but stunning nature, pretty clean air, friendly people and the list goes on. The second largest country in the world particularly scored high on Quality of Life, Citizenship and the opportunities for entrepreneurship. Did you know that Canada is one of the best and safest places for solo travelCheck here for more tips and stories about Canada.

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2. Sweden

Another Scandinavian country. This time it’s Sweden.  They just introduced a 6 hour working day so if that doesn’t already makes a person happy, you should read on. They give you 16 months of to spent that time with your newborn baby, so it is the best place for women where they get safety and they can see their child grown up. Besides this, you can breath fresh air and visit amazing beautiful places.

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More people living in other countries than ever, says UN study

3. Denmark

Crazy but it has zero crime rates, murder, no corruption, and stability in economic growth, quality life, etc. All these things made it as one of the best, happiest and safest countries to live in the world. Nearly 18 weeks of paid leave is given to mothers and 79 percent of women are working which is comparatively higher than other countries. People in this country are more concerned about their environment and they follow excellent health care system. Let’s move to Denmark!

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4. Norway

When I arrived in Norway for the first time, I actually cried because I thought the sight of it was so beautiful. Mountains, Fjörds, valleys, waterfalls and clean air to breath. Norway is one of those place you need to visit before you die, so why not live there for a while! 

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Elke in Norway

5. Switzerland

In short, we loooove Switzerland. The nature is just incredible and if you think Canada is too far, just come over to the Swiss side because it resembles a lot with the scenery.  Secondly, wages are pretty good if you live there as it is one of the wealthiest countries on the planet. 

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Did you know that The Netherlands made it place eight? Lucky us!

Check the full list here.

Love,

Elke

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 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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Source: @TaraMilkTea

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! 

 

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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!

Love,

Wander-Lust

5 Oscar movies that will give you Wanderlust

Last night it was the big night in Hollywood. The night that the best movies in the world are crowned with a little statue named Oscar.
The big winner was of course the impressive movie The Revenant. With little dialogue, the film showed a very impressive scenery which made it a winning movie. Let’s look back a a few Oscar nominated blockbusters that make you want to travel.

1. Lord of the Rings
This movie has to be in this list. It has inspired so many people to pack their bags and travel to the land of hobbits, elf’s and orcs.

Lucky for us, you can book several “Lord of the Rings” tours that will take you through the most beautiful landscapes where the scenes were shot.
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Oscar winning locations, The Lord of the Rings

2. The English Patient

Shot within the beautiful Italian scenery with key parts of the story taking place against a stunning Tuscan backdrop. Director Anthony Minghella spent weeks in Tuscany searching for the perfect monastery to film in.
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Beautiful Italy, where The English Patient was filmed

3. Slumdog millionaire
This amazing Oscar winning movie makes you dislike India or make you extremely curious. It portraits the heavy slums of Mumbai in all it’s glory. You’ll be surprised that tourism picked up immensely after the success of this film.
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Culture shock; India

4. Forrest Gump
This movie isn’t just about the locations but about the feeling this movie is giving you. It inspires and tells you that you can do anything and go anywhere you want in life. No limits. And that is a beautiful thing. This is the northern route through Utah to Monument Valley and was used as the location in the movie “Forrest Gump” were Forrest (played by Best Actor Oscar winner Tom Hanks) ended his cross-country run.
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Utah to Monument Valley

5. Vicky Christina Barcelona
The titel gives it away but this film shows the romantic and vibrant city Barcelona. Filmed during spring/summer, this movie takes makes you fall in love with the characters and scenery. Drinking wine and eating all day and still look as good as Scarlet Johansen and Penelopé Cruz? Miss Cruz won a best supporting Oscar for her performance.
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Sexy and beautiful in Barcelona

What’s your favorite Oscar winning movie?

Love,

Elke

Top 5 » Amazing Drone Photo’s

Drones are the shit right now. Amazing video’s and photographs are a result of the flying devices that have broaden our horizons when it comes to photography and film. We’re thinking about buying one and bringing it along our travels, what do you think?
Until then, we’ve selected 5 images made by a drone that really takes our breath away.

1. “Lost Island, Tahaa, French Polynesia”
This is our favorite drone picture by far. Nothing beats a deserted island with palmtrees right?

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Photo by Dronestagram

2. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland
The waterfall with the difficult name is something we can look at forever. Shot with the DJI Phantom using a GoPro Hero 3 black.

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Photo by Don Pablo

3 . Snorkeling with sharks in the French Polynesia
Another beautiful shot made at the French Polynesia. Guess we need to book a ticket!

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Photo by Mike Gandouin

4.The cathedral of Maringa in Brazil
If you could fly, it probably looks and feels something like this. Ricardo Matiello wasn’t sure what his drone would photograph above the clouds of Brazil.
He was happy to discover a blue sky with incredible views.

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Photo Ricardo Matiello

5. A Male Elephant in Chobe National Park , Botswana
American Photographer Paul Souders used his DJI Phantom Vision 2+drone for this amazing shot, using a small remote in order to get close.


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Photo by Paul Souders

Love,

Wander-Lust

Top 5 » Best Food Hotspots in Ibiza

It’s no secret that I’m a big food lover. I might be a little picky when it comes to food, but that’s because I know what I like.
I’m always looking forward to find the best restaurants whilst I travel. I can easily wander for hours to find the perfect place where they serve top notch food with a great ambiance. I’m only interested in good quality food and preferred not to expensive, but I can also easily order champagne with oysters in a star restaurant.

But how do you find these quality food treasures? That’s easy, just ask the locals where they love to eat! That’s exactly what I did in Ibiza.
I asked the owner of my villa to share some of her best tips with me – and these are one million dollar tips I tell you!

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5 reasons to love the world..

Watching the news lately, it might seem a bit grim these days.
But let’s not forget the beauty of this world.
So lift your anchors, sail away from the safe harbour, catch the wind in your sails and go on a journey. Pack your bags, wander, explore and enjoy this world as much as you can.

After all, travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer.

Here are 5 reasons to love this world..

1. Because there really is water as blue as this.
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Egremni beach, Greece

2. Because we can pose like this with a view like that.

The Grand Canyon, USA

 3. Because of something called; The Magic Hour
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Perdika, Greece

4. Realising that you’re pretty much the only person on the Island..
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Ko Lanta, Thailand (secret beach)

5. Because of winters like these..
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Sunset, The Netherlands

Tell us why you love this world!
Check our bucketlist for more beautiful pictures of the world!

Love,

Elke

Top 5 » Best Coffee Bars in the world

Coffee makes the world go round right? 😉 We’ve selected the 5 best coffee bars in the world. Time to check it out!

1. The Coffee Academics in Hong Kong, China

Ok, where do we start. This place is craaazy. They organize events, have an online shop and you can become a qualified barista by learning the trade in their famous training program. Yes, this is coffee at his best. http://www.the-coffeeacademics.com/

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Source: Coffee Academics

2. Coffee & Coconuts in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This place in Amsterdam serves more then just coffee. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, amazing XL cappuccino’s and yes, fresh Coconuts! There is free wifi which makes it the perfect place to work.Young couples, workaholics and bloggers love this place 🙂 It’s new in town so you may need to share a table or wait for the perfect spot on a couch or cushion. http://ctamsterdam.nl

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3. Addison 7 steele in Perth, Australia

If you ever visit Perth in Australia, be sure to check out this place. First of all, it’s nice to cool off and the escape the Australian heat for a moment but it’s also a great place for their blueberry bagel and beautiful crafted coffees. Check their Facebook page to find out more.

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Source: Addison Steele, Perth

4. The Attendant in London, England

This coffee bar used to be a Victorian toilet, built around 1890 and mothballed in the 1960’s. It might feel a little strange to drink your coffee where people used to take a leek but hey, it’s certainly a very innovating way of creating one of the most talked about coffee bars in England! http://www.the-attendant.com/

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5. Cafe Central in Vienna, Austria

Ok, I’ve never been here but I really want to drink a coffee here alongside a piece of that amazing cake that they serve here! Some of the most greatest minds such as Sigmund Freud to Leon Trotsky have gathered here and drank their coffees.

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Have you ever been at any of these coffee bars?

Love,

Elke