Best Airlines in the world 2019

They call it the Oscars for the aviation industry, the yearly world airlines awards. Each year the numbers shift and it’s always good to know who you’re flying with in 2019. 

Needless to say, that not all Airlines are the same. Some are obviously far better than othersThis is a small selection of the top hundred 2019, chosen by travellers around the world.

Nr. 1 Qatar Airways

Still on top of the bill. Qatar airlines is still one of the best airlines in the world. They also won in 2012 next to a numerous other awards, and this year they climb back up from number 2 to the first spot. So why are they so great? Well; Quatar flies to 140 different destinations, they are Best in business class, Best on time performance, Best in vanity kit, Best economy long haul experience and the list goes on.. 


Fly fly away!

Nr. 5 Emirates

I will never forget my first backpacking adventure to Australia. I was 24 years old and traveling solo. Next to that I already had a fear of flying so the thought of being in a large plane for at least 16 hours wasn’t something I looked forward to. But Emirates made my experience sooo good. First of all, the staff is amazing. I really believe they are this nice! No fake smile, just an excellent service. Emirates stops at Dubai airport and I must say that’s a great stopover as the airport looks amazing and if you have a long stopover, it’s always nice to do some shopping while you’re there right? 😉 Emirates have been in the worlds top 5 best airlines for years now and if it were up to me, they can stay there for many years to come.

Nr. 6 EVA Air

This Taiwanese airline flies over 40 international destinations and comes it at number 6 in the top 100 best airlines. It’s not just the female name that does wonders because this airline does it really well. Some say that they have the best business class service there is and they are the only airline that I know that serves Dom Perignon champagne. Their premium economy has great leg space and that’s something many airlines still lack. Evaair.com

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Nr. 9 Lufthansa

The low cost airline is doing extremely well in the top 100 list. They fly in at number 12. Sarah flies to Germany a lot and she always flies with Lufthansa. Reliability is the key word for Lufthansa. Sarah always feels save and that’s why she always chooses Lufthansa. Word goes around that Lufthansa doesn’t have the warmest crew but Sarah’s flights were always pleasant. You get free drinks and snacks, and during lunch or dinner you will get a sandwich. Not very posh, but Sarah loves it – like many other with her – it’s the fact that you don’t have to pay for it. Lufthansa.com

Nr. 18 KLM

It’s because we flew with KLM many many times. This means we should have a pretty good idea about their service and capabilities. They have been praised about their extremely good user engagement. If you have a question or complaint and you post this on social media, they are extremely fast in responding. I flew to Hong Kong recently and had an extremely good organized flight. On my way back, the steward came up to me and asked me if I had a good flight and if I wanted to join their Airmiles system. No annoying advertising emails but now I can enjoy all the perks of being a frequent flyer! KLM


Still one of the best airlines in our opinion!

Our advice? Book your next flight with one of these above mentioned airlines so that your holiday starts from the moment you step inside the aircraft!

Check here for the full 2019 list. What’s your favorite airline?

Love,

Elke

Backpacking with a 10 week old baby!

Most people wouldn’t even consider packing their bags and traveling the world, but this woman decided to do so and bring her 10-week-old baby and partner.

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Top 5 » Bluest Things in the World

Blue freaking Monday. Everybody is talking about it today and so are we! But let’s not talk about how depressing this day is but let’s showcase all things blue in this world. We’ve lined up the best and bluest things this earth has to offer us. Here’s our top 5:

1. The bluest sea ever
I have never seen a sea as blue as in Lefkas, Greece. When I saw it, I though it wasn’t real. It couldn’t be! But it was and boy did I love it.
My advise is to book your ticket asap! Read about Greece here.

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Is this a swimming pool or what?

2. The bluest animal in the world
It’s the blue poison dart frog ( Dendrobates azureus )and is considered the bluest animal on earth. This frog has the most beautiful blue color but don’t come to close though, this poison dart frog has enough venom to kill 10 grown men! Check the little creature here.

3. The Bluest town in the world
We wrote an article about the most colorful places in world and Chefchaouen in Morocco topped out list. This cute town is noted for it’s blue houses.

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Blue dreams in Morocco

4. Bluest fruit you didn’t know existed
Yes, these strawberries are blue. Okok, they are genetically modified..BUT still pretty cool right? To make them blue, you must put genes from a fish called Arctic Flounder Fish to the fruit.. 

5. Bluest beach
We didn’t mention this in out most colorful beaches in the world blogpost but that’s because it has more to do with the plancton than the actual beach. The shore lights up at Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives because of the high concentration of phytoplankton that light up the night.

Check the bluest sand here

Love,

Wander-Lust

The best Travel photo’s of 2015

I traveled to Malaysia in November where I experienced the spectacular wilderness of Borneo. I explored a new adventure in only 30 minutes away from KK city.
Kota Kinabalu is famous for its incredible richness of tropical rain forests where you will see and find proboscis Monkeys, orangutans, plants, rivers, waterfalls, hot springs, caves and a lot more! Sometimes its hard to capture the moment that make people wonder and want to know more, where the picture says it all and no words are needed.
I’m amazed by the work of some travel photographers, it’s sometimes hard to believe that some places really exist! Both Elke and me are trying our very best to make photo’s of our unforgettable experiences that will make you pack your bags and go!

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The most beautiful Christmas Trees in the world!

Did you buy your Christmas tree already in November, or did you buy your tree on the 1st of December, or do you even wait for Christmas Eve?
If you are like me, you will start thinking about buying a Christmas tree in December. Last weekend I decided to buy one – small and lovely – and it makes my home so warm. Maybe not as impressive as the below Christmas trees, but I can say that my tree looks exquisite and classic!

One of the things I love to do is to check out the Christmas trees in different cities around the world. They are so impressive: huge amount of lights, big and so beautiful! 
Next to me, a lot of people around the world come and visit their huge and impressive hometown Christmas trees every year, no matter the weather.

Did you know?

‘Before electric lights were introduced, many families set open candles on their trees to illuminate them, which meant that each Christmas morning, the newspapers included stories of homes going up in flames when the branches ignited.’ source: mentalfloss.com

If you are in one of the below cities you should definitely check out these beautiful Christmas trees:

1. Germany, Dortmund

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source: http://dortmunderweihnachtsmarkt.de/

2. London, Covent Garden

London Christmas Tree
source: Instagram

3. New York, Rockefeller

NEW YORK CITY, USA - DECEMBER 10, 2015: Ice skaters fill the skating rink under the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
source: national geographic

 4. Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro Christmas tree
source: catholic

5. Milan, Saint Peter Square at the Vatican

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source: Decoist.com

6. Paris, Galleries Lafayette

Paris Christmas Tree

Which Christmas Tree is your favourite?

Happy Holidays!

Love,

Sarah

Film Tip » COWSPIRACY

Leonardo Dicaprio is the executive producer of this revealing documentary and he didn’t just do this to make some extra cash.
The man is very passionate about the environment and helps where he can. A man to my heart. (and eh.. I loved Titanic!)
But the main reason for him to financially back this documentary is, because he wants to raise awareness for a major problem that most of us don’t realize; Animal Agriculture
Animal what? Exactly. That’s what I thought.
I don’t want to scare you but did you know that only 15{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} of greenhouse gas emissions are due to transport. (cars, rail, planes, boats)
You’ll be shocked if I told you that 51{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} of emissions are due to livestock and their byproducts.

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1-2 acres Rainforrest are being cut down every minute to make room for animal agriculture. Just so that the animals can feed so we, humans, can enjoy that steak or burger.
It’s it’s also crazy to think that about a quarter of the world is starving while 45{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} of the worlds land is used to feed the animals!

“Cowspiracy may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet.”

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If we all make a change in our diet, it will help more than driving an electric car..

What we seem to forget is, that back in the days we didn’t live on the planet with  7,2 billion people.

I have been a non meat eater since I was 13 years old (I say non meat, because I eat fish). I knew that it was better for the environment to eat less meat but I didn’t realize that the impact was so large. Animal products like milk, cheese and eggs are also a reason for the devastating results and this is something I didn’t know.
Of course, we can look back in time and say; ‘Back in the the year 1900 everybody was eating meat, it’s only natural.’ But what we seem to forget is, that back in the days we weren’t living on the planet with the 7,2 billion people as we are now. We are with so many of us and the number is still growing. How many more trees need to be cut, how many species need to die and how many oceans need to be empty? We need to change.

So what can we do?
If you are a regular meat eater, it’s not a bad idea to have a meatless day or two. The same applies to fish.
Yes, it’s not easy to change our natural habits, but as a vegetarian, I know how many nice things you can eat without having to use meat or fish.
Check this website for amazing vegetarian and vegan blogs or recipes. You can also join the 30 day Vegan Challenge.

I recently started to eat a vegan diet. I am finishing the last milk and eggs in my refrigerator and I need to have a last meal of sushi. (This is also hard for me!)
But I will not buy animal products anymore.
Why? Because I love this planet. And I really really don’t want to give it up.

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One of my first vegan meals, while writing this article at restaurant Golden Temple.

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Watch Cowspiracy and decide on your own. After all, it’s also your planet.
Click here for the trailer.

Love,

Elke

» To read more about Cowspiracy go to their website. The movie is now available on Netflix.
» To see my 5 reasons to love the world, check here.

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 » Wander Spots around the world

I have traveled a lot and one thing I love to do is walking around and find that piece that you keep with you for ever.
From luxury goods in London to quirky finds in Panama, to large shopping in New York,  I can easily wander away for hours or a whole day.

Hereby a few of my wander spots…

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