YAKEL KASTOM VILLAGE OVERNIGHT STAY

VANUATU | Yakel Kastom village overnight stay, Tanna island

Katja FAMILY TRAVELS, SINGLE PARENT TRAVELS, SPECIAL EXPERIENCES, VANUATU 6 Comments

After landing in Port Vila and spending a couple of days on EFATE ISLAND, we flew to TANNA. This smaller VANUATU island is known for its untouched NATURE and TRADITIONAL LIFESTYLE of the local population. Many of the island´s residents live in so-called KASTOM VILLAGES where a more modern way of life is intentionally restricted. We booked our accommodation for …

MT. YASUR VOLCANO, Vanuatu | climbing an active volcano on Tanna island

Katja FAMILY TRAVELS, HIKING, SINGLE PARENT TRAVELS, SPECIAL EXPERIENCES, VANUATU 2 Comments

The ACTIVE VOLCANO Mt. YASUR on TANNA island was one of the main reasons why we eve considered visiting VANUATU. It is one of the most EASILY ACCESSIBLE active volcanoes in the world. And wouldn´t that be great if I could have this experience watching hot lava exploding from craters with Lu next to me? I was convinced. We had …

SOUTH PACIFIC 2018 | Singapore, Cook islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, Auckland

Katja COOK ISLANDS, FAMILY TRAVELS, FIJI, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, SINGLE PARENT TRAVELS, VANUATU 2 Comments

It has been almost a year since LU AND ME flew off to our LONGER SOUTH PACIFIC TRIP, but we can still feel the powerful sun, smell the salty sea, taste the sweet coconuts and hear the waves if we close our eyes. Taking UNPAID LEAVE at my work for 3 months turned out to be a great idea. After …

THÜRINGEN, Germany | 4 days camping road trip to Sangerhausen, Erfurt, Eisenach and Drachenschlucht

Katja CAMPING, FAMILY TRAVELS, GERMANY, SINGLE PARENT TRAVELS 8 Comments

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

SAXON SWITZERLAND national park, Germany | 4 days trip to one of the best German parks close to Czech republic

Katja FAMILY TRAVELS, GERMANY, HIKING, SINGLE PARENT TRAVELS 12 Comments

In the beginning of May Lu and me decided to visit this park together with my parents who were just visiting from Slovenia. Getting out of the house, exploring something new and catching some fresh air was wonderful. After STOPPING IN DRESDEN FOR A DAY on the way to the park, we spent 2 nights in an apartment in a …

DRESDEN, Germany | weekend city trip to the capital of German state Saxony

Katja CITY BREAKS, FAMILY TRAVELS, GERMANY, SINGLE PARENT TRAVELS 10 Comments

This year´s 1st of May came conveniently on a Monday, which meant we had a longer weekend without taking a day off work. Already a couple of months ago we decided to head to the wonderful SACHSEN SWITZERLAND NATIONAL PARK and possibly make a stop in Dresden on the way, as I´ve never been there yet. Due to our separation …

Lüneburger Heide Germany what to see and do

LÜNEBURGER HEIDE, Germany | weekend trip to the pink heath fields close to Hamburg

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I have to admit I had no clue this beautiful nature park with fields of blooming heath even existed before I moved to Germany. It is located quite close to the busy higway between Hanover and Hamburg but if you don´t know it´s there you will not see it from the road. Up until now we´ve visited Lüneburger Heide two …

DUGI OTOK, Croatia | 1 week summer holiday on one of the less touristy and wilder Croatian islands

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This summer we finaly decided to visit Dugi otok island, which was on was on my wish list for a couple of years already. We heard Dugi otok was still quite untouristy and PEACEFUL compared to some other islands around and this was just what we needed this year. STUNNING BEACHES, which reminded us of the Caribbean, great SEAFOOD, nice …

NORTHERN GERMANY road trip | Hamburg – Lübeck – Scharbeutz – Kiel

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

HELSINKI, Finland | weekend city trip to the modern Finnish capital

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We started our FINLAND TRIP this year by visiting the country´s CAPITAL CITY – since our plane anyway landed here we decided to spent two nights in a cosy hotel in the centre, get a feeling of the place and get use to the colder weather again. Although the city is quite spread out, 2 days is enough time to …

MLJET, Croatia | 10 days summer holiday

Katja CROATIA, FAMILY TRAVELS 2 Comments

Mljet is the most southerly and easterly of the larger Adriatic islands of the DALMATIA region and also THE GREENEST and most forested of them all. A big part of it is also a protected area of a NATIONAL PARK. Many come for the amazing nature and are seeking peace, recreation and good food. Some are only coming over on …

BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA | short road trip from north to south

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

SINGAPORE | what to see and do in 4 days

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It´s big, it´s clean, it´s green, its has some AMAZING ARCHITECTURE, great RESTAURANTS and (from what we heard) NIGHTLIFE. And if you feel too claustrophobic between all the big SKYSCRAPERS you can easily escape to one of the BEACHES or PARKS nearby. I was in Singapore when I was 14 years old and everything looked soooo big back then – …

VIS, Croatia | 10 days summer holiday on Croatia´s most faraway inhabited island

Katja CROATIA, FAMILY TRAVELS 5 Comments

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