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TRAVELLING WHILE PREGNANT | when, where and how to travel during pregnancy

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Regardless of whether you have been planning your pregnancy for a long time or it all happened rather spontaneously, you will certainly have a bunch of questions once you see a plus on the pregnancy test. Those of us who like to travel or are regularly involved in certain sport activities might even be intimidated at first, questioning whether this new adventure might drastically change the way we spend our free time. Of course, we all want a healthy baby and a nice pregnancy without complications to start with, but we could also feel like we have to make the best of this precious time we still have left as a couple. Even if you already have children, you may want to experience something special with them before they become big siblings. After all, soon they will have to share your attention with someone else. And there is nothing better than one or more great trips and vacations before the baby arrives, well at least for those of us who like to explore the world. Now that I´m almost at the end of my second one I can say I have had two very different pregnancies which have left me with sufficient experience in order to write such a post. Since I am not a doctor, I advise you to consult one before taking a trip yourselves and consider this post to be just another source of additional information, based solely on my personal experiences. So when, where and how to travel during pregnancy and what do you need to pay special attention to when planning trips during this special period of your life? Read more below.

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BALTIC COAST, Germany | a complete guide of best islands, beaches and towns between Usedom and Flensburg

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The approximately 1000km long German Baltic coast is one of my favorite parts of Germany and although it remains relatively unknown in international tourist circles, it is extremely popular among domestic guests. In the last ten years of living in this part of Europe, I have had the chance to visit it many times, mostly for an extended weekend, and once as part of a longer road trip. I always end up enchanted by its endless white sandy beaches, traditional fish culinary delicacies, fragrant pine forests, and last but not least, the rich tourist and recreational offer as well. In this article, I have collected all the important, most famous and most beautiful corners of the German Baltic Sea coast. From islands, peninsulas, national parks to cities and towns – for an easier geographical understanding, the places mentioned in the post start in the very east, on the border with Poland and end in the very north, at the border with Denmark.

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25 epic amazing best road trips in Europe with itinerary ideas and useful tips for tarvelling

THE BEST ROAD TRIPS IN EUROPE | 25 ideas and destinations

Katja CAMPING, TIPS, VANLIFE 2 Comments

Wind in your hair, good company, a stack of food and drinks, a few books, endless roads ahead and loads of good vibes. Is there anything better? Mostly, road trips are my favourite way of travel. Sure, I also don’t mind a few relaxing days in a hotel here and there and I have had some awesome backpacking trips too, but there is just this amazing feeling of freedom while travelling with a car. especially if you have a camper van or a tent and no fixed plans. And considering the current pandemics situation when it is really more difficult to just pack up and fly somewhere, camping holidays are on the rise more than ever now. Therefore in this new post I present you 25 best European road trip ideas. From its north to its south, there’s something for everyone. I chose Europe because I know it best, though surely there are many other awesome options around the world. More about them some other time.

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BREMERHAVEN, Germany | weekend trip to the German North Sea coast

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Bremerhaven is located in Northern Germany, at the sea and river Weser between the cities of Bremen and Cuxhaven. Its name in translation basically means the port of the Free Hanseatic city of Bremen and this was also this town´s main purpose once it was established back in the early 19th century. Bremerhaven was one of Germany´s most important trade ports and also the largest emigration port in all of Europe, therefore it is a very interesting city to visit nowadays, showing off its rich history, crossed with modern architecture and typical northern German customs. There are loads of tourist attractions in the city, including numerous unique museums, plus, there is also lots to see and explore in the area which makes it a great weekend trip or simply a stop during a longer road trip. I have visited the city a couple of times and was impressed by it every single time. Read more what you can see and do in Bremerhaven in this post.

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TOP 20 LAKES IN SLOVENIA | 20 ideas which Slovenian lakes to visit

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Every visit of my dear home country, Sovenia, leaves me thinking about how beautiful this place actually is. Mighty hills, salty air and the waves of the Mediterranean sea, green valleys, endless forests, mysterious caves, vineyards, pristine lakes and more and more. And everything is so insanely close. Unfortunately, people are all too often unaware of waht they have back home until they actually move abroad and start to miss the things they took for graned before. In this new article, I´ve nostalgically put together a list of best 20 lakes in Slovenia. Because just as much as I love the sea, I also love the lakes. As long as there is water. I love the lakes for their reflections, for being a pleasant place to cool off on hot summer days or admiring interesting ice patterns in the winter months. There are around three lakes I haven´t visited yet from this list and I can´t wait to do so this summer if everything goes as planned. So here are 20 ideas for a trip or visit to Slovenia´s most famous and most beautiful lakes, in my humble opinion, of course.

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MALLORCA, Spain | 5 days with a rented car

Katja FAMILY TRAVELS, SPAIN | MALLORCA 2 Comments

I can honestly say I was never too attracted to Mallorca, as it has quite a reputation over here in Germany for being a “party island” before anything else. Listening live German Schlager music while drinking pints of Bavarian brewed beer and spending my days on overly crowded beaches among sunburned alcohol smelling bodies? No thank you. However, there came a moment when I was able to take just a day off at the office and this covered 5 free days of holidays. It was a rather quick decision and Mallorca seemed to be our best choice. Lu, 6 yo at the time, and me flew from Hanover, Germany, while Charlie from France, my mom from Slovenia and we all met in Palma. So it was kind of a quick family reunion and in the end it turned out awesome! 5 days of discovering the island with a rented car was just enough to get a real taste of it, Mallorca impressed us with beautiful beaches and crystal clear sea, interesting hilly scenery, caves, enjoyable climate, beautiful architecture, idyllic villages and of course its culinary delicacies. A whole range of low-cost airlines can take you to Mallorca, where, in addition to larger hotels, you can find a lot of affordable accommodation in terms of Airbnb and private apartments, and car or scooter rental is also pretty inexpense. So what to see and do in Mallorca? Read more below.

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BANANA BREAD | recipe and ideas

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Although I am not exactly the biggest fruit addict and I usually prefer something spicy and salty over something sweet, there is always some fruits found in our kitchen. Most of the time, it’s a bunch of bananas. And because we almost never manage to eat them all before they turn slightly brown, we often use them to prepare a delicious and simple banana bread. Unlike many other fruits and vegetables, bananas are one of the few that are easy to use, even if they are well above the threshold of ripeness. For this exact reason the famous was actually invented in the USA during the times of Great Depression in the first half of the 20th century, as expensive imported bananas “spoiled” all too quickly and the usage of baking soda and baking powder was being largely promoted across the States. The first recipe appeared in a cookbook in 1933, and banana bread is considered one of the most popular simple sweet treats since then. Bananas are also an excellent source of energy and we like to eat them on trips, hikes, road trips and other travels. To satisfy our personal taste we can add a couple of extra ingredients to the original banana bread recipe, so in this post, I´m sharing our basic recipe and adding a couple of ideas for special variants.

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CUXHAVEN, Germany | weekend trip to the German North Sea Coast

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Cuxhaven, the northernmost point of Lower Saxony in Germany, is located right at the North Sea at the mouth of the Elbe river and it is one of the most popular German seaside places for day trips from Hamburg, Bremen and around, as well as one of the larger climate resorts for longer summer holidays. Besides relaxing at the beach and exploring Cuxhaven´s historical and architectural sights, it is also a great starting point for visiting UNESCO´s Wadden Sea, day trips to Helgoland, Neuwerk and other islands, longer walks and cycling through surrounding coastal heathlands and more. I have visited Cuxhaven a couple of times during my last 10 years living in Germany and it is also one of my favourite places in these parts of the country. Read more about what to see and do in Cuxhaven in this post.

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WHERE TO GO IN SLOVENIA | 50 ideas for day trips & weekend trips

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Spring is just around the corner and the season of day and weekend trips is in full swing. We still don´t know how this summer will look like in terms of travel, but last year it was pretty awesome to explore Slovenia, my home country, which borders were opened also to the international tourists. Therefore I have prepared a really long and comprehensive post with 50 ideas about where to go on a day or weekend trip in Slovenia. This took me a really long time, but I believe that it will be of great help to many, including me – I myself have not been able to visit all of the places I mention here, although while writing this post I realized I do know my home country quite well already. I´ve been discovering it on my own since almost 20 years now and on top of this we do a yearly day trip with my extended family with a rented bus, every time somewhere else. We make sure we include visits to the museums and other attractions, tourist farms, local craftsmen, natural wonders and other cultural sights. This is really a great way to get to know your country and see the whole family 1-2 times a year, especially if you like to hang out in large numbers. The places mentioned in this post follow an approximate geographically logical sequence, starting at the coast, Istria, Vipava, Karst and Goriška Brda to Soča valley, Gorenjska, Ljubljana, Notranjska, Bela Krajina, Posavje, Dolenjska, Kozjansko, Zasavje, Savinjska, Koroška, Štajerska, Prlekija, Pomurje and Prekmurje. I can’t wait for our official move back home to Slovenia this year, so that we can spend more weekends exploring our small country again. So if you are choosing Ljubljana as a base, or just have a couple of days to see the best of Slovenia, check out this post for the best trips you can take!

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MEXICAN TORTILLAS | recipe and ideas

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Tortillas are thin and flat round Mexican pancakes, made of corn or wheat flour, which can be used in the preparation of various Mexican dishes. The traditional recipe originated in the region of Oaxaca, dating back to 1500-500 BC, when tortillas were prepared in the traditional way with a special flour called masa de maíz. From the time of the colonization of Central America until today, tortillas are also prepared with wheat flour, these are often found in northern Mexico, and of course in the United States and elsewhere. Tortillas are prepared by hand or with the help of a special device, i.e. tortilla press or tortillas. At home, we often organize a Mexican tacos evening with homemade tortillas, especially for some celebrations or when we get friends over for a visit. Tacos and other dishes prepared with tortillas are an ideal social food, since the whole family can participate in the preparation (our Lu likes to help in the kitchen too), and we also put all the ingredients in little cups, including sauces, on the table so that everyone prepares their own food. In this way it is often easier to please the taste buds of many guests, plus it is a fun thing to do. So in this post, we are sharing our recipe for homemade tortillas, which are of course much better than those from the supermarket, and we added a few ideas about which kind of dishes you can make with the tortillas as well.

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