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Marissa

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10 gifts for travelers (under €20)

I think when it comes to giving presents, it’s really hard to find the perfect gift for the right person. It’s always a struggle for me to find the perfect gift, because I don’t want to be the one with a boring present. So to make it a bit easier for you to find a present for your friends who loves to travel, I listed 10 great gifts for travelers under €20,- for you down below. Not those tips with expensive Go Pro camera’s, but just tips with a normal price tag. Perfect for Christmas or for a birthday! Continue Reading

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5 Bus Companies to Travel With Through Europe

Last summer I decided to travel through Europe by bus. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and after doing a lot of research, I found out the cheapest way to travel through Europe is by bus. There are a lot of options and those vary also a lot in prices and destinations. In my research I found 5 bus companies to travel with through Europe, which were the most active and biggest ones I could find. Continue Reading

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10x World Map Art On Etsy

There are a lot of travel lovers, including myself, who aren’t able to travel all year round. So while I’m at home I love to have a cozy house with a lot of decoration. At the moment my boyfriend and I are in between houses, so we aren’t investing in decoration in our house and we’re waiting for our next house. Something I really want to have in our next house is a world map on the wall. I have already a scratch map (Oh really?!), but I want a more ‘sophisticated’ one. There are a couple of posters or canvases at Ikea, but those are a bit boring. Luckily the Internet has a lot to offer and I found many different World Maps on Etsy. I collected ten of my favorite world maps in different designs. Continue Reading

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Top 5 Favorite Pictures From My Instagram

Lately there’s some hate about social media, because people claim that social media is fake. I don’t agree with this statement, because I don’t think social media is fake. In my opinion social media is a perfect way to express yourself and your creativity. I love to use Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to express my feeling and to share my travels with the world. Of course most of the times it’ll be the highlights of my life, but nobody will be happy if you’re only complaining on social media. I agree about the fact some accounts can be a bit fake, in the way they’ll promote everything they are getting money for. If people are doing that, I probably unfollow them really quickly. The only downside of social media is the fact some people aren’t aware of this. So I think the publicity around this subject is great to raise awareness. When you’re are aware of this, you can form your own opinion on this topic. Like I said, I love to use social media to express myself and my creativity. That’s why I love to use Instagram and that’s why I made this post. In this post I share my top 5 favorite pictures from my Instagram.

Skyline of Frankfurt. I didn’t expect Frankfurt to be that beautiful. It has a lovely old centre, but it has also a beautiful skyline of the financial centre. This skyline and a sunset is the perfect combination for a beautiful picture.

You don’t need to travel to make a beautiful picture. This picture is made just around the corner of the street I live in. You have to appreciate what you have, so that means also your neighborhood. I’m sure there are many beautiful places around you.

Whitsunday Islands in Australia. Everything over there is perfect for a picture. I would love to go back!

Made in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland. Such an awful place with an awful story.

Also at the Whitsunday Islands in Australia. I think this picture has a perfect scenery and it has again a lovely sunset.

What’s your opinion about social media? Do you think it’s fake?

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10 Things You Need To Do & See in Ubud

For my study I had to do volunteer work somewhere on this planet and I really wanted to teach in a kindergarten in Bali. I searched for a project and I got in touch with Greenlion, which is located in Ubud. I never heard of this place before, but after doing some research I found out it should be an amazing ‘city’. After living in Ubud for one month, I can confirm the that it’s an amazing place. When you’re in Bali, you definitely need to visit Ubud. They say it’s the spiritual capital of Bali and even though there are a lot of tourist, it’s not a crowded place. Continue Reading

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10 Things We Need To Stop Doing To Live A Happier Life

Most of us love to make lists, filled with many goals for what we want to achieve in our life. Some of us make new years resolutions, but a lot of us are making goals all year round. We all make goals to come closer to a more happier and healthier life. Only sometimes it isn’t a matter of start doing something, but a matter to stop doing something you always did. If you stop doing those 10 things, you certainly start living a more positive and happier life. So what are you waiting for? Continue Reading

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Thinking material: Sustainability of this world

As a geographer with a love for travel it’s impossible to not even think about the issues we have in the world. Political tensions, war, global warming, pollution and even health problems. Everything has its connections with geography and I’m not only interested in this, but it gives you also a helpless feeling for what’s happening in the world. Luckily I’m not the only one on this planet who thinks like me about this subject and I just needed to share this. It’s a German song from SIDO, called Astronaut. You don’t need to speak German to understand this song, but this is the link to the translation of the song.

I just wanted to share this to give our self some thinking material. We can’t change the world by ourself, but we either can’t change the world unless we change ourselves.

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5 ways to meet locals while traveling

When we travel to a country, we all want to learn something from its culture. The tourist guide can tell you a few things, just like your Lonely Planet, but it’s definitely not the same if you learn it from a local. It’s their culture and their home area, so of course they know it better than the tourist guide. But what are the best ways to meet locals while traveling? I’ll tell you the 5 best ways to meet the local community while you’re traveling. Continue Reading