TOGAKUSHI SHRINE - A GUIDE TO JAPAN'S GIANT TREES

Unlike many places I’ve visited during my last trip to Japan, Togakushi Shrine is not only beautiful, but also deserted. When I arrived in the afternoon I didn’t come across another soul for the first 500m walking up the forest path. The first snowflakes started tumbling down. The soft sun rays where still visible between the tree trunks. I’ve never been to a place this peaceful, yet magical.

Far from the usual tourist destination, Togakushi Shrine is a true hidden gem. Only a couple hours from Tokyo, this sacred Shinto-Shrine can easily be visited with a day trip.

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KYOTO - TOP 5 INSTAGRAMMABLE PLACES

If you have come to Japan in search of ancient temples, lush forests and maybe even to get a glimpse of a real geisha, Kyoto should be on the top of your bucket list. Japan’s cultural capital is bursting with cultural photo-opportunities and as a first time visitor it’s hard to choose between countless temples and parks - Which places are truly worth visiting?

Now, If you, like me, are inseparable with your camera and will start fidgeting excitedly just at the thought of so many creative opportunities - look no further! I’ve selected the 5 most instagrammable place in Kyoto, so you know where to go on your next Japan trip!

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LANGKAWI - Staying in Temple Tree's antique villas

The Temple Tree Resort, in the center of Langkawi, is what explorers dreams are made of. Antique buildings of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian origin, make up this Langkawi luxury hotel.

While there is certainly no shortage on beautiful and luxurious accomodation on Malaysia’s duty free paradise, this is the perfect opportunity to make you visit not only great, but unforgettable. I mean, when will you ever have the chance to stay in a luxury live-in antique villa again?

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5 ESSENTIAL PHOTO TIPS FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

Have you ever felt the disappointment of asking a stranger to take a photo of you and it turns out he cropped of half of your body in every single shot? Have you ever felt the sudden urge to hire your personal photographer for your solo trips, just because you felt sick of all your selfie stick shots? Chances are, you neither have the budget to hire a professional photographer, nor do you want to constantly bother strangers just to be frustrated with the results.

Well, look no further! I am sharing my 5 ultimate Solo Travel Photo Tips with you, to make sure your next trip won’t just be memorable but also highly instagrammable!

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5 MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE PLACES IN KUALA LUMPUR

Being the capital of Malaysia, KL has an incredibly short list of famous must-see attractions. That is exactly why this city is so perfect to spend a couple of days, even If it's just for a stopover. Most visitors head to the famous Petronas Towers and the Batu Caves, while the best parts of the city stay undiscovered. 

I have created a list of my favourite and most photogenic locations in this bustling, colourful city!

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5 REASONS WHY YOU HAVE TO VISIT THE SURIN ISLANDS

The Andaman Sea is known to be to one of the worlds best diving locations. When I asked my diving instructor in Bali which one was her favorite diving spot so far she answered: "The Similan Islands. By far!" This is how I ended up discovering Ko Surin.

After stumbling on horrifying pictures of the overrun beaches on the Similan Islands a friendly Thai Tour-organizer suggested the Surin Islands, a bit further north, less developed, but equally as beautiful as their famous neighbors.

Sounds too good to be true right?

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10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT WORKING IN THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK

Wether you need to get your second year visa, you are in desperate need for money or you are just in for the experience, sooner or later almost every backpacker will find himself working in the Australian outback.

I happened to find my first job in Australia in the most remote Roadhouse of the Northern Territory, Barkly Homestead Roadhouse. The Barkly has become some kind of family to me. I had to leave so many good friends behind. I learned a lot about Australia and about myself. And I want to share all of my experiences with you.

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