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Keeping Track of Your Travels

Once you start traveling frequently, keeping track of your travels becomes more and more important. I've tried anything from scratch maps to mobile apps to mark off the places I've visited but nothing has made me quite as satisfied as a push pin travel map.

I recently got this beautiful map from Pin Adventure Map and started putting in the pins on all the destinations I've visited.
The visualization of the places I've been makes me so happy to look at whenever I walk by the map and a side bonus is that it's a great conversation starter when other people see it too.

The maps from Pin Adventure Map are fully customizable which means you can design your own and choose anything from the colors of the map and pins to the font and text at the bottom.
This makes it a perfect gift for your travel-loving friend or family member, or just for yourself to keep track of your travels.
I got the canvas, so it would hang nicely on my wall, but you can order both posters and framed maps too.

All maps come with 90 free pins, so you can start tracking and planning your trips. A good tip is to order different colors, so you can differentiate between the places you want to go and the places you have already been.
If you love planning trips as much as I do, you know how nice it is to visualize the trip you have planned and show it off to your friends and family.

One of my favorite things about the specific map is that even the small destinations are visible, which makes it possible to mark those smaller places too (I'm thinking of you Fiji ;D)

The only problem with visualizing all your travels this way is that now the rest of the map seems so empty and I can't wait to explore somewhere new and mark it on the map 🙂

So order your own push pin map from Pin Adventure Map and send me a picture of all the places you've been so far!

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What to Pack for a Road Trip

Road trips are one of my favorite ways to travel. You can explore so much in a short amount of time and be completely flexible with your time and what you want to see and do.

However, road trips are also one of the hardest trips to pack for. You have to pack for different destinations (maybe even climates) in a limited amount of space.
But don't worry! I'm here to help you optimize your packing and tell you what to pack for a road trip, so you can focus on enjoying your trip!

Bags

I normally swear by trollies when I travel, but for road trips, I recommend using a soft bag (duffel bag or similar) as these are easier to pack, stack and squeeze into tight places in the car.

For day trips I use a backpack so I can bring only the necessary things with me and leave the rest in the car or at the hotel/hostel.

Checklist:

  • Duffel Bag
  • Backpack

Clothing

Layers, layers, layers!
Driving from destination to destination makes it hard to predict the weather, so be sure to pack layers so you can be prepared for any changes. I always go for the basics to make sure I'm comfortable on long drives.

Most of the time you only need one or two bottoms and a few tops to get by for up to a week.
You can do laundry at most hotels and hostels, and if you bring a stain remover stick, you can take care of any urgent spills or stains.

I always bring at least one nice outfit in case we decide to go out or end up somewhere fancy. You don't want to be stuck at a nice party or restaurant in your jeans and t-shirt. 🙂

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Shoes

Shoes are one of the most important things when traveling. Wearing uncomfortable shoes when walking around can completely ruin your experience. I always bring at least one pair of comfortable sneakers and recently discovered the best sneaker brands I have ever tried.
The Swiss company Baabuk makes their shoes out of 100% wool, which might sound strange but actually makes perfect sense when you read about all the advantages of the material.

These shoes are perfect for traveling as they give you immediate comfort (no need to break them in and say goodbye to blisters!), they heat-regulate your feet perfectly, so you are never too hot or too cold, and they even have elastic shoe laces so you can slip right in and out.

I had the Urban Wooler model with me on a recent road trip to Iceland and I was so impressed that they will definitely come with me on all my future road trips as well.

For long drives (or nasty hostel bathrooms) I always bring flip-flops. They are great for quickly jumping out of the car and should be on everyone's road trip packing list.

Checklist:

  • Comfortable sneakers
  • Flip-flops
  • Nice boots or sandals

Electronics

When spending a lot of time in the car it's important to have the right equipment with you. Always bring a phone charger and a USB port that plugs into the cigarette lighter, so you can keep your phone charged for navigation, music, and emergencies.

I mostly just use my phone for navigation but a GPS unit is definitely an advantage in places where you don't have a signal or if you are out of the country and don't have data on your phone.

If you do decide to use your phone for navigation, a phone holder is a good investment so you can place it at the windshield.

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Toiletries

When you are out exploring you never know when you will be near the next clean restroom or shower, so always pack a few rolls of toilet paper, some hand sanitizer, body wipes, and tissues to be on top of any situation.

If you are traveling during the summer, it's also a good idea to bring bug spray and sunscreen. No one wants to be stuck in a car for hours if you're sunburnt or covered with bug bites!

It's also not very fun to be driving with a headache, so always pack a few painkillers.

For the girls it's a good idea to bring some hair ties, so you are ready for windy days. 🙂

Checklist:

  • Toilet Roll
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Body Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Painkillers
  • Hair Ties
  • General toiletries and make-up

Entertainment

It's no road trip without an awesome playlist that everyone can sing along to, so do some research and find everyone's favorite songs!.

It's also a good idea to bring along some board games or a deck of cards to entertain yourself on quiet nights.

Checklist:

  • An awesome playlist
  • Board games
  • A deck of cards

Snacks

You can't have a road trip without snacks! Be sure to stock up before the trip, as it is way cheaper to bring them from home than buying them at gas stations. It also gives you the opportunity to add some healthier options.

It's a good idea to pack ziplock bags to keep the snacks fresh and the car tidy, and don't forget wet wipes to clean your hands afterward.

Bring a reusable water bottle so you can stay hydrated, and if you want the drinks to stay cool, bring a small cooler as well.

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Comfort

Comfort is essential, so be sure to pack sunglasses to avoid squinting when driving, a blanket for picnics or chilly nights, and a travel pillow for naps in the car.

It's also a good idea to bring a towel in case your accommodation doesn't provide one.

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Safety

Safety is always important and these things should probably always be in your car - but certainly don't forget them on a road trip.

Never leave home without your license and registration, and keep a copy of your car insurance policy in the car.
It is also a good idea to have the car's manual in the glove compartment in case you need to check up on something.

Be sure to pack a spare tire, a first aid kit, and an emergency road assistance kit in the trunk.

If you are traveling to cold destinations remember to pack a snow shovel and an ice scraper.

Checklist:

  • License and registration
  • A copy of your car insurance policy
  • Car Manual
  • Spare Tire
  • First Aid Kit
  • Road Assistance Kit
  • Snow shovel and ice scraper (if you're traveling during winter)

These are all my best tips for the ultimate road trip packing list. Be sure to leave a comment if I missed anything.

When you are ready to start planning your trip, head over to my resource page to find the best websites and tools to make travel booking and planning a breeze.

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Staying at the Superbude St. Pauli in Hamburg

While visiting Germany's second largest city, Hamburg, I stayed at the super cool Superbude Hotel & Hostel in St. Pauli.
I was very surprised by how much there was to do in Hamburg, and if you are interested in reading about some of the stuff I did while spending the weekend, go check out my guide "Top 15 Things to Do in Hamburg, Germany".

Before you can start exploring everything Hamburg has to offer, you need a great base, and Superbude is exactly that. I've put together everything you need to know below, and when you are ready to book, click here to find the best deal, and use the code “superdeal” to get an additional discount of 5 Euros.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.

Getting there

The Superbude is located in the hip and vibrant St. Pauli quarter. From Hamburg city center you take bus number 3, which takes around 10 minutes and stops right outside the entrance. 

If you prefer to travel by train, you can take the U-Bahn U3 line to Feldstraße station and walk the last bit of the way.

The Hotel

The Superbude has two locations in Hamburg: St. Pauli and St. Georg. The St. Pauli hotel has 89 rooms and is close to restaurants, bars, and boutiques, while the St. Georg Hotel has 74 rooms and is close to the center of the city and the harbor.

Both branches share the same cool interior and vibe. The combination of a hotel and a hostel lets you have have a private room (if you want it) but still enjoy the community in the common areas and hang out with other travelers.
The community area is filled with books, magazines, board games, and two iMacs, so you can keep yourself entertained if the weather outside calls for a quiet night in.

The hotel offers free wifi throughout the entire building and the bar at reception is open 24 hours a day if you want a snack or something to drink. The staff is young and friendly and is available for any advice you might need while visiting Hamburg.

 

The Rooms

Superbude offers private double rooms, or 3, 4, 5, or 6 people rooms, so you can have it exactly as you want. All rooms have a private bathroom including towels, sheets, a safe, and a flat-screen TV. However, I wasn't able to find any non-German channels, so if you don't speak German, don't expect to relax in front of the TV. 

The rooms are decorated in a super cool way, and you can definitely spend a long time looking at the newspaper wall or any of the other cool little details.

Location

The hotel is only a 5-10 minute walk away from grocery stores, bars, restaurants etc., and you definitely won't run out of things to do in the area. Be sure to check out my city guide to Hamburg to see some of the cool stuff St. Pauli has to offer.

The Food

Besides the 24 hour bar, Superbude offers breakfast for €9,90 per person from 7:00 to noon. The late breakfast is perfect if you want to sleep in a little and have a relaxed morning.

The breakfast buffet includes homemade bread, waffles, eggs, cereal, toast, and multiple kinds of meat, cheese, and spreads.  

All in all, I loved staying at the Superbude St. Pauli in Hamburg. It is easy to get into the city center, and the area has plenty of things to do and see. Its unique design and interior make the hotel/hostel stand out from any other place I've stayed at.
I also love the hostel vibe and community areas, but still being able to sleep in my own room and have my own bathroom. 🙂

Thank you to Superbude Hotel & Hostel St. Pauli for hosting me during my stay in Hamburg. As always, thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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All in all, I loved staying at the Superbude St. Pauli in Hamburg. It is easy to get into the city center, and the area has plenty of things to do and see. Its unique design and interior make the hotel/hostel stand out from any other place I've stayed at. All in all, I loved staying at the Superbude St. Pauli in Hamburg. It is easy to get into the city center, and the area has plenty of things to do and see. Its unique design and interior make the hotel/hostel stand out from any other place I've stayed at. 

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Top 15 Things to Do in Hamburg, Germany

When most people want to visit Germany, they immediately think of going to urban Berlin or beautiful Munich, but maybe next time you should think of visiting Hamburg.

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and has so much to offer, including shopping, charming canals, harbor boat tours, interesting museums, and beautiful architecture. I've put together a list of the top 15 things to do in Hamburg, Germany, so you know where to start when visiting the city.

Travel Tip: If you know in advance that you will be visiting multiple tourist attractions and traveling around the city a lot, you should consider getting a Hamburg Card. It gives you access to free travel by bus, train, and ferry, and discounts on more than 150 tourists attractions and restaurants.
You can check it out or buy it here.

While visiting Hamburg you have to make sure you try the local soft drink "Fritz-kola", which is known for containing the maximum allowance of caffeine in Europe. So one of these will keep you energized all day, so you can go explore Hamburg. 🙂

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1. Hamburg Rathaus and the Alsterarkaden (Hamburg City Hall)

The Hamburg City Hall is iconic, and the 112-meter tall tower is visible from most of the city center. The city hall was built from 1886 to 1897 and still houses its original governmental functions.
Make sure to visit the courtyard behind the building - it has a fountain crowned with a statue of the goddess Hygieia and is a very beautiful little area.
If you are interested in entering the building, you can pay a small fee and take an hour-long tour. It is open Monday to Sunday from 8:00 to 18:00.

The Rathausmarkt in front of the City Hall is a popular venue for fairs, markets, and concerts, and right next to the city hall you will find the Alsterarkaden. The arcade is an exclusive shopping street following the canal, and it is definitely a must-visit whether you love shopping or just want a nice place to have lunch and enjoy the view.

2. City Bus Tour

People have very mixed feelings about the standard hop-on/hop-off tourist bus tours. Some people hate them and others do them every time they arrive at a new place. Personally, I think it's a great way to see what a city has to offer and get an introduction to its history, and then I can decide for myself what I find interesting and want to explore further afterwards.

While visiting Hamburg we did a tour with "Die Roten Doppeldecker" busses on a rainy day, which let us see some of the city without having to walk around in the rain for hours. 
The bus leaves from the central station (Hauptbahnhof/Kirchenallee) or Landungsbrücken in St. Pauli, but you can get on or off at any of the 29 stops along the way.
You can buy your ticket on the bus or in advance here.

3. Speicherstadt

The Speicherstadt area is also called the City of Warehouses. It is the largest warehouse district in the world, and even though most of the old warehouses are turned into apartments, offices, or visitor attractions, it is still a very special feeling walking through the narrow cobblestone streets and small waterways.
The area is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can either explore it by foot or take a canal tour to see it from the water.  

4. Harbor Boat Tour

If you want to explore Speicherstadt by foot, but still want to feel the ocean breeze, consider doing a Harbor Boat Tour.
Hamburg has the third largest port in the world (after London and NYC), and the many boat tours will bring you up close to HafenCity, the famous Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg's very own beach, and the many container ships. 

I did the tour with Barkassen-Meyer, and it showed us all the highlights of the harbor. The tour has a live German guide, but if you prefer English, they give you a phone and a pair of headphones, so you can follow along.
They have hourly tours between 11:00 and 15:00 every day and you can buy a ticket here.

5. Landungsbrücken

If you decide to do one of the tours mentioned above you will be getting onboard at the Landungsbrücken in St. Pauli, but even if you don't it's definitely worth a visit. This floating platform is filled with seafood restaurants and ice cream places and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view of the harbor on a sunny day.

6. Old Elbe Tunnel

While you are at Landungsbrücken, don't forget to take the stairs down to the Old Elbe Tunnel. The people of Hamburg are very proud of the 426-meter long tunnel under the harbor, and it was revolutionary when it first opened in 1911.
Even today it's a weird feeling knowing that you are walking under the river, and the beautiful Jugendstil architecture makes this tunnel worth a stop.

7. Planten un Blomen

If you prefer greenery to being on the water, make your way to Hamburg's most famous park: "Planten un Blomen" (meaning "plants and flowers").
This 47 hectares park is home to a botanical garden, a rose garden, the largest Japanese garden in Europe, and multiple greenhouses. Throughout the summer months, you can enjoy free water/light concerts, theater performances, and festivals.

8. Chocoversum

It is no secret that I love chocolate! So when I heard about Hachez Chocoversum, I knew that I had to go. In this 1,200 sq meter exhibition space, you can partake in a 90-minute guided tour that takes you through the process of making chocolate. Don't worry, though, as there are plenty of samples during the tour, and they even let you decorate your own chocolate bar that you can bring home. 
Chocoversum is perfect if you are traveling with kids or if you are just interested in spending a few fun hours tasting some delicious chocolate.

The Chocoversum is located in Hamburg's old town, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a 10-minute walk from Hamburg Central Station and only 5 minutes from the Speicherstadt. They are open all week from 10:15 to 16:00, and an adult ticket will cost you 15 euros. 
You can skip the line, by buying a ticket here.

9. Miniature Wunderland

Another place you have to visit while in Hamburg is the Miniature Wunderland. An old warehouse building has been turned into the museum and is now housing the world’s largest model railway. As of 2017, there are 15.4 km (9.57 miles) of railway track, surrounded by miniature versions of famous landmarks. While you move around the 3 floors the lights change from day to night in 15-minute cycles, and you can push more than 200 buttons to activate lights and movement.
Even for someone who is not interested in model trains, Miniature Wunderland is a must do when in Hamburg! You can spend hours looking at all the details of the models and spotting the hidden gems.

Miniature Wunderland is open 365 days a year and an adult ticket ranges from 13-20 euros depending on the timeslot you choose.
You can skip the line and buy your ticket in advance here.

10. HafenCity

Right behind the Speicherstadt, you will find Hamburg's newest quarter HafenCity. It officially opened in 2008 and was built to create apartments near the city center. It is the largest urban building project in Europe in the 21st century, and the plan is that this area will continue to grow over the next 15 years and create homes for more than 12,000 people.

The entire area is built next to the water, and the architecture is creative and modern. Even though there is still a lot of construction going on, it is definitely worth it to go for a walk in HafenCity and admire the many cool buildings.

11. Elbphilharmonie

The newest attraction in HafenCity is the concert hall Elbphilharmonie. It was opened in 2017 and is now the tallest inhabited building in Hamburg, with its more than 100 meters. When opening it had been delayed for more than 6 years, but the finished result was worth the wait, and this landmark definitely stands out in the Hamburg skyline.
The new glass facade consists of around 1,000 curved windows, and at the top of the building is an observation deck and cafe - both are open to the public.

Fun fact: The bottom half of the building used to be a storage room for cocoa beans, and part of the delay in the building process was because they had to find a way to get rid of the smell.

 

12. St. Pauli

The St. Pauli quarter is one of the most famous parts of Hamburg. It is known for the Reeperbahn street and its very loyal football supporters, but St. Pauli has so much more to offer. It is home to a large population of artists, musicians, and students, which creates a young and vibrant atmosphere, filled with bars and restaurants. 

And if you like street art, St. Pauli is the place to be too. I did a free walking tour with Alternative Hamburg which shows you all the hidden gems of St. Pauli, where the locals hang out, and the coolest street art the city has to offer. It is a great alternative to the more touristy activities in central Hamburg and definitely worth a few hours of your day. Read more about the tours here.

 

13. The Reeperbahn

St. Pauli's most famous street is the Reeperbahn. It is one of Europe's biggest Red Light Districts and is filled with neon light, erotic theaters, and strip clubs. However, the street is said to be completely safe and is also home to plenty of bars, clubs, and restaurants, where you can experience the street in a less sinful way. 🙂
The Reeperbahn is also very popular among Beatles fans, as they started their international career here in the 60's.

14. Fischmarkt

Another top St. Pauli attraction is the Hamburg Fischmarkt ("Fish Market"). It is a must for every foodie and the 300-year-old open-air market is open from March to November, every morning at 05:00. You can experience everything from live music to stands selling flowers, fruit, and fresh fish.
The market is known for attracting a mixed crowd of early risers and people who are on their way home from a night out, and even though you have to get up early to experience the market, more than 70,000 visitors walk the many stands along the Elbe every day.

15. Hamburger Dom

If you are lucky enough to visit Hamburg in November, April, or August, you can spend a night at the Hamburger Dom. It is a classic fair with carousels, roller coasters, and sideshows. But it also offers more than 100 stalls selling everything from Currywurst to roasted almonds and candyfloss. 
The fair is located in St. Pauli, right next to a huge bunker from the war, and with the fireworks display on Friday nights, it's the perfect place to start a night out on the Reeperbahn.

Camera equipment used: FujiX100T, Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II, iPhone 7

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Thank you to Come to Hamburg for hosting me while visiting the city. As always, all thoughts and opinions in this post are completely my own.

I really hope you enjoyed these reviews and tips for Hamburg. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if I missed something. 🙂

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Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and has so much to offer, including shopping, charming canals, harbor boat tours, interesting museums, and beautiful architecture. I've put together a list of the top 15 things to do in Hamburg, Germany, so you know where to start when visiting the city. Top 15 Things to Do in Hamburg, Germany   Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and has so much to offer, including shopping, charming canals, harbor boat tours, interesting museums, and beautiful architecture. I've put together a list of the top 15 things to do in Hamburg, Germany, so you know where to start when visiting the city. Top 15 Things to Do in Hamburg, Germany

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15 Colorful Dresses Perfect for Spring Trips

Spring is just around the corner, and with spring comes my favorite thing: dresses!
I've put together a list of 15 colorful dresses perfect for spring trips, so you can worry about where you should go instead of what to wear. 🙂

I've always been a huge fan of dresses and nothing brightens up my day like a colorful or floral dress. And another bonus is that they look great in pictures!
So take a look at my list and find some inspiration for your next trip!

 

I hope you like the dresses I chose and let me know in the comments if you know the perfect spring dress for travel.

When you are ready to start packing for your spring trip, check out my carry-on packing guide.

Thank you for reading. 🙂

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