Paulina on the road...

A Travel Blog in English & Español

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Welcome to my little Travel Scrapbook about slow and eco-friendly traveling! All of my (mostly outdoor) adventures are packed in short travel stories in English & Spanish. 

 

I'm the happiest when on a hiking trail, cycling path or a sailing boat... Positive side effects of this kind of travelling are mindfulness and time to interact with foreign cultures. That's why many of my posts focus on the intercultural aspect of traveling. Most of those articles can be found in "Travel Reflections".

 

Oh, did I introduce myself? I am Pauline from Luxembourg - Paulina for the Spanish - and a passionate travellette currently re-settling down in my native country... after an expedition of a lifetime: Boat HitchHiking over the Atlantic Ocean!

 

Here your can read more about my quest for the unknown and why I actually write in Spanish and English! My Travel Scrapbook brings you the hidden gems straight from the travel road!

 

I invite you to lean back and Discover, Learn & Embrace the Unknown!

 Let's hit the road together! - ¡Vámonos de viaje!


To be on the road is about...

Experiencing the unexpected.

Spotting the hidden gems.

Letting go & getting lost.

 

And it's about finding yourself at the end of the road.


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15 Cosas Que Hacer y Visitar en La Haya

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Buenos días desde la capital política de los Países Bajos: ¡La Haya! También conocido como el contraste relax de Amsterdam, Den Haag, nos atrae con su combinación única de vida urbana cool y ambiente relajado en la playa. Es la escapada perfecta para un largo fin de semana. ¿Pero quién podría adivinar que hay mucho más que hacer en La Haya y su balneario de Scheveningen que solo la playa y la vida en la ciudad?

 

Desde Urban Farming hasta Chinatown y actividades de surf, La Haya y Scheveningen parecen ser la escapada de fin de semana perfecta para los viajeros activos y culturalmente interesados. 

 

Vente conmigo a un fin de semana largo en La Haya y a descubrir las top 15 Cosas Que Hacer y Visitar en La Haya. 

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Salty Bag: Upcycled Purses Awaking the Sailor in You

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Hola from Andalusia, more precisely from the port of La Caleta, Malaga one of the busiest harbors in Southern Spain. As you might know, after our boat hitchhiking adventure across the Atlantic ocean from Tenerife via Cape Verde to Barbados, I got hooked with sailing and boats. After overcoming my initial sea sickness, boating became quickly one of my favorite ways to travel.

 

Probably it’s the ideal combination of traveling slow and adventurous feeling that got me hooked. 

 

Now that I am back in Luxembourg, I want to stay connected with the sailing world as much as possible. On a daily basis, even in the smallest details. Not only do most of my travels go to the coast like Malaga, but I include sailing in my lifestyle in Luxembourg as well.

 

That’s how I discovered Salty Bag who handcraft totes, bags and purses from decommissioned sails.

 

Is there a more stylish way to manifest your connection and love to the sea and its blowing winds?

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Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Madrid - The Ultimate Guide

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For too long, Madrid was overshadowed by its eternal competitor Barcelona. However in the last years Madrid has become increasingly popular among travelers for city breaks, shopping sprees, cultural visit or outdoor activities.

 

Madrid is not only to the perfect weekend city trip but also perfectly suited for extended stays which include day trips to the surrounding gems like Toledo, Avila or Segovia. Even though Madrid hasn’t the beaches of Barcelona, it has tons of other attractions that make the Spanish capital the perfect getaway. Often at much more competitive rates than its Catalan competitor on the coast.

 

After living in Madrid for almost 2 years, in several neighborhoods, I want to show you my favorite neighborhoods and places to stay in Madrid according to the expectations to your visit.

 

Well, here it goes: The Ultimate Guide on The Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Madrid, one of most vibrant European capitals out there.

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KLOW: a Sustainable and Ethical Fashion Experience

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Today I bring you a more fashionable post! I love to wear clothes that are inspired by wanderlust, but on the other hand I try to limit my shopping sprees due to the negative environmental impacts of the fashion industry.. I want to buy less but more consciously, taking into consideration the impact of the clothes I buy.

 

That’s how I naturally came across KLOW, a platform promoting fashion with a commitment for the environment and our health. A brand that invites to consume responsibly without losing sight of fashion, design and elegance.

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Weekend Breaks in Belgium: The Ardennes

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I am a huge fan of weekend breaks! (Who isn’t, right?) It’s just the perfect way to discover the surroundings of your current base. It’s not only a way of slow traveling, but also to travel in a more sustainable way.  

 

Now that I am back in my home country, Luxembourg, I love to discover its surroundings with “new” eyes. At the end, even home countries can satisfy the chronic wanderlust of a frenetic traveler like me.

 

Let me take you on a weekend break, right across the Luxembourgish border, to the green lung of Belgium: the Ardennes! A region that will make every foodie’s and outdoor lover’s heart beat faster!

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10 Top Things To Do in North Tenerife

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When traveling to Tenerife, many visitors skip the north for whatever reason: it’s too far away, there’s nothing to do there and it’s raining all the time, right?

 

Well, they couldn’t be more wrong and I guarantee that your trip to Tenerife can’t be complete without a visit to the green, unexploited north of the island. Indeed the regions such as Natural Park Anaga offer a wide range of activities.

 

Here my top 10 things to do in North Tenerife.

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Visit Kosovo: 3-Day Itinerary to Pristina, Prizren and Peja

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As I am writing this, I am driving back home to Luxembourg after an intensive cultural immersion in a country about I hardly knew anything before visiting. With only a few tidbits of information about its tumultuous past, I traveled to Kosovo.

 

Although this time I couldn't follow my lead of travelling slow, I feel confident to claim that I made the most out of it. 3 cities starting with P (Pristina, Prizren and Peja) in 3 days, 6 hours of public transportation, including (too) many beers with local Kosovars, some of the most warm-hearted and generous people I met in a long time. 

 

Read more about how to make the most out of your 3 days in Kosovo.

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My favorite City Breaks in Spain

Post written by Andres Perea

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Spain is always a good idea! When again the weather is not best in Northern Europe, Spain is only a 2 hours flight away and the perfect escape. Be it for the food, the weather, the vibrant culture or the music. 

 

As cities within Spain differ a lot, I prepared a list with my favorite city breaks in Spain. Whether you’re looking for a shopping trip, beach life or party mood, Spain’s cities have got it all!

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A Weekend in The Hague: 15 Top Things To Do

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Good morning from the political capital of the Netherlands: The Hague! Also known as the unagitated contrast of Amsterdam, Den Haag, lures us with its unique combination of cool city life and laid-back beach vibes. The perfect getaway and city break for a long weekend. But who’d guess that there is much more to do in The Hague and its seaside resort Scheveningen than only beach & mere city life?

 

From Urban Farming to Chinatown and top kitesurfing locations, The Hague and Scheveningen seem to be the perfect weekend getaway for active and culturally interested travellers.

 

Join me on a long weekend in The Hague and full of city vibes and beach fun.

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Trinidad & Tobago: 11 Things To Do in Trinidad Island

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One of the most fascinating and surprising countries we visited on our boat-hitchhiking trip across the Atlantic was definitely Trinidad and Tobago. I immediately fell in love with the combination of Caribbean lifestyle, Indian heritage and European legacy. For a second, my partner and I could even imagine to live & work here for a longer time. 

 

What is it that makes Trinidad and Tobago so irresistible but still a not so known travel destination?

 

Read on why you should definitely include Trinidad island of the 2-island state in your upcoming travel plans.

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Cave of the Winds: Perfect Day Trip from Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Post written by Hugo Perea

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Visiting Tenerife, Canary Islands, includes much more than beach and party. In the north of Tenerife Island there is a hidden gem called "La Cueva del Viento", a natural, volcanic attraction close to Icod de los Vinos town.

 

La Cueva del Viento (“The Cave of the Winds”) is the perfect day trip from Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife or from any location in the South of Tenerife. Whether you’re a hiker or outdoor lover, or if you want to explore the natural and geological history of Tenerife, you just can’t skip this attraction. 

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Glamping in Spain: Historic Caves near Granada

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What comes to your mind when you think of glamping?

 

An enhanced version of camping? Yes!

A more comfortable way of enjoying and experiencing the beauty of nature and great outdoors? Yes, yes, yes!

 

But would you also associate it with utterly surprising accommodation locations?

 

This wasn't my case until I stayed for a glamping experience in a historic cave near Granada with Glamping Hub. From tree houses to house boats, there is no location that is too creative to be featured on the Glamping site per excellence.

 

After discovering that they even offer accommodation in the historic caves near Granada, I just couldn't resist to plunge in a very special glamping experience.

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7 Best Hiking Trails in Japan

Post written by Tiffy

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Japan is home to some of the best hiking trails in the world. There are many awe-inspiring views just waiting to be discovered. There are trails for those extreme adventure seekers, and trails for those individuals wanting to take a leisurely hike. Some of the best sites in the world happen to be off the beaten path.

 

You never know what you can find in Japan. You may be fortunate enough to stumble upon an active volcano, or even an old temple. With so many options it can be difficult to narrow down a prospective list.

 

Below you will find 7 of the best hiking trails in Japan.

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