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29 December, 2012

Christmas in the historic centre of Antwerp

Cathedral and Brabo Statue
Cathedral of our Lady and Brabo Statue in Antwerp
After having visited the Christmas Markets in Bruges and Brussels, I decided to visit the one in my home town Antwerp where the Christmas Market is spread across the beautiful historic city centre. If you want to extend the Christmas Spirit for a bit longer, what are you waiting for? Go visit the Christmas Market in Antwerp! Most Christmas Markets in Belgium are open till the 6th of January 2013.
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23 December, 2012

The best cities to bring in the New Year

New Year's Eve Fireworks
By Ellie-Rose Williams:
There are some pretty beautiful places to bring in the New Year around the world and I’ve always thought that this is one of those times of year when every city of town comes alive with energy and enthusiasm and puts on a great show. And it’s not hard to see why. Every New Year is a new beginning, and for many people that’s definitely worth celebrating. In fact some of the best parties I’ve been to have been NYE parties! If you’re after something a bit more unique and special though, than simply throwing a house party, then you may want to visit one of the following incredible cities to bring in the New Year. Sure, for the best views, you’ll want to be camping out a few hours in advance in the key spots but trust me, once that clock chimes it’ll be worth every second you spend queuing! 
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19 December, 2012

Dreams of Light at Brussels Christmas Market

Grand Place Brussels
Grand Place Brussels
Every year from end November till beginning January Brussels transforms into a Winter Wonderland featuring a Christmas Market with more than 250 wooden chalets, a huge Christmas tree, an ice rink, the Ferris Wheel... Street activities and parades complete the unique atmosphere. 
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14 December, 2012

Enjoying the Charms of Dublin

River Liffey
River Liffey Dublin
By Len Rutledge:
The grey backwater that was Dublin a few decades ago has clearly been transformed into a cosmopolitan European capital. The city is definitely a worthy place to visit and the growing number of attractions shows that people are coming and enjoying their visit. Australians, Americans, Canadians and others are increasingly including the city in a European tour and Europeans are coming for weekend breaks. For good reason! 
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08 December, 2012

Top 5 things to do in Maui Hawaii

Beach on Maui
Maui, also called the Valley Isle, is ranked on many voting lists as one of the Best Islands in the World. After visiting Maui in April 2012, I definitely agree with that. It is a great place to have a beach or surfing vacation. In addition there are so many other things to do and see on Maui, no chance at all to get bored there. Here is my list of top 5 things to do on Maui.
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01 December, 2012

Top 5 things to do in Kauai Hawaii

Napali Coast
Napali Coast Kauai Hawaii
Kauai, also known as the Garden Isle, is the greenest of the Hawaiian Islands. Mount Waialeale on Kauai is one of the wettest places on earth. The high rainfall is the reason why this island has so many beautiful valleys, canyons and waterfalls. We visited Kauai in April 2012 and put together our top 5 things to do on Kauai, enjoy!
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27 November, 2012

Ice Sculpture Festival Bruges

Bruges Canal
Bruges Canal
Need some inspiration for a short holiday? The beautiful historical city Bruges is a very popular weekend or city trip all year round. During winter time Bruges offers a very unique atmosphere with a cozy Christmas market, a Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival, illuminated trees ... get over there, it's definitely worth it.
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18 November, 2012

Visiting London on a student budget

London Eye
London Eye, London
This is a post from Thalysia and Nick, two Belgian students providing you some tips to see London on a budget without loosing out on comfort. They'll take you on a walking tour through London passing all major sites.  Ready?
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13 November, 2012

Villa Cimbrone Gardens Ravello

Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Villa Cimbrone is located in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. Villa Cimbrone was built in the 11th century AD on a rock above the Amalfi Coast. Parts of the Villa and the gardens are now open for public. From the beautiful flower gardens, you can enjoy stunning views over the Amalfi Coast. The little town Ravello - a UNESCO world heritage site - is definitely worth a visit as well. 
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09 November, 2012

How to be a star in New York

Wicked musical NY
Wicked the musical New York
Becoming a star is all about practice and having the right attitude
Follow the 10 steps below to get your 15 minutes of fame
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22 October, 2012

Yellowstone Photo Journey

Buffalo in Yellowstone NP
Yellowstone Photo Journey 
This magnificent, diverse and beautiful National Park
is hard to describe with words
I hope the photos will give you a better idea 
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13 October, 2012

Discover the Amalfi Coast

Villa Cimbrone
Villa Cimbrone Ravello Amalfi Coast
Many people talk in superlatives about the Amalfi Coast, I heard terms like "paradise on earth", "hiking paradise", "stunning", "picturesque" ... and many more. People who have visited the Amalfi Coast clearly seem to cherish the memories ... So I started wondering what makes the Amalfi Coast so special? Of course I wanted to go and experience it myself and ... I did not regret it for a second! A trip to the Amalfi Coast can easily be combined with a visit to Capri, Pompeii, the Vesuvius and Naples.
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04 October, 2012

Lapland Winter Wonderland

Lainio Snow Village
Lainio Snow Village
If you are looking for a holiday a bit different than usual, why not consider visiting Lapland? Lapland or Sapmi is an area which overlaps parts of Norway, Finland, Sweden and also includes the Russian Kola Peninsula. It is truly a real Winter Wonderland! In Rovaniemi you can even visit Santa Claus or cross the Arctic Circle. We decided to visit the less touristic part of Finnish Lapland "Yllasjarvi" and to leave Rovaniemi for another time. 
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03 October, 2012

Hotel Rita, Längenfeld Tyrol Austria

Hotel Rita
Hotel Rita
Hotel Rita in Längenfeld, Ötztal-Tyrol is very conveniently located between Ötz and Sölden. I guess this idilic hotel would be perfect in all seasons but as we love hiking we went there during summer season. The hotel is managed by the family Lengler - mother Rita and her two daughters Viktoria and Magdalena - providing together with their marvelous staff an excellent service.
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02 October, 2012

Incredible Poseidon Undersea Resort

Poseidon Undersea Resort
Poseidon Undersea Resort
I recently found on Fantastic Place this amazing resort on Fiji. Wouldn't it be an incredible experience to spend the night 40FT under water in a Fijian lagoon? I just cannot imagine how it feels like sleeping in a bed with view on the corals and fish. The Poseidon Undersea Resort is definitely on my bucket list ! However as it requires quite a big budget, I'll need to settle for trips a bit closer to home for now.
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01 October, 2012

Costa Rica Pura Vida

Toucan Tortuguero NP
When you like pure nature, rain forests, cloud forests and an incredible variety of landscapes, wildlife and plants ... Costa Rica is definitely the place to be for you! While visiting I found out that Costa Rica is without any doubt "Pura Vida"... pure life, an expression which is often used as a greeting, farewell or a thank you.
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30 September, 2012

Sentiero degli Dei

Convent of San Domenico View
View from outside the Convent of San Domenico
Sentiero degli Dei or in English -  The Path of Gods - is probably the most famous hiking trail on the Amalfi Coast. The path starts in the little mountain village Bomerano and runs all the way till Positano. When you like hiking, this trail is definitely a MUST when you're on the Amalfi Coast.
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29 September, 2012

Go West Road Trip

Grand Canyon NP
Grand Canyon National Park
Although every vacation has been so far an incredible experience, this one is without any doubt one of my favorites. Was it because of the the variation, the stunning landscapes, the company, the feeling of being "on the road" for real ...? I don't really know, it was probably a combination of many different things but one thing I do know: it was just unbelievable !! The song "Go West" from the Pet Shop Boys still brings a smile to my face instantly.
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27 September, 2012

Magical Lapland

Lapland Landscape
Finnish Lapland
I always wanted to visit Lapland, it just seemed like such a beautiful and Fairy Tale like place ... driving with a snowmobile or with a husky sledge through the beautiful white landscapes and when lucky maybe even see the Northern Lights. We decided to visit Finnish Lapland in March 2011. "Lapland Winter Wonderland" met without any doubt all our expectations and was an incredible experience. 
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26 September, 2012

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Me in San Francisco
Holiday Nomad in San Francisco


A travel lover with a full-time day job exploring - together with my husband - the world during our holidays. You do not need to be a full time globetrotter to see the world. There is so much that can be done during your holidays / vacations. I hope you will find some inspiration here for your next one!

Born and raised in Belgium-Europe, so if my English sounds funny sometimes that's the reason ;-)

Me in Grand Canyon NP
Holiday Nomad in Grand Canyon National Park

About the Blog:

My Travel and Photo Blog, which I started end September 2012, is for everyone who enjoys travel. We love to discover new places, a comfortable hotel, nice food and some action. We're big fans of hiking, nature and wildlife. This does not mean that we are backpackers, we love a unique or great hotel, wellness and nice food as well. The perfect holiday for us is a combination of all these things ... 

Why Holiday Nomad? Although in some parts of the world the word "holiday" is mostly used to indicate the time around Christmas, Thanksgiving, ... in Europe the word "holiday" is used for any time off from work and thus used as a synonym for "vacation".    

Sometimes even a 1000 words do not say as much as a simple photo ... therefore I love illustrating our travel stories with photos. Nearly all photos on this blog are amateur photos taken by myself or are photos of me. Other photos will always clearly mention the photographer or source.

Me in London
Holiday Nomad in London


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