There is something that gets me more excited than everything else: Travelling the world! Nothing else compares to the feeling of experiencing a new place. Getting out of a plane to see wild nature, getting to know a new culture, tasting exotic food… We could make this a long list! 😉
When I started the blog I’ve always planned to share this big passion of mine with you! Finally, after one year of getting everything settled and done, it’s time to start this exciting new chapter with you! From now on Alex and I will both have more time to work on the blog and we will start combining fashion and travelling in a new and exciting way. My next Asia trip will start in less than two weeks and I will share everything with you: the places I’ll see, the looks I’ll be wearing, the hotels I’ll visit… And my Asia travels are only the beginning of this new chapter. I’ve already planned a few destinations and I cannot wait to share everything I’ll experience with you!
And there is even something else I can announce: My sister Nora – who is the most experienced traveller I know – will become a contributor of the travel section here on ohhcouture.com! She will show you the most breathtaking pictures she took everywhere in the world and she will add all her tips and tricks to visit the right places all over the world! I honestly couldn’t be any happier! Nora has already lived one year in the USA, one year in Australia and she did a trip around the world – And she is not even 30years old yet! She started travelling early and when travelling with her, you will experience unbelievable things! She already took me to places such as Israel and Jordan and encouraged me to open up my eyes for things you wouldn’t see during a normal vacation. She always tells me, that travelling for her is not about just relaxing on a beach, but about exploring! This year she will travel places such as Scotland, Qatar, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Dubai! Everyone knows her for being such a worldtraveller and she even has two fun names friends around the world gave her that relate to her passion: “Touri Nori” (which means Nora the tourist) and “Nora The Explorer”! I do always value Nora’s travelling advise and I hope you will also love her travel insights and welcome her with open arms! 🙂 She also just started her Instagram account @noratheexplorer85 where she shows some of the best pictures she took around the world and tips and advise on how to get there – That’s defininately an account worth following!:) In order to introduce her to you, I’ll show you some of her most beautiful pictures she has shared on Instagram so far! Dear Nora, thank you for always believing in me and for suporting me with all my crazy ideas! I’m so thankful to have such a passionate and open minded sister! I cannot wait to work on travel posts with you and to see the world with you eyes! Soooo much love for you! Yours, Leonie
If you explore Australia’s eastcoast, you shouldn’t miss the tablelands and the tropical Milla Milla waterfalls! They are used as a backdrop in many Australian commercials. How to get there? You can easily reach the waterfalls from Cairns. We did an organized one-day tour that we had booked in Cairns. But you can also just rent a car and drive there yourself.
When strolling down streets in Istanbul, we found this tiny shop that sold colours. How to get there? Istanbul has two international airports and can be easily reached from almost anywhere in the world. The tram connects Attatürk airport with the city. The tram and train system is pretty straight forward, only during rush hour they can be quite packed. We hardly were able to get off the train with our suitcases, when we had to change from the train to the tram.
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
This was our colourful goodbye from the fascinating island of Borneo. We were having dinner at the waterfront in Kota Kinabalu, when we witnessed this spectacular sunset. How to get there? You can catch very cheap flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu. We actually took a plane to Sandakan and went to the rainforest there and Mount Kinabalu before catching a public bus to Kota Kinabalu.
Borobudur, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
Besides the sunrise at Mount Bromo, Borobudor was the most magical place for me in Indonesia. How to get there? Bodobudur is just a short drive from Yogyakarta, which can easily be reached by plane. We arrived from Kuala Lumpur and booked a day tour to Borobodur and Prambanan Temples. Make sure you get there early in the morning for sunrise: the mist still hanging in the surrounding rainforest is so peaceful and it is not as packed as later in the day. If you have a student ID, make sure to bring it for the student discount both places offer.
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Do you feel like relaxing in paradise? Then you have to catch a longtail boat and travel to Koh Phi Phi, where it is so beautiful that Leonardo DiCaprio shot The Beach there. How to get there? You can either take a plane or nightbus from Bangkok to either Phuket or Krabi and from there catch a boat to Koh Phi Phi. That’s what we had planend. But then we got quite sick and couldn’t continue our travels for some days and ended up not having much time in Thailand left. We, therefore, decided on a one-day tour to Koh Phi Phi from the backpacking enclave, Tonsai, where we had stayed. You can book the trips in Tonsai and Railey.
Petra itself is the most incredible man-made structure I have ever seen. But the landscape surrounding Petra is actually equally amazing. I also love the colours of the rocks! How to get there? Petra can be easiest reached from Jordan’s capital, Amman. We, however, arrived from Israel via Aqaba at the Red Sea. The downside for all backpackers is that you have to take a taxi from there since public transportation is pretty much non-existant.
Whitsunday Islands, Australia
One of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to is Whitehaven Beach on one of the Whitsunday Islands, Australia. How to get there? We came by Greyhound Bus from Sydney to Arlie Beach and from there departed on a three-day sailing trip around the Whitsundays. But you could also fly directly to Hamilton Island, one of the Whitsundays. The best part of our sailing trip, however, was that one of my friends met her future husband there!❤️
What’s the greenest place with the most intense green colour you have ever been to? In my case, it’s the rice paddies around Ubud, Bali. How to get there? Fastest and most convienient is a flight to Denpasar and a taxi or bus ride to Ubud. We, however, came by ferry from Lombok and took a public bus from the ferry port on Bali to Ubud. Once in Ubud, make sure you rent a bicycle and cycle through the rice paddies around Ubud! A wonderful experience!
Nora’s feed on Instagram @noratheexplorer85