I’m going to Uganda! And some travel tips

All the travel tips you need

Yay! I’m leaving this evening and I’m currently packing, writing lists of things I still need and still need to buy (yes, I’m a total last-minute packer and always resolve to get stuff done earlier, but oh well). I’m super excited, slightly freaking out and can’t really believe I’ll be in the sun in about 24 hours. Eeep!

So, I just wanted to say good-bye, see you guys on the other side! I’ll be gone for about a month to travel, help out at a shelter for children and see a little bit of the country. I’ve been missing Africa since going to Kenya in 2012 and I can’t wait to get to know a new culture and escape this dreary winter for a bit. We will probably be completely cut off from the internet and social media so that will be a nice change as well. I kinda think I am not too addicted to my phone, but you never know if you don’t try, right?

Since I know that you guys are travel lovers as well and might go on a long trip this year as well, I thought I’ll share a few of my favourite online resources with you here:

Packing

Everything you need on a road trip

Travel Essentials

How to pack without wrinkles

15 Good Travel Habits

Getting there

The Airport Guide: How to pleasantly survive your first day of travel

15 Tips for Surviving a Long Airplane Flight

How to sleep on your next long flight

Staying there

What you need to know about traveling alone as a female

What to do when you’re sick overseas

Books I’m taking (yes, long list, but I hate running out on reading options!)

Gone Girl

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

The Best Yes

Altar Ego

Crazy Love

Rising Strong

Big Magic

And way too many notebooks as well, of course. Any last minute tips?

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A great app to form new habits

A great new app to help you form new habits

A new year, new resolutions and with that, new habits. It’s the same every year, isn’t it?

For me, setting new daily habits is the best way to actually accomplish my goals. We can’t just change from one day to the next, but we can change our daily habits. I believe that with slowly building positive new habits, we will best accomplish our goals over time. For example, if your resolution is to get healthier, there are a ton of different daily habits to help accomplish that goal.

Way of Life for new habits

This is where my new favourite app (seriously) comes in: It’s called Way of Life and it’s so helpful! It lets you track all the new habits you want to build or break and you can check in whether you succeded or not. You can decide whether something is good for you (like exercise) or bad for you (like watching crappy tv shows). What’s best: You can try to build chains of good days. If you break them, you can try to reach your longest chain again.

It’s so much fun (for list loving people like me) and it’s actually effective! Even though it’s ‘just’ an app, it really makes me not want to break my chain. I want to use it to introduce new habits every few months. According to science, it takes about 66 days for a new habit to be automatic. Therefore, I want to go with 5-10 (small) habits for 66 days and then introdue some new ones. Here’s my first ones, in case you want to get some inspiration:

+ Stop multi-screening

+ Drink 3 litres of water every day

+ Start journaling again

+ Stop eating when I’m full

+ Sleep 8 hours every night

+ Take a break from junk food and sweets

+ Don’t get distracted while eating

Let me know if you’re going to use the app in the comments. Do you have any other great productivity/goal achieving apps you can recommend?

My first trip of the year

First Trip of the Year | Hanna's Places
The year is only about a week old and in terms of traveling it has started in the best kind of way: My mom and I went to the Eifel (a part in Germany) for a small weekend away! My parents ‘gave’ me a spa weekend to a secret location for Christmas and the time to go had come this weekend. So last Friday, after my mom finished work, we set of into the sunshine. Our first trip of the year was about to start!

A weekend in the Eifel – my first trip of the year

First Trip of the Year | Hanna's Places After a two hour drive, we arrived at our hotel. This stay proved: You definitely don’t have to travel far to have a great time. It was so beautiful here! Since we visited in January, there was hardly anybody there. We practically had the pool and sauna for ourselves, as well as the restaurant and the breakfast buffet. If you want to escape the crowds, this is your time to go! On Saturday (after getting a super-relaxing massage), we set off for a hike to visit Burg Eltz. I highly recommend going here, it’s beautiful! Burg Eltz closes in winter though, so we only looked at it from outside. We ended up walking about 20 km – quite a hike for both of us.

First Trip of the Year | Hanna's Places Back at the hotel we rested and went to the sauna again. Isn’t this the most perfect spa day? Since it was only a weekend trip, we had to go back on Sunday, but we still managed to stuff ourselves at the breakfast buffet and visit bridge Geierlay, Germany’s longest chain bridge – it’s 300 m long and 100 m high. Kinda scary but really really cool.

This will definitely be a trip to remember. If you’re thinking about visiting Germany, come here!

What about you? Did you enjoy your first few days of 2016? What will be your first trip of the year?

The Year of Focus

The Year of Focus

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great first few days of 2016, enjoyed them with your family and friends and that you are still going strong on your resolutions ;)

Did you choose a word for the year ahead? I think the concept of having kind of a theme for your year is really interesting (you can read more about it here), but I have never participated since nothing naturally came to mind. This year I instantly thought of a word and it felt totally obvious: ‘Focus’. I want to focus more the most important relationships in my life and stop investing into those that just hurt and feel more like work than friendship. I want to focus on my relationship with Jesus and spend my time with the things that are truly important to me.  I will stop chasing after every ‘thing to do’ and ‘place to visit’ etc in fear of missing out. Let’s see what happens and where I end up in 365 days.

What about you? Did you choose a word for 2016?

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