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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On forming habits | A great app


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

For me, setting new habits is the way to get my to do’s and resolutions done. We can’t just change from one day to the next, but we can start changing our habits and accomplish our goals bit by bit.  For example, if your resolution is to get healthier, there are a ton of different daily habits you can form to accomplish that goal: Eight glasses of water everyday, a daily walk, going to bed earlier than midnight, a session with your journal/bible, use of lotion in the evening etc.

This is where my new favourite app (seriously) comes in: It’s called Way of Life and it’s seriously so cool! It lets you track all the habits you want to build or break (e.g. eating no meat, brushing your teeth, exercise, every little thing you want to practice on a daily basis) and you can check in whether you did it or not. You can decide whether something is good for you (like exercise) or bad for you (like watching crappy tv shows). You can try to build chains of good days – and in case you break them, try to reach your longest chain again. It’s so much fun (for list loving people like me) and it’s actually effective because even though it’s ‘just’ an app, it makes me not want to break the chain.

I’m going to check off my habits now – please let me know if you’re going to the app in the comments or if 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 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 not really sure what to expect (me at least!)

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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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