Sunday, January 20, 2019

HAMBURG - revisited and re-edited

Hamburg revisited: Germany's second largest city prides itself to be the "most beautiful city in the world". While this, of course, is just a highly exaggerated catchphrase, it actually is alluring with views that make you yearn for undiscovered shores - Germans call it 'Fernweh' (loosely 'aching for distance') - lots of maritime charm and its historic openness to the world.

River Elbe (Photo: © Andreas Vallbracht /
Along the river Elbe all the way to the Northern Sea...who wouldn't get the travel bug with this view?
(Photo: © Andreas Vallbracht /

However, since this guide was published, it has become one of my blog's most popular posts. A valid reason to re-edit and update it!

HAMBURG - gateway to the world

Sunday, January 13, 2019

BRUSSELS is for everyone. A Guide.

If it hadn't been for my daughter studying this winter in Brussels, it probably wouldn't have come to my mind to visit Belgium's capital - or Belgium at all, for that matter.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Chocolaterie Manneken Pis
Different strokes for different folks: World's most famous wee-er made of chocolate. Bon appetit.

But Christmas came and families and loved ones were expected to get together, so I packed a couple of warm sweaters, threw in some fun presents and hopped on the late flight to Brussels' airport.
Just to find out that this European capital with all its old architecture and new street art, its pralines and beers, surrealist art and political reality is not only for me, but for everyone.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

pack light and travel easy: my guidelines and tips

Yes, I wrote about this topic already a couple of weeks ago. But this time it's more complex since although I'll travel with carryon sized luggage, I will check it.

Dresses make every lady-traveller so....dressy.

This gives me more freedom of what to pack, however, it doesn't increase the space.

Let me give you some guidelines and tips on you how to pack light and travel easy - without becoming some sort of bindlestiff.

pack light and travel easy: my guidelines and tips

Friday, December 28, 2018

MALAYSIA - a Complete Guide

Although regarding tourism, Malaysia has been stepping it up a notch, it's still by far not as overrun by travellers as other Asian countries.

At the Mardaka Square, the colonial past and today's modernity come together.

Besides a fascinating mix of religions and cultures, you find unspoiled nature and empty beaches on the Malayan Peninsula between Thailand and Singapore.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

24 hours in...AMSTERDAM

(Update December 2018)

This category 24 hours in... is designated to transform a - maybe forced - stay like a layover into a short extra-vacation. You'll see that my itinerary is so attractive and fun that you might postpone your connecting flight just to enjoy 24 hours in Amsterdam.

Biking in Amsterdam
"Fietsen", Dutch for bicycles, everywhere in town.
Photo: Koen Smilde/

And if you're not on a layover at the capital of the Netherlands - well, you also can come visiting on purpose; even if it's only for...24 hours!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

My Trip to COLOMBIA - a complete guide

(Updated December 2018)

Colombia, still suffering from the stigma of being a dangerous place torn between drug barons and guerillas, is actually a beautiful and interesting place - with wonderful, honest people. On just one visit, it became one of my favorite countries on earth.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: My trip to Colombia - a complete guide. Goldmuseum Bogota
Treasures at the Gold Museum in Bogotà - by far not Colombia's only treasure...

I travelled with my adult daughter to a dozen places - mostly by bus, sometimes we flew - and felt perfectly safe.