Reminders of World War II present themselves everywhere in Berlin. A brick line twists throughout the city's roads indicating where the Berlin Wall once stood. Checkpoint Charlie, a crossing point between the East and West, remains intact and one of the city's most popular tourist hotspots.
Romania's diplomats, cabinet ministers and senior civil servants are often like this and they glide effortlessly between international postings, NATO missions, summit meetings, the European Parliament and the major capital cities of the world.
I love traveling, leaving home in a small car and driving somewhere. You do not know what happens the next day and what people you meet on your way, what type of landscape you will see when you wake up.
For the intermediate and the good skiers, there are two ski areas - Maiskogel - a great little mountain that is suitable for beginners too and of course the Kitzsteinhorn glacier; 3000m above sea level, it offers some wonderful skiing as well as views all the way down to the lake.
Just a few days into my trip, a rickshaw driver insisted he hold my hand during visits to exquisite monuments, so as to demonstrate to other men I was protected. I insisted he didn't.
For most of us, travel is one of life's biggest pleasures. We hop on board a plane, leave our lives behind, and absorb ourselves in a different way of life. We relax on beaches and explore cities. A few times while we're away, we'll utter the words "I don't want to go home" and "I wish I could stay here forever". But how true is that?
It's the same story for holidays. I don't know about you but I've wasted my last few holidays by generally taking the lazy option - not going for that hike, not getting a bike, vegetating in front of a screen - but I hope next time will be different.
If Nairobi had charmed me despite itself, Mombasa, an historic island trading port, had initially done the opposite. It wasn't until a second visit in 2007 that I began to see it as something other than an old, faded, dilapidated city in need of repair.
There is a kind of loneliness here. Australia forces a sensory of self that holds no prisoners. It's a strange juxtaposition, resting somewhere between a launching pad for the fearless and a refuge for the fearful. You're exposed in your remoteness, yet somehow comforted by the thought of it.
Unlike its southerly competitors, East Africa can offer both a safari holiday and a beach holiday in one easy trip. The famous Indian Ocean coastline of Tanzania is just a couple of hours (and sometimes even less!) from several world-class game viewing areas.
If I've learned one thing while travelling solo, it's that the majority of people are good, honest and helpful. I've actually felt less safe in areas of my home city of London than places people would often be nervous about visiting like Honduras or Brazil.
The downside of a mini-break with your little sister is that there is no sex. The upsides are that you can only pack one set of clothes (in my case, three jumpers, and no change of socks) and still have an absolutely lovely time.
So, I'll be travelling solo... with the three kids. Are you imagining mature, responsible, well-seasoned travellers between the ages of seven and 14? I'm talking about twin boys, who've just turned five, and a little girl, barely two. They are newbie international explorers and I am mad.
It turns out, once I'd cleared up any pre-conceptions about the food scene, I fell as hard for New Zealand's beauty as I did for the man who brought me there. First step: extend that map in my mind to include a 'must revisit' pin. Second step: learn to drive...
Summer in Rome is baking hot and very crowded, and autumn and winter can be chilly and wet. Come March, however, the city is bathed in sunshine and trees start to bud with new life. Spring is a great time to visit Rome, and we've listed five reasons below.
Getsemani is the last residential neighbourhood of Cartagena's 'old town'. A colonial city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Cartagena was recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1984.