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On the Road with The Local
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On the Road with The Local's Lore APP

Zürich

Guys, we’ve just had our first road trip from Budapest via Vienna and Munich to Zürich with our newly launched Local’s Lore APP! It offers curated travel guides now in 90+ cities from up-and-coming cities to metropolises, with the help of local ambassadors worldwide, but allows you to create your very own guides; curate it and share it a way that fits you the best! We wish to give you the freedom to discover your own favorite places; to become the curator of your own guides and create maps in any of your favorite cities. With no speed limit in some stretches, the combination of top-notch driving experience in our brand new AUDI Q3 and stunning scenery, driving in this region will made us wish our road trip took longer. LOJEL luggages fully loaded, safety (both in terms of passengers, equipment and vehicle) boosted by Allianz’s travel insurance pack, Local’s Lore APP filled with guides recommended by locals but curated by us, hotels booked; Munich-Zürich, you’ve been dreamy!  Coming back to Munich is always a heart-warming experience; the kindest of people and the coolest of hotspots can be found if you’re willing to explore beyond its traditional cityscape and festive beverages. On the occasion of our trip to Munich we had a careful research on the city's hotspots. Thanks to our wonderful ambassador, Olga, we soon realised that the two days won't be enough to discover it fully, yet even a whole week would be tight. The Bavarian Capital is also rich in beautiful architecture blending the traditional and modern side by side, luxury cars, museums, and parks – one of which is larger than even New York’s Central Park. A new wave of gastronomy and bar scene as well as a stunning selection of hotels contributed to our journey.

Minimalist Musings: Wijdan Arendse-Hendricks
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Minimalist Musings: Wijdan Arendse-Hendricks

Cape Town

Wijdan is an avid seeker of beauty in day-day seemingly mundane things; coffee, shadowplay, clean white bedding, her husband’s smile, her clothing rail (overly styled to the tee but lived-in at the same time). "It’s been nearly a decade since I started exploring the world of the internet and its many online social platforms. During that time, I’ve been lucky enough to come in to my own and find my unique voice in the world of blogging. As someone who subscribes to a lifestyle that craves quality over quantity, my interests in fashion, skincare, travel, and interiors, are all documented from a perspective of quality." Wijdan's effortless approach to seeing and capturing moments, details whether it's a piece of cashmere clothing or a hip corner of a newly opened coffee in her hometown, Cape Town caught our eyes long time ago. Wondering where to go first in Cape Town? The Native Espresso Bar, both indulgent yet unassuming, has reaffirmed Cape Town’s appreciation for the coffee culture expanding in every food district across the Western Cape.  Finally, we caught up with her for a quick interview, so guys, read on and follow along her minimalist journey!

Endless Summer: Top Swimwear Brands
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Endless Summer: Top Swimwear Brands

Victoria

To celebrate endless summer; the waves of the sea, outdoor BBQs, the three-months- heyday of tan and freckles, homemade ice creams and the warm, starry nights, we've collected our number one swimwear brands for you. It's also a note to self; summer never ends - all the good memories will remain as the heatwave fades. Secretly though, this is also an ode to our Vienna ambassador, Vicky Heiler who has just recently launched her very own brand; VIKTORIA LOUISE. VIKTORIA LOUISE creates beautifully crafted pieces for the well-travelled woman. The brand resonates Vicky’s personal style, defined by a mix of timeless basics and trend-inspired pieces. Her signature is in the lighthearted flair for finest materials, timeless fashion and simplicity. We've always been adoring Vicky's style but it goes far beyond her closet, it's her personality that shines even on the rainy days. In case you're still having holiday plans we can totally suggest to get your VIKTORIA LOUISE piece. Other favourites include brands like Cult Gaia, Matteau, Bondi Born and Jane Swim. While Cult Gaia's number one goal was to to curate a wardrobe full of magic, one that glows with each accessory. To create a lifestyle, that’s a visual feast, effortlessly. For Matteau, quality is the utmost priority. "We ensure our garments fit and perform exactly as they need to. We work in close partnership with our Australian manufacturers to maintain the high quality we expect of ourselves, and you have come to expect of us."

The Lore of Washington D.C.: Austin Rutland
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The Lore of Washington D.C.: Austin Rutland

District of Columbia

"When I moved to D.C., I was worried that I was going to constantly be surrounded by tourists. This is definitely true if I go to the National Mall or the other big tourist hotspots. But that is just a fraction of what D.C. has to offer. There are so many different neighborhoods in D.C., all with different cultures, communities, restaurants, etc. I love living in D.C. for its “all in one” structure as well. You can go downtown and get the urban vibe, go to more open and green spaces like one of the district’s many parks, or get a mixture of the two in the residential areas." - Meet Austin, our ambassador and your coolest guide in Washington D. C.. Austin is a 6 feet 6 inches guy of coffee addiction who will not only take you to the best coffee-slash- brunch spots, but will also show you around the residential area of the city as well share a few hints for the design-savy travelers. Read on to get to know him better and book your next trip to Washington D.C.!

Ambassador insights: Warsaw, Liverpool, Paris, Granada
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Ambassador insights: Warsaw, Liverpool, Paris, Granada

Liverpool

Thanks to Instyle Magazine, we dug deeper in four of our amazing ambassadors daily essentials when it comes to traveling, skincare or fashion. Anna, Ismael, Johnny and Yanina are sharing their favourite products as well as their guide to the cities' hotspots in Paris, Granada, Liverpool and Warsaw. We are lucky to have them! Our ambassadors are the most inspiring collective of guides. All of them are local tastemakers in their own rights and have a unique view on their cities. From photographers, through designers, entrepreneurs, baristas and brand strategists joined our community to together support the notion of conscious and insightful traveling. They all are different yet have a lot in common. They most of all feel the desire to share a unique list of lush spots which we'd like you to discover as well. Have a nice journey!

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