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WELCOME. I'm Annika and the Midnight Blue Elephant is my blog. I travel between adventure and luxury and some of my favorite things are finding Nemo, noodles & champagne! Keen to come looking with me?

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Looking for stylish gifts for travelers? Either for yourself or the other travelers in your life? Look no further - here is your globetrotting gift guide!

I don’t know about you but I have been eating Christmas treats for a month now, written posts about Christmas markets and generally made peace with the fact that silly season is just around the corner.
Admittedly my usual Christmas wishes include either money for a plane ticket or actually just spending time with family and friends. But this year there are a few things I have been eying and thought I would share with you and any travel-loving friends.

Offseason travel - love it or hate it? I put together a list of the good, the bad and the practical so you can be prepared when heading into rainy season!

Offseason travel - love it or hate it? I put together a list of the good, the bad and the practical so you can be prepared when heading into rainy season!

Offseason travel – this post has been in the making for a long time. In fact, ever since I realized how nice it is to swim in a deserted pool during a rainstorm in Sri Lanka.

Green Dreams & Outdoor Showers.

Without realizing it, I have done a lot of offseason travel this year. This happened for two reasons: tourism boards prefer to invite bloggers when it is not too crowded and when I find a place I want to go to, I want to go now, season be damned.Offseason travel - love it or hate it? I put together a list of the good, the bad and the practical so you can be prepared when heading into rainy season!

If you are looking for a hotel in Ubud, Bali and to experience the Jungle Book life, monkeys dropping from trees and all, read on...

If you are looking for a hotel in Ubud, Bali and to experience the Jungle Book life, monkeys dropping from trees and all, read on...

Volcanos and I are not a match made in heaven. Which is sad because I like the idea of a volcano and getting close to one. However, so far it hasn’t happened.
Last year in Borneo, Mount Kinabalu was shaken by an earthquake a few weeks before my planned trip and roads became impassable. So instead of writing a guide to hike up there, I wrote a post called “Of not climbing a mountain”.

Yes, another list of best things to do in Bali - some things are really not to be missed whether you are here for the first or tenth time!

It was a bit ironic that my Trip of Wonders with Wonderful Indonesia meant to showcase that Indonesia has so much more to offer than just Bali because people seem to love Bali, whether they have been or are still dreaming of going. In fact, it seems some even seem to think Bali is a different country altogether or don’t even consider the rest of Indonesia.

We all have our happy places. A place that our mind wanders to when we close our eyes and need to escape reality for a moment. What is yours?

Looking for a different kind of boutique hotel in Bangkok? Let me show you some charming options that should come with a warning: You may not want to leave!

One of mine is a boutique hotel in Bangkok. That shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone who knows me. I love hotels and usually, I don’t like to play favorites. But there is one that is special, one that has been on my mind for the past three years and one that I hope to return to many times to come. The Asadang, a boutique hotel in Bangkok.

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