• The Best Time Of The Year To Explore Switzerland

    Tiina Kivelä

    Today was a good day. That kind of warm, sunny, bluebird kinda spring day. Which makes everybody rush out and find a spot in the sun. Or at least the ones loving the spring in Switzerland.

    It would have been a good day in the mountains, and it was definitely a good day in the city. Where I stayed the day doing city stuff and running. And thinking that I have a one small tip for you, if and when you are thinking of traveling to and in Switzerland.

    The best time of the year to explore Switzerland.

    Or well. Dor me there are really two great seasons –spring and autumn – in between the classic (and for some the only possible) holiday seasons in summer and winter.

    Early spring, from late February to end of March, in Switzerland means good. It’s the best time to travel for the skiing, skitouring, ski mountaineering and sledging up in the mountains. And down in the valleys there are many warm enough afternoons to sit outside and enjoy a well deserved after ski or apéro. Later in the spring, the magnolias and other blossoming trees and  flowers arrive. And wine festivals and tasting, especially in the canton of Valais/Wallis. As well as time to change the skis to bikes.

    Then, fast forward over summer and the holiday season crowds we arrive to autumn in Switzerland. From late September to late November even. When we get perfectly mellow temperatures for the really long hikes, less crowded paths and air so clear it brings in mind he best kind of crispy autumn days.

    It’s also the perfect time for farmers markets, autumn colors and mountainbiking.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Ps. In addition to doing good for yourself, traveling outside the traditional high seasons of the destinations also makes sense for doing good in general. This way, your travel practices are more sustainable – simply the way you help the destinations to spread the amount of visitors more evenly over the year and this way help the (tourism) business, environment and local culture thrive better than with very short intense seasons.

    Where: St Gallen, Switzerland


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  • Theme of 2019 – Wellness

    St. Gallen Tiina Kivelä

    St. Gallen 2019 Tiina Kivelä

    It’s been pretty few days, with the snow eventually coming, in loads. I’ve fought the urge to go skiing – yes I said loads and it would be so fluffy in Eastern Switzerland and Austria– as there is a lot to do and plan and rest these days. And more than else rest. For my theme of 2019 will be wellness, I just decided. Rest included.

    Wellness. The new luxury. The kind of wellness (from my personal point of view) where you carefully consider what you need to feel good, do good and be good. And then, you do that, get that and make that. Simple as that. Or maybe not.

    And to help with this simple or not so simple thing, I listed down few things I am going to focus on more carefully this year. Here you go:

    Food – More veggies, less processed food. I’m not into taking any extra stress nor spending a lot of time and energy thinking food, but I do try to eat and drink more of what keeps me healthy, makes me feel good and what tastes good. Going vegan would be trendy, yet I will just try to eat a bit better. For myself and the planet. In 2019 happy and wellbeing me me will also continue to be Arctic Warrior ambassador, so the superfoods are guaranteed and maybe some more tips coming up in the blog too.

    Love – Not going into detail in here, but 2019 I will continue on the path I chose in 2018. Which is about being grateful for what one has and to not take anything for granted. By now I also know how one has to work (hard) for the best things too. When one works hard with a good focus, knowing what one wants, it most likely leads to something very good. And what’s better than as much love as possible?

    Work – Funnily enough, in 2019 I want to do more and I want to do better. Especially professionally. I want to use my skills and knowledge to make a change,  but I also wanna challenge myself, gain new skills and strengthen the already existing ones. And yes, I also want to have (more) work to get money to pay the rent and support the wellness goals.

    Wellbeing (physically and mentally) – Health is wealth and for me (though I do think this goes to everyone – humans were made to move and do things with their whole body) physical activity, especially outdoors is what keeps me going in a good way and which keeps my body and mind feeling and being well. For me, it’s a way to train the body but also to disconnect from all the hustle and puzzle of modern everyday life, to focus fully on the trail ahead, the snow under my skis and the mountains to conquer. Preferably followed by some yoga, sauna and spa time. And good long sleep.

    Travel – As a tourism researcher from my education, I do acknowledge the good effects of good travel. For wellbeing as well. And this year again, I want to travel and travel good  – gain as many transformative experiences as possible, see new places and step out of my comfort zone – but also to travel to feel absolutely, totally, extremely comfortable.

    So please 2019, show me as many outdoor adventures, spa hotels and foreign places as possible.

    Ps. More travel trends, health and wellness included, in here.

    Where: St. Gallen, Switzerland

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  • Hello 2019

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Well, the pic’s from last year. Nevertheless, hello 2019 nice to meet you.

    Not much else to tell now, but take care and start the year well.

    Talk to you later.