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The Author behind Smile4Travel

I am Stefanie, my passion is my passport and travelling makes me smile since I have started exploring the world on my own back in 2007. Since then I have visited almost 40 countries and counting. As a travel enthusiast with a big love for writing and photography, my mission is to share my experiences, individual travel tips and personal insights combined with eye-catching pictures on my Blog and Instagram (German & English). Born in Thuringia,(Germany), I have lived in Würzburg, Cape Town, Frankfurt and Nuremberg. Now Shanghai (China) has become my new travel hub since the beginning of 2018. Just click to find out more about my person, the blog and my references.

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The best Urban Hikes in Portland, Oregon

St. Johns Bridge von oben, Ridge Trail Portland
Thanks to huge recreational areas like Forest Park, Washington Park, more than 150 developed city parks, tree-lined streets as well as the river banks of Willamette and Columbia River – Portland, Oregon is one of the greenest cities in the US. No doubt that urban hikes have to be an essential part of every Portland itinerary.
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fall foliage Oregon
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Fall in the Pacific Northwest: Things to-do & go-to destinations

Hiking through colorful fall foliage, farm visits, pumpkin patches, Halloween and Thanksgiving, soaking in natural hot springs, cuddling up in front of a campfire and enjoying the weekend in a cozy cabin in the woods. The opportunities for fall activities in the Pacific Northwest are as diverse as the geography of the upper left USA itself.
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Getaway House Portland
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Getaway Portland: Glamping in the woods of the Pacific Northwest

Who doesn’t want to get away from the ordinary, hectic daily routine and take a break from the city, technology and work from time to time? And who wouldn’t like the idea of relaxing in the woods and at the same time enjoying all amenities that a cozy cabin brings? For sure it made me feel really excited about Getaway Portland
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Lavendelfelder in Oregon, USA
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Lavender fields in Oregon with Mt. Hood views

Endless, purple blooming carpets of lavender can only be found in France and the most beautiful lavender fields are located in Valensole? That’s only half the truth. Lavender doesn’t only grow in Europe, but also in the US. Some of the most beautiful lavender fields in Oregon are located in the Hood River Valley
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Portland Japanese Garden
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A Japanese inspired day in Portland, Oregon

Separated by thousands of miles by the Pacific Ocean Portland, Oregon, and Tokyo, Japan, have more in common than you might think. Mount Hood and Mount Fuji, Portland Japanese Garden and many Japanese restaurants and cafés make it easy to travel in time and space and spend a Japanese inspired day in Portland, Oregon
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