One month journi – 7 numbers that let us celebrate

by , July 20th, 2014

Time to celebrate! About a month ago we launched the journi iOS and Web App. An awesome social travel journal used by awesome travelers, like you! We are so amazed by the user statistics and the incredibly positive feedback we’ve received from our users so far! That’s why we decided to celebrate this first month with everyone and share some highly interesting insights with you. Here are 7 numbers that illustrate the first month of journi.

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A journi to Puglia in 20 questions with Laura Stromberger

by , July 18th, 2014

We are tracking down journi users from all over the world to feature them in our series of blog posts! Discover who the people behind those “journis” are, where they get their favorite coffee, where they roam around in their most loved cities and which travel memories they want to keep from their adventures. You want your “journi” to be featured? Awesome, let us know via

This week, we chatted with Laura Stromberger. Her profile reads: ”Born and bread in Austria, designer, concrete jungle-stricken, novice astronomer with a thing for stones, nifty products and all things sparkly!” and her trip to Puglia: My Puglia Experience.


First of all: Where did you go?
I traveled across Puglia or Apulia – the heel of the italian boot.

For how long?
8 days – every day a different city or beach! 

Backpack or suitcase?
On this journey – both. 

Camping, Hostel, Hotel or your own Villa?
The best accommodation we had was a 3-storied building in the middle of the historic center of Locorotondo with rooftop terrace – it was just spectacular.

How did you get around?
Flew from Vienna to Bari. But I was traveling with a chartered bus mainly…

Always with you?
My iPhone (with an extra battery) and sunscreen.

Must-see you would return for?
The small intertwining alleys of Locorotondo and the white beaches of Salento.

Why return?
Hearty people, amazing food and beautiful landscapes, regardless whether the small white cities or the stunning nature.

Any DON’Ts at the destination?
No, seemingly no “don’ts” down there.

Best coffee?
I can’t really tell which was the best coffee, since there’s no bad coffee in Italy, but the best ‘Spritz’ and wine we got at Dino’s Bar in Locorotondo. 

Best ice cream?
Polignano a mare’s Il Super Mago Del Gelo – best granita I ever had, but fully packed.

Best lunch/dinner you’ve had there?
I am downplaying it, if I would say that the food was just amazing … I don’t have any words for it – heavenly might come close! But I think it was the breakfast at the Masseria (old italian farms) we stayed in. We got fresh, warm milk, freshly made cheeses and handpicked fruits like figs and plums, oven fresh bread… yummy! 

Most interesting person you’ve met?
Giuseppe Roma, an old artisan in his workshop, making handmade spoons for pasta out of old olive oil tree branches… talk about authentic souvenirs, ey?!  ;) 

A funny incident you wanna talk about?
Trying to get some gracefully underwater shots of me but ending up with squished weird faces and lots of sand in my swimsuit. 

Polignano a mare – pebble beach bay, lukewarm crystal-clear waters und bars by the sea.

Fell in love with…?
The lovely people from “My Puglia Experience” and all my co-travellers. <3 

Best city or town you visited on the go?
The Tremiti Islands with its old monastery of warrior monks and island-hopping with a boat.

The best thing you’ve learned on this trip?
You never drink alone in Italy!

Most often used journi category?
Haha I guess Food & Drinks! :) 

Where is your next adventure leading you to?
Wherever my feet carry me to… (on a less cheesy note though probably a weekend trip to Switzerland). 

Thank you Laura! Happy travels – we are looking forward to your next trip on journi




Let’s start a new “journi”: the app and the rebranding

by , June 3rd, 2014


Today we have truly awesome news! It’s time to tell you about the upcoming launch of our new iPhone app journi!

Though journi is not only the app, journi is the new direction we are heading towards. We have told our dear miavia users about it already – but here’s the news for everyone:

miavia is completely rebranding to journi!

For now miavia will remain online, but as soon as journi is available in the App Store (Mid of June 2014), we will merge the two websites and combine the functionalities with an app and web platform which complement each other.

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Valentine’s Day in Vienna

Cupcakes Vienna - Red Velvet Cupcake by , February 14th, 2014

We all hate it, or at least we usually consort with the type of people in our friend networks in whose company we are supposed to hate it: Valentine’s Day. Then again, sometimes we love it, because it’s just this different kind of holiday which you can even choose to cherish or ignore. 

Therefore sometimes social situations come up where you need to act out of line with what you truly believe and come up with a “romantic” gesture, a “kitschy” small present or the “spontaneous” idea to grab the most “flowery” drink at the perfect bar, located in the most scenic spot.

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Top 10 Day Trips from Vienna – Krems an der Donau

Photo from Flickr: Carlos Reussen Monsálvez by , February 3rd, 2014

Krems is the first day trip destination in our “Top 10 Day Trips from Vienna” column and which starts of with this cool town, being the clash between young & hip and historical & traditional Austria. The student town is located right next to the Danube, about 80km northwest of Vienna. If you’re looking to explore the white wine region of Lower Austria and combine the experience with a little culture further off the beaten track museums in Vienna – Krems might just be the place to visit. Also, the traditional “Heurigen” culture with delicious Austrian food draws many people towards the countryside west of Vienna. End your day with a walk along the Danube at sunset and a white-wine-drink at one of the hip places.

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Easy Guide for Building a Digital Scratch Map with Mapbox & TileMill

Little Example Project: my life as a map by , January 28th, 2014

In this blog post we are going to have a look at how we can digitally depict where we have traveled – basically a digital scratch map, which can be used and modified for different purposes. From using the map as a PNG or PDF file to embedding it as an interactive map on your website. As it’s still hard to give a real insight in where you’ve traveled without being dependent on a certain tool, I’m going to show you how to make a very basic map, marking places you’ve traveled to and visited using Mapbox and their awesome tool TileMill.

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Yay! Here are the miavia Student Challenge Winners

essentialjapan by , January 24th, 2014

Today it’s my honor to announce the Top 10 Travel Boxes of the miavia Student Challenge. After a hazardous review process by our expert jury, we have a final decision!

At this point we would also like to thank to our jury, who used their expertise in different fields to come to this final ranking!
Travel Photographer: Thomas Straubinger 
Travel Blogger: Doris Neubauer 
Die Presse Journalist: Christoph Schwarz 
Social Media Expert: Astrid Wecht 
Author: Sabine Maier

Also, many thanks to Austrian Airlines, as well as Die Presse, for making this Student Challenge happen and for providing kick-ass prizes for our miavia travelers.

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Machu Picchu: De-touristing a tourist destination

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by , January 15th, 2014

The “Lost City of the Incas” is one of the most frequented sights in South America due to its enormous importance to the Incan Empire, which reigned for about 100 years under different emperors. Their history brought up many myths which evolve around the the Virgins of the Sun the Sun Gate & guinea pigs. Yes, guinea pigs. Still, many backpackers leave out Machu Picchu because of the comparably high cost to even get there. This blog post will show ways to get off the grid on your way to the touristy Inca ruins.

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Language Hacks – learn anything in any language

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by , January 13th, 2014

Because understanding locals makes your travel experience so much better.

“So the bus is going where?”
“Now? No? Later?”

Does that seem familiar? Standing at a bus station in a foreign country, gesticulating to find out where and when your very much needed transportation mode is leaving. It is kind of the same experience as standing at a market and ordering [random number shown with your fingers] of that “thing” you just pointed at vigorously, which in total costs an amount you wouldn’t even dare to ask, because how on earth would you understand the answer to “How much?”.
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