[ Written by guest | 17 Dec 2014 | 3 Comments | ]
Hidden Paradise: The Derawan Islands, Indonesia

Honduras is hot right now. And it’s not just the steamy, tropical, Central American climes that make it so. In fact, this whole stretch of land bridging the gap between Mexico and Colombia has been slowly coming into its own as a firm favourite with independent travellers over the past 20 years, as political and civil situations gain stability. As a result, safety concerns are less of an issue and …

[ Written by Alex | 16 Dec 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

If you don’t want to end up with your financial consultant on speed-dial no. 1 after your next spontaneous city trip, you should definitely make some sort of budget plan. After flights and train journeys, accommodation might be the next biggest expense you have to deal with, and hostels can come in quite handy when you want to save a penny or two for some fun activities during the day.
I …

[ Written by Kathi | 15 Dec 2014 | 16 Comments | ]

You hear so much about African countries that have exciting things on offer: Morocco for the maze in the medina and its snake charmers, Egypt for the Pyramids and sand dunes, or Tanzania for the jeep safaris and paradise islands; to name but a few. Zimbabwe on the other hand – what would be your number one reason to go?
I personally had no desire to visit; in fact, I had …

[ Written by guest | 14 Dec 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Me on the road is generally not a very tender and graceful affair. Me on the road usually involves a lot of swearing, excess luggage and sleeping on buses or trains (in fact I just woke up from a two-hour nap on my backpack as I’m writing this). And so it happened last week: I stumbled out of my flat in Berlin at a disgraceful time somewhere between midnight and sunrise, …

[ Written by Caroline | 11 Dec 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

Sligo is a thriving city of with a culture of adventure, food and the arts. Disclaimer – my family lives in Sligo, which has changed so much in the years since we first moved there in 1995 – I remember my first impression of Sligo as a grey town, nearly 20 years ago now. Sligo has changed its tune however to become a vibrant hub of creative community, young creative …

[ Written by guest | 11 Dec 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

Christmas is a great time to finally get a hold of some of the most-wanted items we have dreamed about all year – even if it takes a few hints to family and friends. You seemed to really like our comprehensive Christmas gift list, but it can be quite hard to choose from so many options. Among our team it started a discussion of what we think are the best …

[ Written by Kathi | 10 Dec 2014 | 11 Comments | ]

For years, photographers have been drawn to Namibia’s northwest – to a community living among the majestic Makalani palms at Palmfontein: the Himba. They invite visitors to see how they live and learn about their proud and ancient culture. From skin care to clothing and perfume, many Himba continue traditional practices that have remained unchanged for generations. Yet, they are becoming familiar with modern lifestyles through the visitors. They are …

[ Written by guest | 9 Dec 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

The borough of London that is Knightsbridge is so insanely beautiful, rich and boutique that I felt it had to be a Travelettes Posh Guide, rather than the usual Travelettes Guide. The amount of unique boutiques, incredibly designed shop windows, delectable foods and houses that will have you yearning to be a millionaire is what gives Knightsbridge the nickname of the ‘well heeled’ neighbourhood of London. Well heeled, eh? Quite …

[ Written by Sophie | 8 Dec 2014 | 10 Comments | ]

Landing in Iceland, my first thoughts were ‘it’s actually not that cold!’ It was a fairly dark morning in November, and I was heading for the Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik. I had my down jacket, wooly jumper and super warm socks on, ready for the freezing temperature. I hadn’t expect how warm it was and was still wondering as we boarded the airport bus into town.
We headed through the Lava …

[ Written by guest | 6 Dec 2014 | 8 Comments | ]

Shopping for Christmas gifts is unfortunately something that I keep until the very last minute. Not like my brother who hits the shopping streets on the December 23rd or morning of the 24th, but something along those lines… If you are like me, this inspirational guide to great Christmas gifts for Travelettes and other travellers is hopefully coming in handy. And hopefully you manage to place your orders before delivery …

[ Written by Kathi | 5 Dec 2014 | 8 Comments | ]