Author archives: Annapurna

16 Things Travel Taught me in 2016

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1. Never skip breakfast First things first. Never miss that morning alarm, as you'll miss one of the best introductions to a country. A morning filled with locals breads, teas, coffees, and whatever the local morning delicacy is, is hands down the best way to start exploring a new culture. I never used to be a breakfast person, but after tasting some of the[...]

I'm an Introvert. And here's why that makes me a better traveller.

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“Stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don’t let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don’t force yourself to seek breadth.” ~ Susan Cain Photo by Jason Briscoe via Unsplash I've always been the quiet one. And for a lot of my life this seems to have been a great disadvantage. I've[...]

10 Unique Things to do in Hokuriku, Japan

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I recently had the opportunity to visit the Hokuriku region of Japan, an underrated and relatively unknown area of the country which is rich in sites, culture and spirituality. If you missed my last blog post on the region, I wanted to champion the area a little more, with 10 unique things to do in the area if you should ever visit! Visit a Sake Brewery[...]

How to Photograph People When Travelling

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As a travel photographer, one of the questions I get asked most frequently is ‘How do you photograph people?’. I take a lot of portraits of people when I travel, and this is the type of travel photography I love the most. But for many people, this is one of the most difficult things to do. Understanding how to approach people, respect them and capture them i[...]

The Perfect Long Weekend in Lisbon

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There are often places that catch the 'buzz'. Places which suddenly, out of nowhere, everyone seems to be talking about. Lisbon, capital of Portugal, can be described in this way at the moment; the internet is currently brimming with advice of what to do and see in this city - and with good reason. As I found out last weekend, Lisbon is one of Europe's mo[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Tokyo

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Nothing quite prepares you for Tokyo. Not for the neon lights or the back-alleys buzzing with Yakitori grills, not for the city-sized fish markets or the ancient temples, the anime crazes or the constant smell of sushi. You can compare it to other cities, yet none are really quite like it. Tokyo is one of a kind, a blizzard of sights, smells and sounds. A th[...]

5 Weird and Wonderful Things About Japan

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Japan is one of the world's most interesting destinations. While it is a developed country, it has developed in often a very different way to the West, creating its own culture, crazes and atmosphere. Whilst exploring I found a lot of things a little strange, but once you become accustomed to them- you realise just how great they are! Here are 5 of those thi[...]

Undiscovered Japan: Taking the fast train to Hokuriku

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Mist shrouds the valleys the day we leave Tokyo for the countryside along the Hokuriku line. It seems appropriate that after days in the city of neon lights and chaos we should find ourselves in foggy temple gardens, tip-toeing between mossy paths and unflowering cherry blossom trees. While Tokyo holds its own magnetic charms, there seems to be a certain sil[...]

7 Female Instagrammers Who Will Make You Want to Go to Canada

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As Canada is our featured destination this month, we thought we'd introduce to you some of our favourite ladies who showcase the country in all it's beauty on Instagram. Be prepared to be blown away by stunning landscapes, ultra-cool cafe culture and delicious wild food. Here are seven Instagrammers who are making us yearn to visit Canada... 1. Jordan Dyck-[...]