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Amalie is a young Norwegian girl. She is twenty years old, has long straight hair and bright green-grey eyes. She loves animals, she likes to run and to swim and she smiles when she receives messages from a boy she likes. One day she’d like to travel the world.
“I’d like to see more of South America.” She says. “I want to travel around, meet the local people, eat local foods, …

[ Written by Frankie | 22 Jan 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

Beautiful? Yes! Historic? Oh, yes. As quaint as a quaint can be? Absolutely! But cool? Is Bruges really a cool city to hang out in?
On my recent visit I realised that yes, Bruges is a cool city and so here are my recommendations for ten cool things to do in Bruges from eating in trendy lunch eateries to getting on your bike.
1. In Bruges Walking Tour

One of the coolest things about …

[ Written by Frankie | 17 Jan 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

You may or may not know it, but us Travelettes are a budding group of linguists, in fact English is only a native language for three of us and don’t for a second think that those non-English speakers have just one extra language hiding in their brains, because many of the Travelettes have conquered multiple languages. The most incredible thing is that I know we’re not alone; most of our …

[ Written by Frankie | 7 Jan 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

Should old acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind
Should all acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne…
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here’s a little photo of what I witnessed last night – a world record breaking firework display in Dubai – it was incredible! I’ll share more photos and my experience with you soon. How did …

[ Written by Frankie | 1 Jan 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Following on from our recent post about faux facades and buildings that don’t exist, I stumbled upon these photos by photographer Kevin Bauman, a collection called 100 Abandoned Houses. I found them spooky, provoking and strangely addictive. They were shot in Detroit – the photographer’s hometown – and the project began over a decade ago when he began to notice a steady decline in some of the city’s neighbourhoods. This week …

[ Written by Frankie | 12 Dec 2013 | 9 Comments | ]

A year ago I wrote this article about the lessons I’ve learned in the first twelve months of being a “digital nomad“. It’s become one of our most popular articles on Travelettes, it served as the basis for a number of talks I’ve given on the subject and it was recently featured in an article in Germany’s national newspaper Der Spiegel (here in German). It’s now been two years since …

[ Written by Frankie | 14 Nov 2013 | 8 Comments | ]

“When I grow up, I’m going to be a princess and live in a big palace…” a little girl once said to a curious enquirer.
Twenty-five years later, in November 2013, that little girl had grown up and her wish was granted in Porto, Portugal, of all places. At least it was granted for three nights.
But those three nights were enough thanks to the luxury, grandeur and frankly kick-ass amazing elegance …

[ Written by Frankie | 12 Nov 2013 | 8 Comments | ]

I’ve come to learn from my time living  in Amsterdam that there are a few unwritten rules you must follow:
1. Speak English better than any native speaker.
2. Run over at least three tourists a year on your bike.
3. Hate Rotterdam.
Well, unfortunately these are three rules I’m almost instantly going to fail at (apart from maybe no. 2, I’m on course to easily meet that target!) because I am a native …

[ Written by Frankie | 8 Oct 2013 | 45 Comments | ]

Last weekend I travelled back to the UK from the Netherlands for a family gathering and being the nonchalant travel professional that I am, I was running (very, very) late. As I walked (ahem, raced) through Schiphol’s main entrance I realised I had only eleven minutes to make it to my gate before it closed, including the dreaded walk through security. I got there in eight minutes.
Knowing how to navigate …

[ Written by Frankie | 12 Sep 2013 | 30 Comments | ]

I love the Netherlands. I love jazz music. And I love festivals, though preferably the mud-free kind.
I did something about all of the above by attending the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam last month. With the likes of Sting, Bobby Womack, The Roots and Dionne Warwick topping the bill, I had high expectations from the three day festival that takes place in the Ahoy venue, a huge corporate style expo …

[ Written by Frankie | 16 Aug 2013 | 3 Comments | ]