Author archives: Gemma

How to avoid travel burnout

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Travel burnout? I hear you cry. What a very privileged concern to suffer from. But let me set the record straight. There is such a thing as the well documented ‘rat race’ in the real world, so of course it exists in the travel world. ‘How could I ever get sick of travel?’ Yep, that’s a good question. I’m not necessarily saying you’ll get sick of trav[...]

Ethical volunteering- Meet the skilled volunteer nurse swapping modern hospitals for rural operating rooms

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The year is 2019 and the word ‘voluntourism’ is on every conscious traveler’s lips. The term refers to the growing phenomenon amongst the world’s traveling community. People packing up their bags and taking international flights to some of the world’s poorest countries to carry out volunteer work, often on assignments they’ve paid to be a part of. [...]

5 best places to visit on a day trip from Mexico City

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Mexico City is one of the country’s most vibrant cities. It has it all. History, check. Museums, check. Culture, check. Hipster coffee shops, check. Amazing tacos, check. World class tequila, check. The capital is home to around 9 million people in the city alone. A constantly underestimated tourist spot, travelers have long preferred to visit Mexi[...]

Getting to know Havana’s travel quirks

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‘Havana ooo na na, half of my heart is in Havana ooo na na’. Ah, the song of last summer on everyone’s lips. Ironic how within months of this song being all over my radio, half of my heart was indeed in Havana (ooo na na). I’m a city girl. I love the convenience of rolling out of bed and heading for a coffee. Popping to the market on a lunchtime. I t[...]

5 tips to conquering your first solo trip

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Traveling alone can be scary. Let’s be honest. All those questions flying through your mind. What if I get lost? What if I’m lonely? Will I make any friends? What if I feel unsafe? The thought of being caught up in world where you make your own choices, wake up when you like and dine alone can be truly terrifying. There was a time I hated the th[...]

Dating on the road- The impossible dream?

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‘Men hate independent women’ ‘He’s intimidated by you’ ‘Your dreams scare him’ How many times do us women that chose not plant roots in one place tell these things to one another? Do we say it and believe it, or is it simply another case of ‘he’s just not that into you’? 6 years on the road and I was beginning to think maybe I had turned into [...]

The only 3 things you need to know about Bacalar- Mexico’s secret paradise

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When I first started planning my trip to Mexico here’s what I imagined. Enjoying the white beaches and washing down Modelos in Playa Del Carmen and Cancun. A quick break in a luxurious resort on the Riviera Maya (if I could get a good deal). Checking out some Mayan ruins in Tulum and finishing my trip in the notoriously dangerous Mexico City (just bec[...]

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