Author archives: Gemma

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[...]

Saudi Arabia- Is this the world’s newest, most controversial travel destination?

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“Cover your hair sister, you’re in Saudi Arabia now.” Something I became all too used to hearing on the streets of 2012 Riyadh. Only 6 years ago. But under the rule of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and the implementation of ‘Vision 2030’, just maybe, Saudi Arabia is in with a legitimate chance of becoming a tourist destination. Probably quite the c[...]

Why I fell in love with the Middle East and why you should too

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Finding my feet through all the hustle and bustle, the hypnotizing sound of the Arabic language singing in my ears, the smell of cardamom filling my nose from the streets. The sun laying on my skin like velvet. I remember why it was so easy to for me to fall in love with the Middle East the first time. 4 years living in Saudi Arabia and travelling [...]

5 travel mistakes I made, so you don’t have to

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It’s kind of hard to believe that I traveled for so long and came so far without any major hiccups. But then 2018 seemed to be a year of epic travel and epic mistakes. I don’t think I slackened my defenses. I guess some years are just luckier than others, and clearly, the more you travel the more you’re at risk of at least a few fails. We’ve all proba[...]

The Great Wall of China- 3 spectacular hiking spots

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There’s an old Chinese Proverb that describes the Great Wall so perfectly. “Only those that have travelled the road know where the holes are deep”. I knew as soon as saw the Great Wall of China that I had sincerely underestimated its gritty beauty and vast size. It’s an easy thing to do when most of the photographs we see are merely snippets of reconst[...]

Bittersweet goodbyes- A travel destiny

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You know it’s coming, you’ve done it a million times before. You dread its arrival and you try your hardest to put it off. But the truth is, when you live a transient lifestyle the goodbyes flow thick and fast. It doesn’t stop at people, family and friends. It overspills into countries, cities and places you form an unbreakable bond with. I stil[...]

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