Author archives: guest

The 8 Best Beaches of Cape Town

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Cape Town is world-famous for its beautiful beaches, and for good reason – with huge stretches of soft, white sand, critter-filled rock pools perfect for exploring, swimming in the azure ocean, fantastic surfing beaches, and many spots to soak up the sun, you really can’t ask for much more! So, here are the 8 Best Cape Town Beaches, as chosen by a terrib[...]

5 Downsides of Traveling with a Van AND their Solutions

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Traveling with your own van sounds really romantic. Especially with an oldtimer like a Volkswagen T3. It seems to be the ultimate feeling of freedom. You can go wherever you want, and you always have your home with you - simply park the van, and fall asleep and wake up to the most amazing vista ever. It's the kind of road trip you always dreamed of! Are y[...]

Is Cape Town Safe for a Solo Female Traveller?

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I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous. Sure, I had travelled alone a lot in the past, and sure I’d been to Tanzania the year before to volunteer for a few months in communities that were less than touristy. But this was South Africa, and the barrage of travel advisories and my nervous father were not convinced of my safety there, nor did they [...]

When Voluntourism becomes Meaningful

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“Where are you from?” a keen teenager I bumped into during my walk in Melo, on the island of Flores (Indonesia), asked. “I am from Italy,” I said. Then quickly added: “You speak excellent English.” Because he really did. “I want to work in tourism,” he explained eagerly, as he pointed me towards his home, showing me the nuts drying in the sun, from whi[...]

7 Things to do in Dubai on a Layover

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Long journeys can be tiring, especially journeys with a long layover on some faraway airport. While some people will try to avoid layovers by all means, others get bitten by the wander-bug and meticulously plan where to spend their layover and how much time they have. For them, it's just another destination to add to their list - like a micro trip. For many [...]

5 Awesome Things you can only do in Cappadocia

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Cappadocia’s surreal landscape of fairytale chimneys, underground cities, rock-cut monasteries and sweeping vistas is the stuff of dreams. In recent years, more and more travelers to Turkey are flocking to the region that doesn’t just feel like it’s another country, but a whole different planet. Here are the top things to do in Cappadocia, a place you simply[...]

The Thrills and Frills of a Solo Traveller

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There's something about being alone that makes us uncomfortable. It is odd, offbeat and scary. Just the thought of getting on the plane alone, while silently hoping that our neighbor won't be clumsy or rude, is enough to turn some people away from solo travel. The thought of getting off the plane in a new environment, without any familiar faces to look into,[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Surviving Tropical Insect Bites

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Palm trees, hammocks and dramatic sunsets over the ocean rank very high on the list of things that make the a traveller's life better. But this raw beauty comes with a price tag that might frustrate even the most seasoned travelettes among you. Yes, you know what I am talking about: insects. And what’s more, the tropical insects. If you are anything like [...]

How to get the Best out of Oahu in 7 Days

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This year at the end of May I finished my au-pair year in Minnesota and I had a couple of days left before I had to go back to Germany. I couldn’t have thought of a better place to end my awesome year in the US, than Hawaii, so I packed my bags and flew to Oahu - and ever since I can’t stop talking about my trip. Although I didn’t have much time, I lost my h[...]

The 5 Best Coffee Shops in San Francisco

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Before every trip I take, the first thing I do is sit down at my computer and try to find the best coffee shops at my next destination. I scour the web, looking through countless blogs and pins on Pinterest to make a list of cafés in each neighborhood that I plan to visit. Now, on every trip I take when I need a break from the hustle and bustle of [...]