Author archives: guest

Do you have eternal traveler syndrome?

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You are a traveler and you 'suffer' from wanderlust. You’ve already seen half the globe and aim for the whole thing before you are forty. Or thirty. You speak at least two languages and you know how to make small talk in at least three more. Your Facebook friends include people from every continent and there is a big chance that you don’t even remember how y[...]

The colours of Japan

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I was about to visit Asia for the first time, and of course I had certain things in mind, when I thought about Japanese culture and its people. Still, I didn't really know what to expect. I am not a big planner and think that it doesn't matter how much research and planning you do in advance - the experience itself is the thing that counts and without too mu[...]

Why You Should Let Travel Break Your Heart

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A little while ago, one of the members of our Travelettes Facebook Group asked whether anyone had tips for dealing with the bottomless despair she was feeling upon her return from an amazing trip. In the preceding months she had been discovering new places, sharing rides with strangers, living in a big collective house with like-minded folks, and gotten swep[...]

5 cool things to see in Dresden

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It is no secret, that Dresden, in the valley of the river Elbe, belongs to the most beautiful cities in Germany. Despite that it often looses out against its bigger siblings Munich, Hamburg or Berlin. Back in the days, it gained importance in the 18th century, when most of the city's most iconic buildings were built, like Frauenkirche (Women's Church) or Zwi[...]

Why markets should always be on your itinerary

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Over the years I have developed a good strategy for traveling new cities and new countries, and local markets have definitely made it onto the list of things to do when discovering a new place. I blame it on my students years, when travel money was short and spending it on admission tickets or eating in restaurants was rather a singular treat than a regular [...]

Travelette of the Month: Molly Steele

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When many months ago someone commented on Molly Steele's Instagram "How are you always in the coolest places?" and she answered "Because it is both my priority and my salvation", my interest was piqued – and I bet yours will be, too. If you think landscape photography is boring, it's because you haven't seen Molly's work yet. Her outdoor pictures, often t[...]

The worst travel buddies, and how to deal with them

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Yes! You’re finally on your way. Weeks, if not months of preparation have gone into planning your trip. You’re ready. No, no, you were BORN ready! This is it. Skip forwards a few days… and now you’re miserable. Turns out that friend of yours (whether they're your best friend, your partner, or another solo traveller you bumped into on the road) is trouble, a[...]

The Battle of the Balearic Islands: Which island to choose and why?

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In the battle of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza often overshadows Formentera, Mallorca, and Menorca, but the latter three can more than hold their own against the White Isle - especially when it comes to activities and architecture. Of course, if you like your holidays to come with a super club vibe, one may measure up a bit better than the other, but each h[...]

How to survive a car crash abroad

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On May 17, 2014 (my 24th birthday) I woke up early in Barbados. I stepped out from under the mosquito net hanging above my host’s bed and embraced the morning sun shining through the French patio doors. I had my whole day planned (sort of): a surf lesson at Zed’s Surfing School at 10am; a short drive to St. Lawrence Gap to check out the beach, the restaur[...]

Hotels We Love: The Tongsai Bay on Ko Samui

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"Pardon me while I hang out in heaven for the next few days" was my first Instagram photo caption of The Tongsai Bay Resort. When the resort opened its white, pearly gates to me (okay, more like bamboo gates), I entered a world where a relaxing vacation lives in harmony with nature. Ko Samui’s first five star green hotel offered four tranquil days of excepti[...]