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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 habit. Be it a big touristy market or ten stalls on a …

[ Written by guest | 30 Apr 2015 | 14 Comments | ]

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, and they’re ruining your trip. You need to find …

[ Written by guest | 23 Apr 2015 | 14 Comments | ]

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 has its fair share of pros and cons – all …

[ Written by guest | 20 Apr 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

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 restaurants, and the bars; …

[ Written by guest | 18 Apr 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

“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 exceptional service, breath-taking views, delectable food, …

[ Written by guest | 16 Apr 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

Billowing white clouds rise up towards the sky, and the drizzling rain only adds to the eerie feeling I get. I’m in Beppu, on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The steam, too light to be seen as smoke, looks completely different to anything I have ever seen before. The Kanazawa Jigokus are volcanic hot springs where you can gaze at the bubbling, frothing volcanic water rise into the sky. Bear in mind, these …

[ Written by guest | 11 Apr 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

I knew little about Tel Aviv when I touched down at the airport of Israel’s seaside getaway. Four days lay ahead of me and I quickly came to realize this was nowhere near enough time to explore the city fully. But with a few good tips from friends and early mornings I did well and good a great first impression. Here are seven things you should do in Tel Aviv …

[ Written by guest | 9 Apr 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

After turning 30 last year, I decided it was time to leave the sunny beaches of Australia behind and give my 2-year working visa for the UK a whirl before it was too late (it’s no longer valid once you turn 31). I’m not one to dilly-dally on a decision for long, so after about 6 weeks, my flight was booked, my bags were packed and I’d sold everything I …

[ Written by guest | 6 Apr 2015 | 34 Comments | ]

When I plan a trip, I have a tendency to pack a lot in. I want to do everything, which makes me a prime victim for ‘travel burnout’. The thing is, there are just so many exciting adventures to have around the world. This isn’t any less true when exploring along the North American west coast. In my recent road trip from the absolutely wonderful Vancouver, Canada to San Francisco, California, I …

[ Written by guest | 2 Apr 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

Brisbane is the underdog of Australian major cities. It doesn’t attract tourists like Sydney and Melbourne, and is often overlooked in favour of the glitzy Gold Coast, a mere hour’s drive south. But Brisbane, with its river cutting the city in half, has a lot on offer for Travelettes: a prolific arts scene, a saturation of independent cafes and restaurants, a volume of vintage boutiques and some of Australia’s mildest winter weather. …

[ Written by guest | 29 Mar 2015 | 8 Comments | ]