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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 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the sunny beaches of Australia behind and give my 2-year working visa for the UK a whirl before it was too late (it’s no longer valid once you turn 31).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 | 31 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 | 6 Comments | ]

When traveling between Paris and London on a budget, taking the bus will be your wallet’s saving grace. The trip takes 9-10 hours each way, so going overnight saves you some precious exploring time in each city. I figured it would also save me money, as I could sleep on the bus rather than having to pay for a hostel. Sleeping, that is, in theory.
There are two major companies offering routes …

[ Written by guest | 14 Mar 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

While preparing my big trip to South East Asia, I was looking for something different to do than the classical route through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. When someone asked me ‘Why not try the Philippines!?’, I got curious. With direct flights to Manila from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Australia, and even budget airlines flying there, the Philippines are within easy reach. Long story short, as soon as my plane …

[ Written by guest | 28 Feb 2015 | 19 Comments | ]

Crystal-clear water washing over the pebble beaches, whitewashed houses standing out in the distance, contrasting against the perfectly blue skies… Greek islands don’t need much of an introduction, their beauty is already attracting thousands of visitors each year. And yet, some parts of this picture-perfect paradise don’t get quite enough recognition, while others are so busy with tourists, that it’s hard to find a spot for yourself. This list of ten …

[ Written by guest | 26 Feb 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

You have probably heard and read it a million times: volunteering abroad (be it short or long-term) is an ultimately rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime experience. It sounds like a cliché, right? There is the truth to it though, and I’m happy to repeat it for the million+1st time – volunteering really is amazing.
When planning our travels we often get absorbed in what we want to do and see. Quickly, it’s all about …

[ Written by guest | 24 Feb 2015 | 10 Comments | ]