Author archives: guest

Talking to Strangers, or The Fortune of Morocco

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I stood in the middle of Place Moulay Hassan, Essaouira’s main square, trying to decide where to venture first. The sea crashed against the city walls to my right, and I could hear a faint rumble from the medina behind me. I decided to see the famous harbour first and let myself be guided by the smell of seafood and the squawks of hundreds of seagulls. Then [...]

Why You Should Add the Naadam Festival to Your Bucket List

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Do you know the legend of Genghis Khan? It is told that Genghis Khan was born with a blood clot in his hand and therefore destined to lead Mongolia to become the world’s largest empire. Genghis Khan’s vast empire was founded upon Mongolia’s nomadic steppe life and horses. It was this legend that captured my imagination and lead me to catching a train from Be[...]

5 Reasons to Visit Hawaii's Big Island

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When my mom suggested the Big Island of Hawaii to add to my itinerary, I brushed her off. "Mom, I know what I'm doing, there's nothing to see there!" But boy oh boy, was I wrong. Thank goodness I eventually decided to go because if I hadn't I would've missed so much. Although the Big Island of Hawaii is the least hyped in the tourist industry, with intense, [...]

48 hours on the Japanese Art Islands

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Originally dotted by small fishing and farming communities the Japanese Art Islands are now also home to galleries, coffee shops and art installations.  The main islands, Naoshima and Teshima are about 3 hours from Kyoto by train and ferry. Visiting this area does require a bit of planning, mostly to coordinate transport, but it’s so worth it. Let me tell yo[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Chiang Mai

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What was supposed to be a trip for a couple of weeks in Northern Thailand, quickly turned into a six month stay, as I had fallen head over heels for the Chiang Mai vibe. In a blink, I started calling this city ‘my home away from home’, just like all the expats and digital nomads that got stuck here. The many faces of Chiang Mai kept it interesting. From the [...]

5 Things You Learn When Traveling Alone

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I was 15 years old when I had my first solo travel experience. I was going to Turkey to stay with my aunt, uncle and cousins for a month. Although I wasn't going to be living with strangers this would be a totally new experience for me. I spoke a bit of Turkish, and had previously visited my family with my parents, but I still had infinite doubts a[...]

The Truth about Travelling with Your Dog

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Whenever I get the opportunity to travel I am the first to sign up, but my friends and family are not always available to take a break from reality with me. I traveled alone a couple of times and it was fun, but there was usually a point when I felt lonely, missing friends, family and my dog. I decided I wasn’t going to keep missing what I could bring with m[...]

48 Hours in Shanghai

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Shanghai was initially added haphazardly onto my Asia touring itinerary because I had a stopover there anyway. I figured why not extend that layover from a couple of hours at the airport to a couple of days in the bustling city! 48 hours was certainly a good amount of time for me, but of course only allowed me to scratch the surface of all the city has to of[...]

The Mayan Experience: Life at Lake Atitlan

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Some time ago, I spent a year living in a beautiful place called Lake Atitlan, located in Guatemala. During this time I was lucky to find a dear friend, Petronela, and she invited me to her home in the hills of Santa Catarina, one of the 13 communities surrounding the lake. She worked in a hat and a weaving shop while her older sister and mother were artisan[...]

How to Pack Like a Minimalist

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Getting my bearings on the European backpacking circuit didn’t teach me much about travel fashion. The purple 70 liter behemoth on my back was packed in preparation for nights on train station floors. Day dreams of functionality saw a bulky rain coat, yoga pants and wrinkly t-shirts in my wardrobe that ended up being a hefty sum of nothing I wanted to wear.[...]