Author archives: guest

100 Years of American National Parks

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To plan our road trip across the USA, we pinpointed on a map all the places we wanted to go to and linked them together, including cities, historical sites and national parks, which are very renowned in America. In the end, we managed to see seven national parks across the USA which were all very different and beautiful in their own way. To celebrate the 100[...]

Going Barefoot Through South East Asia

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A few months back during my travels I began to encounter some foot issues. Well, the issues occurred less directly to my actual feet and more specifically to protection covering my little wandering soles. In one month’s time, I began breaking and losing more shoes than I ever had in my life.  My favorite pair of Havaianas - purchased 2 years prior in [...]

8 Amazing Festivals in South Africa that are Worth the Trip

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South Africa is more than just another African safari destination - it’s home to some of the biggest music festivals on the continent. Over the last twenty years, local festivals have attracted some of the biggest names in the music industry, racked up a few international awards along the way and are only getting bigger and better. It’s one of the best ways [...]

Celebrating 'Le 14 Juillet' in Paris

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Happy Bastille Day! Wait - what? Bastille Day is one of the most celebrated days in France and is also called le quatorze juillet, the 14th of July. The day does commemorate the storming of the Bastille on that day in 1789, but has evolved into La fête nationale, The French National Day. So what do the French do on their national day? Do they wear their n[...]

The Dangers of Routine

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Ding, ding, piercing ding. Wake up to the same jingle you’ve despised since college. Whip up breakfast, but quickly, because the snooze button set you back as usual. Shower even faster, speed to work and hustle through the same office doors you walk through every day. Every week. Every year. Routines are easy to fall into – they let you put your [...]

The Importance of Slow Travel

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I rush a lot of things in life; waking up in the morning, assignments, eating, talking on the phone – mainly because I want to get things done quicker, to fit more things into my day. But there is one thing I don’t rush, and that is travel. I try to travel as slow as possible; the longest distance for the longest time. I never want travel to end and so far i[...]

Why Every Traveler Should Try Film Photography

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I’ve been addicted to travelling ever since I left home to do my first season abroad working for a large British tour operator. And I’m never without a camera, whether that’s a compact point and shoot, a GoPro, my iPhone or my DSLR. I would literally have some kind of camera attached to my face wherever I went. I’d upload hundreds of photos to Facebook from [...]

Why I decided to ditch my life as an executive and travel more deeply

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“Hello. Michael. Hello. Can you hear me? Hello?” That was me - on a satellite phone in my tent in the Bhutanese Himalayas - calling an investment banking colleague back in New York City. It was the fall of 2008, and the financial world was crumbling down around all of us. A few months prior I had moved to a new job within my company, and was now in charge[...]

Dear Ex-Boyfriend, Thank You!

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At the time I lived in Los Angeles and my boyfriend had just relocated to New York. I bought a ticket to visit him for his birthday in July, but then it happened. We broke up in June. 'Crap!, I think. 'I’m certainly not gonna go to New York now, and I can’t get a refund. What am I gonna do with this plane ticket?' I thought about going somewhere else, but wh[...]