Author archives: Rose

A different world in the Atacama Desert

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Atacama Desert in Chile is otherworldly. The rugged, dusty, red terrain is so unusual that it is often used as a substitute for Mars in Hollywood films. And the fact that it’s hot, dry and at high altitude means the desert has some of the clearest night skies on earth, and is supposedly the best place in the world for star gazing. That's why it’s home to the[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary: Hiking in Patagonia

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“Don’t ask about the weather forecast, it’s Patagonia” is scrawled on a sign outside one of the campsites on the W-trek. I first saw Patagonia on Pinterest. I can't remember what I was searching for. But I remember the mountain. Ice capped, mythical, surrounded by water tinted a shade of blue all its own. But there it was amid recipes for banana muffins a[...]

Wondrous wildlife in Puerto Madryn

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I’m hopeful. As we set sail from Puerto Pirámides, our guide Sebastian confidently assures us that we have a ‘100% chance’ of seeing Southern Right Whales today. He’s not wrong. Almost as soon as we get out into the deeper water a mother and baby are spotted from the team’s lookout point. Whale watching season is in full swing in Puerto Madryn in Patagoni[...]

Travelette of the Month: Rose Palmer

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Every month we introduce you to an inspiring woman who travels and this month it's time to feature another one of our own writers: Rose Palmer. She might have only recently joined the team, but ever since she has inspired us with her wonderful stories and dreamy photos from South America. To find out more about Rose, how she got into travel writing and how [...]

Five instagrammers who shoot for the stars

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On my first trip outside of Europe I went to the Himalayas with a group of school friends. We set off from Ladakh in Northern India and hiked for two weeks in the complete wilderness, barely seeing a soul. Each evening, before going to sleep in my tent, I remember gazing up at the stars and trying to spot The Plough, the only constellation I could recognize [...]

10 documentaries to change how you see the world

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What I love about documentaries is that they open a window onto new people, places and cultures. Film makers can take you to locations that it might otherwise be difficult, if not impossible, to access. And not only do documentaries give you the opportunity to learn about life in other places, but they also have the amazing capacity to change the way we see [...]

Skiing in summer: Bariloche, Argentina

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Being from England, I’m used to bad weather in the summer... but to be standing on top of a mountain in a snowstorm in mid-August is a surreal experience! Even a few days in to my week-long ski trip to Bariloche in Argentina, it still felt confusing to be donning layers of thermals and heading out into the mountains while my friends and family back in the[...]

How to successfully settle in a new city

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"Let’s quit our jobs and set up a commune in South America!” exclaims one of my friends at a Sunday lunch in Bethnal Green in London. Over roast beef and red wine, someone raised the idea of a whole group of us leaving our settled lives and jobs in London to live together in a paradise elsewhere. An enthusiastic discussion ensued, with proclamations about[...]

Wilderness and culture: A day in Hay-on-Wye

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On the border of England and Wales, Hay-on-Wye is world famous for its literary festival, which runs in May and June. But this sleepy, charming town deserves a visit at other times too. What’s extraordinary about Hay-on-Wye is that you can spend hours out in the wilderness of the rugged Black Mountains, with only sheep and shaggy ponies for company. A[...]

Top tips to get the best out of the Iguazu Falls

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Wow. That was my first impression of the Iguazu falls and I assume probably of everyone else who has ever visited them. Even with all the facts and figures to hand (it’s four times as tall and twice as wide as Niagara Falls, with 553 cubic feet of water pouring down 275 separate cascades per second), it’s hard to convey the immensity and impact of thi[...]