Category archives: Asia

5 little ways to avoid the tourist treatment in Asia

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When traveling, we’re essentially walking targets. We tote around our cameras, our 15 gallon packs are loaded with endless amounts of gear, our physical features are different, and we may even strut around downtown in our workout clothes on a Friday night (guilty), making us relentlessly stick out like a sore thumb. Needless to say, as ramblin’ gypsies, the [...]

6 reasons to put Pushkar on your bucket list

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I recently traveled India for the first time and because it is such a huge and overwhelming country, I asked a friend, who had lived in Delhi for two years, for advice on how she would go about doing it right for the first time. She gave me great advice, some of which I bundled here in one of my other India posts, but one recommendations that stood out was t[...]

See the Golden Triangle – Travelettes Style

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India had been on my radar for such a long time, that in my imagination it had to be on everybody's ultimate bucket list. I thought it would be overrun by travelers from all over the world and I thought it would be super touristy all the way through. Oh, what a mistake. When I recently went there for a rather spontaneous girlfriend getaway with my oldest an[...]

12 foods you should try in Israel

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If you ask random people what is the most important things on their holiday is, they might say, a cozy hotel, or some quiet time away from their work, but if you ask me, I'll say FOOD. I'm sure I'm not the only Travelette around here who will declare a fresh breakfast, mouth-watering lunch and delicious dinner the three top priorities of a successful travel [...]

How to get the most out of your first time in India

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Going to India for the first time was incredibly intimidating to me. India is a country that polarizes and it seems nobody can leave without a strong opinion. It was my first time to the Asian continent and my friends who had already been to India were divided into lovers and haters. While some swooned about the vibrant colors, the delicious veggie food and [...]

This could be heaven - Return to Velassaru, Maldives

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It all started with my friend Caroline canceling last minute. We have known each other for 5 years, well enough for me to know that this might happen and when it did I was not all that suprised. Still – now I didn't have a girlfriend to join me on my girlfriend getaway! With just 2 weeks left I called up all my female friends, including those living in diffe[...]

Hotels We Love: Kata Rocks, Phuket

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For a while now, I've been fighting Phuket's corner. I lived there for nearly three months in 2012 and it featured heavily in the Southeast Asia leg of my RTW travels in 2011. It may not be idyllic Thailand and it certainly doesn't offer a break away from it all but it does have some great advantages. Here are some of them: 1. It's easy and relatively aff[...]

10 minutes to paradise - a trip to Kurumba, Maldives

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A curious, open-minded, upbeat and outgoing child is a huge blessing. Mind you, it's also a huge challenge, particularly when said sweetheart gets so excited with the world that he finds it hard to part with it, particularly during nap times or at night. When they are as little as my Atlas they still need 2 naps a day, meaning I have to fight the sleep battl[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary for Iran

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When I first told my family and friends that I was planning on backpacking for a month on my own in Iran, they looked at me like I was a bit crazy. Though I could understand their doubts and reluctance (let’s be honest, Iran is generally not on the top of the world’s most touristy places), I was just excited and curious to see for myself what this country wa[...]

The ultimate Travelettes Packing List for India

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Before my recent 10-day trip to India there were a lot of questions to be asked. Why would you go there? Is it safe? Why are you taking that risk? - those were the questions my mum was asking. Which vaccinations should I get? How to avoid biting monkeys? What will I eat that is not too spicy? - that would be my best friend, who was going to join me. And fina[...]