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When talking about travelling South East Asia, the Philippines is probably not the first country that comes to your mind. Last winter, the Philippines received a lot of media coverage because of the horrible impact caused by typhoon Haiyan. But while the Philippines are sadly regularly hit by such natural disasters, they are also an extremely diverse country which has not yet been discovered by mass tourism. Whether you are …

[ Written by guest | 12 Sep 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Do you remember my little moan about new beginnings last week? Well, that has turned into wanting to cancel my return flight and just stay. I’ve discovered the Lebanese mountains which you may have spotted on Instagram, took part in a few trips with an ecotourism club (mine was called Vamos Todos but there’s a huge variety in Lebanon, they all offer different trips each weekend) and met some awesome …

[ Written by Caroline | 8 Sep 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

The thing with new beginnings is that you can never be quite sure whether taking the risk was worth it until you’re all happy and settled in. I’ve had a lot of new beginnings over the years so I knew that feeling low without any legitimate reason in the first few days, questioning that entire decision and feeling like you’ll never fit in anywhere (pardon me, but drama is in …

[ Written by Caroline | 25 Aug 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Wouldn’t it be great if mermaids really did exist? One of my favourite films growing up was Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ and the idea of floating around in a fantastical, underwater kingdom and basking on exotic shores has probably contributed to my usual choice of travel destination. Keep your mountains and deserts – take me to the coast! Plus they had some pretty serious tropical tune-age going on down there …

[ Written by Alex | 3 Jul 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

2:00 a.m. is an awfully early time for the alarm to ring. Especially when 80% of your previous day was spent on jam-packed buses, your sleep count barely reaches 3 hours, and… you have a mountain to climb.
Not just any mountain, either: the famously challenging Sri Pada, more commonly known as Adam’s Peak — a venerable ridge that towers above most of Sri Lanka’s hill country, with a height of 2,243 metres. At …

[ Written by Marie C | 1 Jun 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

While American drones raining down on Pakistan and Yemen (bet you never read that intro in a travel piece) may disqualify them from being the ideal places for a female solo traveler, a large part of the Middle East is very much suitable for exploring and getting inspired. My no. 1 girl crush Sophia Bush recently made a trip through the Middle East and her little snippets of poetry and …

[ Written by Caroline | 28 May 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

Mumbai is the Indian city of dreams. It is home to the glittery theatre and film industry, financial centre of one of th world’s strongest growing economies, and on top of all that fashion capital of India. It is as diverse as its people – the richest man of the country lives here, and the area Dharavi is the biggest slum of all Asia. You will start noticing this blatant …

[ Written by guest | 15 May 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Sawatdee ka! From my Instagram feed you can easily detect that I am in Thailand at the moment, which admittedly came a bit as a surprise to me. I never wanted to go to Thailand, ever. I thought it was for tourists, which of course I am not, I am a traveller. Big (snobby) difference! You hear the stories, you see the pictures: dirty, sleazy Bangkok, crowded, littered beaches, and …

[ Written by Annika | 30 Apr 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

When the Tourist Board of Colombo handed me a map of the city, they spontaneously highlighted:

The famous Colombo Fort
The National Museum
Three shopping malls.

Wait. Was that all there was to the Sri Lankan capital? Two tourist landmarks—and chain stores? Thankfully, that was untrue: by exploring a little, I actually gathered 12 cool things to do in Colombo—if you’ve got a few days planned there on your way to the inland and …

[ Written by Marie C | 14 Apr 2014 | 10 Comments | ]

I used to think only a small and insignificant handful of things could successfully drag me away from the beautiful beaches of South East Asia. Sizzling street food… Half price cocktails… Some sweet reggae music after all of the above… But it turns out I’m also a sucker for a bloody good temple. Not to be confused with a Shirley Temple. They’re rubbish.
My fascination with temples probably started when I …

[ Written by Alex | 12 Apr 2014 | 10 Comments | ]
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