Asia

A Travelettes Itinerary for Myanmar

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Nestled between India and Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) was once a bit of a mystery for travellers, notoriously difficult to enter and largely closed off to the west. However, in recent years things have changed, and Myanmar has grown in reputation to become one of Asia's most exciting and intriguing destinations. I've had the pleasure of travelling through the [...]

Sipadan. Or, how I spent 4 days diving in paradise

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I have spent a fair share of my times in South East Asia on boats. Small boats, big boats, calm water, rough water, but the drive from Semporna to the M/V Celebes Explorer, my home for the next few nights, is an especially bumpy one. And it doesn't help to calm my already frayed nerves, after all, I am here to dive at one of the most spectacular dive sites i[...]

Borneo - Where the Wild Things are

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Back when I started diving in March my friend who had accompanied me to Koh Tao was amazed by my sudden interest in the marine life. Apparently I have a short attention span in all other things so the idea that I would stare at fish for hours at a time and not get bored was beyond her. And while diving takes a bit more than just staring at fish, I guess it w[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Rishikesh & Haridwar

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To be completely honest, it was probably a bad idea to book that tour to Rishikesh and Haridwar at the cusp of monsoon season in the middle of July. During monsoon the mighty Ganges river can broaden and rise several meters with destructive force; many roads get closed for days or weeks after fatal landslides; heavy rain clouds linger low between the hills c[...]

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[...]