Asia

48 Hours in Shanghai

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Shanghai was initially added haphazardly onto my Asia touring itinerary because I had a stopover there anyway. I figured why not extend that layover from a couple of hours at the airport to a couple of days in the bustling city! 48 hours was certainly a good amount of time for me, but of course only allowed me to scratch the surface of all the city has to of[...]

How to Spend One Month in Northern India

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India can often be an intimidating place, especially for first time travellers. I’ve travelled extensively around the country, and I can honestly tell you not to be afraid! Sure, India offers some challenges, but also so many rewards. If you’re looking at a map of the country without a clue where to begin, here’s some ideas of how to spend a month travelling[...]

The Propaganda Game - a documentary on North Korea

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What do you know about North Korea? Let me help you with a few basics I know from the news. It owns nuclear weapons that could allegedly reach the west coast of the United States; there is an incredible food shortage causing the population to starve; their dictator managed to shut down the theatrical release of a US-American satirical film evolving around[...]

The Travelettes Top 10 Destinations in Thailand

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How many travellers have had their hearts stolen by Thailand? Too many to count we’d guess! We’ve certainly fallen for this beautiful country’s charms again and again, and though the country has changed drastically since the glory days when the first intrepid explorers founded the Banana Pancake Trail, it has lost none of its allure - we just can’t stay away[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary for Malaysia

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If you are thinking about backpacking in South East Asia, chances are that you will eventually pass by Malaysia. This country is definitely one of my favorites in the region; I fell in love with its wonderful landscapes and the kindness of its people. Less touristy than its neighbor Thailand and more affordable than close-by Singapore, Malaysia is the perfec[...]

10 Reasons to Put Kyrgyzstan on Your Travel Radar

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“Are you married?”, the customs officer asks me expectantly. I put on the universal smile of I-Don’t-Speak-Your-Language-But-Please-Let-Me-In-Your-Country that has proven so useful to me in the past, and shrug in helpless explanation: my Russian sucks, it is supposed to tell the uniformed man behind the glass window in front of me. “Husband? Man?”, h[...]

When Voluntourism becomes Meaningful

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“Where are you from?” a keen teenager I bumped into during my walk in Melo, on the island of Flores (Indonesia), asked. “I am from Italy,” I said. Then quickly added: “You speak excellent English.” Because he really did. “I want to work in tourism,” he explained eagerly, as he pointed me towards his home, showing me the nuts drying in the sun, from whi[...]

7 Things to do in Dubai on a Layover

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Long journeys can be tiring, especially journeys with a long layover on some faraway airport. While some people will try to avoid layovers by all means, others get bitten by the wander-bug and meticulously plan where to spend their layover and how much time they have. For them, it's just another destination to add to their list - like a micro trip. For many [...]

15 Things you must do in Goa, India

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When you think of India’s beaches, you think of Goa! And they really do not disappoint. Long stretches of golden sands, emerald oceans and all fringed by picture perfect coconut palms- this place really is the dream you always imagined. Goa is not only the perfect holiday destination for beach bums, but it also offers a whole heap of amazing things to do and[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary: How to spend One Month in the Philippines

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Last year, my big travel highlight was spending a few weeks in the beautiful Philippines… and we predict that the popularity of this stunning Asian destination is set to rise. Asia is popular with independent travellers the world over for a number of reasons: the food, the culture, the paradise beaches - check out my 10 reasons to go backpacking in South Eas[...]