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10 Airbnb's Around The World We're Lusting After

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Airbnb’s are the affordable homes away from home that we just can’t get enough of. It’s not only the fact they’re a fraction of the cost of other accommodation options either. There’s something distinctly welcoming and authentic about staying in a local's home - an intangible personal touch that mass produced chain hotels will simply never be able to match. [...]

Is El Raval Barcelona's coolest neighborhood?

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I was only 19 when I first went to Barcelona. And I didn't come as tourist. I arrived with just one suitcase and €270 cash in my pocket, ready to pay for my room in an apartment I would share with 4 other people from 4 different nations. That room was in a part of Barcelona called El Raval, making up one side of the infamous La Rambla, the Barrio Gotico's ug[...]

Seize Your Adventure with Fran Turauskis

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A few weeks ago, I contributed to an episode of my favourite travel podcast She Explores. The episode was all about female solo adventures and I shared my thoughts on hiking solo across Scotland and what being alone in the outdoors does to my mind and body. The episode featured many inspiring women, who sought the outdoors and adventure - one of them was Fra[...]

Hotels we love: Breathing Nordic air in Smucke Steed

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One of my long-term travel resolutions this year has been to reduce the amount of flights I take and explore my surroundings a little better. I wanted to get to know Germany's lesser known hideaways a little better and felt that two decades of escaping to faraway places left me clueless as to where a good old weekend on the countryside can be spent. Now Smuc[...]

Club holidaying in Thailand - Do or Don't?

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As I am typing this I am sat on a plane back home, leaving a wondrous journey of 3 weeks through Thailand with my 4-year old son. And for the first time in these 4 years as a mother my trip was not unlike the trips I would go on before I had him. We rode on speed boats, minivans, tuk-tuks and songtaews, washed elephants in the mud, woke up to monkeys swingin[...]

East meets east - Getting zen in Bali

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This July I had great plans to finally add two new countries to my personal map: I was going take my first trip to Tokyo followed by seeing my family in the Philippines. Alas, as it happens sometimes happens in life - you can plan all you want, things can still go wrong or in my case not work out at all. My travel plans fell through within a week to spare an[...]

Travel with Nashipae: Meet the inspiring woman who quit her job and moved to Kenya

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Sometimes you come across stories of people completely outside of your online and offlice bubble and it just hits you. Something they say, something they stand for just moves you in a way you're not moved that often. When Sinja's story - which you will read below - popped up on our Facebook feeds, we knew we had to introduce her to you guys. She quit her job[...]

Dear island life - 5 favorite memories

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There’s something wildly fascinating about islands and how they function. No matter how much closer we are growing through easier forms of transportation and the good old internet, there will always be a special vibe going on in those places - it surely does something to them, being so secluded. As I love discovering all those little traits, habits, faun[...]

Hotels we love - The Stones Hotel in Kuta, Bali

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Each year, for the past 14 years, I have treated myself to a very special birthday gift - a trip somewhere warm. If you're born in February, the coldest month of the year, like me, chances are you have not come to enjoy epic garden parties or picnics to celebrate your special day. At best you may have gathered the troups in some bar or hosted a dinner party,[...]

Abled traveler with a disability: Interview with Min. Annie Bell

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There was something about Annie that immediately caught my interest - maybe it was the fact that she called herself an abled traveler with a disability. Or maybe it was seeing the photo of her zooming across a beach in a motorised scooter - having adventures even though she might not be the first person that comes to mind when you'd think about an adventure [...]