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36 hours of Japan - 10 things I clicked with right away

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Here’s the thing: I have never been to Japan before. I've got a vague memory of one of my university professors, talking about great cultural differences, about how difficult it can be to master a perfectly executed Japanese bow, about misconceptions and the challenges of intercultural communication. I’ve listened to friends who have been there, and vividly [...]

Travelette of the Month: Rose Palmer

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Every month we introduce you to an inspiring woman who travels and this month it's time to feature another one of our own writers: Rose Palmer. She might have only recently joined the team, but ever since she has inspired us with her wonderful stories and dreamy photos from South America. To find out more about Rose, how she got into travel writing and how [...]

The story of Mama and Papa and the small Maldives island they loved

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Every once in a blue moon you hear of a story that makes your heart jump. The kind that sends you dreaming and that you want to share with everyone you meet. The kind of story I heard over dinner at the Sun Siyam Vilu Reef resort in the Maldives. I was just enjoying my grilled fish when Shammun, the resort's Media Manager, told me the story of Mama and Papa,[...]

Is this Indonesia's best kept secret?

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I don't have a travel bucket list. The reason for that is quite simple - I can never tick places off for good as I fall in love with countries and want to return over and over again. But if I had one, Raja Ampat would have been in the top ten ever since I started diving. Image by Jackson Groves from Journey Era The archipelago lies off the west coast of P[...]

5 books to add to your autumn reading list

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I was in Edinburgh last week and found myself with an hour to kill at Waterstones and oh, how the pile of books on my arm weighed more every minute. I only realised at the counter that I had my pile pretty much only contained political or at least non-fictional books which is usually not my go-to genre. But in all honesty, we live in times that call for a re[...]

Telling Her Story: An Interview with filmmaker Teresa Hoerl

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Championing women in adventure travel and the outdoor sports is one of my passions, and I love having Travelettes as a platform to share my discoveries of inspiring women with a huge audience. Films are another passion of mine, so you can imagine that every year around this time I'm super excited for the program launch of the European Outdoor Film Tour (E.O.[...]

Waking up with Elephants - my Sri Lankan adventure

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I am staring mesmerized at the little elephant baby. It is tiny, well at least in elephant terms and quite feisty, it seems to know that today is World Elephant Day. Luckily I am spending the day at the Shangri-La Hambantota in the South of Sri Lanka. It seems a fitting location as there are elephants everywhere in the hotel and it is not far from the fam[...]

Travelette of the Month: Sarah Peguine from Oh So Arty

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There is no better way to explore a city than through local eyes. That's why our writers always try their best to find out what the coolest local hot spots are, the trendiest bars and restaurants, and where locals go to hangout. But sometimes, not even a Travelettes Guide to a new exciting city cuts it, and you want to actually connect with a local in the fl[...]

Hotels we love: Bleiche Spreewald

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Do you know that strange feeling when you look yourself in the eyes and realise that you’ve been completely out of touch with yourself and your body for way too long? The latter might somehow be functioning because it always does and you go about your daily business, or businesses. It may be when you step out of the shower, put sun screen on your legs and it[...]