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Should you bring a laptop on your travels?

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I'm no expert, but I would assume to about 7 out of 10 people the answer would be simple: No. It's heavy, it's bulky, it reminds you too much of work and might even give you pangs of guilt for not catching up on all those to-do's you were hoping to ignore until you get back home and back to reality. I once asked a series of people whether they bring a not[...]

Why traveling is the best time for a digital detox

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Laptop, camera, smartphone, tablet - when it comes to traveling I am usually the full spectrum of what is sometimes called a flashpacker. Traveling is my job and free time is often inextricably linked to what I do for a living so I see it as a necessity to travel with my full equipment. Unfortunately, this also means that I can never quite let go and just be[...]

10 Secrets of Packing like a Pro

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Ugh, packing... The worst thing about traveling, but a necessary evil. I would like to say that over the years of traveling I have perfected the art of packing the right amount of clothes - never too little, never too much. But I can't. I am still a helpless overpacker and yet manage to leave home without such important items as my toothbrush or travel adapt[...]

The hygiene product all female travelers need to know about

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Have you heard of Mooncup? If not, stay with me - because this is life-changing stuff. I'd heard friends rave about the Mooncup for years, but for some reason it was something I just never got around to trying - and then it fell off my radar. Until, that is, I saw this hilarious ad campaign, and decided that now is the time to give it a go. For tho[...]

10 Apps to make 2017 an Awesome year for Travel

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Even if it feels as though the world is getting worse in many ways, it's really important to remember that what we see on the news isn't the whole story. Everywhere in the world, things are improving, progress is being made in a million different ways - and nowhere more so than in the world of technology. Our phones and tablets, often the subject of so much [...]

10 Websites you need to travel better in 2017

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We are well into the new year and so is our trip planning. Katja is heading off to Mexico, Tabea is going to Sri Lanka and while I enjoy the South African sun, I'm already planning a trip with my dad to Morocco afterward. Once the destination is set the real fun of travel planning begins: how to get there and for how much? What to do and see? How to meet [...]

9 Travel Bloggers Spill their Beauty Secrets

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While some people can't wait to go on a holiday, wear Thai pants all day and stop spending half an hour styling their hair each morning, others want to keep up a minimum baseline of styling and make-up throughout their adventures. While there's nothing wrong with relaxing your routines in terms of appearance (and a trekking trip to the Himalayas might not be[...]

Now you can send real kisses to anyone - through your phone!

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2017 just got a little better because soon there will be a smartphone add-on that lets you send a kiss that someone else can feel, even if they are on the other side of the world! We present: the Kissenger. Someone at the Imagineering Lab at City University London has a heart for lovers (or maybe just a long distance boy/girlfriend?) and decided to give the [...]

Travel Diaries review: the app that's a blog, online journal & book all in one

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Travelling can be a magical, life-changing experience that you think you’ll never forget - but once you get home and fall back into the daily grind of work and household routine it’s frightening how quickly those vivid, vibrant memories can fade almost to oblivion. Of course with the advent of digital cameras we have ever more opportunities to record our[...]