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A love for Italy

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Italia. Nothing to say about Italia that is not dipped in admiration, longing and pure love. Italy is the one country I can never get enough of. A place where I never get a feeling of "ok that was nice, and now i want to go back home". I think it's safe to say that one day I will purchase a beautiful apartment somewhere in Naples where I will spent those mon[...]

Modern pilgrimage routes

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What is a pilgrimage? In former times, pilgrimages were mostly inspired by religious beliefs, for example the Way of St. James to Santiago in Spain, the city of Mekka or the journey to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Modern pilgrimages do not focus on religious beliefs, but on places we know from movies or books or places where a famous person has lived or[...]

‘Flying by the Seat of my Pants’ and other great travel books

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I recently read this collection of short travelling stories compiled by Don George for Lonely Planet, and it was truly inspirational for me to take chances and plunge into the unknown of the world! Some of the funniest experiences can come from when you are running loose in a foreign country and the anthology includes tales from unusual destinations and circ[...]

Outdoor Cinemas in Berlin, Paris, London and New York

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Open air cinemas are a wonderful invention. Sitting underneath the stars in a folding chair with your buddy/boyfriend/cousin/mom and dad/neighbor watching a movie you've always wanted to watch while sipping on a cool beer is a great way to spend your summer nights. My first time in an open air cinema was in Paris, where they show free movies at different [...]

Chatting to the Six Six Sick girls about New York City

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I first met the six six sick girls about 4 years ago when I lived in New York for a while. Back then, these (then) 3 fine ladies ran one of NYC's best clubnights called Six Six Sick, at a place called Happy Ending, ever Tuesday. I loved them right away because each week they designed their own outfits and treated all their guests as friends. These days, the[...]

Gringo Trails - a Documentary

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I stumbled across this today on Vagablogging and really felt like I should repost here and share. Gringo Trails is a documentary in production about backpackers and their impacts on the places they visit. Pegi Vail, an anthropologist at Columbia University, explores these impacts on locations in Thailand, Mali, and Bolivia. Though the segment on Bolivia h[...]

365 days of holiday

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Dear Travelettes, Just the other day we told you about a great competiton giving away a 6-month trip around the world, now we're telling you about a way to win 365 nights at some of the nicest hotels in the world. Radisson Blu is offering just that to the person who can get as many people as possible to vote for them. Obviously I signed up and in m[...]

Inspiring women who travel: The Lost Girls

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When Travelettes first started out, the only blog we could really look up to as far as girl travel was concerned was the Lost Girls blog. Since then, the Lost Girls have come a long way since their blog is now a fancy online magazine with many new contributors. The original blog authors are Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner, who at a[...]

Tragedy on the Road: Pippa Bacca

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A friend and I were talking about hitch-hiking when I first heard about Pippa Bacca. Unfortunately the story is not particularly encouraging or uplifting, but one I feel is necessary to share with Travelettes. (To read the New York Times article where I got most of my information, click here.) In 2008, Italian performance artists Pippa Bacca and Silvi[...]

Inspiring women who travel: Jessica Watson

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You might have heard in the news about Jessica Watson, a girl from Australia who at the age of 16 embarked on a trip of a lifetime and sailed around the globe in 210 days. Inspired by and following the footsteps of Jesse Martin, who himself was only 18 when he completed his journey, she sailed around the earth without stopping anywhere and without getting an[...]

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