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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[...]

USA on the road - Pt 1

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On my recent road trip through the US, I took advantage of various means of transportation inlcuding planes, buses and cars. The reason why traveling by car was my favorite is because you are free to stop along the roadside as much as you like. When you see somehting, you stop or you turn around. You get out, marvle, take photos, get back in the car and hit [...]

TIP: The Road Junky Film Festival

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Dear Travelettes, if you are Berlin based, I might have something for you. Via the couchsurfing forums Ina came across the Road Junky Film Festival which takes place in Berlin this weekend. They will show shorts and features from independent film makers, which will be preceded by rounds of storytelling from travelers in the audience. Road Junky also hosts[...]

New York Soho - Cafe Habana is for you

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New York is full of great places to eat. The art is to find one that has the food you like, the athmosphere you appreciate and the prices you can afford.Since the selection is so big, it's fun to go around and try out different spots to find the spots that you feel are yours. That you can go to again and again, that you show friends and family and that you r[...]

Oceanne - travelette and vintage expert

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I met Oceanne as she was Couchsurfing at my friends' place in Lisbon. Originating from here and there, travelling around the world with great style and on top of this she has a vintage swap project called Covert Candy. Oceanne is a true travelette and a great personality! 1. What is your name and where are you from? My name is Oceanne, I'm from all[...]

Hot(el) deals with Hotwire.com

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Dear travelettes, as I have been traveling throughout the States, I came across a phenomenon that was yet unfamiliar to me. A way to get low-budget deals on high standard hotels. It's called Hotwire.com. After a fellow German traveler told me that his friends paid only $28 for a night at the Sheraton Hotel I just had to try it for myself, and what do y[...]

Film tip - Babies

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Dear travelettes, Babies is a type of documentary simultaneously following 4 baby girls from Mongolia, Tokyo, Namibia and San Francisco during the first year of their lives. Laughs and awe's are endless and I feel it is quite safe to say that I have never spent an hour and 19 minutes with more cuteness. There is pretty much no dialogue in there, it's all [...]

Our Top 10 Movies To Inspire Your Travels

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Say, you decided to hit the road. Say, you bought a plane ticket. Say, you still have to wait for two looooong months till the Big Day of Departure finally arrives. Girl, it’s time to get yourself some popcorn, your favourite Ben & Jerry’s Ice-Cream (Cookie Dough, anyone?) and then work off this list of great travel movies. 1. Into the wild Eas[...]

Desert Flower - a great movie and an important subject

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Instead of going out last night, I decided to have a night in with some DVD's and my 2 boyfriends Ben and Jerry. For a long time I had been tiptoeing around the movie "Desert Flower", based on the life of Somali model and human rights activist Waris Dirie. In the past I had always heard nothing but rave revies about the book, so at least now I had to see the[...]

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