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July – summer is spoiling me with eternal sunshine, my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds are filled with my friends’ beautiful holiday snaps and all my clocks are switched to wanderlust, but there is one thing missing: time. I know at least one other Travelette who is in the same situation and will instantly raise her hand on this – at this point let’s all wish Marie good luck with …

[ Written by Kathi | 21 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

I’ve always been a frequent flyer – taking at least four flights a month – but it’s only in the last twelve months that I’ve become a savvy frequent flyer.
What I mean by this, is that for a long time I sort of bumbled my way through booking flights, boarding them, suffering delays and long layovers and getting lost in airports. I was beginning to hate flying. Then I remembered my …

[ Written by Frankie | 6 Jul 2014 | 16 Comments | ]

“If I received a nickel every time I saw someone as beautiful as you, I would have five cents,” – kind of overflowing praise coming from an exotic Prince Charming, can make any traveler stop in her tracks. After all, the lad has just made one very logical and well-founded argument. However, after a few minutes of chemistry-radiating interaction, you might notice that your wallet has mysteriously vanished. And shortly …

[ Written by Rita | 20 Jun 2014 | 8 Comments | ]

A striking young woman, draped in a wide shawl, majestically walks up a street corner in Florence. Fifteen Italian men are looking at her, captivated (some manifesting their interest in a more subtle manner than others). This is American Girl in Italy by Ruth Orkin, and it is one of the most famous street photographs of the 20th century. 

© Ruth Orkin, used with special permission of the Ruth Orkin Photo …

[ Written by Marie C | 10 Jun 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

 
Having real friends in your life is a blessing, but being one is the goal. The value of real friends should be one of the things to learn from traveling. Over the years, the most beautiful words have been written about friendship. But all of them are understatements.

Everyone needs a supportive friend
Traveling makes women feel extremely empowered, self-reliant and adventuresome. These types of well-built feelings occur, especially when you solo travel …

[ Written by Rita | 13 May 2014 | 11 Comments | ]

These poor Americans with their one week of vacation..I could practically hear the thoughts and see the pity spreading across the faces of our new friends. My fiancé and I had landed in Colombia just a few hours earlier and had ventured into the balmy night air for a drink to celebrate our arrival. As is often the case with travel, it took little more than a ‘Club Colombia’ cerveza …

[ Written by guest | 30 Apr 2014 | 25 Comments | ]

International Women’s Day is a celebration of nebulous origins, and dubious manifestations (should we thank or punch the colleague who holds the door for us “because it’s International Women’s Day”?).
However, this annual milestone has one merit: every year, for one day, it specifically focuses media attention on issues regarding gender equality—and, in this media age, the louder a concern resounds, the most likely it is to be addressed.
International Women’s Day …

[ Written by Marie C | 8 Mar 2014 | 12 Comments | ]

Frankie beautifully described in her Valentine’s post the pros and cons of travelling with a partner. Since I don’t have a boyfriend or preferred travel buddy I am here to tell you how awesome travelling on your own is.
I think the most common argument why people don’t travel is either “I don’t have money” or “I don’t have anyone to go with”. While money or lack thereof can be a …

[ Written by Annika | 26 Feb 2014 | 31 Comments | ]

I love to travel, so please don’t let the title of this post make you think otherwise! But if you’re a traveller who tends to take fatty chunks of time off to live the life of a backpacking nomad, you’ll understand that sometimes it can get to the point where you can feel, in your gut, that it is just time to go home. And hey, that’s ok! I remember …

[ Written by Sophie | 16 Feb 2014 | 14 Comments | ]

In a world where one is constantly pushed to go faster, higher and stronger the importance of the little things can easily be forgotten. The tiny marvelous things and moments that seldomly require big bucks or great efforts.
Many find it necessary to climb the ladder of success, but not everyone can be placed on the top. Moreover, there’s a fairly long way to go back downwards, and a very few …

[ Written by Rita | 7 Feb 2014 | 10 Comments | ]
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