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The Privilege and Prejudice of Travel

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So it seems that I am the first of us Travelettes who went to China. As in China, that is not Shanghai or Hong Kong. As the first, writing about it seems an honor and a responsibility and quite frankly I don't really know where to start. China is huge and diverse so it was obvious from the beginning that a 6-day trip to two cities would never do it justice. [...]

Romance and Road Trips: Why Travel is the Best Relationship Test

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There we were, driving nervously along a jagged dirt road, risking our lives and compact rental car for the chance to see arctic seals. After an hour of snail-like crawling along this remote North Iceland peninsula - with no seals or even humans in sight - I made a confession: I may have forgotten to look up tide times. Which are, apparently, integral to fin[...]

I Believe in Travel

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I've never really been a strictly religious person, although I have the greatest respect for those privileged enough to have found faith. Travel has always been the one constant in my life. Ever since my parents pulled me out of school aged 5 to spend 3 long months driving across Australia, me and sister bouncing along in the back seat of an old pink VW beet[...]

Doing London on a Budget with MEININGER Hotels

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When I think about London I think of soaring rents in posh neighbourhoods, the royal family and the banking district, hipsters who have overdrafts as big as the city itself. Two words I don't think of: Budget Travel. When my flatmate told me how much rent she paid as a student in London for a room in a dubious Whitechapel flat that she shared with two housem[...]

Solo Female Travel in Morocco: Should I Go Alone?

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It was early evening when my EasyJet flight from London arrived in Fez airport. I remember the pink glow from the sky as I walked onto the tarmac, the smell of spices and exotic lands, and most of all, I remember the feeling of anticipation which sat in my stomach. Welcome to Morocco. It was my first time in Africa, and although I had travelled to almost 50 [...]

Raped While Traveling, or Why a Nightmare Abroad Won’t Stop Me from Seeing the World

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As a 20-year-old female traveler, I am well attuned to the worries of my family and friends. In the past three years, I have traveled to 23 different countries on three continents, much of the time alone. Before each trip, I repeatedly received the same pieces of advice, telling me not to walk alone in the dark, always watch my drink, and not to place too mu[...]

10 Reasons to Put Kyrgyzstan on Your Travel Radar

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“Are you married?”, the customs officer asks me expectantly. I put on the universal smile of I-Don’t-Speak-Your-Language-But-Please-Let-Me-In-Your-Country that has proven so useful to me in the past, and shrug in helpless explanation: my Russian sucks, it is supposed to tell the uniformed man behind the glass window in front of me. “Husband? Man?”, h[...]

8 Tips to Becoming a Travel Writer

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My foray into the world of travel writing has been a wild ride that at times leaves me exhilarated with opportunities and at other moments leaves me downtrodden when things don’t pan out as hoped. Even with a degree in journalism under my belt, I am always learning new tricks when it comes to pitching editors, networking with other travelers and getting my s[...]

The Thrills and Frills of a Solo Traveller

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There's something about being alone that makes us uncomfortable. It is odd, offbeat and scary. Just the thought of getting on the plane alone, while silently hoping that our neighbor won't be clumsy or rude, is enough to turn some people away from solo travel. The thought of getting off the plane in a new environment, without any familiar faces to look into,[...]