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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,[...]

5 Reasons You Should Visit Slovenia NOW

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Slovenia may be one of the newer countries on the block (after all, it only gaining its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991), yet this hasn’t stopped the place from rising up to become one of coolest places in central Europe. Guide books keep naming Slovenia Europe’s hidden gem, which means it isn’t going to remain “hidden” for too much longer. Here’s five [...]

How to get the Best out of Oahu in 7 Days

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This year at the end of May I finished my au-pair year in Minnesota and I had a couple of days left before I had to go back to Germany. I couldn’t have thought of a better place to end my awesome year in the US, than Hawaii, so I packed my bags and flew to Oahu - and ever since I can’t stop talking about my trip. Although I didn’t have much time, I lost my h[...]

6 reasons why travel can break your heart

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The other day I wrote a post called, "Why I hate travel". Before you gasp and shoot me accusing looks, hear me out! No, of course, I don't really hate travel, I love it too much to actually hate it. But there are certain aspects of being on the road a lot that I really dislike. I am not talking about crappy airline food (I happen to be a big fan of some [...]