Travelettes Guide

15 Things to do, eat & see in Sri Lanka

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Travelers are not supposed to have favorites and if we do, someone usually tries to make you feel bad about it. The truth is, though, we do - I think it's just human nature. Those are the places we feel at home and our heart frequently longs to go back to. Sometimes to the detriment of our 'real' homes. For me, those favorites create an issue because they me[...]

Slow Travel in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka has the perfect combination of white sand beaches, lush green mountains, ancient temples and bustling towns, all within close proximity of each other so you can travel slowly and savour the experience. Last July I spent three wonderful weeks in Sri Lanka with my husband and teenage son. With family in tow, there's no point rushing from sight to[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary for Oman

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A few months ago, I had occasion to take two weeks off work. I knew I wanted to go abroad but didn’t really know where. I wanted to travel not too far but not too close either, discover a city but also go trekking in nature and enjoy being in a different environment while still being able to speak Arabic (yes, I am a bit of a paradox/complicated human being [...]

A quick guide to island hopping in the Philippines

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A chilly and windswept winter always has us dreaming of far-off exotic destinations, where white sands and palm trees provide the most perfect backdrops. And boy, do I have a lovely place to share with you! Have you ever considered the Philippines for your next trip? If not, have a glance through this quick guide to island hopping in the Philippines and see [...]

The Travelettes Guide To Kyiv

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Out of all the cities I love in Eastern Europe – and I love many of them, dearly! – Kyiv is my favorite. I first visited the capital of Ukraine exactly ten years ago, in winter, and fell in love immediately. Maybe I’m biased; while my family comes from Austria, my parents choose to live in Kyiv, after all – but the city has a certain kind of charm that other[...]

How to Spend a Perfect Day in Porto

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With Lisbon having been all the rage lately, its little sister Porto hasn’t gotten as much credit as it undoubtedly deserves. Beautifully located on the River Douro, the city is home to stunning architecture, scrumptious culinary treats (fancy some Port, anyone?) and a lively cultural scene - no wonder J.K. Rowling decided to live here for a few years! Co[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Tokyo

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Nothing quite prepares you for Tokyo. Not for the neon lights or the back-alleys buzzing with Yakitori grills, not for the city-sized fish markets or the ancient temples, the anime crazes or the constant smell of sushi. You can compare it to other cities, yet none are really quite like it. Tokyo is one of a kind, a blizzard of sights, smells and sounds. A th[...]

The Vegetarian’s Guide to Chiang Mai

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My first adventure to Thailand started with a warning. A well-intentioned one, no doubt, but one that was shared with me defiantly, assuredly, and most of all - repeatedly. It came at me from many places, it was wrapped in various phrases and intonations, but the gist of it remained stubbornly, until I was almost ready to believe it: “It is hard to travel as[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Toronto

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Toronto had been on my bucket list for a very long time - the film festival, the beaches of Lake Ontario, the bustling food scene and the internationality of Canada's largest city have created a very particular image in my head, and I wanted to check it out for myself. After years of longing and dreaming I finally had the opportunity to visit at the end of a[...]

5 (more) Summery Things to do in Berlin

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Katja does.  And I do too. I have this thing for summer. Big time. I fall for the smell of warm asphalt and embrace every sweat bead running down my neck. My favourite shoes are bare feet and my level of happiness correlates with the number of freckles in my face. German summers tend to be an emotional rollercoaster weather-wise, so whenever 30 degrees hit t[...]