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I recently came across a reader’s question about why people choose to solo travel. Beyond the usual reasons of discovering new cultures and destinations, this reader was curious about why one would opt to board a plane sans partner or friends. As I reflect back on my solo traveling in Argentina and look towards my future solo trips to Morocco and Vietnam, I am remembering what inspired this desire to …

[ Written by Nikki | 25 Apr 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

I have fond memories of my time spent in Charleston, South Carolina – it was only befitting that I return there to plan my friend Lindsey’s Bachelorette party. My college friends and I have a very special bond, and even though we live in different parts of the world, Charleston is a place that can always bring us together. But this happened to be the first time since graduation when all of us were in the same …

[ Written by Katka | 24 Apr 2015 | One Comment | ]

Yes! You’re finally on your way. Weeks, if not months of preparation have gone into planning your trip. You’re ready. No, no, you were BORN ready! This is it.
Skip forwards a few days… and now you’re miserable. Turns out that friend of yours (whether they’re your best friend, your partner, or another solo traveller you bumped into on the road) is trouble, and they’re ruining your trip. You need to find …

[ Written by guest | 23 Apr 2015 | 12 Comments | ]

I’m sure you know it all; that terrible feeling when you sit at the airport gate, suddenly a flash of stinging pain shoots through your brain and you realise, you left your hair brush next to your bed. Or your toothpaste in the bathroom. Or your phone charger attached to the plug behind your bed… Argh – again! Over the years I have developed some exit strategies for these little mistakes, like …

[ Written by Kathi | 22 Apr 2015 | 21 Comments | ]

I love the internet, its unpredictability, its seemingly inexhaustible wealth of ideas, new talent – and weirdness. But sometimes, just sometimes, I love myself a good old physical magazine that filters out some of the best bits of it. There’s nothing like a good indie magazine with its thick pages, bold narratives and beautifully designed pages.
So without further ado, here’s my top six of travel indie mags:
1. Another Escape
Every issue …

[ Written by Caroline | 21 Apr 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

In the battle of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza often overshadows Formentera, Mallorca, and Menorca, but the latter three can more than hold their own against the White Isle – especially when it comes to activities and architecture.
Of course, if you like your holidays to come with a super club vibe, one may measure up a bit better than the other, but each has its fair share of pros and cons – all …

[ Written by guest | 20 Apr 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

Wedding season is upon us in the United States! I have several friends this year who are avid travelers, have met their spouses abroad, or just like cute and quirky gifts that go beyond a chip-n-dip and monogrammed hand towels. Travel-themed wedding gifts are great even for people who don’t travel all that often as well, and may even inspire the couple to embark on new journeys. These are some …

[ Written by Katka | 19 Apr 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

On May 17, 2014 (my 24th birthday) I woke up early in Barbados. I stepped out from under the mosquito net hanging above my host’s bed and embraced the morning sun shining through the French patio doors.
I had my whole day planned (sort of): a surf lesson at Zed’s Surfing School at 10am; a short drive to St. Lawrence Gap to check out the beach, the restaurants, and the bars; …

[ Written by guest | 18 Apr 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

Is there anything better than coming home after a long and strenuous journey, falling into a freshly made bed without lifting a finger (thanks for that, five-days-ago-Kathi), indulging in a home-cooked dinner and lounging on your couch while watching your favourite film for the 5th time in the past four months – What we do in the Shadows, anyone?  That instant bra-off feeling of freedom in the privacy of your own home is unbeatable. No …

[ Written by Kathi | 17 Apr 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

“Pardon me while I hang out in heaven for the next few days” was my first Instagram photo caption of The Tongsai Bay Resort. When the resort opened its white, pearly gates to me (okay, more like bamboo gates), I entered a world where a relaxing vacation lives in harmony with nature. Ko Samui’s first five star green hotel offered four tranquil days of exceptional service, breath-taking views, delectable food, …

[ Written by guest | 16 Apr 2015 | 5 Comments | ]
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