Traveletting

6 common expat misconceptions

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Back in 2012 I made the HUGE decision to pack up my bags and leave everything I knew to be normal behind. I waved goodbye to my mum with all my worldly belongings rammed into one 23kg suitcase and boarded a plane to…. Saudi Arabia! My move into the expat world, turned out to be the best decision I ever made and 6 years later I’ve flitted between se[...]

6 Things You Realise When You Return Home From Traveling

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For many seasoned travellers, the most emotionally challenging part of travelling can be returning home. Why? Because reality has this sneaky way of hitting you like a short, sharp slap in the face and disappointing you like your first high school boyfriend. Even if you get to the point on the road where you feel ready to go back - craving a routine, fa[...]

A Backpacker Meets 5* Resort Luxury: What I Learnt Staying At Shangri-La Mactan

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I’m a do-er. A jam-everything-in-so-I-don’t-get-FOMO kind of traveller. Someone who would choose a sketchy night bus to combine travelling with a (poor) night’s accommodation – and, because I haven’t learnt yet, immediately follow it with a day of intense sightseeing. There’s a few downsides to this kind of travelling though. The most obvious being an[...]

Traveling in an era of terror: Overcoming Fear

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Reading the news in today’s climate can be depressing. Sometimes I feel that the state of the world is in disarray and hostility has become so endemic in global affairs that the future of our society seems doomed. The repercussions of this cascade into various aspects of life, and I really feel it when traveling. Even the most experienced and passionate trav[...]

3 Ways You Can Help Stop Rainforest Deforestation

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Even if you're at the opposite side of the world to South America's Amazon Rainforest, or maybe have not even touched foot on the continent at all, it doesn't matter - you can still help to prevent the devastating destruction of the world's largest forest from wherever you may be. The Amazon is one of the most bio-diverse habitats in the world, a refu[...]

A Lesson in Dorm Sex Etiquette

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We’ve all been there, right? It’s 3.00am, and that pretentious fool with the guitar and dreadlocks is looking like a pretty great idea from across the beer pong table. We’re only animals, after all. A hot topic of debate amongst the backpackers of the world: is it okay to have sex with someone in shared a dorm room? And how, if possible, does one even[...]

Destination: Discrimination

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Destination Discrimination. It’s a real thing. When I was eight years old, I was thoroughly disinterested in the idea of our family trip to Mexico, and wanted to know why Disney World wouldn’t be getting our business yet again. Similarly, during my junior year in college when I told my parents I was one click away from booking a three-week trip through Vie[...]

How to avoid travel burnout

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Travel burnout? I hear you cry. What a very privileged concern to suffer from. But let me set the record straight. There is such a thing as the well documented ‘rat race’ in the real world, so of course it exists in the travel world. ‘How could I ever get sick of travel?’ Yep, that’s a good question. I’m not necessarily saying you’ll get sick of trav[...]

The Rise of ‘Eco-Anxiety’ and How It Could Shape the Future

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For me, it struck hardest watching David Attenborough's latest series 'Our Planet'. The polar bears struggling to survive, the altered migration paths of whole species and the devastating decline of wildlife by 60% across the world. It filled me with overwhelming guilt and disgust at not only myself, but the whole human race. However it was one of Attenb[...]

A Love Letter to Ugly Shoes

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Dear Hiking Boots, We’ve been together for just over a year now, and I think it’s about time I tell you how I really feel. When I first sat on the metal bench at the now-closed sports store in Kiel, Germany, and the kind, sporty shop assistant pointed at a pair of poop-brown boots with electric blue accents (what a combination), I cringed. I like pret[...]

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