Inspiration

Travel links of the week

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1. I had to rub my eyes for a minute or 2 when I read this article by the lost girls on cruises for less than $1000. The  cheapest being as low as $200 leaving from Salerno, Italy, heading to La Goulette, Palma de Mallorca, Toulop, and Genoa. Sweet Deal! 2. For those who want to spend even less than that to spend a few days on the water, read up on Seth K[...]

Food Blogs from Italy

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Dear Travelettes, Preparing for an upcoming trip usually means a lot of reading. Be it in guidebooks, articles, blogs, forums - going into your trip well prepared much increases your chances of seeing all the good stuff and not missing out on stuff the brochure from your hotel doesn't mention. And so it is that for my trip to Italy in 4 weeks I've begu[...]

Inspiring women who travel: The Lost Girls

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When Travelettes first started out, the only blog we could really look up to as far as girl travel was concerned was the Lost Girls blog. Since then, the Lost Girls have come a long way since their blog is now a fancy online magazine with many new contributors. The original blog authors are Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner, who at a[...]

Beating the Post-Travel Blues

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As I prepared to leave Europe after 8.5 months of mid-winter wandering, everyone around me began trying to warn me about what was apparently going to be the roughest part of my trip…going home. Friends who had been on similar long term trips told me to get ready to be depressed for months, shocked and saddened by being home and “settling in”. I felt a certai[...]

A competition and a chance to win a trip of a lifetime

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Dear Travelettes, just the other day I came across a great competition that should make the passionate travelers among you get pink and giddy. British Website Get Rid of Me gives you a chance to win a 6-month trip through 4 continents with all flights, accomodation and visas paid, plus a weekly stipend on top of it. Sounds good, right? To win, you need to[...]

How to pack your bagpack

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Dear Travelettes, if you like to travel with a backpack rather than a suitcase you will know what a drag it can be to pack it the right way. Fitting everything can be tricky and leaving enough space for things you buy on the road is tough. There are ways to maximize space and a number of rights and wrongs when it comes to putting everything in. Rather [...]

Inspiring women who travel: Jessica Watson

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You might have heard in the news about Jessica Watson, a girl from Australia who at the age of 16 embarked on a trip of a lifetime and sailed around the globe in 210 days. Inspired by and following the footsteps of Jesse Martin, who himself was only 18 when he completed his journey, she sailed around the earth without stopping anywhere and without getting an[...]

Busking the world

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When I travel, I hardly go on a trip without my guitar. For two reasons: There is no easier way to make friends sitting in  a hostel all by myself playing a song everybody knows. There is no better way to make some easy money! Now, I have to admit: Point No. 2 is a little bit tricky and you have to follow a few rules to finance your travels with m[...]

Inspiring women who travel - Margaret Moth

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I came across Margaret Moth while looking for outstanding photojournalists. Unfortunately the news of her existance came to me accompanied with the news of her recent death in March 2010. As I was very touched by this woman's story, I want to share it with those among you who might be unfamiliar with her. "Life is like tennis. You have no choice over how [...]

Customize your own bike with Bike Republic

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On my last day in San Francisco I headed over to Urban Outfitters for some final shopping. I checked mostly for the sales on furniture and frames when suddenly my heart dropped and my breath needed catching. Why? Because I saw this beauty: The bike of my dreams. Im in love with the white tires and the brown saddle and the fact that baskets can be place[...]