Traveletting

Tragedy on the Road: Pippa Bacca

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A friend and I were talking about hitch-hiking when I first heard about Pippa Bacca. Unfortunately the story is not particularly encouraging or uplifting, but one I feel is necessary to share with Travelettes. (To read the New York Times article where I got most of my information, click here.) In 2008, Italian performance artists Pippa Bacca and Silvi[...]

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[...]

How to save money for traveling

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Solo traveler recently posted an article on saving money to sponsor your travels and came up with some good suggestions such as emptying your wallet each night of all change to save in your travel piggy bank or to sell your stuff on Ebay. This inspired us to share with you how we generate the extra cash needed to finance our travels. After a little Q&[...]

The suitcase scooter for the busy girl

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For months I have been searching, debating, considering and dismissing a ton of hand-luggage sized suitcases, always hoping, but never finding that something slightly special that could accompany me on my monthly short trips to various European cities. Or I should rephrase, I've never found anything special that did not come with a $900 price tag on it. I'm [...]

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[...]

Helping girls in need to become women in charge

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A friend of mine recently pointed out a project he thought might be interesting to me and the other Travelettes. And how right he was. Because I am a girl is a fantastic project by non-profit organization Plan UK focussing on helping girls in 3rd world countries receive better education, be better recognized as equal to boys and make their way in society as [...]

Four Favorite Event Finding Links for the US

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I don't know about the rest of you, but I personally have a problem with hearing about cool stuff after I've already left a place. A great band playing the day after I'm booked to leave on a night bus? The best vegan restaurant which I somehow never found? Here are some of my favorite tools for finding food, events, cool stores and such, in the US. They're p[...]

Getting Around In the USA: the Craigslist Rideshare

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Back in March and April I traveled around Germany for a month and half, using rideshares from Mitfahrgalegenheit. Back in the US, car-less and anxious to visit different folks where Oakland public transit doesn't go, I was determined to find a similar alternative. If you've ever tried to travel around the States, you know that domestic flights are not cheap [...]

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