Personal Stories

10 things I've learned while teaching in Chile

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Teaching is often a go-to profession for those of us who want to see the world, I’ve been teaching English as a second language for 3 years now, with 1 year in Japan and 2 years here in Chile under my belt. I’m lucky enough to get to travel, immerse myself in new cultures - and still get paid! I would recommend this job to anyone. But this lifestyle isn't j[...]

Introvert Travel Tools

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As an introvert I’m notoriously known for staying at home, not showing up for parties and passing the brunch invitation. Don’t get me wrong, I’m neither shy nor a very antisocial person. I just need a fairly high amount of quiet time to process the impressions I've had in a day. So after being out and about in the city, going on a tour, visiting a museum and[...]

A love letter to life

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  I guess I‘m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. I love love in all its forms: the warmth of a partner's body next to yours, the voice of a true friend asking you how you are, a calm moment of real self-appreciation, the intimate giggles you share with your sister, your mom and dad carefully watching your very first steps to make sure you do[...]

10 things I didn't expect I would miss about home

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Traveling in Asia is amazing in so many ways. It's cheap, the people are lovely, food is amazing and you can’t even compare the weather to Northern Europe. But as with everything - nothing should be too easy. And before you realize it, you begin every sentence with “At home this would…” and start to talk about how good things are at home. I knew I would miss[...]

How solo travel helped me rebuild my mental health

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For me, the conversation around improving mental health started a long time ago. I was only 14 when I had my first anxiety attack, suffering with heart palpitations and extreme mood swings. Crying in the classroom became the norm and I received next to no help from my school or doctors. For 10 years I was passed back and forth from GP to GP, getting the same[...]

10 challenges I overcame that made my world even bigger

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Often, when you learn something new or dare to do something you haven’t done before, it opens up new possibilities. Sometimes it feels like traveling actually creates more new destinations on your travel bucket list than it actually ticks off. For each mountain you climb you find ten more - and you decide you want to try paragliding as well. When you learn t[...]

What I wish I’d known before volunteering as a teacher in Bali

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Chaos. That’s the one word that instantly sprung to mind as I looked out over my 40 Balinese kindergarten students in horror. One little boy was dancing on the table, another throwing puzzle pieces on the floor, and several were brawling in the middle of the tiny overcrowded classroom. One thing was for certain: the angelic, perfectly behaved little children[...]

The Travelettes recap - our favorite travel moments of 2017

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Okay, we will admit: 2018 has been with us for a few days now, but having a moment to sit back and recap while the holidays are still in full swing can be pretty hard, nearly impossible. It may be that we’re just stumbling into the new year, being happy but exhausted, aroused by all the festivities, input, food… And just like that a new year starts withou[...]

The horror and joy of dining alone as a solo traveler

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I remember it like it was yesterday. My first time traveling solo was two years ago when I made my way to Thailand - and there I was, in Chiang Mai, standing on a street corner, sweating (only partly because of the 40°C heat). The one thing I dreaded about solo travel was eating alone. What would everyone else think of me, sitting there all by myself? But th[...]