Personal Stories

No – Us Travellers Weren’t all ‘Born’ to Travel

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It’s a cliche I hear in the travelling world all the time. People who declare that they were born to travel. They were brought up strapped to their mothers back hiking mountains in Nepal, nay – practically squeezed out in the depths of the Amazon, midwifed by Yanomami village elders. Travelling to foreign lands is for some people all they’ve known gro[...]

5 travel mistakes I made, so you don’t have to

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It’s kind of hard to believe that I traveled for so long and came so far without any major hiccups. But then 2018 seemed to be a year of epic travel and epic mistakes. I don’t think I slackened my defenses. I guess some years are just luckier than others, and clearly, the more you travel the more you’re at risk of at least a few fails. We’ve all proba[...]

Seize Your Adventure with Fran Turauskis

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A few weeks ago, I contributed to an episode of my favourite travel podcast She Explores. The episode was all about female solo adventures and I shared my thoughts on hiking solo across Scotland and what being alone in the outdoors does to my mind and body. The episode featured many inspiring women, who sought the outdoors and adventure - one of them was Fra[...]

The adventurer who travels the globe in a wheelchair

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I met Sylvia Longmire as most people meet today: on the internet. I was researching inspiring female travelers for a post about Instagram and what it has become. I wanted to feature women that were different for a lack of better word than the stereotypical traveler we so often see today: predominantly white, twenty-something and skinny. I set out to search f[...]

Why long-term backpacking sent me spiralling into depression

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Just because you’re on the other side of the world, it doesn’t mean you can’t be depressed. When I went traveling for the first time, I was excited to flee the country and immerse myself in new sights, sounds and experiences. Little did I know that traveling would plunge me into the depths of depression. Let me start by saying that I absolutely do not ta[...]

How I travel the world from my desk

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I decided to teach English online so that I could be location-independent, and travel anytime and anywhere I wanted. Over the course of a few months, I started working as an online English tutor.  However, money from tutoring trickled in slowly, which meant I still couldn’t afford to travel - and I was totally bummed. I wanted to go to San Miguel de Allend[...]

A happy day in Bacalar, Mexico

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Travel destinations are like (potential) lovers: Sometimes you’ve been flirting forever, while others just appear out of nowhere. Some need to grow on you, for others you fall hard right away... love truly is a mysterious thing! During a quite spontaneous and wonderful trip through Quintana Roo and Yucatan, Mexico it happened - I spotted sparkly, turq[...]

My Crash Course Introduction to Campervan Life

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Through my windshield I could see my destination, or at least where I assumed it was, miles away on the far-off tips of the Rocky Mountains. It was late May, and my head was racing faster than my wheels. My mood? A confusing mix of sad, excited and scared. I had already cried for the first 100 miles of the trip, and I didn’t want to for the next hundred. I[...]

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