Personal Stories

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[...]

Meet the girl who lives in a mountain hut in Norway

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I met Johanna during a media conference in Berlin this summer where she spoke about what it's like to live in the Norwegian mountains by herself. She had an incredibly calm way of speaking; her talk was by far my favorite. A few months later, we're close to Christmas now and I'm rushing from the office to a dinner in Kreuzberg, when I ring her for an intervi[...]

Travelette of the Month: Bionca Smith

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Every month we feature inspiring women as our Travelette of the Month – and when I read Bionca Smith's story about giving up stability for #vanlife and traveling around the world with her son on Facebook, I wanted to find out more. So we asked her to tell us everything about her journey as a single mom, nomad and entrepreneur on the road! The Before Be[...]

12 things you’re going to realize on your first long road trip

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Road trips have always been a passion of mine! The whole thing, from searching a destination, creating a playlist that goes from sing-along-pop to actually enjoyable, to the part of driving for hours on end. I love road trips! When one day a friend called me out of the blue to ask if I wanted to join her in her van to escape fall and winter in Germany - you [...]

Being the Girl that Never Sticks Around

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She’s the girl who spends her days wondering if she will ever make it home. The girl who romanticises the idea of falling in love all over the world. Not just with people, but with places that take her breath away and cause a fire to burn inside her like nothing else. She’s the girl with a twinkle in her eye and the passion in her heart to push hersel[...]