Personal Stories

One night of Romance in the Carribbean

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Another day at the Caribbean Sea came to an end. Freshly showered I positioned myself in one of the comfortable hammocks of our hostel among the many palm trees. A fresh breeze of wind was blowing, perfectly complementing the weather after a very hot day at the beach. It didn´t take long until I fell asleep. When I woke up, it was through the sweet me[...]

School + Job = ...Travel?

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We here at Travelettes recently received a letter from a future-world traveler asking one of the most reasonable questions of them all: Where do you get the time and money to travel when working, studying, or both? As I can only type (facts) from my own experiences I will try to answer this question to the best of my ability. Sometimes I look back and a[...]

Studying abroad: Parties, culture and languages

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5 years ago I made the choice to go abroad alone for the first time. Yes, I was going to be an Erasmus student (for the non-Europeans among us: exchange program initiated by the EU). The impression most have (including me) is that Erasmus students are on a semester or two long vacation with a minimum of effort studywise and a whole lot of partying with other[...]

Take my Breath away: Climbing HALF-EVEREST

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My friend Julie and I are currently volunteering for a fair trade women weaving association, which is located in Quetzaltenago (Guatemala). As we have our weekends off, we always plan some trips. Guatemala is known for its volcanoes, that´s why we decided to climb up a volcano - so why not start with the highest in Guatemala and all Central America? Yes why [...]

When the drugs don't work

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Picture this: You’re backpacking alone in a tropical exotic country, far far away from home with all its comforts, amidst language barriers that are amusingly out in full force, travelling with companions randomly met on your journey… then you wake up at 2am throwing up last nights stir-fried chicken and vegetables with a fever and feeling like you’ve been f[...]

Dear Ryanair - you suck.

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It's pretty common knowledge that Ryanair is probably the cheapest airline out there. Everyone knows that they are the biggest crooks in the history of airlines but we all book them anyways, don't we? My first "I'll never fly Ryanair again" situation was when I flew from Düsseldorf/Weeze (which is actually their first trick: they are not even allowed to c[...]

Dubious achievements in travel - it doesn't get much worse than this

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The National Geographic posted this hilarious video on their travel blog and it made me laugh so much that I had to post it here for you guys to check it out. Watching it, all the mishaps that happened during my travels suddenly seemed a little bit smaller. I'd even go with another broken foot before I live through the stuff shown in this clip. video [...]

New York, I love you (but you're bringing me down)

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New York and I have been enjoying a love/hate relationship ever since I first set foot in this town at the tender age of 18, equipped with a homemade ID stating that I was 22 and a grand appetite to discover all things Americana. Before moving there in summer 2006, ending my world trip that had just taken me through 25 countries and 5 continents, I had on[...]

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[...]

Volunteering in India: feedback letter by Sigrid from Norway

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Last week we published an article on volunteering abroad, filling you in on your options on how to take part in a volunteer program without spending horrendous amounts of money. In reply to the article reached us an email by a girl from Norway called Sigrid Bjorbekkmo who told us about her experience with a program offering volunteering in India for money. [...]