Personal Stories

To the newlywed who loves to travel...

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In her book You Won't Remember This – travel with babies author and travel writer Sandy Bennett-Haber rounded up a collection of short stories about all facets of traveling with a baby - the good, the bad and the ugly. Here, Sandy shares with us what it's like to transition from adventurous solo traveler to globetrotting mom who explores the world with her c[...]

How Delhi Broke My Travel Spirit

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“You win. F*cking Delhi, you win.” I was standing somewhere in Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India. Around me: pure chaos. At least to me. Women in colorful saris were shopping for fruit, buying freshly-made Aloo Tikki from loudly shouting street vendors, men in kurtas pulled carts full of fabric through the crowded streets, street performers balanced on[...]

The Ethics of Totalitarian Tourism: A Weekend in North Korea

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This month, American passport holders can no longer travel to North Korea. After a recent increase in missile tests including an alleged hydrogen bomb - the irreversible weapon of mushroom cloud notoriety - the UN has increased sanctions against them. Before all this escalated, last April, I ran the Pyongyang (half) marathon. I’d become fascinated while l[...]

Telling Her Story: An Interview with filmmaker Teresa Hoerl

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Championing women in adventure travel and the outdoor sports is one of my passions, and I love having Travelettes as a platform to share my discoveries of inspiring women with a huge audience. Films are another passion of mine, so you can imagine that every year around this time I'm super excited for the program launch of the European Outdoor Film Tour (E.O.[...]

Travelette of the Month: Sarah Peguine from Oh So Arty

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There is no better way to explore a city than through local eyes. That's why our writers always try their best to find out what the coolest local hot spots are, the trendiest bars and restaurants, and where locals go to hangout. But sometimes, not even a Travelettes Guide to a new exciting city cuts it, and you want to actually connect with a local in the fl[...]

When trips go wrong: 4 travel mishaps & how to deal with them

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There is the Instagram side of travel we show the world – with filters and angles and hashtags. The perfect sunsets, brilliantly presented dishes, smiles and sunglasses – nary a hangover or overpriced meal to be found. Hey, I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to promoting myself when I’m on holiday. In fact, I tend never to mention when things go [...]

The Thing I Really Hate About Travel

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I don’t really remember a time I didn’t want to travel. Of course, in retrospect, it’s easy to say that, to make your life seem like one fitting narrative where everything just happens to fall in place, events make sense, and there’s a common thread weaving through the years. But really, travel seems to be one of the few things that was ever present, a passi[...]

Why you should spend your next Birthday abroad

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Once, I was traveling to a hill station near New Delhi, India, when I met a person on the bus. We started a random conversation that slowly turned into a thoughtful discussion about how we see life and perceive the existence of a parallel world. As we were about to reach our destination, I found out that it was the person's birthday on the very next day and [...]