Personal Stories

A Sri Lankan Bus Ride

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It's about 40 degrees C. My right wrist is unable to move, jammed in between a cultrate, dusty window frame and a serious-looking guy, holding fast onto his brown leather briefcase. Two giggly schoolgirls and a lady with a colorful dress and a giant, glittery painting are tightly framing the situation. My pose actually hurts, but I just go with it. Every[...]

4 Strategies to Change the Way you Travel Forever

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I found myself wishing, praying, someone would tell me what the next step was. There were a million different jobs I could apply for, a million different cities to live in, a million different paths to choose. But instead, I chose none.  I was stuck, scared to fail, scared to choose the wrong path. So I ended up working the same soul-crushing job for year[...]

Travelette of the Month: Rita Maria, the girl who travels without social media

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Every month we like to introduce you to an inspiring female traveler to hear creative stories from all over the world. This month we are proud to introduce Rita Maria - and if you've been a long-time follower of Travelettes you might remember her, as she used to be a regular contributor to our very own blog!  Rita is not a typical travel writer though - a[...]

What's it's like to Travel the World as an Arab Woman

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In the beginning... I will never forget my first trip abroad when I was 16 - I went to Paris with my parents. It was the first foreign country I visited and I might as well have gone to a different planet. My love for travelling started at a very young age and I began to go on solo trips when I was still working in a bank. The cultures, people and exper[...]

Why it's worth investing time in your international friendships

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The more you travel, the more people you meet – that’s not breaking news. Throughout my travels, I've learnt how true this actually is. For me, each journey is an excuse to make new friends. As a result I sometimes feel like I have more friends from abroad than from my home country, Poland - and sometimes that's weird. There are those awkward situations when[...]

The benefits of exploring Sri Lanka with my Mom

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Recently I went on a two week vacation to Sri Lanka with my mom. Some people around my age might think that’s a loooong time to spend with someone, especially if that person is your mother. Surprisingly, I survived this trip and loved every minute of it. Not everyone realizes how cool it can actually be. Of course we have different opinions about many th[...]

Travelette of the Month: Sabina Trojanova from Girl vs Globe

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I met Sabina on a grey morning in Glasgow for brunch. She had just moved there, but already discovered the bustling breakfast and coffee scene of Pollokshaws Road. I always feel a bit awkward around other travel bloggers - obviously we all share our love for travel, so it should be easy for us to talk, right? Only that it isn't always so easy, and frankly, I[...]

Traveling the World - A Filipina Perspective

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The greatest advice my grandfather told me was: “Don’t stop wanting to see the world.” And in those moments he said it, big-eyed with wonderment, an incoming high school freshman version of myself wondered what he meant. It’s been 10 years since then, and safe to say, I’ve taken his advice to heart. I've taken numerous trips around the country while co[...]