Solo Travel

8 fears of travel and how to overcome them

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For those of you who are thinking of embarking on their first big backpacking trip, and those who have got their mitts on their first long haul flight, there can be a number of worries and trepidations running through your mind. You'll be jetting off far from loved ones, depending on yourself, carrying your possessions on your back like a turtle, responsi[...]

Looking Back: What Inspired My First Solo Trip

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I recently came across a reader's question about why people choose to solo travel. Beyond the usual reasons of discovering new cultures and destinations, this reader was curious about why one would opt to board a plane sans partner or friends. As I reflect back on my solo traveling in Argentina and look towards my future solo trips to Morocco and Vietnam, I [...]

How to fight homesickness

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Packing up my things and leaving home has always come natural to me. From the first sleep-over at my best friend's from kindergarten I was hooked. Soon I had stepped up to annual summer camps or ski trips and when I was old enough to fly, I spread my wings and went on a journey that has not found its final destination yet - much to my mum's distress. Moving [...]

Why I prefer to travel alone

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Frankie beautifully described in her Valentine's post the pros and cons of travelling with a partner. Since I don't have a boyfriend or preferred travel buddy I am here to tell you how awesome travelling on your own is. I think the most common argument why people don't travel is either “I don't have money” or “I don't have anyone to go with”. While money [...]

Social Seating on Airplaines

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Let's be honest: Traveling alone surely has its benefits, but sometimes it would be nice to have someone to talk to, to share travel tales with, to ask for advice on good coffeeshops at the destination you're flying to or even to hold your hand during flight turbulences. Last year we told you about the Hi Matic Hotel in Paris, where people staying at the hot[...]

When Travelettes Travel

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When we heard about a travel bloggers conference happening in Innsbruck, Austria this weekend, we figured that this could be our excuse to take some time off rainy days at the Berlin office and instead doing some networking and maybe learning a thing or two, all while enjoying the sunny and gorgeous city of Innsbruck. Not all of us are here, only Kathrine, N[...]

Europe: Perfect for first time solo-travellers!

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Looking for romance? Culture? Fun? Good food and music? Diverse landscapes and plenty of historic sights? And on top of that you want to be safe while travelling? Then Europe is the place to be! Safety Europe is - despite a few places - a very safe continent. Political stable, no war, less religious beliefs that can make travelling (especially for wome[...]

Couchsurfing: Safety

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This is the second installment in my mini-series about couch surfing. Last time I mentioned some of the basics, but here I wanted to address what is usually the first thing someone asks me about when they hear that I’ve been sleeping on strangers’ couches…safety. Didn’t our parents spend our entire childhoods telling us not to speak to strangers, never mind [...]