Travel Tips

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 [...]

Why Homestays are the best accommodation in Sri Lanka

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If you want to really experience the world as a traveler, you have to make the effort to meet each country's culture, find out more about its citizens' everyday life and learn about their aspirations. You know, there’s more to taking your standard #followmeto snaps and other instagrammable moments when traveling. I wouldn't imagine any better way to do it th[...]

How to travel Costa Rica like a Rich Girl

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Who doesn't want to travel like a rich girl sometimes? As much as I love rougher, more culturally immersive types of travel, I'm by no means immune to the siren song of the luxury retreat - especially since I had kids. I'm not especially rich, but I do like to travel as if I am every now and then; and an ideal place to do that is Costa Rica. A peaceful, p[...]

10 reasons to go to Brabant

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Had you asked me a week ago why anyone would want to travel to Brabant in the Netherlands, I would have probably replied that I knew next to nothing about it. So far, my awareness of the Netherlands did not stretch far beyond tulips, cheese and Amsterdam; it was only back in October of last year that I heard of Brabant Nacht from Vanessa, who wrote of her ex[...]

10 Things I wish I'd known before my First Solo Trip

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With age comes wisdom. I've been traveling - not always, but very often solo - since I finished high school. Back then I just grabbed my backpack, which was usually too heavy, stuffed some naiveté in a tote bag and just went for it. It was a rocky path of travel fails, missed opportunities, a few small regrets and sometimes just sheer luck. To travel itself [...]

The lazy girl's guide to keeping fit when traveling

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I'm not going to lie, when thinking about top tips for keeping fit when traveling, I caught myself thinking: 'Would I actually freaking do this?' Would I put time aside to condition and tone my body, instead of floating on my back in a sea? Would I go for a run when dealing with jetlag (or tropical humid heat). Would I find time to salute the sun when it's e[...]

10 good tips for traveling to the Maldives

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Ah.... the Maldives. "Ah" is literally always the word on my mind when I think about this stunning piece of land in the Indian Ocean. The first time a plane flew me over this incredible archipelago I knew I had found my favorite part of the world and to this day it remains my number one choice in all my bucket list recommendations. If you thought the [...]

The Ultimate Survival Guide for Festival Camping

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It’s finally here – the year long wait is over and summer has begun! Along with the arrival of long sun-drenched days, nights spent sipping icy cocktails on rooftop bars and escaping to the nearest beach on the weekends, so too does the infamous music festival season kick off. I’ve only just returned from my first festival of the summer where I spent 3-da[...]

How to spend a weekend in Paris like a local

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I was always scared of going to Paris. I had heard so much about it. People loved it, were raving about it, were infatuated by it. But somehow, instead of making me want to go there myself, it always just put me off. What if I didn't like it? I couldn't tell anybody that... Better not risk it. Then - out of nowhere - an opportunity arose, to speak at a[...]