Travel Tips

10 great tips for backpacking Europe

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As much as my generation may have been defamed for being so obsessed with the social-media, and being termed everything from twit to ditz to social-media whores, it would be imprudent to overlook the plethora of benefits this very same social media offers, other than instant gratification of course! Another ingratiating vice which my generation has provid[...]

The Joys of Travel Sketching

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Sitting beside a dilapidated monastery, built over a brook, I soaked in the atmosphere. I could feel the rustling of trees, chirping of birds, fragrance of pine trees, chatter of trekkers on the return, and the rhythmic music from water-propelled prayer wheels. The slow capturing of this scene on paper with graphite strokes brought everything into sharp focu[...]

A food lover's packing list

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As much as I love to eat outside when traveling and explore new dishes, it can be draining and also expensive, especially when being en route for a longer period of time. Apart from that, I love to prep food myself and explore the local markets and supermarkets for new ingredients to try, including the locals’ favorite spice mix. Cooking yourself also[...]

A Naturopath's guide to avoiding Traveler's Sickness

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I have just returned from almost two months exploring India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, drinking all of the chai, eating all of the samosas, watching all of the sunsets and smelling all of the (sometimes really bad) smells. Avoiding traveler’s diarrhea was really high on my priority list, probably even higher than seeing the Taj Mahal. As a naturopath and nutritio[...]

A happy day in Bacalar, Mexico

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Travel destinations are like (potential) lovers: Sometimes you’ve been flirting forever, while others just appear out of nowhere. Some need to grow on you, for others you fall hard right away... love truly is a mysterious thing! During a quite spontaneous and wonderful trip through Quintana Roo and Yucatan, Mexico it happened - I spotted sparkly, turq[...]

Top 10 awesome experiences in Bali

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Our Bali month is over, but my Bali stay is only half way through. These 4 weeks however have been a great start, and an opportunity to get some valuable insight into how this island ticks - and I've done my best to see as much as possible and to get a real feel for this beautiful piece of land. Back in 2016, Annika wrote a pretty great guide for the top 10 [...]

Introvert Travel Tools

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As an introvert I’m notoriously known for staying at home, not showing up for parties and passing the brunch invitation. Don’t get me wrong, I’m neither shy nor a very antisocial person. I just need a fairly high amount of quiet time to process the impressions I've had in a day. So after being out and about in the city, going on a tour, visiting a museum and[...]

10 Rules to Avoid being Ripped Off when Traveling

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Unexpected costs can turn an amazing holiday into a trip to hell. We've all been there. We landed a deal for a hotel room, a flight, a rental car or an activity package that was almost to good to be true. And then it turned out that it was indeed too good to be true.   The last time it happened to me was when I felt particularly smug about [...]

The horror and joy of dining alone as a solo traveler

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I remember it like it was yesterday. My first time traveling solo was two years ago when I made my way to Thailand - and there I was, in Chiang Mai, standing on a street corner, sweating (only partly because of the 40°C heat). The one thing I dreaded about solo travel was eating alone. What would everyone else think of me, sitting there all by myself? But th[...]

13 Travel Resolutions for 2018 that are not Destinations (and will actually satisfy your Wanderlust)

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Now that 2018 is here, I'm sure all of you are excited about planning your upcoming trips and working on your travel bucket list as well. While there are hundreds of articles on the internet talking about the 'Top Destinations Where You Must Travel in 2018' and 'The Budget-Friendly Countries To Visit in 2018' (even on Travelettes you can find an unusual trav[...]

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