Travel Tips

Couchsurfing: Getting along with guests and hosts

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I've already written a bit about couchsurfing as a whole and a few safety tips. But practicalities aside, let's get down to the grittier stuff. The next question I want to address being, how in the hell do you know how to properly behave around these people? One of my favorite things about couch surfing is that every interaction is different and each host[...]

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 [...]

To tip or not to tip?

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One of the aspects of travelling I repeatedly get wayyy too excited about is food. I like to justify this by claiming that the best way to get to know a foreign country or culture is by exploring the culinary delights it has to offer. However, apart from the loss of money and gain in weight that usually threaten to follow my holiday food fests, I have encoun[...]

Couchsurfing: The Basics

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Hey ladies, In a lot of my recent posts I’ve been name-dropping a little website called couchsurfing. Couchsurfing has become extremely popular, but I realized there probably are some readers out there who don’t know about it or would like a little more insider information before getting started. I’ve got almost too much to say about the CS project and al[...]

My key to a good night out in Europe: Balkan Parties

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While traveling, I often have trouble finding my perfect fit in terms of partying. I usually enjoy good nights of beer, chats, and maybe the occasional karaoke for a laugh, but inevitably I want to go out dancing.  Herein I encounter problems. It seems like I’m always just missing some amazing underground bruhaha. “Too bad you weren’t here last weekend for _[...]

Travel mishaps - what to do when things go wrong

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Meet my right foot. This is what it looked like in summer 2004, which I spent in India. Pretty gross, right? What happed, you're asking? On the night train I slipped off the iron stairs to the upper bed and fell. My foot was broken in various places, a few muscles torn, the whole shebang. My India experience was put on hold for 3 weeks which I was [...]

Tips on getting the cheapest flight

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If you are a follower of this website, then maybe you will already have started thinking about where to spend your summer holiday. Traveling can be expensive so it is important to have both eyes open to make sure you can get your hands on good flight deals. There are a few tricks with which can help getting the best possible deal. 1. Avoid flying Friday t[...]

Notes on haggling

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Ladies, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you will come across some sort of bazaar, a market or at least a cheapjack selling fake amazingly cheap Ray-Bans in the street. I just L.O.V.E. getting lost in those gaudy allies, admiring local crafts, taking pictures, tasting local delicacies I have never even heard of and – most importantly -[...]

Work While Traveling

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Dear travelettes, If your only excuse for not travelling the world is money, forget it now and forever! For here are some great opportunities to travel and earn money on the way. One way to work while travelling is a visa called “Working Holiday Visa”. This visa enables you to spend a year in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the USA. Th[...]

Tips for legitimately traveling LIGHT.

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Okay, let's be honest here. We've heard the screams or semi-pleasant whispers of, "less is more," and I KNOW that you probably claim to believe it, to the hilt, every day of your life. EXCEPT for when it's time to pack for a series of semi-short trips smooshed into a big, long trip. This applies particularly when you know you will be staying in a foreign pla[...]