Work & Travel

Exchange Programs: A perfect introduction to the Travelette lifestyle

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When I tell people that I was still a teenager the first time I set foot abroad on my own, I get all kinds of reactions, from amazement to disapproval. Some usually think that it’s great, as it ignites a much needed open-mindedness within one’s teenage-self, while others say it is too dangerous to travel on your own when you are still that young. When I told[...]

Work and Travel: A Winter Season in Whistler

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After working in an office for 5 years and basically leading a relationship with my computer, I decided to take the leap: leave everything for the unknown and actually live life instead of letting it go by. It was always my dream to travel but to transform this dream into a plan took some time and organising - so worth it! Completely in love with skiing, [...]

Work & Relax: Berlin’s First Workation Retreat

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Coconat Workation Retreat, how many ways do I love thee? The promise of getting shit done, with a breath of fresh country air - and sharing a bottle of wine around the firepit at the end of the day, after a hearty vegetarian meal. Sold! What is a workation? Well, it’s a chance to get out of the city - perhaps to get away from your lonely desk at home (so[...]

The 8 Best Coffee Houses in NYC

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I don’t have an office, rather I have a coffee shop where my "co-workers" are writers and artists who set up their laptops and fuel their craft with cappuccinos and French pastries. Instead of oppressive silence or the symphony of fellow employees typing away on outdated keyboards, I have light jazz mixing with the sweet smell of coffee and the day’s bakery [...]

Travel for free with Workaway

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After turning 30 last year, I decided it was time to leave the sunny beaches of Australia behind and give my 2-year working visa for the UK a whirl before it was too late (it's no longer valid once you turn 31). I'm not one to dilly-dally on a decision for long, so after about 6 weeks, my flight was booked, my bags were packed and I'd sold everything I owned[...]

The Wild Wild West in Canada

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“Easy girls”, I hear Tim's voice from the front. He doesn't mean me, of course, but the two mule mares drawing the coach I am on. Earlier that day a two-hour truck drive brought me from Banff to the Bighorn camp-ground on the edge of Banff National Park, Alberta. I was about to gather my first WWOOFing experience, leaving behind electricity, running water, p[...]

30 questions that made me quit my job and start traveling

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Every time I step into a plane, there’s a part of me that hesitates at the meaning of an upcoming adventure. Was it the right decision to buy an expensive plane ticket again, am I going to be safe, is this guy really worth it? I’m a grateful female solo traveler who quit her job in order to travel. Traveling has been my greatest accomplishment and a life [...]

2 Years as a Digital Nomad: (More) Lessons Learned

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A year ago I wrote this article about the lessons I've learned in the first twelve months of being a "digital nomad". It's become one of our most popular articles on Travelettes, it served as the basis for a number of talks I've given on the subject and it was recently featured in an article in Germany's national newspaper Der Spiegel (here in German[...]