Beaches

How to get the Best out of Oahu in 7 Days

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This year at the end of May I finished my au-pair year in Minnesota and I had a couple of days left before I had to go back to Germany. I couldn’t have thought of a better place to end my awesome year in the US, than Hawaii, so I packed my bags and flew to Oahu - and ever since I can’t stop talking about my trip. Although I didn’t have much time, I lost my h[...]

15 Things you must do in Goa, India

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When you think of India’s beaches, you think of Goa! And they really do not disappoint. Long stretches of golden sands, emerald oceans and all fringed by picture perfect coconut palms- this place really is the dream you always imagined. Goa is not only the perfect holiday destination for beach bums, but it also offers a whole heap of amazing things to do and[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary: How to spend One Month in the Philippines

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Last year, my big travel highlight was spending a few weeks in the beautiful Philippines… and we predict that the popularity of this stunning Asian destination is set to rise. Asia is popular with independent travellers the world over for a number of reasons: the food, the culture, the paradise beaches - check out my 10 reasons to go backpacking in South Eas[...]

8 Reasons To Visit San Diego

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It may not have the Hollywood hype of LA or hipster status of San Fran, but San Diego certainly packs its own punch when it comes to California's mega cities. From the incredible beaches, delicious Mexican food, historical richness, endless lookouts and a buzzing nightlife, here are some reasons why you need to put San Diego on your travel radar... 1. T[...]

Experience Zanzibar like a Local with Red Monkey Lodge

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"Are you ready for the best food in all of Zanzibar?" - wasn't that what Mark had asked me in the afternoon? Then, why am I sitting on the floor of a candle-lit living room, with my dad on my left and a bunch of expats living on the island completing our circle? Fair enough, the smell coming from the partly inside, partly outside kitchen is amazing and my tu[...]

3 INCREDIBLE Places to Surf with Rapturecamps

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Dreaming of waking up every day to the sound of the ocean? Fantasizing about that feeling of the wind through your hair, salt on your lips and the sun kissing your skin? Longing to spend your days out on the water, carving up waves and becoming one with the ocean? First step: Watch this video- Second step: Stop dreaming and make this a reality! It doesn[...]

Hotels We Love: Kata Rocks, Phuket

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For a while now, I've been fighting Phuket's corner. I lived there for nearly three months in 2012 and it featured heavily in the Southeast Asia leg of my RTW travels in 2011. It may not be idyllic Thailand and it certainly doesn't offer a break away from it all but it does have some great advantages. Here are some of them: 1. It's easy and relatively aff[...]

Boracay - An Island Paradise

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The first thing you notice about Boracay is the colour. Cerulean skies sink into seas that are fifty shades of blue and green, fringed by milk-white, velvet sands. If paradise printed postcards, surely they would look a little something like this? Although I’ve been lucky enough to travel many parts of Asia, the Philippines have always eluded me. Mayb[...]

A beginners guide to Saint Lucia

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When I booked my flight to Saint Lucia, the only thing I knew about the island was its location: The Caribbean. In the weeks leading up to our trip I heard more and more about Saint Lucia: The Bachelorette was shot there, it’s a dream honeymoon destination, it is part of the Commonwealth. But nobody I knew had ever been and thus arriving at tiny Hewanorra Ai[...]

What not to miss in Bocas del Toro, Panama

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As I sit here in New York City, looking at another dreary day unfolding outside my window, I'm thinking about the view I had one year ago. That view had nothing to do with the red brick buildings and alleyways of Astoria; but rather featured the jungle foliage and sunny weather of Panama. Back in March 2014, I flew down to Central America with friends in tow[...]