Beaches

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[...]

The Travelettes Guide to El Nido

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A backpacker community living on a paradise island, far removed from the hustling tourist hordes of the mainland – sound familiar? Considering that Alex Garland lived in the Philippines for six months before penning his backpacker classic The Beach, it wasn’t a surprise to learn that there are more beautiful beaches and undeveloped islands in this magical ar[...]

10 signs you've just had a South East Asian holiday

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So, you went to South East Asia? And once the holidays are over you try to hold on to the last rays of sunshine in your mind, whether you are aware of it or not. You sport a tan and smug grin which are sure signs that you have just returned from the sunny shores of the Philippines, the ancient temples in Thailand or from playing with monkeys in Borneo. Whi[...]