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Exploring Sichuan - 10 reasons to travel the South-West of China

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A lot of peoples’ first thoughts towards China go to megacities like Hong Kong or Peking. They picture big crowds alit by the glimmer of neon, a buzzing economy, a faster and harder pace; Piles of concrete, big malls, tiny houses, colourful commercials, and… well chop sticks? And of course this is China, a vibrant place full of extremes and contestations[...]

5 reasons to try long distance hiking

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When I embarked on my first long distance walk last summer in Scotland, I was confident it would be a great experience. I had been climbing mountains since I was a little girl, had recently (almost) reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and had a pair of hiking boots my feet seemed to love. I had signed up for four days in the Scottish Highlands, walking alon[...]

The Travelettes Guide to independent and sustainable trekking in Nepal

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In order to go trekking in the Himalayas you don't necessarily have to book a tour through an agency way in advance - you can in fact also arrange everything spontaneously in Kathmandu. This guide to independent and sustainable trekking in Nepal is full of tips to ensure that your trekking experience has only positive impact on you, the locals in Nepal and t[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Ladakh, India: The Epitome of Himalayan Scenic Beauty

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Modern life can sometimes feel like running on a treadmill until you get a chance to gasp for breath, but a little quality time in the lap of the serene Himalayas can help you rediscover inner peace. This was the choice I made; trading my laptop for a backpack, I boarded a flight to a place where your shadow is your only companion: Ladakh, India.  My trav[...]

A magical train journey: Aboard the Tren de la Libertad in Ecuador

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I love train journeys, and when you visit a country that is so diverse and beautiful as Ecuador, a train journey is an absolute must-do. There are many historical train routes in Ecuador and you can take day trips as well as multiple-day train journeys to see the country change at minimum speed. I had the pleasure of fitting a day trip with the Liberty Train[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary: Hiking in Patagonia

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“Don’t ask about the weather forecast, it’s Patagonia” is scrawled on a sign outside one of the campsites on the W-trek. I first saw Patagonia on Pinterest. I can't remember what I was searching for. But I remember the mountain. Ice capped, mythical, surrounded by water tinted a shade of blue all its own. But there it was amid recipes for banana muffins a[...]

Love Nature, Classical Music, and Serenity? Come to this festival!

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Fog hung heavy in the valley. I knew that mountains over 3000 meters high stretched towards the skies around me, but saw only misty clouds of white. I closed my eyes. Feet placed firmly on the yoga mat beneath me, I breathed in. Out. In. Out. For a little while, silence took over. Until softly, not far away, sounds of a Viola da Gamba started filling t[...]

7 Unmissable Experiences in Croatia: From Mountains to Island Hopping

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For some people travel means relaxation and a break from normal life. Laying on the beach with a drink. Reading a book by the pool. Well, for me it doesn't - even though I sometimes wish that was enough. When summer turned out colder then expected, I started to look for a cheap holiday with sun, adventure, culture and nature. Preferably with hidden, private [...]

Women on the Trail: Hiking Fjällräven Classic Sweden

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Nervously, I shoulder my backpack and carry it across the campsite. Doesn't feel too bad - I've carried heavier things before! Just never for this long... After a few steps I stop, standing before my judge - the scale hanging off a tree, ready to tell me the awful truth. I take off my backpack and set it to the ground - big mistake. I struggle to lift it hig[...]

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