Off the beaten track

10 Reasons Why Mongolia Will Blow Your Mind

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I'll admit that I knew very little about Mongolia before I arrived there. But something about the country fascinated me. Mongolia is the least populated country in the world in relation to its size. Compared to other countries in Asia, the vast open spaces, nomadic culture and untouched nature of the landscapes really make it stand out. There are steppes, de[...]

9 amazing things to do on Easter Island Besides seeing the Moai

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Remote as it is historically alluring, Easter Island (Isla de Pascua in Spanish; Rapa Nui to the locals) often tops the bucket lists of intrepid travelers. Most make the 5-hour plane journey from mainland Chile for one reason alone: the Moai. These ancient statues— erected by different tribes for what is believed to be religious worship— are scattered throug[...]

Off the Beaten Path in Venice: Exploring the Jewish Ghetto of Venice

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When I see tourists and travelers in Venice, I often think of them as children in a huge ice-cream parlor: overwhelmed by the great variety of flavours, they’ll look around dazzled by such diverse supply but will probably end up ordering the most common tastes. In the same way, the typical Venetian tour will lead you to the usual “top things to see”, which, [...]

A Kingdom for a Whale - A Travel Story from Tonga

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I want to see a whale. More than that - I want to swim with a whale. That was my one and only reason to travel to Tonga, an island state in the South Pacific that is one of the few places worldwide where it is possible to do exactly that. And now I am standing on this boat in the middle of the ocean with nothing around me but water. I repeat, nothing. We [...]

20 Surprising facts about Myanmar you didn't know

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Myanmar only recently opened to tourism which is probably one of the reasons why everyone who visits this country is so fascinated by it. It not only offers stunning places to visit, but it has cordial and helpful people who are every day discovering opportunities brought to them by a new democratic regime. These are 20 reasons why I consider Myanmar to b[...]

5 Reasons To Travel Europe in Spring

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It started a few days ago, maybe a week now. The smell was different as I took those first early morning steps out of my apartment, it was lighter, fresher. Warmer. I took a sip of coffee, lifted my head, and only then started to notice that the city’s buildings weren’t covered in the wintry darkness that encases the world for the better part of the cold mon[...]

A Trip to Bhalil: Going off the beaten track in Morocco

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When planning my trip to Morocco back in October 2016, I definitely did not want it to be just another imperial cities and desert journey like many. Sure, I could not wait to see Fes or Marrakesh, and I was looking forward Chefchaouen's characteristic blue, not to mention the wonderful experience a friend of mine had in Rabat in her month long stay that made[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary for Oman

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A few months ago, I had occasion to take two weeks off work. I knew I wanted to go abroad but didn’t really know where. I wanted to travel not too far but not too close either, discover a city but also go trekking in nature and enjoy being in a different environment while still being able to speak Arabic (yes, I am a bit of a paradox/complicated human being [...]