I’m a big believer in budget travel. Make your money go as far as possible (literally) and get more time our of your holiday. Frankly, that is easier said than done in many countries, but there are still some amazing destinations where you can easily travel on a budget without scraping the bottom of the barrel. Thailand for example.
Thanks to Thailand still being a relatively affordable travel destination my little …

[ Written by Katja | 17 Jun 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

When you land somewhere new in the world and think, ‘You know what, I might stay here for a bit. I quite like it!”, you know you’re going to be experiencing something special. There’s nothing quite like fully immersing yourself in a new city or country for a substantial amount of time and absorbing every part of the culture.

There are aspects to the city that you would never experience if …

[ Written by Sophie | 15 Jun 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

Marianna Jamadi’s job is to be a dreamer. She is also one of the most mindblowing photographers we have come across in a while, a passionate entrepreneur at El Camino (more on that later!) and always on the hunt for unique stories for her blog Nomadic Habit.
We spoke to her about the challenges of living one’s dream, the practicalities of traveling 17 countries in one year and what cultures inspire her …

[ Written by Caroline | 13 Jun 2015 | 8 Comments | ]

It’s raining outside in New York City as I sit at my favorite local coffee shop, Madame SouSou, in Astoria and write alongside a foamy cappuccino and mason jar of pink roses. As the petals fall on my keyboard, swirling around with the wind sneaking in from the front door, I find myself somewhere between nostalgic reflections of my first time solo traveling in Argentina a year before; and the …

[ Written by Nikki | 13 Jun 2015 | 19 Comments | ]

Last November I was in Marrakech to attend Pure, an experiential travel conference. One of their speakers was the charismatic travel writer Pico Iyer. He told tales of his life and his travels, spoke about the world, of his new home in Japan and of course about Marrakech. Coming here back in the eighties as a young and, as he described himself, poor writer, he would stay in a cheap …

[ Written by Annika | 10 Jun 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

New Zealand is beautiful – even if you haven’t been there yet, we all know that much. Images of its mountains, coasts, country, and lakes saturate the internet and people rave about how clean, green, and natural everything looks. Although photos can’t possibly do its beauty justice, many photographers try of course. As a New Zealander, I can say that Crystal Brindle’s photos are some of the first I’ve seen …

[ Written by guest | 9 Jun 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

On days like these I adore New York City – these balmy afternoons when walking through Greenwich Village feels like I’ve stumbled onto the movie set of every idyllic New York-based film I’ve watched growing up. I am sitting in Washington Square Park on the edge of that center fountain that seems to double as the town’s watering hole where red-faced locals and tourists alike all soak their feet. In front …

[ Written by Nikki | 8 Jun 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

A weary bus ride up a windy road on a Saturday afternoon was finally close to its end, as we were creeping up into the small town of Bac Ha, Vietnam. It felt tiny and yet full of hotels – I certainly did not get any sense of character of its own. I wasn’t sure whether I would have good time there.
But once a new week started afresh on Sunday, the town changed its face. …

[ Written by guest | 7 Jun 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

‘Dream big & do what you love’ – that is possibly my favourite mantra to live by. Unless you dream big and push the limits of your own possibilities, you might never know your own full potential – and really, that would be a complete waste. But as so often with big dreams that will change your life, they need money to be fulfilled. The food truck in which you …

[ Written by Kathi | 5 Jun 2015 | One Comment | ]

If someone who had never been to England were to make a montage of typically British experiences, I can just imagine what it might involve (cue a mish-mash of red phone booths, getting caught in the rain and bumping into the Queen, Kate and Will or David Beckham on your way to the shops).
However, there are two stereotypes that maybe do hit a little close to home. We drink a …

[ Written by Alex | 4 Jun 2015 | 9 Comments | ]