Not many old buildings still stand in the centre of Rotterdam, a city all but flattened by the Second World War, but there are a few. What is spooky is that the ones that remained, standing tall above the rubble, were arguably the most important buildings; the post office and St Lawrence Church in the centre of the city, and over by the water, the port’s customs house and gatehouse, …

[ Written by Frankie | 17 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Walking into Bestival, a four-day music festival on the Isle of Wight, for the first time felt reminiscent of walking into my very first big-girl sleepover. I remember the sheer excitement of having a whole night of lax parental supervision that would be filled with eating too much ice-cream, playing truth or dare and talking to that cute boy.
It was this feeling (x 1000) that welled up inside me at the sight …

[ Written by guest | 16 Sep 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Last week I sat down with an old friend and her new partner. As it goes when you get to know someone, the conversation turned towards our jobs quite quickly. Soon I found myself showered in questions about travel blogging and our discussion made me think about why I want to be part of the Travelettes and what it is I am actually doing here.

After years of hype, bloggers have …

[ Written by Kathi | 15 Sep 2014 | 16 Comments | ]

Most girls I know have a certain special item of clothing they can’t bear to travel without. A go to dress; some comfy shorts; that perfectly battered pair of trusty Converse that are just about to fall apart… Well, for Jennifer Salvage that item happens to be a little bit more unusual. You see, Jennifer travels with her wedding dress.
It all started on March 19th 2008, when Jennifer and Jeff said …

[ Written by Alex | 12 Sep 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

When talking about travelling South East Asia, the Philippines is probably not the first country that comes to your mind. Last winter, the Philippines received a lot of media coverage because of the horrible impact caused by typhoon Haiyan. But while the Philippines are sadly regularly hit by such natural disasters, they are also an extremely diverse country which has not yet been discovered by mass tourism. Whether you are …

[ Written by guest | 12 Sep 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

“I really admire how you can walk in heels on these streets”, I say to Isabelle while I try to catch up to her on the crumbling sidewalks of Essaouira. Isabelle is the owner of La Maison des Artistes, the riad I am staying at, and is wearing chic Chloé pumps while I am in Havaianas. She turns to me with a somewhat confused look, “Excuse me, I’m from Paris.” …

[ Written by Annika | 11 Sep 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

There is no question – booking accommodation is my least favourite step when preparing a trip. Usually I try everything to find a friend of a friend who will let me crash their couch, but that of course doesn’t work all the time. Sometimes I need to find a real bed, and then the endless search begins.
There are so many things to consider: how much money do I want to …

[ Written by Kathi | 9 Sep 2014 | One Comment | ]

Personally, I have never been a big fan of bucket lists. With every “20 places to see before you die” and “10 once in a lifetime trips” I shudder at the fact, that some few experiences (like seeing the Taj Mahal or hiking Machu Picchu) are deemed to be more valuable than others (like seeing the Victorian necropolis in Glasgow or hiking Sambock in South Tyrol). I cherish every single …

[ Written by Kathi | 9 Sep 2014 | 30 Comments | ]

Do you remember my little moan about new beginnings last week? Well, that has turned into wanting to cancel my return flight and just stay. I’ve discovered the Lebanese mountains which you may have spotted on Instagram, took part in a few trips with an ecotourism club (mine was called Vamos Todos but there’s a huge variety in Lebanon, they all offer different trips each weekend) and met some awesome …

[ Written by Caroline | 8 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

Traveling with your family can be a roller coaster business: They’re the few people who have known you all your life, they are well aware of how you magnificent you look at 7am or when you have the flue, they’ve seen you achieve great things and they’ve watched you behaving like an idiot. No pressure. But it can also be an awesome, long overdue reunion when your brothers and sisters …

[ Written by Caroline | 5 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments | ]