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8 underground city trips in Europe

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City trips are among my favourite journeys. Arriving without a plan or a map, just strolling around, chatting up local folk, asking them for recommendations and directions, following cool-looking people around, until I find the places I like. Diving headfirst into the subcultures of a city, rather than following the top ten list of some travel guide - being [...]

The Travelettes Guide to Brisbane's Suburbs

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Brisbane is the underdog of Australian major cities. It doesn’t attract tourists like Sydney and Melbourne, and is often overlooked in favour of the glitzy Gold Coast, a mere hour’s drive south. But Brisbane, with its river cutting the city in half, has a lot on offer for Travelettes: a prolific arts scene, a saturation of independent cafes and restaurants, [...]

Welcome to Oymyakon - the coldest village on Earth

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I have never been on a cold weather holiday. Every January, as we enter the depths of bleak mid-winter here in the UK, my little brain awakens from its gentle festive fugue of eat, sleep, drink, repeat, and starts to plan how best to flee the country to get some much needed Vitamin D. Occasionally I have allowed myself to get seduced by the idea of romantic [...]

10 Festivals You Should Go To In 2015

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For me, 2014 was the year of festivals. I went to six in total... and only one of them required wellington boots. In fact, I didn't even sleep in a single tent during all of my festival attending time. Call me boring, but this is exactly the way I like my festivals; with a comfy bed and a warm shower. The reason I attended so many festivals this year was [...]

24 Hours in Florence – A Travelettes Guide

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Planning a regular holiday can be stressful, especially if it's a short one and you want to squeeze in as much as possible in as little time as you have. The epitome of this is when you have one day only somewhere. One night in Bangkok may have been enough for Murray Head, but is it for a Travelette? That's when you get a handy 24-hours guide that puts it al[...]

Around the world in 365 docobites

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I thought that when I saw a photo of the duo behind 365 docobites via the brilliant Humans of Amsterdam Facebook page (which of course is influenced by the mahoosively popular Humans of New York) that was the first time I'd heard of the project. With Debra from Humans of Amsterdam. But a quick navigation around their website and I realised I'd seen som[...]

Street art and graffiti on Barcelona's shutter doors

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Siestas! Yet another reason the beautiful city of Barcelona is our kinda town. After a sangria-soaked, leisurely luncheon, what better way to prep yourself for your evening shenanigans than a nice, long snooze? Venture out for a ramble around Las Ramblas, exploring the twisty lanes that make up the Barrio Gotico, La Ribera/El Borne and El Raval barrios durin[...]

The Vietnamese bikes of burden

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Anyone who's dabbled in a spot of South East Asian travel will surely agree that one of the best ways to get from A to B is by motorbike. Getting around on two wheels is speedy, cheap and convenient - motorbikes have the ability to navigate the often narrow or densely populated streets of big Asian cities, slipping through tiny backstreets with ease and givi[...]

Around the world in 16 steps of street art

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It's safe to say us Travelettes have seen a beautiful sight or two in our time. Whether that's rainbows over cascading waterfalls, luminous pink sunsets sinking into the ocean, jungle temples catching the first light of dawn or the spread of twinkling, big city lights at night... The world is a beautiful place and there's a hell of a lot of it out there. [...]

Drainspotting - Japan's different kind of street art

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It's no surprise to me the streets of Japan are paved with cute... And here's the categorical proof. The past few years have seen Japanese photographer S. Morita collecting a rather unusual set of arty images - manhole covers. Yes, strange as it may seem, I have fallen in love with the manhole covers of Japan. Now before you roll your eyes and check to see i[...]