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A Kind World: A Collection of Short Stories From Backpackers

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In a world full of negative media and the tendency for a depressing spiral of doom and gloom to emerge after the Christmas period, it is important to expose yourself to a little positivity every now and again. If there’s anything that makes us Travelettes feel happier about life, it’s reading about travel. So what better way to spread some cheer than by r[...]

Visiting Vietnam - 10 things you might not know yet

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A few weeks ago I was one lucky Travelette to be invited to Northern Vietnam by Enchanting Travels and Vietnam Airlines. Traveling from buzzing Hanoi to the dreamy region of Sapa and lush Mai Chau our itinerary augured to be as diverse as this beautiful country itself and surely lived up to its promises. Never having visited before I was beyond excite[...]

5 tips to conquering your first solo trip

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Traveling alone can be scary. Let’s be honest. All those questions flying through your mind. What if I get lost? What if I’m lonely? Will I make any friends? What if I feel unsafe? The thought of being caught up in world where you make your own choices, wake up when you like and dine alone can be truly terrifying. There was a time I hated the th[...]

The only 3 things you need to know about Bacalar- Mexico’s secret paradise

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When I first started planning my trip to Mexico here’s what I imagined. Enjoying the white beaches and washing down Modelos in Playa Del Carmen and Cancun. A quick break in a luxurious resort on the Riviera Maya (if I could get a good deal). Checking out some Mayan ruins in Tulum and finishing my trip in the notoriously dangerous Mexico City (just bec[...]

San Andrés Island: Colombia’s Little Secret

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A little guide, for a little island... As my extended stay in Colombia edged towards a close, I found myself in the same position I had found myself in all too often; desperately trying to squeeze six months worth of activities into two hectic weeks. I had wanted to visit San Andrés Island ever since I’d first heard it mentioned over the clinking of cocktai[...]

7 Totally Underrated Cosmetics for Travel

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Beyond the endless Bastise cans and overpriced coconut oils of this world, lies a wholly underappreciated group of slightly odd essentials for your capsule cosmetics bag. Forget chic shower miniatures, deep nourishing gloop made from unicorn tears and those infuriating mini straighteners that tear much more then they straighten. As a person in a constant str[...]

5 travel mistakes I made, so you don’t have to

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It’s kind of hard to believe that I traveled for so long and came so far without any major hiccups. But then 2018 seemed to be a year of epic travel and epic mistakes. I don’t think I slackened my defenses. I guess some years are just luckier than others, and clearly, the more you travel the more you’re at risk of at least a few fails. We’ve all proba[...]

Managing Your Mental Health on the Road

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I must confess, on many a sun-filled day I’ve sat alone in hotel rooms, skimming mindlessly through stations, desperately in search of Animal Planet. AC on, curtains closed and Pringles crumbs scattered carelessly about the bed… probably. This is the side of travel that people don’t talk about, don’t blog about; the days that aren’t spent living your best li[...]

Everest Base Camp Trek- The Ultimate Packing Guide

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Trust me when I say that when you’re at an elevation of 5335 metres, having trekked about 65 kms, with another 65 kms to get back down, you 100% want to be travelling as light as possible. Every last ounce feels 100 times heavier when your oxygen levels are at 75% and you can barely string two sentences together. So, to start with, plan to pack all the ne[...]

Why Cyprus is a perfect backpacking or solo travel destination

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Contrary to popular belief, Cyprus’ tourism product is not designed only for 18-year old partying or for elderly couples’ long term retirement holidays. Just like other countries such as Spain, Greece, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and many South East Asia countries, you can design your trip around your interests and budget without any limitations. Distance and [...]

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