Tags archives: backpacking

How to Pack Like a Minimalist

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Getting my bearings on the European backpacking circuit didn’t teach me much about travel fashion. The purple 70 liter behemoth on my back was packed in preparation for nights on train station floors. Day dreams of functionality saw a bulky rain coat, yoga pants and wrinkly t-shirts in my wardrobe that ended up being a hefty sum of nothing I wanted to wear. [...]

Travelette of the Month: Alex Saint

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'Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…' You know the song, now we’re going to put it into action with a little bit of insight into the story of one of our very own Travelettes. Alex has been a regular writer since 2012 when her sister introduced her to the world of blogging. She has a long-standing love affair with Asia, has started her own per[...]

10 Reasons to Love Hanoi

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Hanoi was the final city I visited in South East Asia, and after six months exploring the region, it quickly became my favourite. For me, Hanoi was a city I'd love to live in. The old district is beautifully falling to pieces in the most elegant way possible, there's a series of gorgeous lakes, amazing food and shopping galore. I used Hanoi as a base to expl[...]

The worst travel advice ever

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I was sitting on a bus last week and staring out into the buzzing streets of Kreuzberg, Berlin, when suddenly my thoughts wandered off thinking about all things I would have missed, how many valuable mistakes I wouldn't have done, and how many beautiful things my eyes would have never seen had I always listened to every bit of advice people have given me. [...]

Haka Tours: Not your average group travel

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Have you ever wanted to swim with 400 dolphins in Kaikoura, swing Tarzan-like through canyons, or go skydiving over the Southern Alps? These are the things that the most ambitious bucket lists are made of and with a small company in New Zealand, you can easily cross a few life goals off your own list. Haka Tours is a tour operator owned by a team of passiona[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Brisbane on a Budget

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When visiting Brisbane it is hard to walk out the door without burning a hole in your pocket. You are trying your best to save up, but when you are actually out there it is almost impossible to keep this up when there are so many nice things to buy. Trying to balance a social life while you are trying to save those pennies can prove to be difficult... But do[...]

The budget backpacker’s bucket list

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The best things in life are free… or are they? Plane tickets certainly aren’t, and for all you would-be travellers out there that simply don’t have the funds to splash out on a big trip abroad, I’m guessing that cash flow certainly ranks as one of the number one obstacles to making your travel dreams a reality. But travelling overseas doesn’t necessarily [...]

A Travelettes Itinerary for Myanmar

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Nestled between India and Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) was once a bit of a mystery for travellers, notoriously difficult to enter and largely closed off to the west. However, in recent years things have changed, and Myanmar has grown in reputation to become one of Asia's most exciting and intriguing destinations. I've had the pleasure of travelling through the [...]

5 Ways to Get Over the Fear of Traveling Alone

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I used to think that solo traveling was reserved for 'people without friends'. If you had asked me five years ago where I pictured myself today, I would never have dreamt of a life where I would be traveling the world completely on my own - and enjoy every minute of it. I would have never thought that traveling solo would be my preferred way of disco[...]

Top 10 places to visit in the Balkans

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I have never been especially proud to be French, but I always felt particularly lucky to be European. Let’s be honest, it’s pretty cool to be able to hop on a plane for the weekend with only your ID in your pocket, fly to Barcelona, Rome, Porto or London and reach your destination in less than an hour. But in 2014, as I was looking through my atlas, my eyes [...]