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Is El Raval Barcelona's coolest neighborhood?

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I was only 19 when I first went to Barcelona. And I didn't come as tourist. I arrived with just one suitcase and €270 cash in my pocket, ready to pay for my room in an apartment I would share with 4 other people from 4 different nations. That room was in a part of Barcelona called El Raval, making up one side of the infamous La Rambla, the Barrio Gotico's ug[...]

East meets east - Getting zen in Bali

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This July I had great plans to finally add two new countries to my personal map: I was going take my first trip to Tokyo followed by seeing my family in the Philippines. Alas, as it happens sometimes happens in life - you can plan all you want, things can still go wrong or in my case not work out at all. My travel plans fell through within a week to spare an[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Seminyak, Bali

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Some people love it, some people hate it (and that is quite alright!) but for us, Bali still has a special place in our hearts. Whether you are traveling with kids, plan an Eat Pray Love kinda holiday or want to explore the underwater world - Bali has something for everyone. I will admit that I have a soft spot for Bali, so much so that I stayed there 2 y[...]

The one that got away: my weekend in Zurich

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I had high hopes for Zurich. After all I’d only ever come through the airport before, it was merely a transfer town to get to one of Switzerland’s outstanding ski resorts like Laax, Adelboden or Zermatt. This time around I decided to stay an extra 2 days before heading on to Gstaad, another reputable ski resort town I had not yet been to before. (More on Gst[...]

Hotels We Love: Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

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Have you ever been to Heaven on Earth? I have: Well, actually this is of course a much more tangible place than Heaven. This is the Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge in northern Tanzania. After trying and failing to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro last June my dad and I treated ourselves to a luxurious getaway close to Ngorongoro Crater nature reserve and Serengeti Na[...]

Doing London on a Budget with MEININGER Hotels

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When I think about London I think of soaring rents in posh neighbourhoods, the royal family and the banking district, hipsters who have overdrafts as big as the city itself. Two words I don't think of: Budget Travel. When my flatmate told me how much rent she paid as a student in London for a room in a dubious Whitechapel flat that she shared with two housem[...]

Travelettes Christmas Calendar Day 17: Hotel Geniesserhotel Die Forelle, Austria

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Congratulations Lamesha for convincing us, that you really do deserve that 2-day retreat at Haidl-Madl we had in door 16 yesterday. Well done, you! It's getting closer and closer to Christmas, and our giveaways are about to really hot up! Today, we're giving away another stay at one of GreenPearls incredible hotels. GreenPearls specialise in sustainable, ec[...]

Hotels we love: Settecento in Presezzo, Italy

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Ever dreamed of staying at a place that combines modern comfort, a historic building and an art gallery at the same time? Well, then here’s the one to go for: Hotel Settecento in Presezzo, Italy! I recently picked this hotel by pure chance when I was looking for accommodation for a few days in northern Italy – more precisely the region of Bergamo and [...]

Hotels we love: the Banyan Tree in Bangkok

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I love Bangkok. It's easily one of my favorite cities of all time and the type of place I love coming back to again and again. Bangkok was the first stop on my one year trip around the world back in 2005. Like any 23 year old backpacker I headed straight for Khao San Road, home of the budget traveler, haven for banana pancakes and $5 hotel rooms. The very fi[...]

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