Tags archives: inspiration

Yes, you can find yourself while traveling

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I know it's a cliche - just even to mention 'finding yourself' when you write about travel. But it is true. Every travel experience I make, gives me exactly what I need, no more and no less. And it helps me to find myself. When I was younger I used to travel to escape my reality. It was almost as if I had two lives; the one that happened between August an[...]

The Travelettes Anti-Shopping Guide - 12 Christmas presents money can’t buy

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’Tis the season. Year after year Christmas is approaching faster than before, and year after year all the companies are touting for attention and want you to buy their stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE giving presents and it's okay to buy certain things, I just get upset at this crazy form of boundless consumption, at the assumed pressure of having to buy al[...]

Overcoming Fear: traveling overseas, alone and for the first time

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As a Guatemalan, I still cannot figure out why since I was a teenager I have always felt fascinated by India and its culture; nevertheless, one of my biggest dreams was always to go visit. In 2012, while finalizing a project at work the travel bug hit me hard and I rejected another job offer just to go to India. I thought, if I don't it now, I never will! [...]

5 books to add to your autumn reading list

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I was in Edinburgh last week and found myself with an hour to kill at Waterstones and oh, how the pile of books on my arm weighed more every minute. I only realised at the counter that I had my pile pretty much only contained political or at least non-fictional books which is usually not my go-to genre. But in all honesty, we live in times that call for a re[...]

10 documentaries to change how you see the world

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What I love about documentaries is that they open a window onto new people, places and cultures. Film makers can take you to locations that it might otherwise be difficult, if not impossible, to access. And not only do documentaries give you the opportunity to learn about life in other places, but they also have the amazing capacity to change the way we see [...]

Why you should spend your next Birthday abroad

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Once, I was traveling to a hill station near New Delhi, India, when I met a person on the bus. We started a random conversation that slowly turned into a thoughtful discussion about how we see life and perceive the existence of a parallel world. As we were about to reach our destination, I found out that it was the person's birthday on the very next day and [...]

Traveling sustainably: A Green trip to Hamburg

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We all know it: traveling is a wonderful thing. Period. But it is often also full of contradictions and dilemmas. To me, some of the biggest of these are to justify all the pollution and problems it can cause. To put it bluntly, I wonder often if we have to harm our planet in order to discover its beauty. I don’t know; one sounds antithetical to the other, d[...]

Digital Detox: Should you leave your phone switched off while traveling?

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Peeps, we need to talk about phones! I’ve done it on numerous occasions: leaving my mobile switched off on travels that weren’t work related. And you know what? I didn’t have a problem with it at all; I didn’t miss refreshing my Gmail inbox every five minutes or responding to WhatsApp messages on the go. But equally, when switching it back on after my plane [...]

Travelette of the Month: Ruthie Lindsey

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Do you know why I love our globalized world so much? Because it shows me the diversity, courage and boldness of people that I’d never come across otherwise and who inspire me to be as much me as I can be. Ruthie Lindsey is one of them. Her story is remarkable and has touched me on numerous accounts in very different phases of my life, even though I’ve never [...]