Tags archives: inspiration

The Unity Express - a once in a lifetime journey

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My day job (oh yes, unfortunately this Travelette has to earn her crust before escaping to foreign paradises) is connected with innovation and sustainability so I’m constantly meeting with people who have great projects and ideas for the world. One project I came across recently is called The Unity Express and I thought that some of you might be interested i[...]

An ode to Christchurch

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A devastating  6.3 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand's bustling city, Christchurch, on February 22nd 2011. News coverage dominated all Australian television and the reports drove in how devastating the damage was: 300 were reported missing and the damage is estimated to be between $10 - $12 billion. Rescue workers worked hard to reach buried survivors and[...]

Sounds of Stockholm - a documentary

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I love Stockholm, the Swedes, their fashion sense and last but not least their music. The Swedes seem to be successful at everything they do, and the country has produced an amazing amount of great artists despite its modest size. I'm sure you've heard about Robyn, the Hives, Lykke Li, The Tallest Man on Earth, Mando Diao, the Cardigans, ABBA, Refused and ma[...]

The ABC of preparing Ceviches

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Ceviches is a fish dish typically found in the coastal regions of South America. Whilst I was volunteering in Peru it became a staple part of my diet and a dish I love to prepare when I want to eat something a little more exotic. Ceviches can be prepared in many ways but this recipe is how my Peruvian host family taught me to cook it so it’s the one I stick [...]

Robin Street Market: travel from your armchair

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The rain is lashing down outside, it’s cold and gloomy, you’re wrapped up in a blanket next to a roaring fire dreaming of far away countries with exotic sun, bustling markets full of unique items, taste-bud tantalising and exciting cuisines being thrust upon you… it all seems like a world away when you’re at home after work, surfing the net checking up on th[...]

Born to love Melbourne

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Melbourne is a city I’ve been to a couple of times prior to my recent long-haul backpacking trip, however family duties overshadowed any chance of wild running around the city, but this all changed when I was backpacking- I was able to decadently enjoy/drink/eat/shop (on a small scale), generally revel in all of Melbourne’s delights. And there was a hell of [...]

‘Flying by the Seat of my Pants’ and other great travel books

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I recently read this collection of short travelling stories compiled by Don George for Lonely Planet, and it was truly inspirational for me to take chances and plunge into the unknown of the world! Some of the funniest experiences can come from when you are running loose in a foreign country and the anthology includes tales from unusual destinations and circ[...]

Through the eyes of… Romeika Cortez

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Our most recent discovery of inspiring travel photographers is Romeika Cortez, whose delicate eye for the beauty of things has contributed to the production of a collection of impressive photographs. Her photography manages to evoque sensations of peace an quiet in a city as bustling as Paris. Romeika is a 27 year-old journalist, born and raised in Brazil bu[...]

Food Blogs from Italy

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Dear Travelettes, Preparing for an upcoming trip usually means a lot of reading. Be it in guidebooks, articles, blogs, forums - going into your trip well prepared much increases your chances of seeing all the good stuff and not missing out on stuff the brochure from your hotel doesn't mention. And so it is that for my trip to Italy in 4 weeks I've begu[...]

Inspiring women who travel - Margaret Moth

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I came across Margaret Moth while looking for outstanding photojournalists. Unfortunately the news of her existance came to me accompanied with the news of her recent death in March 2010. As I was very touched by this woman's story, I want to share it with those among you who might be unfamiliar with her. "Life is like tennis. You have no choice over how [...]