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Ask most people who’ve been bitten by the travel bug the age-old question, “Where to next?” and they’ll probably have a confident reply ready. Unless they haven’t sealed the deal and booked the ticket quite yet, in which case the answer could be an extensive bucket list – one which, like a daily to-do list, keeps chopping and changing as our priorities shift through the evolving cycle of this funny …

[ Written by Alex | 7 Mar 2015 | 22 Comments | ]

“It’s been a month since my last flight… Hi, my name’s Frankie and I’m a recovering travel addict.”

I woke up this morning and realised something scary. I don’t have my next trip booked. I don’t have any plans to leave the country where I now live. And I don’t know where my next journey will take me or if I’ll even go abroad again this year.
It wasn’t a conscious decision not …

[ Written by Frankie | 2 Mar 2015 | 45 Comments | ]

I blame it on Lonely Planet. Had I not grabbed that Buenos Aires guidebook in my hostel and sat down next to the handsome Italian with the certain je ne sais quoi I would have never gotten involved beyond a cursory glance and passing smile. Yet, I did get involved and as is the case with travel in general, I let myself drink the Kool-aid of a romance found on …

[ Written by Nikki | 10 Feb 2015 | 24 Comments | ]

I haven’t lived in the UK for more than a few months since 2011. That’s a bit of a long time. While there are many things I don’t miss – the way rain is drawn to that country like a magnet, the dire TV options on a Saturday night (bring back Blind Date and The Generation Game, I say!), and how last orders still seems to come before 11.30pm in …

[ Written by Frankie | 2 Feb 2015 | 18 Comments | ]

“I’ve been invited to speak at a conference in Portugal this March,” I casually say to Tom as we’re sitting on the couch, watching episodes of Fargo. “Is it okay if I go?”
Of course, I don’t need his permission to travel at all; I’m an independent woman, and travel is part of my job. Even if his answer was a sweet, polite, “I’d really rather you stay home,” I’d still …

[ Written by Katka | 30 Jan 2015 | 8 Comments | ]

Admittedly, Iran, the beautiful country by the Persian Gulf, hasn’t had the best press coverage lately. All prejudice aside though: Iran’s magic will haunt you in a wonderful orientalist kind of way. Think Scheherazade – and the great Sufi poet Rumi!
In Iran, the lemons are sweet and the oranges are sour. There are snow-covered peaks and sunny beaches, lush forests and vast deserts. People are warm and welcoming. Iran is a backpackers’ …

[ Written by guest | 17 Jan 2015 | 28 Comments | ]

I love the Internet, I do. And not just because of Spotify, YouTube or Grumpy Cat.
I love the Internet because it connects me with great minded folk who inspire, support and care about what I do with my time. Monika Kanokova is one of these people. We met on a social network (of course), she discovered that I was an indie author, and she asked to interview me for …

[ Written by Frankie | 15 Jan 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

The elephant flapped her ears, pawed the ground and looked very annoyed. The eyes of all the occupants of the six vehicles present swept from the elephant at the waterhole to the newly arrived (and apparently offending) Land Rover. We waved our arms trying to get the driver’s (not the elephant’s) attention, drew fingers across our necks and mimed turning a large key in the air. Finally, after what seemed …

[ Written by guest | 7 Jan 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

You know what the most liked Instagram picture of 2014 is? A picture of Kim Kardashian and Kayne West’s wedding. Yeah, that’s right. We decided we needed to chip in some blue-sky-cocktails-crystal-ocean pictures to make up for that apparent lack of pictures from the road on this world’s social media charts.
(Our most liked Instagram picture by the way was London’s skyline with the Shard.)

2014 was a year filled with passport …

[ Written by Caroline | 29 Dec 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Quite surely, most of you have never heard of this beautiful place, but the Derawan Islands in Indonesia have taken my heart by storm. Not as famous as other destinations in Indonesia, they still have a lot to offer. They are located just off the east coast of Borneo (also named Kalimantan by the locals) and comprise dozens of islands. I visited four which are also the most popular among …

[ Written by guest | 17 Dec 2014 | 4 Comments | ]