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I’ve always been a nervous flyer, since experiencing a particularly bumpy ride into Ghana a few years ago. Lots of people have tried to help me get over my fear of flying, but the usual tactics – deep breathing, meditation tapes, anti-anxiety pills, even having a drink or two while in the air – never seemed to work.
Now I feel more comfortable on planes, but I’ve had to develop my …

[ Written by Katka | 21 May 2015 | 8 Comments | ]

Yes, this is a hotel review. But first, a story.
Two years ago, when I was living in Phuket, I spent a day on Surin Beach and because we fancied a little adrenaline rush that afternoon, we decided to go wakeboarding. My partner got in the speedboat and I got dragged out to sea behind them… willingly I should add. And mercifully, I managed to stand and wakeboard my way out …

[ Written by Frankie | 7 May 2015 | One Comment | ]

A little while ago, one of the members of our Travelettes Facebook Group asked whether anyone had tips for dealing with the bottomless despair she was feeling upon her return from an amazing trip. In the preceding months she had been discovering new places, sharing rides with strangers, living in a big collective house with like-minded folks, and gotten swept off her feet by a new love who she had …

[ Written by Marie C | 6 May 2015 | 19 Comments | ]

I recently came across a reader’s question about why people choose to solo travel. Beyond the usual reasons of discovering new cultures and destinations, this reader was curious about why one would opt to board a plane sans partner or friends. As I reflect back on my solo traveling in Argentina and look towards my future solo trips to Morocco and Vietnam, I am remembering what inspired this desire to …

[ Written by Nikki | 25 Apr 2015 | 12 Comments | ]

Yes! You’re finally on your way. Weeks, if not months of preparation have gone into planning your trip. You’re ready. No, no, you were BORN ready! This is it.
Skip forwards a few days… and now you’re miserable. Turns out that friend of yours (whether they’re your best friend, your partner, or another solo traveller you bumped into on the road) is trouble, and they’re ruining your trip. You need to find …

[ Written by guest | 23 Apr 2015 | 13 Comments | ]

On May 17, 2014 (my 24th birthday) I woke up early in Barbados. I stepped out from under the mosquito net hanging above my host’s bed and embraced the morning sun shining through the French patio doors.
I had my whole day planned (sort of): a surf lesson at Zed’s Surfing School at 10am; a short drive to St. Lawrence Gap to check out the beach, the restaurants, and the bars; …

[ Written by guest | 18 Apr 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

I believe that deep down all girls at some point want to be a princess. And while every common girl’s dream that they actually could become one got justified by Kate, I realized early that this princess business looked like too much work for my liking. I decided that once I was a grownup to look for ways to feel like a princess without having to have my hair blown …

[ Written by Annika | 1 Apr 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

Before we get started on the different Dutch foods you have to try during a visit to my adopted country of the Netherlands, I would like to ask you to undertake a little exercise. Raise your right hand to the side of your neck, keep it upright and flat as if you’re about to karate chop into your collarbone. Then wave it around a bit by your ear and say …

[ Written by Frankie | 31 Mar 2015 | 17 Comments | ]

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 | ]