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A backpacker community living on a paradise island, far removed from the hustling tourist hordes of the mainland – sound familiar? Considering that Alex Garland lived in the Philippines for six months before penning his backpacker classic The Beach, it wasn’t a surprise to learn that there are more beautiful beaches and undeveloped islands in this magical archipelago than you can shake a stick at. You could quite happily spend …

[ Written by Alex | 21 Jun 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

If someone who had never been to England were to make a montage of typically British experiences, I can just imagine what it might involve (cue a mish-mash of red phone booths, getting caught in the rain and bumping into the Queen, Kate and Will or David Beckham on your way to the shops).
However, there are two stereotypes that maybe do hit a little close to home. We drink a …

[ Written by Alex | 4 Jun 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

Over the years I have not only traveled to quite a bit, I have also moved to quite a few places. Moving seems normal when you are from a small German town with no university and not many career prospects. However, most of my high school friends moved away to nearby cities to study and came home every weekend to have mom do their laundry. Eventually, they would find a …

[ Written by Annika | 1 Jun 2015 | 14 Comments | ]

You are a traveler and you ‘suffer’ from wanderlust. You’ve already seen half the globe and aim for the whole thing before you are forty. Or thirty. You speak at least two languages and you know how to make small talk in at least three more. Your Facebook friends include people from every continent and there is a big chance that you don’t even remember how you met half of …

[ Written by guest | 29 May 2015 | 13 Comments | ]

I was about to visit Asia for the first time, and of course I had certain things in mind, when I thought about Japanese culture and its people. Still, I didn’t really know what to expect. I am not a big planner and think that it doesn’t matter how much research and planning you do in advance – the experience itself is the thing that counts and without too much planning your experience …

[ Written by guest | 26 May 2015 | One Comment | ]

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 | 9 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 | 20 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 | 14 Comments | ]