Tags archives: personal-experiences

A Sri Lankan Bus Ride

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It's about 40 degrees C. My right wrist is unable to move, jammed in between a cultrate, dusty window frame and a serious-looking guy, holding fast onto his brown leather briefcase. Two giggly schoolgirls and a lady with a colorful dress and a giant, glittery painting are tightly framing the situation. My pose actually hurts, but I just go with it. Every[...]

A Kingdom for a Whale - A Travel Story from Tonga

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I want to see a whale. More than that - I want to swim with a whale. That was my one and only reason to travel to Tonga, an island state in the South Pacific that is one of the few places worldwide where it is possible to do exactly that. And now I am standing on this boat in the middle of the ocean with nothing around me but water. I repeat, nothing. We [...]

Why my Love for travel photos exceeds my love for Travel

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“Why do you take SO many pictures?” It’s a question that I get asked all the time by multiple people and there’s definitely more than one answer. I’m a picture person.  There is no denying that. I wouldn’t say I’m great at photography, but I live for the moments that a photograph encapsulates. I also love travelling. At least I thought I loved trav[...]

10 Things to Expect as a Seasonal Worker

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Last summer I scored my first seasonal job and I loved it!  Even though it wasn't always perfect, I loved it so much I already signed up to it again during the winter and next summer.  Seasonal job opportunities are available all over the US, especially near or in National Parks and ski resorts, which need people for tons of different jobs.  If you ever get [...]

Why Mexico Is Richer Than You Think

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Living in the United States, people grow up with the idea that life in a developing country is deprived of luxury. It’s a common misconception that those countries are less fortunate financially, and therefore they must be unhappy with their lives. Perhaps we should be able to see that fortune comes in form other than bills and coins. From a distance, th[...]

I'm a Female Helicopter Pilot in Qatar and follow my Dream to Travel

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Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return. - Leonardo Da Vinci My first taste of flight occurred when I was a tiny tot. I was born into a house my family fondly referred to as ‘the old house’. It was a higgledy piggledy little house that my fa[...]

How travelling to China (almost) broke my Friendship

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When my best friend asked me to go to China with him, I was very excited - of course I'd come along! He is an entrepreneur and got invited to an expo in Hong Kong to represent Mexico. Afterwards we would have some time to travel and go to Shanghai and Beijing for some sightseeing. But everything was different than expected. We never really talked during t[...]

I'm an Introvert. And here's why that makes me a better traveller.

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“Stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don’t let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don’t force yourself to seek breadth.” ~ Susan Cain Photo by Jason Briscoe via Unsplash I've always been the quiet one. And for a lot of my life this seems to have been a great disadvantage. I've[...]

Debunking Myths about Female Solo Travel in Abu Dhabi

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One year ago, I started into 2016 with a terrific trek to Hampi and Melukote in Karnataka, and my summer was a beautiful episode spent in the Swiss Alps. Later that year, life gave me a chance to travel solo again. This time around, it was the land of sheikhs and dates, the mystical Abu Dhabi. Though it may seem that travelling and living in a Middle Eas[...]