Tags archives: personal-experiences

The power of saying 'No'

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As travellers, as nomads, as those who should shout YES from the rooftops and seize every opportunity that comes our way, the power of saying 'No' can seem like the opposite of what we should be believing in. We all know that by saying yes more, it’s highly likely that we’ll discover those adventures that may be waiting around the corner... yes, I'll go on [...]

Things you should know when moving to India

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Welcome to India. Now close your eyes and forget everything you thought you “just knew” about this place. Re-open your eyes. Take everything in, the entire sensory experience. India is a place that has no true description. Talking about it as a nation is great when you consider everyone standing to sing the national anthem, at the movie theater, or celebrati[...]

Travel Jobs: The Truth of being a Holiday Representative

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The life of a holiday representative is a constant party. Working with a group of other young and like-minded people, an hour or two a day in your boring hotel before the fun can really begin and you can tear up the town. Shots, drugs and sex are on top of everyone's minds all day, every day. Running your guests around the best bars and clubs your destinatio[...]

Debunking Myths about Iran

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Since I was a child, I have been lucky enough to have my twin sister by my side. She has always been the ideal partner in crime. As kids, she was the one carrying the flashlight while I was leading the way on an improvised cave exploration. As teenagers, she was the one going reverse bungee jumping with me, while all of our friends were too scared to[...]

Finding Love in San Francisco

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I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to San Francisco, CA. The trip was all about love, but not in the two-people-fall-in-love kind of way; it was about one woman (me) and one city (San Francisco).  I have been to the City by the Bay before as a tourist on my first ever solo trip, as a cheerleader when my mom ran the Nike Women's Marathon, and as a tour[...]

11 Misconceptions about Travelers in their Twenties

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Take any cruise, bus tour or group trip, and you’re bound to witness both sides of the travel world: the millennials and, well, everyone else. From rope swings to festive dances, the millennials, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, gladly step into the limelight, and ask their fellow non-millennial travelers “Would you mind taking a photo?” Grimacing, the non-[...]

5 favourite travel souvenirs and their stories

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5 favourite travel souvenirs and their stories To me traveling is like going out there on a mission to collect moments. I leave in excitement and somewhat uncertainty and come back, having gathered all those new experiences and ideas. Whatever may have happened en route, I know more than before. About myself, about others, about this beautiful and str[...]

Awkward hostel sex stories from our readers

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A couple of days ago I read a story that was posted to the Travelettes FB group and couldn't believe what I was reading. It was one of these hostel horror stories that made me bless every single dorm experience I've ever had. Lying awake all night in the bunk bed underneath the guy who was snoring like there was no tomorrow was nothing. Neither was trying to[...]

Nutella Crepes for Dinner: the Week I Spent on a Cruise Ship

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My first cruise... I have to admit I’ve always been a bit suspicious of cruises. I had prejudices and no shortage of them. I don’t know where it all came from - after all I loved watching The Love Boat as a kid, just like any of us who are old enough to remember. So what did I think cruises were? 1. Old folks. I thought the majority of people booki[...]