Tags archives: personal-stories

Small Town, Big World

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In case my frequent use of the word “y’all” and my knowledge of John Deere tractors didn’t give it away, it’s time I let you in on a little secret. I’m a small town girl. Raised on 26 acres in Middletown, Maryland, I was part of a school system that shut down for the county’s agricultural fair, in a town that’s home to approximately three traffic lights. B[...]

Tips for Traveling with Anxiety

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Some people want to make us believe that travel is the cure to everything and can heal anything from a broken heart to mental issues. I don't believe that to be necessarily true and sometimes quite the opposite takes place. While travel is a big part of my life as a digital nomad, I have come to realize how hard it can be to deal with certain issues when I a[...]

The Truth Behind #Travelcouples

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We’ve all seen them. The #travelcouples. Those sun-tanned,carefree pairs traipsing through the back roads of Asia on a motorcycle, or navigating a well-appointed, vintage camper van around continental Europe. While it may be hard to spot them in real life, this species of lovebirds are taking social media by storm, instagramming every cliffside selfie[...]

A Kind World: A Collection of Short Stories From Backpackers

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In a world full of negative media and the tendency for a depressing spiral of doom and gloom to emerge after the Christmas period, it is important to expose yourself to a little positivity every now and again. If there’s anything that makes us Travelettes feel happier about life, it’s reading about travel. So what better way to spread some cheer than by r[...]

10 challenges I overcame that made my world even bigger

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Often, when you learn something new or dare to do something you haven’t done before, it opens up new possibilities. Sometimes it feels like traveling actually creates more new destinations on your travel bucket list than it actually ticks off. For each mountain you climb you find ten more - and you decide you want to try paragliding as well. When you learn t[...]

The story of Mama and Papa and the small Maldives island they loved

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Every once in a blue moon you hear of a story that makes your heart jump. The kind that sends you dreaming and that you want to share with everyone you meet. The kind of story I heard over dinner at the Sun Siyam Vilu Reef resort in the Maldives. I was just enjoying my grilled fish when Shammun, the resort's Media Manager, told me the story of Mama and Papa,[...]

Meet the Introvert Who Travels

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You know those posts about introverts you can find online? They say stuff like introverts are uncomfortable at parties, they only have one or two friends, they prefer to spend all their time indoors like hermits and they enjoy studying the world from a distance. I used to read these posts and could relate to every single one of them, or at least so I thought[...]

Dear 13-year-old me

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To say my teenage years were a rollercoaster is a massive euphemism. They were confusing, dramatic, full of absolutely pointless fears and excessive self-doubt. During a recent phone conversation with my 17-year-old sister, I thought about how cool it would be to give some advice to my 13-year-old version that would have never ever dared to believe that she [...]

Free to travel - My life without borders

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When Expedia approached us about their current campaign, running under the Hashtag #Reisefreiheit, (freedom to travel) with the request to write something relating to the reunion of East and West Germany, (October 3rd was the anniversary of the German Reunification) I was very exited. Not only was the day the wall came down still fresh in my memory, it also [...]

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