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10 Reasons to Love Hanoi

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Hanoi was the final city I visited in South East Asia, and after six months exploring the region, it quickly became my favourite. For me, Hanoi was a city I'd love to live in. The old district is beautifully falling to pieces in the most elegant way possible, there's a series of gorgeous lakes, amazing food and shopping galore. I used Hanoi as a base to expl[...]

15 Ways to Feel like a Traveller in your own Home

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We all know that feeling of post-travel blues. You return home, full of stories and adventures, and after the initial joy of reuniting with your family and friends, it all wears off, and you are once again dreaming of hitting the road, seeking new unknown places. I’ve been guilty of this feeling every time I have come back from a trip, but this time I decid[...]

Haka Tours: Not your average group travel

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Have you ever wanted to swim with 400 dolphins in Kaikoura, swing Tarzan-like through canyons, or go skydiving over the Southern Alps? These are the things that the most ambitious bucket lists are made of and with a small company in New Zealand, you can easily cross a few life goals off your own list. Haka Tours is a tour operator owned by a team of passiona[...]

10 Amazing Places to Shop Christmas Gifts

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The holidays are just around the corner. And while that certainly signals the time for bundling up in oversized sweaters and sipping warm beverages, it also means the season of giving is upon us! We’ve been your go-to guide for gifts before and this year we’ve rounded up 10 of the most awesome places to shop all things Christmas in Europe. Shopping for gi[...]

A beginner's guide to Russia

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Matryoshkas, Vodka, Communism. If these are your first associations with Russia, think again. The world's largest country in terms of land area has far more to offer than that. So don't let yourself be intimidated by what you hear on the news. Don't fear the language barrier. Here's what you need to know when you think about travelling Russia for the first t[...]

24 Tips On How To Travel On A Budget

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I like to think that I’m quite well-educated in the art of travelling on a budget. Some call it ‘travelling on a shoestring’, but I like to call it being super smart with my money and making that dollar stretch as far as I can. Stretch it till it screams! A couple of pounds saved here or there can mount up to an amount that can aid you in more adventures.[...]

The Travelettes Guide to El Nido

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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 ar[...]

Why You Should Let Travel Break Your Heart

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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 swep[...]

16 Dutch Foods You Must Try

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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 the w[...]