Tags archives: travel

The World of Travel Perks (and How to Land Them!)

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I must have danced around the room for five minutes when I first checked into the charming Relais Christine during my assignment to review hotels in Europe this past November. That spiral staircase, that view of the Latin Quarter's rooftops, that huge hotel bed and spacious room made my New York apartment look like a basement water closet. While living in th[...]

Hotels We Love: Kata Rocks, Phuket

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For a while now, I've been fighting Phuket's corner. I lived there for nearly three months in 2012 and it featured heavily in the Southeast Asia leg of my RTW travels in 2011. It may not be idyllic Thailand and it certainly doesn't offer a break away from it all but it does have some great advantages. Here are some of them: 1. It's easy and relatively aff[...]

A Letter to the Ghosts of Travel Friends Past

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In many ways, the collapse of our friendship feels like a one night stand where I play the part of the overtly romantic person who seems to think our exchange meant the world and you play the role of the one who woke up early and simply walked away. I know it’s more complicated than that – as most things in life tend to be – but to have traveled together see[...]

Through the Eyes of: Crystal Brindle

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New Zealand is beautiful - even if you haven't been there yet, we all know that much. Images of its mountains, coasts, country, and lakes saturate the internet and people rave about how clean, green, and natural everything looks. Although photos can't possibly do its beauty justice, many photographers try of course. As a New Zealander, I can say that Crystal[...]

Why markets should always be on your itinerary

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Over the years I have developed a good strategy for traveling new cities and new countries, and local markets have definitely made it onto the list of things to do when discovering a new place. I blame it on my students years, when travel money was short and spending it on admission tickets or eating in restaurants was rather a singular treat than a regular [...]

Get your phone ready for travel

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Hands up if you're a Fandroid?!? I knew it wasn't just me! While I loved my iPhone 3GS back in the day, for the last 3 years I've been more than happy with my Android phone which does everything an iPhone does and cost me almost a third of what the latest iPhone does. I'm currently the proud owner of a LG Nexus 5 but also have a soft spot for Samsung phones.[...]

Confessions of a Recovering Travel Addict

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"It's been a month since my last flight... Hi, my name's Frankie and I'm a recovering travel addict." I woke up this morning and realised something scary. I don't have my next trip booked. I don't have any plans to leave the country where I now live. And I don't know where my next journey will take me or if I'll even go abroad again this year. It w[...]

How to road trip on the Alentejo Coast, Portugal

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Road trips. Those words immediately conjure thoughts of carefree holidays, following the open road as far as the eye can see, aiming for the horizon with great tunes and not stopping until you stumble upon a gorgeous beach or a river to cool off in. And with the cold of winter setting in for us in the European northern hemisphere, it’s only natural for us to[...]

10 Things To Do in Lucca

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Do you remember when I took over the Travelettes' Instagram account and took you all with me to Tuscany for a long and lazy weekend near Lucca at the end of last month? We had fun, didn't we? Alright, I admit it's possible I had more fun than you but hey, you could have been somewhere warmer, sunnier and closer to more delicious foods than a girl can eat [...]

Why I love to travel with the girls

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They say your friends are the family you choose and if that’s the case, I’m more than happy to take all the credit for the family I’ve built around me and in particular, the girls I've welcomed into my life. My female friendships have always held a special place in my heart. Good girlfriends will see us at our best and worst, will laugh and cry with us, will[...]