Tags archives: traveling-alone

The Thrills and Frills of a Solo Traveller

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There's something about being alone that makes us uncomfortable. It is odd, offbeat and scary. Just the thought of getting on the plane alone, while silently hoping that our neighbor won't be clumsy or rude, is enough to turn some people away from solo travel. The thought of getting off the plane in a new environment, without any familiar faces to look into,[...]

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[...]

Tips for the First Time Solo Traveler

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It's raining outside in New York City as I sit at my favorite local coffee shop, Madame SouSou, in Astoria and write alongside a foamy cappuccino and mason jar of pink roses. As the petals fall on my keyboard, swirling around with the wind sneaking in from the front door, I find myself somewhere between nostalgic reflections of my first time solo traveling[...]

8 fears of travel and how to overcome them

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For those of you who are thinking of embarking on their first big backpacking trip, and those who have got their mitts on their first long haul flight, there can be a number of worries and trepidations running through your mind. You'll be jetting off far from loved ones, depending on yourself, carrying your possessions on your back like a turtle, responsi[...]

Hotels we love: Fellah Hotel, Tassoultante

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Today I'm working from bed. And no, thanks for worrying, but I'm not sick, I'm just traveling and I need to get some stuff done. I think the myth that travel writers frequently work on the beach has been thoroughly debunked – too much sun, sand, and distractions holding a surfboard. However there are some spots that I think excellent for writing while on the[...]

Beirut Diaries: The thing with new beginnings

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The thing with new beginnings is that you can never be quite sure whether taking the risk was worth it until you’re all happy and settled in. I’ve had a lot of new beginnings over the years so I knew that feeling low without any legitimate reason in the first few days, questioning that entire decision and feeling like you’ll never fit in anywhere (pardon me,[...]

American Girl in Italy: The Travel Story Behind the Iconic Picture

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A striking young woman, draped in a wide shawl, majestically walks up a street corner in Florence. Fifteen Italian men are looking at her, captivated (some manifesting their interest in a more subtle manner than others). This is American Girl in Italy by Ruth Orkin, and it is one of the most famous street photographs of the 20th century. © Ruth Orkin, used [...]

Why I prefer to travel alone

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Frankie beautifully described in her Valentine's post the pros and cons of travelling with a partner. Since I don't have a boyfriend or preferred travel buddy I am here to tell you how awesome travelling on your own is. I think the most common argument why people don't travel is either “I don't have money” or “I don't have anyone to go with”. While money [...]

50 Reasons Why It Might Be Time To Go Home

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I love to travel, so please don’t let the title of this post make you think otherwise! But if you’re a traveller who tends to take fatty chunks of time off to live the life of a backpacking nomad, you’ll understand that sometimes it can get to the point where you can feel, in your gut, that it is just time to go home. And hey, that’s ok! I remember after 8 m[...]

The Piano Man of New York City

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Most of us are – hopefully – happy or at least content with the way their lives go; chasing their dreams with more or less commitment. But what do you do if you feel like this just isn't the way you've planned it, that there is something more to the monotonous everyday routine? Let me introduce you to the "world's happiest man", whose ambitions now made him [...]