Tags archives: traveling-alone

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 [...]

77 signs that you're a traveller for life...

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Last weekend I travelled back to the UK from the Netherlands for a family gathering and being the nonchalant travel professional that I am, I was running (very, very) late. As I walked (ahem, raced) through Schiphol's main entrance I realised I had only eleven minutes to make it to my gate before it closed, including the dreaded walk through security. I got [...]

100 Things I've Learnt While Backpacking

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We all love to travel. It inspires us, motivates us, improves us... and provides great tales that you can share and hold in your heart for decades. Whatever your trip brings you; good times or bad times, you can be sure that'll leave a lasting impression on your and affect you more than you realise. So when you start scratching your head and thinking about w[...]