Author archives: Eleni

What it's like to be first black woman to travel to all of the countries in the world

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When it comes to travelling around the world, Jessica Nabongo has nailed. The 35-year-old has completed her two-and-a-half-year epic adventure of travelling to every UN-recognised country of the world (plus 2 non-member states), becoming the first black woman to do so. Travel is in the blood of the Detroit-born Ugandan-American, as she is the founder and CEO[...]

The obsession with travelling

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We all love travelling. The fact that you're on this travel platform and clicked to read this specific post already says something. As the travel market grows and tourism booms, everybody has the travel bug. Being a digital nomad in Bali, getting your Eat, Play, Love on in Italy or roadtrippin' across Europe were once the dream. Today, they are all achievabl[...]

When being a total tourist is encouraged

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You’re probably thinking ‘what is Eleni on about?’ So many guides tell us to find the local spots and offer insider knowledge as that’s where the real magic is. I’m not arguing the opposite, in fact, I agree and I look for these guides just as much as the next person. Actually, I’m one of the people writing these guides so believe me when I say that this is [...]

What to pack for the TransSiberian railway trip

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Big trips often require big planning, yet it's bound to be worth it, right? In the case of the Transsiberian and Transmongolian railway journey, I can vouch that it will be the trip of a lifetime, one you read in the books about with almost too many experiences to take in. Preparing for it is a big task and it can seem daunting. From figuring out where you w[...]

11 things to see and do in Moscow

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No matter the season in which you visit the Russian capital, Moscow is bound to captivate you whether the Christmas lights shine on the ice rink at the Red Square or you’re basking under the sun at the evergreen Gorky park. In a city as large as this one with a history known around the globe, some guidance on what to see and do is needed to elevate your R[...]

Meet the Cypriot entrepreneur reviving a traditional profession

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As I grow older, tradition and cultural identity are two things that I increasingly cherish and admire. I look out for them not only when I’m abroad, on a quest to unearth the tales of the world but also when I’m in an all-familiar setting, one I falsely think I know too well; home. Over the last decade, if I dare I say so, I’ve noticed societies express [...]

The Travelettes guide to St Petersburg

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Before I visited St Petersburg, all I knew about it was what I had seen in the animated film ‘Anastasia’. I’m not sure what that says about me but I grew up singing ‘Journey to the Past’, feeling terrified of Rasputin’s character and in complete awe of how aristocratic the city looked. In the summer of 2019 when I visited it for the first time, I got to expl[...]

Fengaros: the Cypriot festival bringing music to a rural village

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Summer in Cyprus means way more than simply lounging at the beach and surviving the heat. Sure, hustling through daily life at 40 degrees is no easy task but the summer months on the island also mean it’s the festival season! Kato Drys was an unknown village to most before Fengaros Festival took over and rebirthed it. Many locals hadn’t even visited the v[...]

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