Traveletting

What it’s like living in a tourism-dependent country

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Up until my mid-teens, I never really realized that I was living in a holiday destination as spending my summers by the beach and sharing holidays with tourists was all I knew. Thinking back, it probably hit me when I left Cyprus to go to university abroad and I found myself talking about my island’s warm weather, blue waters and popularity amongst traveller[...]

A weekend in Boston

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Boston is a city of firsts – it’s home to the first public library, the first institution of higher education, the first subway system and the first marathon was run in Boston. It was also in Boston that Alexander Bell invented the first ever telephone. Because of this, the city is steeped in history and has a rich heritage which surpasses that of many other[...]

5 simple ways to reduce your plastic use whilst traveling

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It was when I was living out in the Middle East that I really got to thinking about my plastic use. I’ve not always been conscious of it. Over the past couple of years, with the help of the media focus on plastic use, I have become extremely aware of how much I use and the impact on our environment. The reason I got to thinking about it when I was liv[...]

Small Town, Big World

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In case my frequent use of the word “y’all” and my knowledge of John Deere tractors didn’t give it away, it’s time I let you in on a little secret. I’m a small town girl. Raised on 26 acres in Middletown, Maryland, I was part of a school system that shut down for the county’s agricultural fair, in a town that’s home to approximately three traffic lights. B[...]

The Best of New Zealand's South Island

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Oh, New Zealand! Is there another country that packs more into such a small a space? From its rugged coasts to its long golden sandy beaches, to its towering mountains and winding rivers - its truly a country overflowing with so much phenomenal natural wonders. Wether you're seeking adventure, luxury or relaxation, New Zealand's South Island really does have[...]

Remembering Rachel: Hippie in Heels

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If you follow the travel blogging community, you will have found it hard to miss the awful news that Rachel Jones, author of the popular women's travel blog Hippie in Heels, recently passed away unexpectedly (May 2019.) Her free-spirited nature and long-running India-centric blog are incredibly well known within the worldwide travel community, and if you’ve [...]

6 common expat misconceptions

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Back in 2012 I made the HUGE decision to pack up my bags and leave everything I knew to be normal behind. I waved goodbye to my mum with all my worldly belongings rammed into one 23kg suitcase and boarded a plane to…. Saudi Arabia! My move into the expat world, turned out to be the best decision I ever made and 6 years later I’ve flitted between se[...]

6 Things You Realise When You Return Home From Traveling

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For many seasoned travellers, the most emotionally challenging part of travelling can be returning home. Why? Because reality has this sneaky way of hitting you like a short, sharp slap in the face and disappointing you like your first high school boyfriend. Even if you get to the point on the road where you feel ready to go back - craving a routine, fa[...]

A Backpacker Meets 5* Resort Luxury: What I Learnt Staying At Shangri-La Mactan

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I’m a do-er. A jam-everything-in-so-I-don’t-get-FOMO kind of traveller. Someone who would choose a sketchy night bus to combine travelling with a (poor) night’s accommodation – and, because I haven’t learnt yet, immediately follow it with a day of intense sightseeing. There’s a few downsides to this kind of travelling though. The most obvious being an[...]

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