Traveletting

All Aboard The Garden Route Express

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I’ve heard so many people note Cape Town as their favourite city over the years. I must admit it’s not somewhere that had really been on my radar until it started attracting attention as a “digital nomad’ hotspot a few years back - and as such many Europeans and Americans arrived to brave out the northern hemisphere winter in the superior warmth [...]

On loving and leaving Travelettes

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I was 21 and in my third year of a journalism degree in London. I was moving house (shoebox) every couple of weeks, did a 30-hour job on "the side" and in between, I sent out emails, applications and pitches like my life depended on them and it sort of did. Usually, I wouldn't get an answer, but if I did, it'd be something like, Thanks for getting in touch b[...]

Five Tried and Tested Eco-Friendly Travel Products

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Is your New Year's resolution to become more eco-friendly and minimise your impact on the planet? Mine too! Truth be told - I've actually been trying to live more environmentally conscious for a while now. But with the out-of-control bushfires here in Australia and a climate crisis in full force right around the world, this year I need to get even more se[...]

What I wish I had known before traveling to Japan

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I consider myself to be a seasoned traveler whom, apart from Antartica, has been to all continents numerous times and who doesn't usually shy away from a new country, even when it seems a bit daunting from the outside. Daunting is however a pretty good word to describe the way I've been feeling about Japan these 37 years and even though a part of me was eage[...]

A Complete (and honest) Guide to Getting a Visa in Portugal: Part Three

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I call this: The Imposstil-ble Roadblock. Well folks, we hit a major bump in the road this week. And when you’re staring at the calendar with only five business days left in the USA, bumps become VERY SCARY. How did said bump occur? Well, I’d like to blame the visa application company VFS, and their confusing customer service line, but it’s most like[...]

To All Those Who Won't Be Home for Christmas

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I won't be home for Christmas. For the first time ever. Now don’t go reading this and get depressed, or start thinking this is going to be a sad, pity-filled bit of words. Give me a chance. While yes, I will indeed NOT be going home this Christmas like the iconic song, I’m not searching for pity. In fact, if you’ve ever questioned how many friends[...]

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 CE[...]

An Ode to the Humble Window Seat

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Whether peppered with raindrops or sparkling through sun rays, the window seat remains unbiased. That is to say, there is no right experience to have from a window seat, and more so that once you take the seat, the seat takes you… of sorts Through dark tunnels and villages that whizz past with just a flash of blotched vibrance; and rooftops that cur[...]

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