Personal Stories

An ode to the happiest year of my life

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It was 2014. I was 21 years old and living my best life, cut off from the rest of the world and enjoying daily sunsets in Cádiz. It was my Erasmus year in Spain. Everyone had told me how incredible this year would be, that I would be carefree, a social butterfly set out to see the world. They were right. There I was, falling in love with the Spanish l[...]

How Coronavirus Has Me Feeling as a Traveler... and as an American

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Seven years ago, 21-year-old Emily was heading off for her first solo trip abroad (to Vietnam) when the word “travel insurance” was dropped in one of the friendly emails from the adventure travel group I’d signed up with. Travel insurance? Huh? Wasn’t that a thing for old worrywarts? I had no intention of purchasing travel insurance, and I thought that was n[...]

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[...]

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[...]

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 curve[...]

Travelette of the Month: Nicola Lavin - Traveling with Lyme Disease (and Infectious Positivity)

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Travelling can be exhausting and tough on the body even if you're in the height of health. But spare a thought for those with chronic pain or illness who either can't travel, or face a whole heap of challenges to do so. Nicola Lavin, from Galway in Ireland, is one such traveller. Having caught Lyme disease from a tick as a teenager, she spent years livi[...]

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[...]