Personal Stories

How you as a tourist can help after a natural disaster

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The world's climate is changing. Natural disasters are appearing to come with higher frequency. We have recently seen several huge hurricanes in the Atlantic that had a peak this summer, plus flooding in Europe and China and the earthquake in Haiti. If we don't change how we treat Mother Nature drastically, this is probably just a starting point. But how wil[...]

On Buying My First Van For Australian #vanlife

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Back in 2019 I interviewed three ladies whom I described as 'modern nomads' - women who live and travelled in a van. The freedom and simplicity afforded to them by their lifestyle choice had me gritting my teeth as I asked them questions through utter jealousy. I always dreamed of the day, like them, where I'd work on the road and explore the world slowl[...]

Moving abroad during the pandemic: What can you expect?

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In March of this year, I was in New Zealand. I had landed after three months in Australia, ready to commence my working holiday via. Coronavirus was, at the time, a purely European issue - and despite being from the UK, I naively assumed it would never reach the Southern Hemisphere. Since we all lived through it, I'm sure you can guess what happened next.[...]

Erasmus in Spain - 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 Cadiz. 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 nor[...]

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[...]

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[...]