Personal Stories

Tragedy on the Road: Pippa Bacca

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A friend and I were talking about hitch-hiking when I first heard about Pippa Bacca. Unfortunately the story is not particularly encouraging or uplifting, but one I feel is necessary to share with Travelettes. (To read the New York Times article where I got most of my information, click here.) In 2008, Italian performance artists Pippa Bacca and Silv[...]

Volunteering in India: feedback letter by Sigrid from Norway

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Last week we published an article on volunteering abroad, filling you in on your options on how to take part in a volunteer program without spending horrendous amounts of money. In reply to the article reached us an email by a girl from Norway called Sigrid Bjorbekkmo who told us about her experience with a program offering volunteering in India for money. [...]

Road trip!!!

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Dear Travelettes, the other day, as I was chatting with my homeboy Anthony over in Austin, Texas a subject came up that has long been on top of my list-of-things-to-do-before-i-die-or-get-married. For dramatic effect I will recreate the conversation. Anthony: Dude, I have girl trouble, I might need some advice on this. Katja: Dump her, Anthony, she is[...]

Travelettes – the survey: The catastrophe day

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A while ago, the travelettes asked you to answer some of our most burning questions in a survey. We wondered about your best and worst travel experiences, about failures and mishaps as well as the time when you laughed and loved on the road. Many of you told us about wonderful travel experiences, but some also missed your flights, were robbed and one poor gi[...]

Culture Shock: USA TO DEUTSCHLAND

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In my photography I have a tendency to view everything as an alien might, snapping pictures mainly of things involving repetition or orderly shapes. This outlook on life made it extremely easy for me to photograph Berlin when I arrived at Alt Tegel airport. The first thing I learned: Germans love their recycling. The most difficult part of the recycli[...]

World trip journal - flashbacks of a trip around the world.

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When in September 2005 I embarked on a trip around the world I left with great plans and ambitions. To let all my friends at home know how I was getting on and about all the stuff that happened to me along the way I would email them - first regularly, then more and more scarcely. I will publish those emails here for you guys to hear my story. Maybe it'll ins[...]

a tribute to a lost backpack

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dear travelettes, today is a sad day as just 10 minutes ago every hope of getting my lost india-luggage returned was taken from me. this means saying goodbye to a 30gb ipod, a brand new nokia n86, a new 100ml bottle of burberry perfume, a very cute longchamp bag and most importantly - an amazing, out-of-this-world, ubercool manish arora top (see photo). [...]

Ngawang: Story of a political refugee from Tibet becoming a nun in India

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Travel is the best time to educate yourself about what's going on in the rest of the world, it's often enough to simply keep an open mind and look at all the options out there. When I learned that it was OK to visit the Tibetan nuns in McLeod Ganj, India, I didn't hesitate to take advantage of this unique opportunity. I was eager to get to know the women the[...]

Tamar: a modern gypsy

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Tamar, 26, Mcleod Ganj Tamar is originally from Israel but left the country at the age of 5 when her family moved to Canada. She's been traveling and living in India for 2 years. Travelettes: Tell us about your India trip so far. Tamar: I came here 2 years ago and at first I just traveled around to all sorts of places all over the country. Somew[...]

Violette - waiting for no one

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Violette, 31, Kochi Violette works at a publishing house in Paris and has been traveling south India on her own for the past 2 weeks. This interview was conducted on the night before her return to France. Travelettes: Tell us about your trip so far. Violette: I arrived with a friend and 2 of her friends. Somehow we split very early because already[...]