Travel Prep

Summer Camping Necessities: What to Pack, What to Leave Home

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Summer is the perfect time for a camping trip… warm weather, beautiful landscapes, refreshing dips in the lake, and hopefully some days off from school or work. But for those of us used to dealing day to day in civilization, it may be difficult to pick all the right goods to pack. Here are some necessities, as well as some less obvious things that are good t[...]

Studying abroad: Parties, culture and languages

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5 years ago I made the choice to go abroad alone for the first time. Yes, I was going to be an Erasmus student (for the non-Europeans among us: exchange program initiated by the EU). The impression most have (including me) is that Erasmus students are on a semester or two long vacation with a minimum of effort studywise and a whole lot of partying with other[...]

Theft on your holiday - do's and don'ts

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So girls, Some serious BS has happened to me this past week. Last week in Amsterdam someone stole my bag from the back of my bike (while I was riding it) and then dropped it somewhere after taking out my laptop, an external hard drive with tons photos and 300 euros cash. That.....sucked. But life goes on so I bought a new Macbook and told myself that I wa[...]

‘Flying by the Seat of my Pants’ and other great travel books

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I recently read this collection of short travelling stories compiled by Don George for Lonely Planet, and it was truly inspirational for me to take chances and plunge into the unknown of the world! Some of the funniest experiences can come from when you are running loose in a foreign country and the anthology includes tales from unusual destinations and circ[...]

Europe: Perfect for first time solo-travellers!

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Looking for romance? Culture? Fun? Good food and music? Diverse landscapes and plenty of historic sights? And on top of that you want to be safe while travelling? Then Europe is the place to be! Safety Europe is - despite a few places - a very safe continent. Political stable, no war, less religious beliefs that can make travelling (especially for wome[...]

Travel-Songs: My personal Top 10

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What is a legendary road trip without the right music? Flicking through my I-Pod, there are heaps of songs that remind me of great moments and great places. Below, find my top 10 of favourite travel songs: 1. Moby - Porcelain ...Driving alone with my 4WD at the endless Cable Beach in Broome, Australia (God, I miss that car!!!) 2. KT Tunstall [...]

Travel Packing List: Boys vs. Girls

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This year, my (male) flatmate traveled through India for a few weeks. And to prepare for the trip, even this most chaotic human being on the planet spontanious contemporary made a packing list. I happened to find it in our kitchen yersterday and couldn't help but compare it with the list I had made before travelling to Australia. Ladies, forget about gend[...]

How to pack your bagpack

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Dear Travelettes, if you like to travel with a backpack rather than a suitcase you will know what a drag it can be to pack it the right way. Fitting everything can be tricky and leaving enough space for things you buy on the road is tough. There are ways to maximize space and a number of rights and wrongs when it comes to putting everything in. Rather [...]

PANIC - leaving in 5 minutes, nothing is finished

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As far as I am concerned, there are 2 breeds of women. Those who, before departing on holiday, prepare well, take notes, do research, figure out what to bring, write to-do lists etc. You might say our very own Nina is one of them as you could read here. Then there are girls like me, the ones who leave everything to the last minute and then start rotating [...]

Packing Essentials: Trench Coat season is coming

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What's the weather like when you look outside your window? Sunny? Windy? Rain? Or maybe all of the above? Living in Berlin I'm voting for the latter and from experience I know that places like London, Prague or New York are similar around this time of year. It is hence a good idea to choose your wardrobe carefully when traveling this season. Personally, I am[...]

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