Tags archives: traveling-alone

‘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[...]

Nomad tales - leaving the road, finding a home

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My love for travel always involves some serious complications because, for the most part, I don't have a "home base". This means constantly moving from place to place with a a roughly outlined plan and a frustrating amount of baggage... so maybe that makes me a nomad. Have you ever felt this way? If so then you've probably experienced some unexpected trials [...]

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[...]

When the drugs don't work

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Picture this: You’re backpacking alone in a tropical exotic country, far far away from home with all its comforts, amidst language barriers that are amusingly out in full force, travelling with companions randomly met on your journey… then you wake up at 2am throwing up last nights stir-fried chicken and vegetables with a fever and feeling like you’ve been f[...]

New York, I love you (but you're bringing me down)

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New York and I have been enjoying a love/hate relationship ever since I first set foot in this town at the tender age of 18, equipped with a homemade ID stating that I was 22 and a grand appetite to discover all things Americana. Before moving there in summer 2006, ending my world trip that had just taken me through 25 countries and 5 continents, I had on[...]

Wheeling around Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Exploring a new place epitomizes all the excitement of traveling: discovering tiny corners and allies which reveal hidden treasures of cafes/stalls/wall art, places you would never have discovered until you got away from tours and strike out alone. However, it can also be tres boring if your trapped in the midday sun, traipsing around with a map that you dis[...]

How to.... make friends while traveling

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Here you go. You did it. You brought up the courage to leave friends, family and everything else behind to go traveling the world all by yourself. Bravo for that! Now all you have to do is meet new people and have a good time, right? The people you meet while traveling have a huge impact on your trip. Hang with the right crowd and you will have the time o[...]

Bangkok: To Khao San Road, and step on it!

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I knew it would happen, it was inevitable. As I had mentioned before, I definitely hadn't faced the reality of the extent of my trip and it all just seemed like a dream that would never be fully undertaken... until I peeped out the plane window and was faced with an alien Thai landscape. Then it hit me: the inevitable fear. Cue a mini stroke with the cold ha[...]

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