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Attending the first ever Social Travel Summit in Leipzig

by Audrey April 19, 2014

This past week I travelled to Leipzig, Germany to attend the first ever Social Travel Summit. Also known as #STSLeipzig across much of social media, this summit brought together a mixture of travel bloggers, writers, broadcasters, PRs, DMOs, and influencers in the industry for 2 action packed days of learning, networking, idea sharing, and yes, great parties. I know most of you likely come here to read about travel destinations, however, I thought it would be interesting to write about the other side of the industry – not just the sun-kissed beaches and the lush green rice terraces – but [...]

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Berlin’s Museum Island: The ‘It’ Place for Art Lovers!

by Audrey April 14, 2014

It has certainly been a while since I spent this much time in art galleries and museums! Now that I travel with Sam, my travels are mostly centred around local food and outdoor activities, however, there was a time when my idea of travel was going to an art gallery, people watching at an outdoor cafe, popping over to a history museum, and then making my way to yet another cafe… This past week I had one of my friends visit me in Berlin and I reverted back to my old ways. Rebecca flew in from London and on one [...]

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Finland in the Summer? Discovering the Kimitoön Archipelago

by Audrey April 10, 2014

Let’s admit it – when we think of Finland, summertime travel isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Before I travelled to Finland last summer, I associated the country with the northern lights, Santa Claus, the snow-covered trees of Lapland, and cute reindeer. Am I far off the mark? Not necessarily as that does paint a partial picture of Finnish winters, however, there’s a completely different side of Finland to discover. I’m talking about summer in the coastal and archipelago regions! Nature all around you Finland is nothing short of idyllic in the summertime. I spent most of my time [...]

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Update from Berlin!

by Audrey April 6, 2014

So…I’m not in Asia anymore! After a year of teaching in Korea and another year of travelling around Southeast Asia, I now find myself in Europe. Berlin to be precise. I’m planning to spend a month in Berlin followed by a few little weekend trips to other cities around Germany, but before I start writing about Berlin more in depth, I first wanted to introduce you to the city via a few Instagram snaps I’ve been taking:   This is what my neighbourhood in Prenzlauer Berg looks like. I love the creams and pastels along the street and I also [...]

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My 1-Month Vietnam Travel Itinerary

by Audrey April 4, 2014

I was determined to experience as much of Vietnam as possible during my 1 month of travel through the country. My journey started in Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam, and over the course of my 4 weeks there, I slowly worked my way north to Hanoi via buses and trains. Covering a total of 7 destinations, this was definitely one of my busiest months of travel in Southeast Asia, however, I also feel that this pace allowed me to thoroughly experience Vietnam as a whole. For anyone planning a similar trip across the length of the country, here’s [...]

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The Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Chiang Mai

by Audrey March 29, 2014

Over the course of my year travelling in Southeast Asia, I have spent a considerable amount of time living and eating my way around Chiang Mai. One of the first things I noticed about this city is that it is very health conscious – I don’t think I have ever been to a place where the words vegetarian, vegan, and wheatgrass shots appear in so many menus – but that’s Chiang Mai for you. Healthy, raw, and delicious! For anyone heading out to Chiang Mai, here are a few of my favourite vegetarian friendly restaurants in the city: Dada Kafe [...]

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A day spent feeding, bathing, and marvelling at Elephants

by Audrey March 24, 2014

One of the things that I was most looking forward to in Thailand was getting to see elephants, so just a few days before bidding Chiang Mai farewell, I finally made it over to the Elephant Nature Park. Set in the lush countryside of Northern Thailand, the Elephant Nature Park is both a rescue centre and a sanctuary that is currently home to 37 elephants: 32 of them females and 5 of them males. Each of the elephants at ENP has a unique story to tell, and while some of the younger ones were lucky enough to be born in this [...]

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Contest: Explore Cuba, Still Definitely Different

by Audrey March 24, 2014

Today’s contest is brought to you by the Cuba Travel Network. Well, this could be the perfect excuse to play an April Fool’s joke on your friends. The Cuba Travel Network has a good sense of humour and they have recently launched a travel contest that could have you and a friend on an all expenses paid trip to Cuba. What are they asking for? They want you to play a prank on your friend over text message where you tell them you have to cancel whatever plans you’ve made together because you’ve booked yourself a last minute trip to [...]

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Getting all ‘touristy’ in Istanbul

by Audrey March 20, 2014

There’s a bit of a stigma among experienced travellers when it comes to visiting ‘touristy spots’. All this talk of ‘finding off-the-beaten-track places’ and ‘seeking out local hideaways’ sometimes makes me feel like I’m somehow being a bad traveller if I only visit the main attractions…but when did the top attractions somehow become second class attractions? Would you go to Berlin and not visit the East Side Gallery? To Prague and not walk across Charles Bridge? To Paris and not visit the Eiffel Tower? These places may be considered touristy, but for good reason! They’ve earned themselves the title and [...]

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Singapore: An Innovative, Artistic, and Liveable City

by Audrey March 18, 2014

Singapore is a destination that completely took me by surprise. Based on the descriptions I had heard from certain locals and visitors, I shouldn’t have liked this city state at all. They described it as a dull, orderly, expensive, and over-surveilled concrete jungle that wasn’t worth lingering in. While I can see a sliver of truth behind these statements, I think it’s a bit harsh to wither the city down to that. Yes, Singapore is more expensive than the rest of Southeast Asia, but business is booming here and there are so many cool start-ups pushing new ideas. Yes, Singapore [...]

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Sipping Singapore Slings at the Raffles Hotel

by Audrey March 16, 2014

“Would you like me to clear the table for you, madame?” With one swoop of his arm he brushed the peanut shells off the table and they fell to the growing pile on the floor. I stared at the waiter with mild horror and walked towards my seat crunching the peanut shells under my feet. Did he really just do that? I had come to the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel for the same reason everyone else does; to sip on a Singapore Sling in the very hotel where the drink was invented in the early 1900s. Inside the [...]

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Just chilling out in Bali

by Audrey March 14, 2014

I recently spent two weeks in Bali and while I have very few photos to show for it, I really really enjoyed my time on the island! The past few months have been quite action packed – perhaps we’ve been trying to see too much in too little time – however things changed when we got to Bali. We purposely chose hotels that were a little removed from the center of town, and most importantly, hotels that had nice big swimming pools! I had a total of 2 days of sightseeing around the island, and the rest of the time [...]

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There’s a Place in…Goa

by Audrey March 11, 2014

Today’s post is a fun interview with Rachel who blogs over at Hippie in Heels. Rachel has been enjoying expat life in Goa, India and she wanted to share her tips and insights about life in the hippie beach state. Take it away, Rachel! You’re currently living in India. How did you end up there and why did you choose Goa? I came to India about a year and a half ago on a solo “I want to find myself” backpacking trip. I never in a million years thought I’d be living in India at any point! Just two weeks before [...]

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Defying Mount Batur: Climbing an Active Volcano in Bali

by Audrey March 4, 2014

12:40 a.m. 1:22 a.m. 2:11 a.m. I kept waking up all night thinking of my impending doom. It all started when I went for a walk around Ubud on my first day in Bali. Wandering up and down the streets photographing ornate doorways and temples, I came across a sign offering treks up an active volcano. An active volcano? That certainly caught my attention. Indonesia is laden with volcanoes, but how often do you get to climb one? With my curiosity piqued, I went into the travel agency and got a bit more information about the excursion – a 3:00 [...]

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Petra: Journeying into the Lost City

by Audrey February 28, 2014

There are some places so special that it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen them in documentaries, textbooks or postcards, they still manage to exceed all of your expectations. For me, Petra was that place. The long walk down The Siq was both a history lesson and a time to marvel at nature as we entered like minuscule ants into the mouth of the great canyon. It’s no wonder Petra remained lost and forgotten to much of the Western world for as long as it did – enclosed by towering rocks and accessible via a long, narrow canyon, this [...]

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