Why you should talk to strangers when you’re abroad

Why you should talk to strangers when you’re abroad

When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me that life is like a train: it runs its course, it makes many stops, and while some people hop in and out, others stay for the ride. I fondly think of this tale while I am travelling. In the...

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40+ things locals say you should know about their cities when you visit

40+ things locals say you should know about their cities when you visit

There are some basic rules that follow travellers around wherever they go: watch out for pickpockets in tourist zones; negotiate a taxi rate before you get in the cab; when in doubt, don’t drink the water. But then there are some specific rules for each country, and even each city....

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How to fall in love with humanity again

How to fall in love with humanity again

We find ourselves at a time where there are a lot of atrocities taking place. As the influence of technology and social media over our lives exponentially grows, it’s becoming virtually impossible to tune into the media without reading about yet another attack, shooting, or act of utter disrespect toward...

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Romania: A country rediscovering its identity

Romania: A country rediscovering its identity

I found myself in Romania by pure serendipity. As I was looking for people to host me in Europe for my couchsurfing trip around the world, it just so happened that quite a few offered me hospitality in Romania. Out of convenience more than desire, I decided to see what...

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A Ramadan welcome in Eastern Turkey

A Ramadan welcome in Eastern Turkey

Come in, come in! A young lady called us from her doorstep. I didn’t understand her language, but I could see her hands, pointing towards the gate, furling and unfurling with the international gesture for ‘Come in, join us, you’re welcome here.’ We had been warned not to linger outdoors...

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A taste of Persian hospitality at Ramadan

A taste of Persian hospitality at Ramadan

I was so hungry, but I was determined to persevere. It was the first days of Ramadan and I was working in Iran for a few weeks. The timing didn’t seem ideal, but when a trip to Iran comes up, one does not refuse. At the time, I was a...

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Ramadan celebrations in Istanbul

Ramadan celebrations in Istanbul

In honour of Ramadan, we asked our guides around the globe how they celebrate the holy month in their home. Here’s what Jen, our guide on the ground in Istanbul, told us about Ramadan in her city. Having grown up in the “bush,” I honestly don’t think I knew what...

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Do your memories of a trip change over time?

Do your memories of a trip change over time?

The more I travel, the more I get asked where’s my favourite destination. I usually say that I don’t know, that choosing would be like picking your favourite child — each place (or kid) too different to compare. However, there are some people who keep on pressing. “There must be...

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9 reasons why solo travel is awesome

9 reasons why solo travel is awesome

Solo travel is awesome. It’s terrifying. It’s refreshing. It’s exhilarating. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself. The great thing about solo travel is that it doesn’t have to mean taking off on an epic round-the-world journey to 30 countries. It can be as low-key as taking an overnight...

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Dear Delhi: A photographer’s love letter

Dear Delhi: A photographer’s love letter

Dear Delhi, We want to see you through the eyes of a local. We want to discover the people who make your city what it is, explore the corners that most travellers miss, and get a taste for life in a city that’s often misunderstood. To help us out, travel...

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