The fury of the overpacking trolls

Most travellers are victims of the overpacking trolls at some point or another. They think they’ll need this and they might need that and before they know it, they’re wheeling two huge suitcases behind them in the airport, stumbling with each step.

This doesn’t have to be you. You don’t have to be a victim of the overpacking trolls. Overpacking is easy to prevent and you’ll be happy you avoided the troll’s terror.
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London’s other side: What to see if it’s not your first time

To say London is large would be an understatement. The city is massive and it is stuffed to the gills with people from all over the world. Needless to say, there’s a lot to see.

While guidebooks can direct you to the major tourist areas, I like the off-beat sites and experiences. Here’s a list of some of my favourites.
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Passport infatuation

I like my passport.

No, I love my passport.

I’m kind infatuated with my passport. When I see it, I get all giddy and excited and I just want to leave. Somewhere. It doesn’t matter where.

My passport has never let me down, it’s always by my side and it gives a stamp-by-stamp summary of the past few years of my life. It’s basically awesome.

If I don’t have it with me, I feel a slight panic until I realise I’m home and don’t need it with me.

It’s my perfect travel companion and going abroad without it would be impossible.

Recently my passport has changed and my feelings are mixed.
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Why I broke up with China

It’s always tough breaking up, but when it’s with a whole country you’ve made a one-year commitment to, it’s affects a lot of plans.

The last few months, I’ve been planning on teaching English in China for one year. Two weeks ago that plan crumbled.

Just like with most breakups, there was some drama, some lying, some different views and a lot of miscommunication.
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My summer fling with Italy – teaching English at a summer camp

I have a job! I know I said this a few months ago, but this time I really mean it! As you can guess, China didn’t work out (here’s the story). But when the travel gods close a door, they open a window. And windows are a lot more fun to climb through.

I was planning on going to Kunming, in the south of China, to teach English for one year, but a few weeks ago that plan fell through. I found other options and in 12 short days I have gone from application to hired!

China was now my closed door and Italy is my wide open window with fresh air and sunshine.
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Not a Cinderella story: my misadventures au pairing in Switzerland

Moving abroad to work as an au pair (or a nanny or live-in babysitter) is a common way for university-aged people to experience a new culture, make a bit of money and have something to do for a summer or longer.

Many young people do it and enjoy it but quite a few have bad experiences that make them leave before their contract is over. I fell into the latter category when I was an au pair in Switzerland.
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