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11+ Best things to do in Martinique

Martinique has it all – pristine beaches, secluded bays, scenic hikes, and panoramic views. Note: This is a guest post by Christine Rogador. Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links. These links can earn me (Rachel) a small commission, but this will not affect your price. If you’re looking for a unique holiday destination in the Caribbean, this French territory offers…

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Sustainable air travel: What you can do

Have you ever been offered to buy a carbon offset when you booked a flight? If so, did you buy it? We all know that flying is bad for the environment. According to Our World in Data, aviation produces about 2.5% of all CO2 emissions, a greenhouse gas which contributes to global warming. Making it more concrete, if you take…

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Thank you for popping over to Rachel’s Ruminations from Instagram! Below are the most recent topics I’ve posted about. You can find articles about lots of different places, plus some excellent travel advice, by going to my home page and looking around! If you are booking any accommodations for future trips, use this link to booking.com. It is an affiliate…

Our chalet at Lankayan Island Dive Resort.

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Lankayan Island Resort in Malaysian Borneo

Slowly surfacing from a deep sleep, I gaze up at the dim outlines of the canopy above us, draped with a white mosquito net. A sliver of gray light peeks through the gap in the curtains to my right, the direction of the sunrise. I listen to the pre-dawn noises: a chaos of bird calls were probably what woke me,…

pretty sky view from a plane

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Where should I travel? How to choose a destination

Sometimes it’s hard to choose a travel destination. Let’s say you have only two weeks’ vacation, and you want to get the most out of it that you can. At the same time, if you’re like me, you want to see pretty much the whole world. You know that in just one lifetime, and in just a few weeks’ vacation…

Here is how my Eagle Creek backpack looks with all the straps assembled and clipped into place. It all packs away into a zippered pocket when youre using it as a wheeled bag, but adds significant bulk.

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Eagle Creek Backpack Review

For the two solo trips I took this year—one to Guadeloupe, Martinique, New York and Spain, and one to Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and South Korea—I needed a very specific kind of luggage. The problem Since I was traveling solo, I needed to travel as light as possible. I also needed luggage I could manage completely by myself. Thirty years…

a solo travel selfie taken on a boat

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Solo travel so far

My trip to the Caribbean last month was my first solo trip. When I talk about solo travel, I’m not talking about when I fly somewhere to lead a workshop and then have a day free to explore whatever city I find myself in. I’m not talking about when I go somewhere to visit friends or family. I’m talking about…