Shiraz | The Iranian City You Won’t Want To Leave

After a wonderful few first days in Shiraz, it is fairly safe to say that I had fallen pretty in love with the city. The crazy traffic, the stunning architecture and the welcoming locals all blended together to create a place that was undeniably enchanting, and I was completely under its spell. I had made a […]

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Shiraz | The Perfect Introduction To Iran

Shiraz. When I think about this stunning city, it is honestly a miracle that my face doesn’t break from smiling so hard. Shiraz was the first city I visited in Iran, and jeez, what a way to start! Shiraz is the 6th most populated city in Iran and the capital of the province of Fars. […]

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OMG I’m In Iran!

When I decided to backpack through Iran, people were vehemently against it. I had not received such backlash about a trip since I travelled through South Africa solo! I had family, friends, colleagues and even readers express their concerns. These concerns ranged from the legitimate (“won’t you have to wear a headscarf?”) to the downright ridiculous (“I saw […]

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The TTWS Top 13 Travel Experiences of 2016

Can you believe it? 2016 is already coming to a close! The years just seem to keep passing more and more quickly, and this one has truly gone in the blink of an eye. However, despite the year moving quickly, I have managed to pack a lot of interesting travels and adventures into it. So, […]

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ELLEN EATS | JAPAN

Welcome to the third installment of Ellen Eats. This is easily my favourite EE yet, it’s the Japan edition! I absolutely adored Japan. It has been my favourite travel destination of 2016, and considering I also visited the Maldives and the Philippines this year, that is really saying something. My only wish is that my visit lasted for […]

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A Few FREE Things You Can Do in Tokyo

Japan is an amazingly easy country to backpack through, but such ease does come at a bit of a cost. Japan can be a pretty exxy country for backpackers on a budget. Sure, alcohol is fairly cheap, but food, transport and accommodation are all on the pricier side, and even a short visit can dig […]

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Getting Freaky After Dark in Tokyo

When it comes to travelling, more often than not I find myself disliking big cities. Rome, Barcelona, London – such places just don’t seem to suit me. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and Tokyo is one such exception. I don’t know why Tokyo is such a special city. Maybe it is the unbelievable […]

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Only in Japan: Hedgehog Cafe

Japan is well known for having a pretty big obsession with any and all animals that are even remotely cute. In Tokyo, Cat Cafes and Rabbit Cafes have become incredibly popular spots for locals and tourists alike. These cafes offer people the chance to interact with beautiful animals in a cute little cafe setting. However, […]

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Mt Fuji Missing in Action at Lake Kawaguchiko

If you were to ask a bunch of random people to tell you what the first thing they think of upon hearing the word ‘Japan’, there would surely be a good sized bunch who say Mount Fuji. Mount Fuji is not only the highest peak in all of Japan (3776 metres) but it is also […]

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A Temple Under Reconstruction and My First Encounter With Deer

When visiting Hiroshima, a lot of the cities main attractions are not on the mainland, but instead, are located on several nearby islands that can be reached by different ferries. Okunoshima is one (click here if you want to see all the cute fluffy bunnies you could ever desire) and Itsukushima is another. Itsukushima has […]

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