It was a sunny morning of November 2003.Weather was chilly, despites Spring was pretty advanced. Nonetheless, the Navel of the World was founded at 3.399 meters high above the sea level.  The ambient at San Pedro Train Station was vibrant, filled with the rumor of people walking, chatting and laughing.  I was so excited about…

I know finding a perfect place which suits your interest is based on personal interest and hence cannot be generalized. If you like a tropical beach stay, chances are that I hate beach baked vacation and hence finding your picture-perfect place is all about a bit of luck or a bit of research. While I…

1200 years old lost village in Southern France When asking yourself “what is your favorite place on Earth?” without seconds your mind will look for a place that brings you joy, a place with happy memories, different from all the other places. When I think about MY favorite place on Earth, I have the image…

Turkey was honestly not even on my short list for a vacation back in 2016. I had decided earlier that year that I would treat myself for my 25th birthday with a trip. By complete fluke, I booked my Discover Turkey National Geographic Journey tour with G Adventures in early February for travel in early…

To be completely honest, when my Mom and I initially booked the tickets for our ten day trip, I did not know what to expect. Upon arrival, I was amazed by all of the beauty the country had to offer. Costa Rica… the destination that awoken my spirit for travel and adventure. Nestled between Nicaragua…

I can tell you word for word a conversation I had with a stranger five years ago, but if you ask me where I went hiking last weekend, I’d need to look at a map. A strange, kind or even unpleasant encounter with someone on my travels stays with me forever, yet the name of…

I’ve just returned from nearly three weeks in Namibia, the country bordering South Africa and Botswana that I’ve wanted to visit for years, for its wildlife, scenery and people. Although I’ve visited some 100 countries in a lifetime as a journalist, Namibia was a life-changing experience. Here are some lessons learned. Water Except for a sliver…

It’s five in the morning and you’re already dripping with sweat. Although the sun is still to make an appearance, you’ve been clambering up this muddy slope for a while now and your leg muscles are burning. But this doesn’t matter. You’re making your way towards one of the most awe-inspiring sights on Earth, and…

I had taken a bus to Mthatha, capital of the Transkei region in South Africa. This area is a part of South Africa that was important in Apartheid history. It was a so-called Bantustan, set aside for black South African people of Xhosa heritage and therefore, it is less influenced by European influences today.  I…

‘What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another’ – Mahatma Gandhi The haunting early morning call of the white-handed gibbon serves as our morning alarm alongside the occasional cry of the Great Argus pheasant in the distance. Hornbills glide…

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