Everything you need to know about working in a hostel

“So, what are you going to do during your career break”? my boss asks me on my last day. “ I’m heading off to Albania to work in a hostel” The look on his face speaks volumes. “OK, there are two things I don’t understand in that sentence. First, you are going to work? And second: in Albania?!” I laugh, but I’ve never been more excited! I’d been wanting to travel long-term for a while, but neither my parents, neither my bank account thought that this was an achievable idea. Continue Reading

A complete guide to Tel Aviv: from ancient ports to hipster districts

Tel Aviv: to some people the name is synonym with wild nightlife and trendy clubs. Others still associate the place with the conflict of the Middle East… It’s a place that I had been dying to see for a long time! I stayed one week in what is known as the most modern metropolis of the Middle East. It allowed me to discover the markets, neighbourhoods and people of the city.  I learnt that Tel Aviv is difficult to pin down: from ancient ports to hipster districts, this is a Continue Reading

10 cool and unique things to do in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: a little piece of land that is officially part of the United Kingdom, while being geographically situated on the island of Ireland. No wonder it confuses people! It took a while before tourists ventured here after the conflicts of the ‘70’s-‘80’s, aka “The Troubles”. But with those times far behind us, Northern Ireland is now ready to show the world what it has to offer! Here are 10 unique and cool things to do in Northern Ireland: 1/ Swing on the Carrick-a-Rede Continue Reading

How to master the art of slow travel with limited time?

Let’s face it, due to work or finances, most of us don’t have the luxury of unlimited travel time. Some people work hard all year round to afford those well-earned two weeks off. They often tend to cramp in as much as possible and as a result come home exhausted… They have “seen” a place, ticked off the must see boxes, but have they really experienced what the city or country is all about…? In comes slow travel! Slow travel is about experiences rather than sights. It’s about Continue Reading

Slow travel and dolce vita in the Cinque Terre

Five picture-perfect pastel- tinted villages on the edge of a mountain slope, the Mediterranean Sea lapping below. This is the Cinque Terre for you: a place where reality is even better than your wildest imagination! Situated in between Pisa and Genoa, the Cinque Terre are Italy’s answer to the French Riviera. Known for great walking, beautiful scenery and tasty food, the five villages (Monterosso, Corniglia, Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore) are very well interconnected by train and Continue Reading

10 LOCAL things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to visit “Christ the Redeemer” or “Sugar Loaf”, cause let’s face it, you probably figured that out yourself. Instead, I prefer telling you about the ordinary daily-life things, these little moments that let me pretend I belonged in this beautiful city for a while. Do you like to immerse yourself too while travelling? Then read on and discover these 10 local things to do in Rio de Janeiro. 1.       Start your day in a juice bar What will Continue Reading

The best hiking trails on Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is often described as Brazil’s paradise on earth. Gorgeous beaches and virgin Atlantic forest make this the ideal place to unwind for a couple of days after hectic Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo. The main village of Vila do Abraão is where most people stay, but a few kilometers inland, you have the whole island to yourself! There are 16 well-indicated trails spread all over the island, so wherever you stay you’re likely to find a trail nearby.  Put on your hiking boots Continue Reading

The remote Irish county of Donegal

Welcome to Donegal, one of the prettiest counties of Ireland! And what’s more: it’s one of the most remote ones as well! Despite the Wild Atlantic Way ( a 2600km coastal route along the West of Ireland) running through it, most tourists still seem to leave this part of the country untouched. More space and less crowds for the few that do venture there! And by all means, go! Amazing beaches, traditional thatched cottages and of course the friendly locals are reasons enough to Continue Reading

The perfect itinerary for a 2 week roadtrip in Iceland

“You’re going to Iceland for two whole weeks!? What will you do there?” a colleague of mine asked. Still considered a cold and tiny island “somewhere in the sea”, few people are aware of its sheer size. You see, Iceland is not like any other country, where the main cities are connected by motorways and driving is pure bliss. No, in Iceland, prepare yourself for gravel roads, weather conditions that slow you down and the beauty of the place that will make you want to stop literally at Continue Reading

The most beautiful places to visit in Albania

There are only a few places in Europe that have managed to stay pretty much off the tourist radar. While its more famous neighbours Greece and Montenegro are already well established on the Central European tourist-trail, Albania somehow seems to have been largely forgotten. Is it Liam Neeson’s fault for trying to scaremonger us by fighting the Albanian mafia in “Taken”? Is it because the communist regime wasn’t exactly welcoming towards foreigners wanting to visit the country? Or is it Continue Reading