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 perfect itinerary for 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

Ten things you should know before going to Iceland

Iceland is the new hype in travel-land! Thanks to cheaper flights and free stop-overs the country has known a real boom in tourism! I couldn’t stay indifferent either to the gorgeous pics of jaw-dropping waterfalls, photogenic puffins and empty roads, so off I went on a 2-week adventure to the land of fire and ice! I read up a lot beforehand, but there were a few things I didn’t quite expect.  To better prepare YOUR trip, here are: Ten invaluable travel tips for Iceland! 1.Rent a car Yes, Continue Reading

That day I got lost in the Bulgarian woods

We just hung up a bag of food in one of the nearby trees. Food, soap, shampoo: anything that smelled really! I remember from my trip to the USA a few years ago, that, if you are in bear-country, you’d better make sure to keep everything that could possible attract them, far away from you. And apparently, the Bulgarian Rhodope mountains, the place where we were stuck, was bear territory indeed. When setting off this morning the lady at the Chepelare tourist office warned us: “Be careful of Continue Reading

A Greek sailing holiday in the Ionian islands

Crete, Mykonos, Santorini,… : the islands around Greece are plentiful and there’s never a lack of sunshine and good food! You can while the day away on your sunbed or take in the historical sites of Rhodes, but the best way to truly enjoy the relaxed pace of island life is by sailing from island to island, discovering new places as you go! With so many islands around, you’ll be spoiled for choice! I opted for sailing the Ionian islands because, well, that’s where my Continue Reading