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

Why Kerala is a different kind of India

So you think you know India? Crowded, polluted and heaving with holy cows? Well, think again! In February, I had the chance to visit the southern state of Kerala and boy, was I in for a surprise! Kerala is different from other parts of India! How? Glad you asked: 1.Where are the cows? I mean, seriously, where are they? A few years ago, I went to the Indian states of Rajasthan and Delhi where roaming cows in the city centre are as common as pedestrians or rickshaws. Everybody gets out of the Continue Reading

Are travel bloggers the worst travellers?

What is it about travel blogging nowadays? Everybody who ever set  foot out of their country seems to feel the need to document it on their own little corner of the world wide web! Millions of stories are up for grabs, millions of tales to inspire future travellers to follow into our footsteps. But are traveller bloggers really the example to follow? Being a travel bloggers myself, I have found myself in situations which made me think… 1/ We have forgotten to simply enjoy the moment! Ah, Continue Reading

Why I DON’T want to travel full-time

“How I became a full-time traveller and so can you” ! The number of articles dealing with the subject pollutes my e-mail nearly every day. Everybody and their auntie seem to call themselves “digital nomads” nowadays, it seems to be the new trend, but even though I travel very often, I just can’t see myself doing it full-time. Why not? Glad you asked! 1/ I love travelling too much What do you mean it sounds contradictory? Please allow me to explain! Whether you have a fixed address Continue Reading

Rio de Janeiro: the ultimate travel tips!

Aaah, Rio de Janeiro! A name and place that leaves nobody indifferent! I planned on spending 4 days here, I ended up staying eight! A lot has been said or written about Brazil’s most (in)famous city. But how exactly do you “tackle” Rio? By all means, read on! 1/ Is Rio safe? Rio de Janeiro:  a name that evokes “beach, sun and sex”.  To some… To others Rio apparently evokes “crime, favela’s and hold-ups.  “Oh, be careful!  Are you sure it’s wise to go on Continue Reading

The most beautiful colonial towns of Brazil

From the southern town of Paraty to the northern city of Olinda: colonial architecture and cobblestone streets can be found all over Brazil. But nowhere is the concentration so high than in the inland state of Minas Gerais. Minas Gerais has long been known for its wealth of minerals and its mining activities, which, together with the goldrush, created huge wealth in the 18th century. The result is a mix of beautifully decorated churches, colonial houses and a peek into the country’s rich Continue Reading

The best ways to slow travel in Kerala

Slow travel and India, it looks like a challenging combination…  How do you slow down in a country like India, a place known for its somewhat organised chaos, for its huge crowds and for its mystical world, undecipherable at first to western eyes?Turns out the southern state of Kerala has all it takes! You see, Kerala is a “different sort of India”, a softer version if you wish and an excellent place for first-time visitors to this immensely intriguing country! Here are Continue Reading

Salvador da Bahia: beyond the Pelourinho

Colonial architecture, capoeira and Afro-Brazilian culture: these are the clichés that usually come to mind when you think of Brazil’s 3rd biggest city: Salvador da Bahia. And they are all there indeed! All concentrated in the small historic neighbourhood of the “Pelourinho”. You can spend hours walking the steep cobble-stone streets hunting for souvenirs, visiting one of the many beautifully decorated churches or stopping at the Terreiro de Jesus for a Continue Reading