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

Things I can’t get used to living in the UK

It’s been nearly 3 years now since I’ve moved from Belgium to the United Kingdom, all in the name of love. I wasn’t expecting any great difficulties: I knew the language, was familiar with British culture and absolutely loved the British sense of humour. Living in the UK was going to be an easy ride, I thought. And while there were no big culture shocks, there were some things I wasn’t really prepared for. Come to think of it, I think I’m still not used to them. 1/ “Sorry, I’m Continue Reading

The most stunning palaces of Marrakech

Marrakech means visiting the famous Djemaa el Fna square over and over again. It also means haggling your way around the souks, but did you know that Marrakech is home to some of the most beautiful historical palaces and religious buildings of Morocco? These are the must-see sites in Marrakech: Medersa Ali Ben Youssef Situated in the middle of the medina, this will be one of the first historical buildings you’ll come across. The medersa Ali Ben Youssef is a theological college where students Continue Reading

Those moments when travel goes horribly wrong

Aah, the joys of travelling: exploring new cities, meeting new people and the only thing you have to worry about is “where am I going to eat and sleep tonight?” But occasionally, travel goes wrong. These were some of those times: 1/ The car crash in Ireland I am sitting on a rock next to my tent, on a campsite in the small Irish village of Caherdaniel. Beside me is a police offer, trying to sort things out with the insurance company. How did I end up here? It all started the day before. I Continue Reading