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

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 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

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

How to meet locals while traveling

I don’t know about you, but for me, travelling is a lot more than seeing the sights. Yes, of course I want to visit the Louvre on a Paris trip and yes, I’ve been to Lady Liberty in New York, but what really makes a trip is to meet locals while traveling, to meet the ordinary people like you and me, who live, work and play in the city or country you’re visiting! And no, that doesn’t mean you have to strike up a conversation with every person on the street. (although feel free to do so) Continue Reading

A week of slow travel in the Azores

Halfway between Europe and North America lie the 9 islands of the Azores. No mass tourism here, the Azores are one of the best well-kept ecotourism destinations in the world! I had the chance to visit the main island of Sao Miguel, an ideal place for slowtravel, but plenty of things to do to keep you busy! These are the main things to do in Sao Miguel: 1/ Walking Let’s face it, if you go to the Azores it’s probably because you are into nature. And what better way to truly appreciate nature Continue Reading

Living the slow travel dream on Little Corn Island

Whoever said “travelling is relaxing” never had to get up at 3.15 am to catch a flight!  After spending a few weeks on mainland Nicaragua, I am off to discover the Caribbean charm of the Corn Islands. They are situated 65km off the coast of Nicaragua and consist of two islands: Big Corn Island and, yes you guessed it, Little Corn Island. The airport is on Big Corn. It is one of the weirdest airports I’ve ever been to: an airport where the runway doubles up as a proper road! Continue Reading

Camping in the Nicaraguan cloud forest

The bus from Matagalpa to Jinotega climbs higher and higher up in the mountains. The higher we climb, the chillier it gets. I am off to the “Datanli El Diablo” nature reserve where I will be staying at La Bastilla Ecolodge for a few days, taking in the coffee culture and the surrounding beauty of the Nicaraguan cloud forest. A pick-up truck brings me from the main road into the forest and on to the lodge. My adrenaline is reaching peak level as we drive at very high speed on the Continue Reading