Top things to do in Chiapas

If you think Mexico is all about white sand, warm beaches and all-inclusive resorts, you’re in for a surprise! In the Chiapas region, the dense rainforest jungle is scattered with remnants of the Maya civilisation. You will find traditional villages where people still practice ancient rituals and to top it all off is the gorgeous colonial city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Chiapas paints a very different picture of Mexico and it’s a picture you simply can’t afford to miss! Intrigued? Continue Reading

Backpacking in Nicaragua: a complete guide

Nicaragua is often seen as the cheaper and lesser touristy neighbour of Costa Rica. More travellers flock to this Central American beauty every year and it’s not difficult to see why! From colonial towns to spouting volcanoes, from pristine beaches to rural coffee plantations, backpacking Nicaragua should definitely be on your list! Backpacking Nicaragua: things to do and best places to visit 1. Granada Probably THE showcase city of Nicaragua. Colonial architecture coincides with vibrant Continue Reading

From Cape Town to Johannesburg: 1 month in South Africa

An intriguing history, abundant wildlife, scenic beauty, mouth-watering food and, ok I admit, some of the best wines in the world,  it’s no wonder that South Africa attracts visitors from all over the world! So in January 2018,  I hopped on a plane to Cape Town, ready to discover everything the country has to offer. I wanted to do the place justice and truly discover its diversity. From bustling cities to remote Xhosa villages, from game reserves to the Drakensberg mountains, this is the Continue Reading

Walking the West Highland way: a day-to-day itinerary

I came to Scotland for the very first time in 1998. It was my first backpacking trip and my rucksack was way too heavy for the frêle 20-year-old I was back then. Sitting on a train towards Fort William, I spotted more experienced travellers making their way into the fierce looking highlands on foot. It looked like the apogee of freedom! 20 years later, I finally followed into their footsteps! With a much lighter backpack this time, I made my way from the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William, a Continue Reading

The best traditional pubs in Belfast

When sidling up to the bar, have you ever wondered what the story is behind the pub you’re in? In Belfast, you should! The city is home to several pubs that date back a few centuries and have plenty of original artefacts or interesting stories to tell. Let’s go on a pub crawl and discover the best traditional pubs in Belfast! The Crown Liquor Saloon The Crown Liquor Saloon is Belfast’s most famous pub! It’s in every tourist guide and you owe it to yourself to at least Continue Reading

The Causeway Coastal Route in 15 stops

Pristine beaches, photogenic castles and areas of outstanding beauty: this is in a nutshell the Northern Irish “Causeway Coastal Route”! It runs from Belfast to Lough Foyle and is officially 120 miles long. Most tourists drive it in one day. If you really want to do it justice, however,  I would recommend staying somewhere overnight. It’ll give you time to walk along the lovely beaches or cliffs, have a closer look at the photogenic castles and take time for a well deserved Continue Reading

Game of Thrones magic in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland was once a no-go zone where no sane traveler would venture. The beauty of its countryside was overshadowed by stories of troubles, bombs and sectarianism. And although all wounds aren’t completely healed yet, this little odd piece of the UK is nowadays more and more on the tourist radar. Even Lonely Planet has chosen Belfast and the Causeway Coastal Route as one of the top areas to visit in 2018! But above all, Northern Ireland has become a country of magic, history and Continue Reading

The 5 most stunning white villages of Andalucia

Andalucia: a place where the sounds of guitar and flamenco still resonate, a region where the corrida (bull fighting) agitates the spirits and where the numerous religious fiestas create a never ending vibrant atmosphere. But behind these clichés lies a lesser known Andalucia. Deep within the valleys or high perched on a mountain top lie the numerous white villages of Andalucia, hidden from the madness of the coast! This is the Andalucia I love, the place I return to over and over again! This Continue Reading

Sailing around the Ionian islands

Crete, Mykonos, Santorini,… : the islands around Greece are plentiful and there’s never a lack of sunshine and good food, no matter where you go! I chose to sail around the Ionian islands because most of them are still relatively unknown! The most famous ones are Zante and Corfu, but who wants to go where everybody else is going, right? I concentrated on the five lesser known islands:  Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Paxos and Meganisi. Two weeks of pure Greek bliss and slow Continue Reading

The very best things to do in Nice

I always had this mental image of Nice baking in sunshine, its squares filled with painters and the terraces full of local Provençal delicacies… When landing at Nice airport in February, on my way to check out some of the prettiest villages in Liguria, I figured that reality would be rather different… But you know what? It actually wasn’t! The timid winter sun made for pleasant strolling around the old town and with fewer people about, it turned out to be a perfect time to Continue Reading