How to 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…?… 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

when travel goes wrong: car crash in Ireland

I am sitting on a rock next to my tent in the small Irish village of Caherdaniel.… Continue reading

How to meet people while traveling

I don’t know about you, but for me, travelling is a lot more than simply seeing the sights. Of course I want to visit the Louvre on a trip to Paris and yes, I’ve been to Lady Liberty in New York, but what really makes a trip is to meet people while traveling, to meet ordinary people like you and me, people who live, work and play in the city or country you’re visiting!… Continue reading

A tribute to the people I met on my travels!

One of the best parts of independent travel is the people you meet on the road! Connecting with people when travelling means a lot more to me than seeing the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal. There’s so much you can learn from locals, they can show you so much more about their culture and country than any guide book or museum will ever do!… Continue reading

The 5 stages of expat life

Expat: the word always sounded kind of “exotic” to me. I admired the people who dared to leave everything behind to start a new life abroad. It never really occurred to me to follow in their footsteps, but after 2 ½ years of being in a  long distance relationship, it looked like the expat life was coming my way…

In March 2013 I said goodbye to my friends, my family and my job to start a new life in Northern Ireland.… Continue reading