Walking the West Highland way in 7 days

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 22-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 walked from the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William, 96 mile Continue Reading

A complete guide to backpacking in Nicaragua

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 in Nicaragua should definitely be on your list! Backpacking in Nicaragua: things to do and best places to visit 1. Granada Probably THE showcase city of Nicaragua. Colonial architecture coincides with vibrant Continue Reading

One month in South Africa: from Cape Town to Johannesburg

An intriguing history, abundant wildlife, scenic beauty, mouth-watering food and, ok I admit, some of the best wines in the world! No wonder 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 story of my one Continue Reading

The most stunning white villages of Andalucia

Andalucía: 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 and the Semana Santa celebrations create a never ending vibrant atmosphere. But behind these clichés lies a lesser known Andalucía. In the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga, deep within the valleys or high perched on a mountain top lie the numerous white villages of Andalucía, hidden from the madness of the coast! Continue Reading

Two weeks in the land of fire and ice

“You’re going to Iceland for two whole weeks!? What will you do there?” a colleague of mine asked. Still considered a cold and tiny island “somewhere in the sea”, few people are aware of its sheer size. But Iceland is not like any other country, where the main cities are connected by motorways and driving is pure bliss. No, in Iceland, prepare yourself for gravel roads, weather conditions that slow you down and the beauty of the place that will make you want to stop literally at every Continue Reading

The most beautiful places to visit in Albania

There are only a few places in Europe that have managed to stay off the tourist radar. While its more famous neighbours Greece and Montenegro are already well established on the Central European tourist-trail, Albania somehow seems to have been largely forgotten. Is it Liam Neeson’s fault for trying to scaremonger us by fighting the Albanian mafia in “Taken”? Is it because the communist regime wasn’t exactly welcoming towards foreigners wanting to visit the country? Or is it maybe Continue Reading