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While preparing my big trip to South East Asia, I was looking for something different to do than the classical route through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. When someone asked me ‘Why not try the Philippines!?’, I got curious. With direct flights to Manila from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Australia, and even budget airlines flying there, the Philippines are within easy reach. Long story short, as soon as my plane …

[ Written by guest | 28 Feb 2015 | 14 Comments | ]

Crystal-clear water washing over the pebble beaches, whitewashed houses standing out in the distance, contrasting against the perfectly blue skies… Greek islands don’t need much of an introduction, their beauty is already attracting thousands of visitors each year. And yet, some parts of this picture-perfect paradise don’t get quite enough recognition, while others are so busy with tourists, that it’s hard to find a spot for yourself. This list of ten …

[ Written by guest | 26 Feb 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

You have probably heard and read it a million times: volunteering abroad (be it short or long-term) is an ultimately rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime experience. It sounds like a cliché, right? There is the truth to it though, and I’m happy to repeat it for the million+1st time – volunteering really is amazing.
When planning our travels we often get absorbed in what we want to do and see. Quickly, it’s all about …

[ Written by guest | 24 Feb 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

Taking time-lapse photos is as much as a science as an art form. When you set up for a time-lapse photo, you need to make sure to do things right. There is no worse feeling than putting in all the time and effort to take a time-lapse picture only to have it fail to turn out well. If you want to make sure that your efforts in time-lapse photography bear …

[ Written by guest | 20 Feb 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

Many years ago, in my tenth grade French class, we were given an assignment to create a travel brochure for any French-speaking locale of our choosing. My decision was based on a place that, as a snowboarder and lover of all things winter, I perceived to be the most glamorous, magical winter wonderland I could find. It was Chamonix, France.  At the time it was a far away place, an …

[ Written by guest | 31 Jan 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

If you are new to photography or cinematography, choosing the right type of lens that suits your specific use can be daunting. This is because lenses come in not just a range of focal lengths but also in numerous zoom lengths. Unless you are a professional photographer and know exactly what you need, it is important to test a lens before deciding to buy. The best way to do so …

[ Written by guest | 28 Jan 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

Being sick at home is bad enough, but what happens when you come down with a sudden cold or stomach bug while you’re away? If you’ve travelled much in your lifetime, chances are you’ve been under the weather at some point in your journey, and you’ll no doubt recall how miserable it can be. I was recently exploring some incredible Canadian cities when I was hit by a knockout cold …

[ Written by guest | 20 Jan 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

Admittedly, Iran, the beautiful country by the Persian Gulf, hasn’t had the best press coverage lately. All prejudice aside though: Iran’s magic will haunt you in a wonderful orientalist kind of way. Think Scheherazade – and the great Sufi poet Rumi!
In Iran, the lemons are sweet and the oranges are sour. There are snow-covered peaks and sunny beaches, lush forests and vast deserts. People are warm and welcoming. Iran is a backpackers’ …

[ Written by guest | 17 Jan 2015 | 28 Comments | ]

The elephant flapped her ears, pawed the ground and looked very annoyed. The eyes of all the occupants of the six vehicles present swept from the elephant at the waterhole to the newly arrived (and apparently offending) Land Rover. We waved our arms trying to get the driver’s (not the elephant’s) attention, drew fingers across our necks and mimed turning a large key in the air. Finally, after what seemed …

[ Written by guest | 7 Jan 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

Mention Egypt and the first that comes to the mind are the ancient pyramids of Giza. Yet, on my recent journey there I found out that Egypt is of course so much more than mysterious triangular architecture. That’s why, besides scaling the great pyramids, I ventured Cairo and Giza for relaxing boat rides on the Nile and countless temples in the southern region of Egypt.
I travelled along the Nile by train, bus and …

[ Written by guest | 18 Dec 2014 | 6 Comments | ]