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While Borneo isn’t wild with a buzzing backpacker scene or filled with travelling party animals, it is a welcome treat of getting back to nature and witnessing things that you’ve only seen in National Geographic. Borneo and its 140 million year old rainforest definitely knocks you on the head and shouts, “Wake up! This is nature at its finest!”, whilst simultaneously lulling you into a fascinated stupor.

I covered some reasons …

[ Written by Sophie | 7 Feb 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

Dubai snuck into my heart very quietly, maybe because that is my first impression of it – silent and dark in the middle of the night when I arrive. My second impression is its smell. And no, that isn’t the usual, sometimes magical stink of big cities in heat. Dubai actually smells good in a somewhat artificial way as many buildings, public or private, have gotten a makeover by a …

[ Written by Annika | 6 Feb 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

Borneo is one heck of an incredible and mysterious country, where things go bump in the night and it’s usually a creature that is both exotic and rare. Craggy mountains, rainforests drenched in mist, winding wide rivers and relaxing times await for you there. Malaysia’s Borneo is a destination on many people’s bucket list for a reason, as it’s natural beauty will blow your bloomin’ mind and you’ll find yourself falling …

[ Written by Sophie | 26 Jan 2015 | 6 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 | ]

I’ve got a whole lot of love for Thailand. I’ve also got a whole lot of love for eating nice things. Combine the two and it’s a match made in food heaven! As any backpacker that’s travelled on a shoestring will agree, finding an abundance of mouth-watering food for a price that’s, (quite literally), cheaper than chips, feels like striking gold when you’re out on the road. In Thailand, you’re …

[ Written by Alex | 16 Jan 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

When I told people that I got invited to go to Dubai for a weekend nobody seemed overly interested on my behalf. While I had no real knowledge or preconceived notion of Dubai or why I should go, but 30 degrees in November seemed good enough reason as any for me. The most “enthusiastic” comment came from my Dad when he asked me ‘Dubai, mh, isn’t that a bit too …

[ Written by Annika | 4 Jan 2015 | 8 Comments | ]

Quite surely, most of you have never heard of this beautiful place, but the Derawan Islands in Indonesia have taken my heart by storm. Not as famous as other destinations in Indonesia, they still have a lot to offer. They are located just off the east coast of Borneo (also named Kalimantan by the locals) and comprise dozens of islands. I visited four which are also the most popular among …

[ Written by guest | 17 Dec 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Ah, travel planning. Usually it goes something like this:
1. Picking a destination. Buying the tickets.
2. Hitting a local bookstore (or lazily adding-to-basket on Amazon) to buy a guidebook.
3. Flicking through the 300+ pages. Slowly realising that doing all the must-dos in a limited timeframe is physically impossible. Feeling a bit lightheaded. Pushing the guidebook aside for future review.
4. Date of departure gets closer. No plans beyond getting off the plane. …

[ Written by Marie C | 6 Nov 2014 | 16 Comments | ]

Israel is different. This is probably the most adequate phrase to begin the summary of my one-week trip to this tiny but oh-so-fascinating country.

Different in what way, you’re asking? For starters, different in terms of culture, obviously. One of the most peculiar things I experienced was Shabbat, which is the Jewish day of rest and lasts from sundown on Friday till sundown on Saturday. And trust me, when they say “day of …

[ Written by guest | 24 Oct 2014 | 19 Comments | ]

I’ve said it once, twice, thrice, too many times to count: Thailand is one of my all time favourite destinations in the world to backpack and travel in. I’m definitely not alone here though as Katja, Annika and Alex all share this love for the land of smiles and paradise beaches with me. It’s a place that when I think of it, it gives me a funny feeling in my …

[ Written by Sophie | 15 Oct 2014 | 16 Comments | ]
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