Off the beaten track

5 Reasons to go to... Burning Man

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I’m a self-admitted festival hussie.  My parents were huge hippies and I grew up going to lots of festivals and giant outdoor concerts, and as an adult I’ve been to and worked at my fair share.  But no other week has blown my mind and changed me as much as going to Burning Man. playa hearts In San Francisco I take it for granted everyone knows about it; th[...]

We could be heroes - Tales of Telemark

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Rjukan is a Norwegian town where the sun is never seen during winter time. It's situated in the narrow valley of Vestfjord, surrounded by the Southern gateway to Hardangervidda, and by the foot of a majestic mountain: Gaustatoppen.  This stunning setting is also the reason why the nearly 3300 inhabitants of Rjukan don't even get a glimpse of a sunbeam during[...]

Funny Town Names From Around the World

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Young or old, we all smile and giggle at the rather humorous names of well known travel destinations like Phuket, Thailand and Lake Titticaca, Peru. Of course, there are many more hilarious city and town names in countries all around the world. Here's our top 15 funny city and town names to visit: North America 1. Dildo, Canada - this small town was[...]

Hitra, Norway - no country for old men

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Have you ever felt the need of travelling to Goa or Bali to get that one piece of experience that changes your life? What if I told you that a tiny island in Norway can possibly inspire you to as much or maybe more than those exotic destinations. The island of Hitra was probably the most awe-inspiring and romantic place I have ever been to. On the sec[...]

Abandoned Futuristic Monuments from former Yugoslavia

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I'll admit it, I'm not much of a monument girl. It's not that I don't have an incredible interest for history and context, I do, but my brain has just never been good at absorbing information from nicely typed placards or guided tours. However, when I caught a glimpse of some of photos featured in this article about monuments abandoned and leftover from form[...]

A Weekend Bike Trip up the California Coast

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A few weekends ago I joined a group of 28 excited cyclists on a bike trip up north. My ambitious friend Anya began planning this trip weeks in advance and our numbers grew and grew until the date. We started in San Francisco and traveled about 35 miles to Samuel P Taylor State Park. The way was filled with flat tires, long lunches and water breaks, and some [...]

Ona - A Coastal Time Travel

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Growing up in a Norwegian town located on seven islands, Ålesund, I've always felt a strong connection to the sea. Being a kid of the coast and mountains, these are the places where I can relax the most. One of the most beautiful places I know is the island Ona, a tiny fishing community which has been populated for centuries due to its proximity to the Atlan[...]

Rock Climbing in Las Vegas?

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Las Vegas. You may picture bright lights, Eiffel Tower shaped hotels, show girls, slot machines. I picture red sandstone cliffs, low cacti, and days spent out in the desert sun. The Las Vegas area is different for me because I’ve only experienced the famous downtown Strip out of the window of the car as we drove passed it to enter Red Rock Canyon. Over winte[...]

Sonic Iceland

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It all started on a cold and miserable winter morning in 2009 in Cologne, Germany. Marcel is meeting Kai, his former flatmate who wants to go on a very special trip with him. A few months later, in summer 2010, they are travelling to Iceland. With the help of Icelandic partners and donations from all over the world they were able to realise their idea of a d[...]

Dreaming of Gozo

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It’s a little ironic that I’m about to tell you about a great summer destination as I sit on the sofa in my flat under a blanket, wearing thermal undies and two pairs of ski socks. However, there is nothing like a bit of imaginative escapism to warm you up during a long cold winter! “Gozo? Huh?! Where?” Yes, that’s what most people say when I mention [...]

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