Tags archives: nature-travel

Rainforest Adventures in Sarawak, Borneo




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The world is tranquil at the top of the Kalimantan lookout. Swirling mist envelops us in an eerie silence, occasionally breaking up to reveal swathes of lush jungle below.  Electric blue dragonflies hover on fragrant orchids. Wild deer bark their calls in the dark rainforest around us.

 We have struggled over an hour along a muddy, slippery, leech-infested [...]

5 reasons why Sweden is the No.1 budget choice for nature lovers

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I know, I know - "Sweden" and "budget" is not a common combination. Sweden is famous for being one of the most expensive countries to travel to. Accommodation is expensive, food is expensive, wine is crazy expensive. How can anyone go to Sweden for a budget trip? If what you’re after in Sweden is a nature experience, you'll be surprised at how this country [...]

7 Unmissable Experiences in Croatia: From Mountains to Island Hopping

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For some people travel means relaxation and a break from normal life. Laying on the beach with a drink. Reading a book by the pool. Well, for me it doesn't - even though I sometimes wish that was enough. When summer turned out colder then expected, I started to look for a cheap holiday with sun, adventure, culture and nature. Preferably with hidden, private [...]

How to Get the Most out of the Galapagos Islands

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Ever since I was a little girl, watching nature programmes on the telly with my dad, holding my little Greek land tortoise in my lap and pointing at the giant tortoises on the screen, I dreamt of going there myself - the Galapagos Islands. They have always been a mysterious place: so far away, out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean; inhabited by bizarre anim[...]

A year of swimming 52 lakes - The Jessica Lee Story

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I'm a nature girl. I could spend all my time running through forests, camping in the mountains or jumping into lakes. The thing is, I'm also a bit of a chicken when it comes to swimming in water with a temperature that's anything below 30°C. Hot showers all the way! Anyway, the project of the Canadian Jessica Lee really peaked my interest: Living in Berlin n[...]

Borneo - Where the Wild Things are

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Back when I started diving in March my friend who had accompanied me to Koh Tao was amazed by my sudden interest in the marine life. Apparently I have a short attention span in all other things so the idea that I would stare at fish for hours at a time and not get bored was beyond her. And while diving takes a bit more than just staring at fish, I guess it w[...]

Unwind in Berlin: A weekend retreat at Storchenhof

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It doesn't have to take hours on end to travel to a place that catapults you into a parallel universe. In fact, sometimes the most serene of all oases can be a short train ride away. And sometimes, just sometimes, it takes a mere 48 hours to calm down the buzz in your head. When I stepped into the old farm-house of a stork farm in Groß Pankow, Brandenburg ([...]

The Rainforest of the Austrians in Costa Rica

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With images of wooden jungle cabins, untouched beaches and wild animals roaming free, the word “eco-tourism” resonates with my memories of Costa Rica like no other. Never before have I traveled a place where ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY was written across nearly everything: car rental companies, back country lodges, traditional restaurants, tour agencies and[...]

Kolarbyn Eco Lodge - Sweden's most primitive hotel

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It's often very handy to consult our facebook group to see what sort of things you guys like to read about and enjoy. A surprisingly strong response often comes with anything to do with the outdoors - be it mountain-climbing, canoeing or camping, apparently almost everyone has a soft spot for a "back to nature" type holiday. Yesterday I posted this photo [...]

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