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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 | 26 Comments | ]

I love the Internet, I do. And not just because of Spotify, YouTube or Grumpy Cat.
I love the Internet because it connects me with great minded folk who inspire, support and care about what I do with my time. Monika Kanokova is one of these people. We met on a social network (of course), she discovered that I was an indie author, and she asked to interview me for …

[ Written by Frankie | 15 Jan 2015 | 9 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 | ]

You know what the most liked Instagram picture of 2014 is? A picture of Kim Kardashian and Kayne West’s wedding. Yeah, that’s right. We decided we needed to chip in some blue-sky-cocktails-crystal-ocean pictures to make up for that apparent lack of pictures from the road on this world’s social media charts.
(Our most liked Instagram picture by the way was London’s skyline with the Shard.)

2014 was a year filled with passport …

[ Written by Caroline | 29 Dec 2014 | 4 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 | ]

Honduras is hot right now. And it’s not just the steamy, tropical, Central American climes that make it so. In fact, this whole stretch of land bridging the gap between Mexico and Colombia has been slowly coming into its own as a firm favourite with independent travellers over the past 20 years, as political and civil situations gain stability. As a result, safety concerns are less of an issue and …

[ Written by Alex | 16 Dec 2014 | 17 Comments | ]

Me on the road is generally not a very tender and graceful affair. Me on the road usually involves a lot of swearing, excess luggage and sleeping on buses or trains (in fact I just woke up from a two-hour nap on my backpack as I’m writing this). And so it happened last week: I stumbled out of my flat in Berlin at a disgraceful time somewhere between midnight and sunrise, …

[ Written by Caroline | 11 Dec 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

For years, photographers have been drawn to Namibia‘s northwest – to a community living among the majestic Makalani palms at Palmfontein: the Himba. They invite visitors to see how they live and learn about their proud and ancient culture. From skin care to clothing and perfume, many Himba continue traditional practices that have remained unchanged for generations. Yet, they are becoming familiar with modern lifestyles through the visitors. They are …

[ Written by guest | 9 Dec 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

Sometimes, in the course of your travels, you’re lucky enough to stumble upon a place with just the right vibe. A place you go to not for its famous sights or fancy venues, but for its particular energy. A place that gets passed on from person to person, through the tales of those who have been before. A place where you immediately bond with the people you meet, because it feels …

[ Written by Marie C | 27 Nov 2014 | 12 Comments | ]

Fast. Free. In flight. Full of life. These are all the things that snowboarding makes me feel.
However, it wasn’t always this way. Once upon a time I was a beginner and a bad one too. I couldn’t stand up. I couldn’t turn. I couldn’t go faster than a shopping trolley with a broken wheel being pushed by an eighty year old woman in the snow. And at first, for a …

[ Written by Frankie | 25 Nov 2014 | 4 Comments | ]