Recent Travel Stories

A Trip to Colorful Valparaíso

The capital of Chile; Santiago is well connected by planes and buses. If you’re flying into South America from Europe then flying out of Spain will give you the most affordable rates. As visiting Santiago was part of my South America trip I arrived into Santiago by bus. The bus from Mendoza, Argentina snakes up the side of the imposing Andes mountains, it zigzags through its stunning landscape before it plunges down into the city of Santiago. A bus ride…
Read more

The Magic of Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is a protected desert wilderness situated in southern Jordan, near the border with Saudi Arabia. It features dramatic sandstone mountains, natural arches, prehistoric inscriptions and carvings, canyons, dunes, natural watering holes, Bedouin encampments and needless to say heaps of sand. The summers in Wadi Rum are uncomfortably hot, whereas the temperature in winter can drop below zero after dark. The best time to visit Wadi Rum is in spring or autumn. The British archaeologist T.E. Lawrence earned his…
Read more

Photo Essay: Petra, Jordan

The ancient city of Petra is a famous archaeological site in Jordan’s southwestern desert. Petra is famous for its tombs, temples, churches and houses which are all carved into pink sandstone cliffs; earning its nickname, the “Rose City”. It’s Jordan’s most-visited attraction and part of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Established around 300 BC and only discovered by the western world in 1812. The indigenous people (Bedouin) of Petra were nomadic Arabs who used this city as a…
Read more

Shooting Guns in Guam

The beautiful island of Guam is an U.S. island territory in the western Pacific. It has tropical beaches, Chamorro villages, ancient latte-stone pillars, memorials from World War II and a significant Spanish colonial heritage. Due to its location Guam is a popular stopover for Korean, Chinese and Japanese tourists en-route to other parts of the Pacific, Australia or the USA. Continue reading to find out how I ended up shooting guns in Guam! Facts U.S. Island Territory Capital: Hagåtña Language:…
Read more

Hiking Trail: Torres del Paine ‘W’ Trek, Chile

Torres del Paine may simple be South America’s finest national park. This park of 181.000 hectares has everything that represents Patagonia in its purest form. The granite pillars of Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) dominate the landscape of this world class national park, but there are many more mind blowing landscapes which will give you the ‘wow’ feeling. Weather can be wild and unpredictable, with sudden rainstorms and hurricane-like gusts. Bring waterproof gear, a warm sleeping bag, a good…
Read more

Photo Essay: Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza is the most famous and best restored Maya site of Yucatan, Mexico. This archaeological site with excavated ruins of the large former Maya city, including the iconic step pyramid, is for many people the highlight of Mexico. Chichen Itza The provincial town of Valladolid makes a great hub for a visit to Chichen Itza. Regular collectivos (shared mini buses) bring you in 40 mins to the Maya site. As one of the new seven wonders of the world…
Read more