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The importance of wildlife reintroduction in national parksRead more +20 July 2022 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

The importance of wildlife reintroduction in national parks

With wild species disappearing at an unprecedented rate, reintroduction of wildlife in national parks seems to be the only solution in the long term. I visited the Akagera National Park in Rwanda some months ago. Unlike the national parks of Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa, Akagera is managed way differently. Only a few rhinos are
How to plan a trip in Akagera national ParkRead more +21 June 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to plan a trip to Akagera National Park in Rwanda

From itineraries, transportation, accommodation, prices, and best time to go. This is the ultimate guide for planning a trip to Akagera National Park in Rwanda. One moment you are driving through rolling hills, passing buffalo herds, and observing views of Rwanda’s untouched landscapes. A second later, you are at a vast plain surrounded by dozens
Crossing overland between Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda: a complete guideRead more +13 June 2022 By Featured post in Africa, Destinations

Crossing overland between Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda

With security and tourism increasing yearly in East Africa, here is a simple guide on crossing overland between these countries. Visiting Kenya, Uganda, or Rwanda as a backpacker has never been easier than now. Increasing infrastructure, a more significant traveling culture, better security, and more accessibility has turned East Africa into one of the hottest
What to bring and wear for gorilla trekkingRead more +07 June 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

What to bring and wear for gorilla trekking

Rain jacket, double socks, boots, and lots of water – here is the ultimate guide on what you need to pack and wear for gorilla trekking tours in East and Central Africa. Going on a gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, or the Democratic Republic of Congo is not a walk in the park. The climate
Illegal trade of wildlifeRead more +03 June 2022 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Turning animal poachers into wildlife conservationists

I met with a former animal poacher in Uganda and talked about killing animals illegally, conservation projects, and what the government is doing to help. Levy Tindimwebwa captured and killed wild animals in Uganda’s national parks for over 12 years. Today, he understands the environmental impact of his actions and the long-term damages he was
Best things do in HargeisaRead more +31 May 2022 By Featured post in Africa, Destinations, Uncategorized

Best things to do in Hargeisa

Overshadowed by the political conflicts around, Hargeisa is a quiet and charming city that embodies the friendliness and kind of Somaliland. Located in Somaliland and not technically Somalia, Hargeisa is one of the most exciting gems the Horn of Africa has. Even though it can be chaotic and intimidating the first time,  Hargeisa welcomed me
The Batwa people of Uganda – a tribe on the edge of disappearingRead more +27 May 2022 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

The Batwa people of Uganda – a tribe on the edge of disappearing

Drastic changes in their lifestyle, constant discrimination, and zero opportunities. The Batwa in Uganda don’t need charity and donations. They need to be protected for who they are. In 1906, the Bronx Zoo in New York City introduced what they called “the most interesting sight in the Bronx” into the gorilla cage. It was a
How to plan a gorilla trekking in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable ForestRead more +24 May 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to plan a gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Going on a gorilla trekking in Uganda is an experience of a lifetime. These are the do’s and don’ts when planning your trek at the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. My legs were already exhausted as my group went deeper into the jungles of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of Uganda. Even though we could not see
Castle in GermanyRead more +20 May 2022 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

What is the 9-Euro Ticket – A perfect pass for traveling across Germany this Summer

One transport ticket that is valid for an entire month, lets you travel all across Germany, and costs only 9 euros? What sounds like the craziest idea of all is today a reality. After it was announced the German government was discussing a pilot program in which a nationwide transport ticket valid for an entire
How many blank passport pages do you need to travel to each countryRead more +17 May 2022 By Juan Martinez in Travel 101

How many blank passport pages do you need to travel to each country

Every country has different regulations on how many blank passport pages you need to travel. Either one, two, three, or more, here is a guide for each country in the world. After traveling over 105 countries with a Colombian passport, I mastered the art of managing passport pages and visas. I come from a country
Best things to do in NouakchottRead more +12 May 2022 By Featured post in Africa, Destinations

Best things to do in Nouakchott

Far off the bucket list of many travelers, Nouakchott is a hidden gem in Mauritania where travelers can see how life in the Sahara was decades ago. Not many people would consider adding Mauritania to their travel plans. However, those who do, are welcome to a country full of mystery, cultural diversity, and a fascinating
Which are the best national parks in UgandaRead more +09 May 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Which are the best national parks in Uganda

From dense forests hiding mountain gorillas to savannas where lions climb trees, Uganda’s National Parks reveal why this country is known as the “Pearl of Africa.” While Kenya and Tanzania worked for decades to build a reputation as the top safari destinations globally, Uganda became often overlooked. Travelers come to Uganda searching for the mountain
climbing lions at Queen Elizabeth National Park - How to plan a tripRead more +04 May 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to plan a trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda

Grasslands, savannah, forests, wetlands, and lakes – you name it, and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda has it. It was my first night before visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park, and to save some costs, a friend and I decided to stay in a tented camp outside the premises of the park. With only shepherds
These are the best things to do in WindhoekRead more +02 May 2022 By Featured post in Africa, Destinations

Best things to do in Windhoek

From great culinary and cultural experiences to animal encounters, these are the best things you can do in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Often ignored by travelers road tripping around Namibia, Windhoek is not only Namibia’s gateway to the world but also a great city to understand what makes this country so different from the
Tracking chimpanzees in Uganda‘s Kibale National ParkRead more +29 April 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Tracking chimpanzees in Uganda‘s Kibale National Park

Whether you go tracking or for a habituation tour, tracing chimpanzees at the Kibale National Park in Uganda is an adventure to never forget. As time passed by, each step became harder and harder. We trekked for almost two hours, my hiking boots were completely covered in mud, and I couldn’t stop sweating because of
All you need to know before visiting the Devil’s Pool in Victoria FallsRead more +26 April 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

All you need to know before visiting the Devil’s Pool in Victoria Falls

Located at the edge of Africa’s greatest natural spectacle, taking a dip into the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls should be at the top of your bucket list. With 110 million gallons per minute crashing into a 105-meter-deep canyon, there are not many places around the world as astonishing and imposing as Victoria Falls. It
activities to do at Victoria FallsRead more +21 April 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

What are the best activities to do at Victoria Falls

Rafting, bungee jumping, a helicopter flight, or a river cruise. There are so many different activities at Victoria Falls that it is challenging to know which one to choose. Known as the adventure capital of Africa, Victoria Falls is more than a waterfall dividing two countries. It is a symbol of Africa, a place where
Which are the best national parks in ZambiaRead more +14 April 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Which are the best national parks in Zambia

Considered a hidden gem for safari lovers, Zambia might not be first on your bucket list, but it definitely should be. Whether you listen to hundreds of hippos honking at the shores of the Luangwa River or look up from the base of the magnificent Victoria Falls, it is impossible to not be thrilled by
South Luangwa National Park, ZambiaRead more +29 March 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to plan a trip to South Luangwa National Park in Zambia

Unspoiled and wild, South Luangwa National Park is the top destination for safaris in Zambia. Here is everything you need to know about planning your trip to this hidden gem. The sun was setting down at the South Luangwa National Park, and we were finishing a sunset break at the shores of the Luangwa River.
Eswatini - Hlane National Park lionsRead more +25 March 2022 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

What to do at the Hlane National Park in Eswatini

With a growing population of wildlife and affordable safari experiences, a visit to Hlane National Park in Eswatini can be the safari you are looking for Whether I was having breakfast in the early morning, relaxing before lunch, or sipping a drink in the afternoon, there were always at least one or two rhinos on
Eswatini passport Stamp - How to cross overland from Mozambique to EswatiniRead more +22 March 2022 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

How to cross overland between Mozambique and Eswatini

From the different border crossings to the best methods to get around. Here you can find everything you need to know before crossing the land border between Mozambique and Eswatini. Even though the distance between Maputo and Manzini (Eswatini’s key city) and Mbabane (Eswatini’s capital and larger city) is just around 180 – 200 km,
Himba in Namibia - What tribes you can see and visit in NamibiaRead more +18 March 2022 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

In search of Namibia’s tribes

From the distinctive Himba, to the Herero, and the San, these are some of the most interesting tribes you can visit in Namibia. With almost a dozen ethnic groups coexisting together, Namibia’s cultural heritage is vast and outstanding. Around half of Namibia’s population can be traced back to Ovambo and around 10 other ethnicities are
How to plan a self-driving trip in Etosha National ParkRead more +10 March 2022 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

How to plan a self-driving trip in Etosha National Park

With excellent wildlife, comfy camping spots, and easy routes to follow, a self-driving safari in Etosha is the ultimate adventure in Namibia Self-driving in Namibia is easy and uncomplicated. Rental cars with rooftop tents are available for all budgets, camping spots are quite inexpensive and the natural wonders around the country are simply outstanding. Still,
Packing list for a self-driving camping trip in NamibiaRead more +06 March 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations, Travel 101

Packing list for a self-driving camping trip in Namibia

Camping equipment, food, and enough water. Do you have a checklist of everything your need for a self-driving camping trip in Namibia?  Camping trips are always a fun experience for adventure lovers and Namibia is the right country to plan one. No matter if you go to the most remote areas of Skeleton Coast National
wildlife sanctuaries in Namibia - NaankuseRead more +25 February 2022 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Why wildlife sanctuaries in Africa are so important?

More than keeping animals safe, wildlife sanctuaries all over Africa take care of showing us the bigger picture. Old lady is one of the shyest cheetahs at the Namibian Cheetah Conservation Fund 300km north of Windhoek. With a bit over 13 years, she barely moves and is quite distant from the other animals living here.
abandoned car in solitaire lodge in NamibiaRead more +17 February 2022 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Which are the most unique places to visit in Namibia

From elephants roaming freely in the desert to abandoned towns and petrified trees, these are some of the most unique and unusual places to visit in Namibia Namibia is not like most countries in southern Africa. It is home to the oldest desert in the world, the Namib desert.  It has the largest population of
How to plan a road trip in NamibiaRead more +10 February 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to plan a road trip in Namibia

Unlike most countries in Africa, Namibia is best seen on a self-driving road trip. How to start planning, prepare a route and get everything you need is what this article is about. After a quick Google search, I was intrigued to see how many articles with itineraries are on the internet about a road trip
Wildlife in Kenya - best places to visit in KenyaRead more +08 February 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Tsavo, Amboseli or Masai Mara – Which safari park in Kenya should you visit?

In order to properly plan a safari in Kenya, you need to better understand which one of the three big parks suits you the most: Tsavo, Amboseli or Masai Mara? Either you plan a safari in Kenya independently, or have a tour operator taking care of everything in the back, organizing your first safari is
herds of elephants in Amboseli National Park - KenyaRead more +27 January 2022 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

How to plan a trip to Amboseli National Park in Kenya

Known for being the best place to see mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park is probably Africa’s best hidden gem.   Overshadowed by the great Masai Mara in Kenya or the nearby Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, I was surprise to see many travelers skipping Amboseli National Park in East Africa. This national park not only
entry exit stamps kenya tanzaniaRead more +25 January 2022 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

How to travel overland from Kenya to Tanzania

With several crossing points along the border and direct bus connections in between, traveling overland from Kenya to Tanzania is easy, fast and cheap. After finishing my trip to Masai Mara in Kenya, I was excited to get to the other side of the border and visit Serengeti National Park. However, with private charters connecting
River crossings in Masai MaraRead more +20 January 2022 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Everything you need to know about the wildebeest migration

Being one of the most breathtaking experiences in Africa, experiencing the wildebeest migration in Kenya or Tanzania should be on everyone’s bucket list It was a late afternoon in the heart of Masai Mara and the light was perfect for photographing. At the horizon, the plains of the national park were dotted with thousands of
lions in Masai Mara with carRead more +13 January 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to plan a trip to Masai Mara in Kenya

From itineraries, transportation, accommodation, prices, and best time to go. This is the ultimate guide on how to plan a trip  to Masai Mara in Kenya. Think about a perfect safari experience and you will probably end up imagining a trip to Masai Mara in Kenya. This world-renowned national reserve is not only Kenya’s biggest
Self-driving safari in Serengeti National ParkRead more +06 January 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Self-driving safari in Serengeti National Park – Is it really worth it?

A Self-driving safari in Serengeti is possible. However, it requires preparation, knowledge and a higher budget. The final question is: Is it really worth it? There is a certain charm in planning a self-driving safari in Serengeti. It is a very personal experience that test  your skills of driving a 4×4 under some difficult conditions.
How to plan a safari at SerengetiRead more +29 December 2021 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to plan a trip to Serengeti National Park

If you are planning on going to a safari, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania should be on top of that list.  Here is how you plan a perfect trip to Serengeti. Planning a trip to Serengeti National Park can be as organized or as flexible as you want it to be. From group tours for
Top safari experiences in AfricaRead more +20 December 2021 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

What are the top safari experiences in Africa

Going on a safari is simply one of the most incredible activities you can do in a lifetime. However, there are some highlights each one of us wish we could see. The first time I went on a safari I didn’t know what to expect. I knew I was going to see wildlife at its
Planning a safari in AfricaRead more +01 December 2021 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

How to Get Ready for your First Safari Trip

Going on a safari is one of the most extraordinary experiences while traveling, and with a little bit of extra preparation, it can turn into the adventure of a lifetime. Beside ridiculously high expectations, I didn’t know how to prepare for my first safari trip in Africa. I simply saw it as an opportunity to
A guide to visit Mauritania as a woman aloneRead more +16 November 2021 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

A guide to visit Mauritania as a woman alone

Laura Trujillo has been in over 50 countries. One of the places she traveled alone is Mauritania. What are the do’s and don’ts in this part of the Sahara? Read more and find out! Traveling to Mauritania can be quite intimidating. It is one of the most isolated countries in the world and from a
A journey to the Mauritanian Sahara - Africa’s forgotten frontierRead more +04 November 2021 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

A journey to the Mauritanian Sahara – Africa’s forgotten frontier

Untraveled and in some way bygone, the Mauritanian Sahara is one of the most satisfying places an adventurer can explore. Traveling to the Sahara can be as secure or as risky as you want it to be. From the organized and overly expensive trips you can book in Egypt and Morocco, to self-driving across one
Old town in Ouadane in MauritaniaRead more +22 October 2021 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Traveling to Chinguetti and Ouadane – Mauritania‘s gateway to the Sahara

Located in the outskirts of the Sahara, Chinguetti and Ouadane are two hidden gems Mauritania is hidding from the rest of the world. Unspoiled, mysterious and rich in culture, the cities of Chinguetti and Ouadane in Mauritania are an ode to the past. More than 1000 years ago, they were two of the most important
international cuisine BerlinRead more +07 October 2021 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

Kumpir instead of sauerkraut – Exploring Berlin’s best international cuisine

If you want to taste a bite from any region around the globe, Berlin is the place to go. These are some of the most diverse, delicious and best places to try international cuisine in Berlin. “Berliners love to eat sausages and schnitzel”. This is probably the most common misconception about the citizens of the
Where is the best street art in BerlinRead more +01 October 2021 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

Which are the most beautiful street art murals in Berlin

Berlin is a magnet for street art. From the political murals hidden in the suburbs to colorful street art that leaves you speechless, these are the best street art murals Berlin has to offer From its outstanding and world-renowned museums, to the street art movement artists began in the 1960s against the government, Berlin has
How to spend each evening of the week in BerlinRead more +14 September 2021 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

Tip of the day – How to spend each evening of the week in Berlin

Known as one of the most dynamic cities in the world, Berlin is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. What to do and where to go is what I’m going to tell you now I’ve been living in Berlin for the past 4 years and I can’t recall how many times I had trouble
How to eat like a local in SpainRead more +05 September 2021 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

How to eat like a local in Spain

Fresh ingredients, excellent meat quality and world renowned wines. Eating in Spain is not just a daily need, it is a full culinary adventure   If there is a country, where going to a restaurant is always a different surprising experience, it has to be Spain. It is delicious, but very slow. Relaxed, but extremely
Cathedral Seville with a droneRead more +27 August 2021 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

Traveling in Seville, Europe’s most underrated hidden gem

Enchanting, full of life and simply beautiful, everybody knows about Seville, but nobody tells you how captivating it really is If there is a place I’m happy I never saw on pictures before visiting it, it has to be Plaza de España in Seville. It is probably one of the most beautiful squares in the
Ronda - Exploring the „pueblos blancos“ – the white villages of AndaluciaRead more +14 August 2021 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

Exploring the „pueblos blancos“ – the white villages of Andalucia

Quiet, simple and extremely beautiful, the white villages of Andalucia deserve a visit on its own. Andalucia is unlike any other place in Europe. It’s an enchanting combination of middle eastern influences and Mediterranean culture. It is a place where travelers come looking for sun and beaches, but end up staying because of its rich
Collect car license plates from all over the worldRead more +03 August 2021 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

How do I collect car license plates from all over the world

Some people collect postcards, others collect funny travel t-shirts. I collect car license plates from the places I go. It Christmas time 2011 and I was visiting Prague for the very first time. Just like any other backpacker in his early 20s, I was more interested in getting a immerse into the Czech nightlife than
Kantun Chi - Visiting cenotes in MexicoRead more +01 July 2021 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Visiting cenotes in Yucatan – the sacred Mayan underground natural pools

Secretly hidden among the jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula, the cenotes in Mexico were once considered a portal between the underworld and us. Today, it is a bit more complex than that. We were driving for almost an hour through the dense jungle and beside a couple of signs indicating we are in the right
Cenote Trip in Yucatan - Kayak Cenote Kantun ChiRead more +09 June 2021 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

How to plan an adventure road trip at the Yucatan Peninsula

Cenotes, white sandy beaches, Mayan temples or traditional villages – a road trip at the Yucatan Peninsula means a lot of options and decisions to be made. Everyone who ever went on a road trip knowns the struggles of planning the perfect itinerary. You want to have a good mix of activities, discover “on” and
Road Trip in Yucatan – Tips for renting and driving a car in MexicoRead more +20 May 2021 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Road Trip in Yucatan – Tips for renting and driving a car in Mexico

Rent a car, plan your itinerary, and prepare for an emergency. Here is all you need to know before you start a road trip at the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico There is nothing like a road trip in a new country and Mexico does not disappoint.  I have been on assignment at the Yucatan peninsula
Exploring the Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA) in MexicoRead more +04 May 2021 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Exploring the Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA) in Mexico

Located at the coast of Cancun, the Underwater Museum of Art in Mexico is an exciting getaway for those wanting to discover something new and unique The marine life has always fascinated me. It is a completely different world in a totally strange environment waiting to be fully discovered. I always saw myself as an
Isla Mujeres or Cozumel?Read more +15 April 2021 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Islands of the Yucatan Peninsula – Isla Mujeres or Cozumel?

Located in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel are two very diverse paradises. The question is: which one is better?   Minutes away from Quintana Roo’s coastline in the Mexican Caribbean, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel are two of the most popular islands not only in Mexico, but in the
Semuc Champey-most beautiful waterfall Guatemala-Central AmericaRead more +26 March 2021 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Which are the most beautiful waterfalls of Central America

Overshadowed by political tensions and civil conflicts, Central America hides some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. The very first time I visited Central America was while traveling by land from Texas to Panama back in 2018. I spent almost 3 months covering thousands of kilometers and basically rushing from hotspot to hotspot.
Pulhapanzak Waterfalls HondurasRead more +18 March 2021 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Pulhapanzak – Honduras’ mighty waterfalls

In the search for the most beautiful cascades in the world, the Pulhapanzak waterfalls in Honduras might come quite close to the top spot With a water drop of 43 meters and surrounded by an outstanding natural scenery in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, the Pulhapanzak waterfalls in Honduras are considered
Meet the Guatemalan god living in a wooden bodyRead more +14 March 2021 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Meet the Guatemalan god living in a wooden body

Maximón is not like any other deity around the world. He is a saint who likes to drink rum and smoke cigars. Also, he is reincarnated in a wooden puppet. Hidden somewhere among the colorful alleys of Santiago Atitlan, a small town situated on Lake Atitlan southwest Guatemala, there is a modest family house hosting
Colombia hippos dilemma – a global issue with no clear solutionRead more +04 March 2021 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Colombia’s hippo dilemma – a global issue with no clear solution

Colombia is the only country in South America where wild hippos roam freely – something unnatural despite its large biodiversity. Whether it’s good or bad depends on who you ask. When drug kingpin and mass murderer Pablo Escobar died in 1993, not many people thought about the environmental footprint his extravagances would generate decades later:
Las Gachas Colombia Santander - colorful poolsRead more +25 February 2021 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Quebrada Las Gachas – Colombia’s bizarre natural pools are under threat

Often compared to the colorful Cano Cristales river, Las Gachas stream is a hidden gem in Colombia that is in danger due to increasing tourism. Located behind the bushes a reddish stone riverbed dotted with more than 250 natural wells from all sizes attracts thousands of visitors each month. It is one of the most
rappeling waterfalls Colombia MelgarRead more +20 February 2021 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Rappelling Colombia’s secret waterfalls

Hidden deep into the dense tropical forest of Melgar – Colombia, I found more than a dozen waterfalls completely unexplored. “How many waterfalls are there in total?”, that was the first question I asked a local guide while securing the anchors before rappelling a single drop 80 meter tall waterfall in my home country, Colombia.
Lalibela St George rock church EthiopiaRead more +16 February 2021 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

In search for Ethiopia’s atypical rock-hewn churches

From the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela to the chapels in the Tigray region, visiting a church in Ethiopia is a travel experience you should not skip. Ethiopians relationship with God is visible everywhere you go while visiting Ethiopia. No matter if you are going for business in Addis or to an adventure expedition in Danakil,
Abuna Yemata Guh, Ethiopia’s church in the skyRead more +04 February 2021 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Marveling Abuna Yemata Guh, Ethiopia’s church in the sky

Abuna Yemata Guh is not like any other church in the world. This rock-hewn sanctuary stands 250 meters above ground and in order to reach it, you are required to climb up and face death. “There is no other place in the world where you can get closer to God”, these are the words most
Inside Somaliland - country in Horn of Africa - Girl from SomalilandRead more +29 January 2021 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Somaliland unveiled – Inside Africa’s most complex country

Completely unknown by some and unrecognized by the rest, Somaliland is the country that is not a country. It’s in a limbo of existence where visitors are welcomed with camel milk, qat and a smile. “If you travel there independently, there is a big chance you will never come back”. Those were the words I
cars at the somaliland border - crossing Djibouti Somaliland borderRead more +12 January 2021 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to cross the border between Djibouti and Somaliland by land

I crossed one of the most remote land borders in the world, the Djibouti – Somaliland border. It was easy and fast, but way less comfortable than I though. “It’s Somaliland, not Somalia!” This was the most common misconception I had to explain while I was talking about my journey around the Horn of Africa
A travel guide to Djibouti City - European Quarter architectureRead more +30 December 2020 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

A travel guide for Djibouti City – East Africa’s melting pot

Undervalued, charming and enchanting, Djibouti City is a journey through Arab, East African and European influences. My drive from Djibouti’s international airport to the capital’s city center was calm and straightforward. No masses of people walking on the road, hundreds of cars beeping for no reason, or standstill traffic jams. Way differently – it was
sulphur lake Lac Abbe DjiboutiRead more +18 December 2020 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Lac Abbé & Lac Assal – Djibouti’s alien landscapes

Desertic and inhospitable, but simultaneously bizarre and flabbergasting, Lac Abbé and Lac Assal in Djibouti are some of the world’s strangest landscapes. I will never forget the first time I glimpsed Lac Abbé’s surreal landscape at the horizon. The scenery looked so dystopian and desolated, that for a moment I thought I landed on planet
Liechtenstein Trail View of VaduzRead more +07 December 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

The Liechtenstein Trail: Hiking across the world’s sixth-smallest nation

Crossing the whole country and connecting all of Liechtenstein’s municipalities, the Liechtenstein Trail is a hike through a nation’s heritage Receiving only an average of 80,000 visitors each year, the tiny country of Liechtenstein is the least visited country in Europe. But don’t be concerned about its minimal influx of tourists or its small size
Hiking Routes in LiechtensteinRead more +30 November 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

Liechtenstein – Getting lost in the micro-country of the Alps

Either hiking across the full country in just 3 days or exploring any of its 400km of trails, visiting Liechtenstein means experiencing the less known side of the Alps “Liechtenstein? What are you doing there for so long”. That was the usual reaction I was getting from my friends at home each time I mentioned
Outdoor activities to do in the DolomitesRead more +20 November 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

Outdoor activities to do in the Dolomites

Cycling, hiking and rock climbing in Summer, while skiing and alpine mountaineering in Winter. The Italian Dolomites are a paradise for outdoor explorers It’s obvious I’m in love with the region of the Dolomites. They are not only in my opinion the most beautiful mountain landscape in Europe, but also one of the most diverse
Dolomites‘ most adventurous hike - The Cortina Dolomiti Ultra TrekkingRead more +13 November 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

Dolomites‘ most adventurous hike – The Cortina Dolomiti Ultra Trekking

Covering some of the best spots in the Dolomites, the Cortina Dolomiti Ultra Trekking is the ultimate hiking trek for adventure seekers in Europe There is nothing more fascinating that waking up after the sun comes out and realize you just slept in a mountain hut above the clouds. This is how days start, when
Alta Via 1 - Hiking Passo Giau - DolomitesRead more +08 November 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

Hiking the most epic route in the Dolomites – the Alta Via 1

Named as one of the most extraordinary hikes in the world, the Alta Via 1 in the Dolomites is an adventure any hiking lover should experience at least once in a lifetime. After emerging from an extinct tropical sea around 70 million years ago, the sharp limestone peaks of the Dolomites are some of the
Road Trip maps in the AlpsRead more +29 October 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

How to plan a road trip in the Alps

A road trip in the Alps is a once in lifetime experience and as any other multi-country road trip, the more you prepare for it, the better is it. When it comes to planning a road trip across the Alps, I was kind of disappointed with the information I found online. Most articles (from bloggers
Grossglockner High Alpine RoadRead more +19 October 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

Road trip in the Alps: Driving through the Grossglockner High Alpine Road

If you are planning a road trip in the Alps, the highest mountain pass road of Austria should be a must. This is the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Surrounded by a stunning scenery of colorful flower meadows, snowy peaks, glaciers and serpentine roads at 2400 meters, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road makes you feel part
Visiting Eisriesenwelt and Dachstein - Ice cave austriaRead more +09 October 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

Visiting an ice cave in Austria: Eisriesenwelt or Dachstein?

I visited the Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave and Dachstein Ice Cave in Austria and explored a world of ice and frost When I think about Summer in the Alps, I can’t imagine visiting an ice cave in Austria. Hot and long Summer days are usually for me associated with outdoors activities and swims at the late,
Types of Signs at the hiking routes in the AlpsRead more +30 September 2020 By Juan Martinez in Travel 101

Types of Signs at the Hiking Routes of the Alps

Do you know the different trail signs at the Alps? I recap all the signs and symbols for each country in the Alps and made a guide about it.   Stretching approximately 1,200 kilometers across eight Alpine countries (France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia), the Alps is one of the most impressive
Tour Salar de Uyuni in BoliviaRead more +21 September 2020 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Places to visit around Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

Although Salar de Uyuni is Bolivia’s largest attraction, travelers visiting only the salt flats are missing some of the most extraordinary landscapes on earth Multicolored lagoons, bubbling sulfur pools at almost 5000 meters and a salt flat as vast as the eye can see. I did a tour to Salar de Uyuni in 2019 for
Following the Taco Route in TexasRead more +11 September 2020 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Chasing Tacos in Texas – Which are the best?

If you have to eat only tacos for the rest of your life, Texas is the place to live. I went on a “Taco-journey”and found out why tacos are considered a cult. “You can’t pray if you haven’t heard from God yet”. That’s what my friend Steve from California said while we were tasting the
Hiking routes at Big Bend National Park -Road trip TexasRead more +19 August 2020 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Exploring Big Bend National Park in Texas

Remote, desertic, hot and adventurous. The Big Bend National Park is a jewel in Texas and the perfect place to disconnect from modern life Known as one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States, the Big Bend National Park is too far to simply drive by, too isolated to live nearby and
Hiking Mt. Takao and MitakeRead more +11 August 2020 By Juan Martinez in Asia, Destinations

Discovering hiking routes outside Tokyo: Mt. Takao and Mitake

Green and wild instead of grey and futuristic, Mt.Takao and Mt. Mitake are the best hiking routes near Tokyo and a great alternative to try something new. Hectic, chaotic and sometimes extremely crowded, Tokyo can be a little bit overwhelming for a first time visitor. But don’t worry, the scenic hiking routes at Mt. Takao
Guide for the pyramids in GizaRead more +04 August 2020 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

A guide for exploring the Pyramids in Cairo

Either on an independent visit or with a private guide, that first sight of the Pyramids in Cairo will take your breath away No matter if this is one of these places you simply want to cross off your bucket list or a destination you always dreamt about to explore, the Pyramids in Egypt are
Mushroom Sunset White Desert EgyptRead more +14 July 2020 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Visiting the Black and White Desert in Egypt

The Black and White Desert in Egypt are two of the most beautiful hidden gems in the country. The best of it: They are located just several hours away from Cairo While most visitors traveling to Egypt have a long list of places to visit: The Great Pyramids of Giza, the Red Sea, the city
NationalParkChristoffel-Boka GrandiRead more +07 July 2020 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Christoffel National Park – Discovering Curaçao’s wildest side

Who could imagine that tucked away in the middle of this island paradise are some of the most beautiful hiking routes of the Caribbean? This is Curaçao’s Christoffel National Park. When I think Curaçao, the first images in my mind are perfect white sandy beaches, tropical cocktails in front of the ocean and a radiant
sunrise mount tirano -hiking-san-marinoRead more +27 June 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

The hiking routes of San Marino

Although it is one of the smallest countries on earth, San Marino has some scenic hiking routes to get lost and explore Even thought the tiny country of San Marino (61 km²) is not even 1/10 of the size of Berlin (891 km²) and most travelers come by just for a daytrip, this country is
Mount Tirana daytrip San MarinoRead more +14 June 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Day Trip in San Marino – The micro-country in the heart of Italy

I went on a day trip to San Marino. Here I found out what makes it a gem in the middle of the mountains and the perfect getaway With just over 60 square kilometers and a population of the size of an Italian village (33.000 people), the micro-country of San Marino is seen by many
Spreewald CanalsRead more +03 June 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Exploring Spreewald – The Venice of Germany

Being the perfect getaway from Berlin, Spreewald offers an enchanting scenery, green dense forests and labyrinthic water canals. Either you are canoeing at one of the over 200 streams branching out from the Spree River during Summer or wandering through snow-covered villages and rivers during Winter, Spreewald is always a good choice if you want
Hiking Guide to Saxon Switzerland National Park - SchrammsteineRead more +24 May 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

A Hiking Guide to Saxon Switzerland National Park

I went on a road trip to Saxon Switzerland and did some hiking, camping and exploring. Where to go and what to do? This is what you are going to find out Either you get lost in the hundreds of labyrinthic gorges or marvel the vast valleys between the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Saxon Switzerland will
Wild camping Saxon SwitzerlandRead more +16 May 2020 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Boofen, the wild way of cave camping in Saxon Switzerland

Even though wild camping is prohibited in Germany, cave camping or boofen has an exception at the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Sleeping outdoors under a rock, waking up surrounded by towering sandstone columns and being in the heart of Germany’s most beautiful national park. It sounds like the daily morning of an extinct cro-magnon. Well,
Road Trip to the RakotzbrückeRead more +08 May 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Road Trip to the Rakotzbrücke – Germany Devil’s Bridge

Forming a perfect circle with its reflection, the Rakotzbrücke in Germany is considered one of the most beautiful bridges in Europe. In the German state of Saxony, there is an arched bridge which was explicitly built to form a perfect circular shape when it is reflected in the waters of the lake beneath it. It
Bohemian Switzerland HikingRead more +01 May 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Hiking Bohemian Switzerland – Czech Republic majestic national park

Planning to hike in Bohemian Switzerland? This is all you need to know to make the most of it Located only a couple of hours from Prague and known as one of the most enchanting national parks in Europe, the Bohemian Switzerland National Park in Czech Republic is the perfect hiking experience for those looking
Most beautiful landscapes of EuropeRead more +23 April 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Europe’s most beautiful mountain landscapes

From the breathtaking views of the Lofoten Archipelago to the vast panoramas of the Swiss Alps, these are some of Europe’s most beautiful mountain landscapes. Many see Europe as the continent where people go from city to city using an interrail pass. Well, Europe is more than that. Let’s not forget that this continent has
Aleksander Doba solo kayaked the oceanRead more +12 April 2020 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Meet the man who solo kayaked the Atlantic Ocean – three times

At the age of 70, Aleksander Doba became a legend with the kayak. He crossed the ocean three different times in one of these and spent several months completely alone  With a long grey beard, a big smile on the face and the looks of a pensioner on holiday, Aleksander Doba didn’t look like the
Berlin during the coronavirusRead more +05 April 2020 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

A city without crowds – Berlin’s empty streets during the coronavirus outbreak

I went for a walk around Berlin empty city center and saw first-hand how deserted the German capital became The spring is coming, but Berlin is empty. For many, this is the time of the year to take out their BBQs, invite some friends and enjoy the nice weather. However, this year is completely different.
How the coronavirus can shape the future of tourismRead more +29 March 2020 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

How the coronavirus can shape the future of tourism

With tourism completely shut down and millions of jobs at risk, the coronavirus will change the way we travel It is very difficult to know when tourism will go back to normal. According to The Guardian, approximately 20% of the world is living right now in lockdown conditions and it seems like each day it
Dumb, wild and free – The setbacks of a millennial jet-setter during a pandemicRead more +20 March 2020 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Dumb, wild and free – The setbacks of a millennial jet-setter during a pandemic

I can’t understand what the whole issue with the coronavirus is. I’m just a twenty-something wild soul, with a strong European passport and a desire for an easy life. Some months ago, I decided to embark on a journey around the world with only my wanderlust, a very limited budget and the full financial support
Road trip in Swedish LaplandRead more +14 March 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Planning a winter road trip in Swedish Lapland

Renting a car, driving on snow and booking outdoor daytrips. Here is all you need to know before planning a winter road trip in Swedish Lapland During my last visit to Scandinavia I planned a winter road trip around the region of Swedish Lapland. Here, at the edge of the Arctic Circle, temperatures are low,
Worst YELP reviews for U.S. National ParksRead more +09 March 2020 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Worst YELP reviews for U.S. National Parks (and a twist)

Graphic illustrator Amber Share made travel posters for U.S. National Parks based on their worst YELP reviews When American graphic illustrator Amber Share found out that every single one of the 62 national parks in the United States have at least 1-star review on Yelp, she decided to illustrate these reviews and at the same
reindeer herding by sami at Swedish LaplandRead more +02 March 2020 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

The indigenous group where the reindeer is sacred

While visiting Swedish Lapland I had the chance to spend some time with the Sami people: Sweden’s largest indigenous group and the masters of reindeer herding The temperature outside was -15°C and I was in the heart of Swedish Lapland.  Ann-Christin Blind, a Sami living in the area, was guiding me through the snow-covered forest
Ice breaker tour in PiteaRead more +23 February 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Outdoor in the Artic – Making the most of Swedish Lapland during Winter

Traveling to Swedish Lapland during winter is a full adventure itself. From snowmobiling to taking a dip in the freezing waters of the artic – this is the place to get an unforgettable winter experience. Temperatures were so cold that I could barely feel my fingers. At the same time, the landscape surrounding us was
STPC Stopover paid by carrierRead more +15 February 2020 By Juan Martinez in Travel 101

Free hotels and tours during a stop-over? – What is a Stopover Paid by Carrier

Do you have a long layover at an airport? Wait. You might be eligible for a stopover paid by carrier We all know the situation: booking a flight to the other side of the world and the only tickets available are those with long transfers at the airport. It’s frustrating and it makes anyone reconsider
Visit Okavango Delta in BotswanaRead more +08 February 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Okavango Delta – Botswana’s most extraordinary natural wonder

Known as the biggest oasis on planet earth, the Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the most delightful safari experiences in the world. Simple nights can turn into unbelievable experiences in the heart of Okavango Delta. It was 11 pm and I was already in bed. Like most of the guests staying at a
San Bushmen BotswanaRead more +01 February 2020 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Meeting the San Bushmen in Botswana and the ethics of doing ethnic tourism

While staying with the San tribe in Botswana, I learned more about their culture and traditions – I also understood the good and bad of visiting indigenous tribes. The sun was setting down at the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana and members of an indigenous tribe arrived in our lodge in the middle of the savanna.
meerkats at Makgadikgadi Pans in BotswanaRead more +26 January 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Exploring the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana – A different type of safari

Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans are desolate, vast, and for us, almost inhospitable. Still, wildlife survives, and it can be observed like in any other place on earth. When I though about visiting the largest salt flat area in the world, I never thought I would be able to see thousands of zebras, wildebeest and even elephants.
Road trip in Curacao - Tips renting a car in CuracaoRead more +19 January 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Road trip in Curaçao – Discovering a different side of the ABC islands

Curaçao is way more than just day trip destination and renting a car is definitely the best way to explore its natural beauty. Located to the north of Venezuela, the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) are a popular stop for cruise lines in the Caribbean. I decided to explore one of the islands just
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in ChinaRead more +11 January 2020 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Exploring a world of ice and snow at Harbin Ice Festival in China

I traveled to the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China five years ago and from what I have heard, the sculptures are just getting bigger and better. The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in northern China is one of the biggest snow festivals in the world. It takes place in
15 landscapes in 15 countries Juan Martinez Photography - Travelers BuddyRead more +03 January 2020 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

A year in photographs – 15 landscapes in 15 countries

From African savannas to futuristic cities. These are some of my best landscape photographs out of the 27 different countries I traveled to in 2019 2019 has gone so fast and after being on the road for an average of 20 days a month and having visited 27 countries in 5 different continents, I collected
woman swimming at Jellyfish Lake in PalauRead more +22 December 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Palau’s Jellyfish Lake travel guide

Swimming with jellyfish is on many people’s bucket list. In this guide I tell you how to get to the Jellyfish Lake in Palau, how much it cost and some extra useful information about it. Probably the single most fascinating spot I went in 2019 was by far the Jellyfish Lake in Palau. This natural
Lobster in Nova Scotia - Travelers BuddyRead more +15 December 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Understanding Nova Scotia’s love for lobster (and 5 places to eat it)

Lobster rolls, lobster poutine or a classic lobster with butter. Nova Scotia’s love for this delicious crustacean is visible everywhere you go. When Nova Scotian Pam Wamback told me that I would be able to find lobster every day while traveling around Nova Scotia, she was not joking. Nova Scotia is not only known for
White Point Road trip in Nova ScotiaRead more +06 December 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Road trip in Nova Scotia: Driving along the South Shore

Mild days, nature getaways and clear skies. We drove along the South Shore of Nova Scotia and this is what we found: A road trip in Nova Scotia is the best way to discover a region full of natural wonders, delicious cuisine and rich history. We went along the famous Lighthouse Route at the South
Climate change is transforming the future of wineRead more +25 November 2019 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Climate change is transforming the future of wine

With temperatures rising in the past years, climate change has been affecting the wine industry with positive and negative effects. I visited Nova Scotia and found out more about it. With evidence going back to 7000 BC, wine production is probably one of the oldest traditions in human history. Today, winemakers are fluctuating drastically due
cheapest 3 michelin star restaurant in the worldRead more +17 November 2019 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Eating at Le Palais – Taiwan‘s only three-Michelin-star restaurant

Located in the heart of Taipei, Taiwan’s only three-Michelin-star restaurant is an outstanding treat for any food lover – especially when a tasting set menu can cost less than 100 Euros. Disclaimer: This article was not sponsored in any form by Le Palais restaurant in Taipei and all information provided was done based on my
Views of Cockpit Country in the heart of JamaicaRead more +10 November 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Road trip in Jamaica – Tropical forests and untouched beaches are calling

Discovering Jamaica on a road trip means getting off the beaten path and explore its natural beauty – reggae, rum and jerk chicken are also included. Although Jamaica seems to be a country where you can do a round trip in four to six days, in order to do it, you will have to basically
Stargazing in Jamaica - View of the milky way in JamaicaRead more +25 October 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Stargazing in Jamaica: It’s more than just seeing the stars

This country is a delight in the evenings and if you are in the right spot, stargazing in Jamaica could be the highlight of your trip. First, let’s get this out of the way. Jamaica is not a stargazing destination and if you are expecting to see galaxies and nebulas with a telescope, there are
Jamaica, with license to relaxRead more +20 October 2019 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Jamaica, with license to relax

Jamaica has mastered the art of relaxing, and for those open to try it, a more personal and unforgettable travel experience awaits. Lisa Jondeau smiled as I grumbled about my dinner taking more than one hour to come. We were at PushCart restaurant, a modern version of a classic Jamaican “Jerk Centre” located at the
Why do Finns love sauna? Vasta - Finnish SaunaRead more +15 October 2019 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Why do Finns love sauna so much?

No matter in which region of Finland I went to, Sauna was always first on the itinerary. Imagine being inside a wooden cabin in the middle of the forest and sitting completely naked with your eyes closed and a group of people. Suddenly, someone stands up, takes a ladle of water and throws it over
Read more +07 October 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Road trip in Saimaa – Exploring the Finnish Lakeland

The region of Saimaa, located in eastern Finland, is considered a paradise for nature lovers due to its remarkable culture and majestic scenery. My friends and I decided to go on a road trip and explore the beauty around Lake Saimaa with a car. Planning a road trip in Saimaa is not as difficult as
Snorkeling and sea kayaking in Palau’s rock islandsRead more +26 September 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Snorkeling and sea kayaking in Palau’s rock islands

Although Palau is known worldwide for its diving spots and the jellyfish lake, there is way more to see if you try activities like kayaking or snorkeling at the rock islands in Palau. When we talk about Palau as an adventure and outdoor destination, most travelers think right away on diving at the Rock Islands
The green pledge you have to sign in your passport upon arrival - Palau PledgeRead more +13 September 2019 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

The green pledge you have to sign in your passport upon arrival

While in most countries you get an entry stamp or a visa in your passport upon arrival, Visitors of the island of Palau visitors have to sign a pledge compromising in protecting the environment. I was on my way to Palau and the famous Jellyfish Lake. Minutes before landing, the airline crew screened an inflight
Swimming at the jellyfish lake in PalauRead more +05 September 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Taking a dip at the Jellyfish Lake in Palau

On the remote island of Palau, a harmless type of golden jellyfish inhabits a completely isolated marine lake. Here, visitors from all over the world come to swim with millions of these unique species in one of the world’s strangest and magical environments. I would have never imagined I could be swimming around jellyfish, but
Eating my way through the modern and traditional cuisine of Philadelphia Reading MarketRead more +30 August 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Eating my way through Philadelphia’s cuisine

Going to Philadelphia for food tours means opening up to a whole new world. Once you start with a delicious cheesesteak, you will realize this was just the tip of the iceberg. I had so many food tours in Philadelphia, I went on a diet once I returned to Germany. This city is not only
Theatre of Life mural by Meg Saligman, photo by Bryan Lathrop for PHLCVB (2)Read more +23 August 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

How Philadelphia sets an example as the “Mural Capital of the World”

While in most cities around the world street art is considered an act of vandalism,at the Mural Capital of the World, Philadelphia, is used to change lives. The street art in Philadelphia is simply more than painting walls. It was my first afternoon in Philadelphia, I just arrived from Germany and decided to go for
Following the volcano route of Nicaragua - Masaya volcano in GuatemalaRead more +14 August 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Exploring the volcano route of Nicaragua

With 19 volcanoes along the west coast, Nicaragua is the best places to explore these giants. I visited Mombacho, Cerro Negro and Masaya and this is what I found Hiking up a volcano is something I had in my bucket list for a while. Well, in Nicaragua I was able to summit two or three
Hiking up Pacaya – Guatemala´s most active volcanoRead more +04 August 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Hiking Pacaya – Guatemala’s most active volcano

I visited Guatemala and climbed up its most active volcano. Read more about hiking Pacaya and which tours can you take in your next visit Hiking Pacaya is interesting. The route is short and simple but a little bit steep. Nevertheless, the rewards for this two-hour ascent are spectacular, as travelers can get views of
Read more +01 August 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Six places in six countries for travel photography lovers

While the most untouched landscapes are still inaccessible for most of us, we found the best six places in six countries for photography lovers. With flight tickets getting every year cheaper and cheaper, some of the most beautiful destinations in the world are becoming accessible for all of us. We decided to find out which
Visiting Yaxhá, an architectural beauty of the Mayan empireRead more +21 July 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Visiting Yaxha, an alternative to the Mayan City of Tikal

Not as popular and big as the ancient city of Tikal, Yaxha is the perfect extend for those who want to explore more the Mayan culture and get an easy access to it. Guatemala is known for having thousands of archeological Mayan ruins and while the lost city of Tikal is known as the capital
Iguacu Falls - the mighty waterfalls between Brazil and ArgentinaRead more +05 July 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Iguacu Falls – the mighty waterfalls that go beyond imagination

Are you visiting Iguazu from the Brazil side or Argentina? We went to both and found out all about it With 275 different cataracts over a total width of 2,7 kilometers, the Iguacu Falls amazes the most experienced travelers – no surprise why this is one of the seven wonders of nature. I traveled first
Atacama Desert Moon Valley Sunset ViewsRead more +27 June 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Exploring exotic landscapes in the Atacama Desert

From the famous moon valley to the hidden lagoons of Baltinache. These are the best way to explore the beautiful landscapes of Atacama The driest desert in the world is not only known for its aridity – here in the Atacama Desert, volcanos, geysers, salt flats and blue lagoons coexist in one of the strangest
View from Base Torres del Paine highlights the natural beauty of ChileRead more +13 June 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Torres del Paine highlights the natural beauty of Chile

In the middle of the Chilean Patagonia, Torres del Paine has been for years the hotspot for adventure and hiking lovers. I decided to visit this region and find out why. Stretching over 1800 km², Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most magnificent places in the world. It’s located in Southern Chile
Road trip in Puglia: renting a car south ItalyRead more +19 May 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Road trip in Puglia – Discovering Matera, Alberobello and way more

Planning a road trip in Puglia? While Matera and Alberobello are the two key destinations to visit, I also found a couple more adventure getaways to enjoy Matera and Alberobello are probably the two most unique villages in southern Italy and despite day trips departing every day from Bari, I think a road trip around
Read more +22 April 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

The Thai Park: Thailand’s most delicious contribution in Berlin

Dozens of women cooking under colorful umbrellas while sitting on little plastic chairs, the smell of garlic in the air and signs offering Thailand´s most delicious street food bites. This is not a market in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, this is the Thai Park, a public park in west Berlin. Berlin is known as one
Finland is doubtfully the happiest country in the world – here is whyRead more +04 April 2019 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Finland is doubtfully the happiest country in the world and here is why

With high antidepressant drug consumption and suicide rates, is Finland really the happiest country in the world. I checked into detail and found out why Finland has been selected as the happiest country in the world for a second time in a row by the World Happiness Report. However, not even some of their own
Moldova´s underground cities of wine. Cricova or Milestii Mici?Read more +24 March 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

A visit to Cricova and Mileștii Mici, Moldova’s underground cities of wine

I visited Cricova and Mileștii Mici. These are the two largest wine cellars in the world and are located in the eastern European country of Moldova In Moldova, where 25% of the population is involved in wine production and 5% of the country are covered in vineyards, the most interesting contribution to the wine industry does
Why Germans drink so much sparkling waterRead more +19 March 2019 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Why Germans drink so much sparkling water

In Germany two things happen when you order water in a restaurant: First, there is a big chance it’s carbonated and second, it’s not complementary. One of my biggest surprises when I moved to Germany back in 2009 was the Germans’ love for sparkling water. It´s true that consumption of carbonated water has been rising
Meze greek food in athensRead more +05 March 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Eating in Athens: Is there anything feta than that?

In the cradle of Western civilization eating nonstop is simply part of daily life. It´s impossible to spend time in Athens and not be completely stuffed at least once. Greeks love to eat, and visitors can feel the local hospitality as soon as they enter a Taverna. No matter where you come from or how
Starry Night How to photograph the milky way EthiopiaRead more +28 February 2019 By Juan Martinez in Travel 101

Camera settings: How I photograph the milky way when traveling

Photographing the dark sky always sounded very complicated. Here I will explain you the camera settings I use, so can photograph the milky way too. For anyone starting with a camera, photographing the milky way sounds like the final test before graduation. Well, once you know the camera settings you need for photographing the milky
West Side National Park landscapesRead more +24 February 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Exploring West Side National Park – The Bahamas’ unspoilt secret

Even in an age where there are flights from everywhere to anywhere, reaching the West Side National Park in Andros is an adventure in itself – the price for those who make it: seeing one of the most majestic places on earth. Although it´s one of the largest in the Caribbean, there is no easy
Andros blue holes from the airRead more +20 February 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Andros is the Bahamas´ big yard of biodiversity

Commonly known as the “big yard”, the island of Andros is the largest and least explored island of the Bahamas. It is a paradise for adventurers who want more than just another holiday. The sound of the waves lapping the shore and a refreshing tropical breeze flowing through the open door of my beach front
Road Trip in Azerbaijan five finger mountainRead more +17 February 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Road trip in Azerbaijan – Driving from Baku to the heart of the Caucasus  

Mud volcanoes, imposing mountains and out of this world scenery – a road trip in Azerbaijan is uncharted territory for most tourists, but an experience that brings you closer to nature. Azerbaijan is not the country most people would first point out for a road trip adventure. Driving in Baku can be a nightmare, finding
Read more +13 February 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Khinaliq: Visiting Azerbaijan’s most isolated village

Khinalug, Khinalugh, Khinaliq or in some guidebooks even Xinaliq. Nobody is sure how to spell it and, in every book, map or blog it is written completely differently. This is just the first sign of how remote and untouched this community in Azerbaijan´s Greater Caucasus is. They even have their own language, traditions and culture.
Oman Juan Martinez Road Trip in Oman mountainsRead more +10 February 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

A road trip in Oman is backpackers´ best kept secret

Crossing deserts, cruising mountains and sleeping on a completely empty beach afterwards. I think a road trip in Oman can be considered a lifetime experience. Oman was not the first country that came to my mind when I thought where to go for the perfect road trip. It was not even the first country when
Read more +05 February 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Tips for renting a car in Oman

Oman is best traveled by car. This is how you can make the most of it and rent the right vehicle. Oman has become one my favourite countries for a road trip: Roads are in perfect shape, routes are extremely beautiful and getting off the beaten path is big part of the adventure. However, finding
Museum of Islamic Art in QatarRead more +02 February 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

How Qatar’s cultural diversity revives your senses

Known as the small country for a stopover, Qatar is more than that. These are my tips on how to travel to Qatar and discover its cultural and natural beauty Qatar is growing at an incredibly fast pace. Every day new skyscrapers are rising up and whole cities get transformed every month. It´s difficult to
Swimming pool mondrian dohaRead more +09 January 2019 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Mondrian Doha: Qatar’s most surreal masterpiece

I visited the Mondrian Hotel in Doha to find out that this hotel definitely takes you out of routine. This is probably the most surreal hotel in the world If you have ever wondered what it feels like to be part of Alice’s Wonderland, the Mondrian Hotel in Doha which gives you the whole experience.
Nightlife Malta in AutummRead more +20 December 2018 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Malta’s Autumn seems like the rest of Europe’s Summer

There is a place in Europe in which is Summer almost all year long The tiny island of Malta is a country which brings me incredible memories. I first visited the country in Summer 2016 and I was simply amazed by the rich history, charming cities and dazzling landscapes it has to offer. Not counting
Read more +09 November 2018 By Featured post in Travel Journal

Activities to get you out of your comfort zone

Traveling in itself is one big adventure, a way to broaden your mind, get yourself out of your comfort zone, and make lasting memories. The world is full of so many amazing things to see and do, some of which will suit those people who love to relax in luxury and some that are perfect
Read more +09 November 2018 By Featured post in Travel Journal

Uncommon activities to learn on a long trip

When you first set off on an extended travel sabbatical, your brain’s bursting with new experiences. And this sensory overload means that moving along while absorbing as much as possible is about as much as you can manage. But as the months progress, while you probably won’t be pining for your old nine to five
day trip to MonacoRead more +09 November 2018 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

How to make the best of a day trip to Monaco

“If you want to eat like a local, the Condamine market should be your first, second and third choice” Oh Monaco, country of the rich and famous! A city impossible to imagine without the glamour of luxury cars, elegant tuxedos and a glass of Martini. Well, I´m just picturing any 007 movie, but you get
Philippines El Nido and CoronRead more +31 October 2018 By Featured post in Travel 101

From Seattle to the Philippines — how to start your journey with the right foot

The Filipino American community is one of the largest Asian American groups in Seattle. It possesses a large history that stretches back to at least 1898, when the archipelago became a US territory and students and workers began to immigrate west. Now completely independent, the Philippines islands are a magnet for tourists of any heritage
How Kuopio is transforming itself into a food capitalRead more +29 October 2018 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Finland: How Kuopio is transforming itself into a food capital

I´ve never visited any other place where food is treated as it is in Finland. It is a destination in which local ingredients and elements of nature are part of a single dish. Sauces made from berries will be accompanied by drinks made from their leaves; It seems like Finnish cuisine makes the most of
Ostrava Vikovice industrial areaRead more +05 August 2018 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Exploring Vítkovice: the industrial area of Ostrava

I visited the industrial area of Vítkovice in the Czech city of Ostrava. Here I found out the cultural importance of places like these During my last visit to the Czech Republic, I went to the industrial area of Vítkovice. I never thought this trip would turned into a time travel back to the period
Danakil Ethiopia hottest place on earthRead more +29 May 2018 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Ethiopia: Wandering around colorful landscapes at the hottest place on earth

With some of the most impressive landscapes I have seen in my life, the Danakil depression in Ethiopia is one of these destinations, which adventure lovers have to visit at least once in a lifetime. From colorless landscapes at the Karum salt lake to the most colorful landscape on earth at Dallol, last month I
longest and most iconic train rides in the worldRead more +29 April 2018 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Which are longest and most iconic train journeys in the world

From the Trans-siberian to the Canadian, these are known for being the longest and most iconic train journeys in the world Taking a train has always a special charm. It sounds classic, adventurous and somehow its never boring. How about long and iconic train rides, Would do dare to take one day the Trans-siberian Express
Visiting and camping in Wadi rumRead more +21 April 2018 By Juan Martinez in Destinations

Camping in Wadi Rum – Visiting Jordan’s most iconic desert

Are you thinking what to do in Wadi Rum during your next trip to Jordan?. Camping in Wadi Rum is inexpensive, easy and breathtaking. Gigantic rocks surrounding the red sand and two camels walking in the middle of the desert. Images like these are very common in Wadi Rum, one of the most beautiful places
How to pack for a train trip around EuropeRead more +15 April 2018 By Juan Martinez in Travel 101

Packing for a train journey across Europe

Feel comfortable, stay fresh and don’t have too much heavy luggage. Here’s how to pack for a train trip across Europe. Packing for a train trip around Europe doesn’t have to be a nightmare. While most people spend hours and hours choosing what to take and what to leave, I simply find it a waste
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