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How to Get Around Saudi ArabiaRead more +04 April 2024 By Juan Martinez in Asia, Destinations

How to Get Around in Saudi Arabia

Buses, trains, cheap flights, and taxis – getting around Saudi Arabia is much easier than you might think. Just a few years ago, Saudi Arabia was one of the most secluded countries in the world, and tourism was not even permitted. Well, the situation has drastically changed. Saudi Arabia now welcomes tourists and is building
Wahiba Sands was a highlight for most of usRead more +28 March 2024 By Juan Martinez in Asia, Destinations

The Best Road Trip Itineraries in Oman

Are you in camping mode, eager to explore as much as possible, or unable to rent a car? I’ve prepared road trip itineraries in Oman for each type of traveler. After completing my second road trip in Oman, I decided to try something different. This time, I opted for a scheduled road trip instead of
How to plan a road trip in OmanRead more +20 March 2024 By Juan Martinez in Asia, Destinations

How to plan the perfect road trip in Oman

I traveled to Oman twice on a road trip. Let me tell you how to start planning, and what the do’s and don’ts are for your next adventure. I consider Oman the best country to get introduced to the Middle East and one of the best countries in the world to plan a road trip.
Best e-sims for travelersRead more +12 March 2024 By Juan Martinez in Travel 101

A Complete Guide to e-SIM Cards for Travelers

Whether it’s a remote country in East Africa, Europe or the USA, e-SIM cards have become essential for any of my recent travels abroad. Let me give you my best tips on how you can maximize their potential too. Getting a SIM card after arriving in a new country is a routine for frequent travelers.
Luang Prabang Kuang Si - Uncovering Laos - The unexplored side of South East AsiaRead more +18 January 2024 By Juan Martinez in Asia, Destinations

Uncovering Laos – The unexplored side of South East Asia

From magical cultural encounters to outstanding landscapes and delicious food, Laos is a true hidden gem in South East Asia I visited Laos back in 2014. It was part of a Southeast Asia trip I took after university, and Laos seemed to be a quick stop that more adventurous travelers were doing. From my first
Choosing Safaris: Private Conservancies or National Parks?Read more +09 January 2024 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Choosing Safaris: Private Conservancies or National Parks?

A safari trip is always a lifetime experience. These are the key differences between private conservancies and national parks. I will never get bored of doing a safari. This is one of the most beautiful travel experiences there is, and no matter which safari country I visit or which park I decide to go to,
How to plan a trip to Hwange National Park in ZimbabweRead more +20 December 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to plan the best safari in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe

Do you want to see as many elephants as you probably never imagined? A safari in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is the place to go. Zimbabwe has been on top of my list for a while. It was one of the last safari destinations on my bucket list, and I was curious to see
Best Things to Do in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side)Read more +30 November 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Best activities to do at Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side)

From activities around the mighty Victoria Falls to getaways for lazy days, these are the best things to do on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. Quick useful travel links 🗺️ Prepare for the trip in advance Everything from hotels to attraction tickets – find everything on Klook 📱 Stay connected everywhere Get an eSIM
Everything You Need to Know for Traveling Around ZimbabweRead more +20 November 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Everything You Need to Know for Traveling Around Zimbabwe

From long-distance buses to minivans and trains, this guide covers all the essential information for navigating transportation in Zimbabwe. Unlike a big part of Southern Africa, Zimbabwe boasts a robust infrastructure for travelers. Those seeking insights into traveling around Zimbabwe often encounter articles mentioning local and intermunicipal buses, trains connecting key cities, and a range
the rise of long-haul on budget airlinesRead more +01 November 2023 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Low budget, long distance – the rise of long-haul on budget airlines

Tickets from Singapore to Berlin for 150€? Budget airlines are making this possible. Did you ever book a ticket for a getaway weekend just because the price was ridiculously cheap? Don’t worry. You are not the only one. Price moves travelers from one place to another and in Europe, Ryanair, Wizzair, and EasyJet know that
AI Photography Togo Vodoo manRead more +27 October 2023 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Is AI going to change photography forever?

In collaboration with the agency Climbing Trees, we discussed the past, present, and future of photography and how AI is impacting photography, both positively and negatively. Photography has never been easier, better, or more accessible to everyone. This is the reality of modern photography, and it’s undeniable. In recent years, the world of photography has
Meeting the Mundari People of South SudanRead more +18 October 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Meeting the Mundari People of South Sudan

From their bizarre traditions to their basic way of life, my visit to the Mundari tribe in South Sudan provided a firsthand experience of their everyday existence. The scorching sun and unbearable temperatures turned every step into a marathon, every breath akin to the last. Going off the beaten path in South Sudan, I embarked
Everything You Need to Know Before Traveling to South SudanRead more +10 October 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Everything You Need to Know Before Traveling to South Sudan

From obtaining a visa to planning the perfect itinerary, this travel guide provides all the essential information for your visit to South Sudan trouble-free. Venturing into South Sudan is not a typical travel experience. Located in the heart of East Africa, South Sudan is the world’s youngest country and, therefore, a place of strong contrasts
Mali uncovered - Best experiences to do in Mali - Dogon MasksRead more +06 October 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Mali uncovered – Best experiences to do in Mali

From exploring ancient cities to vibrant markets bursting with color, these were the most unique and hidden experiences I had during my visit to Mali. Let’s face it, planning a trip to Mali isn’t straightforward. There’s a scarcity of online information, and the security situation keeps changing. To make the most of your visit, you’ll
Djenne mosque from restaurant viewpointRead more +19 September 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Everything you need to know before to travel to Mali

Untouched, volatile, yet incredibly rewarding, traveling to Mali promises a raw and adventurous experience. I traveled to Mali in the summer of 2022 as part of a road trip from Burkina Faso to Mali. It was my first experience traveling to a truly volatile country, and I was extremely cautious about understanding the risks and
How to plan the perfect safari trip in AfricaRead more +13 September 2023 By Juan Martinez in Travel 101

How to choose the perfect African safari trip

Destination, budget, type of safari—here, I will tell you how I learned to plan the perfect safari trip in Africa. Going on a safari is a dream for most of us. The idea of witnessing gigantic animals we only know from videos in documentaries in their natural habitat is undeniably a magical experience. I feel
Which are the most bizarre travel experiences in Burkina FasoRead more +14 August 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Which are the most bizarre travel experiences in Burkina Faso

From sitting next to wild crocodiles, to ceremonies celebrating the death, these are some of the most bizarre and weird experiences you can see in Burkina Faso. There have been only a few places that have surprised me as much as Burkina Faso. From its untouched landscapes to its mystical and colorful cultural heritage and
Best things to do in Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoRead more +01 August 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Best things to do in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Often overlooked due to its remote location, Ouagadougou is one of West Africa’s most dynamic and exciting capitals. Ouagadougou was my introduction to West Africa. It was the first West African capital I visited and my gateway for a road trip between Burkina Faso and Mali (I know! Not the easiest countries to travel). I
How to plan a safari trip on a budgetRead more +11 July 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to plan a safari trip on a budget

Can safaris be done on a budget? After experiencing more than 30 safaris across various destinations in Africa, I believe I have the answer. Dreaming of an unforgettable safari experience but worried about the costs? Don’t fret! Planning a trip to Africa is often associated with luxury, but I’m here to tell you that it’s
How to plan a trip to MauritiusRead more +19 June 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to plan a trip to Mauritius

There are only a few countries most travelers consider a full paradise. Mauritius is one of them. Here is all you need to know before traveling. When you plan a trip to Mauritius, prepare to enter a world where time takes a leisurely stroll, beckoning you to succumb to its tranquil charm. This enchanting island
Countries with Favorable Parallel (Black) Market Exchange RatesRead more +30 May 2023 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Hidden Currency Markets: 6 Countries with Favorable Parallel (Black) Market Exchange Rates

While in some countries exchanging money is just a transaction, in others, finding the right place to exchange can enhance your budget by up to 50%. Before I traveled to Burundi last year, every traveler I met on the road advised me to bring cash instead of relying on bank transactions. At first, I didn’t
Best things to do in NiameyRead more +25 May 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Niger Unveiled: Best things to do in Niamey

Being one of the less traveled capitals in the world, Niamey surprises with bustling markets, scenic river cruises, captivating cultural sites, and West African beats. When I booked my flight tickets to Niamey in Niger, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Niger has one of the worst reputations when it comes to safety, and I
Hidden Gems of Africa – How to Plan a Trip to NigerRead more +16 May 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Hidden Gems of Africa – How to Plan a Trip to Niger

Known as one of the most challenging countries to travel to, cautious planning and staying up-to-date are key when planning a trip to Niger. From all the countries I’ve traveled to so far, Niger is undoubtedly one of the most logistically challenging. There is essentially no available information about the region, and apart from a
All You Need to Know About Trip Cancellations and Travel InsurancesRead more +09 May 2023 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

All You Need to Know About Trip Cancellations and Travel Insurances

Do you travel a lot? Expect to cancel their trip due to unforeseen circumstances at some point. Here is all you need to know about trip cancellations and travel insurance. Travel is one of life’s greatest joys, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. Whether it’s a sudden illness, a family emergency, etc, there are
What makes Sharjah different from the other Arab Emirates?Read more +02 May 2023 By Juan Martinez in Asia, Destinations

Beyond the Desert – What makes Sharjah different from the other Arab Emirates?

From its rich cultural heritage to its contemporary art scene, Sharjah sets itself apart from its neighbouring emirates. As soon as you leave Dubai and enter Sharjah, you can see how different it is from the UAE’s hotspots. Skyscrapers are replaced with libraries and museums, and the city’s cultural heritage is evident everywhere you go.
Everything you need to know about the Sharjah Light Festival in UAERead more +25 April 2023 By Juan Martinez in Asia, Destinations

Everything you need to know about the Sharjah Light Festival in UAE

I visited the Sharjah Light Festival in the UAE and embarked on a journey that combined lights, technology, and magic. Here is everything you need to know if you plan on visiting the Sharjah Lights Festival too. As I strolled through the various exhibitions at the Sharjah Lights Festival last February, I was in awe
Best things to do in Paramaribo, SurinameRead more +20 April 2023 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Best things to do in Paramaribo, Suriname

Whether you’re interested in nature, history, or culture, Paramaribo offers a completely different facet of South America. Here are some of the best things to do in Paramaribo. Located in the northern corner of South America, Suriname is one of the countries where even experienced travelers don’t know where to start. However, for those curious
How to travel overland from Guyana to SurinameRead more +09 April 2023 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

How to travel overland from Guyana to Suriname

While flying between Guyana and Suriname is expensive, traveling overland is cheaper, more interesting, and fun. Here I tell you how to cross from Guyana to Suriname overland or vice versa. Even though this is one of the easiest and safest borders I’ve crossed outside the European Union, there are only a few articles about
Uncovering the Wonders of the Amazon: An Adventure Guide to GuyanaRead more +05 April 2023 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Uncovering the Wonders of the Amazon: An Adventure Guide to Guyana

From the vast savannas to the deep rainforest, few countries on earth offer adventure and natural experiences as raw as those found in Guyana. From the first moment I stepped off the plane, I felt I was at the gateway to the Amazon. The temperature was hot and humid, soaking my shirt with sweat. At
How to Plan a Day Trip to Kaieteur Falls: A Step-by-Step GuideRead more +28 March 2023 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

How to Plan a Day Trip to Kaieteur Falls: A Step-by-Step Guide

Surrounded by complete wilderness, visiting Kaieteur Falls is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here is everything you need to know to plan a trip to Kaieteur Falls in Guyana. As the plane flew over Kaieteur Falls, I felt a sense of wonder that was difficult to put into words. The beauty of the falls came into view,
Stabroek Market - Best things to do in Georgetown GuyanaRead more +22 March 2023 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Best things to do in Georgetown Guyana

Georgetown is a city full of surprises, a melting pot of cultures and cuisines that’s as diverse as it is exciting. Stepping off the plane in Georgetown, I was immediately hit by a wave of heat as intense as the city’s vibrant atmosphere. As a Colombian visiting the “Caribbean of South America,” I was curious
Tiwai Island in Sierra LeoneRead more +17 March 2023 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to travel from Guinea to Sierra Leone by ferry

Travelling from Guinea to Sierra Leone by ferry has never been easier with the ferry connecting Conakry and Freetown. Here’s everything you need to know about it. Some weeks ago, I finished a road trip to West Africa. Although the entire experience was one of the best I have had, there were sections of the
aerial view of Guyana riversRead more +14 March 2023 By Juan Martinez in Uncategorized

Preserving Guyana’s Pristine Landscapes: A never-ending challenge

Guyana is a good example of how wildlife protection should be done, but deforestation and mining make this task difficult. Visiting Kaieteur Falls in Guyana for the first time was an unforgettable experience. The sight of water plummeting nearly 500 meters creating a misty spray and echoing for kilometres, was breathtaking. Despite witnessing raw power,
Exploring Acklins and Crooked Islands – The Bahamas' Hidden ParadiseRead more +06 March 2023 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

Exploring Acklins and Crooked Islands – The Bahamas’ Hidden Paradise

If there is a place where it is possible to completely disconnect from the world, it must be Acklins and Crooked Islands in The Bahamas. While some islands in The Bahamas are designed solely for tourism, others offer an escape from the crowds. Acklins and Crooked Islands, located in the southern part of the archipelago,
These are the best local activities to do in NassauRead more +01 March 2023 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

These are the best local activities to do in Nassau

Say goodbye to swimming with the dolphins and visiting the Bahamian pigs, and say hello to a more authentic side of Nassau. In contrast to the laid-back atmosphere of most of the Bahamas, Nassau stands out as the place for those looking for a thrill. It is a city located at the heart of the
Deutschlandticket getaway - how to get a DeutschlandticketRead more +26 February 2023 By Juan Martinez in Travel 101

Everything you need to know about the Deutschlandticket

With European countries making efforts to enhance the affordability of public transportation, in Germany, you can enjoy unlimited travel across the entire country for just 49 euros. Let me explain how. Updated: Summer 2023 The Deutschlandticket has become the hottest train ticket in Germany over the past few months, and it’s no surprise why. For
How to do some island-hopping in the Bahamas by mailboatRead more +23 February 2023 By Juan Martinez in America, Destinations

How to do some island-hopping in the Bahamas by mailboat

Did you know that you can travel around the Bahamas by mailboat? Here is all you need to know about it. Potter’s Cay Dock in Nassau is chaos by day or night. Either with locals drinking and trying to find a spot at their favourite conch stand at night or cars, trucks, boxes and household
All you need to know to plan a visit to the Palace of VersaillesRead more +05 February 2023 By Juan Martinez in Destinations, Europe

All you need to know to plan a visit to the Palace of Versailles

From tickets to the best times to visit, here is a complete guide to everything you need to know to plan your visit to the Palace of Versailles in France.  Known as one of the most magnificent palaces on earth, the Palace of Versailles is probably ranked very high by every traveller in Europe. The
The art of slow travelling in the BahamasRead more +24 January 2023 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

The art of slow travelling in the Bahamas

In the Bahamas, there is a way of transport for those who want to slow down and enjoy the moment. “It’s not about the destination but the journey”. This is a phrase most of us have heard thousands of times, but we rarely apply it in our daily lives. We are stuck in a period
The logistics of planning the longest train journey in the worldRead more +09 January 2023 By Juan Martinez in Travel 101

The logistics of planning the longest train journey in the world

With the inauguration of the train route between Kumming and Vientiane, travelling from Portugal to Singapore is now possible – making it the most epic train journey in the world. Some travel news made headlines weeks ago when the world’s longest continuous train journey was made possible with the inauguration of a line in Laos.
Royal Drummers of Burundi in GishoraRead more +15 December 2022 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

Burundi, the country where the drums are sacred

In Burundi, playing the drums is a symbol of recognition, and the Royal Drummers of Burundi vividly represent it. Experiencing the Royal Drummers of Burundi for the very first time is witnessing raw energy in front of your eyes. Thirty performers beat giant hundred-kilo drums with such strength and passion that your heart beats with
Beach Burundi - Best things to do in BujumburaRead more +07 December 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Best things to do in Bujumbura

Definitely off-the-beaten-path, Bujumbura is a city that is easy to fall in love with. Burundi may not be the first country you want to explore when travelling around East Africa, but it’s definitely worth a visit. From its cultural importance to its pristine landscapes, travelling to Burundi means properly visiting “the heart of Africa”.  The
Landscape between DRC and Burundi - crossing Burundi overlandRead more +28 November 2022 By Featured post in Africa, Destinations

How to cross to Burundi overland

Whether you come from Uganda, Rwanda, DRC, or Tanzania, there are many ways to travel to Burundi overland.  Nestled in the heart of East Africa, Burundi may be a small country by African standards, but it has so much to offer to the enterprising traveller. Rich in culture and tradition, it is known for its
These are the world's rarest and most unusual passportsRead more +22 November 2022 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

These are the world’s rarest and most unusual passports

From alien to Interpol passports, these are the real passports you don’t see every day and are issued by entities or countries worldwide. Around 50% of the western world holds a valid passport right now. It is the most essential document for a traveller, and it has in its pages many memories of the places
Exploring East Africa – Best natural places to travel in BurundiRead more +16 November 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Exploring East Africa – Best natural places to travel in Burundi

Known as one of the least visited countries in Africa, Burundi has forests, savannas and stunning lakes for travellers wanting to go off the beaten path. It is difficult to find reliable information about Burundi online. It was one of the most complicated countries to plan a visit to, and I was not sure exactly
Meeting the Pygmies - Africa's forgotten tribeRead more +10 November 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Meeting the Pygmies – Africa’s forgotten tribe

Known as “the children of the jungle,” the Pygmy tribes in DR Congo are now trying to escape extinction. After arranging a meeting with one of the largest Pygmy families at the village of Kavumu in East DR Congo, I was surprised to hear we needed two soldiers on our sides during the visit. However,
How to plan a trip to Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in CongoRead more +25 October 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to plan a trip to Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in Congo

There is only one place in the world to see the Eastern Lowland Gorilla in the wild. This is at the Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in DR Congo. Mornings are cloudy, and tourism is almost nonexistent at Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is hard to believe that not many people
Where is the best place to do gorilla trekking in East AfricaRead more +19 October 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Where is the best place to do gorilla trekking in East Africa

I did gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo. These are the pros and cons of each one of these locations. “Here they are!”. These are the most comforting words you can hear during a gorilla trekking, and they are the rewards for adventuring in the jungle and hiking until you find these primates.
How to cross overland the border between Rwanda and DR CongoRead more +07 October 2022 By Featured post in Africa, Destinations

How to cross overland the border between Rwanda and DR Congo

Planning to cross the border between Rwanda and DR Congo and visit the gorillas of Virunga or Kahuzi Biega? Don’t worry. We got you covered.  Despite recent political unrest, The Democratic Republic of Congo remains one of the jewels in the crown of central Africa. Its breathtaking scenery offers a variety of wondrous experiences, such
Kwita Izina – A ceremony to name baby gorillasRead more +22 September 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations, Uncategorized

Kwita Izina – A ceremony to name baby gorillas

At the volcanoes national park in Rwanda, there is a special ceremony in September dedicated to naming newborn gorillas. Of all the gorillas I saw while traveling in Rwanda, Uganda, and DR Congo, the most memorable experience was seeing the baby gorillas. These cute primates get most of the attention from travelers, not just because
Why you need to do a gorilla trekking in RwandaRead more +15 September 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Why you need to do a gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Hidden deep in the cloudy highlands of Rwanda, the mountain gorillas are some of the greatest creatures you can see on a trek. With our entire bodies soaked in mud and rain, my friend Jessica and I hiked through the dense rainforest of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. We had trekked for more than one hour
How to prepare yourself for traveling to a dangerous countryRead more +07 September 2022 By Juan Martinez in Travel Journal

How to prepare yourself for traveling to a dangerous country

Are you concerned about security when planning your next trip? Don’t worry. With preparation and caution, every country can be easily traveled trouble-free. Nothing is more exciting than visiting a place you have not seen before – especially if it is located way off the beaten path. Even though not all places are equally accessible
Best things to do in KigaliRead more +30 August 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Best things to do in Kigali – Rwanda

From elegant cafes at the hillside to colorful markets full of crafts, Kigali is one of these cities that quickly grows on you the more you spend time here. Risen from the ashes at the beginning of the 90s, Kigali has evolved since then and is now a place like no other in Africa. The
Three must-visit destinations along Spain's Mediterranean coast for first timersRead more +25 August 2022 By Featured post in Destinations, Europe

Must-visit destinations along Spain’s Mediterranean coast for first timers

Excellent beaches, mouth-watering food, and lots of cultural activities. It seems Autumn is the time to visit Spain.  With Spain announcing free rail journeys from September until the end of the year on commuter and medium-distance routes, the Iberian peninsula becomes the best place to travel in Europe this Autumn. Additionally, while most of northern
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 the best safari in Akagera National Park in Rwanda

From itineraries, transportation, accommodation, prices, and best time to go. This is the ultimate guide for planning a safari in 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

How to cross overland borders in East Africa

With security and tourism increasing yearly in East Africa, here is a simple guide on crossing overland Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. 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
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 the best safari in 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 Juan Martinez 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. Quick useful travel links 🗺️ Prepare for the trip in advance Everything from hotels to attraction tickets – find everything on Klook 📱 Stay connected everywhere Get
activities to do at Victoria FallsRead more +21 April 2022 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

Best activities to do at Victoria Falls (Zambia Side)

Rafting, bungee jumping, a helicopter flight, or a river cruise. These are the best activities at Victoria Falls in the Zambian side. Quick useful travel links 🗺️ Prepare for the trip in advance Everything from hotels to attraction tickets – find everything on Klook 📱 Stay connected everywhere Get an eSIM on Airalo Get an
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 the best safari in 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 safari in 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

Safari in Kenya? – Tsavo, Amboseli or Masai Mara. Which one is the best?

In order to properly plan the best safari in Kenya, you need to 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 safari in 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 for safaris.   Overshadowed by the great Masai Mara in Kenya or the nearby Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, I was surprise to see many travelers skipping a safari in Amboseli National Park in East Africa.
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 the best safari in Masai Mara in Kenya

Itineraries, transportation, accommodation, safari prices, and best time to go. This is the best guide on how to plan the perfect safari in Masai Mara in Kenya. Think about a perfect safari experience and you will probably end up imagining a safari in Masai Mara in Kenya. This world-renowned national reserve is not only Kenya’s
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

Best tips to visit the Pyramids in Cairo for the first time

Either on an independent visit or with a private guide, that first sight of the Pyramids in Cairo will take your breath away. Here are my best tips 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,
Mushroom Sunset White Desert EgyptRead more +14 July 2020 By Juan Martinez in Africa, Destinations

How to plan a trip to the Black and White Desert in Egypt

Which are the two most beautiful hidden gems in Egypt? This is how you can plan the perfect trip to the Black and White Desert While most visitors traveling to Egypt have a long list of places to visit: The Great Pyramids of Giza, the Red Sea, the city of Luxor or the ruins of
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

How to plan a perfect trip to Spreewald, the Venice of Germany

Located only a few hours away from Berlin, here is all you need to know for planning a trip to Spreewald in Germany 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
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
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