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How To Pick a Computer for Long Term Traveling

7 August 2012

How the internet has changed our lives in the last 15 to 20 years is enormous. From time to time I try to imagine how life was without the internet. If you wanted to know something, you actually had to search for the right chapter of the Encyclopedia Britannica, browse it for a couple of minutes to find a summary that didn’t make you much wiser. So you had to take your bike and ride to the library, which was often closed so you had to wait to increase your wisdom until the day after.
Now you take your phone, enter the term in google, and you get thousands of explanations in all kinds of different languages and with difficulties ranging from brain surgeon to moron.

Holidays in Gran Canaria

15 July 2012

This is a guest post by Joey Ferrer

The enchanting tropical island of Gran Canaria is located just off the coast Africa and is famous for its year round sunshine and beautiful beaches. While there are a wide range of different holiday options for Gran Canaria, all inclusive holiday deals are by far the best value for money. The great thing about booking this type of holiday is that holidaymakers will be able to spend more time having fun rather than worrying about arranging every little detail.

6 800 ways to say cheers

20 January 2012

Photo by Akuppa

Language is what made us climb out of the trees and start walking straight, it’s one of those fundamental differences between ourselves and every other creature on this planet.

Somewhere between 50 000 and 200 000 years ago there must have been a human - or Homo Sapiens as they called themselves those days - who wanted something more than basic communication.


Indie traveling for dummies

11 January 2012

What was indie again?


The only thing that Wiki could teach me about this subject is that indie is short for independent. Interesting, but I had expected more from professor Wiki.
There are a lot of links though, to indie art, indie games, indie music, indie film and indie everything else.


Indie is a term that can be used for everything that is not mainstream, or - very important - everything that does not want to be mainstream.

New travel article: Impressions of Pristina

7 July 2011

If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you might have noticed that I’m quite in love with the Balkans. But I’m not the only one. The last three years, Croatia had an average of eleven million tourists per year. Yes, Croatia is also part of the Balkans.

But I like my travel destinations to be a bit uncommon, “off the beaten track” as we travelers say. So I gave Bosnia and Herzegovina a shot, I had a look at Montenegro, I went to Serbia, Albania started to get close to what I had in mind, but this time is was going to the most mystical country of them all. Kosovo.

Which type of traveler should you not be(come)

5 April 2011

All individuals have their own personality, which is good, or life would be boring.
All individuals have a natural aversion of certain other personalities, which is also good, or life would be incredibly boring.
But there are certain personalities that are just plain irritating, annoying, disturbing and aggravating to everybody. Which is bad, because they will ruin a place for everybody else.

What’s up next?

25 March 2011

What’s up next?
Good question, glad you ask!
Because next is an 18-day-Western-Balkan-trip waiting for me.
Yay! Whoohoo! And more of that.

To be more specific, on the evening of the 29th of March I’m flying to Belgrade, Serbia and I have a flight back home on the 16th of April from Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Art of Getting Lost

17 March 2011

In these days of modern technology, getting lost seems to be a lot harder than one would expect. Less than twenty years ago, you had to be careful when exploring unfamiliar grounds because before you knew it you didn’t have a single clue on how to get back.
But those days are gone.
Cell phones, GPS systems, notebooks, internet cafés and the wide spread of the English language have made it fairly impossible to get completely lost. An important consequence of this is that mankind will loose a series of skill which appear to be considered completely useless by now.
But are they really?

Why I Love Sleeping in Dorm Rooms

10 March 2011

Sleeping in dorms is something preserved for the backpacker. What playing bridge is for old people and binge drinking for frat students is sleeping in a loud and crowded dorm room for us, the cheap and smelly backpackers.

When I tell people about solo traveling, an often asked question is if that isn’t very expensive, because single rooms are always more expensive than if you’d share a double. When I answer that I often sleep for an average of 10 euros a night - depending on the location of course - and that I had once taken a three nights for five euros offer, unbelieving eyes stare at me.

How did I do that?

Airport Games

4 March 2011

Unless you’re a dedicated ground traveler, you’ve spent a certain amount of your life inside of an airport. You need to arrive two hours before your plane leaves the ground and often delayed flights and expensive nightly taxi rides make sure that you end up spending much more time in the airport than any normal person can appreciate.

And between you and me, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Every airport has the same automatic glass doors, the same check in desks, the same security control and the same shops selling overpriced food, drinks and souvenirs.
Even the duty free shops appear to be overpriced these days, need I say more?

5 reasons why chicken buses are an awesome way of transport

17 February 2011

People who have visited Central or South American countries have certainly seen them, possibly also taken them for a ride. They are discarded school buses from the USA, or as locals like to call them: Chicken buses.

They are easy recognizable in the streets, they have the form of a school bus but are painted in shiny colors instead of boring yellow. They go full speed down hill but appear to have issues to get up again, they sputter oil and black smoke like a volcano and they seem to be enormously overpacked.

But they are my favorite way of transport, I enjoy them much more than mini vans and certainly more than luxury buses.
Here’s why.


New travel article: Lanzarote for Independent Travelers

27 January 2011

In my last blog post I have already explained what triggered me to visit an island like Lanzarote, known for its all-inclusive package deal holidays.

If you don't want to click the link, I can summarize that there were 2 reasons. The first one was al little voice in my head that did not want to believe that there wouldn't be anything to do for an independent traveler on Lanzarote.

Should you become a solo traveler?

29 December 2010

A couple of days ago I was reading an article on A Dangerous Business called Why I'm a Weenie When it Comes to Solo Travel and it occurred to me that solo travelling might seem a bit lonely and even dangerous to people who have not experienced it. Yet.

So I started thinking.

Does security rhyme with nonconformity?

17 December 2010

I am a big fan of nonconformist blogs because they tickle my imagination.

Every time I read a blog post of NomadicMatt I curse myself for not doing the same. How hard can it be to write two blog posts a week and post a photo every Friday? Especially if that’s the only thing you have to do the whole damn day.
So why is he spending his days on some Asian beach and why am I freezing to death in dark and grey Belgium?

How to maintain a foreign language

8 December 2010

Photo by Rex Pe

Many of us have been taught a second language in school, but the level of education of these classes is highly dependent on where you live and what your primary language is.
I often consider myself lucky that I had the odds against me on this one. I was born and raised in Belgium, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium to be more precise.

Flying on a budget

29 November 2010

Photo by vivekkhurana

Every budget traveler knows that flying is by far the most expensive way of transportation - which personally I find a good thing because flying is also the only way of transportation for which they haven’t found an environmentally friendly fuel yet, but that’s not what this post is about - but from time to time there is no way to get around it.

New travel article: Off the Beaten Track: El Salvador

5 November 2010

The backpacker trails are paved with booze, drugs and sex, and that's what makes them so much fun. But once in a while the backpacker wants to come to its senses and that's when they head a different direction, off the beaten track.

A couple of weeks later they generally find themselves tired but satisfied, back on the trail again, drinking beer in a hammock in some funky hostel, stargazing about the time they've spent in El Salvador...

Have fun with: Off the Beaten Track: El Salvador !

 

New travel article: Bienvenidos a Nicaragua

20 October 2010

Things don't always go as expected, especially on the road people can find themselves in the least expected situations.

This can be a good thing or a bad, but more often than not it will provide a lesson that you'll never forget. On of my latest unexpected experiences was when I first came in contact with Nicaraguan bureaucracy...

Enjoy Bienvenidos a Nicaragua !

Destination: Better Weather

31 August 2010

With less than 4 days to go before my next trip, I figured it is time to let you in to some of the details.

Destination: Central America. Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua to be more precise. There is no actual itinerary, but one thing that’s quite sure is a couple of days diving on the Bay Islands, Honduras. Afterwards we’ll see where destiny takes us, hopefully to Managua, Nicaragua in time, because that’s where we’re flying back from.

Period: Three weeks, from the 4th of September until the 25th of September.

New travel article: Impressions of Sarajevo

27 August 2010

After Bucharest and Tirana, here's the third article in my "impressions" series: Impressions of Sarajevo

My own trilogy... Who'd guessed that? Probably my earnings will be a bit less than other trilogies like Millennium, Back to the Future or Austin Powers... Probably because my writing is not that superior but most likely because I give it all for free.

New travel article: Impressions of Tirana

2 August 2010

It's been quite a while since my last post and I would like to tell you that I've been busy writing articles but that's not the case... You wouldn't believe that anyway. But here's a new article: Impressions Of Tirana

If you think that an image says more than a thousand words, you can also visit my Albania image gallery , this should be good for another 28 000 words... So maybe I have been writing a lot after all...

This article has also been sent to BootsnAll , I will let you know if/when it's published.

Enjoy!

What makes a place dangerous for travelers?

11 February 2010

If we believe the newspaper, or even worse, the advisories of the government, traveling is one of the most dangerous things men can do. A trip of a month through Central America seems only slightly safer than a blindfolded stroll on the highway.

Deciding on your next travel destination

21 January 2010

Every traveler has some kind of list in his or her head with specific places they want to visit. Cuba while the embargo is still on, Iceland while it's still suffering from the crisis and everything is relatively cheap, the village of Corleone in Sicily - if that's also on your list, I can assure you that there's really nothing to do in that dust hole, walking the Inca trail in Peru, getting stoned in Amsterdam, go diving in the Great Barrier Reef, go fishing in Canada, celebrate carnival in Rio or walk around for a week in your naked butt at the Burning Man Festival.

New travel article: 9 Useless Things Travelers Tend to Pack

12 January 2010

Are you tired of heavy backpacks?

Are you tired of dragging around stuff that you don't really need?

Are you tired of paying extra for luggage at airports?

Are you tired of being afraid that someone will steal your precious stuff?

Are you tired of this stupid post that looks like a cheap commercial?

Have a look at my new travel article: 9 Useless Things Travelers Tend To Pack !

 

Also published on BootsnAll

New travel article: Why the travels are never the same as the stories

28 December 2009

Some time ago I was going through the first chapter of The Art of Travel by Alain De Botton, the chapter that handles about expectations we have about travelling and how they are never similar to what we actually experience.

Travel your own country

24 December 2009

Even blindfolded, I could find my way back in Havana, I can show you around Amsterdam, Lisbon or Barcelona and I can certainly recommend you a couple of good restaurants in Singapore, but drop me off in Liege and I'll be totally lost. I've never been there, although it's one of the largest cities of Belgium and only about 150 kilometres from my home. I even don't have a single clue if there's anything to see or to do over there.

A little bit of Google taught me that there actually isn't that much to see in Liege. It doesn't have an Eiffel tower or a large golden Buddha but it looks like a nice cosy city. The recommended sights are some museums and a couple of churches and the to do list also doesn't seem that big. It is surrounded by nature and hills though.

New travel article: 5 Top resources for the first time solo traveler

17 December 2009

Have you ever wondered what drives people to travel on their own?
Do you want to experience solo travelling but you don't know how to start?
You want to overcome your doubts and fears?

Then this article is a good place to start. It lists five online resources where you can get all the information you need - and much more - to start planning your first solo trip to anywhere you would like to go.