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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.

What is a 1000-1000 travel blog challenge?

24 December 2010

Every blogger around knows the feeling I’m about to describe. While you’re reading the new posts of your favourite bloggers, once in a while you think “why the hell didn’t I come up with this idea? I know all this, I could have provided this information. Why didn’t I think of it first?”
That’s the feeling I had this morning reading the announcement on Todd’s Wanderings that he had launched a new website called Travel Blog Challenge with the purpose of starting a community of travel bloggers helping each other out.

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.

Bloggers: an overview

23 November 2010

Photo by ChrisL_AK

Photo by ChrisL_AKBeing a blogger myself, I scan the web from time to time to find out what the others are doing, and it occurred to me that bloggers can be divided into three main categories: The hippies, the dreamers and the business men. Let me explain that a little further.

The hippies

What to do with your digital photos while traveling?

17 November 2010

People who like both photography and traveling, like myself, usually find it very enjoyable to combine both hobbies. Living in the age of digital photography, this often results in hundreds or thousands - depending on the length of your trip and the speed of you trigger finger - pictures.
The more pictures one takes, the more important the storage media becomes, because let’s face it, about 95% of your luggage is easily replaceable but your pictures are in that other five percent.
Needless to say, good storage media is important to secure your images, and every image should at least be available on two different media.
In this post I will give you an overview of the possibilities.

The memory card

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 !

Central America 2010: Image galleries

18 October 2010

It’s been about three weeks since my latest adventure, which included parts of Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, so I figured that the time has come to publish parts of the only things I was able to bring home: pictures and memories.

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!

New image galleries: Western Balkans 2010

26 May 2010

It's been a while... maybe a very long while, but I have not been sitting still! And to prove this, there are some new picture galleries available of my latest travels: to the Western Balkans.

More specific to Albania , Montenegro and Bosna i Hercegovina .

Have fun watching and let me know if you see anything you like!

Everybody Nomad

18 February 2010

Finally I thought I'd found myself a niche. Time to become rich, time to become famous, time to become a travel writer! I would travel the world, write funny stories about it and people would pay loads of money for my books and articles, because come on, how many travel writers can you name?
A couple of five?

Bill Bryson
Paul Theroux
Peter Moore
Michael Palin
Bryan Thacker

And that's about it right?