Travel

Why reinvent the wheel?
And why try to create what has already been done?
Looking at my Twitter feed harboring the best travel bloggers worldwide, I am humbled by the pictures, stories, advice and overall vibe of the ones I am following and who are following me.

img_7412
One of the most important things in my life is travel. I am going to post some pictures, updates, recommendations and news onto this particular page and in the travel category coming up.

For now I am going to link to some travel bloggers who I have found or who have contacted me through Twitter.

You are free to contact me to get a great travel resource included onto this page.

Please visit the page where this site is linking to under each picture or article to get more information and if they advertise a hotel, tour or a place to stay, book with them to support their work!

Travel Pictures

Angola
Luanda
Kilamba-Kiaxi
13704092_1559411954363623_128434362_n

Australia
Ayres-Rock-1-1024x640
Uluru (Ayres Rock), Australia

Bosnia
Sarajevo
Bosnia.Sarajevo.River_

Democratic Republic of Congo

Sunrise behind Mount Mikeno, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Africa. IMPORTANT NOTE - WWF VIRUNGA CAMPAIGN 2013: Whilst this image was photographed in Virunga National Park DRC, WWF does not claim the actual location depicted is in the specific 'Block V' area of the park where oil extraction is intended to take place.

Sunrise behind Mount Mikeno, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Africa.

One of the most breathtaking spots on earth, Virunga National Park, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, for decades has also been one of the most dangerous. Since late 2013, when the Congolese army routed the M23 rebels with the help of United Nations peacekeepers, intrepid sightseers have begun to trickle back in for the verdant vistas and up-close encounters with rare mountain gorillas. (Getting there requires a flight to Kigali, Rwanda, and a three-hour taxi ride.) Over the past year the park, featured in last year’s Oscar-nominated documentary “Virunga,” has opened or reopened its accommodations, like the individual luxury bungalows at Mikeno Lodge, where visitors can see baboons and even chimpanzees, or the Tchegera Island Camp off the shore of Lake Kivu, populated with eagles and herons. There are even summit shelters near the rim of Mount Nyiragongo volcano, in the warm, red glow of the world’s largest lava lake. While a park spokeswoman said there have been no reports of unfriendly encounters between rebels and tourists, the eastern D.R.C. remains an unpredictable area that calls for sensible precautions.

More: 52 Top Visit Places in 2016

Croatia
Plitvice
plitvice
Croatia.Plitvice.15

Croatia.Plitvice.16

Croatia.Plitvice.18

Korcula

Croatia.Korcula-08

Travel to Croatia is an unforgettable experience. The Croatian coast has 1,246 islands and 47 of those are inhabited. Korčula, pop ~16,000, is one of the islands (29 miles long by 5 miles wide). There are a few towns on this island but the most visited (and my visit on my Croatian Holiday) was to the town of Korčula, pop ~4,000, which is on the Jadrolinja Split-Hvar-Korčula-Dubrovnik ferry line, the easiest way to travel in Croatia on the coast.

More here: Soaking up the Croatian Sun in Korčula

Czech Republic
Prague

In the Czech Republic, Prague is the city to visit. This capital is also known as ‘the Golden City’ or ‘the City of 100 Spires’. Planning your trip to Prague can be very entertaining, as it 100% will fit to any budget. This is a city to spend a while without consume your tight budget! Besides this the culture life and nightlife are awesome, since there isn’t a day of the week without having something to do. A summer in Prague is great, but any other season has something different to show. One thing that you’ll find in any season, is there delicious beers. ;) If you need some suggestions for your must visit list, then here are some: Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock, the Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Powder Tower and the Wenceslas Square.

In the Czech Republic, Prague is the city to visit. This capital is also known as ‘the Golden City’ or ‘the City of 100 Spires’. Planning your trip to Prague can be very entertaining, as it 100% will fit to any budget. This is a city to spend a while without consume your tight budget! Besides this the culture life and nightlife are awesome, since there isn’t a day of the week without having something to do. A summer in Prague is great, but any other season has something different to show. One thing that you’ll find in any season, is there delicious beers. 😉
If you need some suggestions for your must visit list, then here are some: Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock, the Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Powder Tower and the Wenceslas Square.


More here: The Best Europe destinations

England
London

A secret spot in the city where you can watch the pretty lights dance on the river and admire all the pretty buildings.

A secret spot in the city where you can watch the pretty lights dance on the river and admire all the pretty buildings.


Seen here: Instagram

France
Paris

In a different light

In a different light

The Eiffel Tower

paris eiffel tower

elisaruland-com-parisam21

elisaruland-com-parisam5

Images seen here: Day Into Night: Greeting a New Year in Paris

Dijon
dijon3
Dijon, France: Place de la Republique
Germany
Bavaria
Regensburg
Beautiful Regensburg and the pretty River Danube, Bavaria
regensburg

Greece
Oia Santorini
5GBXPRCx

eAbyxZEi

iI4GBR5I.jpg large

kocrGhvd

thVu51ll

Santorini is an island split by the volcano erruption.
It´s a unique island all over the planet. There is no other island split by a volcano.
The sunset is unique and especially in Oia it´s amazing. Millions of tourists com every year.

Pictures courtesy of Lina Greek on Twitter.

Holland
Keukenhof is open from March to May each year…
keukenhof-holland-tulips20

keukenhof-holland-tulips11

keukenhof-holland-tulips04

Iceland
Blue Lagoon
iceland blue lagoon

Indonesia
Bali
bali indonesia

indonesia bali
These and more great pictures can be seen on Maria Jesus

Italy
Sicily
sicilia

Nepal

Colorful sunset (Pokhara, Nepal)

Colorful sunset (Pokhara, Nepal)

img_7412
Source: Traveled Life

New Zealand

Mt. Cook NP, New Zealand

Mt. Cook NP, New Zealand

Seen here: Twitter @plananadventure

Peru

peru
The 7 Coloured Moutains

Philippines
Boracay
beach and ocean in boracay station 3

Spain

2014-01-15-SalvadorDaliHouseMayLopez
You can visit Salvador Dalí’s house…

Turkey
Göreme
turkey
Seen here: Twitter

USA
Florida
Miami
sunrise-hollywood-florida
From: Florida Tour Day 5- The VIP Treatment at Trump International Beach Resort Miami

Hawaii

 A gorgeous golf club in Maui Hawaii


A gorgeous golf club in Maui, Hawaii


See here: Twitter

Popular Travel Blog Posts


Bosnia
Sarajevo

Bosnia.Sarajevo.Hope_
Sarajevo is a city of hope. Walking through the city, you can see the traditional cultural & religious diversity of four religions that have co-existed here for centuries. Sarajevo was never split into ethnic ghettos and Muslims, Catholics, Orthodox Christians, and Jews lived side-by-side earning it the nickname, the “Jerusalem of Europe”.

Several mosques, Jewish synagogues, Orthodox Churches and the Catholic Cathedral were built in this area. Pope John Paul II visited the Catholic Church in 1997 and the visit is commemorated in a statue outside.

Several mosques, Jewish synagogues, Orthodox Churches and the Catholic Cathedral were built in this area. Pope John Paul II visited the Catholic Church in 1997 and the visit is commemorated in a statue outside.

Bosnia.Sarajevo.Orthodox2
The Corner that started World War I

THE POWER OF ONE BULLET

On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip, one of a group of six assassins who were members of the Black Hand secret society. The political objective of the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary’s South Slav provinces so they could be combined into a Yugoslavia.

The assassination led directly to the First World War when Austria-Hungary subsequently issued an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia, which was partially rejected. Austria-Hungary with Germany in its Alliance then declared war on Serbia.  Serbia was allied with Russia and France who mobilized their troops.   World War I began when more countries entangled in international alliances were mobilized into one of the largest wars in history with more than 70 million military personnel involved.

  • Allies: United Kingdom, France, Russian Empire, Italy, Japan, United States, Romania
  • Central Powers: Austria-Hungary, Germany, Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria

By the end of the war, the German Empire, Russian Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire had ceased to exist. National borders were redrawn, with several independent nations restored or created, and Germany’s colonies were parceled out among the winners. During the Paris Peace conference of 1919, the Big Four (Britain, France, the United States and Italy) imposed their terms in a series of treaties. The League of Nations was formed with the aim of preventing any repetition of such a conflict which failed with weakened states, economic depression, renewed European nationalism, and the German feeling of humiliation contributing to the rise of Nazism. These conditions eventually contributed to World War II.

The political & economic structures of that time were at a tipping point, but Pricip’s bullet was the match.  One bullet resulted in:

  • World War I: over 17 million deaths and 20 million wounded
  • World War II: Between 50-80 million people were killed, which was about 3% of the 1940 world population at that time.

Today, the corner is well marked and a museum details the strange series of events of the day including 2 failed assassination attempts by the Black Hand 6 before Pricip was successful in killing the Archduke. A replica of the 1911 Gräf & Stift 28/32 PS open sports car with its top folded down sits out front.

The bridge is called the Latin Bridge (Latinska Cuprija) as this was where the Catholics said mass in Latin.  After World War I, it was renamed “Principov Most” for the assassin who asserted the Bosnian Serb nationalism against the Hapsburgs.  After the 1990s Bosnian Wars, the bridge was reverted back to the Latin Bridge in defiance of the Serb aggression and siege on the city.

Bosnia.Sarajevo.Corner Bosnia.Sarajevo.WWICar

Bosnia.Sarajevo.Tower_ Bosnia.Sarajevo.Park_

Amazing post seen here: Hope for Sarajevo

Bulgaria
Sofia
Varadero: our favorite swimming pool in Sofia

The in-water bar at Varadero swimming pool, Sofia

The in-water bar at Varadero swimming pool, Sofia

We can’t deny the benefits of living in Sofia – with mount Vitosha in the backyard, amazing places such as the Golden Bridges, a gazillion restaurants and coffee shops that can satisfy absolutely any taste and preferences, there is so much you can do around here. The lush greenery of South park offers relief to the eye of the busy city person even when you can’t spare too much time and head off to a mountain. When it comes to the ever-desired vitamin SEA during summer, however, things are a little more complicated. Yes, Burgas is only 4 hours away and you can enjoy things like sea kayaking and awesome boat rides near Kavarna.

But what if you don’t want to drive 4, 5, or 6 hours?

What if you want to dip in cool water and just relax by the pool with a book in one hand and drink in the other? Well, Ellie and I have found a solution to that problem and it is called Varadero.

No, this is not a sponsored post, and the people from Varadero have no clue I am recommending them. Some of the locals will perhaps be surprised by our choice of place, but we have some damn good reasons and I would like to give you more info.

Continue here …
Cuba
Looking for the real Cuba? You’ve found it.

Viñales

Viñales

The increasing accessibility of Cuba for American travelers goes well beyond Havana. Less than three hours’ drive west of the bustling capital is Viñales, a lush valley of deep-red earth and tobacco fields and mogotes, stunning limestone outcrops that are often shrouded by morning mist. Explore the valley — a Unesco World Heritage site — from the village of Viñales, where every other pastel house is a bed-and-breakfast. Escape the tour buses by hiring a bike (or even a horse) and a guide and follow the tracks that cross the valley. Stop at a tobacco farm and learn what goes into making some of the world’s finest cigars, or, if you’re a keen climber, get a guide to show you where the best mogote climbing is. At farms, like Finca de la Confianza, you can learn about local, low-tech organic farming. Back in town, there’s a beautiful, family-run botanical garden with lovely orchids and plenty of options for a good plate of beans and succulent roast pork. And now that the United States and Cuba have agreed to restore commercial flights, it’s all that much easier to get to.
From here: 52 Top Visit Places in 2016
Czech Republic

Family Holiday in Prague with an Infant

prague-1168302_640

In December we decided to do a winter sports holiday (once again) in the Czech Republic. You can read about The Best Kept Secret in Tsjechie here. This time though, it was not only Lee and myself but our infant daughter. This took planning our vacation to a new level. When researching how baby friendly Prague would be, I didn’t come across a lot of updated information. So this post is to share how our experience went. As always, YMMV.

Continue here: Family Holiday in Prague with an Infant

Kenya

A trip to Kenya is about more than just wildlife or scenery- the real face of our country is found among the combined faces of Kenya’s many cultures. It is the people who bring the destination to life, each of our landscapes has a different cultural significance to a different community, and the wildlife has long been an essential part of our traditional cultures.
Culture-and-tourism1
Kenya has 42 cultures, countless languages and dialects and one of the most richly diverse social tapestries on earth. Kenya’s heritage stretches back longer than most, and the depth of its history can be seen in the three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kenya. At Koobi Fora, some of the earliest evidence of human habitation on earth has been found, while the streets of Lamu echo with the history of centuries of sea trade, and Mt Kenya is a biosphere reserve that combines respect for a traditional symbol of creation and the need to conserve our environment for the future. Common attractions are the tribal villages and respective communities’ style of life within the National Parks where tourists witness the co-existence of the tribes and wild animals while taking into account the sustainability of the environment.

Lamu Cultural Festival

Lamu Cultural Festival

Original post and more:
Cultural Tourism in Kenya

Slovenia
Ljubljana
8 hidden treasures in Ljubljana (that we love)
IMG_2613
Coffee shops, restaurants, fast food – they are all easy to find around Ljubljana. However, like every other place, the capital of Slovenia has its hidden treasures and I believe I can consider myself lucky as I know at least few of them. So let me tell you about the ones I discovered.
Continue here: 8 hidden treasures in Ljubljana (that we love)

Travel Topics

Diseases

Malaria
Mosquito-arm-123-1024x683
Saving the big daddy of all tropical diseases for last, Malaria has even struck down famous folk like Cheryl Cole and hardy arch-traveller Simon Reeve in recent years. And while that may help to illustrate just how high the risks are for anyone heading to a malarial zone on their travels, it’s likely that the reality is far worse. In fact, a startling 214 million people fell ill with malaria in 2015, while nearly half a million people died in Sub-Saharan Africa from the disease alone. What’s more, there are countless different strains of the uber-common tropical ailment, which makes it even harder to prevent. However, for most all of the popular travel destinations around the globe – from the safari parks of the Kenyan Rift to the beaches of Indonesia – there are now suitable preventative medications and practices that can be taken and followed to reduce risk considerably.
More here …

Long passenger queues in airports
How to win against long passenger queues in airports
How-to-win-against-long-passenger-queues-in-airports
We’ve all been there. Testing the limits of patience and calmness seem to be common when it comes to falling in line before a flight. And it doesn’t help that the number of flyers continues to rise. The World Bank’s records show that in 2010, there were 2.628 billion airline passengers, however by 2014 it rose to 3.214 billion.
So what do you do to expedite the process?

>Airbnb Alternatives: Vacation Rental Websites You Should Know
Sometimes hotels just don’t cut it, especially when traveling with a family or a large group of friends, or even if you’re a solo traveler, such as myself, who just want to stay somewhere unique. An often-overlooked alternative to hotels are vacation rentals. Often times you can rent properties long-term or short-term; whatever fits your needs. You can rent homes, apartments, condos, beach houses, tree houses, yurts, you name it, you can probably rent it. You just have to know where to look.

By now, we have all heard of Airbnb for accommodation rentals and if not shame on you let me bring you out of the Dark Ages. Airbnb is an online community where hosts can list their properties, and people can discover and book accommodations in over 190 countries around the world. It’s pretty awesome, to say the least. If you’ve never booked an Airbnb, click here and enjoy $30 off your first stay, on me :).

As much as I love Airbnb it is not the be all and end all for renting accommodations. There are tons of other sites that you may not have even heard of that offers vacation rentals at affordable prices. So here is a list of sites you should know…Bookmark it, Pin it, Save this post for later:
photo-1463620910506-d0458143143e

Airbnb Alternatives: Vacation Rental Websites You Should Know

A Thank You Letter to 10 of Europe’s Most Walkable Cities

Dear Europe: Whenever I arrive in a city and I am frantically trying to figure out how to use the metro machines or what side of the street to catch the bus on, I am always delighted when I discover that I just need my own two feet. So I just want to say a big thank you to these 10 walkable cities because I appreciate you and the fact that you allow me to explore your beauty all on my own. I love getting lost on your cobblestone streets and happening upon a street performer sing opera or play flamenco music on the guitar. I love that I don’t have to worry about spending money on transport or constantly worry about losing my metro pass or bus ticket. I hope to see you all again soon and that our relationship continues to grow into the future.

IMG_2788

Continue here: A Thank You Letter to 10 of Europe’s Most Walkable Cities

Travel Videos

Iceland

Spain

USA
Florida
Miami

Travel Twitter accounts

The following accounts are not based on who links to me or supports me, but rather which Twitter accounts I have come across which blew my mind away. If you know of a good account, encourage them to tweet me or @ me below their images or posts. Or you do it, to bring it to my attention.

This is a work in progress …

Plan an Adventure
Cn6ErZXWAAAa9jo
If you love travel pictures, you will get lost looking through his. He is also on Instagram.

Travel Blogs

Great posts are worth sharing. Then once in a while you come along a blog where every post, picture and story captures you. The following upcoming list will feature those. Again: Bring to my attention what has impressed you. And just like with Twitter, the only way to get on this list is to blow my mind with your work.

Let´s see:
Blue Sky Traveler
Croatia.Korcula-14

Croatia.Korcula-11
Just check out her pictures … and then tell me that this is not art!

Share