Personal Ramblings: Review of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

What a great companion to my Timekeepers readathon!

These two books could easily be drinking buddies!
Timekeepers as the elderly, elegantly intelligent hardcover

And TSAoNGaF (yes, I acronym-ed it) as the young, impetuous e-book, tricking you with swear words into a much deeper conversation.

Caution: swear words ahead. Turn back if you’re a pansy. … More Personal Ramblings: Review of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

My Seven Years in the Air: A History of Quirkiest Flights

A history of my quirkiest flights: with my best friend and travel companion, & the most awesome travel app out there! Here’s looking at you, TripIt 😉 7 years of travel & over half a million km spent in the air. That amounts to 27 days of continuously sitting in an airplane. Give or take, you know. … More My Seven Years in the Air: A History of Quirkiest Flights

Crossing Tongariro for Dummies: An Agony Free Hiking Guide

One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor 

I’ve never been a Lord of the Rings fan (gasp! yes, I’ve said it), but I do know this: the filming locations in themselves could have been enough to make me watch it.

Acclaimed by many as the Best 1-Day Hike in the World, and even more popular after the Lord of the Rings movies, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a truly heavenly walk through New Zealand’s nature. … More Crossing Tongariro for Dummies: An Agony Free Hiking Guide

Graffiato: Taupo’s Fascinating Street Art That Will Make You Want To Visit

When I made Taupo our base for the short week in New Zealand, little did I know that I would fall in love with its city walls!

The object of my affection? Graffiato – Taupo’s Street Art Festival, kicked off on 20 October, a mere 2 weeks before we got there. A shame I didn’t get to see the artists in action, but the art they left behind is there to stay!

If you’re in Taupo, I seriously recommend a walk around the city center, to properly take in the artistic vibes. … More Graffiato: Taupo’s Fascinating Street Art That Will Make You Want To Visit

Have Yourself a Merry Astro-Christmas!

Twitter strikes again!  This time, it was in the form of a serendipitous tweet from AstroFarm, suggesting a different kind of Christmas… Interested yet?

Xmas at Astrofarm – dark skies, astronomy, great food, astronomy, good company, astronomy, help & advice and …oh did we mention astronomy?

So yes: we’ll be heading to Confolens (south of France) for 3 full nights of magic starting on the 2nd day of winter & just after the winter solstice.

We won’t be spotting Santa & his reindeers up on the skies (though you never know..) but with a bit of luck and clear skies, we’ll spot a few of those Ursids twinkling in the night sky. … More Have Yourself a Merry Astro-Christmas!

The New Zealand Giants You Should Not Miss!

When you think New Zealand, what’s the first thing that pops to mind?

I’m willing to bet you:  It’s Not Giant Redwoods at Treewalk Rotorua
The US kind of has a monopoly over the popularity of the mighty redwoods. And yet, you can experience a walk amongst the giants at the other end of the world, in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Meet the Whakarewarewa Forest

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Open Mic: Overtourisming the World & Travel Differently

In the wake of the 2017 TSG (Travel+SocialGood) Global Summit, and continuing the topic of Overtourisming the World, I have invited three more bloggers to this Open Mic, sharing their thoughts and opinions. From Barcelona to Paris, from Venice to Rejkyavik, everyone is spewing discontent: for locals, it’s too many tourists! for visitors, it’s not … More Open Mic: Overtourisming the World & Travel Differently

Readathon to the End of the World: Timekeepers

I stumbled across Timekeepers in a bookshop at Gatwick airport quite a few months back and I bought it to complement my non-fiction mini collection.

While I had browsed through it a bit, I decided that Timekeepers was a definite keeper for my in-flight readathon to the edge of the world.

And it seemed only fitting to choose this book for my New Zealand readathon. To spend some time with Time, as I counted down my 24 hours & 12 time zones for the longest flight in the world.

While I was, of course, moaning about the length of travel & my soon to be stiff legs and sore buttocks, I couldn’t resist feeling a bit like a fraud. … More Readathon to the End of the World: Timekeepers

Going Oriental in Central Berlin: Indoors Magic!

I always mix business with pleasure. In travels, I mean. So when I was asked to go to Berlin for work (my 5th time already) I wondered: how can I sample Berlin with a twist? You know, once you go beyond the must do’s, tourist hotspots and the classic city icons.

And since I never met Berlin in a good (weather) mood anyway – this time proving to be no exception – indoors was the obvious answer.  … More Going Oriental in Central Berlin: Indoors Magic!

Open Mic: How To Stop Over-Tourisming The World?

After 10 years and a lot of fast & slow travel in over 30 countries, I am seeing a distinct change in the world of travel, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Getting to the other side of the world has never been easier and more accessible to masses, as middle classes grow, social media reigns higher and prices drop further.

However: we are also way, way more people than 10 years ago.

No secret there. In 2007 Earth’s population was 6.6 billion – these days, our pale blue dot struggles with 7.5 billion and rising. And globally, tourist numbers are growing at 6 % a year.

And our hunger for travel is starting to hurt us back. … More Open Mic: How To Stop Over-Tourisming The World?