My flight from Lisbon landed 40 minutes early on the island of Sal in Cape Verde, an island nation off the west coast of Africa. I hand the immigration officer 25 Euro for the visa on arrival and my passport. He issues a receipt and puts a stamp into my passport. All within seconds. As I head out of the airport, a taxi driver asks for €15 to bring me to my apartment in Santa Maria in the south of the island – exactly the price I was told to pay by the owner. Wow! Is this really Africa? Immigration didn’t take hours and the taxi driver didn’t even try to rip me off. I really liked the first impression of Cape Verde – country number 104 on my journey to every country on the planet. But I would get to love the island even more during my two days on Sal.
It doesn’t matter if you are a foodie, an art lover or you just want to explore a new, vibrant city – you will be amazed by Bilbao. What used to be a rough, industrial town is now a major culinary and art centre in Europe. If you don’t have much time, this two day itinerary for Bilbao will help you cover the main sights.
The Danakil Depression in Northern Ethiopia is one of the most unique places on the planet. Boiling and steaming hot springs in breath-taking blue, yellow, green, red and orange colors, boiling lava lakes and a salt lake of epic proportion are just a few things that expect the few adventurers who dare visiting this hostile place.
If at all, Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, is only known as a summer destination. The famous Tian Shan Mountains offer some supreme hiking opportunities that are definitely worth exploring if you are there during the warmer months. But is there anything to do in Bishkek in winter and is it worth travelling there?
The answer is: Yes, absolutely! Keep on reading and find out why!
I am sitting in the waiting room at the consulate of Bangladesh in Kolkata, India. On the wall, I can see a huge poster reading the words “Visit Bangladesh Before the Tourists Come”. A very self-confident statement of one of the least visited countries on earth.
A few days later I board the train from Kolkata towards Bonagon, a border town between India and Bangladesh. When I think of trains in India, the image of hundreds of people riding on the roof of the train immediately jumps into my mind. Well, apparently that isn’t allowed anymore. That means that even more passengers have to squeeze inside the carriages. What follows is the craziest two hour train ride I have ever experienced. Nobody was able to move an inch from his position. They packed so many people into that train that it was even difficult to breathe because there was no space for my chest to expand. Insane.
Sevilla is a fascinating and romantic city, rich in history, culture, architecture and gastronomic delights, filled with Andalusian temperament. Lonely Planet’s travel experts voted Sevilla as number one among the top ten cities to visit in 2018. Here, in the south of Spain, traditions are being lived and reinvented by the day. The capital of Andalusia remains an authentic Spanish city whose historical center is not yet as packed with tourists as other Spanish destinations. While the sun is shining for more than 300 days a year, the Sevillanos master the art of enjoying the moment and the good things in life. Are you interested in Seville travel inspiration to follow them?
Plaza España, Seville
I have lived in Seville for over a year and fell in love with this Spanish city, whose magic hardly anyone can resist. As inspiration for your Seville travel planning, I want to share some of the things that make the Andalusian capital so fascinating and unique.
Djibouti – a place few people have heard of before and even fewer could point at on a map. But since Lonely Planet has named this tiny nation in East Africa one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2018 it has been on the radar of more international travellers. So is it worth travelling to Djibouti? I went there in December 2017 to find out.
Burundi is a small country in East Africa with approximately 10 million inhabitants. Since its independence in 1962, the country was plagued by ethnic and political tensions. The Burundian civil war lasted from 1993 until 2005 and has claimed the lives of approximately 300,000 people. The decision of the president to run for a third term in 2015 again sparked protests and unrests throughout the country that last until today. As a consequence, tourism in the country came to a near complete stop. Most Western governments have issued travel warnings against travel to Burundi. But the second least happy nation on earth has a lot to offer if you decide to visit despite the dangers.
This is part 2 of my journey arournd the world in 8 days. I you haven’t read the first part yet, you can access it here.
Guam, a tiny island South East of Japan, part of the territory of the United States. One part of the island is a US military base while the other is home to an endless number of both fast food joints and Japanese tourists. Life doesn’t seem very real here. I spend a day wandering around the main town and relaxing on the beach. After more than 24 hours without flying I am ready for the next chapter: Off to Palau.