A touch of French

I would like to start with some practical info. Good to know is that when you take a flight with Air Asia to Boracay you will arrive in Kalibo on the island of Panay. From there there will be many busses waiting to bring you to the jetty in Caticlan. The bus ride is about … Continue reading

Nusa Lembongan

Just 32km from Bali on the northeastern edge of the Indian Ocean lie the beautiful islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongen & Nusa Ceningan. Back in Australia & here in Bali, many travellers adviced me to spend a few days on the small, authentic ‘Nusa Lembongan’. Swathed with a rich history of black magic and … Continue reading

Gili Tralala

Back in november 2012 I met this nice Brazilian girl Lilian ‘slash’ Lili in Philae, Assouan, Egypt.  She was on a worldtrip back than and was still travelling, for more than 1 year now!  She arrived 15 days ago in Uluwatu, Indonesia.  Today she would sail to Gili Trawangan, a tropical jewel and one of … Continue reading

Island of the Gods

You only have to hear the word Bali and the mind itself wanders into a dreamlike place where worries are cast adrift and the sun and sand are life’s only concerns. Its an iconic island, an alien yet relaxing part of Indonesia that’s home to fascinating cultures and perfect desert-island days.  While I was  tempted … Continue reading

Fancy That Costumes

I must honestly say that I’m not such into cities but when I laid eyes on Sydney’s magnificent harbour I realized I was standing in one of the most beautiful or maybe the most beautiful city in the world!  Captain Arthur Philip, commanding the First Fleet, already described Sydney’s Harbour in 1788 as ‘one of … Continue reading

Wet Tropics

After three amazing days sailing the Solway Lass in the Whitsundays, I continued my journey up north to the Wet Tropics. Andrea & Nicole would join me to Cairns while Collin decided to stay in Airlie Beach hoping to find a job as a dive instructor on a sailing boat. Our first stop was Paluma … Continue reading

Solway Lass

Crystal  blue waters, colourful reefs, white sand beaches & green hills covered by rainforests overlooking infinite sugar cane fields are the setting for Airlie Beach, a small coastal town in the south of Queensland. The town itself is a rather touristic place with heaps of apartments, hostels, shopping streets, … Not really my favourite destination … Continue reading

Captain Cook

Captain Cook set foot in Queensland for the first time on May 24th, 1770 with his ship ‘Endeavour’. That place is now a small coastal town that honors that fact not only by streets named after him but even by the town’s name…  ‘Town of 1770’.  It lies in a bay filled with sand banks, surounded … Continue reading

K’Gari

Fraser Island… A living, breathing natural treasure and world’s largest sand island named ‘K’Gari (meaning ‘paradise’) by the Butchulla people, island’s original inhabitants.  K’Gari was renamed ‘Fraser Island’ after sea captain James Fraser & his wife shipwrecked on the island.  The island is an example of contrast & contradictions…  rainforests that grow in the sand, … Continue reading

Ken & Vicki

I maybe had one bad experience the past week with Rebeca but I still believe Couchsurfing is a wonderful initiative.  That’s the main reason why I’m part of it for about three years now.  I hosted & surfed with over more than 200 fantastic people and I love it!  Leaving Brisbane alone was the best … Continue reading

Happy High

After a few days in Sydney, I’m back on the road with Cairns as target, an exotic town in the far north-east of Australia.  Rebeca, a 25yr old Mexican girl who worked & lived in London would be my travel buddy for a part of the journey.  When we left Sydney, it was raining cats … Continue reading

Life in paradise

Perth, Australia’s sunniest capital enjoys more than 3000 hours of sunshine a year !  We can only dream of that !  No wonder that it’s all about lifestyle over there… sunshine, beaches, picnics & cultural activities in a city overlooking the sparkling Swan river, Kings park & the Botanic Gardens.  Same thing in Rockingham, a … Continue reading

Gippsland & Sapphire Coast

My journey up the East coast of Australia was a fact.  After some beautiful days around Melbourne, I started to drive up north.  The Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest & most beautiful inland waterways are a network of lakes, marshes & lagoons covering 400m2 and are separated from the ocean with coastal dunes known as Ninety … Continue reading

The Grampians & Philip Island

Think adventure in majestic landscapes, in extraordinary views, desert lands, volcanic plains, country towns & villages… That’s what to expect in Victoria’s series of dramatic mountain ranges known as The Grampians.  Nis, a Maleysian girl joined me for a few days on this trip.  Coming from the Great Ocean Road, we stopped in Dunkeld, getaway … Continue reading

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road… A legendary road that I was dreaming of doing for so many years!  And here I am, standing in Torquay for what will be one of the highlights of my trip!  Imagine… Nature’s drama unfolding itself as I drove along the dramatic coastline with its unspoiled green landscapes, pretty villages & … Continue reading

Freycinet NP

Cole’s Bay, a small coastal town bordering the Freycinet National Park & perfect getaway was our overnight stop where we camped in the town’s camp ground.  Lying beneath the sheer pink granite cliffs known as ‘The Hazards’ and beside the sheltered waters of Oyster Bay, Coles Bay was once the haunt of whalers & tin miners, … Continue reading

Bay Of Fires

We started our journey to the Bay Of  Fires with a stop in Launceston, sometimes referred to as the ‘Northern Capital’ of Tasmania.  The city is known for it’s beautiful Victorian architecture, its manyn garden & parks and the pittoresque Tamar river running through it.  The most famous feature is ‘Cataract Gorge’, a gorge with … Continue reading

Moeraki Boulders

We started in Invercargill, the most southern city of New Zealand & the heart of Southland.  With a population of only 53000 souls, Invercargill is recognised for its hospitality to visitors and as the gateway to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery.  Wide streets with minimal traffic, spacious parks & gardens, Victorian & Edwardian … Continue reading

The Southern Alps

Franz Josef Glacier, found in the stunning Westland National Park, is one of the most spectacular glaciers in this region with ice caves, extraordinary colors of the ice-flow, pinnacles & seracs of the pristine alpine environment.  Stavros booked a heli tour + 2h hike on top of the gletsjer.  Pilar, Vivi & myself kept it … Continue reading

Abel Tasman to Franz Josef via Great Alpine Highway

After a beautiful sunrise at Tahunanui beach, I picked up the girls and we left Nelson for Abel Tasman, a National Park opened in 1942, 300 years after its namesake Abel Tasman first sighted New Zealand.  It’s New Zealand’s smallest National Park but nevertheless a coastal paradise with golden beaches, tranquil lagoons, clear water & … Continue reading

Wineries, lakes & pristine beaches

The roadtrip in South Island began in Picton.  Picton’s foreshore has one of New Zealand’s most beautiful views.  Known for it’s ever changing colors & light. The town is also surrounded by lush forests of beech, manuka & fern, which cover secret valleys, secluded coves & hill top lookouts.  Pilar, a Spanish girl who travelled … Continue reading