Episode 1: Mother India (15 minutes video)

It has taken a while but I finally completed the first episode of my wordtrip.  Curious how my worldtrip started last year? Discover & enjoy the first episode… Mother India !! Suscribe yourselves to my website & LIKE my FB page Backpacking Around The Globe to be notified of the next upcoming episodes !! A … Continue reading

Episode 1: India (Short video – Intro only!)

First of all, I wanna thank you all out there, who are following me in my adventures and keep inspiring me to continue this journey!  I realize it has been a while since I posted something here…  Not because nothing was going on, on the contrary!  In fact, there was so much going on since … Continue reading

This Is Not The End !! (2 minutes video teaser)

Here I am… back in good old Belgium daydreaming about that unforgettable journey I just lived…  I feel so blessed and lucky that I was able to fulfill my dream and it would never had been so memorable without all the great people who crossed my path.  So thank you to all the people I … Continue reading

Cidade Maravilhosa… Rio de Janeiro !

I can’t believe this is the end!  It feels as if my first day back in Jodhpur, India was only one week ago!  I guess I have to face the truth and enjoy my last few days in one of world’s most beautiful city, ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ Rio de Janeiro !  Planted between lush, forest covered … Continue reading

Tango Vibes

When I hear or read ‘Buenos Aires’, my good friend & teacher Victoria inevitably comes to mind.  I met Vic 2 years ago in Thailand through Alessandra, my good Italian -sorry- Sardinian friend.  We became good friends ever since but unfortunately Vic was travelling herself in Europe by the time.  When she heard I was … Continue reading

Patagonia rocks !

An 11h bus ride brought Wancy & me to one of Argentina’s second largest city, Cordoba aka the heartland of Argentina. Cordoba is as Salta a very European town and is known for its architecture, its iconic music & dancing, the ‘cuarteto’ and its famous signature drink ‘Fernet con cola’. Once we booked our bus … Continue reading

The Jungle Inca Trail

The Inca Trail… A legendary hike that captures the incredible landscapes of the ancient route of the inca’s & the majestic power of the world-famous Machu Picchu! As expected, the Inca Trail didn’t lose popularity and was fully booked for the next 2 months! So Golnaz & I had to chose for one of the … Continue reading

La Ciudad Blanca

After a long night on the bus, Golnaz & I arrived in Peru’s second largest city… Arequipa, La Cuidad Blanca or The White City as it’s called because of its buildings made of the white volcanic stone ‘sillar’. The morning sun gave the city a warm shine as we drove through the narrow streets to … Continue reading

The Great Wall

After a long 14h ride on the train from Xi’an, I finally arrived in Beijing West.  Of course you can also take the high speed train but the first one leaves around 7am so I chose the night train to have 3 full days in Beijing (aka Peking). I would stay with Lee, a 26y … Continue reading

The host

The Dragon Boat festival was on and that means it was a nightmare to find a free seat / bed on the trains to Xi’an.  So in the end I had to opt for a flight.  This time I flew with Juneyao Airlines.  I must say there are better than Spring Airlines because for the … Continue reading

The pick-up

When people told me about the city of Suzhou, they sang the praises of a quaint thousand year old city with canals, old streets, gardens, courtyard parks, … In a way, Suzhou’s ancient heritage has been preserved but the city has grown into a major city with numerous skycrapers & large boulevards.  I arrived by … Continue reading

Venice in China

Shanghai is surrounded by many ancient watertowns and so after talking to some locals, I decided this morning to visit Wuzhen & Hangzhou.  I took the train in Shanghai HongQiao Railway station to TongXiang (50Y – 40 minutes) than the bus K282 to Wuzhen (5Y – 20 minutes)  Finally a free shuttle from the new … Continue reading

The Duck

After 3 weeks relaxing on exotic islands in Bali & Phillippines, I’m back on track! I flew into Hong Kong, one of the world’s most dynamic cities where human influence on the landscape is highly visible.  Countless skycrapers and high-rise apartments dominate the skyline & huge constructions projects seem to be everywhere.  However, these immediate … 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

A new capital

Back in October, I was travelling in Jordan with my best mate Adrien.  While we were couchsurfing in the Wadi Rum desert, we met Wancy & Valerie, 2 Australian girls from Canberra.  Read more about it on my Jordan travelblog.  Wancy was so nice to invite me to Canberra in her home and so I changed … 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

The Nurse

I was dreaming of this day for so many years and it felt pretty unreal to finally fulfill this dream… Flyin’ all the way around to the other side of our beautiful planet in the Southern hemisphere to visit the Kiwi’s in New- Zealand aka Aotearoa, as the local Maori’s call it. Meaning ‘Land Of … Continue reading

The Forbidden City

On our way to Hanoi we stopped for a few hours in Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam.  Hue was the national capital until 1945, when Emperor Bao Dai abdicated and a communist government was established in Hanoi.  Through the website of couchsurfing, I met Tuan, Nhi & Nia, some local students. We had only a few … Continue reading

My Son

My Son is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa.  The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva, known under various local names, the most important of which is “Bhadresvara”   It lies in the middle … Continue reading

Angkor Wat

Siem Reap is the perfect getaway to the mystical temples of Angkor aka Yasodharapura. And so after meeting my dear Italian friend Alessandra, we rented a bike and cycled to this huge forest area.  Angkor counts more than 2000 tempels & spreads out on a total surface of 400km2! It has become the symbol of … Continue reading