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

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

Baía da Ilha Grande

Leaving beautiful, exotic beaches for the largest city of Brazil was not easy but I wanted to visit Lili & Barbara, 2 friends I met during my travels.  I met Lili, who was on a worldtrip as well, for the first time in Egypt in November 2012, then we met by accident in March 2013 … Continue reading

Vitor e Sonia

Back in September I met Vincente & Gustavo, 2 brothers from Brazil on the Galapagos islands in Ecuador and 2 weeks later I met Gabby in Colca Canyon, Peru. She was from Brazil as well. Gabby & Vincente both lived in Curitiba so my plan was to visit them after a few days in Iguazu. … Continue reading

Iguazu Falls

A 18h busride (600 Ps) brought Wancy & myself from city life in Buenos Aires to the sub-tropical jungle of Puerto Iguazu, a nice & authentic resting spot in the province of Misiones & perfect spot to start our visit to the world famous & impressive Iguazu Falls, recently chosen as one of the New … Continue reading

The End Of The World… Ushuaia !

El Calafate is a small, authentic city nestled on the shores of Lago Argentina and is known for being the starting point to the Glaciers National Park, a World Heritage Park home to 13 glaciers.  The most famous being of course ‘Glaciar Perito Moreno’.  There were different options to visit the glaciers… by boat, by … 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

Jujuy road trippin’

On the bus from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Salta, Argentina (35000Ps – 11h) I met a french couple, Laura & Damien. They would meet up with 2 friends of Laura in a hostel in Salta. I was going to meet Wancy in another hostel named ‘La Posada de Don Simon’.  Wancy is a lovely … Continue reading

Valle De La Luna

San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis in the middle of the vast Atacama desert in Northern Chile. Numerous natural phenomenon can be seen here such as the Tatio geisers, Valley of the Death, Valley of the Moon, Salar de Atacama, El Tatio geysers, Laguna Cejar and much more. Valley of the Moon was the thing … Continue reading

Salar De Uyuni

The plan was to go to Bolivia’s capital Sucre but due to political tensions & the unavoidable road blocks, I could only go as far as Potosi, a city 3h west of Sucre.  Potosi is a small mining town at 4090m above sea level & although I thought I wouldn’t suffer from the altitude, the … Continue reading

The Amazon

La Paz aka ‘the city that touches the sky’ is a city home to 835,000 souls & counting with a unique, spectacular setting!  Located high above sea level, La Paz sits in a bowl surrounded by the high altiplano and as it grows, the city climbs the hills resulting in varying elevations from 3000 to 4100m. … Continue reading

Lake Titicaca: Isla del Sol

Right after lunch in Puno, I went to book my ‘Titicaca Bolivia’ bus to Copacabana, Bolivia who would be approx. a 3h ride.  Again a travel agent proposed me a ticket for 25s.  Luckily I learned from my mistakes a walked a few meters further to the official ‘Titiacaca Bolivia’ desk and booked the ticket … Continue reading

Lake Titicaca: The Floating Islands

I guess I can say I’m an experienced traveller but sometimes I still catch myself doing stupid mistakes!  Booking a half day trip in Cusco to the floating islands of Urros in Puno was such a mistake!  The thing was that the nightbus left at 22pm from Cusco and I would arrive at 4.15am in … 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

Colca Canyon

Leaving Arequipa for a 2-day trip to Colca Canyon, our bus picked us up in the morning & would take the road to Yura along the snowy plains of Chachani with great views on the volcanos Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu that surround Arequipa. Great was our surprise when we saw Marie & Magda hop … Continue reading

The Nazca Lines

The famous & mysterious Nazca lines was our next stop.  I took the local ‘Soyuz’ bus (located around the corner from Cruz Del Sur terminal) in Ica (2h30 – 11 soles) while Golnaz had to catch the Cruz Del Sur bus.  People adviced Golnaz & me not to book a flight above the Nazca Lines … Continue reading

Surfing The Desert

After the 2h morning boat trip in Islas Ballestas, Golnaz & I took the bus to Ica (1h15-35s), a small city in the desert of the Pisco province, 3-4 hours south of Lima.   The concrete houses, dirt roads, graffiti painted walls, street vendors,… reminded me a lot to cities in India.  The delicious & … Continue reading

Mini-Galapagos

When I was in Los Angeles I received this weird e-mail from a couple who asked me if I could get their jacket in the LAX airport. Apparently they forgot it on their flight and LAN refused to send it to them.  Marie-Hélène noticed my post on CS where I was looking for travel partners … Continue reading

I love boobies

Another main island we did was authentic Isabela. We took the 7am ferry (30$) in Santa Cruz and after paying a watertaxi (1$) & the 5$ island tax, we headed to the most recommended hostel in Puerto VIllamil, ‘Casa Rosada’ (17$/dorm breakfast included) situated right on the beach. Unfortunately it was fully booked so my … Continue reading

The Origin Of Species

At the age of 22, a young fellow named Charles Darwin enlisted in the ‘Beagle’ as a naturalist without pay. He was not an expert scientist but captain FitzRoy accepted him on board as he needed an Englishman to whom he could talk. Charles had two guides on this trip: his curiosity & his reading … Continue reading