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

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

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

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

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

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

The Conch Republic

When we were sailing in Marathon, many people asked us if we would go to the Conch Republic as well.  I didn’t really know what they were talking about till someone told me the funny history… Back in 1982, the president of the United States suddenly decided to open it’s borders to their neighboring countries. … Continue reading

The Spanish colony

After 11 days in National Parks and desolated places, except for Las Vegas & Flagstaff, Chris & I drove into a completely different landscape and it was time to explore a completely different part of the States: New Mexico!  Human history seeps from the pores of this land… Generations of nomads, farmers, builders, warriors, explorers, … Continue reading

Astonishing Beauty

Sparkling, clear, blue water laps against towering, sheer, red-rock canyon walls and sandy beaches. Power boats and wave runners zip about while houseboats slowly wend their way deep into side canyons.  Chris & I just made it to Lake Powell, a 186 miles long reservoir on the Colorado river, straddling between Utah & Arizona.  Lake Powell … Continue reading

The jungle cabin

On my third day in Kaua’i I met Kelly, a teacher from San Francisco.  She was on a roadtrip in Kaua’i and I decided to join her for a 2-day trip down south.  Our first stop was Kauai’s main sites, the majesctic ‘Waimea Canyon’ & the Kalalau lookout overlooking the gracious Na Pali coast. In … Continue reading

The Garden Island

The Hawaiian Islands archipelo is the most isolated chain in the world. It extends from the island of Hawai’i to Kure Atoll in the northwest, a distance of over 1500 miles.  The islands are a group of volcanos that have risen up over a ‘hot spot‘ of molten rock that wells up from deep in … Continue reading

Bula !

Bula, the first and only word you will hear throughout your entire trip in Fiji.  It simply means ‘Hello’ and hearing it over and over again shows how welcoming & friendly the Fijian people are… When we think ‘Fiji’, we think ‘paradise’ and our thoughts wander off to palm-fringed white sand beaches, lagoons, colourful reefs … 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

Fairyland

Meeting so many people in Hong Kong was a nice experience and I easily could have spent more days around there, but I was eager to explore the land of Dragons & Emperors. Travelling by yourself in China is quite challenging as there’s almost nobody that speaks English. Furthermore most of the signs are in … 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

The graphic designer & the research scientist

I was always wondering why people had built a city in the middle of the desert, surrounded by red sand the size of Europe & at least 1500 km away in each direction from cities & other resources.  It kept fascinating me and I’m glad I finally found the answer. Mparntwe, The Arrente Aboriginal name … Continue reading