Browsing All posts tagged under »backpacking«

On Why “Today” Is My New Favorite Word

March 21, 2013


Today is yet another beautiful day, made even more so by the fact that I’m spending it doing absolutely nothing at all. No chasing waterfalls, no wandering around, no pushing myself to see sights I’m not really all that interested in at the moment. Today, I’m simply here, listening to the sounds of life along […]

A Day In Ayutthaya (In Pictures)

March 7, 2013


Sticking my head out of the open window and looking behind, I could still see the high buildings of Bangkok reaching for the sky, but ahead the landscape was the greenest of green, with nothing more than a few shacks lining the railroad. Every once in a while, we’d pass a burning pile of rubbish, […]

Early Morning In Bangkok, Thailand

March 2, 2013


It’s 6:30 in the morning and the sun has barely risen above Thailand’s capital city. On my way over here I passed people setting up their streetstalls, and tuk-tuks already merrily whizzing around. It’s easy to imagine the city hasn’t slept at all. Above me, birds are singing their morning songs and behind me, a […]

Packing List For 3 Months In Asia

February 21, 2013


While some dread the daunting task of packing for an extended trip, I discovered that I’m a big fan. For me, carefully deciding what to bring and what to leave at home is part of the pre-trip fun. Nevertheless, it wasn’t the easiest job. I’ve packed, unpacked and packed again about three times now, getting […]

Preparing for Southeast Asia

February 15, 2013


With only 10 days to go until departure it’s time for me to break the silence and leave a quick note. Over the past few days I’ve felt rather odd. I think the idea of me actually leaving hasn’t really sunk in yet. Something that has been a vague and distant dream is suddenly becoming […]

Looking Back: An Adventurous 2012

December 28, 2012


‘Tis the season to be jolly… and I can’t help but get a little bit sentimental. The end of 2012 is very near, and what a wonderful year it was! Like every year, I’ve had my ups and downs, but in the end it has been nothing short of spectacular.  I thought it would be […]

CouchSurfing: The Benefits Of Hosting

November 26, 2012


“We don’t really have a lot of culture, here in Holland”, I heard myself saying. And I was completely convinced. Of course, we have our obvious clichés: clogs and cheese, windmills and tulips, sex and marijuana. But anyone who spends longer than a week in the Netherlands knows that this has little to do with […]

Wednesday Wishes: Lyon

October 31, 2012


After the last Wednesday Wishes post about Singapore, I got excited about the idea of guest posting. Having a local like Sam write about his hometown casts a different light on the destination and makes for an interesting read. So for this week, I’ve asked one of my friends (and fellow newbie blogger) to write […]

Patience Is A Virtue

October 23, 2012


I'm writing to you from the comforts of my own home, cosy and pleasant. It's that time of year again. You know; the leaves turn red and golden and start to fall from the trees, it gets a little chilly and the air is crisp. It's that time when it's not yet cold enough for a winter jacket but a scarf would be much appreciated. It's a time for long walks in the forest, for raking leaves off your lawn and for knitting scarves. Okay, maybe that's a little too traditional. What can I say? Autumn melancholy is kicking in, hard.

How To Save Up For An Extended Trip – Part 1

October 15, 2012


“6 months in Asia? Heck no, I could never afford that!” Had you asked me a year ago, that’s exactly what I would have said, as would most people. Travel is often viewed as expensive and out of reach, especially for people with low-income. While you do need a fund sufficient enough to support you […]