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What Type Of Traveler Are You?

Heidi crossing the border from Venezuela to Brazil

Heidi crossing the border from Venezuela to Brazil

I am a Flashpacker. Why? I mostly travel with a rucksack; I rather stay in hostels, eat in local restaurants & usually travel by public transport; I mostly choose less conventional destinations, far from the mainstream tourism destinations. But I think that Flashpacking is above all a way of experiencing different cultures and interacting with the country. It is also about respect, allowing me to dive into new, unknown experiences. Continue Reading →


Why The Focus On Africa, South America & Parts Of Asia?

In Hamed Ale

In Hamed Ale, Danakil Depression

I sometimes use roads well traveled to visit world famous sights, but most of the time I try to stay Off The Beaten Track. I enjoy to explore areas on our planet that are still off the radar of mainstream tourism and even unknown to most travelers, places that offer genuine travel experiences. Those areas we mainly found in Africa, South America & parts of Asia. Continue Reading →


Why This Website(s)?

Heidi in a Warao Village, Orinoco Delta, VenezuelaI started a website at the beginning of my first Round The World Trip in 2007 – 2008. It was meant to be a Travel Dairy, so I would remember all the places I was and all the things I witnessed and experienced. So in the beginning, I was the first target group of our website. Writing every evening and going through the photos made me realize that without that process of reflection, my memories would not have been able to store all these intensive impressions. When I noticed that lots of people were reading my website, I started thinking…. Continue Reading →


Why Do You Write In English?

Heidi is Austrian. Gilles is French. Using either one of these two languages, German and French, we would only be able reach a limited number of our (potential) audience. English being the Lingua Franca of international travelers, the decision which language seemed quite easy. Continue Reading →


Follow Your Dreams? What Do You Mean?


Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Let me maybe start with two highly inspiring quotes, which I try to live up to as much as I can:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” (Mark Twain).

One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” (Paulo Coelho) Continue Reading →


How Much Does This Costs?

Ugandan Shillings (approx. 700 Euros)Calculating the costs so far in advance is a quite challenging undertaking: so much can change within the next three years. Moreover, traveling with a 76+ year old, there is no way to “rough it” as we sometimes do, when necessary, for a short period – Not that we like it a lot… Continue Reading →