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Chiang Mai in the magical north of Thailand

Another year and yes, another trip to Thailand! At this point I’m just gonna stop counting the times I’ve been here. But each time, I do try to explore some new places. This time it was Chiang Mai (North of Thailand) and Koh Chang (South East – Island). Chiang Mai I’ve actually been in Chiang Mai before during my first visit ever to Thailand about 11 years ago! But I wasn’t the “experienced” traveler as I am now. I didn’t plan much or remember much any more either from the trip. 2 years ago I passed by Chiang Mai as...

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My motorbike accident in Thailand

The accident Yes, the accident. I spoiled the ending already, but that’s ok. Not a lot of people know that I had my first motorcycle accident. Not even my mom! Didn’t wanna worry her for nothing. The entire story is rather long so┬ábe warned. During my many visits I’ve seen numerous young folks walking around with bandages and scars from motorcycle accidents. Each time I would shrug and laugh a bit, but I guess karma finally got to me as it feels like I’ve finally been baptized as a wreckless backpacker. So we met up with Sander the next day,...

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Daytrip from Lisbon to the mystical Sintra

To be completely honest, I didn’t really research that much about Portugal and Lisbon before coming here. The main goal was to go surfing in Peniche and spend a few days sightseeing in Lisbon. It was Fabio who told me to go to Sintra for sure eventhough he didn’t see all of the sights himself. Sintra and its surrounding mountains (Serra de Sintra) are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a popular destination for day-trippers, and can be easily explored while staying in Lisbon. I myself took the train straight from Lisbon Oriente railway station and took...

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First time visit to Portugal, Lisbon/Lisboa!

First trip of 2016 and especially right after winter, I needed some sunshine and vitamin sea. I had about 1 week and was feeling adventurous and wanted to see something new. Portugal was the ovbious choice for these reasons: new destination, adventure, culture, nearby, budgetfriendly! I had roughly 8 days, so I needed to plan this right in order to do what I wanted to do. I made sure I didn’t push it too much so I had time to actual relax. First part of the trip was Lisbon and it’s surroundings! Lisboa It’s been a while since I’ve been...

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First time visiting Poland! (Warsaw and Krakow)

It seems like at the end of every year, I always have some spare vacation days left at work. As I only had a few days and limited money, I decided to visit a friend of mine in Poland! If I had the money I would’ve definately picked a place which was warmer but it was also nice to hang out with someone and discover some new places together with someone. So off to Warsaw and Krakow I went! Warsaw Warsaw was unavoidable, so I tried to make the best of it with the 1 day I had there. I...

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Visiting Pattaya and Koh Larn daytrip

This will be my second time in Pattaya. The first time everything was still new and I was still eager to discover and go sightseeing. I even went diving during my first visit! This time it was all about chilling and relaxing. I didn’t plan anything and just went with the flow of things. One of the reasons I keep coming back is because Pattaya is so close to Bangkok and you have the water and beach right near the hotel. Everything is in walking distance and if you want to escape the heat you can just go hide in...

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Tourist spotting in Phuket and Koh Phi Phi

My buddy Greg joined me after my visit to Vietnam. He only managed to take 2 weeks off for this trip so we decided he meet me back in Thailand after my short trip. Last year he joined me as well for the first time and this time around we went around Thailand again. First stop was Phuket! It was my first time in Phuket and eventhough I read that it’s one of the more expensive places to visit due to tourism, I wanted to check out the “nature” and islands in the area. I love diving and that was...

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Revisiting Hanoi and venturing out to Vung Tau

Seems like I’m pretty hooked on Thailand and Asia in general. Last year around the same time I was in the area as well but I stuck to Thailand. Each time I tend to visit familiar places but try to add in a new place to discover as well. I had some spare time before my friend met up with me so I flew to Hanoi for a couple of days and went down to Vung Tau as well. Hanoi was nothing new as I’ve visited the place during my year off trip. I did come back to catch up...

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Escaping winter in Malaga, Spain

Winter really gets me down and I was still looking for some rays of sunshine and I just couldn’t wait for spring to come so I sneaked out to Malaga with Karolina in search for some warmth and sun. For these European city trips I didn’t wanna take too many days off so I’ve just been taking 1-2 days to make it an extended weekend get-away. So this time we were here for about 3-4 days as well. The concept is pretty much the same as usual, try to get the most out of a cheap budget. We looked for...

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First time trip to Rome, Italy. Short but intense citytrip

In the winter of 2014 I had some spare vacation days left and I wanted to go somewhere I haven’t been before and preferably cheap. Seeing how it was winter, I wanted to go somewhere to escape the cold and soak up some sun but sadly I’m a cheap bastard and I didn’t have enough days to go somewhere far so I decided to go visit Rome and my friend Melissa. I only had about 4 days for this weekend get-away and about 2 full days to explore Rome and let me tell you, it was exhausting trying to go...