Sunset in Tanah Lot temple, Bali

Sunset in Tanah Lot temple, Bali

Bali has many scenic locations to dream away while the sun sets, that’s for sure. But some of them are just simply emblematic, and missing them is a sin… and the temple of Tanah lot is one of these! Tanah lot is an extended temple complex on the west coast, and one of the most sacred temples of Bali. It is about 45 minutes away by scooter from the “touristic center” near Kuta and Seminyak. The ride is a whole…

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Sunrise at Mount Batur, Bali

Sunrise at Mount Batur, Bali

Have you ever had this feeling of having a breakpoint in life when you experience something new for the first time, with an incredible intensity, making you yearn for more of these moments? Seeing the sunrise over Mount Agung on Bali, after trekking up its neighbor Mount Batur was one of these for me. As many people I have always loved seeing sunsets, but this was the first time I was venturing out with the solely purpose of seeing the…

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Wanderlust

Wanderlust

Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road, only wakes in the sea… – Antonio Machado  

Tresher sharks in Malapascua, Philippines

Tresher sharks in Malapascua, Philippines

Swimming with sharks in Philippines is a big thing. First, you have the famous whale sharks in Donsol, where you can litterally snorkel amongst them – which is only possible in very few places in the world. But then, you also have this tiny island called Malapascua, just north of Cebu, where you can dive at Monad Shoal with an even rarer species – the tresher sharks. These clever sharks, that use their unique long tail to stun and catch…

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Cadaqués, the home of Salvador Dali

Cadaqués, the home of Salvador Dali

No matter if you are an art or nature lover, Cadaqués is one of the villages you should not miss out on if you are visiting Barcelona, and even Catalonia. Located close to the French border, in the middle of the breathtaking natural reserve of Cap de Creus, this village stole the heart of the famous surrealist painter Salvador Dali, who built his house here, that served as his main residence. He had his reasons to choose this picturesque village,…

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Get 15 Euro free Booking.com credit! 

Get 15 Euro free Booking.com credit! 

Are you making a trip anytime soon and want to get extra travel budget? If you’ll make a reservation with Booking.com, you can get a 15 Euro reimbursement! How does this work? 1. You NEED to make the reservation through my personal referral link: https://www.booking.com/s/daryal91 This offer is valid for new customers as well as already existing ones. 2. Your reservation must be over 30 Euro. If you don’t have an account yet, I suggest you make one, because then soon…

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Nature Retreat – Sant Ponç, Catalonia

Nature Retreat – Sant Ponç, Catalonia

Back in late spring of 2015, I had a free weekend without any particular plans, and was yarning for some stillness and nature – and this is where I ended up… Actually,  I found this place by pure luck – or coincidence, whatever we want to call it. Sitting in the office, brainstorming where to take off to, I was looking around on the map of Catalonia for interesting places that aren’t too far away from my hometown of Barcelona…

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Secrets of the Costa Brava – Begur

Secrets of the Costa Brava – Begur

Many people know Costa Brava as a place for mass tourism, crowded beaches and all-in hotels with food of dubious quality. To be very honest, this was also the image I had until about 6 years ago, when I first came to Barcelona to study. Luckily, the only people I knew before arriving there, lived in a precious little village in the Costa Brava, called Peratallada. That time I didn’t have the chance to visit this beautiful, hidden gem – but when I came back to Barcelona…

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The best beaches of Gran Canaria

The best beaches of Gran Canaria

The Canary Islands are home to some of Spain’s most stunning beaches, have a near-tropical weather all year round, some of the best surf spots of Spain… No wonder it’s one of tourists favorites! Gran Canaria – just as the name says – is the biggest of them. It might not the place where you will find golden beaches with  turquoise water – for this, you should rather bring a visit to the neighboring Fuerteventura – but that is being…

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Nature Retreat: Lake Seliger, Russia

Nature Retreat: Lake Seliger, Russia

All of us need a retreat from this hectic worls from time to time, and most of us have their own secret places to go to where we can find inner peace and reconnect with ourselves. Maybe some of us might be looking for a new place, sheltered from the outer world and inside nature’s womb, and that’s why I wanted to share my little treasure with you… It’s far, but it’s beautiful – and if you ever want to disappear from…

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