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MASS TOURISM: WE’RE STILL JUST ANIMALS, FOLLOWING THE HERD

In many ways, we  remain herd animals to this day, especially when it comes to travel. We often journey to the same places. Take the same photos. Do the same activities. And then leave quickly. Why, though?   With this kind of attitude, it’s pertinent to wonder about the repercussions of mass tourism — is it bound to make the world unlivable? This is...

Sustainable Tourism - The lure of Chain stores - Starbucks McDonalds - Travelblog TravelRebel

TOURISM AND THE LURE OF CHAIN STORES

Think about it. Did you eat in a McDonalds during your last trip? Or maybe had a coffee at a Starbucks? Well, I’m currently at a Starbucks in Sofia as I type this, but hear me out. Just to be clear, this is not a hate campaign against Starbucks or McDonalds specifically. In fact, you can substitute the brand name of any chain you want in their place. What this...

Kalmthoutse Heide Belgium

WHAT IS CO2 COMPENSATION ALL ABOUT?

The question I get most frequently is: “How can you travel sustainably if you take the plane?”   It’s a fair question but, like all things in life, the answer isn’t that straight-forward. You see, I believe that  sustainable travel encompasses much more than just ecologically gentle travel. You can travel sustainably in all sorts of ways. Hopefully, this blog...

One of the main contributors of turning a hidden gem into a touristy hotspot is undeniably Instagram. And, to be even more precise, that small feature called ‘geo-location’.

INSTAGRAM GEOTAGGING: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

We’ve all discovered lots of supposedly ‘secret’ places that we fell in love with because someone wrote about them on social media. I, for one,  love to get off the beaten path and find relatively unknown spots far from the maddening crowds. Of course, it is tempting to share these spots so that others can enjoy them, too – but what if that means they are not secret...

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A YEAR IN REVERSE

Thank you, 2018; Watch out, 2019!   Once again, the new year is knocking at our door, which means it’s time again — time for reflection. The last year ended with a tan, a backpack full of souvenirs from Indonesia and a broken heart. In some ways, you can say that I was at my lowest back then. I had a severe burn-out, no time and energy left for my close...

Healthcare during travelling

How to keep your health in check while traveling

No one wants to fall ill during a fun trip, but every frequent traveler has probably dealt with this at least once. A few nights of severe cramps, spiking fever, or insane back pain? Yup, been there, done that. Luckily, most of these are temporary and rather simple ailments to treat. However, that doesn’t mean you should take your health for granted or forget about...

solo traveller

Ticket for one!

Why I love traveling solo, and why you should try it out at some point The concept of solo travel has been embraced wholeheartedly in recent years, especially by more and more women. It’s not just for the daredevils among us –  in fact, everyone can (and should!) take a trip on their own at least once. You see, when you travel solo, you not only learn to stand firm...

Nusa Islands Bali

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE NUSA ISLANDS IN INDONESIA

NUSA ISLANDS IN INDONESIA The Nusa Islands – Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan – are three  small islands just below Bali in Indonesia. Here, you can experience beautiful beaches, bright blue waters, rugged cliffs, soothing quietness and a super relaxed island vibe. These islands were absolutely my favorite part of Bali. We stayed a short five days, but...

Nusa Islands Impulsive travel

The pleasure of impulsive travel

Get up with the sun and to the sound of the waves. It is a dream. And you know what makes it even better? Sitting side by side to figure out what the day will bring. This is precisely what my partner at the time and I did when we  impulsively decided to go to Indonesia for almost a month. This trip truly gave us the sense of freedom we craved. Here’s how everything...