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Iceland is the land of ice and fire, a rugged wilderness of volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers

Massatoerisme - rebel against overtourism

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...

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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...

ICELAND

WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR ICELANDIC ADVENTURE

Packing is always a small adventure in itself. Now, as I prepare for my next trip to Sibera (yup, you heard that right), I can’t help but constantly think back to my last super cool adventure – pun intended – in Iceland. As you may recall, I was in this gorgeous place for five days back in May. Thanks to some smart planning and a whole lot of spirit, that experience...

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THE XXL GOLDEN CIRCLE ITINERARY

The breathtaking scenery of Iceland keeps pulling me back. Just returned from my trip and yet I catch myself searching for the cheapest flight back to this spectacular destination with Icelandair. It’s only a three-hour flight from Brussels to Reykjavik, but there are many inexpensive US/Canada connections to Iceland as well. (Here’s a cool insider tip: Return...

THE TOP 11 MUST-SEE PLACES IN SOUTH ICELAND

1.  Gljúfrabúi Every country has its hidden pearls and Gljúfrabúi is one of the finest hidden pearls in all of Iceland. Better known as Gljúfrabúifoss, this is a 40-meter high waterfall on the south coast, not too far from the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Despite the fact that Gljúfrabúi is not as popular as its friend nearby, it is by no means less impressive...

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ICELAND ON A BUDGET

Iceland Budget We just got back from our road trip through Iceland – and it was, by far, one of the most incredible places for nature I have ever seen! As the country has been promoted so often on social media over the last few years, I expected it to be more touristy. However, even in the most touristy places, such as Geysir, Gullfoss and Seljalandsfoss, the number...