6 Stories from Hosts + Guests in Lockdown: Hospitality in the Time of Corona

Our world has shrunk a great deal since the globe went on lockdown for the coronavirus. Blindsided by the sudden changes, travelers had to make some tough decisions mid-adventure. Amidst the chaos, I knew there would be some people out there who remained kind and trusting of virtual strangers. People who would keep their doors open when they were told to keep it shut. I’d been thinking about the people showing or experiencing hospitality under such extraordinary circumstances. So I asked around looking for stories from both hosts and guests to share their experiences. Many people responded with their stories,Continue reading

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Hitchhiking in Myanmar – Everything You Need to Know!

Jonas and I went hitchhiking in Myanmar between the 3rd and the 31st of January 2020. These tips are based on our experiences and the laws of Myanmar during that timeframe. Feel welcome to add your own hitchhiking in Myanmar experiences + adventures in the comments! Basic Tips Have the map of Myanmar downloaded onto your smartphone. I prefer Open Street Maps! Have the Google Translate app. Unlike Thai, Google doesn’t have an offline package for Myanmar language yet. Get a SIM card in Myanmar upon arrival. Always make a hitchhiking sign. Buy some black markers, preferably black markers withContinue reading

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Experiences of 2015, #1: Albania! All of it!

It’s almost the end of the year according to the calendar I grew up with and all the bloggers seem to be doing it, so here’s a recap of my year in hitchhiking, adoring nature and meeting people! 2015 was not the most exciting year I’ve had in travel, as there were a few sad things going on personally. I stayed in Europe mostly as I was trying to hitchhike to all the missing countries I haven’t been to, but suddenly a happy change happened and now I’m in South America continuing the adventures in hitchhiking! There were so many opportunities just up-for-grabsContinue reading

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Hitchhiking Gibraltar

I’m back in the UK! Last night I found a last minute couchsurfing host in the border town of LaLinea and he was so kind to drop me at the border today, so I can go hitchhiking Gibraltar and explore the monkey rock. The guy who took this photo is a born and raised Gibraltarian who is organizing the concerts for the national week here and many people are dressed in the national colors. The border crossing wasn’t as tough as people said it was as the Guardia Civil can be a real pain in the ass sometimes. I justContinue reading

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Yurt-surfing

What began as a spontaneous one-night surf, turned into a three day adventure with my new friend from Hungary! Turns out she lives at this awesome place hidden in the woods with alternative housing, such as yurts, caravans and “outdoor furniture” (Spanish law is strange). As it’s really windy everywhere, we decided to sleep in the yurt for one night and I think this might be my future housing. We also went to a local river to climb/swim it down through cliffs and shallow waters. Unfortunately I have no pictures of that because there’s no way to keep things dry!Continue reading

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Eat Pray Love

Was feeling a little #EatPrayLove yesterday in #Siracusa and it’s cute small streets, and I really really dislike that movie. I ate some Sicilian stuff that was highly recommended, but the only name that stuck was “arancini”, which is a sort of fried rice ball with for example a pistachio filling and general #omnomnom effect. I slept in #Catania, but this morning I moved on to #Taormina and #Messina and now I’m about to cross the strait to mainland #Italy to hitchhike to #Cosenza and #Salerno where hopefully I’m gonna crash on a couch and take a shower. I’m wellContinue reading

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A Modern Odyssey

At the marina I met this Italian lady who is an actress with a theatre company sailing all over Europe to perform. Fittingly, they’re doing part of Homer’s Odyssey, right here at the marina. They let me sleep in the dressing room/loft and the cooks are Dutch and they’ve fed me and taken excellent care of me. They’re going to #Lampedusa, the little Italian island southwest of here – notorious as the first port of call for overloaded, non-seaworthy dinghies full of trafficked fortune seeking immigrants from the conflict regions of the world – in a few days and there’sContinue reading

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Sarandë to Vlorë: Albanian Coastal Hitch

Goodbye Sarandë and hello Vlorë! Though this road was desolate and there was only a little bit of shade left at noon, I caught a direct ride with a truck driver from Berat on this amazing coastal route. He spoke Italian, I responded in Spanish, all was fine and understood. The winding road goes ear-poppingly high through the mountains at the point where the Ionian Sea connects with the Adriatic. With a loaded truck it’s not fast, but breathtaking views need more time for appreciation! I’m couchsurfing with a lovely Israeli couple in Vlorë who are fluent in Albanian too, butContinue reading

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