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travəlɪŋ is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations and can involve travel with transport or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or round trip.

Around every corner is a new scenery, new situations, new people and new adventures.

You attach importance to the little things that surround you, your horizon have broadened and your comfortzone has narrowed to a few belongings.you carry along.
You open yourself to people because they can help you.

Because you are just a temporary visitor, ou only see the beautiful side of all things, everything is new and refreshing. That is why slow journey traveling has always been one of the best ways to gain insight.

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Praag (CZ)
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Spanje
Cuba
Hongarije
Berlijn (G)
Amsterdam (NL)
Swaziland

 Amsterdam Bergen Kopenhagen Visby Stockholm Helsinki 

Sint-Petersburg Tallinn

Riga Gdańsk

Lübeck Londen

TransAlp
Trans Pyrenees
Ethiopia
South-Africa
Trans Holland
Namibia

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Parijs (F)
London (UK)
Finland

Egypte
Zuid-Afrika
Barbados
Baja California
Peru

Canada
Compostella (E)
Drome (F)
Torino (I)
Allevard (F)

Guatemala
Belize
Costa Rica

Maroc
Turkey

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Guatemala
Mexico

Australie
Nieuw-Zeeland
Cabo Verde
Corsica
Costa Rica

Travel sharpens the mind

Afghanistan - Albanië - Algerije - Andorra - Angola - Antigua en Barbuda - Argentinië - Armenië - Australië - Azerbeidzjan - Bahama's - Bahrein - Bangladesh - Barbados - België - Belize - Benin - Bhutan - Bolivia - Bosnië en Herzegovina -Botswana - Brazilië - Brunei - Bulgarije - Burkina Faso - Burundi - Cambodja - Canada - Centraal Afrikaanse Republiek -Chili - China - Tibet - Colombia - Comoren - Congo - Costa Rica - Cuba - Cyprus - Denemarken - Djibouti - Dominica -Dominicaanse Republiek - Duitsland - Ecuador - Egypte - El Salvador - Equatoriaal Guinea - Eritrea - Estland Ethiopië -Fiji - Filipijnen - Finland - Frankrijk - Gabon - Gambia - Georgië - Ghana - Grenada - Griekenland - Guatemala - Guinee -Guinee Bissau - Guyana - Haïti - Honduras - Hongarije - Ierland - IJsland - India - Indonesië - Irak - Iran - Israël - Italië -Ivoorkust - Jamaica - Japan - Jemen - JordaniëKaapverdië - Kameroen - Kazachstan - Kenia - Kyrgyzstan - Kiribati -Koeweit - Kroatië - Laos - Lesotho - Letland - Libanon - Liberia - Libië - Liechtenstein - Litouwen - Luxemburg -Macedonië - Madagaskar - Malawi - Maldiven - Maleisië - Mali - Malta - Marokko - Marshalleilanden - Mauritanië - Mauritius - Mexico - Micronesia - Moldavië - Monaco - Mongolië - Montenegro - Mozambique - Myanmar - Namibië - Nauru - Nederland - Nepal - Nicaragua - Nieuw Zeeland - Niger - Nigeria - Noord Korea - Noorwegen - Oekraïne - Oezbekistan -Oman - Oost Timor - Oostenrijk - Pakistan - Palau - Panama - Papoea Nieuw Guinea - Paraguay - Peru Polen - Portugal -Qatar - Roemenië - Rusland - Rwanda - Saint Kitts en Nevis - Saint Lucia - Saint Vincent en de Grenadines - Salomonseilanden - Samoa - San Marino - Saoedi Arabië - Sao Tomé en Principe - Senegal - Servië - Seychellen - Sierra Leone - Singapore - Slovenië - Slowakije - Somalië - Spanje -Sri Lanka - Soedan - Suriname - Swaziland - Syrië -Tadzjikistan - Tanzania - Thailand - Togo - Tonga - Trinidad en Tobago - Tsjaad - Tsjechië - Tunesië - Turkije - Turkmenistan - Tuvalu -Uganda - Uruguay - Vanuatu - Vaticaanstad - Venezuela - Verenigde Arabische Emiraten - Verenigd Koninkrijk - Verenigde Staten - Vietnam - Wit Rusland - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Zuid-Afrika - Zuid-Korea - Zweden - Zwitserland

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Windsurf the Sea of Cortez
La Ventana - Baja California


Driving the long stretch of the Baja peninsula, you can expect remote views and corrugated roads. On the road to San Ignacio lagoon you pass along the San Vizcanio desert. This eerie place displays large Elephant cactus and wild palms. Where Baja Sur kisses the calm waters of the Sea of Cortez near Loreto you can enjoy spectacular encounters with the Pacific Grey whales and their calves. This place is the largest whale refuge of central America. Down the road you have to take a break in La Ventana, the windy city of Baja Sur. Together with Los Barilles, these are the windsurf capitals of the Baja peninsula. Expect choppy but warm conditions where you can share a small wave with jumping rays or curious  dolphins.

La Ventana

Foto I VentanaBay

Discover the enigma of Tiahuanacu
Tiahuanacu - Bolivia


Some 70 km outside La Paz you will discover the Unesco listed heritage site of Tiahuanacu. This ancient archaeological site named after one of the most important civilizations prior to the Inca Empire, is one of the oldest (1600 BC) and highest urban cities ever built. This settlement in the Altiplano of the Andes, was abandoned 1000 AC and remains a mystery. Enormous monolithic stones of more than 25 tons are carefully aligned probably for astrological reasons. Locals believe the gigantic stones where erected by giants. This former civilization must have been very advanced according the spectacular theories of Graham Hancock and Thor Heyerdahl. Just imagine how ingenious this culture must have been in orde to carve straight lines or perfectly round cilindric holes in granit monolith blocks. Advanced or extra terrestrial civilizations ? Have a guess.

Tiahuanacu

Foto I SputnikMundo

Mirror Indiana Jones overlooking the Tikal rainforest
Tikal - Guatemala


Pay a visit to the historical site of Tikal in Guatemala. Climb the very steep steps of temple n° 5. Relax on the upper platform where you have a birds eye view of the site. When you hike in the early morning, long before other tourists hop in, you can enjoy the awakening of the forest. The site belongs to you and for a moment you feel like you are Indiana Jones. Enjoy the sun rising up above the canopy and the get drowned in the jungle noises ... You almost feel the ancient Maya civilization come alive. Tikal isa favourite jungle experience.

Tikal

Foto I Audleytravel

Become a pro-surfer in Jeffreys Bay
Saint-Francis town - South-Africa


Along the Garden Road, linking our trip from Jo'burg to Capetown, we cross the mythical surf spot at Cape St. Francis, Jeffreys Bay or JBay. The lefhander wave is wellknown for a larger public since the iconic surfmovie Endless Summer by Bruce Brown, became a hit in 1967. Supertubes still is one of the best waves on the African continent. You will find pro's and  dolphins flingering in the breaks. When you don' t surf, just relax and enjoy the spectacular moves of this highly athletic sport.

Jeffreys Bay

Foto I Swellnet

Understanding the Uluru brain
Ayers Rock - Australia


I must have a thing for monoliths. Descending the straight and bloody hot stretch of asphalt, linking Darwin with Alice Springs, slowly the Uluru gigantic sandstone emerges out of the flat desert(ed) landscape. This sacred site of the Aboriginal Anangu people could be climbed until 2007 but the best way to experience this amazing icon, is to walk around. The base walk is a 10 km circumnavigation around the base of Uluru. Walk clockwise and soon you will have the track for yourself. Half way you encounter a  brain like natural erosion in the rock. This cerebral  look-a-like made me feel that the rock hosts a soul. The reddish color contrasts, the imposing heat and the empty surroundings make you feel like an alien on earth or ... is this Mars ?
 

Ayers Rock

Foto I Mapio.net

Stargazing in the natural hotwaters of Ais Ais
Fish River Canyon - Namibia


After crossing large area's of nothingness, you finally reach the visible remains of Gondwana. How this supercontinent must have looked before it broke up, is to be seen in the Fish River Canyon. This more than 160 km long kloof is up to 550 m deep and ends in the settlement of Ai-Ais, being a part of the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. This is the spot where sulphurous thermal hot water springs, 'burning water' in the local Nama language, are to be found. After a long and sweaty hike in the Canyon, I sneeked in the camping ground around 11:00 PM where I met 2 Germans who invited me for a beer. A special beer as we plunged into the hotwater bassins of 39°C, while enjoying the darkness that surrounded us. We were struck by the very beauty of the starlit sky and the tinteling sensations of the sulphuric hot waters we were swimming in.  A beer-night not to forget ...

 

Ais Ais

Foto I Transafricatours

Rip the waves of the Ningaloo Reef
Gnaraloo - Australia


Take the first dirt road on your right when hitting the 'King Waves' sign after leaving Carnarvon. Be sure to overload your car with food, drinks and fuel before driving the 150 km long stretch of corrugated desert road towards Gnaraloo. Along the road you fringe the Ningaloo Marine park and its famous reef before entering the pastoral station of Three Mile Camp. The burning sun and mozzy's will welcome you as soon as you pitch up your tent on the stone underground. Read carefully the surfers rules before you hit the deep blue water. This area is close to famous Tombstones surfbreak and offers extremely rewarding wind & kitesurfing conditions on the almost endless curling waves generated by the near Ninagloo reef... As the surroundings are just pure nature without comfort, only come over here when your mind is fully set on catching waves. Rip it up !
 

Gnaraloo

Foto I Christophe Sevenoo

Enjoy the slow travel along the Camino Frances
Santiago de Compostella - Spain


The Camino de Santiago attracts pilgrims and those wishing to challenge themselves. Get your butts on your bike as this is a ride that will change your life. Packed light with only the most necessary things you need to travel, you are heading for a Southern trip of 2500 km to Finis Terra. During the ride in France you'll get acquainted with the silence of the countryside, the lowering speed of your daily actions and the focus only on 3 important things: eat, sleep & rid. This trinity makes your life so simple and you start wondering what all the fuzz at home is all about during those hectic working days. After 14 days of biking you will be fit enough to conquer the Picos of the Pyrenees. Your mindset changes and you start loving the slow life, the attention for simple thing and details in nature. You are zooming in life and appreciate the sequence of beautiful moments. You live the moment and act only for what is necessary. You have plenty of time to reflect, think, fantasize or puzzle over ... understanding that they are only thoughts, no more than that.

 

 

The Camino

Foto I Camino de Santiago guide

Windsurfing the French Trench
Saintes Maries de la Mer - France

 

The Speed Canal of the French Mediterranean coastal town Saintes Maries de la Mer, also known as The French Trench, is a man-made trench, built especially for speed record-breaking sailing by windsurfers

This Canal measures 1,100 metres long and 30 metres wide, is West-Northwest/East-Southeast oriented to take advantage of the Marin and Mistral winds that blow in that location. Almost all important National and International windsurfing speed records were sailed over here.

On this stretch in a 500-metre course, the French windsurfer Antoine Albeau, reached a  record of 49.09 knots (90.91 km/h - 56.49 mph) in March 2008. As a speed novice I reached my personal best of 41,08 knots in 1998.
Nowadays the speed circus moved over to Lüderitz in Namibia where the "holy grail" 50-knot barrier of speed sailing was first broken by a kitesurfer.

 

Speed strip

Foto I Benoit Gaudeot

Walk on fire 
Danakil Depression - Ethiopia

 

It’s been called one of the most alien places on earth — a “gateway to hell” and, in the words of British explorer Wilfred Thesiger, a veritable “land of death.”

The sulfurous hot springs, acid pools, steaming fissures and salt mountains of the Danakil Depression resemble scenes from a science fiction movie. It’s one of Ethiopia’s top attractions and one of the hottest places on earth (by average daily temperature) as well as one of the lowest (over 400 feet below sea level), the Danakil Depression entices three main types of people to the area: salt miners, scientists and travelers.

As they have done for centuries, miners travel hours — often by camel caravans — to extract salt slabs from the flat pans around Lake Afar. Salt is the region’s “white gold” and was a form of currency in Ethiopia until the 20th century. 

 

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Danakil

Foto I Christophe Sevenoo

Meet the big five
Ethosha N.P. - Namibia

 

Namibia's most famous wildlife park is undoubtedly Ethosha National Park. Etosha is as large that Netherlands fits in it. It is dominated by a very large salt pan, from which it also takes its name. The chance of seeing large herds of animals is great and also the big five is present. The animals are also easy to spot because of the low vegetation.

 

The most chance of seeing wildlife is around the waterholes. Water is scarce in this area, especially in the dry season and that attracts many animals. On the route Okaukuejo - Dolomite, for example, there are 15 waterholes (175 km). At the entrance of the park you get a map with all the waterholes on it. Try to include as many as possible of these waterholes in your route.

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Etosha

Foto I Christophe Sevenoo

Find the origins of the Blue Nile
Bahir Dar - Ethiopia

 

The Blue Nile Falls is a waterfall located in the northwest of Ethiopia near the city of Bahir Dar. Known in Amharic as Tis Abay (the Great Smoke), it is one of the country’s top natural attractions and the most dramatic event on the Blue Nile’s journey from its source at nearby Lake Tana to its confluence with the White Nile in Khartoum, Sudan. Historically the falls could reach up to 400 meters in width but today, hydroelectric projects further upstream have curtailed much of its natural energy.

 

Nevertheless, at 42 meters in height, the three-pronged waterfall is still an impressive sight, especially during the rainy season. Shimmering rainbows and a mirage of floating spray add to Tis Abay’s considerable allure. Have a a good drink and a fine sleep in the basis campsite on the edge of the waterfall.

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Blue Nile

Foto I Benoit Gaudeot

Dune 54
Sossuvlei Nauklunft N.P. - Namibia

 

Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide beautiful photographic images in the beautiful morning and evening light.

Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean.  However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the River seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years.  During an exceptional rainy season the Tsauchab fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site. 

Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive.

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Sossusvlei

Foto I Christophe Sevenoo

Have a word with Ghelada baboons
Simien N.P. - Ethiopia

 

The Simien National Park, in northern Ethiopia is a spectacular landscape, where massive erosion over millions of years has created jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m. The park is of global significance for biodiversity conservation because it is home to globally threatened species, including the iconic Walia ibex, a wild mountain goat found nowhere else in the world, the Gelada baboon and the Ethiopian wolf. Try to arrange a guided walk & camping for 3 or more days into the park in order to meet these wild creatures

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Simien

Foto I Christophe Sevenoo

Stand on the Tropic of Capricorn in each continent
Australia I Africa I Americas

 

Tropic of Capricorn, latitude approximately 23°27′ S of the terrestrial Equator. This latitude corresponds to the southernmost declination of the Sun’s ecliptic to the celestial equator. At the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, around December 21, the Sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn and lies within the boundaries of the constellation Sagittarius, having reached its southernmost declination in the ecliptic. Because of the gradual change in the direction of Earth’s axis of rotation, the Sun will reappear in the constellation Capricornus in approximately 24,000 years. 

 

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Capricorn

Foto I Christophe Sevenoo

Sail along the Kornati
Adriatic Sea - Croatia

 

The Kornati archipelago consists of 149 islands, islets and reefs scattered over an area of 320 m2 between Dugi otok in the northwest. The limestone islands have no springs or streams. The vegetation is sparse due to the uneven distribution of precipitation and temperature in the vegetation period.  The park includes 89 islands, islets and reefs, which comprise two thirds of the Kornati archipelago. The area was declared a national park in 1980 due to its geomorphologic characteristics, diversity of marine life and other natural wonders. Although there has not been a permanent settlement in the park since the 18th century, settlements do exist. The locals inhabit them only during the farming season. rs. 

 

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Kornati

Foto I Christophe Sevenoo

More stuff to do
Life is out there - grab your bag & set sail

 

MAROC I Stay overnight in the Atlas highlands on a carpet in a Berber goat stable

FINLAND I Plunge naked into the ice-broken lake of Pankakoski after a birchwood fired sauna
BARBADOS I Enjoy the paradise beaches of Silversands while recuperating from a windswept kitesurfsession
FRANCE I Solve the ancien riddle and find those hidden treasusres in Rennes-Le-Chateau
AUSTRALIA I Kitesurf the remote Vlamingh Head spot at the top end of Ningaloo Reef
MAROC I Gnoua music in Mogador Essaouira
CUBA I Get lost in the open-air museaum of Havana and revive it's revolutionary glory

COSTA RICA I Take a night walk in the jungle forest of Monte Verde
SWEDEN I Concquer Visby as a pirate in a 3 mast bark
CROATIA I Sail the Dalmatian coast along the Kornati N.P.
AUSTRALIA I Hike the larapinta trail alongside the Mc Donald's Range in the Red center of Australia
SOUTH-AFRICA I Hike the Drakensbergen and visit Kwazulu Natal area

 

 

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