Tag Archives: beach

My friend and I were planning our trip to Albania. We needed some beach time, but the popular beaches like Sarande were a little too far for our liking. With the short time we had, we needed something a bit closer to the capital. What about Vlorë? Vlorë? Vlora? What’s the name of this place? Why does it have two names? Vlorë. It’s the third biggest city in Albania and about midway between Greece and Montenegro. Why not. Getting to Vlorë from Berat was easy enough. Only, our van had us waiting for several hours until it was full and ready to depart. After all that waiting we ended up with too many passengers and a family we picked up along the way had to sit in the aisle, with the mum on a tiny fold out stool. The poor little boy got car sick and we had to stop…

Read more

If you travel with someone who’s training for a marathon, you can’t really escape doing some exercise on your holiday. And not being able to do my regular classes, I thought I’d join for a few running sessions. Whereas my boyfriend ran in each city we visited, including Athens at 43 degrees Celsius, I only joined 4 times. I guess I didn’t want to miss out on the beauty we would see along the way. Here’s an overview. Symi – 3,5km mini run Of course I loved my run on Symi. I went solo for this one since my boyfriend had to do hills training. Now, I like a run, but I’m not crazy. So together we walked down the hill from our accommodation towards the Pedi bay as a warm up. Do you really need a warm up when it’s 33 degrees? At the bottom he went uphill and…

Read more

The photos on blogs and Instagram were incredible. It seemed like there was the perfect town, right from a fairytale on a tiny island off the coast of Turkey. Once I’d settled on going to the area of Rhodes in Greece I knew I had to put Symi on the itinerary. Symi is a popular day trip from Rhodes town, but I wanted more. I wanted to experience Symi, not just take a picture and leave. But how much time is really needed on such a small island? I settled on 2 nights, meaning 2 full days on the island. If I could redo it, I’d add another one. Colorful houses greeted me when our small ferry SEBECO finally arrived in the port of the island. The small ferry was a quicker solution than the bigger ships, but the first 20 minutes to half an hour were also quite rough.…

Read more

The Algarve in Portugal is known for its sunshine and stunning beaches. But lazing in the sun isn’t the only thing the region’s got to offer. The spectacular coast line creates a great place for hiking and even in late October you can still find pleasant temperatures that invite for a swim. Unfortunately October also has its gloomy days and I’ve experienced both. One day I visited the famous Benagil cave and beach with two other travelers. We made it a beach day and decided to swim into the famous cave, as opposed to taking an expensive boat ride or hiring kayaks. The cold water gave a shock to the system and I was glad that the hole in the cave let some warm sunlight through. But on the way back my body adjusted to the water temperature much quicker and I started enjoying it. If you’re a good swimmer,…

Read more

During my time in Chania on Crete I did a few day trips to the famous beaches in the West of the island. Elafonisi was on my list, but my roommate at the hostel had told me he wasn’t that impressed. He also said he went as part of a tour and felt as if it was a long day for just 3,5 hours at the beach, with stops at restaurants where he didn’t want to go. I wanted to see it for myself and decided to take the public bus. It meant I had a looooooong day at the beach, but at least I didn’t have the obligatory stops of an organised tour. I must say that from the moment my eyes saw the beach I was simply blown away. What’s not to like! It’s the perfect lagoon, with lots of shallow water that is so clear it looks…

Read more

Balos beach, the most beautiful beach in Greece? I’d seen many photos of Balos Beach online while I did my research for my holiday to Crete. This beach is considered one of the top beaches in the world. I knew a day trip out to Balos and Gramvousa would be beautiful, but I tried not to have high expectations. When the ferry docked in Balos I was blown away. I think my mouth actually fell open. This could not be real! I decided to book a day trip to Balos beach and Gramvousa island from Chania. Basically what it meant was that a coach picked me up near my hostel and dropped me off at the port in Kissamos. We received boat tickets and then we were on our own. I may as well have gone by public bus. A huge ferry boat lie waiting for us in the harbour.…

Read more

Getting ready for Crete’s Samaria Gorge “The mules are not taxis, they’re ambulances” our guide explains on the way to the Samaria Gorge. It’s a tough audience at seven in the morning. I got up at 5.30AM to see one of Crete’s main attractions: the Samaria Gorge. It was still dark. As I waited for my transport to arrive, I saw the traffic lights activating at 6AM. Shortly after that the van came to pick me up. On the way through Crete’s mountainous landscape we see the sun rise. There is a stop for breakfast and then we arrive at the Samaria Gorge. Beginning at an altitude of 1100 meters you walk down to the sea at Agia Roumeli over 16 rocky kilometers. Our small van arrived with another big bus from Chania. A few dozen people eagerly start descending the rocky steps. Everyone gets to make their own way…

Read more

One day in New Zealand I started googling for new adventures. A few months later I started working as a tour leader in Europe. Through this job I’ve had so many cool opportunities that brought me to different places, from Peru to Morocco. Just over a year ago I was in Australia for an apprenticeship at the office. As part of my time there I got to go on a trip to Queensland. We spent 3 days onboard the Boomerang for some sailing through the Whitsundays. We weren’t very lucky. From the moment we entered the boat it started raining. Throughout the 3 days we received a mix of sunshine, showers and winds. But this wouldn’t stop me from having a good time on my first real sailing experience. It turns out sailing is all about doing nothing. At least as a passenger. I’m not very good at doing nothing…

Read more

On my last weekend in Melbourne I got to catch up with a friend. I’d travelled with her during the summer in Europe. Then I was her guide and now the roles were reversed. I let her plan the whole day and it turned out to be a fantastic way to end my time in Melbourne. We started our day with brunch in Elsternwick, at Penta. Wooow! The food was so pretty and colorful, standing out against the grey interior. I saw the some works of art coming from the kitchen and couldn’t choose what to eat. My friend Michelle pointed out the most famous dishes and we decided to share the nutella panna cotta and the waffles with beef cheek and eggs benedict. It was sooo good! Satisfied and with a full tummy we drove towards the Mornington peninsula. We stopped for a coffee along the way and strolled…

Read more

Melbourne is a city with plenty of things to do, but it’s also got many places around it that make a great day or weekend trip. Wilsons Prom is about a 3 hour drive from the city and thus I was reluctant to go out there just for a day. But then again… what if it’s stunning?! I found a company that wasn’t too expensive and signed up for a Monday in a long weekend. Man, I wish I could have gone for the entire weekend! I had to get up at stupid o’clock to get into the city for the pick up point. The organization was terrible and we had to wait for our guide for over half an hour! When she finally showed up, we had a long drive out to the national park. But, it was so worth it! First I climbed up Mt. Oberon, together with…

Read more

10/27