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Food and places I’ll never forget My Lonely Planet of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan had been sitting on my shelf for a few years. During the pandemic I’d traveled, but only within Europe, staying close to home. Although Europe has so many amazing places to explore, I wanted something different. Something that would feel truly foreign. A place I didn’t know anything about. When I bought the Lonely Planet, I’d thought I may visit Georgia, or Azerbaijan. I have no idea why, but I ended up planning a visit to Armenia. It was the best decision! My trip wasn’t without glitches. My airline decided to cancel the flight and put me on a flight the next day. A minor detail they forgot to tell me about! Luckily I tried checking in online, got confused and found out about the canceled flight on the phone. The lady sitting next to me…

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An 8,5 day itinerary on the Camino Portuguese from Lisbon to Coimbra Not many people start the camino in Lisbon. It may have something to do with the distance of 630 km to reach Santiago de Compostela in Spain. It takes a while… I made the spontaneous decision to start walking after my hike on the Rota Vicentina and unfortunately didn’t make it all the way to Santiago because of the pandemic. However, I do not regret starting in Lisbon and I’m so keen to head back soon and pick up where I left off in Coimbra. Here’s what you need to know about the first 8 stages. My scheduleDay -1: Lisbon cathedral to Oriente – 8 km – Draft hostel and rooms €10Day 1: Oriente to Vila Franca de Xira – 28 km – Suite & Apartments DP VFXira €14Day 2: Vila Franca de Xira to Azambuja – 18…

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I spent four weeks in Myanmar, the full 28 days that you are allowed to stay on one visa. I met many people who just had 10 days. Some people asked me “What on earth did you do for 4 weeks?” My question is “How can you only do 10 days?” I loved travelling in Myanmar. There is so much to see. In some of the places I’ve been to, I would have loved to stay another day or two. And then there are all the place I haven’t seen! I love the country. I love the people. I love the variety in activities. And… I love the travellers. Unlike Southern Thailand, where I expected to meet lots of people, I found it so easy to connect to others. Myanmar is filled with solo travellers. It’s a different kind of traveller too. There are no big parties, so people come…

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In 2012 Myanmar opened its doors to tourists. Since then a lot has changed and things seem to keep changing rapidly. For 2016 Myanmar expected a 25% increase in tourists compared to the year before. People are finding out that tourism is big business, but can the country cope with the increasing amount of visitors? A lot of the information I found from bloggers about Myanmar is outdated. Many people visited in the time there were no ATMs available and you could only fly into the country. This makes planning my trip a little bit tricky and at the same time it makes me incredibly curious. Will I still find the Myanmar described in the stories I read? Or will I find hordes of tourists fighting to get a bed in the cheapest accommodation? Is it still authentic? Do the people still like the steady flow of tourists? I guess…

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When I started thinking about what to do this winter, my eye fell on South East Asia. It’s a region I’ve passed through on my way to Australia and New Zealand and has been on my mind on and off. I haven’t actually seen a lot of it though. Looking at my limited budget, not wanting to work, and seeing where I could actually live for about 3,5 months, I made the decision to just go for it. It feels like a now or never. I know South East Asia is full of young backpackers and I’ll probably be on the older end of the backpacker age spectrum, so I’ve got to go and see it. Initially I had five countries in mind; Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. The more I read about all these places, the more I want to see and the more I feel like five…

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Cuba is an amazing place to visit. It is changing quickly and I was glad I decided to go and not think about it for too long. People I met over there told me that even in the last 6 months things had changed, especially the availability of internet. I guess we will see what all these changes do to the country, but if you’re thinking of going, do it! Do it now! I went to Cuba in April/May, which was a perfect time to travel. The main tourist season was over, but it was still warm without too much rain. My trip lasted three weeks, but I could have stayed much longer! If you need some inspiration, here’s where I’ve been. Day 1, arriving in all inclusive town Varadero Varadero is a very touristy town full of all inclusive hotels. Many people think this is all there is, but…

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