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A Winter Visit to Polar Park

Europe, Norway, Road trip, Safari
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Photo of walking lynx in Polar Park, Norway
Travel a bit around Norway, and you’ll find it impossible to miss the incredible scenery. These pristine landscapes are of course also full of mostly shy wildlife. Go hiking in the right areas, and you may experience some animal encounters. On a road trip, however, you can drive around for…

Life on Planet Earth in the 2010s

Travel
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Photo of rural Bjørke church in Nannestad, Norway.
The end of a decade is only a random point in time, of course. And yet, as I sit at my desk and look out at a wintery version of the scene above, this moment inspires some thoughts in me. Your entire life can change in one second. There is…

One day in Ephesus

Photo of Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey.
Turkey receives millions of tourists every year. It’s a cheap destination, although it’s not the most politically stable place you can go. Just don’t book too far ahead, and it’s likely that your trip will be as safe and easy as any. A huge share of visitors to Turkey are…

The Best Kruger Park Safari

Photo of silhouette giraffe head against setting sun in Africa.
Travel in Africa can be many things, but a safari is the continent’s best and most unique experience. And it doesn’t even have to be expensive. This may change soon. Classic African wildlife encounters will eventually only be found in the largest nature reserves. Ever more people will want to…

Lomsdal-Visten National Park

Norwegian nature at its best. River in Lomsdal-Visten national park.
If you want wilderness, Norway is a great place to seek it. Everyone knows this. And yet, most visitors to Norway go to the same few places, where the wilderness can be surprisingly full of people. Preikestolen. Trolltunga. Jotunheimen. Lofoten. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. And it certainly…

Hiking the Lycian Way

View from the Lycian Way near Alinca
The Lycian Way is Turkey’s most famous long-distance hike. According to the Internet, it’s a 500+ kilometers long fascinating mix of stunning coastline, olive groves, rustic towns and ancient ruins. Having walked the even longer Camino de Santiago across Spain and the even hotter Via Francigena through Italy, I was…

Escape from Benidorm

Europe, Road trip, Spain
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Rough weather with rainbow in Altea on Spain's Costa Blanca.
Sometimes you may feel like you’re trapped in tourist hell, but it’s usually easy to get out of it. Just walking a few blocks will often help a lot. Other times you will have to find the bus station or rent a car and just go. Imagine yourself in that…

Life on planet Benidorm

Europe, Spain
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The colorful concrete jungle of Benidorm.
I went to Spain last April, and somehow I ended up staying for a few days near Benidorm. It’s a place I’ve heard absolutely nothing nice about. Rumor has it that while you may be able to lure the tourists there out of Benidorm, you can never take the Benidorm…
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