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Escape from Benidorm

Europe, Road trip, Spain
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
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…

Hiking Quebrada de Humahuaca

Photo of colored rocks in Maimares, Argentina.
Argentina’s north-west is off the radar for many international travelers. Chile’s famous Atacama desert is nearby, to the west, and just north of here is the popular Salar de Uyuni. When people have seen those, most will head north towards Peru, or fly back to home and/or civilization. That’s okay,…

Buddhists, boats and Luang Prabang

Asia, Laos
Stairs leading up to Wat Jom Phet north of Luang Prabang, Laos.
Laos is famous among travelers as that funny country where you can go tubing on a river and get stupidly drunk for cheap. Fortunately, there are other and better sides to Laos. A good reason for visiting Laos is the city Luang Prabang. It feels like a village, but has…

Myanmar – Easy to Lake

Asia, Myanmar
Inle Lake sometimes feels like an ocean.
After Bagan and Yangon, the most popular tourist destination in Myanmar is probably the relatively remote Inle Lake. The main town, Nyaung Shwe, is a great place to base yourself, whether you just want to be comfortable or you want to explore the “real” Myanmar. I’ll show you some of…

Winter in Trondheim

Welcome to Trondheim
Trøndelag is the least visited part of Norway. It’s far enough to the north to be cold and have an unstable climate, yet it’s too far to the south to offer reliable northern lights. It doesn’t have the dramatic fjords, mountains or islands of western and northern Norway either. But it…

Worst Amusement Park in the World

Entrance to Beijings Happy Kingdom
What is the worst amusement park you know? There are many strong contenders out there, but to me there’s no real competition. The Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park in China’s capital puts every rusty Eastern European ancient carousel collection to shame. I’ll show you why. The current slogan of this park…

Not too shabby in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is open for visitors, sort of.
Looking for a low-budget escape from winter in Norway, I’m surprised to find that my best option seems to be a week in the United Arab Emirates. For just 350 US dollars per person, my wife and I can get round-trip tickets from Oslo, Norway to Dubai, and a room…

24 Hour Helgeland Road Trip

The Seven Sisters, seen from the ferry to Herøy.
Helgeland is one of the most scenic parts of Norway. For various reasons most visitors to the country ignore it. I may be slightly biased, having grown up in the area, but I challenge you to name a less visited region in Norway that looks this astonishing. That’s obviously a…

Osprey Kestrel 38 Review

Backpack in a forest.
A backpack is arguably the most important item I always bring, and I have exhausted my share of them. Sometimes they have turned sour on me. Most times I deserved it. I haven’t been the gentlest travel partner for them. Whether it’s dusty or wet, cold or hot, rural or urban,…