How to get a Visa on Arrival without having a Return/Onward Ticket

Most of the people who travel longterm don´t buy roundtrip tickets. Doing this, they would loose a big part of their freedom. Without a fixed plan you have access to all options which might come up to you and you can just “follow the flow”. When I was traveling in Southamerica, I´ve only bought a…

Things to know before crossing Vietnam by Motorbike

Riding through Vietnam by Motorbike is definitely an epic adventure. You are way more flexible, you will have some amazing 180° views while driving through the mountains or along the coast and you will see/meet real locals far away from tourism. Despite all these good reasons to ride by motorbike, it can be quite dangerous…

Nusa Penida – 10 reasons to check out the secret paradise!

Most of the people who are traveling around Bali visit some of the surrounding islands as well. They visit the Gilis (Trawangang, Meno and Air close to Lombok) , some of them go to Nusa Lembongang and Nusa Ceningan but almost none of them go to Nusa Penida, eventhough it is the biggest of those islands….

AllTrails – Your hiking guide around the world

  AllTrails has the largest collection of detailed, hand-curated trail maps with more than 50.000 trails so far. Wherever you might be, you can quickly find the perfect hike, bike ride, or trail run by length, rating, and difficulty level. The first time I used this free application (pro version with more functions is also available)…

Big Money Savers for Hawaii

Traveling around the Hawaiian Islands can be really expensive. When most people from the US mainland visit the fiftyest state, they experience a shock on their first grocery store visit. It is estimated that – in general – things cost about 30% more on Hawaii than they do on the mainland. Shipping the food over the ocean…

StampTravel – The Tripadvisor for backpackers

A few days ago, someone contacted me through Instagram and told me about StampTravel. So far I wasn´t really convinced of the references on Tripadvisor. You can only find the main tourist attractions/restaurants and not the out of the box bars and secret places or local spots. StampTravel believes that friend´s recommendations instigate the best adventures. And…

POKAmax – The way to send your postcards!

Since there is WhatsApp, Snapchat and Instagram, most people stopped writing postcards. They rather send pictures, snaps or post pictures on their social networks. That´s a bit sad, because everyone likes to receive a postcard once in a while. I am using POKAmax for more than three years now and I´ve sent more than 100 postcards…

LAVA

In 1990, lava from Kilauea volcano engulfed the historic fishing village Kalapana as well as the famous black sand beach at Kaimu. Today there’s an entirely new coastline here and you can get close to the lava as nowhere else. Located just east of Volcano National Park, Kalapana offers a good view of activity from Kilauea’s Puu…

Night dive with the Giants – for free!

Rated by travel and dive magazines , the Kona Manta Dive spot, which is located on the big island of Hawaii, is one of the world’s best night dives. Many companies are offering boat trips where you are snorkeling around a lighted raft. They have in-water guides who help find mantas feeding at the surface with…

The Big Island of Hawaii – the perfect place for your first skydive

I just had my first Tandem Skydive experience in Hawaii and it was insane! The Big Island is not known for this adrenalin rush yet, but since 2016, BIG Island Gravity LLC  is offering Skydiving from Upolu Airport. Every skydive includes a flightseeing tour over the Kohala Coast, the seven sacred Valleys, and the wild grasslands of…

Guatemala -A special country with many Faces

Guatemala. With an estimated population of around 15.8 million, it is the most populated state in Central America. Located at the southern tip of Mexico between the Carribean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala has a total area of 108,890 square kilometers  (42,042 square miles), slightly smaller than that of the state of Tennessee in the U.S.A. ….

Acatenango – A hike you will remember for your lifetime

Acatenango (3976m) is definitely a must do trip in Guatemala. Next door Volcan de Fuego is the world’s most consistently erupting volcano, and with some luck, it is possible to see Fuego erupt at night (That´s why you should do a 2 day tour to get the most from the hike). It is a tough…