Speechless in Khao Sok: No WiFi, No TV, and electricity for only a few hours at night
National Park Khao Sok, Thailand

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Speechless in Khao Sok: No WiFi, No TV, and electricity for only a few hours at night

After spending four days in the craziness of Bangkok, we set off on the very long and smelly train journey to Surat Thani, Thailand. I was so glad to arrive in Surat. The smell from the toilets and even though we had pull down beds, I was constantly whacking my head off the top of the bed (if anyone reading this has done the journey and they are over 6feet tall they will understand) every time the train hit a bump. And trust me there are a lot of bumps. When the train arrives, it is not like at home. There

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Short Travel Stories from Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela

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Short Travel Stories from Santiago de Compostela

We, Anna&Matt from Hostelgeeks, went to Santiago de Compostela, and beforehand we were not really sure what to expect. But we knew many pilgrims will arrive at „kilometer zero“, the spot right in front of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. The place where people from around the world will come together, to celebrate their victory with the new friends they found along the trail. “Every time the path is the same, but the experience is different.” Alex from Montreal, Canada We talked to pilgrims in front of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. We are keen to share with

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3 Travel Stories from the famous Camino de Santiago

3 Travel Stories from the famous Camino de Santiago

What is the first thing that pops in to your mind when you hear „Santiago de Compostela“? This smallish city in the North-West of Spain, is the final destination of thousands of pilgrims every year. They walk the Camino de Santiago, the world’s most famous hike. We, Anna&Matt from Hostelgeeks, ... read more

Morocco Desert - Our experience in the cold desert of Morocco
Desert, Morocco

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Sun Rise in the Desert of Morocco – Lasting Travel Memories

Travel Memories! We love to think back of our time in the Moroccan desert. Back in 2013 we were staying in the wild city of Marrakesh. It was loud, it was colorful, many different smells run through our noses. It was truly a wow-experience to get to know Marrakesh. One day we got the opportunity to hop on a bus to a desert adventure. It was a bus tour with local guides on their way to the far desert, stopping at a few small towns in the mountains. On the way we crossed the majestic Atlas Mountains, and there are

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The little Asian Spot in Orsigna, Italy - Tiziano Terzani
Orsigna, Italy

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The little Asian Spot in Orsigna, Italy – Tiziano Terzani

Tiziano Terzani was a famous Italian journalist and writer. He traveled across Asia and he witnessed important historical events like the Vietnam War and the coup d’etat organized in Cambodia by Pol Pot. Old and ill, Terzani decided to spend the last years of his life back in Italy, in the ancient town of Orsigna. Here, in the woods, he found a big tree, decided to attach two small eyes on it and called it “the Tree with the eyes“, in order to teach his son that the trees are alive and they have a spirit. Nowadays people come here

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Rishikesh, India - meat, eggs and alcohol are forbidden
Rishikesh, India

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Rishikesh, India – meat, eggs and alcohol are forbidden

Located at the foot of the Himalayas, crossed by the river of Ganges, Rishikesh is an important pilgrimage city. From here the Ganges heads to the Himalayas, and from here pilgrims start their voyage to the holy places in Garhwal Mountains – like we did on our trip “On foot to India“ (originally in German: Zu Fuß nach Indien). Like in many sacred places in India meat, eggs and alcohol are forbidden in Rishikesh – an absolute dream destination for vegetarians and vegans. Lakshmana, this lion among men, one of three brothers of Rama, whose deeds are written down in

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I believe I can fly - Tobogganing down a 3km narrow piste
Corvara, Italy

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I believe I can fly – Tobogganing down a 3km narrow piste

It was reassuring when, before trying out tobogganing for the first time, my friends admitted to being a little apprehensive. Staring down a 3km narrow piste, with a flimsy wooden sled between me and the compact snow, I took a deep breath and pushed away. Before long we were racing around bends and hitting speeds that sent the trees into a blur. Suddenly it didn’t matter if we tumbled into the powder or got damp from the melt – we were once again 6 years old with absolutely no fear or a care in the world.

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The Keoladeo National Park was hunting ground of maharajas
Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, India

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The Keoladeo National Park was once hunting ground of Maharajas

In a fine morning back in September, 2013, I visited Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, India. Once hunting ground of maharajas, it is now home of birds and pythons and others species. Food and ambiance of it attracts migratory birds. I welcomed with grace our national bird, the peacock. I was overwhelmed by the beautiful birds and nature, and impressed by the engineering talent of the birds. The Place’s enchantment is that you can feed squirrels with your hand. These are the moments you realize that mother earth is the preeminent designer.

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Cycling to a hidden Waterfall in Baños, Ecuador
Baños, Ecuador

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Cycling to a hidden Waterfall in Baños, Ecuador

It was a glorious afternoon in Baños, Ecuador so we decided to rent bikes to cycle to a waterfall. We headed out of town and turned off the main road onto an impossibly steep track, following signs to “la cascada” (the waterfall). We pedaled past tiny houses with children playing on the front steps. We heard the thundering sound of water falling down a sheer drop, and a beautiful waterfall cutting through the thick vegetation came into view. We hid our bikes in some bushes, took off our shoes and climbed as far as we could up the rocks at

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Sunrise at Worlds Deadliest Mountain Annapurna, Nepal
Annapurna Mountain, Nepal

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Sunrise at Worlds Deadliest Mountain Annapurna, Nepal

Full of the crowd, waiting for that moment and then finally click after click… Yes, that was the scenario of Sarangkot in Pokhara, a most popular tourist spot to view the spectacular sunrise of the world’s deadliest mountain, Annapurna. All are looking at the sky, it was very cold. But who cares?? I have never seen such crowd and love for the sun and the sunrise among peoples before. Nobody wanted to miss a single moment of the beautiful sunrise view and capture. I was amazed, I was blessed and I was super happy for being able to view my

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Scratching his Head and trying to figure me out - Monkeys in Costa Rica

Monkeys in Costa Rica – Is this Monkey a Psychologist?

Day 5 of my Costa Rican trip and I had yet to see a monkey. I was pretty disappointed… I had heard so much about the monkeys!  We had a rainforest hike scheduled and I was convinced that today was the day! Throughout the hike, the monkeys taunted me with their howling but I still couldn’t see them. As we neared the end of the hike on a hanging bridge, I started to accept that an animal encounter wasn’t in the cards. Then there they were…a large branch with several monkeys hung over us. They were chasing each other, jumping

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Lanquín, Guatemala: Home to the Sacred Waters of Semuc Champey
Lanquín, Guatemala

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Lanquín, Guatemala: Home to the Sacred Waters of Semuc Champey

We arrived in Lanquín, Guatemala after being packed like sardines on an 8-hour bus trip from Tikal. The scent of burnt foliage from the ubiquitous slash-and-burn stung our noses as we exited the bus onto the orange mud road that had led us into the depths of the Mayan jungle. We’d come for Semuc Champey (Mayan for Sacred Waters). The clear turquoise lagoon flows from an underground cave in the middle of the jungle, beckoning visitors to bathe with the fish. Colorfully-clad Maya sat at the water’s edge, observing us with reluctant fascination as we graciously explored their sacred oasis.

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Danger and Fear Climbing the Italian Dolomites Mountain
Dolomite Mountains, Canazei, Trentino, Italien

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Danger and Fear Climbing the Italian Dolomites Mountain

Having experienced many exposed and challenging Via Ferrata, I thought my rational fear had subsided over time. That was until me and my friends had to cross an icy bridge that was completely open to the elements. Without the usual pseudo protection of my carabiner clips and iron wire, I suddenly felt extremely at risk. Either side of the foot-wide ice-crossing were drops that had no bottom and considering we were climbing on a mountain that stood over 2000m tall, my guess is that if I had slipped, I would not be re-telling this story today. If I learnt only

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