South Georgia Island: 30 Photos

Earlier this year I visited South Georgia Island in the Atlantic Ocean as part of my Cape to Cape-cruise with Silversea. It is one of the best travel experiences I’ve had and was by far the highlight of the cruise. Below are 30 of my best photos from the island.

Seven Tips for Comoros

Introduction: Comoros is one of the least developed countries in the world and has no tourism due to its political situation in the past years. I arrived in Moroni International Airport with low expectations, but after my visit, I can honestly say, everything exceeded my expectations. Fantastic people and incredible beaches. It started with the[…]

Hostellerie La Butte Aux Bois

Location: 3620 Lanaken, Belgium. Notes About My Experience: Arrived late after nearly 1,000 kilometres of travel from the South of France. I was too late for dinner, but I was very thankful for the help from the friendly receptionist and the chef that allowed me to have dinner even after the regular kitchen hours. Their restaurant, La[…]

Top 50 Stories

I have thousands of stories from my journey to every country in the world. Here are 50 of the best ones. 2. Hospitality at its best. Having successfully obtained a visa for Azerbaijan in Batumi, Georgia I travelled to the border. Unfortunately, it was only valid on the next day so I had to wait until[…]

Hôtel Ithurria

Location: Ainhoa, France. Notes About My Experience: Warm welcome from the Argentinan receptionist. Comfortable room with an “old school” design. Beautiful location close to the French/Spanish border. Friendly owners (two brothers). One of them is a Michelin-starred chef that showed me around the property. Complimentary high-speed internet access. Excellent dining experience at their Michelin-starred restaurant. Worth[…]

Château Cordeillan-Bages

Location: Pauillac, North of Bordeaux, France. Notes About My Experience: A warm welcome followed by a site inspection of this beautiful property. Homely feel at the public areas. Very clean. 28 rooms total. I stayed on a weekday and it felt like I was the only guest at times. I stayed in a contemporary room with a[…]

Bernard Magrez

La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez Location: Bordeaux, France. Notes About My Experience: Friendly and attentive welcome as soon as I arrived by car to this beautiful property. I stayed in a beautiful room with a stunning design. Comfortable bed, freestanding bathtub and rain shower. Very friendly service at the reception at all times. Complimentary mini-bar[…]

Five Tips for Rwanda

  Rwanda is one of my favourite countries after a wonderful visit in 2013, travelling across the country and experiencing the wonderful countryside in the land of a thousand hills. Last year, I went back to Rwanda as I had to stopover in Kigali between getting from Johannesburg to Brazzaville. It was great to be[…]

Le Relais Bernard Loiseau

Location: Saulieu, France. Notes About My Experience:  World-famous hotel with one of the world’s best restaurants for years. Today the restaurant has two Michelin stars. A new massive spa is being built and is set to be ready later this month. I had a site inspection, and it looks very impressive. My experience started with a[…]

Château de Fére

Location: 02130 Fere-en-Tardenois, France. Notes About My Experience: A beautiful castle located next to ruins of a ruined 13th-century fortified castle. 29 rooms total. I stayed in a charming room with comfortable bed, freestanding bathtub, complimentary high-speed internet access and rain shower. Great service by the receptionists. The restaurant is Michelin-recommended. I enjoyed parts of the dining[…]

La Côte Saint Jacques

Location: 89300 Joigny, France. Notes About My Experience: I stayed in a comfortable room with rain shower, bathtub, comfortable bed, and free internet. Good service at the reception. Helpful with my requests. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, but I had a lot to do during my stay and didn’t get to try it.[…]

Château de Jalesnes

Located in Pays de la Loire, Château de Jalesnes is a bit different than the other castle hotels I stayed in my recent trip to France. Instead of being a place for great food, it is apartments making it more fit for longer stays than the usual night or two at gourmet castles. My experience started[…]

Top 10 Countries to Hitchhike

Hitchhiking is a great way to experience cultures and save a lot of money. I have hitchhiked in close to 100 countries and territories with more than 1,000 cars total. I hitchhike when only taxis are available or in islands with unreliable public transport.My advice is just to do it. You will most probably be[…]

Manoir de Lan Kerellec

Location: 22343 Trébeurden, France. Notes About My Experience: A small Relais & Châteaux with 19 rooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant. This family run hotel has classic rooms, beautiful views, rain shower, bathtub and complimentary high-speed internet access. What makes this place great is the food at their Michelin-starred restaurant and the service. Very friendly and service minded[…]

Château de Noirieux

Location: 49125 Briollay, France. Notes: Beautiful chateau with classic rooms, a one Michelin-starred restaurant and a swimming pool. Complimentary high-speed internet access, shower within the bathtub and flat screen Tv in the room. One thing I didn’t like was that staff entered my room despite a do not disturb sign on the door and touched my computer[…]

Château d’Audrieu

Location: 14250 Audrieu, France. Notes About My Experience: Beautiful 18th-century castle now a 5-star hotel. Warm welcome from the staff. Stunning room with a rain shower, bathtub, comfortable bed. Complimentary high-speed internet. Beautiful gardens. Good for walks. Great service from English-speaking staff. Excellent dining experience at their Michelin-recommended restaurant. It deserves a Michelin-star in my opinion. The[…]

Château la Chenevière

Location: 14520 Port-En-Bessin, France. Notes About My Experience: Stunning building and good first impression of the hotel. Lovely contemporary room with freestanding bathtub and rainshower. Friendly service at the reception. Nice garden where I took some walks. Good food and service at their Michelin-recommended restaurant, Le Botaniste, but don’t expect Michelin-starred level. Located close to Omaha Beach[…]

Le Château de Beaulieu

Location: 62350 Busnes, France. Notes About My Experience: Warm welcome from the receptionists before one of them escorted me to the room. The room was nice and comfortable, but the shower wasn’t separate from the bathtub making it a quite a different shower experience, to say the least. They have a nice garden where I took[…]

Manoir Inter Scaldes

Location: 4416 NA Kruiningen, the Netherlands. Notes About My Experience: Warm welcome from the staff before being shown the room. Stunning suite with a modern design, rain shower, free standing bathtub and Bulgari amenities. The only downside is that I woke up in the morning due to noise. Complimentary high-speed internet access. Beautiful small garden.[…]

Parkhotel de Wiemsel

Location: 7631 HX Ootmarsum, The Netherlands. Notes About My Experience: A beautiful, contemporary Relais & Châteaux, unlike most of them. Feels more corporate than the average Relais & Châteaux. Maybe the only of the R&C-associated hotels where you have to pay for high-speed internet access, but the basic internet is free. It’s fast enough for videos[…]

Gutshaus Stolpe

Location: Stolpe, a small village in Germany. Notes About My Experience: Located in the small village of Stolpe, but completely quiet and feels like a very remote countryside hotel. Warm welcome from the receptionist. She escorted me to the room, somehow tried to say she didn’t speak much English, so I got the introduction in Germany.[…]

Örenäs Slott Hotell & Konferens

Location: Near Glumslöv, Sweden. The experience in short: Friendly receptionist. Not escorted to the room. Contemporary room, but not located at the castle itself. Bad smell of a strong product, probably being used to clean the room. I liked the castle itself, it’s a beautiful building, and I really enjoyed my walk through the property. The dinner[…]

Karlaby Kro

Location: 272 93 Tommarp,  Skåne Sweden. Karlaby Kro is a historical Inn known for their food which earned them an inclusion in the White Guide as one of the best places to dine in Sweden. Karlaby Kro is a bit different than most of the small Inns I stayed in my trip to Sweden as they[…]

Idala Gård

Location: Near Trelleborg, Sweden. Idala Gård is a member of Countryside Hotels with a large courtyard where I enjoyed a one night stay in a  small comfortable room with shower. Build in 1858, this historical manor is focused on food and has previously been included in the exclusive White Guide. I had a good meal with[…]

Båsenberga

Hotell och Konferens Location: Near Vingåker, Sweden Notes About My Experience: Beautiful countryside hotel in Sweden with a charming design. I stayed in a lovely little single room with a soft bed, shower and Tv, but no air conditioning making it very hot as it was an unusually hot day in Sweden on the day of[…]

Åhus Gästgivaregård

Location: Åhus, Skåne, Sweden. Notes About My Experience: Located by the water in the village of Åhus. Small, but cosy room with comfortable bed, flat screen Tv and shower. A history dating back to 1737, making it one of Skåne’s oldest Inns. The inn received 65 points in the Swedish “restaurant – guide” White Guide in 2014.[…]

Villa Anna, Uppsala

A 11-room small city hotel located in a quiet part of Uppsala, the fourth biggest city in Sweden. There are three suites, seven double rooms and one single room at Villa Anna. I was lucky to stay in one of their stunning suites. Location: Uppsala, Sweden. Notes About My Experience: Amazing suite with comfortable bed, sauna,[…]

Villa Källhagen

A member of Countryside Hotels with 36 rooms. Location: Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden.  Notes About My Experience: Stunning room with a contemporary design. Two smart Tv’s, combined bathtub and shower and Molton Brown products. Comfortable bed. Not hard, not very soft. Something in between. Good food at their restaurant that has previously been featured in The White[…]

Rosersbergs Slottshotell

Location: Just under one hour by car from Stockholm, Sweden. Notes About My Experience: Beautiful historical castle. Now a hotel. Friendly service at the reception and the restaurant. Room better than expected. Beautiful. Video below. One of the best beds in my travels. Very soft and super comfortable. Combined shower and bathtub. Flatscreen TV. Very[…]

Salt & Sill

Location: Västsverige, Sweden Notes About My Experience: Located in a beautiful remote location in Vestsverige. (Western Sweden). Comfortable contemporary room. Free Wi-Fi with an acceptable speed. Flatscreen TV. Standalone shower. Could need better curtains. Can’t make the room dark in daylight. Good traditional food at their restaurant. Friendly service at both reception and restaurant. Nice little experience[…]