Travel Blog

This world trip of 14 months was a huge step into the unknown for myself.

I faced fears, approached challenges and left my comfort zone as often as possible to see what I can learn from it.

That made for good stories, too. Find them here in the travel blog.

Back in the Comfort Zone – A Christmas story

Christmas 2016, one year ago. I laid in my sleeping bag under a self-made shelter in the mountainous forests of northern Tenerife. It was cold and rain drops trickled through constantly. This year, I’m sitting on my mom’s couch, she just served me tea. My feet are wrapped in a warm blanket and the fireplace radiates warm air into the living room. I’m back in my comfort zone. I’m back at home.

Country of wonders – How to lose your mind in India

Even though I had already traveled for a year in various countries at the time of my arrival, India felt like a different world to me. Get some impressions from the hectic and dirty streets of New Delhi, the holy Ganges River in Varanasi, a well delayed night-train and the Taj Mahal in Agra. One doesn’t return from India as the same person as before, they say. They are right, I’d say.

Deforestation in Borneo – Impressions from a traveler

I couldn’t leave Indonesia without sharing this. As I traveled through Borneo for two weeks, I witnessed the destruction of nature front row. I smelled the burning forests, heard the screaming chainsaws and got stuck in traffic jams of palm oil trucks. Things are much worse than I expected. Is there an answer?

Borneo Slow Travel – The spicy way of backpacking Indonesia

Traveling can be hard work and no other country has proven this on my journey like Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. I teamed up with my close friend Stefan from Vienna to explore this exotic island. An adventure far out of our comfort zones, full of laughter, curiosity and some challenges with extra spices.

Lost in paradise – 6 days on Kauai and the Napali Coast Trail hike

My trip to Kauai was a great gift I gave to myself. I felt the need to disconnect from the world for a couple of days and go on an adventure all alone. What unfolded within the next couple of days, was a date with nature and its mind blowing beauty. I found inner peace by being in the moment and embracing life in its purest and simplest way.

“The run to the sun” – Running up the Haleakalā volcano on Maui

My trip to Kauai was a great gift I gave to myself. I felt the need to disconnect from the world for a couple of days and go on an adventure all alone. What unfolded within the next couple of days, was a date with nature and its mind blowing beauty. I found inner peace by being in the moment and embracing life in its purest and simplest way.

Going with the flow: Hitchhiking down the Californian coast

Hitchhiking is a mental sport. It’s an effective exercise in learning to handle rejections and letting go of expectations. It’s about getting from A to B, indeed. But more importantly, it’s about what we can find in between. Hitchhiking is traveling in the moment with an open mind, positive energy and a loose schedule. My dear friend Benni from Austria came to explore the Unknown with me – it was his first time hitchhiking. We made it from Santa Cruz to San Diego in seven days.

“It’s the fucking jungle, my friend!” – Two weeks in the Amazon rainforest

I thought I’ve been to the jungle before. Truth be told, I had a profoundly different idea of what the jungle was. The Amazon rainforest is a different story. It was a big mystery to me and I went out to explore. After I did, its magic appears in even bigger dimensions and more shades. Where medical plants connect humans to the gods, where celestial myths survived thousands of years and where nature can kill you in an instant. Welcome to the jungle!

Galapagos Islands: What can the world learn from this unique paradise?

World famous for their abundance of unique species – both in flora and fauna – Galapagos Islands are a paradise of an extraordinary kind. Conserving this unprecedented place takes a lot of work and strict rules. I spent one week there and visited five of over 100 islands that form the archipelago. I couldn’t help wondering, what we – the rest of the world – can learn from this exceptional way of treating nature. One thing upfront: there is a lot!

7 reasons to write Medellín on your bucket list

Pablo Escobar owned this city. Until two decades ago, Medellín was the most dangerous and murderous city on the planet. Today it’s one of the most innovative ones and safety is no longer an issue in most neighborhoods. The progress Medellín has made in the past fifteen years is both extraordinary and rather impressive. The development it has gone through shaped Colombia’s second biggest city into a place you want to write on your bucket list. Here are 7 reasons why.

The desert – Colombia’s dirty face

Imagine an area of Colombia, where locals look at Gringos like they have never seen a white person before. For some of them this might actually be true. La Guajira, the desert region in the north-east of the country, has not seen many tourists so far. They started coming 1,5 years ago and are now discovering the area slowly. Those who come, can get lost in a whole different side of Colombia.

Ciudad Perdida – Flooded in “The Lost City”

It’s been more than forty years since local treasurers discovered this ancient city of the Indios in the deep jungle. Today „Ciudad Perdida“ in the mountains of Sierra Nevada in the north of Colombia is ranked upon South America’s most exciting adventure treks. Four days of hiking in the heat of the rainforest with a gazillion of mosquitos and three nights in the camps along the way – so far, so challenging. Two days of heavy rain turned the trek into a mudslide though and made a common adventure extraordinary.

Crossing the Atlantic on a sailboat – The grand odyssey of 3 weeks

It’s been more than forty years since local treasurers discovered this ancient city of the Indios in the deep jungle. Today „Ciudad Perdida“ in the mountains of Sierra Nevada in the north of Colombia is ranked upon South America’s most exciting adventure treks. Four days of hiking in the heat of the rainforest with a gazillion of mosquitos and three nights in the camps along the way – so far, so challenging. Two days of heavy rain turned the trek into a mudslide though and made a common adventure extraordinary.

Before the voyage – preparing for the Atlantic crossing

Soon I’ll start a great adventure. Hitchhiking over the Atlantic Ocean on a sailing boat has transformed from a crazy idea into a mission and step by step shaped into reality. After I found the boat I got a ride offered from Las Palmas to Lanzarote. So I spent the past two weeks in the dry dock of Marina Lanzarote, helped with maintaining a catamaran and lived on it. I learned about boats and sailing and prepared mentally for the odyssey.

How to find a boat for hitchhiking across the Atlantic Ocean

​„Sex. It’s not what this is about, but it grabbed your attention.“ When competing with dozens of others for a place on a boat to cross the Atlantic, we better have a catchy opener on our announcement to stand out. It worked out, after three days the people in the port knew us. Some even recognized us by our picture on the blackboard. That we finally found a boat was not due to a cocky headline though. Patience, persistence and a lot of footwork were our keys to success.

3 days without food – vision quest in the forest. A christmas story.

I have never felt real hunger. Even after three days without food I can state: I have not even come close to what it must feel like. Christmas reminds me of all the beauty I have in my life. It makes me feel grateful and humble. This year is a special one for me, indeed. I am not celebrating Christmas with my loved ones at home. Instead, I am on an island far away about to spice it all up with three days alone in the forest. No food, just water. I´m able to call this a „vision quest“. Many people call that „life“.

7 days at sea or “How to have sex with life”

When you think it can’t get any worse, try seasickness. For three days that underlying feeling of dizziness tortured my body with every wave that shaked the boat. It made me feel hopeless. Although the Atlantic Ocean came not even close to showing its real power I’ve gained a fair amount of respect regarding what is yet to come. And eventually felt a deep satisfaction once I’ve mastered the challenge.

How I improved my life – and those of others – by traveling without money

Having a tight budget is a chance to get deeper in touch with the world and its people. For that reason we dedicated ourselves to an extra–challenge: to make it from Lisbon to the south of Portugal in three days without spending a single cent. That opened the door to a world that was not accessible from my comfort zone. The less money I spent, the more I depended on strangers and learned about myself. That made me curious to see how far I could go. Here is an uncommon guide to an unconventional style of traveling.

Let the journey begin – first steps of a world trip

Hitchhiking is exhausting. In the beginning it pretty much feels like begging for a ride the way a homeless person asks for money. And we got rejections aplenty which emphasized this feeling. But the more people we got in touch with, the more magic happened. Within the first three days the road has become our playground. And the unknown lost its scary face.

Before the journey: The hardest part about leaving

I was really looking forward to this last weekend at home. At the same time I was afraid of it. Now that the goodbye ceremonies with my loved ones are over I can state: Leaving everything behind for fourteen months to reach out for the world makes me deal with emotions I have not known before. This adds up to my assumption, that the person they are saying „goodbye“ to is most probably not the person they´ll say „hello“ to in one year. That´s a good thing.

Before the journey: 5 reasons for traveling like a vagabond

OK, you got me! I am slowly getting nervous. My emotions become weirder and a bit unpredictable as the departure date of November 10th is coming closer. It´s not only that I´ve never been away from home longer than one month. I´ve also never jumped into the unknown like that. Laughing out loud although scared as hell while performing a double backflip. At least it feels a bit like that.

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