It was my first backpacking trip, my first trip to South East Asia and a lot of other firsts. It was very scary at first but thanks to the warm welcome of all the other travellers that vanished soon. I learned a lot of new things during those two weeks. First of all that two weeks is way too short. It's more like a sneak peek than an actual trip.Read More
On our 4-week road trip across the western United States, Lake Tahoe was our first destination after departing from San Francisco.
We stayed at the Meeks Bay Resort with our RV. It is located directly at the lake at Emerald Bay. When we arrived it was already the down season so we managed to get a space for our RV with full hookup for only $30 a night. It was one of my favorite campgrounds we stayed at during the four weeks.
One question that I get asked a lot is how I could afford to travel during school and my apprenticeship without earning a huge salary. It’s actually a lot easier than you might think. Consistency is key.
No matter how you want to travel, it’s cheaper than you think but it probably isn’t free. Some money will be required to get you going.Read More
While the Grand Canyon might be bigger than the Bryce Canyon in every way, Bryce Canyon is something you should not miss. I would even go so far and say that if you could only visit one, visit Bryce Canyon.Read More
Dutch food has a reputation to be not the greatest. Together with British food it might be considered the worst food in Europe. And yes, it’s very hard to compete if you get compared to Italy, Spain, France etc. So, does Dutch food deserve it’s reputation? Yes.Read More
A few months ago I already wrote about my favorite flight search engine Google Flights. Since then Google has worked a lot towards improving their travel products. They released Google Trips a few weeks ago which sounded very promising so I had to give it a go.Read More
If you are ever traveling to Thailand you might consider going scuba diving. If you have never done any kind of diving before, this is the perfect place to get your PADI Open Water certification. Even if you're not traveling to Thailand you should probably give scuba diving a try. About 71% of our planet is covered in water and you are missing out big time if you never discover the world below. There is nothing like your first breath under water. And if you travel solo, I HIGHLY recommend scuba diving because you can't dive aloneRead More
Over the past years I've been blogging on and off. Unfortunately more off than on. I blogged in many places and went from a personal blog to a technology blog to what became a travel blog in the end. I switched blog and blogging platform more than I change my underwear. My travel blog was available under raphaelschoeni.com and I mostly posted travel videos over there.Read More
The smartphone has become indispensable in our daily lives. It has changed how we do things in so many different parts in our lives including traveling. As a “digital native” I don’t know what it was like before you could buy local SIM cards at every shop and get internet almost anywhere on the surface of the earth.Read More
Dubai is well-known for it’s luxuries, for the fancy hotels and the expensive cars. If you have enough of relaxing on the beach and in the spas there’s also another side to Dubai. Adrenaline junkies won’t get enough of this desert city.Read More
Las Vegas was our longest stay during our south-western USA road trip. We stayed there for four nights on the Circus Circus RV park that I already mentioned in the previous post. When we were in Vegas I was 19, almost 20 years old but still too young for a lot of activities in Las Vegas. And we had 2 4-year olds with us so this post will be dedicated to kid-friendly activities since I didn’t see much of the 21+ stuff in Vegas :(. So, here we go. Things you can do in Las Vegas with kidsRead More
Traveling solo can be scary. And it will be, especially the first time. You’re alone. No one can help you. You’re in a foreign country. You don’t speak the language. You don’t know what you’re doing. These were all fears I had before going on my first trip alone. As it turned out, most of those fears aren’t true and the others are only half as badRead More
After staying at the Yosemite South Koa Campground for a night we went for a quick dip in the pool, packed up all of our things and headed towards Las Vegas. This is a long journey so we’re going to do this in 2 days because driving all day long can be very exhausting even if you’re not driving. After driving along plantations for what felt like forever, the landscape began to be less green.Read More
Our RV was not the biggest fan of the route we took from Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park. First we went up Luther pass (el. 2,359m), then Monitor pass (el. 2,534m) and finally Tioga pass (el. 3,031m). Our RV did it like a pro without complaining and we were glad it didn’t break down.Read More
It's already been quite a while since I came back from my road trip across the western United States. I uploaded videos every single day (almost, I missed one) but I wanted to go a bit more into detail and write a few things about it here. So, let's begin. Here’s a map of our entire road trip.Read More
One thing that I always have with me when I'm traveling are my headphones. These do definitely belong on my essential travel items list. Sometimes for listening to music on a long bus journey, sometimes for editing a new video and sometimes to watch a movie on a flight. Because, let's be honest, nothing is worse than airplane headphones. I've been carrying around three different pairs of headphones lately to find out which are the best headphones for me and I wanted to share my experiences with you here.Read More
2016 is already here and I'm looking forward to what this new year brings for me. I had an amazing year 2015 and made a video about a few of my favorite experiences last year. What were your favorite things last year?Read More
If you aren't subscribed to my YouTube channel (which you totally should) you might have missed out on daily videos from my road trip. But don't worry, it's the internet so you can still watch it all. There is now a handy playlist with all the videos from the trip. To get you started, here is the very first video. Enjoy!Read More
In the year 2015 you want to stay connected to the world. You might need it for work or only for fun. Or as a tool with maps and directions to find your way around a foreign country. If you ever used your phone abroad you probably noticed that it's crazy expensive. That's because carriers are run by terrible people.Read More
I had two weeks off this summer. I knew that almost since the beginning of the year but I had no idea what to do during those two weeks. I ended up booking a flight to Thailand. One day in advance. I knew nothing about Thailand, had no idea what I was going to do there and where I'd stay. Oh, and I also went there alone.Read More