I'm not a big fan of winter. I don't like the cold and I don't love the snow. But I do love winter sports. Weird, right? This year I decided to make my comeback on the skis. I've been snowboarding for the past couple of years and wanted to give skiing another try.Read More
Last week, Gabriela from Gabriela Here and There tweeted that she has been to 77 countries. 77 is quite an impressive number and it made me think about how many countries I have been to. And if I haven’t forgotten anything it is 18. This inspired me to compile this list of all the countries I have visited.Read More
Figuring out what to take with you on a trip can be the most demanding part of planning a trip. It used to be this way for me for a long time. But as I have mentioned countless times before, you are probably packing way too much. If you pack less you can even fly with carry-on baggage only which will save you money on your flight and make travel less of a hassle in general.Read More
Whenever I hear people talking to me about their dreams and travel plans I ask them what is holding them back from making these dreams the reality. Almost every time to answer to this question is the same. Money. But you don’t need to be rich to travel.Read More
When we set out on our road trip in the United States, one of places I wanted to go to the most was Six Flags. I love roller coasters. So, it’s not a surprise that I wanted to visit the world’s biggest roller coaster park when we are in the area. And we did.Read More
It feels like every time I write about a travel app, a new one comes out right after I hit that publish button. This app isn’t new per se, but it changed a lot recently and it has become one of my favorites for finding the best and cheapest flights. I already have a post about finding good deals on flights in which I call Google Flights my favorite. Now, add Hopper to that list.Read More
Las Vegas is one of the cities that is on almost everyone’s list when it comes to a western United States road trip. And if you have never been there it’s worth a visit even if it’s just to find out what all the fuzz is about. And while traveling with an RV is one of the best ways to see the United States, you might think that it is less ideal in Las Vegas.Read More
Last week, I wrote about how much I like to use packing cubes to organise the stuff in my bag and make packing a lot easier and more efficient. In addition to those packing organisers you also need a great bag to pack. And my favorite backpack (ever) is the Topo Designs Klettersack.Read More
Who loves packing?
Ok, no one does. But it doesn't have to be that bad. I've never been a great packer. I was always the person who just threw everything into a bag and hoped everything would fit. Without a system or a thought behind how I was packing. Maybe you are the same way. Or not. Either way, you should really use packing organizers.
The internet is full of advice about everything and travel is no exception. Some of it is better than others so I decided to make a list of all of my favorite tips I’ve been given either in person on the road or on the internet.Read More
You all know this. You get home after a trip and your wallet is full of coins and bills of a foreign currency and you have no idea what to do with it. Let me help you with that.Read More
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