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“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Aurelius Augustinus (354 – 430)

All my travel reports are listed in here, just click on the Flag to reach them!

Clicking on the map below will show you all my visited places on Google Maps.

Visited Countries: 95 out of 196 (48,47%)

I have used the 193 United Nations countries + the Holy See, the state of Palestine & Kosovo to get to the 196 total countries.


11/2017  No. 100 Philippines
TBA

09/2017  No. 99 New Zealand
TBA

06/2017  No. 98 Australia
TBA

06/2017  No. 97 East Timor
TBA

05/2017  No. 96 Indonesia
TBA

05/2017  No. 95 Brunei
Bandar Seri Begawan & Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo.

04/2017  No. 94 Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh, Cu Chi Tunnels, Cát Tiên National Park & Mũi Né.

03/2017  No. 93 Laos
Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Pha Tang, Luang Prabang, Kuang Si, Phoun Khoun, Plain of Jars, Ban Nahin, Kong Lor, Pakse & Si Phan Don aka 4000 Islands.

03/2017  No. 92 Myanmar
Yangon, Hpa-An, Kyaikhteeyoe Golden Rock, Naypyitaw, Kalaw, Inle Lake Hike, Nyaung Shwe, Bagan, Monywa & Mandalay.

02/2017  No. 91 Cambodia
Kep, Sihanouville, Koh Rong, Koh Rong Sanloem, Siem Reap, Ankor Wat & Krong Kampong Cham.

02/2017  No. 90 Thailand
Bangkok, Phuket, Ko Phi Phi, Krabi, Phang Nga, Khao Sok National Park & Chumphon Archipelago.

02/2017  No. 89 Singapore
Singapore

01/2017  No. 88 Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Sarasan Salt Flats, Malacca, Taman Negara NP & Perhentian Islands.

01/2017  No. 87 Qatar
Doha

01/2017  No. 86 Armenia
01/2017  No. 85 Georgia
01/2017  No. 84 Turkey
Istanbul, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Sümela, Uzungöl Lake, Ani, Ankara, Cappadocia, Kutaisi, Gori, Tbilisi, Stepantsminda, Vardzia, Sevanavank & Yerevan.

11/2016  No. 83 Dominican Republic
11/2016  No. 82 Antigua and Barbuda
11/2016  No. 81 Dominica
11/2016  No. 80 Saint Lucia
11/2016  No. 79 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
11/2016  No. 78 Grenada
11/2016  No. 77 Trinidad and Tobago
My first sailing experience in the Caribbean! Visiting Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Martin & Dominican Republic along the way.

10/2016  No. 76 Colombia
Bogotá, Ibague, Cali, Salento, Pasto, Mocoa, Neiva & Leticia.

10/2016  No. 75 West USA
Las Vegas to Denver.

09/2016  No. 74 West Canada
Edmonton to Seattle.

08/2016  No. 74 Norway
Oslo, Hemsedal, Hardangervidda, Galdhøpiggen, Trolltunga, Geirangerfjord, Bergen, Stavanger, Preikestolen & Kjeragbolten.

07/2016  No. 73 Liechtenstein
07/2016  No. 72 Andorra
07/2016  No. 71 Monaco
07/2016  No. 70 France
07/2016  No. 69 San Marino
07/2016  No. 68 Italy
07/2016  No. 67 Malta
A 6 week roadtrip through Europe while waiting for my third passport, visiting Malta, Italy, San Marino, France, Monaco, Andorra, Spain, Switzerland, Austria & Liechtenstein.

06/2016  No. 66 South Africa
Johannesburg, Drakensberg, Royal Natal National Park, Tugela Falls, Clarens, Howick Falls & Durban.

06/2016  No. 66 Lesotho 
Maseru, Semonkong, Katse Dam & Sani Pass

06/2016 
 No. 65 Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park & Harare

06/2016 
 No. 64 Botswana
Tsodilo Hills, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park & Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

05/2016 
 No. 63 Namibia
Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz, Kolmanskop, Sesriem, Sossusvlei, Walvis Bay, Skeleton Coast, Palmwag, Epupa, Ruacana, Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau National Park, Otjiwarango & Rundu.

04/2016 
 No. 62 South Africa
Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Cederberg Wilderness, Tankwa Karoo & Garden Route.

04/2016  No. 61 Luxembourg
Luxemebourg City & Vianden.

03/2016  No. 60 Ukraine
03/2016  No. 59 Romania
03/2016  No. 58 Serbia
03/2016  No. 57 Bosnia and Herzegovina
03/2016  No. 56 Montenegro
03/2016  No. 55 Albania
03/2016  No. 54 Kosovo
03/2016  No. 53 Macedonia
Roadtrip through the Balkans.

02/2016  No. 52 – Greece
Athens, Epidaurus Theatre, Tolo, Argos, Nemea, Corinth, Patras, Delphi & Meteora.

01/2016  No. 51 – Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sigiriya Lion & Pidurangala Rock, Haputale, Lipton’s Seat, Kandy, Adam’s Peak, Ella, Yala National Park, Tangalle & Mirissa.

01/2016  No. 50 – India
Mumbai, Pune, Bijapur, Badami, Hampi, Bengaluru, Bandipur, Munnar, Kochi, Alappuzha, Varkala & Madurai.

05/2015  No. 49 – Brazil
Parque Aparados da Serra, Canela, Gramado, Caracol Falls, Porto Alegre, Foz do Iguaçu, Campo Grande, Bonito, Cuiabá, Brasilia, Chapada dos Veadeiros, Cavalcante, Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Pirenópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Petrópolis, Teresópolis, Niterói, Trindade, Paraty, Vitória, Itaúnas, Pedra da Fortaleza, Pedra Azul, Belo Horizonte, Santuário do Caraça, Ouro Preto, Mariana, Santa Rita do Passa Quatro, São Paulo & Recife.

05/2015  No. 48 – Paraguay
Ciudad del Este, Asunción & Circuito de Oro.

05/2015  No. 47 – Uruguay
Colonia del Sacramento, Montevideo, Cabo Polonio, Punta del Diablo & Chuy.

04/2015  No. 46 – Argentina
Villa la Angostura, San Carlos de Bariloche & Buenos Aires.

04/2015  No. 46 – Chile
Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Westfjords, Chiloé, Frutillar, Llanquihue & Puerto Varas.

03/2015  No Country – Antarctica
South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula.

03/2015  No. 46 – Argentina
El Calafate, El Chaltén & Ushuaia.

02/2015  No. 45 – Colombia
Capurganá, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Minca, Tayrona National Park, Palomino, Ciduad Perdida aka The Lost City, Bogotá & Villa de Leyva.

02/2015  No. 45 – Panama
Boquete, Cangilones de Gualaca, Panama City, Pedasí & San Blas Islands.

01/2015  No. 44 – Costa Rica
Tamarindo, Tilarán, Lago de Arenal, Monteverde Canopy Tour, Chirripó National Park & Corcovado National Park.

01/2015  No. 43 – Nicaragua
Visiting the Stone Man Alberto Gutierrez, this unique character deep in the Tisey National Reserve near Estelí deserved to get a quick travel report while I usually just have time for short live updates during my big trip.

01/2015  No. 43 – Nicaragua
Somoto, Estelí, León, Volcan Telica, Cerro Negro, Laguna de Apoyo, Granada & Isla de Ometepe.

12/2014  No. 42 – Honduras
Macaw Mountain, Copan Ruinas, Copan Ruinas, San Pedro Sula, Utila, Lake Yojoa, PANACAM, Tegucigalpa & Santa Lucia.

12/2014  No. 41 – El Salvador
Santa Ana, Chalchuapa, Volcan Izalco, Juayua & El Imposible National Park.

11/2014  No. 40 Guatemala
Tikal, Flores, Semuc Champey, Guatemala City, Lake Atitlan, Quetzaltenango, Volcán Santa Maria, Antigua & Volcán Acatenango.

11/2014  No. 39 Belize
Caye Caulker, San Ignacio & the Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves.

11/2014  No. 38 Mexico
Cancun, Tulum, Coba, Gran Cenote, Ek Balam Maya Ruinn, X’Canche Cenote, Merida, Dzibilchaltun, Uxmul, Campeche, Calakmul, Becan & Bacalar.

10/2014  No. 37 Canada
East Coast Trail, Gros Morne, Corner Brook in Newfoundland, Cape Breton, Halifax, Lunenburg, Peggys Cove in Nova Scotia, Bay of Fundy, Fredericton, Grand Falls in New Brunswick, Quebec City, Montreal & Toronto.

At this stage, I started my Round-the-world trip. Due to a lack of time and being on the road constantly, I decided to write shorter live updates instead of full travel reports.

09/2014  No. 36 Ireland
It has been my very last day in the UK and I used it to cover the west of Ireland to explore the Cliffs of Moher.

09/2014  No. 36 United Kingdom
My last UK hiking trip to Wales turned out to be amazing, perfect weather and great company made our hike up Snowdon a total success!

08/2014  No. 36 United Kingdom
First time outdoor rock climbing on the 30m high cliffs of Isle of Portland in a beautiful setting.

06/2014 No. 36 Morocco
A short trip to Northern Africa, just because I haven’t been there yet and it’s pretty close.

05/2014  No. 35 DenmarkGreenland Part III: Arctic Circle Trail
05/2014  No. 35 DenmarkGreenland Part II: Disco Bay
05/2014  No. 35 DenmarkGreenland Part I: Russell’ Glacier
Checking out the amazing Disco Bay and hiking the Arctic Circle Trail in West Greenland, one of the best trips I ever had!

04/2014  No. 34 United Kingdom
Hitting the Lake District in England for some good Bouldering at the Sampson’s Stones.

03/2014  No. 34 Iceland
Roadtrip around the country to see the Northern Lights, crawl through Ice caves, dive between continents and just enjoy the beautiful landscape over there. Breathtaking!

08/2013 No. 33 Chile
We finally had time to relax a bit in the hammocks of San Pedro de Atacama after nearly two months of intense traveling before finishing the trip in Santiago.

08/2013  No. 32 Bolivia
The amazon rain forest in the Madidi National Park and bizarre Salar de Uyuni provided some completely new environments and did not disappoint at all. I also achieved a new altitude record by reaching the summit of 6088m high Huyana Potosi!

07/2013  No. 31 Peru
Machu Picchu does not need any introduction, however the lesser known Colca Canyon and our 4-day hike through the second deepest canyon in the world blew my mind even more.

07/2013  No. 30 Ecuador
The small country has a lot to offer and our journey to Cotopaxi (5897m) plus an unforgettable week on the Galapagos Islands set the bar really high for the rest of South America!

06/2013  No. 29 Colombia
Kicking off the big trip in Bogota and wonderful Medellin.

06/2013 No. 28 United Kingdom
Time for some information about my new home town of London while I just decided to stay for another year.

05/2013 No. 28 United Kingdom
Hiking the Pennine Way at England’s Peak District.

04/2013  No. 28 Ireland
I was in Dublin to do some trainings for our customers and decided the use the weekend to explore the close-by Wicklow Way.

03/2013 No. 28 United Kingdom
Wild camping through a big part of the Scottish Highlands with a group of seven, mostly unknown, people turned out to be one of my best hiking trips ever!

09/2012 No. 28 Ireland
Trekking in the Dingle Peninsula and the Killarney National Park, this time we stayed in a bunch of Bed & Breakfasts!

08/2012 No. 27 United Kingdom
Weekend Trip to the Beatles’ Hometown Liverpool, which also offers some nice buildings and a great dock areal.

07/2012 No. 27 United Kingdom
The Olympic summer games in London started just 3 weeks after I arrived in London, so I took the chance to watch the Opening Ceremony very close to the stadium and enjoyed a free concert in Hyde Park.

07/2012  No. 27 UAE, Dubai
07/2012 No. 26 TanzaniaZanzibar
06/2012 No. 26 TanzaniaSafari
06/2012 No. 26 TanzaniaKilimanjaro, Part II
06/2012 No. 26 TanzaniaKilimanjaro, Part I
06/2012 No. 25 Kenya

Hiking up the tallest free standing mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro (5895m), getting close to wild animals in the Serengeti, chilling at the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar and finally hitting the 47° C hot Dubai was certainly one of my biggest trips so far.

05/2012 No. 24 Germany
Unplanned Trekking Trip to German Pfalz area with a guy I just met hours before through Facebook, spontaneity rules! 🙂

04/2012 No. 24 Belgium
Checking out the Groezrock Festival and stopping by in Brussels for some tasty beer and waffles!

08/2011 No. 23 Russia
08/2011  No. 22 Finland
08/2011  No. 21 Estonia
08/2011  No. 20 Latvia
08/2011  No. 19 Lithuania
08/2011  No. 18 Poland
08/2011  No. 17 Hungary
08/2011  No. 16 Slovakia
08/2011  No. 15 Austria
East Europe tour starting in Vienna through Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki all the way to St.Petersburg and Moscow.

08/2011  No. 15 Switzerland
Hiking in the Valais Alps to Europe’s highest summit which can be reached without any climbing gear: The Barrhorn (3610m).

05/2011 No. 14 Portugal
Roadtrip through Portugal, starting in Faro and driving along the Algarve and West coast to Lisbon and Porto with a tour to the Peneda-Gerês National Park in the north.

05/2011 No. 13 Germany
Skydiving with 60 friends in Miltenberg, Germany.We hired 4 Tandem Masters and a complete air strip for Camping 🙂

12/2010  No. 13 Egypt
A work colleague planned to pick me up from the airport in Cairo and organized the whole trip but ultimately, I didn’t meet him at all so it turned out to be pretty exciting vacation.

09/2010  No. 12 Czech Republic
Prague is a lovely city and the pub crawls there are just intense! Never have I been so drunk before in my life for such little money.

08/2010  No. 11 Sweden
Discovery tour in the beautiful Swedish nature with a rented car and my tent. We came across Copenhagen, Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm.

07/2010 No. 10 Austria
35 friends of mine joined me to do Wild Water Rafting in Austria at the “Imster Schlucht” (level 3) and “Ötztaler Ache” (level 5) in the Innsbruck area.

06/2010 No. 9 Germany
Trip to North Tyrol near Bavaria to see the Neuschwanstein Castle and hike up the Säuling (2047m).

06/2010 No. 9 Germany
Beautiful trekking tour called “Malerweg” in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains near Dresden, Germany.

03/2010 No. 9 – Italy
City sightseeing in Rome and Pompeii, strongly supported by Couchsurfing Hosts Ylli and Elena.

10/2009 No. 8  Spain
Kicking off Couchsurfing in Barcelona and Mallorca!

10/2009 No. 8 Spain
First independent trip to Gran Canaria with two work colleagues.

10/2009 No. 7 Netherlands
Exploring Amsterdam, trying not to get hit by a bike.

05/2009 No. 6 Slovenia
Swinging by in Koper after the Spring Break.

05/2009 No. 5 Croatia
Attending Spring Break Europe in Umag.

07/2008  No. 4 Bulgaria
I won a trip to Golden Sands in one of the Computer Tournaments and my parent’s didn’t want to go – so I had to! First proper hotel experience as a grown up, also my last one…

06/2004  No. 3 China
Playing WarCraft 3 at the ACON4 Tournament.

03/2003  No. 2 South Korea
Playing WarCraft 3 at the World Cyber Games.

06/1984  No. 1 Germany
My first country to conquer! 😉

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Notable Mountains and Volcanoes climbed so far:
  • 6088m Huayna Potosi (Bolivia)
  • 5895m Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
  • 5126m Illiniza Norte (Ecuador)
  • 4800m Cotopaxi Basecamp (Ecuador)
  • 4791m Corazón (Ecuador)
  • 4160m Colca Canyon (Peru)
  • 3976m Acatenango (Guatemala)
  • 3914m Quilotoa Lake (Ecuador)
  • 3772m Santa María (Guatemala)
  • 3610m Barrhorn (Switzerland)
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Let’s see if I will ever reach 196 countries…
Everything will be documented over time on the Photography or Video Pages for sure!
 

6 responses to “Travel Reports

  1. Serita Savoy

    21st December 2012 at 07:32

    I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future. All the best

     
  2. Simon

    29th January 2016 at 15:22

    The spending table at the bottom of the page, under the Accmodation heading what does the two Euro figures mean? E.g. Mexico 62.04 and 12.41 is this the most expensive place you stayed and the least expensive? Or is this per-night?

     
  3. Chris

    29th January 2016 at 16:04

    Hey Simon, the first number is the total amount spent and the second number is the average per day 🙂

     
  4. hikingaddict

    15th February 2016 at 12:53

    Thanks for all the inspiration you spark in others with this blog. As you suggested on another forum, I’ll put the questions I’ve had here so they’ll serve as a reminder for you (and me) and are more visible to everyone.

    1) That’s an interesting graphic about your average/total spending. It caught my attention because the spending is so incredibly low – how did you manage that? I’ve got three big topics… first: accommodation. I guess couchsurfing (i.e., staying somewhere for free) is a big part of it, but what about the 12 bucks a day in the US? When I was there I felt that even AirBnB is not very popular, and cheap hostels are hard to find (as opposed to, for example, Brazil or many other countries). And if you find them they’re easily 20-40 bucks depending on the region. Incidentally, 18 avg in Brazil is relatively high, so I guess there you went with hostels/backpackers, but it was the highest overall on your trip! So… what’s your secret for other places? 😛 I know that in other South American countries couchsurfing works well, but what about Canada?

    Second, food also caught my eye. Did you consciously make an effort to minimize food spending, or is it just the result of always getting the first best choice – street food, simple restaurants? It’s not difficult at all to get by with 9 bucks per day if you just eat arroz com feijão every day, but one trip to a churrascaria (which is a must if you stay in Brazil in my opinion) is 20-30 already. Or did you get some free meals due to couchsurfing?

    Third, what’s not included is travel – the flights in between locations, but also the bus/train tickets within a certain country. Can you estimate how much one needs to keep in mind for that and if there are any tips and tricks to consider? Blue ticket was something I always had in mind, but just realized it’s not an option anymore due to the age thing 😉

    2) Many people prepare such trips way ahead of time. Can you – off the top of your head – name a few things one absolutely *has* to prepare well in advance? Like – what has to be done 3 months before, 6 months before and so on.

     
  5. Chris

    15th February 2016 at 14:01

    Hey 🙂

    So the 12 bucks per day was actually Canada and Mexico! Or rather just Mexico, because I was couchsurfing all the time in Canada for one month. The areas I have visited in Mexico (some remote places in the jungle as well) did not have any couchsurfers and only a bit more pricey accommodation, that should explain the 12 euros.

    In Brazil I was actually Couchsurfing a lot, but the times I had to stay in a hotel were pretty expensive and the 18 is reflecting the average money spent on only those nights I used a hotel. So the Couchsurfing part is not taken into consideration there, otherwise the average would be much lower.

    I actually have stats on the travel part as well, covering all flights, trains, buses, taxis, rickshawks, whatever. I just did not put it into the sheet since I was not sure if its of any interest because flights may vary a lot in costs, depending on the origin destination as well. I could put it in for the next update!

    Trips I to book in advance were Kilimanjaro, Antarctica and Machu Picchu. Thats actually it!

    Hope that helps 🙂
    Chris

     
    • Ben Zabulis

      3rd July 2016 at 04:36

      Wonderful journey and great to follow you. You’re in Malta now which is one of our favourite places – superb architecture and culture – happy travels !

       

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