Travelling for me is all about adventure and the experience to see, feel, hear, smell and taste what certain parts of the world have to offer. My diverse interest in nature, wildlife, cities, art, events, architecture, historical sites, culture, music and aviation has led me to many amazing places around the globe. Highlights have been my trips to Antarctica, Svalbard (Spitsbergen), Cuba, Alaska, Costa Rica, Japan, Canada, Argentina, Russia, Hawaii, Indonesia, Brazil and various places across the USA. Nevertheless I still have plenty of destinations on my bucket list including the Galápagos Islands, Patagonia, Hokkaido (Japan), Madagascar, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Socotra Archipelago, Greenland, Machu Picchu and New Zealand just to name a few.
Normally I travel with friends, family or just by myself and prefer making my own arrangements over standard pre-
arranged traveller package deals. I try to keep notes on interesting places and events that catch my attention when surfing the web, watching TV and reading newspapers or magazines like National Geographic. When planning a trip, I’ll use that info together with travel guides such as the ones from Lonely Planet. I also find it very helpful to get in contact with locals or people who’ve already been to a certain area. They tend to know some of the hidden ‘treasures’ that are off the beaten tracks and other tips such as the best time of year to visit.
I adjust my ways of travelling to the local situation; sometimes I’ll take a backpack and use public transport while on other occasions I’d rather take a soft case and go by (rental) car. My camera gear is always a loyal companion, but I need to balance between flexibility and size/weight ratio to keep things practical. Depending on the situation and costs, my accommodation can be anything from a motel, camping, hotel to bed & breakfast. In general I’m an active person, so I’d probably spend most
of my time moving around and exploring things. Life is short and yet
so many interesting places to see; I’m always ready to go!