The Sunshine Blogger Award

One day I opened my laptop and received a nice surprise. I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I feel humble and very thankful that somebody has noticed my blog and finds it inspiring. I was nominated by Travel Plans For Miss Fancypants. Thank you so much! Have a look at her super fun blog! What is the Sunshine Blogger Award? The Sunshine Blogger Award is a nomination given to bloggers by bloggers. Members of the blogging community nominate others who they think are inspiring and bring the sunshine into the lives of their readers. Once nominated, you are all required to write a post where you: -Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog -Answer the questions set by the person who nominated you -Nominate other blogs and give them questions to answer -Notify your nominees through social media or commenting on their blog -List the “rules” and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post   The challenge   I was asked 9 questions by Miss Fancypants and here are my answers: 1. What songs/type of music do you listen to whilst traveling or that which inspires you to […]

Why I travel?

“I love to travel because it opens my eyes, gladdens my heart, sharpens my mind, tires my feet, lightens my wallet and brightens my life.” – Ramya Tirumalai Twenty-two countries and seventy-one cities and counting. I have lived five years in the Netherlands, more than five months in Bali, over three months in Romania, and two months at a time but four months in total in Italy. At the age of twenty-four, I am pretty proud of these numbers but I can’t stop here and gotta keep on going. My first trip independently was at the age of fourteen. It was a trip to an English language camp in England. A company called EF, Education First, was organizing it. There were other Estonians in the group too, but I still did not know anybody and it was a big challenge for me, a shy kid. It turned out to be one of the greatest experience at that time. I met so many international people, got to travel and see new places and had so much fun. A few years later I wanted to go again and went to Berlin. I was the only Estonian there and it was even […]

Some of my most memorable travel moments

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain Some days I feel a little nostalgic and like to remember all the memorable travel moments I have had. This happens especially when you are currently not on some awesome trip but are itching to go somewhere. Till I’ll go exploring again, I figured I can appreciate the great experiences I have had so far. So here are some of the unforgettable moments during my travels. Swimming under the waterfall and fireflies in Bali I will never forget the feeling how difficult it was to actually reach the waterfall. The Git Git Waterfall in Bali was a beautiful sight and it was possible to swim through it, get a hold of the rocks behind, climb higher on the wall and then jump back in. The current was very strong and you had to put a lot of effort in to reach the wall because the outpouring kept pushing you back. It was very difficult to breathe, too. After a few attempts, I realized I should swim underwater till I reach the other side and finally there I was. I climbed higher on the wall and jumped through […]

Travelling and ignorance

Since I mostly blog about what I do and experience while I travel and it’s usually positive, I have not really put much attention to some negative sides of it. This time I don’t want to talk about how my bag got stolen or anything like that but about tourist behavior. Traveling has become largely accessible and available also to people with lower income. You can see how many planes are flying at this very moment all over the world HERE. All this shows that tourism has a huge impact on the environment, economy and the people. Sometimes I stumble upon tourists doing something really ignorant that has a negative effect on either the local community, nature or something else. I am not perfect either. Have made some mistakes in the past and learned the truth behind different tourism aspects only later. There is so much information available now on how to travel responsibly. Yet many people still ignore it. Thus, I am going to share some stories of what I have witnessed or what really grinds my gears.   Trashing the last rainforest When I was in Thailand, I visited the only rainforest left in […]

Throwback travels.

I’m back in Estonia! It’s so good to be home, especially when it is much warmer here than in Amsterdam. I stumbled upon my family’s old photo albums and found some funny travel pictures.  I started travelling already at a young age and fell in love with it. I decided I will share a few of those old photos to show where I have been as a kiddo, way before I could blog about it. The Chinese Wall. I climbed it when I was twelve years old. We went there in March 2005, and I bet there were a lot fewer people then. I have seen the photos taken now and it looks chaotic. Mass tourism really ruins places. I don’t know why I look so serious in the photo. Must have been a looooong walk. Of course, I bought some fake brand sneakers in Beijing. They were too cheap and there were too many choices. It was a must. The next picture is taken in Morocco that I visited in 2006. I went to Agadir and Marrakech. When I went there with school last year, I visited some of the same spots again. Morocco […]