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Carola hitchhiking near Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe (2012-04-10)

My name is Carola, and I travel solo and full-time. Sometimes I stay in a place for just a few days; often I will explore regions in depth for a few months. Why fly when you can take buses, trains, and boats…

This blog is my digital travel brain – part diary but mostly a collection of comprehensive guides on destinations I have visited and travel know-how I have acquired in years of traveling on and off the beaten path.

Happy reading & even happier travels!


Greetings from the road,


I'm Currently In

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Next Destinations

Brunei Darussalam (on Borneo island), Bali (Indonesia)

Destination Posts In The Works

Sri Lanka In-Depth

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Malaysia is a rising star in the traveling scene: From bustling metropolis to quaint old towns, endless sandy beaches to impenetrable jungles, action & adventure to exquisite culture - Malaysia has it all. Add to that great food, an efficient


The most extensive and versatile toolset any traveler has at their disposition, which also happens to be free, is their behavior. In this post, I am going to introduce you to the in my experience three most important facial expressions


Batu Caves is one of the top sights in Kuala Lumpur and just like the Petronas Twin Towers (aka KLCC) and a meal in Chinatown the caves shouldn't be missed on your visit to Malaysia's capital. All the Batu Caves (there


After three months in Malaysia, and falling head over heels first for Langkawi, then for Penang and George Town and even a little for Kuala Lumpur, I was surprised when Melaka just wasn't up my alley. Here's what I learned


Penang food (and drink) culture is a reflection of the island's people: a mix of flavors and traditions from around the World. Chinese, Indian, European, and Middle Eastern culinary concepts have blended with local Malay recipes and ingredients. And while


You are looking for instagramable Penang hotels that keep the promise the stunning images on Booking.com et al. make? I’m here to help! When planning your visit to charming George Town Penang, Malaysia, you’ll get to choose between more than 400


When you think of Penang art, the first thing that might come to mind is Ernest Zacharevic’s street art. But these works are borne from a city that is a veritable melting pot of cultures: from the first Penangites to


Nothing ever happens in Montenegro.' What makes young Montenegrins despair is a lucky circumstance for visitors. Most of the people we've met on our two-week road trip across the country were warm, welcoming and curious for a chat with us; her


Pulau Langkawi - the island Langkawi - is just the largest of more than 100 islands that make up the Langkawi archipelago in the Andaman Sea. It’s located about 30 km from the Malay mainland (aka Malaysia Peninsula) and measures


Here's a look back into my travel diaries: In 2012, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the gorillas in Africa. I once saw a monkey - Gorilla Trekking in Uganda I was not going to see the gorillas. I was not


So you’re going to travel long-term? Maybe you’ll take a round-the-world trip for a year, or you’ll start your digital nomad adventure. But you have no idea how you’ll be able to live out of a backpack or suitcase for


What’s in a name? Myanmar or Burma? Myanmar or Burma? Much to my surprise, I learned that both names are derived from the same word: the name of the largest ethnic group in Myanmar, the Bamar. Burma appears to be a

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