Welcome to Notes on Traveling!

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

Near Rome, Italy

Next Destinations

Berlin, Germany

Destination Posts In The Works

Bali views, Sri Lanka in-depth, Timor-Leste over land

Country Guides


Brunei-Darussalam on the island of Borneo is one of Asia’s smallest countries but it boasts some of the continent’s most pristine jungles.


Malaysia is truly Asia as it’s a melting pot of cultures from all over the continent.


Read all about my travels in the land of smiles: Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake,…


Read all about my travels in one of the least known countries in Southeast Asia: Luang Prabang, Mekong Cruise,…


Read all about my travels in the land of dragons: Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, waterfalls, caves,…


Read all about my travels in the #1 Southeast Asian destination: Bangkok, Ayutthaya,…

Israel + Palestine

Read all about my travels in the Holy Land: Bethlehem, Hebron, the coast, the desert, Dead Sea,…


Read all about my travels in Petra and beyond…


Read all about my travels in tiny but mighty Montenegro: Kotor, Budva, Durmitor NP…


Read my travel guides for Balkan classic Croatia: Pula, Klis Fortress, public transport…


Travel to Italy with me: Milan, Bologna, Cinque Terre, Rome, Puglia,…


Look back at some of my adventure in La Grande Nation, France: walking, oysters, Paris,…

Latest Posts


So you are planning on backpacking Brunei, the small kingdom with more than 600 years of history on the island of Borneo, East of the Malay peninsula and Singapore, and Southwest of the Philippines? Let's adjust our expectations, shall we: Brunei-Darussalam


The official Brunei tourism logo sports the slogan “The Green Heart of Borneo.” That pretty much sums up the main draw of the country. As I laid out in my post on backpacking Brunei, it’s never going to be a


If you google “Things to do in Brunei” one of the top results is bound to be the Ulu Temburong National Park and its Belalong Canopy Walk. So when my friend Gabriela and I visited the tiny Asian nation during our short


For years, I had been booking my accommodation strictly via hostel websites (directly via links I found on Google maps and via the portals hostelbookers, hostelworld, and Hostelling International's own hihostels.com). Then, I was approached by Booking.com to write about their


Whether it’s your first backpacking trip during a gap year or you’re a seasoned solo traveler - staying in a hostel is not just a way to save money while traveling but also an opportunity to meet people and get local


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

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