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Welcome to Notes on Traveling!

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 it in depth for a few weeks or even months. 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,

C.

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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I am a friend of slow travels. Myanmar trains - even the ones on tracks less than 30 years old - are notorious for their slowness. And when I heard about the “Slow Train to Thazi,” meandering at 30 km

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I no longer write as many accommodation reviews as I used to, but once in awhile, I hit upon a gem that I just need to tell the world about. My Inle Lake hostel, the Song of Travel, was (is!)

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Inle Lake (also Inlay Lake or Inne Le Lake) in Myanmar’s massive Shan State is not very deep (5m in rainy season, barely 4m in the dry season) but at more than 100 km², it’s the second-largest lake in the

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While a boat trip is a must-do when visiting Inle Lake, there are also a few things off the water worth exploring. So I took one of the free bikes that the Song of Travel hostel offers and went on

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There is no better way to experience Inle Lake and the communities that have built their lives on the lake than by boat. While you can book a private Inle Lake boat for as little as 25,000 Kyat, I opted for

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