How to Visit North Korea

One of the questions I get asked quite a lot is: Have you been to North Korea? The answer is, of course, yes, as I have been to every country and it’s not that difficult to visit. You don’t even need to visit an embassy to get your North Korean visa. All you need is[…]

South Georgia Island: 30 Photos

Earlier this year I visited South Georgia Island in the Atlantic Ocean as part of my Cape to Cape-cruise with Silversea. It is one of the best travel experiences I’ve had and was by far the highlight of the cruise. Below are 30 of my best photos from the island.

A Return to Kasteel Engelenburg

In late 2011, I had the pleasure of experiencing Kasteel Engelenburg for a night. More than six years later I went back to Kasteel Engelenburg, near Brummen, the Netherlands, experience more. Kasteel Engelenburg is a member of Relais & Châteaux, a French marketing organisation, with a high quality of food as a big priority. My experience[…]

Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg

Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg is an estate with more than 100 years of age with a Michelin-starred restaurant as the main attraction. In 2002, the hotel opened for the general public, and they established the restaurant, De Vrienden van Jacob. Less than five years later it was awarded one Michelin star and has kept it ever since.[…]

French Guiana for the Second Time

I visited French Guiana in 2012, but only the border town of Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni. Recently (end of November 2017), I went back. French Guiana is a French territory in South America with Suriname and Brazil as its neighbours. Why was I back in French Guiana? It was cheaper getting to Guadeloupe via French Guiana than flying[…]

St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, Crete

St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas is, overlooking Mirabello Bay, is a beautiful Cretan seafront resort with suites and villas. The resort is a 5 Star Diamond resort awarded by The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. The resort is also a member of the prestigious marketing organisation, Small Luxury Hotels of the World and[…]

Hit the Road Cambodia is Out Now

CLICK HERE TO RENT OR BUY THE DOCUMENTARY My friend, Richard Gazarian who interviewed me for this podcast Counting Countries has just released his second documentary in the series Hit the Road. Hit The Road: Cambodia is a travel adventure documentary following Richard and his friend, Keith as they participate in a 2-week-long rickshaw rally across Cambodia. Above[…]

Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons

Location: Great Milton, near Oxford, England. Raymond Blanc’s 15th-century manor opened in 1984 and has since earned itself a global reputation for fine gastronomy. I arrived excited at this world-famous hotel located in the village of Great Milton near Oxford. Le Manoir is a member both a member of Relais & Châteaux and Belmond, formerly known[…]

Le Jardin Malanga

Location:60 Route de l’Hermitage, Trois Rivieres, Guadeloupe. Notes About My Experience: Stunning location in the south of Guadeloupe. Beautiful villa with comfortable bed and bathtub in the bathroom. Wi-Fi connection very weak in the room, but working at the reception/restaurant/pool area. Lovely infinity pool with stunning views. Friendly service by Claire. Great breakfast before leaving[…]

Barnsley House

Location: Barnsley, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5EE. Notes About My Experience: Friendly staff. Beautiful room with a charming design, comfortable soft bed, freestanding bathtub and REN amenities. WiFi speed not impressive. Good risotto at their restaurant by their Italian chef. Beautiful building and garden where I had a walk in the morning. Duration of Stay/Visit: One night. Why[…]

Seven Tips for Comoros

Introduction: Comoros is one of the least developed countries in the world and has no tourism due to its political situation in the past years. I arrived in Moroni International Airport with low expectations, but after my visit, I can honestly say, everything exceeded my expectations. Fantastic people and incredible beaches. It started with the[…]

Hostellerie La Butte Aux Bois Review

Location: 3620 Lanaken, Belgium. Notes About My Experience: Arrived late after nearly 1,000 kilometres of travel from the South of France. I was too late for dinner, but I was very thankful for the help from the friendly receptionist and the chef that allowed me to have dinner even after the regular kitchen hours. Their restaurant, La[…]

Hôtel Ithurria

Location: Ainhoa, France. Notes About My Experience: Warm welcome from the Argentinan receptionist. Comfortable room with an “old school” design. Beautiful location close to the French/Spanish border. Friendly owners (two brothers). One of them is a Michelin-starred chef that showed me around the property. Complimentary high-speed internet access. Excellent dining experience at their Michelin-starred restaurant. Worth[…]

Château Cordeillan-Bages

Location: Pauillac, North of Bordeaux, France. Notes About My Experience: A warm welcome followed by a site inspection of this beautiful property. Homely feel at the public areas. Very clean. 28 rooms total. I stayed on a weekday and it felt like I was the only guest at times. I stayed in a contemporary room with a[…]

La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez

Location: Bordeaux, France. Notes About My Experience: Friendly and attentive welcome as soon as I arrived by car to this beautiful property. I stayed in a beautiful room with a stunning design. Comfortable bed, freestanding bathtub and rain shower. Very friendly service at the reception at all times. Complimentary mini-bar with high-quality drinks, even one organic[…]

Le Relais Bernard Loiseau

Location: Saulieu, France. Notes About My Experience:  World-famous hotel with one of the world’s best restaurants for years. Today the restaurant has two Michelin stars. A new massive spa is being built and is set to be ready later this month. I had a site inspection, and it looks very impressive. My experience started with a[…]