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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,

C.

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Southern France

Destination Posts In The Works

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

Country Guides

Brunei-Darussalam

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

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

Myanmar

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

Laos

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

Vietnam

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

Thailand

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,…

Jordan

Read all about my travels in Petra and beyond…

Montenegro

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

Croatia

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

Italy

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

France

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

Latest Posts

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The coast West of the capital offers East Timor favorite must-sees: uncrowded beaches, cliffs, colonial history. Thanks to solid minibus coverage, the stretch between Tasi Tolu, Liquica, and Maubara Fort lends itself to one or several day trips from Dili. Tasi

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One of the best-kept secrets about Timor Leste is her distinction as a producer of some of the world’s best coffee. East Timor coffee might only account for 1% of the global coffee production but I loved the smooth, slightly

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If you’re using the Southern border crossing with West Timor, Suai is the first city you’ll get to, 30 km into East Timor. At first glance, the largest city on East Timor’s Southern coast offers more of the same as the

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As you set out from Taibissi bus station and make your way along the road from Dili into the mountains, you’ll notice motorcycles and anggunas proudly decorated with the red/black/yellow Timor-Leste flags pass you by. Those vehicles are most likely

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Jaco is a sacred island in the far East of Timor Leste. Along with East Timor’s largest lake, Ila Lalaro, it is part of the country’s first conservation area, Nino Konis Santana National Park. Beyond the remote island off Valu Sere

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Explore East Timor's Northeastern coast along a stunning coastal road that runs right along uncrowded beaches, rice fields, and bushland. Visit the country's second city, Baucau, and beach resort Com with a quick stop at the Lautem Fort. Baucau Baucau is East

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After Dili, Pulau Atauro is the second most visited region of East Timor. The island sits just off the coast of Dili and offers prime diving plus off the grid hiking. Diving on Atauro The main reason why people visit East Timor

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Dili, East Timor’s capital at the Northern coast is without a doubt the most-visited part of the country. It’s a great place for diving and to explore the country’s history, as well as a hub for travel into all the

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Is there any backpacking in Southeast Asia off the beaten path left? Yes! Travel East Timor, a destination full of gems that few backpackers have explored!

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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

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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

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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

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