Chieri, Italy – Lesser Known Places

Raise your hand if you have ever heard of Chieri! No, you’re not ignorant. Nobody has heard of it, except people who live there. Yet Chieri is a truly dreamy place and, therefore, perfect for my “Lesser Known Places” series. Sustainable tourism Mass tourism is rapidly destroying our world’s natural and historic treasures and IContinue reading “Chieri, Italy – Lesser Known Places”

Five Things I Loved About São Paulo

I got to spend 3 days in São Paulo earlier this month (April 2019). I love Brazil, so this was a real treat for me! Honestly, I didn’t expect much from it since most of the reviews I read were rather negative. Yet I was pleasantly surprised! I know 3 days are not enough toContinue reading “Five Things I Loved About São Paulo”

“You’re Eating Snake!”

“Daniel, you’re eating snake!” I panic, I freeze, I stop breathing and I go pale in less than a second. But here’s a little bit of context. Big mistake! March 2012. I’m a young, unexperienced solo traveler visiting Peru. A few friends I met in Lima invite me for lunch at a chifa restaurant (placesContinue reading ““You’re Eating Snake!””

How I Afford to Travel – 7 Tips for Traveling on a Budget

When it comes to traveling, people sometimes ask me “What do you do?” or “What do your parents do?” – which translated means “How do you afford to travel so much?” Well it’s time to reveal the secret! And no, I’m not rich and I don’t sell drugs either! Many of my trips were/are studyContinue reading “How I Afford to Travel – 7 Tips for Traveling on a Budget”

Expectation Vs. Reality: Annoying Tourists

Siem Riep, Cambodia Expectations 5.00 AM The alarm sets off. It is still dark outside. I hop on the bike I rented yesterday and ride it towards Angkor Wat. Today’s goal: see the sun rise over the beautiful ancient temple. As I approach the historic site, the fresh morning air wakes me up completely. HereContinue reading “Expectation Vs. Reality: Annoying Tourists”

Choo-Choo Lucky-Lucky

I am happy to introduce to you Choo-Choo Lucky-Lucky, my new travel dummy. The name comes from the Indonesian “cucu laki-laki”, meaning grandson. If you are wondering why that name, there is no reason other than the fact that it sounds funny. Characteristics: Name: Nomad Surname: Dummy Occupation: nomad dummy Height: 1 and a halfContinue reading “Choo-Choo Lucky-Lucky”

Push That Boat! Stuck in the Peruvian Jungle

I have funny stories and not-so-funny stories about almost every single trip I have taken to the Amazon rainforest. This one is both of them. August 2018. Together with a Bolivian friend I visited a Shipibo indigenous community in the Peruvian Amazon. I love to adventure deep into the jungle every once in a while,Continue reading “Push That Boat! Stuck in the Peruvian Jungle”

When I Was a Terrorist…

This is one of the most surreal travel experiences I have ever come across. I was once denied access to Thailand because they thought I might be a terrorist. True story! But let me give you a little bit of background. Back in 2016 I took a trip to South East Asia. My plan wasContinue reading “When I Was a Terrorist…”

Where Is Home When You’re a Nomad?

Where do you come from? People ask me that all the time and my answer is usually “I come from Romania”. And while this is true, part of me feels like I am not 100% honest. But that’s the easy answer, since it is not always the case to start talking about my whole life’sContinue reading “Where Is Home When You’re a Nomad?”

Why I Travel With a Dummy

I’m counting down the days to my 30th birthday and I go around taking pictures of stuffed toys. I have to admit I’m fully aware of how weird that is and I even feel awkward at times. But that does not keep me from doing it. How did it all start? As I shared inContinue reading “Why I Travel With a Dummy”