Planning for Antarctica (or how to make most of the trip)

I am deeply and hopelessly in love with The White Continent. But I’m perfectly aware that planning for Antarctica played a big part in the success of the trip. This is far from the typical backpacker trip: travel to the continent is a considerable expense for the average traveler. But with the right preparation, the […]

Destinations to move to the top of the bucket list

Our experiences traveling are obviously shaped by the destinations we choose, the people we meet and our own outlook on the world. But each place that we get to experience was changed by the visitors before us, as communities adapt to accommodate tourism. This is not necessarily bad and most times it makes travel easier […]

Planning: gorillas and lava lake in Virunga, Congo

While not for the average holidaymaker, the former Zaire is home to two of the most incredible experiences an adventure traveler can ever dream of: getting up close and personal with¬†critically¬†endangered gorillas looking into the soul of the Earth at the largest lava lake in the world. Both activities are in the southern sector of […]

Rwanda then and now. The rebirth after the Genocide

I met Donatella on a minibus going from Gisenyi to Ruhengeri. She works ‘with the schools’ in a church-led program and she’s from the French-educated generations*. I congratulated her for how clean and organized everything was in Rwanda. My praise was heartfelt and honest and I could see the pride in her eyes when receiving […]