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To really enjoy a destination I like to spend time getting to know locals. I'm intrigued by different customs around the world. Also, you never know when a chat could lead to new explorations. Here are a few of my favourite adventures.
There is something absolutely mesmerising about this beautiful country, it’s cold most of the time, but the landscapes are jaw-droppingly extreme: huge waterfalls, glaciers and volcanos. They also have a great sense of humour – I love the folk lore that is part of the everyday – including elves!
I haven’t had a chance to see northern lights or walk across glacier lagoon yet, so I’d like to return to Iceland. I would love to travel the amazing landscapes in a van with a tiny portable gas cooker and sleep in under the stars. That would be the absolute dream.
Getting lost somewhere between Hue and Hoi An was the best thing that ever happened to me. If you decide to drive a motorbike from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City, make sure that you have few maps with you - they magically disappear when you most need them.
When I lost my way, I met wonderful locals who not only fixed my bike for me but also offered me food, a bed to sleep in and a ride back to the closest city. I stopped feeling like a tourist and was welcomed like a guest. And now I also know how to make rice paper rolls with a kick!
Morocco was the perfect escape for my birthday. It’s near enough to be easily accessible from Europe but being Africa, it has such an exotic and exciting vibe. It’s easy to travel around too, and we visited Essaouira, a beautiful, bohemian town where I spent hours horse-riding on the beach.
Tahanaout was stunning – we stayed in a villa in the middle of Moroccan countryside by the snow-capped Atlas mountains and trekked the Ourika Valley. In the evenings we relaxed by the fire and listened to locals play music. On my birthday we drove to the Sahara desert and spent the night under an incredible blanket of stars – an unforgettable way to end a perfect day.