Sunday Story #8: Serhiy, a Lumberjack of the Carpathian Mountains

Sunday Story: a Lumberjack of the Carpathian Mountain in Ukraine

“Sure, we go all together”, replied Serhiy when we asked him if we could join him and go to work with him.

We met Serhiy Stanko and his sweet wife Mariyka and their three sons when we stayed in their homestay some years ago while travelling in Ukraine. We also had a wonderful time hiking with our guide Serhiy Stepchuk up and down the colourful hills that autumn, but the experience with Stanko’s family was one of the most memorable moments we took from Ukraine in 2012.

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How to See Orangutans in Borneo Independently

How to See Orangutans in Borneo Independently

If you choose to travel to Borneo, we bet you’ll want to put a ‘see wild orangutans’ note on the top of your itinerary. And if you are a traveller who counts each penny and you expect it’s going to be a cheap deal in Borneo, as in many other Southeast Asia countries, then you might be shocked by the prices you’ll find here to pay for activities that include seeing orangutans.

To get a better picture, a basic 2-day, 1-night package booked through a travel agency will usually include a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, the drive to Sukau (where you stay overnight, the start of a river cruise or a jungle trek), a 3-hour boat trip on the Kinabatangan River in the early afternoon and one later in the evening.Continue Reading

Kota Kinabalu: a City of Seafood, Beaches and Durian

Kota Kinabalu: a City of Seafood, Beaches and Durian

If you would have asked us for a suggestion on what to do in Kota Kinabalu in the region Sabah of Borneo four months ago, we would have probably raised our eyebrows and replied, “Sorry, Kota-what?”

And this is the moment that we love about travelling so much: when we start to do research on Google, read, check out the options for eco-friendly activities, and talk to other travellers about places we’ve never heard before. And that’s what boosts our journey: the unknown, the distant and the unpredictable.

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The Unseen Africa TV Series – An Interview with Francis Tapon

Francis Tapon and the Unseen Africa Project

Not many people plan to visit Africa nowadays. One of the reasons is most probably the myths and prejudices that we, people from the first world, still have against this unknown continent.

Fortunately, there are travellers like Francis Tapon, an enthusiast and genuine nomad who is about to start his four years journey to all 54 African countries and document it in a TV series called Unseen Africa.

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