Khinalug - an island in the Caucasus mountains

Some time ago, while looking through my Facebook feed, I came across a picture of the mountain village of Khinalug in Azerbaijan. I immediately fell in love with the place, and knew I would have to visit it one day. A couple of years later, I was lucky enough to live in the neighbouring country of Georgia, and decided to grab the opportunity. Together with a »

How to avoid getting robbed while travelling

Whether you're going on a quick weekend trip, or backpacking through Africa, you probably want to hold on to your valuables for as long as possible. With the right precautions, you are likely to be fine just about anywhere in the world. I've visited 60 countries, including 6 months of backpacking in Africa, and only had one bad event. If I would have known these tricks »

5 reasons you should consider Couchsurfing on your next trip

If you haven't already heard about Couchsurfing, it's a community of travellers offering free accommodation in their homes, in exchange for getting to know a new culture. You can host travellers, stay with others, attend events, or just meet up with other members for a cup of coffee. We've been members for almost a decade, and we're not exaggerating when we say it has revolutionised our »

The flying tin coffins of Chiatura

We were accompanied by snow, rain and gloomy skies the entire day we spent in Chiatura, but the weather could not possibly fit the overall atmosphere of the city any better. Imagine a post-apocalyptic corner in the otherwise sunny and joyful country of Georgia. This is Chiatura. In the Soviet times it was a thriving mining town, and during its heyday around 60% (!) of the manganese »

The birth of Tripfinger

Ben Splitting headache, sore throat, and runny eyes. That was the general feeling on the day I met Naya. My flatmate had decided to host a Couchsurfer for our housewarming, but she arrived one day late, and missed out on the party of a lifetime. That evening we were all lying around the flat like a bunch of rotting corpses. The doorbell rang, but no one »