In spring 2017, seven years after my previous trip, I finally returned to the United States for another holiday. This time, I crossed the whole country by train: from New York via Chicago and Utah all the way to California.
In October 2016, it was time to explore a region of which I did not know much about before: China. I spent three weeks there, exploring some of the most well-known sights of this country.
In Winter 2016, I got to know the culture of the Mayas (in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador). I also had some relaxing days on the beach, and went hiking in the Guatemaltecan highlands.
As I really enjoyed my Caucasus trip the year before, but did not manage to see "everything", I returned to this region once more. This time, I focused mainly on Eastern Georgia: Kacheti and Tusheti.
For two weeks, I was hiking in the Annapurna region (on a group tour). After that, I explored Kathmandu valley for just under a week (on my own).
In fall 2014, I explored the Caucasus for two weeks. During that time, I was not only hiking in the mountains. I also explored lots of churches and monasteries, some of which were truly spectacular.
In summer 2014, a group of friend and me spent just under three weeks in Iceland. During our stay, we drove around the whole island in a rental car.
My vacation in Croatia was rather atypical for me. Apart from exploring some cities and national parks, I mainly spent my time relaxing on the beach. Pure indulgence!
Thanks to two months of unpaid vacation, I could spend eight weeks in New Zealand in February/March 2013. Again, I really fell in love with this beautiful country and its friendly people.
Between autumn 2010 and summer 2012, I explored Europe on several trips: I have been to the Balkans and the Baltics, to Spain, and to Norway.
On our trip through the Western United States, we experienced pretty much every type of weather imaginable: from hail to rain to snow, from sunshine to strong winds (including a snow storm, and a sand storm). Despite these adverse conditions, however, it was a really great holiday.
In just under eight months, I literally travelled around the globe. The main focus, however, was on New Zealand/South Pacific and Central America, respectively.
The name of the small group tour I booked did indeed live up to its promise: Patagonia XXL.
In the years 2003 to 2006, I was travelling overseas a lot: a term abroad in New York (including a trip through California before the start of the term), a month in Australia, and trips to both Western and Eastern Canada. But I also spent some time abroad in Europe.