After spending most of my vacations further abroad in the past few years, the Corona crisis made me explore my home country Austria in more detail. Luckily, there are a lot of beautiful places to be found even that close to home.
As I only had time for some of the highlights during my first visit to South Africa in 2018, I explored some other parts of the country in fall 2019, namely the Garden Route and the Wild Coast.
For the first time, I visited Southeast Asia: I spent three weeks in Vietnam, travelling through the whole country from South to North.
For a very long time, Africa was still a (mostly) blank spot on my travel map. In fall 2018, I managed to change that with a trip to South Africa (and Lesotho).
In spring 2018, I treated myself to a very special trip: a visit to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands.
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.
In autumn 2013, I spent a relaxing holiday in Croatia. In the years 2014 and 2015, however, the focus was more on hiking: in Scandinavia, in the Caucasus, and in the Himalaya.
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.