2020 caught us like a bush fire — unprepared and by surprise. Starting slowly and all of sudden rummaging everywhere, destroying, lives, economies, mental health, and human spirit.

In the past year we have lived in a collective uncertainty. Many of us re-evaluated their priorities, changed perspectives on what’s important, nice to have, essential and what we can live without. …

French Polynesia. Photo by Artak Petrosyan on Unsplash

French Polynesia (Polynésie française) — a quintessence of remote paradise we associate with Robinson Crusoe, even though the book was inspired by a different world region thousands of miles away. For many, a place beyond reach, a faraway lush tropical land with picturesque white sandy beaches and a translucent water, we can only dream of visiting with a round-the-world ticket.

The 118 islands of French Polynesia are grouped into five archipelagos scattered over 7,000 square kilometres on the Pacific Ocean, between California and Australia. The climate is mild tropical, with consistent weather temperatures at 27°C (80°F) and water temperature close…

Cook Islands.

Cook Islands are part of Polynesia — the islands within a triangular area in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and New Zealand, spread across some 10 million square miles of water. The islands of Polynesia were are amongst the last places on Earth to be settled by humans. Long before Portuguese, Spanish, and British explorers, Polynesians have been exploring South Pacific in a huge ocean canoes. The Cook Islands were first settled around 1500 years ago by travellers from French Polynesia. Polynesians were the only inhabitants of Cook Islands until 19th Century.

Cook Islands are a…

The South Pacific Islands of Tahiti, Cook Islands and Fiji are so remote, that if you live outside of Australia and New Zealand, you may have trouble to place them accurately on the map, besides pointing vaguely towards the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, between Australia and USA.

The islands are a true paradise lost — far and unreachable. We keep dreaming, that maybe one day it will be our next honeymoon destination, or a trip of a lifetime after a lottery win.

But what if we don’t have to wait for our honeymoons or lottery wins? With a…

With global pandemic making the world stand still, it’s impossible to predict what the future holds for us and when we can go back to our daily lives. It’s even more unpredictable to make any travel plans whatsoever, as nobody knows the answer to the ultimate question “when it will be safe to travel again”?

Making travel plans these days, is as risky as gambling in Vegas’ casinos. There is a glimpse of hope though, that perhaps in Autumn 2020 we can resume semi-normal life and our travels again.

So, let’s bet on October and explore the off the beaten

Dream it. Then do it.

Two years ago, I took the leap of faith and started my own business venture — Tribd, a social networking platform helping solo travellers to find adventure buddies. I took a year break from the corporate job, to turn the idea into reality and see where it will lead me. I felt overwhelmed by the entire concept and information about what I needed to know and what I needed to do. Once I started reading, I kept discovering, that there were a new things I needed to comprehend. I felt lost.

In this post I focus on the first steps…

If you haven’t fallen for at least one travel scam in your life, it’s safe to say you are one lucky, lucky traveller.

Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Florian Wehde via Unsplash.

When researching the topic, I became increasingly amused by the creativity of scammers and to cover it all you need to write a book, not a blog!

Whilst there are some universal scams, that have no borders, there are also scenarios you may encounter more of, in specific countries, such as: Vietnam, India, Panama, Costa Rica, or scams typical to the world region you plan to travel to. It is, therefore, a wise idea to learn about scams typical for the country you are visiting. …

Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Bali

There is something about Bali that tempts visitors from all around the world. Whether you are coming here for a holiday, currently backpacking South East Asia, or are a surf enthusiast; at some point you have decided to make Bali your next adventure travel destination.

Bali has been popular long before ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, although Elisabeth Gilbert’s 2006 book release, followed by a Hollywood film adaptation starring Julia Roberts in 2010, have contributed to driving the travel boom.

So, what is it about Bali that annually attracts millions of visitors, with the 23% of growth rate year on year? Is…

“Earth is what we all have in common.”

— Wendell Berry

Earth — the third planet from the Sun and the only astronomical object known to harbour life. Population 7.7 billion. A modern hunters — gatherers no longer travel for food. They travel for experiences.

According to UNWTO (The World Tourism Organization), 1.4 billion people have taken international trips in 2018. That’s a substantial impact on our planet. Regardless of the reason for travel, we can all make conscious choices how we travel and the impact we make on our home — Earth.

A recent story about a young elephant…

You don’t have to quit your job to see the world.

“I wanted the whole world or nothing.”

— Charles Bukowski, Post Office

We have too short time on this planet to settle for nothing. So like Bukowski’s autobiographical anti-hero, Henry Chinaski, I’m not much of a petty thief. I want the whole world. But to be precise, to get to know it, to travel it and to create memories that are far more valuable than possessions.

If you want the whole world too, here are some tips on how to plan for seeing it. You don’t need to quit…

Irena Miroforidu

Founder of Tribd, a social networking platform connecting solo travellers and adventure sports enthusiasts for their next trip. Available on the App Store.

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