Discover the World

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Thanks for stopping by! I’m Matthew, a travel blogger, IT enthusiast, digital nomad, and happy man. Since 2012, I've been traveling the world, visiting more than 30 countries, and making many friends along the way. I’ve experienced many things firsthand and would like to share some stories, show you some places, and even provide some itineraries. My goal is to provide information about different places and life in various countries in a simple and easy-to-understand way. You can use the search function on my blog or take a look at some related posts below. Enjoy! :)

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Sustainable Travel

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Traveling Slow
“Traveling slow” refers to the act of taking one’s time to explore a destination, rather than rushing through it. The goal of traveling slow is often to fully immerse oneself in the culture and experience of a place, rather than simply checking off a list of tourist attractions.
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Try Different Transport
“Try different transport” while traveling refers to using a variety of transportation methods to get around a destination. This can include taking public transportation such as buses or trains, renting a bike or scooter, hailing a taxi or ride-sharing service, or even walking or cycling. The idea is to experience different modes of transportation and to see more of the destination from different perspectives. It can also be a way to save money or to avoid the crowds of tourists. Additionally, it's a way to take in the local culture and to see the daily life of the people who live in the area you are visiting.
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Respect Nature
“Respect nature” while traveling means treating the natural environment and wildlife with care and consideration. This can include things like not littering, staying on designated trails, not disturbing wildlife, and not collecting or removing natural objects or wildlife from their habitat. Additionally, it can also mean being conscious of one's carbon footprint and taking steps to minimize impact on the environment like reducing energy consumption, water usage, and waste production. Furthermore, it can mean participating in sustainable tourism activities, such as eco-tourism, and supporting conservation efforts. By respecting nature, travelers can help to preserve the beauty and biodiversity of the places they visit for future generations to enjoy.
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Making Changes
“Making changes” while traveling can refer to a variety of actions or adjustments that a person might make in order to improve their travel experience or to make it more sustainable. This can include things like adjusting one's travel itinerary to include more sustainable or responsible activities, choosing accommodations or transportation options that have a lower impact on the environment, or making an effort to support local communities and economies. It can also mean changing one's own behavior while traveling, such as reducing consumption, waste production, or energy usage. Making changes can also mean being open to new experiences, perspectives and ways of life. Making changes while traveling can help to make the trip more enjoyable, meaningful and impactful for the traveler and the places visited.
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Be Friendly
“Be friendly” while traveling refers to being open, approachable, and sociable with the people you meet during your trip. It can involve striking up conversations with locals, smiling and saying hello to people you pass by, and being willing to engage with others. Being friendly can also mean being respectful of local customs and cultures, and making an effort to understand and appreciate the way of life in the places you visit. Additionally, it can mean being open to new experiences and being willing to try new things. Being friendly can help you to connect with the local people and to make your travel more meaningful and enjoyable.
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Using Less Plastics
“Using less plastics” while traveling refers to minimizing the use of single-use plastic items and choosing more sustainable alternatives. Plastic pollution is a big problem in many parts of the world, and travelers can contribute to this problem by using disposable plastic items such as water bottles, straws, and shopping bags. To use less plastics while traveling, one can bring a reusable water bottle, refuse single-use plastic items such as straws or cutlery and bring your own reusable alternatives, avoid buying products with excessive plastic packaging, and recycle or properly dispose of any plastic waste that is generated. Using less plastics while travelling can help to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the environment, and support the local communities and economies to keep their places clean and sustainable.

Year 2022 in Stories

Here are some of the places I’m proud to have visited.

Freedive in Egypt

Dahab and Sharm el Sheikh are two popular destinations for freediving in Egypt.

Valuable memories

Dahab, located on the Sinai Peninsula, is known for its Blue Hole, a popular spot for advanced divers. The Blue Hole is a sinkhole that descends to a depth of over 130 meters, and is home to a variety of marine life, including sharks and rays. In addition to the Blue Hole, Dahab also offers a wide range of other dive sites, including reefs, walls, and shipwrecks.

Sharm el Sheikh, located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, is known for its stunning coral reefs and clear waters. The area is home to a variety of marine life, including colorful fish, dolphins, and even the occasional whale shark. Sharm el Sheikh also offers a wide range of dive sites, from shallow reefs to deeper walls and wrecks.

Places
Dahab | Sharm el Sheikh | Ras El Muhammad | Blue Hole
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20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain,
Novelist

Drive over the Western Turkey

Valuable memories

Bafa Lake is a picturesque lake located in the Aegean region of Turkey. Surrounded by lush greenery and the Bafa National Park, the lake offers a peaceful retreat for visitors looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It is also a popular spot for birdwatching, as the lake is home to a variety of migratory birds.

Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning white terraces formed by mineral-rich hot springs. The terraces, which resemble cotton castles, have been used as a spa since ancient times. Visitors can take a dip in the hot springs and explore the ancient Roman city of Hierapolis, which is located nearby.

Datca Peninsula is a narrow strip of land located in the southwestern part of Turkey. The peninsula is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and traditional villages. Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, and exploring the local culture.

Places
Bafa Lake | Pamukkale | Datca Peninsula | Marmaris | Dalyan Valley
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To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.
Hans Christian Andersen,
Danish Author

Georia summer trip

Tbilisi and Stepantsminda, also known as Kazbegi, are two gorgeous destinations in the Republic of Georgia.

Valuable memories

Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia, is located on the banks of the Mtkvari River and is known for its charming Old Town and rich history.

Stepantsminda, also known as Kazbegi, is a small mountain village located in the Greater Caucasus Mountains. The village is a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, as it offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and easy access to the nearby Kazbek mountain.

Places
Tbilisi | Kazbegi
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I can mention many moments that were unforgettable and revelatory. But the most single revelatory three minutes was the first time I put on scuba gear and dived on a coral reef. It’s just the unbelievable fact that you can move in three dimensions.
David Attenborough,
Natural Historian

Enjoy summer at Marmara region, Turkey

Istanbul, Princess Islands and Bursa Uludağ mountain are three destinations in Turkey that offer a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty for travelers to explore.

Valuable memories

Istanbul is a city that straddles two continents, Europe and Asia, and is known for its rich history and cultural heritage. Visitors can explore the city’s many historical landmarks, including the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace.

Princess Islands are a group of nine islands located in the Sea of Marmara, just a short ferry ride from Istanbul. The islands offer a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and are known for their beautiful beaches, picturesque villages, and historic landmarks. Visitors can explore the island’s many historic landmarks and enjoy the natural beauty of the islands.

Bursa Uludağ mountain is located in the northwest of Turkey, in the Marmara region. It’s a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and known for its scenic beauty, skiing and hiking. The mountain is home to the Uludağ National Park, which offers a wide variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and paragliding. The panoramic views from the top of the mountain are truly breathtaking.

Places
Uludağ mountain | Princess islands | Istanbul | Bursa
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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Steve Jobs,
American Entrepreneur
  • To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.
    Hans Christian Andersen, Danish Author
  • It is better to travel well than to arrive.
    Buddha
  • Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.
    Oscar Wilde, Irish Poet
  • Not all those who wander are lost.
    J. R. R. Tolkien, English Writer
  • A journey of a thouthand miles must begin with a single step.
    Laozi, Chinese philosopher
  • Adventure is worthwhile.
    Aristotle, Greek philosopher
  • Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.
    Muhammad

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