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Five best places for diving

Diving is one of those adventure sports that leaves a deep (get it?) impression on you every time you hit the water. Whether it’s scubadiving in a coral reef, diving to a shipwreck or just embracing marine wildlife like manatees or mantas. You can have a total different look at the world through your dive mask. Here are five of the best locations to have the ultimate diving experience.

1. Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Divers willing to make the long journey to this coastline will be rewarded with some of world’s best underwater views. This island is said to have inspired the Jurassic Park filmmakers but nonetheless you will not find any dinosaurs here anymore. However the wildlife might be as good. The surrounding waters are populated with scalloped hamerheads and white-tip reef sharks easily spotted by experienced divers. This island is located in a national park where tourists are not allowed to lodge on.

2. Belize barrief reef

Maybe not as famous as the Great Barrief reef in Australia but this second largest reef in the world offers astonishing diving. This series of coral reefs is straddled alongside the coast of Belize and hosts an outstanding natural system. Offshore atolls, mangrove forests and hundreds of sand cays are the territory for threatened species as marine turtles and manatees. Oh, and did we tell you ist far less crowded with tourists?

3. Silfra, Iceland

Divers seeking an unique experience will find this in Iceland. The Silfra fissure is one of the top locations to dive for two reasons. For one, this fissure is actually a crack between two continental plates: the North American and Eurasian continent. So you can dive right where these plates meet. Even better. Silfra is the only place where you can dive directly into the crack. Secondly, the visability under water is over 100 meters, creating an experience that will hardly be surpassed.

4. Red Sea, Egypt

Wreckdives are hugely popular amongst divers. And for good reason. Swimming around and inside a rusty wreck with nothing but flashlights to peer at this piece of history is a great experience. The British transport ship SS Thistlegorm which was attacked and sunk in 1941 is the most popular wreck dive in the world. The wreck is located at the Red Sea in Egypt where you can still explore its cargo containing rifles, motorbikes and trucks.

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5. Cenote diving, Mexico

Mexico has a lot of diving locations that are well worth booking your next trip to this Central American country. In the Yucatan Peninsula you can have a truly unique experience by diving in a huge limestone platform where fresh water runs like rivers through underground cave systems. These underwater sinkholes are called cenotes, derived for the Mayan word for ‘sacred’. These cenotes where considered to be the entrance to the mythical underworld. Only for experienced divers!

Which places should be added to the list? Leave your suggestions in the comments. 

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5 adventures in Scotland for the outdoor enthusiastic

Scotland is one of Europe’s wildest terrains.  From the raging waves pounding the North Sea coastline, to the impressive lochs scattered over the Highlands and  the hundreds of Munros waiting to be climbed, Scotland is a destination for the outdoor enthusiastic. Here are five adventures you can’t miss when in Scotland.

1. Hike the West Highland Way

The West Highland Way is Scotland’s first long distance hiking trail. It runs from Milngavie, close to Glasgow, towards Fort William at the base of Ben Nevis. The full trail is about 156 km long with many hikers taking five to nine days to complete it. If you want the true Scottish experience, try hiking it in a kilt. We did!

How long? 5-9 days

How tough? Easy. Can be a great first experience with long distance trails.

Where to start? Glasgow

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West Highland Way

2. Climb Britain’s highest peak

If you love hiking – and you’ve already completed the West Highland Way – Ben Nevis should be on your list. There is a saying in Scotland that for the novice or non-serious hiker, once this peak is achieved you can sit back and hang up your hiking boots knowing that you have beaten the ultimate walk. Ben Nevis is also one of the mountains to conquer during the Three Peaks Challenge.

How long? 8-10 hours

How tough? Moderate.

Where to start? Fort William

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3. Bag seven Munros in a day

There are – arguably – 284 ‘Munros’ (peaks above 3,000ft) in Scotland. Seven of them are on one long ridge above Glen Shiel in Kintail, making it an interesting feat for Munro-baggers. It’s a steep climb to the top of the first Munro, Creag a’ Mhaim, and then a traverse over six more peaks back to the glen.

How long? 1 day

How tough? Moderate.

Where to start? Kintail

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4. Paddle the Scottisch lochs

Most tourists take a boat cruise on the Scottish lochs, but if you have an adventurous spirit, you will want to paddle them. The Great Glen Canoe trail is a multi-day paddle journey across five different lochs, including the famous Loch Ness. Just make sure you don’t capsize by the tail of Nessie.

How long? 3-5 days

How tough? Hard

Where to start? Fort William / Banavie

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5. Climb the Black Cuillins, Isle of Skye

The view of the Cuillin Mountains on Skye seen from Elgol is one of Britain’s finest. You can walk to Loch Coruisk in a deep gash in the mountains. If the mountains are calling, you could hire a guide and head for that jagged skyline.

How long? 2 days

How tough? Strenuous hike

Where to start? Elgol

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Five reasons why traveling with a motorhome across Europe is the best holiday

If you hate it to pack and unpack every single day when traveling, a holiday with a motorhome might be just the ideal holiday for you. In May this year, we traveled for the very first time with a camper van all the way through Ireland and here are a few reasons – besides the unpacking – why we think it’s the best type of traveling.

Freedom! Freeeedom!

I think you get it by now what our primary reason is to travel with a motorhome or campervan. A motorhome journey gives you the possibility of going wherever and whenever you want. If you happen to love the place, just stay there for a while.  And if you don’t, get behind the wheel and look for a better place. Not only does traveling with a motorhome give you a lot more freedom, but it is quite more relaxing if you know you have your bed and kitchen with you!

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Save money on accommodation

A standard hotel room will cost you easily between 50 and 100 euros. And when traveling with children it gets even more expensive. If your destination is Norway, Sweden or Switzerland, prices  tend to be even higher. Traveling with your own motorhome would save you a lot of money since you would spend most nights on a cheap campsite, aires or free campingspots.

Spend your evenings on the most awesome places

Sleeping in a motorhome instead of a bed in a hotel has even more advantages. In most European countries you can park your motorhome right up on the beach to spend the night. Not only will it be an evening to remember, but you’ll get the best start by waking up with beach front views.

Travel with your bed

Talking about sleeping. What I really love about traveling with my campervan is that I bring my bed everywhere I go. Who doesn’t share the same problem of not being able to sleep in a different bed than your own? Pretty anoying if you’re sleeping in a different bed every single night during your journey. Fortunately, a motorhome rental has the advantage of having your own home to sleep in instead of those random hostel beds that might even give you bed bugs.

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Save money on food

Restaurant visits are a drain on your travel budget, but you gotta eat right? A motorhome or caravan has its own kitchen inside it which makes it possible to do some cooking on your own. Not only are you pretty sure that the meals will be terrific, but you will save tens of euros every day just by going shopping in a supermarket instead of visiting a expensive restaurant. Having dinner with a great view might be an even better experience as well. In Europe, Lidl and Aldi are affordable places to go shopping.

Do you have your mind set on traveling with a motorhome in Europe? Check out Polarus for custom made journeys and rentals.  

Beste locaties voor ghosthunting in de UK

Engeland staat bekend voor de talrijke locaties waar paranormale activiteit zou zijn waargenomen. De plaatsen in deze lijst vermeld staan bekend als plaatsen waar deze activiteit het hoogst is. Activiteit die tot op vandaag nog geen verklaring heeft. Volg ons op deze spookrit langs enkele van Engeland’s meest paranormaal actieve locaties.

  1. Borley Rectory, Essex

Deze Victoriaanse villa stond bekend als het meest spookachtige huis in Groot-Brittannië voordat het werd verwoest in een brand in 1939. Hoewel het deze reputatie kreeg nadat paranormaal expert Harry Price hier op onderzoek ging, zou het al bewoond zijn door geesten sinds dat het werd gebouwd. De eerste paranormale activiteit werd al gerapporteerd in 1863, nadat enkele lokale inwoners van Essex onverklaarbare voetstappen hoorden in de villa. De jaren daaropvolgend werden er waarnemingen gedaan van de geesten van een non, twee ruiters zonder hoofd, een spookkoets, een geest die de bel van de butler doet rinkelen en enkele geesten die graag flessen gooiden.

  1. Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire

Sinds Borley Rectory werd verwoest door een brand, wordt de Ancient Ram Inn in Wotton-under-Edge gezien als de opvolger als meest spookachtige locatie in de UK. Deze jeugdherberg is de plaats geweest van heel wat duistere activiteiten zoals kindoffers, zelfmoord en zwarte magie rituelen. Het is nog maar een paar jaar geleden dat men er de overblijfselen van kinderen en een heidens kerkhof terugvond. De eigenaar van het pand gelooft dat hij met allerlei soorten geesten – waaronder twee demonen en een heks – enkele vaste klanten had in zijn herberg. De Ancient Ram Inn werd vaak bezocht door gasten die hun verblijf omschreven als een van de engste ervaringen in hun leven. Zelf hebben we in 2015 geprobeerd een nacht te boeken in de Ancient Ram Inn, maar helaas is het elfde-eeuwse gebouw in zodanig slechte staat, dat het werd gesloten voor het publiek. Desondanks brachten we een kort bezoek aan Wotton-under-Edge en leerden we dat het gebouw op zich er al erg spookachtig uitziet. Een ghost hunt bijwonen in de Ancient Ram Inn is op beperkte datums wel nog mogelijk.

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De Ancient Ram Inn
  1. Village of Pluckley, Kent

Het hoeven niet altijd huizen of kastelen zijn waar het spookt. Nee, soms zijn het volledige dorpen die worden bewoond door geesten. Het dorp Pluckly in Kent staat in het Guiness Book of Records beschreven als het meeste spookachtige dorp in Groot-Brittannië. Maar liefst tussen de twaalf en zestien geesten werden gezien in het dorp, waaronder een schreeuwende man, een struikrover die wordt gespot op Fright Corner, een schoolmeester die werd opgehangen door een groep leerlingen en een oude vrouw die op een brug rustig zit te roken.

  1. Chillingham Castle, Northumberland

Ook Chillingham Castle heeft zijn deel aan spookverhalen en paranormale activiteit. Het beroemdste spook is ongetwijfeld Blue Boy, de geest van een jongetje die wordt gezien rond middernacht in de slaapkamer met het hemelbed in de Grey Room. In de jaren 20 van de vorige eeuw, werden tijdens renovatiewerken de overblijfselen van een jongetje met restanten van blauwe kledij terug gevonden achter de dikke muren. Tijdens onze rondreis door de UK spendeerden we een nacht in de Grey Room en ervaarden enkele bizarre situaties. Telefoons die midden in de nacht rinkelden zonder dat er ontvangst was, heel wat kabaal in het kasteel ’s nachts,… maar geen Blue Boy helaas.

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  1. Newsham Park Hospital, Liverpool

Zelfs al zijn er geen geesten aanwezig, dan is een verlaten instelling een erg angstaanjagende plek om te vertoeven. In het centrum van Liverpool vind je het Newsham Park Hospital, een verlaten psychiatrische instelling dat voordien werd gebruikt als weeshuis. Deze locatie heeft enkele donkere verhalen gezien heel wat weeskinderen hier gestraft werden door ze op te sluiten in kleine kasten in een gang op de zolder.

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Deze gang staat nu  bekend als de ‘naughty boys corridor’ en is een van de meest spookachtige plaatsen in het pand. Hoewel, de vele zelfmoorden op de zolder en de overleden psychiatrische patiënten zullen ook hun aandeel hebben in de paranormale activiteit die hier wordt waargenomen. We deden mee aan een ghost hunt in dit pand en waren getuige van enkele wel erg angstaanjagende zaken. Namen van deelnemers die werden uitgesproken door geesten, bewegende voorwerpen en een succesvolle table tipping sessie.

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Ben je geïnteresseerd om zelf een van deze locaties te verkennen? Neem een kijkje bij Haunted Rooms voor ghost hunts die je lang nachtmerries zullen bezorgen. Tips over hoe je je voorbereidt op een ghost hunt vind je in onze blogpost ‘Hoe bereid je je voor op een ghost hunt‘.

New Zealand: an adventurous destination for thrillseekers

New Zealand is synonym for unspoilt nature that ranges from big waves to snow-capped mountains. A great setting to hike or surf, but the Kiwi’s have better plans. They are some of the most friendly and easy-going people that are willing to give you an extra confidence boost to make that leap of faith. Here are five adrenaline pumping adventures for thrillseekers.

Skydiving

If you think rugby is the national sport in New Zealand, think again. In a country where you can go skydiving even before breakfast, there is little doubt about how much Kiwis love thrilling adventures. Plummeting to the earth after having jumped out of an airplane is insane and can only be justified if you do it with a nice backdrop. Fortunately, New Zealand has plenty of those.

Bungy jumping

Another adventure that gets you falling to the ground (and up again, and down again, you get the point) is bungy. In Queenstown you’ll find the Kawarau Bridge, the site of the world’s first commercial bungy jump. If bungy jumping is on your list, make sure to do it here.

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Ziplining

Are you also starting to believe that jumping off high places is an unofficial national sport in New Zealand? Well with this sport you’re not actually falling towards the ground but you are soaring through the air at high speed…after having jumped of a high place offcourse.

White water rafting

Since you are never that far from a fast-flowing river, conquering rapids during white water rafting is a major thing in New Zealand. They have rapids starting at a gentle grade I till the  highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world in Rotorua (7 meter). Let’s see if you make it without capsizing.

Zorbing

This one seems like fun. As long as you don’t think too much about it. Getting into a plastic ball and roll down a hill is a must try if you are in New Zealand. Just make sure you don’t fall off a cliff.

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Helihiking Fox Glacier

Your Christchurch hotel actually is a very good base if you’re planning on helihiking the Fox glacier. The glacier is situated in the Mount Cook national park, on the West Coast of South Island. The road from Christchurch to Mount Cook is a very scenic one. Allthough I’ll bet the views will get even better while your fly in by helicopter and hike Fox glacier.

Caving

If you suffer vertigo, than bungy and skydiving will not be your kind of activity but personally I think this one is even worse. If you weren’t claustrophobic to begin with, you’ll be it after you have been caving in New Zealand. They have some of the most challenging caving systems in the world. From the spectacular Waitomo Caves to the deepest sinkhole in Nelson. It feels like I’m stuck already.

Walking the edge at Auckland Sky Tower

Even if you are not in the outdoors you can have a thrilling adventure. Auckland is home to one of the most thrilling activities in New Zealand. Attach yourself to a rope (it’s not considered cheating) and walk on the edge of the observation area of the Auckland Sky tower. Be carefull, since it’s only a narrow ledge.

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Things to do in Bagan, Myanmar

Southeast Asia has many architectural wonders such as Angkor wat, Ta Prohm or the temples in Bali. But if there is one temple complex not to be missed, it’s Myanmar-based Bagan. With over 4400 temples, a trip to Myanmar without a stop in Bagan is unthinkable. Here are some of the best Bagan travel experiences.

Ballooning

350 dollar is a lot of money for a balloon trip that will fly you over the archeological zone of Bagan. But if you want to tick it off your bucket list, you have no other option. Some travelers hope by booking a flight while they are there, they will find a cheaper rate. Unfortunately that isn’t the case. The 350 dollar price is a fixed amount offered by all three ballooning companies in Bagan (Balloons over Bagan, Oriental ballooning and Golden Eagle ballooning). If you have limited time in Bagan and you want to experience a balloon flight, it’s better to book in advance to make sure there are spots available. A balloon flight includes transfer from the hotel to launching site, early morning breakfast, flight (offcourse) and champagne celebration afterwards.

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E-biking or cycling

Not everyone coughs up the huge amount of money to make a balloon flight over the pagoda’s. No worries, there are still other ways of exploring Bagan. The best way (and the one every, literally every, tourist uses) to explore the temple complex is by renting a bicyle or e-bike. These are available at pretty much every hotel or corner of the street. In contrast to ballooning, renting a bike is really cheap. It will only cost you a few 1000 kyat (1$) for the day. I recommend renting an e-bike (which is still very cheap) since temperatures in Bagan can rise over 30 degrees easily and the the combination with the sandy roads can make it a really hard experience. E-bikes however are electric motorbikes that are easy to drive with and make your exploring journey more fun and enjoyable.

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Climb a pagoda and watch sunset/sunrise

Ballooning and cycling in Bagan are two top travel activities, but the most memorable experience you can witness is without doubt watching a sunset or sunrise while you are on top of a pagoda. One hour before sunset, when the temperatures have slightly dropped, travelers are racing to one of the nearest pagoda’s they can reach, climb the steep stairs and sit on the edge waiting for a nature spectacle of a lifetime. Don’t be mistaken, you will not be the only one there. Even better than sunset is going to the pagoda before sunrise. Not only is the view even better, the crowds (a little) smaller, but you have the chance to see the balloons flying over the temples of Bagan, making it one of the best photo opportunities.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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7 best places to canoe or kayak in the USA

If you love the outdoors and don’t mind some adrenaline pumping activities, hitting the open waters with your kayak might be one of the best things to do. From open water lakes to white water river rapids, here are the best places in the USA to have your next paddling adventure!

  1. Colorado River

This legendary river, flowing across three different states is one hell of an adventure. Incredible rapids, awesome scenery and offcourse, paddling in the Grand Canyon. There is nothing better than experiencing the grandeur of this nature wonder from down below.

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Colorado River
  1. Salmon river, Idaho

Accepting the challenge of conquering various rapids in the middle of nowhere. This is the experience you will get when paddling the Salmon river in Idaho state. Starting on a rushing alpine river and ending in a majestic desert canyon, the landscape is as diverse as it can get.

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Salmon river
  1. Chattooga River, South Carolina/Georgia

This wilderness river is legen… wait for it… DARY amongst paddlers. Riding class V rapids to soothing paddling trips in the summer, this river has it all. There are plenty of canoeing rental companies to be found in the area. Check them out here.

  1. Arkansas river, Colorado

If you’re looking for an epic paddling adventure in the middle of the Rockies, there is no better option than the Arkansas river. It is considered the ultimate rafting destination, flowing on class II to V rapids while enjoying the scenery of fourteeners.

  1. Tuolumne River, California

There is no lack of paddling options in California and still this river stands out. The Tuolumne river is one of the most scenic in the country. Flowing across Yosemite NP plunging into the Cherry Creek section, this is one incredible paddling journey.

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Tuolumne River
  1. Everglades National Park, Florida

Most of the Everglades is swampland, but it offers some perfect canoeing possibilities. Dolphins, racoons and alligators are some of most impressive wildlife to keep an eye on. With the many islands you can paddle around, the Everglades offer a great outdoor adventure.

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Everglades NP
  1. Boundary waters canoe area, Minnesota

The Boundary waters canoe area in Minnesota, situated on the border of northeastern Minnesota and the southwest border of northwestern Ontario is considered as the mecca of canoeing. With alot of lakes, rivers and woodlands, it’s a perfect setting for a multi-day journey.

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Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Are you looking to rent a canoe for your next paddling adventure in the USA? Check out  www.WhereToCanoe.com to review & search where to rent a canoe by facility name/zip code/city name

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Vijf avonturen die je deze winter moet geprobeerd hebben

Ben je iemand die verlangt naar de warme temperaturen van de zomer of kan je best genieten van een winters sneeuwtapijt terwijl je de kou trotseert op een of ander avontuur? Met deze vijf winterse avonturen overtuigen we zelfs de grootste zonneklopper om de koude temperaturen te trotseren.

  1. Husky tour

Geen avonturier die dit niet op zijn bucket list heeft staan. Met een roedel huskies grote dogs-891952_960_720afstanden afleggen in het hoge Noorden is een van de meest tot de verbeelding sprekende activiteiten in de wintermaanden. Je verplaatsen met de slee is voor de lokale bevolking een must om ergens te geraken, terwijl de toerist graag van de ervaring geniet. Onlangs probeerde ik nog dit te winnen met de Fjallraven Polar maar je kan ook gewoon ter plaatse een huskyrit boeken.

2. Het Noorderlicht aanschouwen

aurora-1185464_960_720Het aurora borealis ofwel het noorderlicht is een van de vele natuurwonderen waarvan je kan getuige zijn als je in de wintermaanden in het hoge Noorden vertoeft. Of je dit nu ziet tijdens een huskytocht, een sneeuwmobielrit of gewoon vanuit je hotelkamer, de ervaring is een van de mooiste die je kan meemaken.

3. IJsklimmen

Klimmen is een van de mooiste sporten die er bestaat en hoewel de zomermaanden ideaal zijn voor een alpiene beklimming, kun je ook in de wintermaanden varianten hiervan uitproberen. IJsklimmen is hiervan een uitstekend voorbeeld. Gebruik je armen en benen om bevroren watervallen of bergwanden te beklimmen. Wie liever een eerste kennismaking maakt met het alpinisme kan naar de Highlands reizen en een winterbeklimming van een van de Munro’s voor zijn rekening nemen.

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4. Wolf tracking

Beren, elanden, lynxen of wolven. Wie nog naar Zweden of Finland is gereisd zal stiekem gehoopt hebben een van deze dieren te kunnen spotten. Helaas zijn ze zo schuw dat een glimp opvangen van een van deze wilde dieren enkel is weggelegd voor de lucky few. Wil je toch een wolf in je nabijheid voelen, dan kan ik je een wintersafari wolf tracking aanraden. Het witte sneeuwdek verraadt soms het pad van de wolf aan de hand van zijn sporen.

5. Op de latten

Erg populair onder de wintersportliefhebbers is uiteraard skiën. De Alpen zijn een perfecte vakantiebestemming voor wie graag op de latten staat. Je kan uiteraard ook snowboarden, rodelen of gewoon langlaufen. Achteraf geniet je van een lekkere kaasfondue in een Zwitserse berghut.

Welk winters avontuur zou jij nog graag uitproberen? 

 

Myanmar: experience the Golden triangle

Myanmar is often referred to as the eversmiling country. With locals who are considered as one of the friendliest in the world, the country has been in the shade of neighbour Thailand for a long time but the raising number of visitors has shown that Myanmar is hot on the Southeast Asia travel trail right now. Most of them stay on the Golden triangle, a travel itinerary highly popular amongst travelers. Here are a few experiences not to be missed during your visit.

Making a three day hike from Kalaw to Inle Lake

When you visit Kalaw in the mountainous area of Myanmar, you’ll find plenty of trekking organizations who are willing (for a 40$ fee offcourse) to take you along the agricultural life of Burmese people. An impressive view on the rice fields, a one or two night stay in a tribe village is often regarded as the highlight of a Myanmar trip.

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Three day hike from Kalaw to Inle lake

Traveling with a rattling old train

There are plenty of options to travel across Myanmar. Private or shared taxis and (VIP) buses are the most popular ones since you’ll travel fast and quite cheap to your next destination. However, if you want to have a truly unique (and yes, horrifying) experience you should take the train at least once during your stay. Costing no more than a few 1000 kyats (1-5$), it’s by far the cheapest and slowest way of traveling in the country. Don’t lett the term ‘upperclass ticket’ fool you. You’ll have one bumpy ride.

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Traveling with the train in Myanmar is adventurous…and time-consuming

Exploring the incredible complex of Bagan with an e-bike

With over 2000 pagodas and temples, Bagan is an immense complex to explore. By foot impossible, by road a bit boring… There are two great ways to soak in the expanse of the temple complex. An expensive balloon flight or … exploring by e-bike. This latter is by far the cheapest option. You can rent bicycles at 1$/day and e-bikes (recommended) at 6$/day.

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Exploring Bagan with an e-bike

Climbing to the top of one the pagodas to see the sunset or sunrise above Bagan

For travelers that a balloon flight is too expensive there is great alternative. Some of the biggest temples of Bagan are accessible to climb. Wake up at 5am and hurry up to see the sunrise from the top of one of the pagodas. The sight of a dozen balloons is a free extra.

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Climb atop of one of the pagodas and this will be your view

Treat yourself with a cruise on the Irrawaddy river

We got bored quite quickly of taking the buses to reach our destination. Therefore we opted to take a boat cruise from Mandalay to Bagan on the Irrawaddy river. A slow but scenic journey.

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Travel from Bagan to Inle Lake with a shared bus and discover the real Myanmar

Buses and taxis are the main type of transportation in Myanmar. They are the best way to travel cheap and fast. However we didn’t like spending hours in a VIP touring bus so decided to share a bus with locals when traveling to Kalaw. No doubt we will have ‘lost’ a few hours but traveling the same way as locals is an experience in itself.

Spend a night in one of the tribe villages

As big fans of Airbnb we were a bit disappointed that in Myanmar it wasn’t possible to book a room with locals. The exception was during our three day trek to Inle lake where we spent the night in the house of local people. Sleeping on a wooden floor knowing that there are water buffalos underneath is a real adventure.

Fish like the Intha fishermen on Inle Lake

No worries if you never heard about this one. The fishermen on Inle Lake are a tourist attraction and being subject of the picture taken by tourists is often as far as you can go. However, we were lucky enough to stumble upon a local tour organizer who had just created a new ‘fishing trip’. We were the first ever to try this tour (it was obvious since nor the fishermen, nor our boat owner knew what to do) and after some gestures we were able to convince them to learn us how to fish the tradional way.

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A real fisherman
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Best locations for a ghost hunt in the UK

England is well known for being home to numerous haunted locations. These places in this list are some of the most haunted places in England, with each place being the location of much unexplained paranormal phenomena. Take a spooky ride with us as we explore England’s most haunted places.

  1. Borley Rectory, Essex

This Victorian mansion was the most haunted house in Britain before it was destroyed by fire in 1939. Eventhough it got this reputation after paranormal investigator Harry Price investigated the house, it was alleged to be haunted ever since it was built. The first paranormal events reportedly occurred in about 1863, after some locals heard unexplained footsteps within the house. The years after there were sightings reported of the ghost of a nun, two headless horsemen, a phantom carriage, the phantom ringing of the servant’s bells and bottle-throwing spirits.

2. Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire

Since Borley Rectory was destroyed by fire, the Ancient Ram Inn in Wotton-under-Edge has claimed the reputation of most haunted house in Britain. It has been the location of many sinister happenings, including child sacrifice, suicide, black magic rituals. Only a few years ago they discovered remains of children and a pagan burial ground. The owner believed that he shared his home with all sorts of spooks – two demons, a witch, orbs and other ghostly presences. The Ancient Ram Inn was often visited by people describing the property as the ‘scariest place’ they’ve ever been to. We tried staying in the Inn in 2015 but unfortunately the 11th century building has been dilapidated and is closed for public. However our short visit in the little town showed us that this house is indeed very spooky. You can still go on a ghost hunt in the Ancient Ram Inn.

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Ancient Ram Inn

3. Village of Pluckley, Kent

It doesn’t always have to be houses or castles that are haunted. No, sometimes there are whole villages that are inhabited by ghosts. The village of Pluckley in Kent was named as the most haunted village in Britain by the Guiness Book of Records. Between 12 and 16 ghosts have been reported in the village, including a screaming man, a highwayman who appears at Fright Corner, a schoolmaster found hanged by a group of children and an old woman who used to sit on a bridge smoking.

4. Chillingham Castle, Northumberland

Chillingham Castle has its  fair share of ghostly tales and encounters. The most famous one being Blue Boy, a ghost of a young boy often seen at midnight in the fourposter bedroom in the Grey Room. In 1920s, during renovation, the bones of a young boy and fragments of blue clothing were actually discovered buried in those great thick walls. We have spent a night in the Grey room during our trip in the UK and had some sinister experiences. Phones ringing without reception, lots of noises in the castle at night, … But no Blue boy unfortunately.

Chillingham Castle

5. Newsham Park Hospital, Liverpool

Even if there weren’t any ghosts, asylums are a scary place to visit. In Liverpool city centre you’ll find the Newsham Park Hospital, an abandoned asylum formerly used as an orphanage. This location has some dark stories since many of the children were being punished by locking them up in small cupboards in a corridor near the attic.

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Referred to as the ‘naughty boys corridor’ it’s one of the most haunted places in the building. However the many suicides in the attic and deceased psychiatric patients will have their share in the paranormal activity as well, I guess. We kept vigil in this asylum and witnessed some scary shit in there. Names of participants being called by ghosts, moving items and succesfull tabletipping sessions.

Haunted Rooms

Interested in exploring one of these locations? Take a look at the website of HauntedRooms to find ghosthunts that will haunt your dreams for a while. Tips on how to prepare for a ghost hunt you’ll find in our blogpost ‘How to prepare for a ghost hunt?‘.