Are you authentic? You are in the right place then.

Authentic Travels is a concept including heritage exploration and travel writing. How? Authentic Travels is going to take your mind far away from home, exploring heritage places, different cultures and lifestyles, and authentic experiences, like the Al Ain Camel Market in the Arab Emirates, the Fez Moroccan medina or Picturesque villages in Cyprus. Authentic Travels is a collection of journalistic articles, interviews, and architectural reviews, like The Silk Road with the bicycle, A Moroccan Dar in Fez Old Medina or A Berber house in the heart of Bhalil. Authentic Travels invites you to explore at a slow pace different cultures, authentic experiences, and remote places, in destinations like Moroccan Desert Camel Trekking, Authentic Villages from the Nepalese Tamang Heritage Trail or Fortified Saxon churches from the Transylvanian tableland.

The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran

“We live to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.”

 

Travel Diaries

Balkan Countries Travel Photos

Horses on the road from Leskovik to ÇarshovëThe photos from the Balkan Countries 2017 Gallery were taken during a two month and a half road trip through Macedonia, Albania, and Kosovo, in the summer of 2017. Here, you will find photos from Macedonia, Albania, and Kosovo (2017). In the future, I am planning to explore more of this region, though - the countries of former Yugoslavia (summer 2018). A general overview of this trip can bee found at Balkan Countries Travel Planning - Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo. I work with a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H300, Read More...

Hiking the Albanian Alps - Valbona Theth, Albania

Trek Valbona Theth: on the way to Valbona Pass (Qafa e Valbonës)The first day of the trek Valbona Theth Short description. I took a local shuttle (furgon) from Shkodër to the onboarding place on the Komani ferryboat. For four hours, we traveled by ferry on the Komani Lake until Fierza. Then, we took a car to Valbona, where we stayed overnight before the Valbona Theth hike. Long description At six o’clock in the morning, I was in front of Camping Ledgenda and waited for the shuttle for the Komani Lake Ferryboat. Felix and Christiana, Read More...

Travel Photos

Balkan Countries Travel Photos

Horses on the road from Leskovik to ÇarshovëThe photos from the Balkan Countries 2017 Gallery were taken during a two month and a half road trip through Macedonia, Albania, and Kosovo, in the summer of 2017. Here, you will find photos from Macedonia, Albania, and Kosovo (2017). In the future, I am planning to explore more of this region, though - the countries of former Yugoslavia (summer 2018). A general overview of this trip can bee found at Balkan Countries Travel Planning - Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo. I work with a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H300, Read More...

Nepal Travel Photos

Tamang Heritage Trail - Day 6: Briddhim village - a local old woman I met on the roadThe photos from the Nepal Gallery were taken during a two month trip to Nepal, in the autumn of 2016. Here, you will find photos from Kathmandu, Kopan Buddhist Monastery, the Tamang Heritage Trail (Langtang National Park), Patan, Pharping, Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel, Panauti, Sauraha (Chitwan National Park), Lumbini, Tansen, Pokhara, Ghorepani Trek, Bandipur, Gorkha. A general overview of this trip can bee found at Nepal Travel Planning. I work with a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H300, 20.1MP. Subscribe to my travel diaries here. Read More...

Travel Magazines

Published Articles in English

List Articles/Posts/Guides in English 5 Incredible Treks in Slovenia's Julian Alps (Much Better Adventures) Best Things To Do in Sibiu (Greta's Travels) 5 Great Routes to Summit Mount Triglav (Much Better Adventures) Through the eyes of a local - Sibiu, Romania (Wanderer of the World) Glacial Lakes in Dracula's Transylvania - A Guide to Trekking in Romania (Much Better Adventures) Mountain Roads and Medieval Castles - A Guide to Cycling in Romania (Much Better Adventures) 6 lesser-known places to go in the Balkans (Modern Trekker) 6 lesser-known places Read More...

Cultural Journals

Published Articles in Romanian

Published Articles in Romanian Traversarea Alpilor Albanezi de la Valbone la Theth (LiterNet) De la Berat la Shkoder prin Durres si Tirana (LiterNet) De la Vlore la orasul otoman Berat (LiterNet) Coasta albaneza Ksamil - Vlore (II): de la Marea Ionica la Marea Adriatica (LiterNet) Coasta albaneza Ksamil - Vlore (I): de la Marea Ionica la Marea Adriatica (LiterNet) De la orasul vechi Gjirokastra la peninsula Ksamil, Albania (LiterNet) Traversarea muntilor Albaniei de la Lacul Ohrid la Gjirokastra, Albania (LiterNet) La campat in mijlocul naturii in insula Lemnos, Read More...

Guesthouse Reviews

Dana Tower Hotel, Dana Village, Jordan

Dana Tower Hotel - with Nabil Nawafleh on the terrace of the hotelDana Tower Hotel - Dana Reserve and Village Dana Tower Hotel. Situated on the very edge of the Great Rift Valley, Dana is considered Jordan's largest nature reserve. Dana is on the major migratory routes between Asia, Europe, and Africa. Thus, it is the quintessence of flora and fauna species from all the three major continents. Intricate cliffs and canyons of sand, limestone, and granite strangely cut by the winds create a nearly moonlike landscape. Acacia trees twisted by drought appear Read More...

Etno House Shancheva - Kratovo, Macedonia

Etno House Shancheva - with Stevce Donevski in front of his guesthouse from KratovoEtno House Shancheva - Kratovo town Etno House Shancheva. Kratovo was a major mining center in the Macedonian part of the Ottoman Empire. For this reason, Saxon settlers came here during the Middle Ages. Moreover, Kratovo is also known as the town of towers and bridges. The town developed in the crater of a former extinct volcano. Nowadays, it's still interspersed with defense towers and old bridges between steep valleys and different neighborhoods (Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, and Jewish). Only six of the Read More...

Travel Style Interviews

Interview with Faith Walls from trekbible

Faith Walls from trekbible. San Francisco Bridge in CaliforniaFaith Walls is a writer at trekbible and social media manager residing in Virginia Beach, Virginia (U.S). Having a passion for people, she is currently attending university to complete her degree in Clinical Psychology and Counselling. A nomad by nature, she is the happiest when trekking around the globe with a backpack on her back and a new book in her hand. She loves everything about the great outdoors, and regularly enjoys mountain climbing and camping. As a bookworm and avid Read More...

Interview with Mathilde from France

Gusterita-Sibiu, Romania - Iuliana (me) with Mathilde & Benoit from FranceOMathilde lives in St. Etienne (center-south-east of France), known to be one of the ugliest cities in the country because it is an old industrial town (but nice to live in). Mathilde has never been able to have a stable job. She was officially a certified teacher of French as a foreign language. Lately, she wants to switch to agriculture. She is passionate about learning new languages, drawing, writing, reading, and anything connected to nature. Mathilde speaks French (obviously), English, Read More...

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