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Authentic Travels is a concept including heritage exploration and travel writing. How? Authentic Travels means exploring heritage places, different cultures and lifestyles, and authentic experiences, like the Al Ain Camel Market in the Arab Emirates, the Fes old medina or the Picturesque villages in Cyprus. Authentic Travels is a collection of travelogues, interviews, and architectural reviews, like Crossing the Atlas Mountains, A Moroccan Dar in Fes Old Medina or A Berber house in the heart of Bhalil. Authentic Travels explores different cultures, authentic experiences, and remoter places, in destinations like the Moroccan Desert, Nepal's Himalayan Villages or the Wadi Dana Trail in Jordan.

Travel at Your Own Pace

Explore culture, heritage, architecture, lifestyle. Travel writing articles, documentation, research, interviews, reviews. Exploration, experience, satisfaction.

Travel Journals

Thailand Travel Planning

Thailand Travel Planning is the summary of my two-month trip to Thailand during the winter/ spring of 2019 (mid-February to mid-April). The pace of traveling was medium, meaning: I had a tourist visa which allowed me to stay in Thailand for a limited amount of time (60 days) to get my above-mentioned visa, I had to show a round-trip plane ticket to the Thailand Embassy in Bucharest so it didn't worth to cancel it and to extend my stay in Thailand for Read More...

Balkan Countries Travel Photos

Horses on the road from Leskovik to ÇarshovëThe photos in 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-HX300, 20.1MP. Subscribe to my travel Read More...

Travel Photos

Balkan Countries Travel Photos

Horses on the road from Leskovik to ÇarshovëThe photos in 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-HX300, 20.1MP. Subscribe to my travel Read More...

Nepal Travel Photos

Tamang Heritage Trail - Day 6: Briddhim village - a local old woman I met on the roadThe photos in the Nepal Gallery were taken during a two-month trip to Nepal, in the fall 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-HX300, 20.1MP. Subscribe to my travel diaries here. Read More...

Travel Magazines

Published Articles in English

- Travel Articles -  The best Balkan foods you simply must try (Modern Trekker) Top things to do in Casablanca, Morocco (Modern Trekker) 5 Best ski resorts in Austria that are perfect for this winter (Modern Trekker) 10 Essential Things To Do In Vienna For Culture Lovers (Modern Trekker) The people you meet on the Tamang Heritage Trail, Nepal (Inside Himalayas) 6 Authentic Romanian dishes that will send your tastebuds soaring (Modern Trekker) 6 Best Places in the World to see the Northern Lights (Modern Trekker) 8 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 Katharina from Germany

City center of Sibiu, Romania - Iuliana (me) with Katharina from GermanyKatharina is 36 years old and she lives in Germany. She's originally from Ulm (a town in the South of Germany) but she moved pretty much all around the country. During the last 7 years, she has been living in Hannover, in Northern Germany. Katharina is a political scientist and during the last years, she has been specializing in the field of migration and immigration. She also lived in Romania for 2 years, studied with a focus on South Eastern Europe, and Read More...

Interview with Vlad from vladcraciun

Vlad Craciun at the Balea Lake, in the Fagarasi Mountains, RomaniaVlad lives in Sibiu, where he works as a mountain guide and as a freelance content and copywriter. He is passionate about mountains and writing, loves flying, mountain biking, motorcycles, hiking, rock climbing, ski touring, swimming, running, and even sitting on a beach by the ocean doing nothing. Apart from all that, some of his daily activities include reading, learning other languages, photography, playing guitar, and traveling when possible. Vlad is chill, organized, and loves a good challenge. He seems Read More...

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