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

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...

From Berat to Shkodër, passing Durrës and Tirana, Albania

Mesi Bridge, near ShkoderThe road toward Tirana via Durrës Short Description. I came back to the Adriatic Sea via Durrës, where I visited the ancient fortifications and the Roman amphitheater, then the insalubrious seafront. In the evening, I arrived at Alaattin's house in Tirana. Long Description I drove from the campground near Berat to the Adriatic Sea, to Durrës. Located on the outskirts of the city, the beach area was bordered by new, modern buildings painted in bright colors, with balconies overlooking the sea and numerous Read More...

Travel Photos

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...

Greek Islands Travel Photos

Thassos Island - Marble Beach: SaliriaThe photos from the Greek Islands Gallery were taken during a three week trip to the islands of the Northern Aegean Sea, in the summer of 2016. Here, you will find photos from the Thassos Island, Lemnos Island, and Samothraki Island (2016). In the future, I am planning to explore more of this region, though. A general overview of this trip can bee found at Greek Islands Travel Planning. I work with a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H300, 20.1MP. Subscribe to my travel diaries here. Thassos Island Lemnos Island Samothraki Island Read More...

Travel Magazines

Published Articles in English

List Articles/Posts/Guides in English 6 lesser-known places to go in the Balkans (Modern Trekker) 6 lesser-known places to go in the Middle East (Modern Trekker) Mohammed Janati's shop in the medina of Azzemour, Morocco (Travel Antics, p. 14) Sibiu, through the eyes of a local (Maps'N Bags) 9 pro tips for visiting Petra without looking like a total tourist (Matador Network) Hotel Oderberger, Berlin, Germany (Arrivedo) Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Arrivedo) Vila Ambient Neighborhood Guide, Cristian, Romania (Arrivedo) My first solo travel in the Ciucaș Mountains Read More...

Cultural Journals

Published Articles in Romanian

Published Articles in Romanian 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, Grecia (Rulotism)  In jurul lacului Ohrid, Macedonia (II) (LiterNet) In jurul lacului Ohrid, Macedonia (I) (LiterNet) Manastiri si bazare prin estul Macedoniei (II) (LiterNet) Manastiri si bazare prin estul Macedoniei (I) (LiterNet) Capitala Balcanica Skopje si zona Mavrovo, Macedonia (II) (LiterNet) Capitala Balcanica Skopje si zona Mavrovo, Macedonia (I) (LiterNet) Insule Grecești - Samothraki (LiterNet) Insule Grecești - 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 Rocio from This is Rocio

Rocio from This isi Rocio. Rice paddies of Longsheng, ChinaRocio is a Mexican-American freelance editor (The Daegu Compass) and writer (Sounds&Colours, Groove Magazine, and [b]racket magazine), currently living in South Korea by way of Chicago. She was raised in Mexico and moved to the US at age 11. Growing up in Mexico she always dreamed of traveling and living a full life. She’s a driven, ambitious, goal-oriented, curious and free-spirited person. She has realized that a rich existence entails exposing herself to different countries, cultures, and people from diverse Read More...

Interview with Lena from the Social Travel Experiment

Lena from the Social Travel ExperimentLena is an IT consultant who has been living in Tokyo for almost 3 years now, although she was born and raised in Bavaria, Germany. She speaks Japanese very well after seven years of learning the language in university and, of course, while living in Japan. She enjoys reading fantasy books, self-help stuff, or educational books. Occasionally, she does yoga, likes baking cookies, and explores local neighborhoods of Tokyo and its surrounding cities. Lena calls herself ‘shy’, but she loves Read More...

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