The 10 realities of island life

I’m currently spending my days in remote Santa Catalina, Panama, known for it’s exquisite diving and proximity to Coiba National Park. I’m helping out in a dive shop in return for lodging and the occasional dive. Technically I’m not living on an island. But I’m living by the coast, with beach, palm trees and ocean…

How to cross the Costa Rica – Panama border at Sixaola

Crossing the land border between Costa Rica and Panama at Sixaola is neither hard nor complicated as such – as long as you know where you have to go. There are tons of tales of travellers to be found online who either forgot to collect entry stamps and got into trouble with the police after,…

Day 16 – Borderline

From Costa Rica into Panama – Sixaola: A story of four booths. I have to go where now?

Costa Rica – Tour summary

The first country of my trip around the world has been wrapped up. Costa Rica is as green as people are friendly and overall it was a good start. Day 1 – Arrival – San José Usually I wouldn’t count the arrival day as day 1 but the plane landed so early and I was…

Lofoten in January

A sunrise that’s actually a sunset. What is this light? The quietest town.

How to stay digitally safe on the road

These days I cannot imagine traveling without a smartphone or tablet. Everything happens on these small devices: researching the next location, booking flights and hotels, looking up train times, posting pictures to keep my friends’ envy levels high and calling my parents to let them know how I’m doing. That’s not even mentioning the convenience…


We disregard a U.N. warning. Blistering heat. Where am I?