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My name is Victor Eekhof and I'm a young world explorer from Amsterdam. I have traveled to more than 50 countries in 6 continents, always traveling on a budget.

I'm here to help you find alternative and affordable destinations, activities and transport. Are you looking for a short city trip, planning a gap year or want to head up a mountain trail? You will find how-to guides and tips here.

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Travel games: the ultimate list

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If you have ever spent a night in a hostel you have inevitably been invited for a game of asshole. Or president. Or bullshit. What am I talking about? Travel games of course! You can find them in all different names and shapes: some are played with cards, some with dice and some just by exchanging words. I’ve decided to bundle these games into one article.

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The joys of language immersion while traveling

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Many of us love to travel and explore new places right? Well, how many of us actually take it up a notch and learn the local language at the same time? Sure, you may have a phrase book to hand for those “thank yous” and “excuse mes” but what about actively participating and learning more about the new culture you’re in as well as talking with the locals?

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Puerto Plata – Not just a paradise for pensioners

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When it comes to Puerto Plata, there’s no secret; it’s a full-on vacation must-see, complete with glittering resorts, seaside villas, boating excursions, scuba-diving and more. Between the delicate native cuisine to the locales particular take on Spanish, the beachfront cantinas and the high top treks through the densely forested and spectacularly beautiful mountaintops, there’s no reason not to escape from your day job and wake up in this dream world.

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Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal, Russia

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The large Siberian Lake Baikal is know to some for being the oldest and deepest lake in the world. With it’s 32.000 square meter of untouched wilderness it’s an absolute gem for hikers. While arranging my Trans Siberian Train ticket with a Dutch agency, I was told most people take breaks from the epic train journey in two places: Ulaanbataar in Mongolia and Irkutsk in Russia. The main island of Lake Baikal, Olkhon island, is about 300 kilometer (186 miles) from Irkutsk. Since I’ve heard great things about it I decided to spend 5 days in the area to somehow reach it. It turned out to be a great recommendation, as you’ll read in this article. Mongolian Ulaanbataar was too, but for very different reasons.

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Why your trip to Cuba will keep you longing for more

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While rum, cigars, and Castro may be the first things that come to your mind when you are planning your trip to Cuba, after one visit to this beautiful island nation just chilling in the Caribbean Sea you certainly won’t be still looking back to your history book for the only tales you can get your hands on. You’ll be long lost in daydreams of mouthwatering cuisine, out of this world historical architecture, and dance steps that will keep your feet tapping throughout the night.

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