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Northern Cyprus: Hitching & Hiking In Karpaz National Park – With Map

Northern Cyprus: Hitching & Hiking In Karpaz National Park – With Map

Karpaz National Park is a green needle sticking out from the northern part of the island of Cyprus. While Google Maps doesn’t show much when it comes to hiking trails in Karpaz (shame on you, google!), you can definitely hike there with success. I had no idea about how are the hiking paths in Karpaz (also called Carpasia or Karpass), but based on my experience with hiking the Lycian trail, I figured there must be some in the NP – and…

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Being A River: Women Who Hike Naked & Why They Do It

Being A River: Women Who Hike Naked & Why They Do It

Warning: this post talks about nudity, yes! If you are offended by female bodies, worried your parents might disapprove of you reading this, misogynist or simply a wanker, feel free to leave my site right now. I don´t think this post is offensive or unfit for young readers (there are no exposed butts in it anyway), but I am quite open-minded, so you (or your government) might feel differently. Ready Freddy? Let´s dive right in. Nudity is a double edged…

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How To Hike From Trapani to Erice + On To Tonnara di Bonagia

How To Hike From Trapani to Erice + On To Tonnara di Bonagia

Erice is one of those little towns that are a reason to love Sicily. If you catch a cheap flight to Trapani and are wondering where to get some spectacular views, head over to Erice. While Trapani is not huge, it has a feel of a city, still. Erice, on the other hand, is a small village you can tour in a few hours, time for a capuccino included. While literally all the Erice guides recommend taking the cablecar to…

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Walking into Wild: Seven Days on the Lycian Way (Turkey Guide)

Walking into Wild: Seven Days on the Lycian Way (Turkey Guide)

The Lycian way is an amazing path for people who love long hikes and unspoiled nature – you can spend even months walking it! While I have only walked for a week, I enjoyed it to the fullest. If you are planning to hike the Lykian yolu, this post is for you! Here is my itinerary from Ölüdeniz (Fethiye) to Letoon / Karaköy, which is around 70 km. The reason it took us whole week to walk this distance is…

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How to Prepare for the Lycian Way in Turkey: A Mountain Lover´s Guide

How to Prepare for the Lycian Way in Turkey: A Mountain Lover´s Guide

The Lykian yolu is known as the ancient path in Turkey that has been used by merchants for many centuries, providing contact between far away countries and exchange of goods, spices, but also information. Nowadays, you can walk the Lycian way as a tourist, following the red and white sign which will lead you from Fethiye to Antalya. Karin Stray story seeker. Hungry hitchhiker. Wannabe polyglot. Aspiring travel writer. Currently bumming around in Turkey. Follow me on my wonderful <3…

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Black Pearl of the Mediterranean: Freecamping And Hitchhiking In Pantelleria

Black Pearl of the Mediterranean: Freecamping And Hitchhiking In Pantelleria

Since centuries ago, ships and boats float around the Mediterranean sea, discovering countless pieces of land scattered in the blue waters like colorful jewels. Among them, a few of the islands are of volcanic origin – Pantelleria being one of them. If your soul is yearning for adventure, your heart longs for ancient history, but your body pleads to be pampered, Pantelleria is THE place to go. The black rocks of the island break the waves just 141 km from…

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Bitching about itching: Can you travel with atopic eczema?

Bitching about itching: Can you travel with atopic eczema?

I am sweating as I slowly walk uphill. Fit runners pass me by, but the only thing that is up for a race today is my heartbeat. You used to walk a lot, I remind myself. You can do it, common! You´ve done it before. When I was twenty, I walked more than 850km in a single take. It took me a month and some days and afterwards, I was fitter than ever. I was even skinny for a short period…

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