Edition #5 2019
Video: Destination NSW
“Little did I know that I had just arranged former Miss Australia.“
The world is a wondrous place full of awesome creatures. This is one of the main reasons I love to travel because this planet is full of potential friends, you only need to find them. With a lot of amigo’s scattered over this globe funny coincidences happen sometimes. Our director Alessio Cuomo called me a couple of days before his Australia-adventure. For creating a poetry film about Dorothea Mackellar’s poem ‘My Country’ he really wanted a model to play a modern Dorothea: it would make the film really awesome he promised. Would I know someone to play that part? Immediately I thought of Caroline Pemberton. A great and awesome lady which I had met a couple of times already around the globe. A smart and fun dame, perfect fit. But I did not know her really well. I asked her anyway. It turned out that ‘My Country’ was her favorite poem. She said ‘yes!’ straight away. Little did I know that I had just arranged former Miss Australia. See her shine as a modern-day Dorothea in the video we’ve created: an Ode to the Journey.
We also got to have a little chat with explorer and legend of sustainable travel Mandip Singh Soin. Check out his wisdom.
While I am typing, a thousand bees are buzzing around my head. If you ever tried to type covered in a bee suit, you know the challenges I am dealing with. If not: it’s hard. But deadline is deadline even if you are already working on stories for the next issue about new friends: the Italian Lo Franco family, which runs Fattoria La Vialla. Something to look forward to.
Contributor to this issue: Marco Barneveld, Frits Meyst, Alessio Cuomo, Daan Vermeer, Veerle Witte, Jonathan Vandevoorde, Marleen van Dijk (translations) & Teddy Kohar. Many thanks to: Baltus Communications, Formentera, TravelProof, Festival.Travel, Turkish Airlines & Zwitsers Verkeersbureau. Special thanks to our partners in Australia: Caroline Pemberton, Andy Lloyd, James Mills, Destination NSW, Dorothea Mackellar Estate, Dorothea Memorial Society, Spicers Retreat Hunter Valley, Cox’s River Rest, Hunter Valley Gardens, Anna Cafe Sydney North & Caledonia Hotel Cessnock
New South Wales - Australia
Ode to the journey
The water and land covered planet we call home is a unique rock in an endless universe. This Bella Gaia, with all her biodiversity, is so diverse, one lifetime doesn’t suffice to explore her entirely, and to completely figure out her grandeur. But every footstep is...
Kissed by the sun
Around Sydney – Australia
You don’t travel all the way around the globe just to see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. No, melting pot Sydney, her beaches and the rough hinterland make you beg for more with their delightful atmosphere and the truckloads of sunshine. It’s the vibe,...
Step by step along the Alps
Switzerland – Via Alpina
The Swiss connected their most impressive Alpine Passes into one hiking trail: The Via Alpina. This pathway crawls its way straight across the country and takes you past an astounding variety of panoramas, lakes, bare heights and mountain ridges. When you brave the...
Caribbean paradise in the Mediterranean
Formentera – Spain
Bright white beaches and turquoise seas full of life. Travel journalist Veerle Witte discovers the influence of the seagrass on the 83 square kilometre small hippie paradise Formentera in the Spanish Baleares When I board the ferry in Port d’Evissa early in the...
Discover the warm heart of Africa
You hardly find any tourist in the poorest country of Africa, which is wedged between Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia, but that only means you got the country all to yourself… only sharing it with 18 million inhabitants, all smiles. Malawi is yearning to be...
The earth weeps
Big Sky Country – South Dakota
In the western states of South-Dakota, Wyoming and Montana, prairie grasslands between the popular natural reserves like Badlands, Yellowstone, Devil’s Tower and Mt Rushmore formed the stage for one of the bloodiest episodes in the history of the American West…...
For the love of the planet
Travel hero Mandip Singh Soin
As more and more voices are shouting that travel is bad for the environment. We believe that travel done right can be a tool in conserving this beautiful rock we live on. We’d like to shed a light on travelers who have been giving everything to preserve the planet....
Trippin' with tunes
All over Europe
It is an obvious choice to go camping in France or lay on the beach in Spain. But when you love travelling and music, combining the two might be the pinnacle of travel joy for you. This way, you don’t only visit beautiful countries, but also amazing festivals. And...
Tuscany & Japan
In the next edition
In the next edition... We'll take you to the Italian region of Tuscany. To Fattoria La Vialla to be exact, an estate which has been working the Tuscan soil with a biodynamic approach since the 1970’s. Resulting in delicious olive oils and beautiful wines which...