Author: Martina Donkers

  • Exploring Majestic Mongolia

    Exploring Majestic Mongolia

      So I’ll be frank – never did I once imagine that I’d ever go to Mongolia. And never did I imagine it would be a beautiful, majestic country and one of the most memorable places I’ve been. Before I travelled there, my view of Mongolia was basically coloured by one, single experience. I knew […]

  • Racing round Vanua Levu – discovering the hidden beauty of Fiji’s North

    Racing round Vanua Levu – discovering the hidden beauty of Fiji’s North

    Northern Fiji is much less touristy than the Western and Central Divisions. It’s harder to get to, less developed, more remote. It’s also home to lush tropical forests, untold numbers of waterfalls, stunning soft corals, cloud-shrouded mountains, and beautiful, relaxed beaches. According to the locals, the Northern Division is Fiji’s crowning glory. “You haven’t seen […]

  • Swimming Sawa-i-Lau (the Yasawas’ worst kept secret…)

    Swimming Sawa-i-Lau (the Yasawas’ worst kept secret…)

    What’s a beautiful limestone cave like you doing in a volcanic archipelago like this? Sawa-i-Lau is a bit of a geological puzzle. While the rest of the Yasawa archipelago is volcanic, Sawa-i-Lau island is made of limestone. Beautiful sheer white cliffs reach up to the sky over the water, the “beach” as such is stone […]

  • Russia’s hidden gems

    Russia’s hidden gems

    The quirky mineral museum in Yekaterinburg, Russia, makes a great way to spend some time if you find yourself in the Ural Mountains.

  • 9 reasons why Myanmar should be at the top of your list of places to go next

    9 reasons why Myanmar should be at the top of your list of places to go next

    I’ve heard it said that backpacking through Myanmar is your chance to experience what South East Asia was like 20 years ago, before it was flooded with package tourists and screaming touts, and the internet changed the ways we travel. Well, I can’t tell you if this is true or not – 20 years ago […]

  • Island hopping in the Yasawas

    Island hopping in the Yasawas

      The Yasawa Islands in Fiji has to be one of the most stunning places in the world. The archipelago of volcanic islands arcs away from Fiji’s mainland in a graceful curve to the north-west. The Islands lie in bluer-than-blue waters, ringed by yellow and white sandy beaches shaded by bright green palms. Under the […]

  • On top of the world! Climbing Mt Kinabalu

    On top of the world! Climbing Mt Kinabalu

      Have you ever seen a picture or heard a story and thought, “I have to do that!”, without really knowing what you’re getting yourself into? My Lonely Plant guide to South East Asia lists climbing Mt Kinabalu as one of the top experiences in the region. The phrase is something like, “forget about the […]

  • Finding Ganesh in Fiji

    Finding Ganesh in Fiji

    One thing you might not have expected to find in Fiji is some of the finest Hindu architecture outside of India. Yet in downtown Nadi, that’s exactly what you’ll find. The Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple sits on a T intersection at the end of Nadi’s main street shopping district, a quiet, colourful respite from the […]

  • Three awesome animal experiences

    Three awesome animal experiences

    Swimming with manta rays anyone? Or how about spending time with Mongolian wild horses?

  • Myanmar’s fairytale castle – exploring the monastery on Mt Popa

    Myanmar’s fairytale castle – exploring the monastery on Mt Popa

    Yes, I did take that photo. Yes, it really does look like that. Golden spires sweeping elegantly towards the sky from a sheer rocky outcrop on the side of a volcano, accessed by a 777 step covered walkway. This is Taung Kalat Monastery, situated under the imposing shadow of Mt Popa just a 50km drive […]