Paulina on the road...

A Travel Blog in English & Español

Welcome to my little Travel Scrapbook about slow and eco-friendly traveling! All of my (mostly outdoor) adventures are packed in short travel stories in English & Spanish. 

 

I'm the happiest when on a hiking trail, cycling path or a sailing boat... Positive side effects of this kind of travelling are mindfulness and time to interact with foreign cultures. That's why many of my posts focus on the intercultural aspect of traveling. Most of those articles can be found in "Travel Reflections".

 

Oh, did I introduce myself? I am Pauline from Luxembourg - Paulina for the Spanish - and a passionate travellette currently re-settling down in my native country... after an expedition of a lifetime: Boat HitchHiking over the Atlantic Ocean!

 

Here your can read more about my quest for the unknown and why I actually write in Spanish and English! My Travel Scrapbook brings you the hidden gems straight from the travel road!

 

I invite you to lean back and Discover, Learn & Embrace the Unknown!

 Let's hit the road together! - ¡Vámonos de viaje!


To be on the road is about...

Experiencing the unexpected.

Spotting the hidden gems.

Letting go & getting lost.

 

And it's about finding yourself at the end of the road.



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The Greatest Gift of Travel: The People You Meet

Post written by Lynn P. Nieman

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To me the best thing about travel is meeting people — the locals and other travelers.

 

It doesn't matter if you've just traveled to a town 50 miles away from your home or if you've traveled 5000 miles to a completely different culture. Connecting with the locals is always a wonderful way to get a sense of the destination you are visiting — the history, the traditions and customs, the culture.

 

And meeting other travelers can lead to friendships — whether they be in the moment or lifelong.

 

While my stories — and my memories — include seeing a place or a site, the best stories and my favorite memories are about the people — the kindness, the smiles, the laughter.

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7 Surprising Day Trips from Durbuy, Belgium

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Durbuy (Belgium) may be the smallest town in the world, but despite its limited size, you can easily spend a long weekend in this part of Ardennes region without seeing all its attractions.

 

Indeed the supposedly smallest town in the world doesn't only have plenty of things to do, but boasts several very surprising sights in its near surroundings.

 

After 10 Things To Do in Durbuy During Christmas Time, I want to share with you some of the most surprising day trips from Durbuy. Of course all of them can also be visited whether you’re based in Brussels or Luxembourg.

 

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12 Top Things To Do in Algarve, Portugal - Travel Blogger's Favourites

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Portugal has become one of the hottest travel destinations on this planet. Although it was once one of the poorest and most isolated countries in Europe, the end of dictatorship and the introduction of democracy in 1974, lead to significantly increased prosperity. Nowadays Portugal is one of the best value destinations in Western Europe.

 

This little country definitely has got it all: breathtakingly green mountains in the North, covered with vines, an almost desert landscape in the Alentejo region and finally the spectacular golden beaches in Algarve.  

 

Algarve is Portugal's most popular tourist destination with breathtaking cliffs, sandy islands and delicious food. Its golden beaches with awe-inspiring rock formations and scalloped bays made it a coveted destination among ocean lovers, watersport fans and even foodies.

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7 Reasons to Travel by Sailboat Instead of a Plane

Post written by Amy Alton

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Our home all alone in Beveridge Reef

In 2009 my dad took my future husband, David, out sailing. This bonding trip planted the seed in my husband’s mind that would eventfully become the idea to sell off my business, quit his job, and buy a boat, Starry Horizons, taking off for a 6-year circumnavigation. 

 

Although David and I were both well traveled prior to this trip, having a sailboat has opened us up to an entirely new way to travel that we have fallen in love with.

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Nominated For Best Content at FITUR Travel Blogger 2018

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I am overly excited to announce that Paulina on the Road has been nominated for "Best Content" at the annual travel blog contest organized by FITUR. Whoopwhoop!

 

The contest #TravelVloggers2018 unites some of the most inspirational blogger talents mostly from the Spanish-speaking community and takes places within the framework of FITUR 2018 Madrid, the most important tourism fair in the Spanish-speaking community and one of the most important ones in Europe.

 

The thematic emphasis of this year's contest is "Sustainable Travel". Thus it was an easy choice for me whether I'd submit my little blog focusing mostly on slow and eco-friendly traveling such as hiking, cycling and sailing.

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10 Things To Do at Christmas Time in Durbuy, Belgium

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Oh Durbuy! You’re already one of the most beautiful towns in Wallonia, (Belgium) but during Christmas time your winter atmosphere cannot be described in words! 

 

Durbuy, supposedly the smallest city in the world, is picture perfect all year round and it remembers you the villages lost in time that you only see in movies: narrow streets paved with cobblestones, picturesque corners, a 18th century chateau inhabited by a count,...

 

But during winter, Durbuy gets a very special charm when it becomes the coziest town in the region and a hotspot for foodies due to its Christmas market. You’ll feel the Christmas vibes at every corner of the town.

 

Let me take you on a winter fairy-tale weekend getaway to Durbuy, in the Ardennes region of Belgian Wallonia.

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Boat-Hitchhiking the Atlantic with a Mission

Post written by Suzanne van der Veeken

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A few years ago, I decided to take the dream to sail around the world into action mode and see if I could somehow do an ocean passage. I figured if I can successfully cross an ocean, I can continue chasing the dream to sail around the world.

 

I was curious what it would be like to be on a boat for a longer period. Are the waves as high as in the movies? What would it feel like to be disconnected from everything but nature? And to see land after weeks on the water?

 

There was only one way to find out: to go for it! There were no excuses: my studies were finished, I had no housing commitments, no boyfriend, no best friends' wedding and the cold winter was approaching.

 

The timing for a big first ocean adventure was perfect! 

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Lucky Christmas: El Gordo in Madrid and more...

Post written by Andrés Perea

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Christmas, that season of joyful time with your beloved ones, is approaching...

 

It comes with the cold winter weather and cozy garments as jackets, hats, scarfs and gloves make their way in our daily grind to fight frosty temperatures. Christmas also stands for an overwhelming amount of dinners with friends, colleagues of work, family... How many dinners are you already expecting this season? Have you counted them?

 

Some say that during the Christmas months you're particularly lucky... thus why not have a look at Christmas lottery traditions around the world?

 

Read how you can have a very lucky Christmas!

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Golf Isn't Fun? How My First Lesson Changed My Mind

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After writing mostly “useful and resourceful” posts in the last time, it was about time to write something more reflective again. Sometimes I just feel this urge to write, especially when I notice a change within myself or when traveling changed my perspective on things.

 

That's exactly what happened when I had my first golf lesson, while being convinced that I'd totally hate golf. And ending up enjoying it. A lot.

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Autumn at Lake Garda: Enchanting Sirmione and Verona

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Lake Garda in Northern Italy is well known as a little paradise on earth: quality wines, mild climate, breathtaking mountain panoramas and a lake whose ends can hardly be seen. And of course amazing Italian food!

 

Understandably, all this attracts loads of people. Especially during the summer months.

 

Thus why not visit the enchanting region of Lake Garda, with its most popular gems Sirmione and Verona off-season when autumn foliage is at its brightest and only a few nonnas are walking through the narrow, winding streets?

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Cabo de Gata: Best Beaches near Almeria (+ 1 No-Go)

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One year after visiting Almería capital on my own, I went back to visit one of my fiancé’s numerous cousins. Last year I wished I could have visited the natural park of Cabo de Gata.

 

But as I was on a backpack/solo trip, I couldn’t find any mean of transportation that could bring me there.

 

One jump ahead: Cabo de Gata is off the beaten track. Maybe that’s why it was able to preserve its authentic, rough charm and its virgin beaches.

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