Paulina on the road...

A Travel Blog in English & Español

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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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Hotel Review: Quinta do Lago Country Club in Algarve

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I’m just back from a short trip to sunny Algarve where I stayed at the lovely Quinta do Lago Country Club in the natural reserve of Ria Formosa. Traveling to Algarve during off-season does not only have a bunch of advantages, but staying at the Quinta do Lago will give to the necessary amount of rest and inner peace to confront Northern European winter at your return.

 

Indeed a little escape to the Algarivan sun during the cold February was especially appreciated. Whereas the Northern half of Europe is still covered in grey colors and cold temperatures, Algarve seems to be the place of eternal spring: birds are singing, the flowers are blossoming already in an infinity of colors and you’ll already be able to wear some pieces of your summer wardrobe.

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Best Outdoor Activities in Tenerife - The Ultimate Guide

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For those who travel to Tenerife and expect laying on the beach all day long is the only thing to do: you couldn't be more wrong! Although Tenerife, one of the most visited islands of the Canarian archipelago, is often limited to a destination for its holiday packages, it got a very broad range of fun options for those who are seeking a more active way to spend their holiday on the Canarian island.

 

Of course you can spend 7 days (and more!) a week testing Tenerife's lovely beaches, but you'd miss out a whole paradise for outdoor lovers and adventure seekers. After living on the island for several months, I can't wait to share with you my favourite outdoor activities in Tenerife.

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5 Things To Do In Trujillo, Spain

Post written by Walter Diaz

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Truijllo doesn’t get as much attention as some of Spain’s other top destinations, but it makes for a charming stop as you journey around the country. Located in the West of Spain almost equidistant from Madrid and Lisbon, Portugal, it’s an ancient town that has experienced a great deal of history.

 

Beginning as a prehistoric settlement, Trujillo has experienced Roman rule, Muslim occupation, and the turbulent era of exploration, and is now a beautiful town that’s excellent to relax in.

 

It’s not a massive draw in terms of attractions and the like, but there are still some specific things you should do there.

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18 Top Things To Do in Northern Portugal - Travel Blogger's Favourites

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Portugal has become one of the hottest travel destinations on this planet. Although it's now very known for its golden, sandy beaches in the Algarve and delicate tiles in Lisbon, Portugal has so much more to offer.

 

Especially the green Northern part of Portugal is an absolute surprise for most travellers. Indeed the area of Porto, Douro Valley and its quaint picturesque villages hold such variate gems as breathtaking landscapes, delicious food and warm-hearted people. In some areas, especially in the mountains of Tras-Os-Montes and Viseu, it seems as time's standing still.

 

A trip to Northern Portugal is a trip to re-connect with yourself. It's about indulging yourself and finding inner peace in front of breathtaking landscapes. Discover a vibrant culture, absolute silence in the Douro valley and enjoying the most delicious food and world-class wines. On top, nowadays Portugal is one of the best value destinations in Western Europe.

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7 Cosas Que Hacer en Lieja, Belgica

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Junto con Belgium, Uniquely Phenomenal, visité Lieja, una ciudad fuera de lo común en el Lejano Oriente de Bélgica. De las 3 ciudades que visitamos ese fin de semana (junto a Bruselas y Amberes), Lieja fue de la que menos sabía. Aunque está tan cerca de Luxemburgo, solo pasé unas cuantas veces cuando viajé en uno de mis medios de transporte favoritos: el tren.

 

Recordando así solo su estación de tren épica, no podía esperar para descubrir lo que Lieja está preparando para los viajeros ávidos.

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Water-To-Go: Keeping Safely Hydrated While Hiking in Madrid

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After 2 years, I finally got to see my hiking friends from Madrid! The Spanish capital is not only a town where I used to live and work during almost 3 years, but it’s also the place where I developed my passion for hiking. Indeed, the mountainous surroundings of Madrid are an excellent hiking destination. Every Sunday we used to go for long hikes of 5 or 6 hours.

 

After leaving Madrid for an epic Boat HitchHiking trip and settling down in Luxembourg, I couldn't wait to be back in Madrid for a trek in the mountains of El Escorial.

 

It was also the perfect opportunity to premiere my Water-To-Go bottle whose nano filter technology keeps me safely hydrated, no matter what the adventure. Indeed their avant-garde technology allows you to purify water from rivers, waterfalls and much more.

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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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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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