Ben goes places
Hi, I’m Ben, a travel photographer and blogger from Belgium. If you want to see where life is taking me now, make sure to connect with me on Instagram!
In July I found myself in the beautiful city of Ghent. Now I hear you say: how’s that a trip for you? You literally live in Belgium! Well that’s correct, and I’ve actually been to Ghent many times before. But because I went there with photography in mind and stayed a few days, it truly felt like a refreshing getaway. I stayed at The Librarian, one of the 5 Heirloom Hotels in the heart of Ghent. Let me tell you all about it.
As I’m writing this, travel remains a thing of the past, unless you’re willing to quarantine or take a nasty test of course. However I’m very confident that in the near future, we’ll all be exploring again. Oh how I long to do a trip that’s entirely COVID-proof. And what better trip than go on a hiking trip to Iceland!
Who would have said last year that we wouldn’t be able to travel due to a global pandemic, would have been the laughing stock of the town. However in 2020 this horror scenario turned into reality and with intercontinental travel nearly impossible, we had to change our way of travel. Luckily for us Belgians and Europeans, there’s one truly magnificent country nearby that’s easily reachable and has so much to offer: Italy! Italy offers endless and amazing opportunities for those seeking a vacation dedicated to sports and physical activity – for those who want to be in close contact with nature both summer and winter, surrounded by breathtaking sceneries and unique landscapes. From winter sports in the Dolomites, to having fun on the waters of Lake Como, there’s plenty of options in Italy for everybody.
One of the world’s most far flung destinations nestled in the Indian Ocean is the Seychelles, home to natural wonders and marvelous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean famously known as a home to numerous beaches and hidden coves, coral reefs and nature reserves. The warmest time of year is generally April, with a few drops of rain likely between December and February, although it never stays long.
Five-star luxury hotels are in abundant supply in Switzerland, so it can be hard to know which to choose. To help you relax and enjoy your luxurious getaway in this beautiful Alpine country, I’ve made a list of my personal favorites among the most luxurious hotels that you’ll find in Switzerland.
When one thinks of the Dolomites and the area of South Tyrol, one immediately thinks of an adventure-packed holiday with the focus on hiking and spending time amidst nature. Images of camping come to mind. But what if I told you that it is perfectly possible can stay in the comfort of a modern hotel, and still have lots of time to enjoy the nature around you? Let’s have a look at some of the finest hotels in South Tyrol. Each and every one offer stunning views, while hiking trails and natural attractions are never far off.
When thinking of UAE, the association with luxury immediately comes to mind. We all have images in our head of palm islands in Dubai or downtown Abu Dhabi. After all, the rest of the country is mostly desert, right? Well, in that desert lie some of the world’s most exclusive resorts. The neighboring country Oman is also opening up for tourists and is gaining in popularity over the recent years. So why not consider going there as well? The two countries can easily be combined as well. You can stay a few days in the UAE and head to Oman for the second part of your journey. Along with my top choices in the UAE, I picked two resorts in Oman of which I think they would give you memories you’ll never forget. Read along to find out which desert resort in the UAE and Oman are among the world’s best.
After years of instability, Jordan is wooing tourists back in their droves. The Middle Eastern country hoped to welcome 7 million a year in 2020, until the Covid-19 crisis happened of course. Jordan offers some of the most spectacular scenery of the Middle Eastern region, it’s safe travel there and the people are friendly. The history of the country goes back thousands of years and some of the world’s most amazing UNESCO Heritage Sites are located here. But where do you stay?To make your visit to this marvelous country truly unforgettable, read along to find out which are the most unique hotels in Jordan.
South Africa is usually named in one breath with the word Safari. But when you do a safari, you want to do it the right way! A lot of people are saving up to do a safari and most of us will only experience this once in their lifetime. That’s why I definitely recommend to spend some extra cash on a luxury retreat in a private game reserve so you have the best safari experience you can imagine. During my recent stay in South Africa I had the amazing honor to stay at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge. Let’s have a look at why this lodge might be one of the best in the country!
The Panorama Route is one of the most famous roads in South Africa. With views for days and impressive waterfalls, it’s not rocket science why they call this the Panorama Route. When you’re in the area, you should absolutely visit some viewpoints along this route. It can easily be combined with a safari experience at the nearby Kruger National Park. In case you’re on a tight schedule as I was, it’s good to know that the route can be done in one day, but I recommend you to start early in the morning. All viewpoints are already open at 7 AM and the sun is already high up in the sky by that time.
Morocco and more specifically Marrakech is a popular holiday destination and this also shows on Instagram. And let’s be honest, we all want to show off the beauty on Instagram. I mean I can’t blame you, there’s something very rewarding about making a beautiful picture. Some of the Riads in Marrakech are so beautiful on their own, you don’t have to put much effort in trying to take a great picture there. Read along to find out which are in my opinion the 9 most instagrammable riads in Marrakech!
Every year, millions of tourist visit Crete for holiday. Crete is an amazing island and I would recommend anyone to go there. Believe me, if you’ve been there once, you would want to go back! But there’s an infinite amount of hotels to choose from, which makes it hard to make the right decision. If you’re like me, you want everything to be perfect during your holiday. Maybe you’ve been saving up all year for it so it would be a shame if the hotel of your choice was not quite up to standard. Or perhaps you’re looking for that perfect resort to spend your honeymoon? Look no further, Crete is the place to be. Let me list 8 of the most luxurious hotels in Crete for you. Some of these resorts rank among the most exclusive hotel properties in the world.
Only the best is good enough for the wealthy traveler. The most discerning travelers among us are in search of the most exquisite hotels and resorts. And what better place to search at, than at the stunning Italian Amalfi Coast? A place that oozes classic luxury and comfort. Behind the colorful facades, you’ll find some of the most luxurious hotels the region has to offer. Read along to find out which are in my opinion the 5 best luxury hotels along the Amalfi Coast!
The Alps and its outliers, whether it’s in Switzerland, Austria, France or Italy, are a beautiful region to go on holiday. The region is known for both camping and skiing. But when you’re a discerning traveler and you’re in need of a bit more privacy and luxury, choosing a hotel might be a tad more difficult. I give you my list of the 8 best luxury hotels in the Alps.
Why would you go to Lapland in the middle of winter, a pitch-black freezing place in the middle of nowhere? Well, for one good reason: to see the northern lights. Nowadays, visitors can experience the marvelous northern lights from the comfort of luxury cabins. Best time to visit with the highest chance of seeing nature’s finest spectacle is anywhere between November and March. Read along to find my top picks of the Best northern lights hotels and finest aurora resorts in Lapland.
2019 flew by so fast but I had time for one last trip to the beautiful region of Lombardy in Italy. We landed in Milan, the capital of the region. But although this city is really beautiful we decided to skip it this time. After all, Lombardy has so much more to offer, it would be a shame not to go outside of the city. In fact, there is a lot to experience in Lombardy, from visiting a violin maker’s workshop to doing a snowshoe hike in the mountains near Gerola Alta. I’m going to tell you all on how to spend a week in Lombardy.
Bij het plannen van je reis vermijd je ongetwijfeld liefst de administratieve rompslomp om een visum aan te vragen. Veel reizigers vinden het aanvragen van een visum een moeilijke oefening. En als je dit aan een reisbureau overlaat moet je hen alle informatie verschaffen, met het risico op fouten. Hoe weet je of je een visum nodig hebt voor een bepaald land? Is er een verschil als je op vakantie gaat of voor zaken naar het buitenland moet? Zijn er bepaalde voorwaarden of beperkingen in tijd? Dit alles kom je te weten op VisumBuitenland.be.
Het is december en 2019 was ongetwijfeld ook voor jou een druk jaar. Stiekem droom je weg om er nog eens een paar dagen tussenuit te zijn. Snak je ook naar een welverdiende vakantie in de wintermaanden? Of kijk jij er alweer naar uit om er met de ganse familie tijdens de zomer op uit te trekken? Dan vind je bij Natuurhuisje vast en zeker een leuke accommodatie!