Ben goes places

Hi, I’m Ben, a travel photographer and blogger from Belgium. Thanks for checking out my site! ‘Ben goes places’ aims to focus on unique experiences for the adventurous traveler, mixed with a healthy dose of comfort. I’m proud to say that over the past 3 years, my adventure travel blog has turned into one of the most respected travel blogs in Belgium. If you want to see where life is taking me now, make sure to connect with me on Instagram!

Cruise /

My amazing cruise with the MSC Grandiosa!

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In early November I had the chance to embark on the MSC Grandiosa, the newest cruise ship ofthe highly popular European cruise line MSC Cruises. This brand new cruise ship is currently the flagship of the entire MSC fleet. There’s absolutely no bigger or better cruise ship in the line-up. Moreover, the MSC Grandiosa is currently the sixth-largest cruise ship in the world and has a few amazing features that might blow some of the competition away. Read my review to find out if this magnificent cruise ship really lives up to her name!

Hotel reviews Morocco /

Discover the 9 Most Instagrammable Riads in Marrakech

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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!

Hotel reviews Greece /

8 of the most luxurious resorts in Crete

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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.

Hotel reviews Italy /

5 of the best luxury hotels along the Amalfi Coast

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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!

Hotel reviews /

8 Best luxury hotels in the Alps and Prealps

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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.
Italy /

It’s time for FORME and the World Cheese Award in Bergamo, Italy this weekend!

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It’s time for FORME and the World Cheese Award in Bergamo, Italy this weekend! Those of you who’ve been following me on Instagram know that Italy has a special place in my heart. More specifically, South Tyrol and Lombardy are two of my favorite regions. And speaking of Lombardy: there’s an exciting event coming up in Bergamo! From the 17th to 20th of October, Bergamo becomes the European capital of cheese with “FORME”: 4 days of events dedicated to arts of the dairy!

La Réunion /

Most instagrammable spots in La Réunion: PART 3 + 2 bonus tips!

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The island of La Réunion (Île de la Réunion in French) is becoming increasingly more popular to visit. Ile de la Réunion is  an overseas department and region of French. Familiar road signs, speaking French, free data roaming and paying in Euro, hurray! The island is mostly visited by French people, but partly due to the effect that Instagram has on tourism, this is rapidly changing. Only a handful of Instagram influencers have been to La Réunion so far and I was happy to be one of the first. Now I’m sharing my experiences to make your trip in La Réunion even more awesome. Having explored every corner of the island, I present you the 13 most instagrammable places in La Réunion! Today in part 3: the best viewpoints of the island!

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Most instagrammable spots in La Réunion: PART 2

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The island of La Réunion (Île de la Réunion in French) is becoming increasingly more popular to visit. Ile de la Réunion is  an overseas department and region of France. Familiar road signs, speaking French, free data roaming and paying in Euro, hurray! The island is mostly visited by French people, but partly due to the effect that Instagram has on tourism, this is rapidly changing. Only a handful of Instagram influencers have been to La Réunion so far and I was happy to be one of the first. Now I’m sharing my experiences to make your trip in La Réunion even more awesome. Having explored every corner of the island, I present you the 13 most instagrammable places in La Réunion! Previously in part 1 I spoke about the volcanic wonders. Today in part 2: the most beautiful waterfalls of the island!

La Réunion /

Most instagrammable places in La Réunion: PART 1

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The island of La Réunion (Île de la Réunion in French) is becoming increasingly more popular to visit. Ile de la Réunion is  an overseas department and region of France. Familiar road signs, speaking French, free data roaming and paying in Euro, hurray! The island is mostly visited by French people, but partly due to the effect that Instagram has on tourism, this is rapidly changing. Only a handful of Instagram influencers have been to La Réunion so far and I was happy to be one of the first. Now I'm sharing my experiences to make your trip in La Réunion even more awesome. Having explored every corner of the island, I present you the 13 most instagrammable places in La Réunion! Today in part 1: everything that has do to with the volcanic activity on the island!

Hotel reviews La Réunion /

Villa Delisle Hotel & Spa: post-colonial charm in the heart of Saint-Pierre, La Réunion

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In June I went on holiday to La Réunion, and because I wanted to see the entire island, I needed a place to stay in the south of the island. This way, I could use that hotel as a starting point  to explore the entire southern part of La Réunion! I found my paradise within paradise at Villa Delisle in Saint-Pierre, the largest town in the southern part of La Réunion. I must say I really enjoyed this intimate hotel with modern facilities and Creole interiors. Read along to find out why.

Malta /

All you need to know about taking the ferry to Gozo

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As you might have seen on my Instagram, I spent a couple of days in Gozo, Malta’s second largest island. Gozo is a popular day trip destination to escape the busy atmosphere of the Malta’s main island. There’s only one way of getting there: taking the ferry. Whether you’re going for a day trip or stay for a couple of days like me, here’s all you need to know about the ferry to Gozo island.

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My favorite attractions in Gozo

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Last may I got to spend a few days in Gozo. I skipped Malta for the most part and headed straight to Gozo. Most people only go to Gozo for a day trip, as it’s only a short ferry transfer away. I spent four days in Gozo but could have easily stayed a couple days more without feeling bored. Heck, dare I say I would stay in Gozo and do a day trip to Malta instead of the other way around? Continue reading to see which are my favorite free attractions and things to see in Gozo.

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Five cool activities to do in Gozo

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Gozo is Malta's second largest island, and it's a lot quieter than in Malta. In my previous blog posts I explained how to get there, and what beautiful natural attractions the island has to offer. Although it is a lot more quiet on Gozo than in Malta, there is so much to do and see that you can easily spend a week here! Most people only go on a day trip but I strongly recommend you to stay for a longer period. You won't regret it. And for those who prefer a more active holiday, I present you five cool acitivities to do in Gozo.
Poland /

Back in Poland to visit Tri-city: Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot

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Last month I checked another Polish city off my list. Having been almost everywhere in Poland, from Wroclaw to Lublin and many more, this vast country doesn’t have many secrets for me anymore. However there was one area that was still a blank spot on my map: Pomerania and its capital Gdansk. As it turns out, Gdansk is actually part of a larger metropolitan area consisting of three cities: Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. This means there’s three times as much to do than I initially expected! Read along to learn more about this interesting Polish region.

Dominican Republic Caribbean /

Exploring a surprising side of the Dominican Republic

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Last month I found myself on a trip in the beautiful Dominican Republic. I had been to the Caribbean many times over the last couple of years. However somehow, I had always skipped the Dominican Republic. Honestly? I thought it was going to be too touristy for me. I didn’t want to sit in an all-inclusive resort for 14 days not to see anything of the country. But when the tourism board of the Dominican Republic invited me over, I thought I gave it a try. Spoiler alert: it did not disappoint!

Netherlands /

I rented a self-drive boat from Nicols in the Netherlands

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Last week I checked yet another thing off my bucket list: being the captain of my own boat for a few days. And the best thing was, I drove it myself and I didn’t need a permit for it! Me and a few others teamed up with Nicols, a company that is providing boating holidays for which you don’t need a license. They’re quite active in France, Germany and Portugal, but since April 2019 you can now rent their boats in Kerkdriel, the Netherlands. And that’s exactly what a group of friends and I did. Read along to find out why renting a boat from Nicols in the Netherlands was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever done!

South Tyrol /

Back in South Tyrol for some winter fun!

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When I was invited again to visit South Tyrol for the second time, I was beyond stoked. Last summer, I visited Italy’s northernmost province for the first time and it turned out to be one of the best trips I did that year. This time, in March, I was going to experience what it looked like during winter. So I hopped on a plane from Brussels to Venice, suitcase packed with winter clothes and ski attire. Eindhoven to Innsbruck is an option too. You could then rent a car to cross the border, but we opted for Venice. During the 3 hour drive to South Tyrol, you can see the surroundings change from Mediterranean landscapes into Alpine peaks, a real joy to experience along the way. 

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