Special articles

Most articles on Sandalsand describe actual trips. Some entries have a different perspective, but are all related to travelling.

Abstracts of the world

Let’s get up in the air. We will search for the varieties as well as common denominators, which define this planet and life on it.



Sandalsand deals with travelling in a wider sense of the word than only describing actual trips. Let us have a look outside the window and see what we can find.

Writing and Publishing

Sandalsand is a combined travel “blog” and travel website. Find articles aimed at discussing various aspects of this practice.


If you are looking for regular travelogues, head for the Destinations page. If you want to learn more about the world around us, and how Sandalsand deals with it, look into the pages in the Specials menu: World Abstracts, Travelling and Writing and publishing. Did you know that Sandalsand is on YouTube?

Here are 3×3 random entries from the sections under the “Specials”.

Abstracts of the world

Nature: 8 Dramatic Cliffs

Here you will find 8 dramatic cliffs. Steep mountain slopes hitting the waves on a coastline are always dramatic, especially in rough weather.   This post is part of a series portraying the classic Elements of Nature: Earth, Fire, Water, Air. Cliffs are examples...

Iron Wheels (1) Exciting train journeys

This is an introduction to exciting train journeys. I have registered my travels on a world map and the distance travelled on trains has been calculated. It amounts to 29,799 km, corresponding to 74 % of the Earth around the equator. Obviously, there must be some...

Intangible cultural heritage, what is it?

It's like a mystery: What part of our cultural heritage is characterised by the representations, the expressions, the knowledge and the skills that society has developed through generations? Answer, the intangible cultural heritage. I will explore this on two levels,...


Ticking places off a bucket list

Travellers have a tendency to set up a bucket list, meaning a list of things to do or places to go before they die, or "kick the bucket" as the idiom goes. The to-do list may involve doing a bungee jump, sail around the world, or hike the Camino de Santiago. I will...

Travel Guidebooks

Travel guidebooks on print have a long and proud history, but they are losing popularity, and they meet increased competition. This article is about the evolution of guidebooks in the last 30 years. Do you need them at all, what kind of guidebooks do you need, and...

Is your paid vacation similar to other countries?

It comes as no surprise that paid vacation time varies throughout the world. But how much?   The infographic The people at Good.is has set up a nice little infographic. Not surprisingly, European states offer the best benefit for their citizens while North...

Travel movies – One location

Are travel movies set in one location possible? We would generally view a travel movie as something that depicts movement from one place to another. This category is about something different. We are dealing with with existential consequences. The main characters are...

Travel apps – Hotels, flights, transportation, communication, handyman

This is the second of two posts offering advice on which apps to use for travelling, near or far. This post deals with travel apps categorised as Hotels and flights, Local transportation, Communication, and a special section simply called Handyman. The other post...

Great Travel Songs

Are there any great songs travel songs or songs about travelling? Yes, there are and I have compiled a playlist.  On my YouTube channel - Sandalfilm - I have a compilation of songs about travels and travelling. They deal with going from one place to another,...

The Fascination of Passports

I have always had a fascination of passports. Browsing through a passport is like opening a book to the world and to the life of the owner. After a few decades you’re likely to have a collection of them. If you have been adventurous they will be filled with visas and...

Travel movies – Two or more people

This is about travel movies; Two or more people off to discover the world and themselves. We have come to the third list of great travel movies. In the previous article we met the lone wolves travelling the earth's surface looking for something.  The following...

Paintings about travelling

Painters have always been fascinated by travels, in all aspects of the word. This is a look into their world and how they imagined travel would be like, or how they themselves experienced it. Travelling stimulates our imagination and our dreams and desires. It is also...

Travel movies – Lone man or woman

This is a list of travel movies, in particular about a lone man or woman off to discover the world and him-/herself. Here are eight travel movies from this rough category. We are in a series of articles hunting good travel movies, and here is a collection of a special...

Writing and publishing

2017 is out, here is 2018

A new year offers new opportunities, but also a chance to evaluate the year that passed. Sandalsand can be found in several channels. This article summarises my travel activity throughout the year and activity on all media channels.   Travelling the world...

Sandalsand’s 6 Year Anniversary

A 6 year anniversary calls for a celebration! I realised earlier today when I posted a new article, that the article counter was showing 800. I suddenly remembered that my first article on Sandalsand was published on August 1st, 2011 - almost exactly six years...

Sandalsand is going secure and lean

What is secure and lean? The connected world has become a more dangerous place to live. I'm not talking about security as such although some might include that as well. I'm pointing to the fact that communication over the Internet has become more and more...
Do yourself a favor. Before it’s too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it. One day it will be too late. (Jhumpa Lahiri)
Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell. (Jean Paul Richter)
The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. (Jon Krakauer)

They say no land remains to be discovered, no continent is left unexplored. But the whole world is out there, waiting, just waiting for me. I want to do things – I want to walk the rain-soaked streets of London, and drink mint tea in Casablanca – I want to wander the wastelands of the Gobi desert and see a yak – I think my life’s ambition is to see a yak. I want to bargain for trinkets in an Arab market in some distant, dusty land. There’s so much. But, most of all, I want to do things that will mean something. (Lisa Ann Sandell)

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