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: 10 Great Caves

A cave is a hollow place in the ground, often very deep but also quite small like a grotto. Here is a nice selection av 10 great caves.   This post is part of a series portraying the classic Elements of Nature: Earth, Fire, Water, Air. Caves are examples of the...

Defensive Structures (2) The smaller ones

Some defensive structures are basically walled military compounds on a limited area, like fortresses. Others include entire towns. The fortresses Throughout the world there are a number of forts, and some more famous than others. Prime examples are the Crusader castle...

Nature: 11 Picturesque Lakes

Let's have a look at 11 picturesque lakes. Lakes come in all sizes and some even contain salt water. This article illustrates and describes some extremes, and some pure beauties.   This post is part of a series portraying the classic Elements of Nature: Earth,...


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...

International backpacker routes

You are now going to study a map with all the major backpacker routes around the world, all major traveller hubs, and a series of secondary ones. I came across this impressive map a while ago and with the accept of its creator, Giles Smith...

Poems and quotes on trains

Which poems and quotes on trains are you familiar with? Travelling by train does something to you, it stimulates thoughts, and afterthoughts. Here is a selection of reflections others have made about trains, stations, and travelling.   Quotes about train travel...

Where’s that plane heading?

Have you ever gazed up at the sky above, spotted a plane and wondered where it was heading? And more: Where did it depart from, what kind of plane is it, what airline, how high is it flying? Well, there's an app for that! Check out Flightradar24. Flightradar24 is a...

Which passport is the best?

Of course, you are only eligible for a single passport, so the question may be paraphrased. Which citizenship is the most practical if you want to avoid border hassles?   My precious red passport Some people have dual citizenships and some may have no valid...

The ultimate list of great travel movies

Find the ultimate list of great travel movies right here. This post sums up 40 movies worth watching. Read why and watch the trailers. I have used a few criteria to compile my list of movies. A travel movie's plot should involve a movement from one place to another,...

20 Ways to Slice Europe

How do you slice Europe based on prejudices? Here are 20 maps indicating the stereotypes which surround us in everyday life. What kind of prejudices do you think exist in, and about, Europe? How do you draw a map indicating the stereotypes? Well, a Bulgarian called...

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...

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...

Counting countries or the art of exaggeration

Have you ever wondered how far you've travelled, how you got there, for how long, and to how many countries? Well, I have. My statistics are found on Travellerspoint, along with the map I use to keep track of my travels. It states that I have been travelling the...

Writing and publishing

Blogroll (2017)

On my blogroll I keep track of recently published articles on a number of travel websites (blogs) as well as a handful of magazines. This post was published in June, 2017. The list is no longer maintained. Read on and find out why.   A look back When I started my...

2014 is out, 2015 is here

15 flights, 26,524 kilometres, 5 trips, 6 countries, 24 days spent travelling, 7 new World Heritage Sites visited. That was the statistics for 2014. As shown on @Sandalgram (Instagram): My travels in 2014 included clockwise from top right #budapest #stockholm...

Welcome to a new layout on Sandalsand

We're talking about a new layout on Sandalsand. Eight years have passed since the travel chronicles of Sandalsand emerged on the Web. It is six years since Sandalsand saw light as an own domain. Now, in 2019 it is time for a change.   2011, 2013, 2019 In 2011 I...

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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