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: 7 Strange Rock Formations

What do I mean by 7 strange rock formations? Well, the Earth’s surface is full of loose stones and boulders and solid rocks. Some have over the years evolved into very strange formations.   This post is part of a series portraying the classic Elements of Nature:...

Nature: 5 Important Straits

Let us visit 5 important straits. I have been exploring various aspects of nature with regard to the four classic elements. A strait represents a combination of Earth and Water, and they have played an important part throughout the history of mankind.  ...

Religious Buildings (7) Monasteries and educational institutions

In this serious of religious buildings we have to come to monasteries and educational institutions. They belong to different religions. In most religions some members have always been more special than others. On the span between priests and lay members of the...


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 apps – Maps, navigation and guides

This is one of two posts offering advice on which apps to use for travelling, near or far. We'll first concentrate on the very basics: Maps and navigation and Guide(books). The other post deals with travel apps categorised as Hotels and flights, Local...

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...

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...

How do you pack for your trip?

Every person who has been on a trip has had to ask these two simple questions: What do I pack and what kind of luggage should I pack it in? Consequently, all the world's guidebooks and a lot of travel blogs are trying to provide good advice. ...

The elusive goal of visiting all World Heritage Sites

For many years I have worked consciously to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites where ever I have travelled. I first choose a place or a country to visit, then I look up which heritage sites that may be around when I get there. This is about the elusive World Heritage...

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...

Don’t we all love passport stamps?

Do you still have your passport stamps? In a previous article I presented short stories from extra-ordinary border crossings and described the excitement of having souvenirs hidden inside your passport in the shape of a stamp.    Passports are fascinating...

A disintegrated Europe – what would it look like?

Is Europe on the road to self-destruction? Secessionist movements are gaining momentum, and history proves they will be successful. The forces of disintegration in a world of constant conflict and change is challenging the Old World more than ever before.  ...

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,...

Writing and publishing

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...

Where to find good travel blogs (2011)?

Where do we find good travel blogs? In a post I asked "What makes a travel blog (good)?" I am looking for the best travel blogs, those that have interesting content (text and photos) from several trips, several countries and covering several years.   There are a...

Bucket list for 2018 and beyond

I am by the start of a new year presenting my bucket list for the coming year or years. The list is the manifestation of my dreams or concrete plans for future trips around the world. This article covers my bucket list for 2018 and later. Read the review of...
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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