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

Iron Wheels (2) Special rails

There are many varieties of rail transport; metro, cable car, cog track and tram to mention some. There are actually a lot more than you think of, and that is what I discovered drafting this article. This article is trying to distinguish "ordinary" trains from "other"...

Religious Buildings (8) Houses for the deity or its premier representative on Earth

What do you mean by houses for the deity or its premier representative on Earth? This chapter in the series about religious buildings is a rather peculiar one. To be true, in many religions the deities do not need a house or dwelling, they are all around us. Indeed,...

The New World Heritage Sites of 2018

In 2018 we welcomed 19 new World Heritage Sites. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has held its annual meeting, this time in Bahrain. The new sites on the World Heritage List brought the total number up to 1092. Get an abstract from UNESCO's justification including...


The true size of countries

What is the true size of countries? Of course, a map is a lie. It cannot fully represent the real world simply because it is two-dimensional. Now, what happens if you try and do something about it?   There have of course been many attempts at creating good...

Hotels to remember – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

When you have travelled on and off for some years, you will have stayed at hotels that are easily forgotten. Other hotels have left their marks in your memories, you remember them for good or bad. Some hotels you are happy you did not stay in. I will start with the...

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 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 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 – 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...

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...

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. This article is part of a series of great travel movies. Find the other articles at the bottom. Here are eight travel movies from this rough category...

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...

Writing and publishing

Website Optimisation (SEO)

Website optimisation (SEO) to make it great for search engines is a long way to go. Over many years, savvy people have come up with advice on how to design web pages so that the search engines will show exactly your web page when a person searches for something....

2013 is out, 2014 is here

26 flights, 36,822 kilometres, 7 trips, 9 countries, 35 days spent travelling, 14 new World Heritage Sites visited. That was the statistics for 2013. Readers of this blog can read 2013-stories from Copenhagen visited around New Year 2012/2013Milan and the...

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...
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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