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

Religious Buildings (9) After death – Cemeteries as final resting places

What happens after death? We will have a look at cemeteries as final resting places. All religions and cultures have rites in dealing with death and human remains. This article explores not the rites but sites related to the last resting place of human beings. This...

Another 10 European city breaks

Here are another 10 European city breaks. This is the third article in my series of European city breaks, the places you can fly or drive to in a few hours, offering great experiences for a couple of days or more.    Introduction My first 22 descriptions...

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, some more famous than others. Prime examples are the Crusader castle...


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...

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...

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 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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Great Travel Movies

Find 20 Great Travel Movies right here. There have been many attempts to assemble an ultimate list of great travel movies. I did a Google search, got some ideas, and elaborated on them. The result is a list of 20 great travel movies, highly subjective of course....

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...

Writing and publishing

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...

What’s with a name, for example Sandalsand?

The Sandalsand name came a bit by chance. In the summer of 2011, I gradually felt I wanted to start sharing my travels on the Internet. I looked around for an illustration of the word "travel." I wanted to be anonymous, so a portrait was out of the question. On the...

Useful WordPress plugins

Sandalsand is using WordPress as a blogging platform and content management system - and so are 60 million websites across the globe.  This post was first published on 18. October 2014. There was an update in November 2017 and again in September 2020....
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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