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 (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...

The New World Heritage Sites of 2021

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee announced 34 new World Heritage Sites in 2021. The List now includes 1154 sites of a cultural, natural or mixed character.  This article provides direct links to the inscriptions. Seek more information about the work of the Committee...

Nature: Snow and ice

Snow and ice. This is an article in a series about nature. Water comes in three forms, gas and liquid water are two. This is a look at "stiff" water.   This post is part of a series portraying the classic Elements of Nature: Earth, Fire, Water, Air. Snow and...


The true size of countries

What is the true size of a country? 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? How can you shrink or expand a country? There have of course been many...

More paintings about travelling

You will now get to know more paintings about travelling. Several years ago Sandalsand published an article about this subject. Right here you will find even more paintings from around the world. Like you read in the first article, the paintings about travelling...

Paintings about travelling

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

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...

The elusive goal of visiting all World Heritage Sites

For many years I have worked consciously to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites wherever I travel. 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 Sites. In...

Language Differences in Europe

If you are travelling the Americas you get by with a knowledge of Spanish and English, with a few exceptions. In the rest of the world you are worse off. In a world of 7,000 languages, possibly more, there are huge differences in the ways we humans...

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...

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 Read the...

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,...

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...

Writing and publishing

Updated terms of use and privacy policy on Sandalsand

I have updated my terms of use and privacy policy. These days you will already have received a number of emails from companies which store data about you as a person. The reason is the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect from...

Bucket list for 2016 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 2016 and later. Read the review of...

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...

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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