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

Intangible cultural heritage, what is it?

It's like a mystery: What part of our cultural heritage is characterised by the representations, the expressions, the knowledge and the skills that society has developed through generations? Answer, the intangible cultural heritage. I will explore this on two levels,...

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...

If Facebook was to shape our image of the world

The Facebook image of the world is not real. The physical world with continents, coastlines, islands and rivers has been with us for longer than we can remember. We even have it rendered on maps, be it on paper or digitised versions. The spread of social media and...


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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. This...

Great Travel Quotes

Find great travel quotes right here. The world of literature is full of wise observations with or without a sense of humour. Some might be found in libraries. Other quotes may be drawn from sources like music lyrics, magazines, Twitter, and blogs. I have a collection...

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...

Writing and publishing

Why am I posting so many “PICS” entries?

I have recently posted a number of articles named "PICS - " plus the name of a country. There is a reason for this.   I have over the years visited a number of countries once, twice or more. Each visit has resulted in a varying number of photographs. The images...

Reader Survey

Find a link to a reader survey form where you can provide feedback about your experiences. Please contribute to the improvement of this website. Read the About page. It will take you two minutes to answer the questions. In doing so, bear in mind that all your answers...

3 tips to create good blog content

The content of a travel website like mine deals with trips and destinations. Each and every time I ask myself this: To what detail should my trips be described and how should I present them? A travel website may have many posts, from many places, but with little...
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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