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Hiking.

Why hiking in the first place? You get tired, dirty and it is often nowhere near fancy hotels. Yet, you get to see some amazing, hidden, most beautiful spots in the world in a pace that allows you to fully immerse in the local culture. So here’s my overview of hikes.

Over the years, I have learned that hiking makes me instantly disconnect from my work. Instead of thinking about work, I’m focussing on the question if I have enough water. Rather than Facebooking, I’m figuring out what food to eat best. Cities tend to have the opposite effect for me – I get distracted, get work inspiration from things I see and stay in my normal routine – pretty much exactly what I wasn’t looking for. Nature has become a balance to my city life.

I have been lucky enough to do some amazing hikes: the Kumano Kodo in Japan, the Laugavegur Trail and Fimmvörðuháls trail in Iceland, the Jordan Trail in Jordan, the Amalfi Coast.

So, here’s to hiking:

On the way up to Echizen-toge pass

My favorite hikes.

There are some amazing hikes out there in the world, here are some of my favorite hikes, including (but not exclusively) the Kumano Kodo in Japan, the Laugavegur Trail and Fimmvörðuháls trail in Iceland, the Jordan Trail in Jordan, the Amalfi Coast.

Gear for GR20 in Corsica (France)

Planning and preparing for hikes.

I spend a lot of time planning and preparing my hikes – finding the best possible hikes for every time of year, and continuously tweaking my gear and packing lists. I developed my favorite pieces of hiking gear and also specific hiking gear hacks (including hairnets and duct tape on my trekking poles).

Some highlights:

A glimpse of the memories I made in Europe: