In The Last 12 Months, I Traveled To 24 Countries To Fill The Emptiness In My Life
In October 2014 – October 2015, I traveled to 24 countries. Most of them I visited by myself. The first trip I did, it was with friends and we traveled to Western Europe. After that, I decided to travel solo across the Eastern Europe and Balkans. I also went to Tromso Norway to see the Northern lights.
For the last 2 years, I felt an emptiness in my life as if I was missing something. At first, I didn’t know how to fill this void, but then I found the answer. Every time I started to feel down, I would pack my backpack and go traveling and will come back a fresh person. On my trips, I visited cities, hiked mountains, jumped in lakes, gazed stars, cycled on hills, saw sunrises and sunsets and met the most amazing people. I’d like to share some of the beauty I saw during my travel.
By posting this, I want to encourage ordinary people like myself to take initiative and start traveling. You don’t need to be a millionaire and hero to do that. All you need is a bit of passion. This World is full of beauty and it’s waiting for you to explore.
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Aurora Borealis at Finnish Border
After three-hours drive from Tromso to the middle of nowhere, I present you Aurora Borealis somewhere at Finnish border. Right next to a lake, with no one around except for stars and cold wind. That’s my kind of Saturday Night Party!
Lake Skadar from the top
Lake Skadar, also called Lake Scutari, Lake Shkodër and Lake Shkodra, lies on the border of Albania and Montenegro, the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula. After taking an awesome boat trip on the lake, I went up to see the lake from the top.
Eiffel Tower at Night
This picture was taken with a wide angel lens from right under the tower.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park is world’s famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow.
Musée du Louvre
The Louvre or the Louvre Museum is one of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument in Paris, France. I pictured it from the angle where the reflections of the glass building is visible clearly on water.
An evening at docks of Split
I met a cool girl on the bus from Dubrovnik to Makarska. She lives in Split so I decided to visit her and spent a nice evening with her on docks of Split.
Houses of Cards, Amsterdam
Taken at Damrak, street next to Amsterdam Central Station.
Colors of Fall, Amsterdam
Taken at a street really close to Red Light District. Colors were brilliant and the whole scene looked like an oil painting.
After cycling for an hour or so, I decided to rest a little bit. I rested on the grass while eating chocolate chip cookies next to this view.
Lake Bled from the top
Lake Bled is a lake in the Julian Alps of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled. The lake is situated in a picturesque environment, surrounded by mountains and forests. The medieval-era Bled Castle stands above the lake on the north shore.
Inside the caves of Plitvice Lakes National Park
For some reason, people were scared to go into these caves. I saw them as an opportunity, mounted my head lamp and went in there and enjoyed the moment of silence away from all tourists :)
At Vošac Peak
Against the advice of locals, climbed another peak called Vošac. It’s the second highest peak of Biokovo which is the second highest mountain range in Croatia. 6 hours of hike. Started by myself but later met the group of Swedish climbers and hiked with them!
Kotor from the Castle Of San Giovanni
Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro. It is located in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor. Castle of San Giovanni or the Castle of St John is a castle with approximately 1,350 stairs to a height of 1,200 metres. Climbing there gives you this brilliant view of Fjords and Bay of Kotor
Trem Peak of Suva Planina
Suva Planina meaning “the dry mountain” is a mountain in southeastern Serbia. The highest peak is Trem at 1,810 m. I hiked more than 8 km by myself with not a single person other than me :)
Brandenburg Gate Berlin
The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th century neoclassical triumphal arch in Berlin, and one of the best-known landmarks of Germany. I took this picture on a very cool night.
Sagrada Família in Barcelona
The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mont Salève, Geneva
After a night of terrible thunderstorm I hiked to Mont Salève next morning and came across these sheep.
Vatican City, Italy
A warm day at Vatican City.
Colosseum in Rome
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Again, it was full moon night when I captured this image.
John Lennon Wall, Prague
The Lennon Wall or John Lennon Wall, is a wall in Prague, Czech Republic. Once a normal wall, since the 1980s it has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs. This is a picture of the wall I took.
Meteor Showers in Uitdammerdijk, Netherlands
That night there were no clouds and I didn’t want to miss Perseid Meteor Shower. So at 12 AM, I went outside with my camera and gear and cycled to a village called Uitdam which is 15-16 kilometers from my house. I went there and laid on my back at river bank and saw the showers in peace with no one around.
Grand Place, Brussels
Taken at the Grand Place, Brussels after eating Belgian Fries at Menekken Piss
A sunset from Gellért Hill in Budapest
Citadella is the Hungarian word for Citadel, a kind of fortress. The word Citadella is exclusively used by other languages to denote the Citadel located upon the top of the strategic Gellért Hill in Budapest, Hungary. I cycled all the way to the top of hill and got this amazing view.
A deep blue day in Warsaw
Taken at Sigismund’s Column. I was there to attend a walking tour.
The Green Vilnius, Lithuania
Well, the picture tells everything about Vilnius. It’s green, small and very beautiful.
Green Lakes of Vilnius, Lithuania
This is one of the green lakes of Vilnius. After hours of cycling, running, walking and falling, yes I fell on my butt 3 times, I managed to reach them. There was no other human being at least for 4km surrounding this area other than me. If you haven’t seen this part of Vilnius, you haven’t seen Vilnius.
Sultanahmet Mosque, Istanbul
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I.
A warm December in Dubai
Taken from the window of my Hotel. Even though it was December 27th, it was still a very warm day in Dubai.
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