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The following is a list of the companies that have worked with Journey Wonders in the past.

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Transportation,Travel Gear, Clothes and Travel Apps

Eurail: An unique rail pass that gives you unlimited freedom for train travel within Europe and with whom I’ll be collaborating with this 2015.

Busabout: Hop-On Hop-Off bus company that operates in Europe’s most visited cities. They also do organised tours in North Africa, Europe and Asia.

Tallink Silja Oy: Ferry company that operates in Finland, Sweden, Latvia and Estonia offering the best value for money when it comes to traveling the Nordic countries by sea.

Why travel to Egypt

Arc’teryx: Outdoor adventure clothing company that will outfit Journey Wonders for the Ice, Ice, Ready campaign as I search for Europe’s Best Winter Destinations.

Numinous Packs: Anti-Theft and Slash-Proof backpacks that come in a vast range of sizes. Don’t let thieves ruin your journey and protect your valuables today.

Like a Local Guide: Travel App that allows you to follow the suggestion of locals to find the city’s best spots to explore and enjoy. It covers most of Europe’s main cities and many more.

Vanda Tailors: Tailor company located in Hoi An, Vietnam that offers custom made clothing for men and women alike.

Lapland, the Narnia of Europe

Tour Operators, Attractions and Others

Quetzaltrekkers: A socially responsible company that offers excursions to Nicaragua’s and Guatemala’s best volcanoes and donates part of the profits to local charities.

Ragamuffin Tours: Tour company in Caye Caulker, Belize that offers island excursions and snorkeling adventures in the Great Reef of Belize. And yes, there’s free unlimited rum included.

Voyager Balloons: Hot air balloon flights over the Cappadocia Valley with an experienced company that employes the best pilots and aircraft of the region.

City Wonders: Based on London, Rome, Venice and Paris, City Wonders offers cultural tours to the many man made attractions of said cities to explore their rich heritage.

The temple of the tooth in Kandy

Visit Meteora: A tour company that offers trips to the region of Meteora, Northern Greece where you will find the breath-taking magical monasteries built on top of cliffs by the monks of ancient times.

See Wales: Tour company based in Cardiff that offers day trips to the South region of Wales where you shall experience castles and natural wonders.

Rabbie’s Tours: A tour company that offers multi-day excursions and day trips to the Highlands of Scotland from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Historic Royal Palaces: A NGO that manages and is in charge of the conservation of five of the most important palaces of the British Monarchy, including the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Whitehall Palace’s Banqueting Hall.

The Magical Monasteries of Meteora

London Pass: A unique card that gives you free access to more than one hundred of London’s top cultural attractions plus river cruises along the Thames and many other discounts and perks.

Zagreb Tours: Tour company based in Zagreb, Croatia that offers day-trips and multi-day trips to Plitvice Waterfalls and the Adriatic Coast.

Polar Speed Husky Park: Tour operator that offers husky sled rides in a frozen lake in Levi, Lapland. They also have Arctic Foxes and Wolves with whom you can interact.

Joiku Kotsamo Safaris: A Sami owned and operated safari company based in Saariselka that offers reindeer safaris in the wilderness with some of the best reindeer stew I’ve ever tasted in my life.

Sunset at Dubrovnik, Croatia

Husky & Co: Tour company run by locals of Saariselka who breed racing Huskies and offer you the opportunity of being the sled master for a day. They also have puppies you can play with so that’s always a plus.

Salla Reindeer Park: A vast array of activities including reindeer and husky safaris, northern light hunting, reindeer racing (yes, you better believe it!) and a epic sauna in the wilderness of Salla.

Finding Bedouins: Organised tours and camping at the desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan. Enjoy the traditional Bedouin hospitality as you take a jeep tour through the sand dunes of Jordan’s desert. The dinner at the campsite is beyond amazing!

Huaxteca.com: Tour company that operates in the Huasteca Potosina region of Mexico that offers outdoor activities such as rafting and canyoning from the mighty waterfalls of the region.

No wild reindeer at Lapland

Buffalo Tours: All inclusive tour company that operates in East and South East Asia offering a deep look into the lives of the local population the region.

Koh Tao Divers: SSI Diving company located in the Thai island of Koh Tao where you can obtain your Open Water certification as well as more advanced diving courses.

Where Sidewalks End: Tour company that offers cultural experiences in Thailand such as the magical Sak Yant tattoo made by the monks using bamboo needles.

Tinggly Adventures: Offering over 300+ travel experiences in more than 100+ countries, Tingly Adventures will enchant you with its many cultural and adventure offerings.

Sailing next to the kark limestones of Halong Bay

Hotels, Apartment Rentals and Hostels

Mövenpick Hotels: Luxury properties located at some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The Mövenpick Hotels will delight you with the best culinary taste of the world and a welcoming hospitality.

Sirkeci Mansion: A traditional Ottoman house turned hotel located a few steps from the Topkapi Palace, here you will enjoy the many wonders of Istanbul, known as the land of sultans and mosques.

Kale Konak Cave Hotel: An unique cave hotel in Uchisar, Cappadocia with its own private Turkish Bath and a delicious breakfast in the middle of the landscape of the region.

Taskonaklar Cave Hotel: Fancy sleeping in a cave? This hotel, located in Uchisar, Cappadocia also has a panoramic view of the hot air balloons that fly over the valley.

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Riad Lak Lak: A private house rental in the souks of Marrakech, Morocco this small palace will definitely marvel you with its unique architecture and peaceful surroundings.

Dar Mouna Mogador: A B&B in the coastal city of Essaouira, Morocco with incredible views of the city and a traditional Moroccan breakfast to top it all.

Santorini Resorts: In the town of Oia, Santorini, these private properties offer you the best views over the sunrise and sunset of the island of Santorini.

San Samuele Hotel: An hotel located inside the historical center of Venice, Italy. And yes, you’re totally free to borrow some of their amazing Venetian masks for that perfect photo session.

Misadventures at the Sahara Desert

Lapland Hotel Sirkantahti: Hotel and apartment rentals in the Ski resort town of Levi. The apartments have their own private sauna which is perfect after a day of skiing in the snow.

Kakslauttanen Glass Igloos: Luxurious architectural masterpieces from where you can watch the Northern lights despite the basic commodities you can find inside of them.

PAN Village: Boutique yellow cabins in Salla, a region in the middle of nowhere. Despite its remote location they have fast wi-fi and all the commodities that you can expect to have a pleasant weekend getaway.

Kemi Snow Castle: Have you ever imagined sleeping in a room of snow at sub zero temperatures? This is definitely one for your epic bucketlist, my friends!

The day I slept at Kakslauttanen Glass Igloo

Fresh Sheets B&B: A B&B right in the middle of Dubrovnik that offers an spectacular view of the orange rooftops of the city. Their breakfast is a wonder of the world by itself.

Abraham Hostel: Boutique hostel located a few minutes away from Jerusalem’s Old City where people of all faiths and nationalities can enjoy a good time together. Their Shabbat dinner on Friday night is beyond amazing!

Riad Verus: This riad not only has an amazing terrace overlooking the old city of Fez, Morocco but it also has a full bar inside and a nightclub for those crazy Arabian nights.

Athens Style: A boutique hostel in Monastiraki Square at Athens, Greece, the views that one can get of the Acropolis from the terrace of the hostel are amazing.

Morning at the Temple Mount, Jerusalem

Rimini Backpackers: Located in the party town of Rimini, Italy, this boutique hostel will definitely blow your mind with the friendliness and wilderness of the staff.

Haggis Hostels: Boutique hostel in Edinburgh that offers great hospitality plus one of the best New Year’s Eve buffet dinners ever.

Nos Da Studio Hotel and Hostel: A boutique hostel located in Cardiff, right next to the Millennium stadium and the river Taff. Have a pint at the bar downstairs and roar like a Welsh dragon.

Christopher Inn Village London: A party hostel with a vibrant charm located in the heart of the city of London. If you want a great weekend of party, the Christopher Inn is your best choice.

The Fireworks at Hogmanay 2014

Vuokrahuone.com: Apartment with rooms to rent for both students and travelers, it features some of Helsinki’s most unique interior design and decoration.

Eurohostel Helsinki: A Hostel/Hotel located near the port of Helsinki which features a sauna and a great buffet breakfast offering great value for money to business travelers and backpackers alike.

Seven Fells Hostel: A cabin hostel the forest of Lapland from which you can enjoy the Finnish hospitality and behold the Northern Lights as they dance in the starry sky.

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel: A boutique hostel in downtown Copenhagen with the biggest breakfast buffet and yes, free dinner every night at 18:30. Wait, what?

Horseman and sunset at Copenhagen

Horseman and sunset at Copenhagen

City Backpackers Stockholm: A boutique hostel in a traditional Swedish House located in the centre of the city that has its own free sauna and free dinner every night.

The Circus Hostel Berlin: Boutique hostel located in the heart of Berlin, it has its own brewery and is also home to the unique David Hasselhoff Museum, honouring Germany’s most famous Non-German.

Blues Hostel: A boutique hostel with one of the best atmospheres of all Bratislava, Slovakia. Don’t let the name fool you, here you will never feel blue since party is always around the corner

Celica Hostel: A unique Boutique Hostel and B&B built in a former Yugoslav Prison in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Each jail cell is uniquely decorated by an international artist. Being locked up abroad has never been this fun!

Street Art at Metelkova, Ljubljana

Chill Out Hostel: Boutique hostel in Zagreb, Croatia with funky decoration and a very nice location within the Old Town of Croatia’s capital.

The Doctor’s House: Sarajevo’s number one boutique hostel will blow your mind way with its unique setting atop of a picturesque hill from where you can get some of the best views of Bosnia’s capital.

White Tree Hostel: A charming boutique hostel in Pristina, capital of Kosovo. Free macchiato coffee all day and a central location right next to a popular nightclub.

Old Plovdiv Hostel: Located in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, you will be delighted at the kindness and friendliness of the staff of this unique boutique hostel and the delicious traditional Bulgarian breakfast.

Sunset overlooking the old town of Sarajevo

El Diablo Hostel: An hostel in Belgrade, Serbia run by some of the friendliest locals you’ll ever meet. If you’re lucky, you might even be invited to attend a traditional home-made Serbian dinner hosted by them. Also, make sure to try the rajika liquor!

Little Bucharest Old Town Hostel: This boutique property is located in the middle of the Old Town of Bucharest where party and dinning are just around the corner. Ask for a view facing west to enjoy one of the best sunsets of your life!

Centrum Hostel Brasov: An hostel located in the Old Town of Brasov, the most popular city of the Transylvanian region thanks to its proximity to the so-called Dracula castle. Stop being afraid of vampires and visit Transylvania now!

Spot Cosy Hostel: A funky hostel in the student town of Cluj-Napoca, gateway to the Turda Salt Mines and a very good place for party on a weekend. Say hi to the friendly dogs and grab a beer in the beautiful garden!

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Balmers’ Herberge: A beautifully decorated hostel and guesthouse located in Interlaken, Europe’s outdoor adventure capital. During the night, the hostel transforms into a nightclub which is the perfect way of finishing a long hiking day!

Alisea Boutique Hotel: A small boutique hotel located in Ao Nang, Krabi (Thailand), this charming property offers many facilities at a premium location in this beach town.

Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort: With an amazing infinity pool that overlooks the entire town of Ao Nang, the ACBR will marvel all of your senses with its luxury as well as their private beach club.

Crown Lanta Resort & Spa: A luxury hotel in the small island of Koh Lanta, the Crown Lanta Resort & Spa is the best choice for those looking for a romantic experience in the island of love.

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Panwa Beach Resort Phuket: Located in the secluded Panwa Bay area of Phuket, this hotel offers peace and tranquility in an otherwise busy party island.

Amari Watergate: This Bangkok hotel is a real gem of urban luxury with its incredible location right next to Bangkok’s most famous shopping malls. The views from the rooftop restaurant are to die for!

Movenpick Bangkok Sukhumvit: With a premium located in the expat friendly Sukhumvit area, the Movenpick Bangkok Sukhumvit hotel offers some of the best facilities for those visiting Bangkok for both business and pleasure.

Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside: Overlooking the majestic Chao Phraya river, the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside is the ideal choice for those wanting to explore Bangkok’s best cultural sights with a touch of luxury in their lives.

The peaceful Panwa beach in Phuket

Restaurants, wineries and others

Grotestk: A meat restaurant in Helsinki where I had my 25th birthday dinner. Their 14 days dry-aged Black Angus sirloin completely rocked my world!

Hoku: An unique Hawaiian restaurant in the heart of Finland’s Helsinki with the friendliest staff ever. Try their oxtail for a different kind of experience!

Sandro: Brunch at Sandro is like stepping into Morocco without having to leave Helsinki in the first place. If you visit for dinner, their kofta meat special shall definitely enchant your senses!

Foodie Madness: The best restaurants of Helsinki and Tallinn

Umami: The quirkiest and funkiest restaurant in Estonia features a mix of local and international food. Can you believe I ate bull’s balls there? Awesome!

Leib: Estonian restaurant located within the city walls of Tallinn with an incredible selection of organically grown food from local places. Their beef cheeks are out of this world!

Sfaar: A restaurant in Tallinn with some of the best breakfast and brunch choices which also doubles as a shoe store. Their Eggs Benedict will leave your mouth watering for sure!

Steak at Sfaar

Tourism Boards and Destination Marketing Organizations

Visit Helsinki: Tourism Board of Helsinki who assisted me during my visit to their city in January 2015. Read all about it here.

Visit Tallinn: Tourism Board of Tallinn who assisted me during my visit to their city in January 2015. Read all about it here.

Visit Finland: Tourism Board of Finland who assisted me during my visit to their country in January 2015.

Visit Levi: Tourism Board of Levi who assisted me during my visit to their region in January 2015. Read all about it here.

Glencoe, let the Skyfall

Visit Salla: Tourism Board of Salla who assisted me during my visit to their region in January 2015. Read all about it here.

Visit Kemi: Tourism Board of Kemi who assisted me during my visit to their region in February 2015. Read all about it here.

Visit Stockholm: Tourism Board of Stockholm who assisted me during my visit to their city in February 2015. Read all about it here.

Visit Berlin: Tourism Board of Berlin who assisted me during my visit to their city in March 2015. You can read all about it here.

Aurora Borealis and the Starry Sky

Visit Ljubljana: Tourism Board of Ljubljana who assisted me during my visit to their city in March 2015. Read all about it here.

Israel Ministry of Tourism: Tourism Board of Israel who assisted me during my visit to their country in May 2015. Read all about it here.

Interlaken Tourism Board: Tourism Board of Interlaken who assisted me during my visit to their city in July 2015. Read all about it here.

Wonderful Indonesia: Tourism Board of Indonesia who assisted me during my visit to their country in August 2016.

Padar Island in Komodo National Park

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Hi, I'm Raphael. In 2012 I left my old life behind to start a new life of travel and I haven’t looked back ever since.

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