Ben goes places

Hi, I’m Ben, a travel photographer and blogger from Belgium. If you want to see where life is taking me now, make sure to connect with me on Instagram!

Costa Navarino: an ode to Greece

Last June, I took a short break from work and went on a trip to Messenia, a region in the southwest of the Greek Peloponnese. It’s home to Costa Navarino, a luxury travel destination I had already visited a couple of years ago. I can confirm, after staying at a Costa Navarino hotel for the second time, that Costa Navarino has mastered the craft of relaxed and understated Greek luxury. This is probably why the likes of Ronaldo and NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo like this place so much. If you want to know more about my stay at Costa Navarino, the room and the activities: read on!

The OPPO Find X5 Pro: is it my new travel photography companion?

Last week I became the proud owner of a brand new OPPO Find X5 Pro, the new flagship phone from the trendy mobile communications company OPPO. As a matter of fact, I wasn’t planning on changing phones at the moment as the smartphone I had was only a few months old. But the opportunity came and it was too good to let it pass. Besides, I heard great things about the built-in camera! And since I was leaving for Mallorca a few days later, I was excited to see how it would perform on my trip there. Did I like using it? and even more, would I dare to take on the challenge of leaving my camera home and shooting pictures only with the OPPO Find X5 Pro?

AOC U32U1: a review of this elegant 31.5 inch high-end monitor

Santa got me the most amazing gift this year! One cold morning in December, I found a large box underneath the Christmas tree. I didn’t question how Santa was able to get it through the chimney, and opened up the box right away. It turned out to be the U32U1, a 31.5 inch 4K-monitor from AOC. I’ve been using it for my photography work for a while now, so I thought it was time to do a review. Let’s find out why I like this monitor so much.

My trip to Tenerife: the perfect itinerary for first-time visitors!

In October I went to the beautiful island of Tenerife for the very first time. Having only visited Lanzarote before, I already knew the Canary Islands had a lot to offer in terms of impressive landscapes, but Tenerife still surprised me – in a good way of course! It offers a remarkable mix of beaches, forests and rugged volcano landscapes. Here’s why I think my Tenerife itinerary is ideal for first-time visitors!

My top 3 activities in Tenerife

For some people, Tenerife is the perfect island to spend a couple of weeks in an all-inclusive luxury
hotel, or even to relocate for the winter, to soak up some sun. But if you’re on the sporty side of the
spectrum like me, a holiday in one of those all-in resorts would lack a bit of adventure. However, no
need to worry! Quite the contrary, the Canary island of Tenerife is one of the most beautiful
destinations for activity holidays. Here’s my top 3. Your next adventure starts in Tenerife!

My stay in Ghent at The Librarian

In July I found myself in the beautiful city of Ghent. Now I hear you say: how’s that a trip for you? You literally live in Belgium! Well that’s correct, and I’ve actually been to Ghent many times before. But because I went there with photography in mind and stayed a few days, it truly felt like a refreshing getaway. I stayed at The Librarian, one of the 5 Heirloom Hotels in the heart of Ghent. Let me tell you all about it.

Italy is the perfect place for adventure in both winter and summer

Who would have said last year that we wouldn’t be able to travel due to a global pandemic, would have been the laughing stock of the town. However in 2020 this horror scenario turned into reality and with intercontinental travel nearly impossible, we had to change our way of travel. Luckily for us Belgians and Europeans, there’s one truly magnificent country nearby that’s easily reachable and has so much to offer: Italy! Italy offers endless and amazing opportunities for those seeking a vacation dedicated to sports and physical activity – for those who want to be in close contact with nature both summer and winter, surrounded by breathtaking sceneries and unique landscapes. From winter sports in the Dolomites, to having fun on the waters of Lake Como, there’s plenty of options in Italy for everybody.

14 of the most exclusive hotels in Seychelles for an amazing honeymoon

One of the world’s most far flung destinations nestled in the Indian Ocean is the Seychelles, home to natural wonders and marvelous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean famously known as a home to numerous beaches and hidden coves, coral reefs and nature reserves. The warmest time of year is generally April, with a few drops of rain likely between December and February, although it never stays long.

5 exclusive hotel options in Switzerland

Five-star luxury hotels are in abundant supply in Switzerland, so it can be hard to know which to choose. To help you relax and enjoy your luxurious getaway in this beautiful Alpine country, I’ve made a list of my personal favorites among the most luxurious hotels that you’ll find in Switzerland.

7 of the finest hotels in South Tyrol, Italy

When one thinks of the Dolomites and the area of South Tyrol, one immediately thinks of an adventure-packed holiday with the focus on hiking and spending time amidst nature. Images of camping come to mind. But what if I told you that it is perfectly possible can stay in the comfort of a modern hotel, and still have lots of time to enjoy the nature around you? Let’s have a look at some of the finest hotels in South Tyrol. Each and every one offer stunning views, while hiking trails and natural attractions are never far off.

Best luxury desert resorts in the UAE and Oman

When thinking of UAE, the association with luxury immediately comes to mind. We all have images in our head of palm islands in Dubai or downtown Abu Dhabi. After all, the rest of the country is mostly desert, right? Well, in that desert lie some of the world’s most exclusive resorts. The neighboring country Oman is also opening up for tourists and is gaining in popularity over the recent years. So why not consider going there as well? The two countries can easily be combined as well. You can stay a few days in the UAE and head to Oman for the second part of your journey. Along with my top choices in the UAE, I picked two resorts in Oman of which I think they would give you memories you’ll never forget. Read along to find out which desert resort in the UAE and Oman are among the world’s best.

Most unique hotels in Jordan for an unforgettable trip

After years of instability, Jordan is wooing tourists back in their droves. The Middle Eastern country hoped to welcome 7 million a year in 2020, until the Covid-19 crisis happened of course. Jordan offers some of the most spectacular scenery of the Middle Eastern region, it’s safe travel there and the people are friendly. The history of the country goes back thousands of years and some of the world’s most amazing UNESCO Heritage Sites are located here. But where do you stay?To make your visit to this marvelous country truly unforgettable, read along to find out which are the most unique hotels in Jordan.

My luxury safari experience at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

South Africa is usually named in one breath with the word Safari. But when you do a safari, you want to do it the right way! A lot of people are saving up to do a safari and most of us will only experience this once in their lifetime. That’s why I definitely recommend to spend some extra cash on a luxury retreat in a private game reserve so you have the best safari experience you can imagine. During my recent stay in South Africa I had the amazing honor to stay at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge. Let’s have a look at why this lodge might be one of the best in the country!

Driving the Panorama Route in South Africa

The Panorama Route is one of the most famous roads in South Africa. With views for days and impressive waterfalls, it’s not rocket science why they call this the Panorama Route. When you’re in the area, you should absolutely visit some viewpoints along this route. It can easily be combined with a safari experience at the nearby Kruger National Park. In case you’re on a tight schedule as I was, it’s good to know that the route can be done in one day, but I recommend you to start early in the morning. All viewpoints are already open at 7 AM and the sun is already high up in the sky by that time.

Discover the 9 Most Instagrammable Riads in Marrakech

Morocco and more specifically Marrakech is a popular holiday destination and this also shows on Instagram. And let’s be honest, we all want to show off the beauty on Instagram. I mean I can’t blame you, there’s something very rewarding about making a beautiful picture. Some of the Riads in Marrakech are so beautiful on their own, you don’t have to put much effort in trying to take a great picture there. Read along to find out which are in my opinion the 9 most instagrammable riads in Marrakech!

8 of the most luxurious resorts in Crete

Every year, millions of tourist visit Crete for holiday. Crete is an amazing island and I would recommend anyone to go there. Believe me, if you’ve been there once, you would want to go back! But there’s an infinite amount of hotels to choose from, which makes it hard to make the right decision. If you’re like me, you want everything to be perfect during your holiday. Maybe you’ve been saving up all year for it so it would be a shame if the hotel of your choice was not quite up to standard. Or perhaps you’re looking for that perfect resort to spend your honeymoon? Look no further, Crete is the place to be. Let me list 8 of the most luxurious hotels in Crete for you. Some of these resorts rank among the most exclusive hotel properties in the world.

5 of the best luxury hotels along the Amalfi Coast

Only the best is good enough for the wealthy traveler. The most discerning travelers among us are in search of the most exquisite hotels and resorts. And what better place to search at, than at the stunning Italian Amalfi Coast? A place that oozes classic luxury and comfort. Behind the colorful facades, you’ll find some of the most luxurious hotels the region has to offer. Read along to find out which are in my opinion the 5 best luxury hotels along the Amalfi Coast!

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