I grew up in a small village close to Krakow in southern Poland. I always knew I wanted to explore the world. I left for London over two decades ago and I’ve not stopped travelling since.
I have visited over 70 Countries and six continents. I have managed to trek the incredible Inca Trail, kayaked next to piranhas on the Amazon River, and posed by Christ the Redeemer while soaking up the amazing views of Rio De Janeiro. I have encountered the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, sky dived over Swakopmund, trekked the Patagonia glaciers, and zip-lined in Arenal Volcano National Park.
Visit El Calafate in Argentina to experience Patagonia’s extraordinary ice field. I will never forget the sound of a gigantic iceberg crashing into the water and echoing loudly across the Perito Moreno Glacier. It’s a beautiful place, with the blue sky reflecting in the miles-long, never ending ice. My top tip: take the boat to ‘face’ the glacier from the water level for a magical experience.
And, for anyone into hiking, the hidden gem of El Chaltén town is just a bus journey from El Calafate. It’s where I embarked on one of the most spectacular hikes of my life. You are surrounded by crystal-clear, electric-blue lakes, glaciers, valleys, forests, and the stunning peaks of Mt. Fitz Roy.
One of my favourite experiences is seeing the sunrise on the River Ganges in Varanasi. I will never forget the bright colours, the smell of burning wood, and the sound of ringing bells and pilgrims performing spiritual rituals along the ghats. The taste of chai masala at one of the tea houses in Varanasi’s historical centre completed what was a truly magical morning.
The world is a beautiful place with so many incredible locations – it’s impossible to name just one. Japan’s Miyajima Island is undoubtedly among them, however. I loved the traffic-free lanes with Buddhist temples, friendly locals, authentic Japanese shops, and delicious seafood restaurants. The freshest and biggest oysters are served here. There are wild deer all around the island and they pose for the camera making this special place even more surreal. The cable-car ride to the top of the highest peak leads to numerous scenic trails passing ancient shrines. The views from the top are truly spectacular.
The Pacuare River Lodge in Costa Rica is fantastic. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you are very well looked after by the staff.
The resort is a haven for nature lovers. It’s surrounded by dense jungle, and arriving at the property via raft is a must for the adventurous. There is also lots of wildlife within the resort complex – I was even lucky enough to spot a sloth on the tree just next to the villa.
Several activities are included each day: zip-lining, waterfall rappelling, nature walks, and more. Often the same staff guiding you also provide other services – my raft guide was also my waiter – meaning the service is friendly and personal, though always very professional.
Pacuare River Lodge is eco-friendly, and most evenings illumination is provided by candles rather than electricity. The food is prepared using mainly fruits and vegetable from the resort’s organic garden. The property has everything that Costa Rica is famous for: friendly service, beautiful setting, delicious organic food, wildlife, thrilling activities, and a very sustainable approach.