Sam with elephants, Chiang Mai


Hi! I’m Sam. The adventurer, photographer and blogger behind Checkoutsam. In the meantime I’ve already seen 50+ countries and I don’t expect to stop my voyages any time soon! Follow me and stay up-to-date on all of my travel stories, beautiful pictures and handy travel tips.

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If you have arrived on this website, you probably want to go travelling soon. There are so many locations, sights and possibilities that sometimes you just don’t know what to choose anymore. Therefore, let me help.
My name is Sam and I got tackled by the travel bug quite early. Ever since I was little I loved exploring other places. As I got older, I decided to also travel outside of Europe. And since then… I always am travelling!
I live in Belgium, but I personally think I’m quite an international guy. I’ve lived in Holland for a year, and more than two years in the United States of America. When I go visit or live in another country I always try to find interesting (and secret!) places, sights and things to do. But why keep them to myself?

On this website you will find extensive and informative articles about countries, cities, places and everything there is to see abroad or even in your own country! I try to give tips about accommodation, saving money and the absolute must-see’s and do’s for wherever you are.

Welcome and have a safe journey!

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Oktoberfest in Munich! Everything you need to know about this party!

On October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Theresia of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were allowed to share in the celebration because they were invited to the festivities organized in the fields in front of the city gates. These fields were called Theresienwiese (Meadow of Theresia), and therefore the inhabitants of Munich often refer to the Oktoberfest as …

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Visiting the Széchenyi baths

szechenyi baths

The Széchenyi baths were constructed at the end of the 19th century by drilling up natural water. Soon, the thermal baths in Budapest became a must-see. Unfortunately, the original source got exhausted soon and a new drilling was made at the beginning of the 20th century. This moment was also used to give the Széchenyi bath house a new look. …

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The most beautiful thermal baths of Budapest

It is best to visit the thermal baths of Budapest early in the morning if you want to avoid the crowds. June to September are peak months because many tourists have booked a city trip to Budapest. Bring your own towel, as well as a bathing cap if you wish to swim in the olympic pools. Flip-flops are always handy, …

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