Sam with elephants, Chiang Mai


Hi! I’m Sam. The adventurer, photographer and blogger behind Checkoutsam.
I’ve already traveled to 60+ countries and I don’t expect to stop any time soon! Follow my adventures and stay up to date with all of my travel stories, pictures from abroad and helpful travel tips.

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If you are visiting this blog, you probably want to go travelling soon. There are so many destinations, sights and possibilities that sometimes you just don’t know where you should go and what you should see. Because everyone should get the chance to travel, I would like to help.
My name is Sam and I got caught by the travel bug a long time ago! Ever since I was little, I loved exploring places. It all started in Belgium (where I live!) and slowly I ventured out to the rest of the world.

On this website, you can find extensive and informative posts about countries, cities and places that are worth seeing. I’ll give valuable tips about accommodation, how you can save money abroad and tell you more about the places or sights that you should see. Can’t find what you are looking for, or would you just like to say hi? Feel free to leave a comment or send me a message.

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How to Perfect Your Wakeboarding Stance


Let’s start at the beginning: to participate in this watersport, you will (of course) need a wakeboard, but also some bindings to secure your feet, a tow rope which will connect you to the boat, and then the boat itself, which will need to have a wakeboarding tower. This is a structure mounted on the boat, elevated above it, that …

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Packing tips for a walking holiday

First and foremost, it is important to note that the specific items you pack will depend heavily on your chosen route and the time of the year. For instance, walking the West Highland Way in Scotland will present a completely different set of needs to, say, a walking holiday in Sicily.  This is because the West Highland Way is known …

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Experience gifts: 5x Ideas for fun travel inspired presents

travel gift experiences

The first experience I propose, is to escape the ordinary and elevate your gift-giving game with the Temecula Sunrise Balloon Ride. Just imagine yourself drifting peacefully above the breathtaking landscape of Temecula Valley as the sun rises on the horizon. This experience offers the perfect blend of tranquility and adventure, allowing participants to soar above lush vineyards, rolling hills, and …

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