About best regards from far

Best regards from far is the collaboration between two eclectic women, driven to explore and understand the world, often off-the-beaten-path and behind the scenes to inspire you. Non-profit, we aim at broadening one’s horizons to bridge gaps between cultures, and make travelers more aware of their impacts to positively affect local economies, to support community-run projects, to conserve and to protect the environment. We strongly believe in education to make the world a better place.

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About us

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi, South Africa, 5 a.m., February 2009. I am seated in a safari truck next to a small woman with a big camera. She seems to have an eye for capturing nice shots. We start chatting about traveling, cultures, photography, life… Later at night and 500 km south, we are still exchanging stories. Duty calls. We say goodbye. We stay in touch by e-mail until…

Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands, April 2015. Best regards from far is born. We have taken the plunge by turning our shared passion, traveling, into our full-time professions. We share our adventures to reflect and learn about this ever-surprising world, take those who cannot travel with us, provide pertinent information and useful  tips to you, and inspire you to get off the beaten track or rediscover landmarks with a different point of view. Covering topics such as culture, outdoors, gastronomy, environment, history, adventure… sometimes with humor, sometimes more seriously. Capturing the world around us in photographs, shots of life to make you travel, broaden your horizons, and enjoy the ride.

Best regards from far,


About Claire

CL-2Born and raised in Paris, Claire has the reflex to think in solutions, and analyses situations quickly. As an aerospace engineer, researching a topic is her way to keep learning. Experiences turn into vivid articles accompanied by her amazing pictures. Claire is an excellent skier, scuba-diver, runner, and swimmer. She loves extreme sports, snowboarding, kite-surfing, mountain biking, canyoning, and multiple day treks in the outdoors as much as exploring urban jungles. Talking to locals in a bar, sharing life experiences over a good meal, enjoying a play or an opera make her day complete. Having travelled to over 57 countries, lived on 3 continents, no challenge is too big. Claire needs the oceans and the mountains as her playground and will take you with her to inspire you to discover the world.

About Marcella

MVA-2Growing up in the bucolic centre of the Netherlands, Marcella is an idealist who cares and fights against all forms of unfairness. Passionate by languages, she speaks five of them (working on the sixth!), and decided to become an English teacher to broaden teenagers’ horizons and make an impact. Particularly creative, Marcella is an artist with words who loves writing: journals, essays, poems, and lyrics with chords. An excellent musician, she creates songs she plays on the guitar or keyboard, or improvises on her saxophone. Sporty, she loves the outdoors and more specifically nature and wildlife that she is eager to protect and captures beautifully in photographs. Curious, non-judgmental, and open-minded, she is really easy-going, making people at ease instantly, and will make you feel lucky to travel along with her through her writings and photos.

40 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Salut claire et marcella

    C etait sympa de vous rencontrer a l hotel utopia de semuc champey.
    Votre site est top…. Je vais vous suivre… Et rever avec vous… Bons voyages…
    Juste un petit truc: quand j ai essayer “email” google suspecte un site de d hameconnage

    A bientot
    Anne cecile ( la famille d architectes avec les 3 enfants)

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    • Salut Anne Cécile & Co! Oui, c’était très sympa et nous allons suivre vos conseils et explorer les highlands! Merci des compliments! Pour Google, on ne sait pas pourquoi il nous fait ça, mais c’est sensé marcher. Bon voyage!


      • Hello Si vous avez l occase allez a chiantla Passez voir unicornio azul C est une francaise et un guatemalteque qui ont un joli endroit pour faire du cheval et quelques chambres A bientot Ac

        ATELIER DU PONT Anne-Cécile Comar Architecte associée + 33 53 33 24 10 + 33 6 11 77 81 62 http://www.atelierdupont.fr


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  5. I really enjoy reading your blog. It is refreshing but at the same time very informative. The photos are great and the interactive map is COOL. Can’t wait to read about your next adventure 🙂

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  18. Hi, Muffy and Rod from Jo’burg were telling me about you and I just read your entry in their airbnb guestbook. So I thought to say hello. My travels through SA are just about to begin today. Take care, chris

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    • Hi Chris, thanks that’s so cool! Aren’t they the sweetest hosts ever? Awesome to hear that your travels are about to start now, where are you heading to? In the menu, check out South Africa (articles and interactive map) it might give you some ideas for your trip if you have some gaps. Have a great trip in that beautiful country! Kind regards, Claire & Marcella


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