Travel Wiser Galapagos Islands itinerary

Galapagos Islands – land-based itinerary and diving liveaboard

The Galapagos Islands have an almost mythical reputation. For wildlife and nature lovers, there is simply no place like it. The isolated group of volcanic islands is home to endemic species so comfortable with humans that a zoom lens might actually make taking pictures more difficult. Add to that some otherworldly landscapes and the opportunity…

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Maine in the fall – 5 day road trip itinerary

Maine, the USA’s northeastern-most state, is well known for its moose, its lobster and its gorgeous fall foliage. This road trip itinerary will take you from Bangor to Portland via Moosehead Lake and Acadia National Park, taking in the best of Maine. Time to fall in love with the state’s forest-covered hills, shimmering lakes and…

Dun Aengus on the cliff, Inishmore

Ireland road trip – 4 days Galway, Inishmore and Connemara

County Galway is the perfect choice for a short road trip in Ireland. Narrow roads take you across vast, brooding landscapes, with the occasional small village or scattering of sheep. Traditional Irish culture is strong here, and recent years have seen a flourishing of the local food scene based on western Irish ingredients. This 4-day…

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Thailand itinerary – 10 days from Phang Nga Bay to Khao Sok

Thailand is Asia’s most popular destination for a reason: it has stunning landscapes, colorful culture, tropical beaches, great food and cheap massages… all the ingredients for a successful holiday. The downside is that, at least in some parts, Thailand can be overrun by tourists. But with a little effort, we managed to find some not-quite-hidden-but-still-unknown-enough…

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2 days in Bangkok – the perfect first-time itinerary

Bangkok, Thailand’s vibrant capital, is one of Asia’s most popular destinations. Both exotic and modern, it offers plenty to see and do. It is also big and chaotic and as a first-time visitor with limited time, it can be difficult to get your bearings. My Bangkok itinerary will help you cover the main highlights, without…

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3 days in Hong Kong

Hong Kong combines modern and traditional, ultra-urban and lush greenery, cheap Michelin-starred street food and expensive designer shopping malls. It is a great place for a layover, but there is more than enough to do and see to keep you busy for a few days. This itinerary can help you make the most of your…

Baalbek temple ruins in Lebanon

Beirut, Baalbek and the Chouf Mountains – 3 days in Lebanon

Tiny Lebanon has had a long, and turbulent, history. It still bears the scars, but it also has a fantastic cultural legacy. Beirut is well known for its vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene, but it also happens to have one of the most beautiful museums of antiquities. And it is very easy to combine a…

Hiking to the rock-hewn churches of Tigray, Ethiopia

Tigray Ethiopia – 3 day guide to the rock-hewn churches

The stunning rock-hewn churches of Tigray may be the best kept secret of Ethiopia. Not many travelers make it here, but those that do can expect to be blown away not only by evocative churches, but also by sweeping views, fantastic hiking, great birdwatching and wonderful people. This is my account of what to do…

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Ethiopia itinerary – 2 weeks Danakil, Lalibela, Simien and more

One of the most beautiful, diverse and enigmatic destinations in Africa, Ethiopia has something for everyone. Looking for fantastic hiking and unique wildlife? Try hanging out with gelada monkeys in the Simien Mountains. History and spirituality? Lalibela’s churches and Gondar’s castles. Spectacular landscapes and adventure? The volcanic Danakil Depression. All of the above together? Climb…

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Danakil Depression Ethiopia – All you need to know

The Danakil Depression in Northern Ethiopia is like no other place on earth: extremely inhospitable, but also extraordinarily beautiful. Formed by volcanic activity and the movements of three tectonic plates, its unique landscapes lie 100-130 m below sea level and see some of the world’s highest temperatures. The main source of water, the Awash River,…

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Trinidad and Tobago – 1 week itinerary

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which consists of two small twin islands at the southern end of the Carribean, is a great destination for those who are looking for idyllic beaches without the crowds. They may lack truly spectacular sights, but besides palm-fringed beaches, Trinidad offers elfin rainforest, wetland swamp and an interesting mix…

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Guyana jungle and savannah – 10 day itinerary

If you are looking for an adventurous immersion into pristine nature, Guyana is the place to go. The small South American country is not well known as a tourist destination, but its natural beauty is exceptional and the very fact that it is little visited guarantees an authentic experience. On our 10-day tour of the…

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Paramaribo and Commewijne plantations – 5 days in Suriname

As a former Dutch colony, Suriname is firmly on the Dutch tourist trail, but most other people have never even heard of the small South American country. That is a pity, because Suriname has a beautiful old capital, historical sights, lush greenery and a great mix of cultures (including indigenous, Dutch, African, Indonesian, Indian and…

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Dubai and UAE – 1 week road trip itinerary

Mention Dubai and the United Arab Emirates and skyscrapers, malls and indoor skiing slopes come to mind. But when I had the occasion to spend some time traveling around, I discovered there is much more to the Emirates. Think spectacular mountain scenery, golden sand dunes as far as the eye can see, and brand new wildlife…

Girl in wetsuit in front of the salt pans near Marsalforn Gozo

Malta and Gozo – 5 days off-season

Tiny Malta doesn’t often feature on bucket lists, it is primarily known as a destination for sun-seeking British retirees. But the Mediterranean island not only has some incredible landscapes, it is also packed with history and makes for a great cultural destination. Although it is not exactly exotic, it has an interesting cultural blend of…

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Panama road trip – 2 weeks Pacific coast and highlands

Wondering what to do in Panama? This 2 week road trip itinerary will take you from Panama City to David, spotting wildlife in Parque Soberania, hiking to the waterfalls of El Valle, diving on Coiba island and discovering the Boquete and Volcan cloud forests on the way!

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Cuba road trip – 3 week itinerary from Viñales to Baracoa

Colorful crumbling houses, vintage cars, Fidel and Che, mojitos, music and cigars... evocative and seductive, Cuba had been on my wish list for a long time. But not the Cuba of the big all-inclusive resorts, I wanted to see the real country and get a chance to meet its friendly and interesting people. Right now,…

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3 days in Havana

Havana speaks to the imagination. A city lost in time filled with music and mojitos, La Habana was always on my bucket list. Now that Cuba is finally starting to open up, I thought it would be the perfect time to go discover Havana’s dilapidated but oh so alluring streets, now filled with an unprecedented…

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Best of Cyprus – 4 day road trip

Cyprus is the third-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and has a character all of its own. This road trip itinerary offers beautiful nature hikes and stunning beaches, archeological treasures and hidden monasteries, and some highlights of local cuisine. Low season is the best time to go, there are no crowds but sun is still…

Discover the wonderland of Catherine's Palace and Park near St Petersburg

3 days in Saint Petersburg

We spoiled ourselves with a decadent long weekend in beautiful St. Petersburg, a destination fit for royalty. The city's plentiful palaces, museums, churches and restaurants are best enjoyed in spring or summer when the days are long and the temperature moderate.  The 3 days in this "itinerary" are interchangeable, but be aware that most museums…

View over Padar island in Komodo National Park

Indonesia island hopping – 2 week itinerary

With thousands of islands extending more than 5000 km from east to west, it is difficult, if not impossible, to do justice to Indonesia in just two weeks. The three parts of the country covered in this itinerary (Eastern Java, Komodo, and Kalimantan) are relatively close together, but very different in terms of climate, landscape,…

Diving with manta rays in Komodo National Park

Komodo diving and dragons – 5 days liveaboard

The best way to see the wildlife and scenery above and below the waters of Komodo National Park in Indonesia has to be a liveaboard diving cruise. Above water you will see giant Komodo dragons, otherworldly landscapes and idyllic deserted beaches, underwater there is an unbelievably rich marine life, from manta rays, turtles and sharks,…

Lunar landscape of Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National park

East Java’s volcanoes – 4 day itinerary

A road trip is the best way of taking in two of the most scenic volcanic landscapes of East Java: Kawah Ijen, with its sulphurous turquoise crater lake, and the majestic Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. This 4-day sample itinerary starts from Banyuwangi and ends at Surabaya, but you can also do this trip the other way around. Day…

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Mozambique, Swaziland and Kruger Park – 3 week road trip itinerary

You might not have heard of Mozambique as a holiday destination, but that is not because it’s not worth going! With a coastline of more than 2000 km, Mozambique has plenty of pristine beaches where you can unwind at wonderful eco lodges and dive with the big stuff. The interior is still very undeveloped, but…

Walking safari at sunset in the Kruger Park

Kruger National Park – 4 days self drive safari

The Kruger National Park is probably Africa’s most famous game reserve, a must visit for any wildlife lover. The largest national park in South Africa, it is home to more species of large mammal than any other. Besides the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo and leopard) you can see anything here from giraffe to…

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Swaziland nature and wildlife – 4 day itinerary

Tiny landlocked Swaziland is often overlooked in favor of its big neighbor, South Africa. But it offers similar opportunities for wildlife watching and some amazing and varied landscapes, all for low prices and so close together you can do it all in a day (if you would want to). Swaziland itinerary highlights: Rhinos, elephants and…