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…

Abu Dhabi sand desert Telal Resort

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…

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…