2 days in Quito Travel Wiser guide

2 days in Quito

Ecuador’s capital, Quito, is an atmospheric colonial town set against a backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes. Its lively historic center, the “Old Town”, is a Unesco’s World Heritage site boasting an extraordinary amount of churches and colonial architecture. Besides clambering on church roofs, you can spot hummingbirds, admire Pre-Colombian and modern art, and taste the best…

2 days in Bangkok Travel Wiser itinerary

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…

Travel Wiser Hong Kong

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…

Travel Wiser Suriname, Frederiksdorp plantation Commewijne

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…

Travel Wiser in Havana Cuba

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…

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…