Travel Wiser Ecuador trip itinerary Andes to Amazon

Ecuador Trip – Andes to Amazon 2-4 weeks

Ecuador might be small, but it’s surprisingly varied. From the snow-capped volcanoes of the Andean highlands you can drive down to the lush and wildlife-rich rainforests of the Amazon Basin in a matter of hours. Modern meets colonial in cities like Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. And of course there are the completely unique Galapagos Islands. It’s…

Travel Wiser Ecuador highlands road trip itinerary

Ecuador highlands road trip – 1 week Guayaquil to Quito

There is no better way to explore the highlands of Ecuador than by taking a road trip. The high-altitude road between the country’s two biggest cities, Guayaquil and Quito, zigzags between snow-capped volcanoes, remote national parks and traditional Andean villages. This 1-week itinerary will help you make the most of the Ecuadorian Andes’ natural and…

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…

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…

Travel Wiser with Sofie in Lalibela, Ethiopia

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…

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 Dubai and UAE road trip

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…

Travel Wiser Cuba

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,…

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…

Travel Wiser Cyprus road trip

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,…