Plantation Frederiksdorp Suriname

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 … Continue reading Paramaribo and Commewijne plantations – 5 days in Suriname

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 … Continue reading Malta and Gozo – 5 days off-season

Horse riding in Vinales 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, … Continue reading Cuba road trip – 3 week itinerary from Viñales to Baracoa

To the lighthouse in Paphos archeological park covered with spring flowers

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 … Continue reading Best of Cyprus – 4 day road trip

Alice in Wonderland Tsarskoye Selo

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 … Continue reading 3 days in Saint Petersburg

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, … Continue reading Indonesia island hopping – 2 week itinerary