Saruni Samburu

Northern Kenya safari – 1 week off the beaten track in Samburu

At the mention of safari in Kenya, the Maasai Mara immediately springs to mind. But although the Mara is undeniably a fantastic place to see wildlife, there is much more to explore in Kenya. The conservancies of rugged and scenic Samburu County, north of Mount Kenya, are the perfect destination for an off-the-beaten-track safari. Although … Continue reading Northern Kenya safari – 1 week off the beaten track in Samburu

Travel Wiser Seychelles itinerary 2 weeks island-hopping

Seychelles itinerary – 2 weeks island-hopping

The Seychelles may be the ultimate do-nothing island paradise, but there is plenty to do! Of course, this destination is all about beaches (the Seychellois call them anses, or bays). Think powdery white sand punctuated by surreal granite boulders bordering clear turquoise waters… But the interior has plenty to offer, too, with lush jungle and special … Continue reading Seychelles itinerary – 2 weeks island-hopping

Montenegro road trip itinerary, Durmitor

Montenegro itinerary – 1 week road trip

Montenegro might be small, but there is plenty to see and do. This mountainous country has some of the most spectacular landscapes in Europe and seems to have only scenic roads: perfect for a road trip! Although the coast gets plenty of visitors, the interior is still rather wild and deserted, especially outside the summer … Continue reading Montenegro itinerary – 1 week road trip

Travel Wiser Jordan road trip, Petra

Jordan road trip – 1 week itinerary

Jordan has long been one of the Middle East’s more established tourist destinations, not in small part due to the stunning ruins of ancient Petra. But the country has impressive archeological sites from all periods: besides Nabatean Petra, there are the Roman ruins of Jerash, Byzantine mosaics, crusader castles and early-Islamic desert retreats to explore. … Continue reading Jordan road trip – 1 week itinerary

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 … Continue reading Ecuador Trip – Andes to Amazon 2-4 weeks

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 … Continue reading Ecuador highlands road trip – 1 week Guayaquil to Quito

Maine fall road trip Travel Wiser

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 … Continue reading Maine in the fall – 5 day road trip itinerary

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 … Continue reading Ireland road trip – 4 days Galway, Inishmore and Connemara

Travel Wiser Thailand itinerary: Khao Sok

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

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