Top 10 travel tips 2014 edition

travel tips

Here are Mapplr’s updated top 10 travel tips. (1) In Italy (and other countries with a rich history, food culture and tradition of hospitality, like Japan) go off the beaten track. You will avoid the crowds, pay much less for hotels and restaurants and still see unique sites. (2) Don’t waste your money on renting […]

Travel guide to Alsace, France

travel guide to alsace

Mapplr’s travel guide to Alsace is designed for people who want to spend five days to a week in Strasbourg and the towns along the Route du Vin (Wine Route) in the Alsace region of France. My advice is to give yourself two to three days in Strasbourg to see all of the main sights […]

Sri Lanka travel guide: favourite hotels, cuisine, recommended places to visit

Sitting and reclining Buddhas inside Dambulla cave temple

This Sri Lanka travel guide is designed for people who are interested in visiting Sri Lanka for a short period (a week or two), who enjoy savoury spicy cuisine and want something more than a beach holiday. Why visit Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka is an island that lies southwest of India, closest to the state […]

Kayaking in New Zealand: Abel Tasman Park

Kayaking New Zealand

Kayaking in New Zealand is one of the absolute musts in this beautiful county.  Abel Tasman National Park on the northern tip of the south island of New Zealand is famous for its golden beaches, turquoise waters, native bush walks and spectacular scenery. There are two walking tracks: the beautiful coastal track and the more remote inland […]

Top 10 Japan travel tips

japan travel tips

Here are my top ten Japan travel tips. (1) Fly into Haneda airport, not Narita, if you are going to Tokyo. Narita airport is a nightmare, starting with the long queues at immigration (in a hot stuffy room) to the long ride from the airport to central Tokyo. Narita lies 57.5 kilometres (35.7 miles) from […]

Day trip outside Tokyo: Kamakura

great buddha kamakura

Kamakura is a coastal town less than an hour from Tokyo (by train), filled with temples and shrines. It is popular among local and foreign tourists and gets very crowded on weekends, so the best time to visit is during weekdays. You can take the train directly from a number of Tokyo metro stations and […]

Bilbao beyond the Guggenheim Museum

bilbao

There’s more to Bilbao than the Guggenheim Museum. Not long ago, Bilbao was known only as an industrial city in the north of Spain. Only a few people knew about the city and even fewer came to visit it. The opening of the Guggenheim Museum marked the arrival of travellers from all over the world. […]

Huayhuash Trek in Northern Peru: Touching the Void

Siula grande

Huayhuash trek in Northern Peru is considered one of the two most beautiful alpine-style treks in the world (the other one is the Annapurna Circuit, which I covered earlier). The trek has gained fame following the Movie “Touching the Void“, which describes the successful but disastrous and nearly fatal climb of the 6,344-metre (20,813 foot) Siula Grande in 1985 by Joe […]

Basque Country Spain and France weekend getaway

Basque Country Spain vineyards

The Basque Country Spain (and France) is an ideal place to spend a three-day weekend if you like good food and wine, and want to explore the delights of San Sebastian. Here is the itinerary I followed, with recommended hotels, restaurants and wineries. Basque Country France: Day 1 Saint Jean de Luz Fly into Biarritz […]

Travel guide Avignon: best hotels, restaurants and shops

travel guide avignon

Mapplr’s Travel Guide Avignon presents our editors’ selection of the best hotels and restaurants in Avignon, must-see attractions and shopping recommendations in the city. Travel Guide Avignon: best hotels If you are going to stay in Avignon during the annual festival in July, you must make reservations well in advance. Here is our list of […]

Sicily travel guide: best hotels, restaurants, itineraries and cuisine

travel guide sicily

This Sicily travel guide tells you how to get the most out of your holiday in Sicily: the best hotels and restaurants, the most interesting places to see, and the culinary highlights of Sicilian food. Sicily has been inhabited since ancient times. The island’s position in the Mediterranean, the richness of its volcanic soil (thanks […]

Gili Islands, Indonesia travel guide

Gili Islands

Not long ago, the Gili Islands were just a popular stop for sun- and beach-loving backpackers travelling through South East Asia. Cheap accommodations, white sand beaches, crystal clear blue water and a laidback atmosphere were the main attractions. All that can still be found on the Gili Islands, but recently, luxurious villas, posh restaurants and […]