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 […]

Top 10 Travel Tips

top 10 travel tips

Here are our Top 10 Travel Tips that will make your trip a smooth and enjoyable one: (1) Visit the right place in the right season, which is usually during the shoulder-season: don’t visit Paris or Rome in August if you want to see locals and visit places frequented by locals, and not only tourists. […]

A Visit to Cultural Cuba

Photo by Doug Wheller

Cuba is a nation born out of cultural fusion, a fact which is evident in both its buildings and settlements but also in the rich musical, artistic and culinary landscape. The island’s intoxicating brand of unpredictability seems natural for a place that birthed a communist revolution, was revered by Ernest Hemingway and introduced the musical […]