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The best hikes on Mt Rinjani no one tells you about

The best hikes on Mt Rinjani no one tells you about

Located on the Indonesian island of Lombok, Mt Rinjani [Google Maps location] offers some of the most stunning and challenging hikes in the region. While many are familiar with the popular trek to the summit, several lesser-known trails offer equally (if not more)...

Overnight train Yogyakarta to Malang: What to expect and how to book

Overnight train Yogyakarta to Malang: What to expect and how to book

If you're looking for a convenient (and more environmentally friendly) way to travel from Yogyakarta to Malang (than flying), taking the overnight train is a better option than travelling by bus. In this article, we'll share with you all the important things to know:...

How to experience the Ramayana Ballet Prambanan – An Insider’s Guide

How to experience the Ramayana Ballet Prambanan – An Insider’s Guide

Performing the Ramayana, a famous Hindu epic more than 2,000 years old, the Ramayana Ballet (Sendratari Ramayana) is a mesmerizing show of traditional Javanese music and dance - set against the backdrop of the stunning Prambanan temple complex north-east of...

Borobudur Guide 2024: How to visit the Temple as an Independent Traveller

Borobudur Guide 2024: How to visit the Temple as an Independent Traveller

Planning to visit the magnificent Borobudur Temple in Indonesia as an independent (foreign) traveler? You've come to the right place. Aiming to protect this very special place from over-tourism, significant changes were introduced in 2023. But don't fret. Our guide...

Unwind and recharge with a (multi)day trip to the stunning Kerama Islands

Unwind and recharge with a (multi)day trip to the stunning Kerama Islands

With crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and colourful coral reefs, the Kerama Islands offer a wonderful respite from the busy-ness of Japan's mainland cities. Whether you choose to explore charming Zamami [Google Maps location] on foot or by bicycle, join a...

Ready to hike the Nakasendo? Here are the best itineraries for 1, 2 and 3 days

Ready to hike the Nakasendo? Here are the best itineraries for 1, 2 and 3 days

Whether you’re a novice looking for a pleasant day hike or an expert seeking a more challenging multi-day hike, the Nakasendo offers a range of options to suit all interests and abilities. We have collated 1-, 2- and 3-day itineraries along the best-preserved segments...

Want to run a marathon in Japan? Here is your 2024 Nagano Marathon guide

Want to run a marathon in Japan? Here is your 2024 Nagano Marathon guide

Would you like to run a marathon in Japan but don't qualify for Tokyo and are not keen to join the crowds in Osaka? Well, come to Nagano. Framed by the snow-capped Japanese Alps and with on-course entertainment that puts many majors to shame, the Nagano Marathon makes...

Lisbon + Sintra: 9 low-cost experiences you won’t find in every guidebook

Lisbon + Sintra: 9 low-cost experiences you won’t find in every guidebook

Our plane has started to descend. Below us, a river meanders through the landscape. In the haze ahead of us, the first features of the city appear. Strangely familiar, we have seen these features before, on different continents though: First, there is a bridge,...

Explore St Vincent and the Grenadines as an independent traveller

Explore St Vincent and the Grenadines as an independent traveller

St Vincent and the Grenadines was our Caribbean destination number five, following Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Grenada. This exotically named archipelago is 200km west of Barbados and less than 100km north of Grenada. It consists of 32 islands and cays,...

The Ultimate Travel Companion: How to Find Your Perfect Carry-On Travel Pack

The Ultimate Travel Companion: How to Find Your Perfect Carry-On Travel Pack

Isn't it time to lighten your load? In this article, we will delve into the advantages of traveling light and provide expert tips on how to choose the ideal travel pack for your needs - whether you're a seasoned traveller or planning your first adventure. Get ready to...

Beyond the famous beef: How to spend 24 hours in Kobe

Beyond the famous beef: How to spend 24 hours in Kobe

The name Kobe is synonymous with the famous Wagyu from this region. But there's so much more to Japan's sixth-largest city than a melt-in-your-mouth piece of meat. In this article, we'll take you on a 24-hour journey through Kobe, showcasing the best experiences this...

Nara’s hidden treasures: A 1-3 day itinerary for the offbeat traveller

Nara’s hidden treasures: A 1-3 day itinerary for the offbeat traveller

Usually overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbours Kyoto and Osaka, people who do visit Nara usually come to see just the attractions around Nara Park - including its famous deer. But there is so much more to see and do in Japan's ancient capital. From the...

One Day in Himeji: The Perfect Itinerary for First-Timers

One Day in Himeji: The Perfect Itinerary for First-Timers

Known for its majestic 17th-century castle, Himeji offers a unique glimpse into Japan's rich history and culture. In this article, we present the perfect itinerary for those who have just one day to explore Himeji. From a visit to the famous castle to strolling...

Experience the Best of Hiroshima and Miyajima in Three Days

Experience the Best of Hiroshima and Miyajima in Three Days

Hiroshima and nearby Miyajima Island should be on every traveller's Japanese bucket list. From the iconic A-Bomb Dome [Official website, Google Maps location] in Hiroshima to the giant floating vermilion-coloured Torii off Miyajima [Official website, Google Maps...

One Day in Porto: An itinerary that will make you fall in love with this city

One Day in Porto: An itinerary that will make you fall in love with this city

Before we started our first ever Camino de Santiago (we chose the Camino Portuguese), we spent a few days in and around Portugal’s capital Lisbon, followed by a few days in Porto (Portus Cale in Roman times), the city that lent the country its name. If you are in...

Five simple tips to avoid the tourist crowds in Dubrovnik

Five simple tips to avoid the tourist crowds in Dubrovnik

We were in two minds whether we should visit Dubrovnik or not. Our curiosity and professional ethos won in the end: we want to experience the things we write about first-hand. And promoting sustainable travel also entails visiting destinations that suffer from too...

One week in Western Slovenia: Cool things to see and do beyond Lake Bled

One week in Western Slovenia: Cool things to see and do beyond Lake Bled

As a true Kiwi, there are few countries in the world Paul considers on par with or surpassing New Zealand when it comes to natural beauty. Iceland, Norway and Ecuador are strong contenders. And now we’re adding another one: Slovenia. We’d even argue that New Zealand...

How much does it cost to explore Trinidad and Tobago?

How much does it cost to explore Trinidad and Tobago?

Have you ever wondered whether you could afford to visit the Caribbean? Below is our financial spend for our journey around Trinidad and Tobago in March 2017. Check out what we did during the nine days we explored Trinidad and Tobago.Sign up to receive our email...

How much money do you need to travel?

How much money do you need to travel?

Travel can cost as much or as little as you like. How much money you need (to budget) for your next trip largely depends on how much comfort do you want how much time you’ve got; and where you are travelling. You see, a two-week vacation at a luxury resort in the...

Budget like a pro: How much does it cost to hike the Kumano Kodo?

Budget like a pro: How much does it cost to hike the Kumano Kodo?

If you are looking to explore the natural beauty of Japan, the Kumano Kodo should be a must-do on your itinerary. In this article, we will break down the expenses associated with hiking the Nakahechi route of the Kumano Kodo - including transportation, accommodation,...