Hoi An is my favorite city in Vietnam – it’s a beautiful, small town situated on the river with a lovely old town that invites you to hang out, read a book over coffee or wander among the stores. You can explore the rice fields around the town or head to the beach by bike. And some of the most … Continue reading
Siargao Beach, Philippines
Siargao is my new favorite island in the Philippines – it offers the best surfing in the country, beautiful beaches, lush green lagoons and a vibe that’s much more relaxed than popular Boracay or Palawan. And on top, the weather is opposite to most other beaches in South East Asia, with the dry season during the Northern summer vacation months – perfect for a getaway from the rainy season elsewhere! And the Isla Cabana Siargao is a great place to enjoy that getaway!
Nusa Dua Beach
Bali is one of my favorite islands and has fantastic beaches that invite to long walks, surfing and swimming. But the most popular beaches can get crowded. If you are looking for a family resort vacation without the crowds, consider the resort area of Nusa Dua. A number of high-end resorts stretch along the beach, giving you lots of choices without the crowds you’ll find in Kuta or Legian!
Check out my Guide to the Best Beaches of Bali to find the one that’s right for you!
Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, isn’t high on many people’s travel list, but it’s a very relaxing town with nice vibes. While most come for the amazing wildlife, a walk along the river promenade and drinks with a nice view as the sun sets over the river is a great way to end your adventurous day in Borneo.
Check out my Destination Guide Kuching to plan your own trip of Nature Exploration, Wildlife Adventure and relaxing city getaway!
Swissotel Patong Rooftop
If you want to mix your beach getaway with a good party, Thailand’s Phuket is a popular destination and Patong is the undisputed party beach. You can party all night and relax by the beach all day – or just hang out at the hotel pool, if you can’t be bothered to go ALL THE WAY to the beach. And the Swissotel Patong has a very stylish rooftop pool & lounge area!
Ruegen is not only the largest German island, it’s also one of the oldest and today most popular beach destination in Germany. It’s history has protected it from the overdevelopment you find in many other European holiday destinations, resulting in a charming feel of yesteryear with treelined roads criss-crossing the island, little white villas as guest houses and mile-long beaches … Continue reading
Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city, is called the “Rose of the North”. From it’s time as the capital of the Kingdom of Lanna, Chiang Mai has retained some of its historic city walls, gates and the moat, giving it an old town feel you rarely find in Asia. The surrounding mountains provide a beautiful landscape and a slightly cooler climate … Continue reading
Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is one of the most popular cities in the world – and one of the busiest! Thankfully just a short ride away, you can relax on the beaches of Hua Hin, long the beach getaway for the Royal Family. With beaches like this, it’s easy to understand.
To plan your own royal getaway, start with my Destination Guide Bangkok and the Getaway Hua Hin!
Lonely Planet is my favorite guide book to prepare for new destinations and I enjoy their publications to inspire me to visit new places! I recently reviewed the Top Countries and Top Cities to visit in 2019. If you are on a budget, don’t worry, there is a list of the Top 10 Affordable Destinations for 2019 as well – … Continue reading
Conde Nast conducts a reader survey each year to determine the best islands in the world and the top slots went to 3 Philippine Islands. Are you planning a romantic getaway to the South Pacific or Australia – then check out which islands scored the top honors in Oceania in the 2018 survey and read my personal tips to make … Continue reading