Ruegen – a German beach destination how it used to be…

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

Perfect Weekend Itinerary: Chiang Mai, Thailand

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

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Hua Hin, royal beach getaway near Bangkok, Thailand

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 Top 10 Affordable Destinations for 2019

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

The Top 5 Islands 2018 in Oceania

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

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Romantic Getaway to Bali

Breeze at Samaya, Bali

Bali is a great destination for a romantic getaway. A dinner along the beach with the most dramatic sunsets every night – what could be more romantic? The Breeze at Samaya pictured above is a fantastic place to have dinner – or stay. 
To plan your own romantic getaway, check my recommendations for Bali’s Best Beaches!

Lonely Planet Top 10 Countries to visit in 2019

Every year Lonely Planet, my favorite travel guides, publishes a list of top destinations to visit. The countries and cities Lonely Planet selects are usually beautiful places that are just making it (back) onto traveler’s lists, yet before they become mainstream and the tour buses arrive. That always makes for an intriguing list to check out and find inspiration for … Continue reading

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Siargao, Philippines – Best Island in Asia 2018

Siargao Beach

The readers of Conde Naste Traveler just voted Siargao as the best island in Asia for 2018 – and I agree. With stunning waves for surfers, quiet beaches and wild mangroves, it offers a lot for nature and beach lovers who want to get away from the crowds. There is a single road going around the island and you won’t see any tour buses here. And where else can you stay in a private pool villa right on the beach for $250? Go now, while you can still enjoy this island paradise without the crowds and the sky high price tags!
Check out my Siargao Island overview and Isla Cabana Resort review. Book your beach getaway before everybody else does!

Perfect Weekend Itinerary: Wine Country Visit to Napa, California

Napa Valley is one of the most popular weekend getaways from San Francisco – in less than 90 minutes you are surrounded by the beautiful wine country, with rolling hills and vineyards. You’ll be tasting some of the best wines in the world by day, enjoying delicious food and be pampered in high-end spas and hotels – it’s pretty hard … Continue reading

Boracay reopened – cleaner, quieter and more sustainable?

Boracay, just voted again to be one of the top 5 islands in Asia by Conde Nast Traveler, reopened on October 26, 2018 as scheduled. The island was closed to visitors for 6 months by the order of the Filipino president to clean up the consequences of over-tourism. So, what was accomplished in this time, how has Boracay changed and … Continue reading