Top 10 travel tips 2014 edition

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

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

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 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

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

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

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. […]