Sail Amsterdam 2010: hotel and travel guide

If you are planning a trip to Europe this month, don’t miss Sail Amsterdam, which takes place from August 19-23, 2010. This event happens only every five years and it’s impressive. Here’s a guide to hotels and restaurants in and around Amsterdam.

Eat Pray Love Bali travel guide

Inspired by the movie and the book “Eat Pray Love” to go to Bali? Here’s my Bali travel guide with special focus on the village of Ubud, where Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat Pray Love” stayed while she was in Bali. Ubud is a village that lies an hour by car from the beaches of Seminyak […]

Best hidden beaches

Pansy Island is a tiny, tree-less sandbank 30 minutes from Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean with its crystal blue waters, you’ll be able to bask in the sun on its powder white sandy beaches, covered in rare and beautiful pansy shells. A 30 minute flight from Salvador in northern Brazil, the isolated Marau Peninsula […]

Guide to the best hidden boutique hotels around the world

Here’s a list of some of my favorite hidden boutique hotels. They’re not all in remote locations. Some are in cities such as Amsterdam, but the hotels are distinctive and quirky, definitely not boring and standard. Hill Lodge: tropical hideaway in Chiang Mai, Thailand If your idea of a holiday in Thailand does not include […]

Cheap Eats San Francisco, summer 2010 edition

Cheap Eats San Francisco, the summer edition, is here. You know that eating out in San Francisco can be very expensive. Many restaurants charge $15 for an appetizer, $28 for a main dish, and $10 for dessert, but what do you get for that? Most of the time, nothing special. Multiply that by two and […]

Travel Guide to Istanbul

This travel guide to Istanbul comes just in time for spring when many are planning their spring and summer holidays. I’ve been getting many inquiries about Istanbul so I decided to write this travel guide to collect all of my recommendations — currently spread over several posts — into one article. To see all of […]

Tropical beach holiday special: Roatan, Honduras

During the cold winter months, my mind doesn’t turn to skiing, but to a holiday in a warm tropical place with white sand beaches and clear warm waters. I don’t like all-inclusive beach resorts where you hang out all day. I want to be in a place where there are more young people than retirees, […]