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“Why do you want to spend one week in Belize?” my friend asked. “There’s nothing there besides beaches.”

He knew I wasn’t a beach person. I can do a day or two on the beach, but any longer than that and I will get bored and start looking for other things to do. What he didn’t know, though, was that Central America’s second smallest country had lots more to offer than just beaches.

I quickly realised that a week in Belize was nowhere near enough. I had a fantastic time, and I easily would have found enough things to do to keep myself busy for another week or two.

Most backpackers rush through Belize because it’s the region’s most expensive country.…

Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands are known for being one of the most expensive destinations in the world.

If you google them, you will find beautiful cruise ships that take you around the archipelago for thousands and thousands of dollars. You will see luxury resorts and tours promising you the best experience – if only you pay enough. The islands have the reputation of being expensive, and it is possible to spend a small fortune coming here.

Yet, it is also possible to experience the beautiful nature and wildlife without blowing your budget. While the Galapagos Islands will never be the cheapest destination in the world, I have travelled here for less than 60$ a day. This budget included a double room with a private bathroom, two excursions and lots of awesome wildlife encounters that I wouldn’t want to miss.…

Lithuania

Do you want to climb giant sand dunes, admire blue houses or relax on the beach? Then you should visit the Curonian Spit in Lithuania.

As I already mentioned in our post about the best things to do in Klaipeda, my great-great-grandmother came from this area. After she moved to Bielefeld, at the other end of Germany, she kept talking about how much she missed the beauty of her homeland. And now that we’ve visited the Curonian Spit, I understand what she talked about.

The Curonian Spit is stunning and a reason by itself why you should travel to Lithuania. And it’s easy to get there! No matter if you travel by car or by public transport, here is how to visit the Curonian Spit, how to get around and what to do and see.…

Costa Rica

Out of all the places I visited in Costa Rica, Tortuguero was by far my favourite. Don’t get me wrong. I loved relaxing on a beach, and I also enjoyed hiking through the cloud forest of Monteverde, but none of those places had the same charm as Tortuguero. This small town, which you can only reach by boat or by plane, was by far the most relaxed place we visited. Also, we saw lots of animals here, which made our stay even more fun.

I think you can easily spend two or three days here, looking for turtles and chasing butterflies. No matter how much time you have, here are the best things to do in Tortuguero.…

Ecuador

If you asked me to choose a favourite island on Galapagos, I would have a hard time. I went to three of them, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela, and loved all of them. Each was special in its own way. But if I absolutely had to decide, I think I would go for Isabela because it was just a bit more special than the others.

Isabela is the island of marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and pink flamingos. Here, you can find endless white beaches and a small town consisting of dirt roads. Sea lions resting in between the mangroves greeted us when we arrived.

Isabela is just perfect. And so you know how to spend your time here and make sure you don’t miss any of the highlights, here is what we recommend doing:…

Thailand

After a couple of days in Bangkok, our trip led us to the island of Koh Phangan in Southern Thailand. I knew that eventually, I wanted to learn how to dive, but I wasn’t sure where. Central America seemed like the best option, as it was one of the few destinations on my itinerary that had pretty beaches and accessible coral reefs.

It wasn’t until I changed my travel plans and ended up in Southeast Asia instead of Nepal that I suddenly found an opportunity to become a certified diver.

Daniel suggested Koh Phangan, and he couldn’t have chosen a better place. Yes, the island is mostly known for its full-moon parties. But it has so much more to offer!…

Ecuador

San Cristobal island is a paradise. White beaches, warm weather and thousands of exotic animals. This island was our first stop in Galapagos, and it didn’t disappoint. Within two hours of arriving, I had seen more sea lions than I had expected to see during my whole stay in the archipelago.

In total, we had two and a half days on San Cristobal, and we would see many more sea lions during that time. Big ones, small ones, tiny babies drinking from their mothers, young ones frolicking in the water.

But San Cristobal is not just about sea lions. There is a lot more to discover. Keep reading to find out what to see and do on this island:…

Estonia

We arrived in Kuressaare on a stormy day. A storm had just flooded Pärnu and the waves were so high that I felt sick on the ferry. To be honest, I often feel sick on ferries, even when others can’t feel the movement of the ship at all. But that day was grey and stormy and when I went to the deck for a minute, the wind almost blew my hat off.

So you can imagine our first impression of Kuressaare. Rainy, windy and grey. Fortunately, we had booked a room in a spa hotel and could spend the rest of the day relaxing in a whirlpool. The next day was much better. After a bit of rain in the morning, we were left with a whole day of sunshine.…

Belize

I will be honest with you. I didn’t love Caye Caulker. I’m not saying that I disliked it but it wasn’t my favourite place in Belize either.

I think it all comes down to travelling to Caye Caulker with the right expectations – and my expectations were high. My whole trip to Central America had been inspired by a young adult novel called Wanderlove. I have read that book more often than any other book (even more often than Harry Potter), and a huge part of it takes place on a Caribbean island in Belize. While the island in the book is fictional, it was inspired by Caye Caulker.

So you can imagine my expectations when I got there. I had vivid images of tropical beaches and colourful houses in my head, the kind of place where you cycle through backstreets without seeing any other tourists.…

Honduras

Utila is a Caribbean dream. Full of white beaches, sandy paths and colourful wooden houses, this is how I always imagined paradise to be like. The region reminded me a bit of Bocas del Toro in Panama and just like I had loved Bocas, I loved Utila.

We spent almost three days here, exploring the island, floating in crystal-clear water and chasing colourful fish. Utila is known for its reefs and most people come here to either learn to dive, to become a diving instructor or to just spend a few days exploring the underwater world. And while Daniel and I had gotten our diving certifications in Thailand, it had been more than six months since then and I didn’t want to do a refresher course.…

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