If I had the choice, I wouldn’t spend only 36 hours in Tokyo, especially on my first visit to Japan. When you can’t take any other days off on your birthday weekend, however, you deal with what you have. I took a katana to the usual three/seven-day itinerary, slashing ruthlessly until my two days in Tokyo were filled only with things that were meaningful to me.
It pains me that some of my friends and even my own mother struggled to find enough things to do in just one day in Helsinki. If only they’d asked me; I’ve been to Finland’s capital thrice (four times now, as of December 2017) and it has a special place in my heart. As my itinerary below will show, 4 days in Helsinki is enough to take in the city sights, as well as those sights just beyond the city limits and even an international border.
I’ve been to many places but few of them are picturesque in the way that Luang Prabang, Laos is. The dense surrounding forest and the absence of high-rise buildings couldn’t be more different from the urban sprawl of other Southeast Asian cities.
I spent 5 days and 4 nights there in May 2017, a couple of months after the peak tourist season, just before the arrival of the monsoon. While that doesn’t make me an expert in any way, the following itinerary is perfect for first-time visitors and solo travellers. The must-see places can be covered within 3 days but you’ll find the unhurried pace of life there infectious. Feel free to spread them out or extend your stay!
Have you seen anyone write about how they spent two weeks in Singapore?
Two weeks in Singapore without leaving the country? You mad, bruh? I’d die of boredom there.
Perhaps I am. The average visitor stays in the country for 3.5 days. The Lonely Planet guidebook provides only a one-day itinerary. Even the Tourism Board doesn’t have a plan that lasts more than seven days. What are people to do if they’re staying with their friends or loved ones in Singapore for a few weeks, though? It’s tempting to spend a significant number of days in Penang, Bali, Bangkok or some nearby city, but that needn’t be the case.
So here’s the brief I set myself: Create a two-week itinerary for slow travellers that takes in the major sights and more. Give them a glimpse of everyday life and introduce them to the history of the country from more than one perspective.
(Updated: March 2018)
For many people, Frankfurt is the first place in Europe that they land and the last that they leave, especially if they’re flying with Lufthansa. Despite that and its status as one of the world’s important financial centres, it doesn’t have a great rep as a tourist destination, due to the damage that World War II bombing raids inflicted on its heritage.
I had 5 hours to kill between my arrival from Helsinki and my flight home. There was no point in sticking around the airport when the free wifi lasts only 30 minutes, so I left. I was pleased by what I found and did with €25, and that wasn’t due to any low expectations. [Read on]