Travel in South America is often dominated by the big players: your Brazils, Argentinas, Perus and Chiles. But little Ecuador, sandwiched between the white caps of the Pacific and the humid lowlands of the Amazon basin, is the equal of any of them.
Why wait until the summer for your next holiday? There are countless good reasons to escape in spring – to beat the crowds, enjoy a milder climate and see some gorgeous spring scenes. The trouble is, there’s so much world to choose from, it can be impossible to know where to start. So we thought we’d lend a hand by picking some of our favourite itineraries to undertake in spring. Here’s the top five.
With Halloween fast approaching, things are getting spooky at Intrepid. Several staff called in sick during the full moon and we’re pretty sure there’s a malevolent presence haunting the downstairs coffee machine.
Whizzing through the skies and trekking through rainforests right now are travellers of every shape, size and background, passionate about everything from ancient Peruvian pottery to Germany’s underground rave scene. Somewhere out there is a person who shares your obsession with boutique Belgian beers, or that quirky urge to follow Bogie and Bergman’s footsteps in Casablanca.
Travel is life’s greatest friendship machine. New friends are forged within it, and existing friends go through it together, coming out that other side that much stronger (provided nobody leaves the passports in the hotel bar).
There are a lot of myths about sailing the high seas. Some people think you need to know the nautical names of every sheet (sorry, ropey thing) and smell of seaweed all day, others reckon you can only do it on a giant cruise ship with four cinemas and a pants-exploding buffet station.
When sailing in Europe, you have to slap yourself every once in a while to make sure you haven’t stumbled into a cliché. Lying on a warm deck, with the waves of the Mediterranean lapping against the hull and the cliff-top villages of Amalfi drifting past the starboard bow, it can all get a little surreal.
One thing should be made perfectly clear before diving into this list: every city, village, hamlet and fjord in Iceland could likely be considered a “small-town” by definition.