Chris Travel Blog | CTB Global® https://www.christravelblog.com/ Combined leisure & business travel; the efficient way! Fri, 21 Jan 2022 13:26:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.2 TRINIDAD – Port of Spain city walk: Top 12 things to see and do https://www.christravelblog.com/trinidad-port-of-spain-city-walk-top-things-to-see-and-do/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 13:12:24 +0000 https://www.christravelblog.com/?p=37380 Port of Spain is the capital of Trinidad & Tobago and the economical center of the island state. At first sight you might think there is not much to see and do but that’s certainly not the case. Port of Spain is not just business [read more]

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TRINIDAD – Hyatt Regency hotel review: Best luxury place to stay in Port of Spain https://www.christravelblog.com/trinidad-hyatt-regency-hotel-review-best-luxury-place-to-stay-in-port-of-spain/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:17:55 +0000 https://www.christravelblog.com/?p=37365 My trip to Trinidad & Tobago was the first long haul trip post-pandemic and a logical choice because KLM, my favourite airline, started direct flights from Amsterdam. Trinidad has several luxury hotels but after careful selection Hyatt Regency Port of Spain was my choice. The [read more]

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ISRAEL – Caesarea day trip from Tel Aviv: Must see Roman ruins https://www.christravelblog.com/israel-caesarea-day-trip-from-tel-aviv-must-see-roman-ruins/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 10:48:13 +0000 https://www.christravelblog.com/?p=30466 Israel has plenty of (Roman) archeological sites and Caesarea is for sure amongst one of the highlights. It has a beautiful hippodrome, theater, wall, and other remains. Most are Roman but some are from the Crusaders era. The Roman aqueduct is located on the beach [read more]

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GREECE – Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary https://www.christravelblog.com/top-things-to-do-and-see-in-corfu-and-a-corfu-itinerary/ Thu, 16 Dec 2021 19:59:56 +0000 https://www.christravelblog.com/?p=37344 Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea and a popular holiday destination. Its coast is dotted with beautiful beaches and resorts from budget to upscale. If you are interested in an active or cultural holiday you don’t need to worry as Corfu has [read more]

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North Macedonia – Road Trip Itinerary for 7-10 days https://www.christravelblog.com/north-macedonia-road-trip-itinerary-for-7-10-days/ Wed, 29 Sep 2021 16:05:55 +0000 https://www.christravelblog.com/?p=37252 North Macedonia is a tiny landlocked country in eastern Europe and the best unspoiled destination in the Balkan. In this North Macedonia itinerary, I take you to the most important place of interest. It even includes a day trip to the Albanian side of lake [read more]

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EGYPT- Top 7 day trips in and from Cairo; a 9 day Egypt itinerary https://www.christravelblog.com/egypt-top-7-day-trips-in-and-from-cairo-a-9-day-egypt-itinerary/ Fri, 18 Jun 2021 12:37:46 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=19780 Egypt is a country with thousands of years of history and most famous for its Pharaohs and pyramids at Giza. It’s part of the Middle East but lies on the African continent. It’s one of those countries I wanted to visit for a long time [read more]

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RUSSIA – The Moscow Metro; the perfect tour during a rainy day https://www.christravelblog.com/russia-the-moscow-metro-the-perfect-tour-during-a-rainy-day/ Fri, 18 Jun 2021 12:37:23 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=20183 I have always been intrigued by communist architecture. The Moscow Metro is a fine example which I wanted to visit for a long time. I visited Moscow already a few times but never found the time for it. This year I visited Moscow for the [read more]

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Crowne Plaza Yas Island is the perfect hotel for leisure, business and stopovers https://www.christravelblog.com/united-arab-emirates-crowne-plaza-yas-island-is-the-perfect-hotel-for-leisure-business-and-stopovers/ Fri, 18 Jun 2021 12:37:16 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=20157 Crowne Plaza Yas Island is, as the name says, located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. It’s conveniently located just 10 minutes from the airport and that’s why I stayed with my family. We had a very early flight the day after our Abu Dhabi desert [read more]

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OMAN – A 10 day road trip Oman itinerary from Salalah to Muscat in a 4×4 https://www.christravelblog.com/oman-itinerary-from-salalah-to-muscat-road-trip/ Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:12:02 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=2584 Oman is an ideal country that’s suitable for a road trip. I did this road trip during a December holiday with my wife and kids. We planned various activities from culture, nature and some leisure. In this Oman itinerary I take you day by day [read more]

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ARGENTINA – Boutique Hotel La Cantera Calafate should be your choice if visiting Glacier National Park https://www.christravelblog.com/argentina-boutique-hotel-la-cantera-calafate-is-the-place-to-explore-the-glacier-national-park/ Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:11:44 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=20000 I’m in the lucky position to visit Argentina every year for a conference after which I normally add 5-6 days of leisure time. My traditional bleisure trips. This year I went to Patagonia, more precise the Glacier National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I [read more]

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ARGENTINA – Sailing Patagonian glacier lakes while enjoying a luxury five-star lunch https://www.christravelblog.com/argentina-sailing-the-patagonian-glaciers-while-enjoying-a-luxury-five-star-lunch/ Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:11:38 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=19998 This year I combined my business trip to Argentina with a visit to Patagonia. I visited El Calafate and El Chaltén which were my base to explore the Los Glaciares National Park (Glacier National Park). In El Calafate, I visited the Perito Moreno Glacier the [read more]

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CAMBODIA – The Preah Vihear Temple is a must do day trip from Siem Reap https://www.christravelblog.com/cambodia-the-preah-vihear-temple-is-a-must-do-day-trip-from-siem-reap/ Mon, 14 Jun 2021 14:01:44 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=19934 The Preah Vihear Temple is an ancient complex in the north of Cambodia close to the Thai border. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site so a place I could not skip when I was in Siem Reap. The drive from Siem Reap takes a few [read more]

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RUSSIA – Visiting Moscow for leisure or business? Stay at the Marriott Moscow Novy Arbat! https://www.christravelblog.com/russia-visiting-moscow-for-leisure-or-business-stay-at-the-marriott-moscow-novy-arbat/ Mon, 14 Jun 2021 14:01:30 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=19937 Every year I visit Moscow for business and I combine this with a bit of leisure. This year I visited the Moscow metro to see all the beautiful decorated stations. I stayed five nights at the Marriott Moscow Novy Arbat. A luxury hotel where the [read more]

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USA – 1-week in South Florida road trip itinerary https://www.christravelblog.com/usa-1-week-in-south-florida-road-trip-itinerary/ Mon, 14 Jun 2021 14:01:24 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=19303 South Florida, United States, isn’t a long flight from Europe and a perfect get-away for 7 full days of road tripping. Two days of flying makes it a full week with two weekends. I was able to purchase business class tickets for just about 400 [read more]

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TIBET – 7 days in Lhasa: a Tibet itinerary & practical travel tips https://www.christravelblog.com/tibet-7-days-in-lhasa-a-tibet-itinerary-practical-travel-tips/ Thu, 10 Jun 2021 11:47:08 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=19091 During the past years I made many trips to China and each time I wanted to visit Tibet. It was during my China trip together with my son in 2015 that finally I visited Tibet. I started with him in the Yunnan province where we [read more]

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VIETNAM – My Son Sanctuary day trip from Hoi An; exploring the Champa Kingdom https://www.christravelblog.com/vietnam-son-sanctuary-day-trip-hoi-exploring-champa-kingdom/ Thu, 10 Jun 2021 11:46:53 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=19846 My Son Sanctuary is a centuries old Hindu temple complex located an hour drive from Hoi An. It’s a must see in Vietnam and makes a great day trip from Hoi An. My family and I went there with a private car and guide hired [read more]

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VIETNAM – Art and an awesome rooftop bar & pool at Hotel Des Arts Saigon https://www.christravelblog.com/vietnam-art-and-an-awesome-rooftop-bar-pool-at-hotel-des-arts-saigon/ Thu, 10 Jun 2021 11:46:23 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=19755 Ho Chi Min City or also called Saigon was the starting point and end point of a two-week Vietnam summer holiday with my wife and kids. On the return we had a two night stay at the Hotel Des Arts Saigon. This hotel is member [read more]

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JORDAN – A Jordan itinerary for a two week road trip; covering the whole country https://www.christravelblog.com/jordan-a-jordan-itinerary-for-a-two-week-road-trip-covering-the-whole-country/ Tue, 08 Jun 2021 13:32:51 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=15232 Jordan is a beautiful country for a road trip as driving is easy, safe and distances not long. A road trip is exactly what I did during the Christmas holidays a year ago. I have written about the regions in Jordan I visited during this [read more]

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LAOS – Country side and the Kuang Si Falls as a day trip from Luang Prabang https://www.christravelblog.com/laos-country-side-and-the-kuang-si-falls-as-a-day-trip-from-luang-prabang/ Tue, 08 Jun 2021 13:32:31 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=19587 I visited Laos after a business trip to Singapore earlier this year. This landlocked country has been on my radar for a long time. I stayed in Luang Prabang for six nights and did five-day trips from there. One of these days I hired a [read more]

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CAMBODIA – A 9 day Siem Reap itinerary including Angkor Wat https://www.christravelblog.com/cambodia-a-9-day-siem-reap-itinerary-including-angkor-wat/ Mon, 07 Jun 2021 13:40:56 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=1218 I have been wanting to visit Cambodia for a long time and finally I was able to visit before a business trip to Singapore. As I don’t mind driving to a place of interest and back again the same day I decided to base myself [read more]

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USA – The Holiday Inn Express Merced is the perfect gateway to Yosemite National Park https://www.christravelblog.com/usa-the-holiday-inn-express-merced-is-the-perfect-gateway-to-yosemite-national-park/ Mon, 07 Jun 2021 13:40:15 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=19493 Yosemite National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in eastern California, United States of America. As I “collect” UNESCO sites this park was of course included on my west coast road trip itinerary. For road trips, especially in the USA, I often opt [read more]

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USA – Grand Canyon day hike: South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point https://www.christravelblog.com/usa-grand-canyon-day-hike-south-kaibab-trail-to-skeleton-point/ Mon, 07 Jun 2021 13:39:10 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=19510 I like to make a hike now and then but it has to be something unique. It’s not my thing to make hikes of multiple days having nearly the same view day after day. During my west coast USA road trip through California and a [read more]

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LEBANON – The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks) https://www.christravelblog.com/lebanon-most-complete-lebanon-itinerary-all-highlights-10-days-2-weeks/ Sat, 05 Sep 2020 15:08:46 +0000 https://www.christravelblog.com/?p=29026 Lebanon is a small hidden gem in the Middle East and a beautiful destination for a 10-day trip. It’s just a 3-4-hour flight from Europe and thus a perfect destination for the May (or October) school holidays! I visited with my family (kids 13/16 years) [read more]

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LITHUANIA – 1 week itinerary: Vilnius city trip and 3 day trips from Vilnius https://www.christravelblog.com/lithuania-1-week-itinerary-vilnius-city-trip-and-3-day-trips-from-vilnius/ Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:34:03 +0000 https://www.christravelblog.com/?p=36113 After a weird first half of 2020 it’s finally possible to travel again. I had several cancelled trips (to 9 new countries!) but finally it was possible to hit the road again. Vilnius, Lithuania, was my the first destination of 2020. I went there mid-June [read more]

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USA – The ultimate West Coast road trip itinerary; 14 days to must see places https://www.christravelblog.com/usa-the-ultimate-west-coast-road-trip-itinerary-14-days-to-must-see-places/ Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:30:09 +0000 http://www.christravelblog.com/?p=19184 The United States of America are on my travel schedule once a year. As with most long-haul travel I add a week of leisure to a business trip. This “bleisure” travel is my way of life. My trip this year was not different and my [read more]

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