Rich Francis

Swansea, Wales

41 of the Best Things to Do in Bali

Peppered with mystical Hindu temples, writhed in volcano smoke, scented with incense and Javanese coffee beans, and blanketed in emerald rice paddies: Bali is the fabled Isle of the Gods. And topping all that off are legendary surf swells, powered by the pumping undercurrents of the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean, the shore waters […]

The Ultimate Interrail Itinerary: 41 Pit Stops Across Europe

For more than 45 years, the Interrail pass has been whisking travelers around Europe. From Paris to Porto, Lisbon to Latvia, Berlin to Bulgaria, it now covers a vast network of rail lines and connections between the Black Sea, the Baltic, and the Atlantic Ocean. Some links are nifty high-speed whizzers out of the future. […]

Backpacking Southeast Asia: 41 Destinations That Won’t Blow Your Budget

Like a bar mitzvah or a grad party, backpacking the well-worn trails of Southeast Asia is nothing short of a rite of passage. For the budding traveler, the trodden route that links electrifying Bangkok to the temples of Angkor and the rolling surf of Bali is a chance to discover what street food and tuk […]

13 of Our Favorite Off-the-Beaten-Path Greek Islands

Forget the body-packed beaches of Corfu. Dodge the snorkeler-filled lagoons of Crete. Ditch the pulsing party towns of Mykonos. There are plenty of other Greek islands: you just might not have heard of them yet. Cue this list. We’ll guide you from the rustic Dodecanese chain on the cusp of Turkey all the way to […]

11 of Mexico’s Best Kept Secret Cities

Move over, Mexico City. Begone big Cancun. This list is all about seeking out the hidden towns of Michoacán, Jalisco, the Yucatan, and beyond. It spans from coast to coast, through cowboy canyons, and across plantations of yucca and agave, looking to pin down places that you won’t forget in a hurry. From the tile-fronted […]

41 of the Best Things to Do in Krakow

So, you’re heading off to Krakow? Get ready for a whirlwind of Gothic castles, cobbled squares topped by majestic palaces, leafy parks, and, of course, more potent vodka shots than you’ll care to remember (or be able to remember!). Yep, this cultural hub of Poland is unquestionably one of the most enthralling towns on the […]

Hike and Surf New Zealand in 11 Days

From the sheer-cut fjords of South Island to the smoke-sputtering volcano cones of North Island, New Zealand is brimming with breathtaking natural sites. It’s an obvious destination for any adventure-hungry traveler, touting more wild bays, shimmering beaches, misty rainforests, and snow-capped mountains than you can shake an endangered kiwi bird at (but definitely don’t do […]