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Chris Wallace

An inveterate backpacker, I've been a professional guidebook author and travel writer for over 10 years. Before that I had the good fortune to live in a number of countries I now write about today, including Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Brazil. My philosophy regarding travel is simple: "no plan." Simply hop on a plane and let the world do with you what it will.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I've lived in and traveled throughout Latin America for almost 15 years, so that region is my purview. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Being from California, I first started traveling to neighboring Mexico as a teenager. That led to Central America, which led to South America, and next thing you know I've been gone almost two decades. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Meeting Middle-Eastern refugees on the island of Lesbos, in Greece, for a story I was working on. It was a supreme highlight as both a traveler and travel writer. It humbled me and gave me that much more perspective, which is never a bad thing. "

A rhinoceros in Kenya's Lake Nakuru National Park
2 Weeks in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Tanzania is one of Africa's most popular safari destinations with its abundance of natural parks and unspoiled wilderness. And with two whole weeks, you can not only experience unforgettable wildlife excursions, like witnessing the Great Migration, but you can also embark on off-the-beaten-path adventures. If that's not enough, there will be time left to hop the border and visit Kenya and Uganda.

See giraffes and zebra in Tanzania's Serengeti
10 Days in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Ten days is enough time to enjoy the best of Tanzania and then some. You can go on safaris in multiple national parks (including the Serengeti), kick back on the white-sand beaches of Zanzibar, and even hike up Mount Kilimanjaro. Or pack twice the fun in a single itinerary by combining Tanzania with a visit to Kenya's star attractions like the Maasai Mara National Reserve and cultural excursions with tribal warriors.

7 Days in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Even in as few as seven days you can cover the major highlights of Tanzania. That includes embarking on safari adventures in two or even three of this country's national parks. Or mix an active vacation with beach time on tours of the Serengeti and time spent lazing on Zanzibar's white sand beaches. And if you're really feeling adventurous, test your fortitude on a six-day hike up the awe-inspiring Mount Kilimanjaro.

Meet elephants in the Serengeti
5 Days in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

It might seem impossible, but five days is enough time to embark on safari adventures in multiple national parks in Africa. The country to do it is Tanzania, where you'll marvel at lions and leopards on the Serengeti, see grazing giraffes at Lake Manyara, and spot a rhino or two at the Ngorongoro Crater. Other five-day itineraries include a relaxing beach holiday in Zanzibar, cultural exchanges with local tribespeople, and an unforgettable hike up iconic Mount Kilimanjaro.

Morning view of Padar Island from Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Best Time of Year to Visit Indonesia

Indonesia is a massive country comprised of many regions and thousands of islands spread from east to west across the Indian and Pacific oceans. It's also primarily tropical. Other than a wet and dry season, the temperatures here change little throughout the year. So planning the perfect Indonesian getaway is as simple as picking the suitable months to avoid the heavier rains.

Bratan Lake
How Many Days to Spend in Indonesia

To get the most out of Indonesia's vast cultural and natural treasures, you'll need at least 10 days. This is enough time to see different archipelagos or experience the highlights of a major tourist hub like Bali. In five days or a week, you can still enjoy beach time, snorkeling, and sailing around a couple of locales, but two weeks really opens things up to go off the beaten path and visit multiple islands.