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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. "

Ancient Mihintale Temple in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
15 Days in Sri Lanka - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In 15 days, you can travel the length and breadth of Sri Lanka while hitting every coast along the way: north, south, east, and west. And there's a lot to see and do on this island, from exploring ancient Buddhist cave temples to lazing on golden beaches, hiking up rock fortresses, and visiting historic tea plantations in the central highlands. Whether on holiday, a honeymoon, a wellness retreat, or simply chasing the endless summer, Sri Lanka has something for everyone.

Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur and Petronas tours in the distance
Best Time of Year to Visit Malaysia

Malaysia is a singularly beautiful country with a rich culture, unique history, and delicious cuisine. But regarding the weather, you can expect the same climate that defines most nations in Southeast Asia: hot, humid, and rainy throughout the year. Like those other countries, Malaysia has not four seasons but two (wet and dry), and any travel plans you make should consider this reality. That said, no matter what time of year you visit, there are parts of the country to enjoy without fear of a rainout.

Sri Lanka
9 Days in Sri Lanka - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In nine days, you can visit multiple regions and experience many cultural highlights of Sri Lanka. This includes trips to the famous Cultural Triangle of ancient Buddhist cities as well as highland tea plantations and the golden coast of the country's south. You can also include some wildlife spotting in national parks, hikes up rock temples, and cultural exchanges with local artisans.

15 Days in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 15 free days, you can travel from Mexico City to the Yucatán Peninsula and everywhere in between. That means you can visit ancient Aztec cities near the capital and immerse yourself in the indigenous culture, food, and natural beauty of Oaxaca, Puebla, and Chiapas. Beyond those highlights, you can venture deep into the Yucatán region to explore Spanish-colonial cities, incredible Maya ruins, and the most beautiful white-sand beaches in the country.

Stroll the white sand beaches and visit the Maya ruins of the Riviera Maya
13 Days in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In 13 days, you can enjoy a packed itinerary that includes in-depth explorations of two or even three regions in Mexico. Enjoy the history, food, and Aztec ruins of Mexico City, then discover the wonders of Chiapas, like its cascading waterfalls, majestic river canyons, and highland colonial towns. Even after all that, you'll still have time to explore the length and breadth of the mythical Yucatán Peninsula, as rich in ancient Maya ruins as it is abundant in postcard Caribbean beaches.

Experience daily life in a traditional Nahua village in Mexico
12 Days in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Twelve Days in Mexico is just enough time to have a well-rounded, unforgettable experience in one or two regions. Get to the heart of the culture as you visit Aztec ruins, enjoy the highlights of the capital, and tour the historic cobbled streets of Guanajuato, Puebla, and Oaxaca. Or focus on the beautiful Yucatán Peninsula as you road-trip along the Riviera Maya, explore Maya archeological sites, and discover the wild beauty of underground rivers and remote islands.