Unlike the neighboring islands of Nusa Lembongan and Bali, the spectacularly beautiful Nusa Penida Island is a tricky place to travel to independently without doing a little planning in advance.
For a start, there is little public transport available; even taxis are hard to come by. Lots of tourists rent motorbikes when they get to Nusa Penida, because it’s truly the easiest way to get around.
Getting in and out of Bali has become a breeze after recent airport renovations. If you arrive late at night, there will without a doubt be a number of taxis to choose from and bargain with if you want to negotiate a price to your destination. There are metered taxis, but for the most part the driver will have a set price and may or may not lower the price if you want to bargain and start with a lower number.
Arriving to the Chiang Mai International Airport is a breeze. It’s a fairly small airport that had a very limited number of taxis and airport shuttles available outside upon arrival.
The first vehicle that pulled around the corner was a tuk tuk. The late afternoon sun was beating hard, but we opted for the 200 THB (Thai Baht) tuk tuk to take us the 10-minute journey to our Airbnb. What better way to be welcomed to Thailand than a ride in a tuk tuk?
Although being a small mountain town, Cusco has a lot to offer for a wide range of interests and taste buds. I’ve compiled a guide of a handful of highly rated, affordable, and delicious restaurants, bars, and activities to check out while in town.
You can easily accomplish the list of activities if you only have a few days in the city. Transporation is easy to find to get around, or you can rent a car from the airport; although not necessarily recommended. The streets are very windy and narrow, and it could be dangerous driving yourself.
Let me just start off by saying that when I arrived to Lima, I had no idea that the city is in fact internationally known for its food. There are chefs from all over the world who have opened restaurants in Lima, introducing their cuisine and adding to it a twist of Peruvian fusion.
Following 24 hours of travel, the Quito airport was one of the more pleasant experiences I’ve had with foreign arrivals. There was classical music playing through the entire terminal, which was a perfect representation of the Ecuadorian culture – welcoming and beautiful. After a 45-minute windy taxi ride into town from the airport, we arrived at Sakti Hostel – a quaint and welcoming family ran bed and breakfast where we spent 4 nights to follow.
If you’re a foodie, you’ve come to the right place in Nicaragua. San Juan del Sur offers an extensive variety of cuisines in its restaurants and cafes. Although Gallo Pinto and other traditional Nicaraguan dishes are delicious, it is nice to have the option of eating other types of cuisine – especially when you’re on vacation and want all of the worldly tastes in the comfort of staying in one city!
San Juan del Sur is a very popular destination in Nicaragua, for good reason! It is a small, colorful beach town that hosts many locals, expats, and lots of backpackers. It is a GREAT place to meet like minded people, or just to have fun and enjoy yourself in a social setting.
For many travelers, the town is used as a place to pass through. For others, it is a home base. I believe the reason that SJdS remains to be a popular place to visit and stay is because of the sense of community it has to offer. Upon arriving, you will immediately feel welcomed in by the bright and lively atmosphere of the town, and the people who call this place home.