A Backpacker’s Guide to Machu Picchu

As I began to plan my trip to Machu Picchu, I quickly realized that getting there was not going to be a walk in the park. But let’s face it, anything worth seeing is not going to be easy to get to, especially a world wonder like Machu Picchu.

There are travel agencies that will book the entire trip for you, but I’ve taken a great deal of pleasure in DIY travel. It doesn’t take too much time once you know how much time you have and have decided what you want to see.

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Why Do We Travel?

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves.” – Santayana

I once read an article on what it meant to have the “travel bug”, and how it differentiated from merely taking a vacation once or twice a year.
Many people lust after photos and articles of other people’s travels and adventures and think, “I wish I could do that, they’re so lucky.” Continue reading “Why Do We Travel?”

An Insider’s Guide to Quito, Ecuador


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.

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8 Ways To Maintain A Healthy Travel Routine

Staying healthy while traveling is not always easy. From dining out to lack of sleep and everything in between, people’s bodies can go into total shock when making changes to their typical routine. The tips below are my healthy habits to keep my body moving, feeling nourished, motivated and right on track when on vacation. Continue reading “8 Ways To Maintain A Healthy Travel Routine”

How to Spend 3 Days in Ubud

You’ve probably heard about this magical city in the heart of Bali. Thanks to “Eat, Pray, Love” and “The Bucket List”, Ubud is becoming more commonly known as being a spiritual mecca with beautiful temples, rice fields, and coffee to die for.

Despite what the films (and the above photo) depict, Ubud is an absolute hotspot for tourists, which can be both good and bad. There are places to find peace and solitude literally right outside of the hustle and bustle, but the center of Ubud can be slightly overwhelming during the high season.

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