Essential Travel Items Everyone Forgets

Whenever I have travelled I’ve noticed there are always some essentials I forget. It’s the random things you don’t think about until you are already enjoying your vacation. And now that we are at home with nothing to do but plan our trips months in advance add these to your packing list: 1. Bug Spray. There are countless times I could have used bug spray … Continue reading Essential Travel Items Everyone Forgets

Eat Your Way Through Barcelona

Travelling isn’t just about what you see, it’s also about what you eat.

If you are travelling to Barcelona, you will have so much to see you will forget to sit down and enjoy a meal. At least that’s what happens to me when I’m overwhelmed with the amount of beautiful things I can see in a short time.

I’m here to remind you of some of the must have foods you need to try on your trip to Barcelona, Spain. Continue reading “Eat Your Way Through Barcelona”

5 Reasons to Use a Tour Company for Your First European Adventure

Dreaming of a trip to Europe? Not sure how to get started on planning your trip? No worries, there’s not much to think about beyond packing if you do your trip with a tour company.

I won’t lie that it’s a pricy option, but if you have pinned locations all over Europe to your Pinterest board, then this will be the simplest and cheapest way to make your dreams a reality.

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4 Things To Do in Minca Colombia

When I was in Cartagena I stumbled onto this town called Minca.

I use the word stumble loosely as this place was 5 hours away from the city of Cartagena. But I only heard about it from another backpacker.

Anyways, it is a small mountain town. Or as I refer to it a hippy town. The coffee shop I went into when I first got there had no doors on the bathroom. You feel me?

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12km Walk Under the Boiling Sun – Santorini Style

Have you heard about the 12km walk in Santorini? No?

Well prior to asphalt roads being built, the two main cities (Thira and Oia) of Santorini were travelled to and from along the top of the coast. The path, as you may have guessed, is 12km long.

If you have the time, I suggest you walk it. The view is stunning and so is the environment. Because Santorini is affected by an active volcano, the erosion is quite fantastic with its mix of colours. As you walk along the path, you will see black rocks and then a whole area that is completely red.

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Cartagena – The New “IT” Place

Colombia has risen to the top of people’s travel bucket list – and for good reason. It is a beautiful country that is clawing itself out of it’s bad reputation. You say Colombia, and people automatically think cocaine capital of the world.

For a while, this was true. However, now a days the government has started to clean up areas of the country and wipe out the production of drugs. In areas like Minca, a town in the mountains, that residents used to make money from working the cocaine fields, are now profiting from tourism and coffee farms.

So, is it a safe place to go to? Yes and no.

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La Tomatina: What to Expect

Planning to go to Spain for La Tomatina? Here are some things you should know before you go get tomatoes thrown at your face.

La Tomatina takes place at the end of August (varying every year), for a celebration that no one really knows why it started. Speculation is that the village people got angry at the government and started throwing tomatoes at them to show their anger. Anyways… The annual event is hosted in a Small town near the coast called Buñol, Valencia.

Where To Stay: the obvious choice would be to stay in Valencia. And if you have the time to spend a night there then I suggest you do so. However, book it in advance, it is a small town. You may end up getting a room at their university. You can also stay in Barcelona and  get your tickets through a company that will drive you overnight to Valencia. Continue reading “La Tomatina: What to Expect”

Packing for a Trek to Machu Picchu

I was under the impression that bringing a few layers of clothing would be more than enough to trek to Machu Picchu for four days. Well… turns out I was mistaken.

I ended up wearing ever piece of clothing I had in order to stay warm. So please read this blog, and don’t make the same mistake as me.

The best time to go to Machu Picchu is from May – November to avoid the rainy season. Unfortunately, this means you are going to be in Peru during their winter months. Which at an altitude of over 3,000 meters feels quite cold.

If you are doing the Inca Trail or the Salcantay Trail you will probably have to pack slightly different items. The Inca Trail is all stairs and if you go in the dry season you will be in the sun all day. If you are doing the Salcantay Trail part of it goes through the Amazon so it is humid and there are more chance of encountering mosquitos. The climate also varies on the time of the year you go, as well as, how long a trek you are doing, as a 2 day trek and 5 day trek may have different paths.

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4 Tips for Travelling Solo

I was determined to spend my birthday this year in Paris. Preferably with friends, but none of the 10 people I invited could come. I know, LAME!IMG_0425

So I ended up doing a solo trip to Paris. Was it an amazing time? Yes. Would I do it again? I don’t know. I personally enjoy having people to share experiences with. Am I glad I did it? Yes.

If you are planning a solo trip and don’t want to be the lead role in your own remake of the movie Taken, here is some advice to keep in mind.

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