Not many can say they’ve slept in a real palace before. I felt like a prince spending a few nights at Libertador Palacio del Inka, a Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel in Cuzco, Peru. Located directly next to the Inca’s largest historic temple, Temple of the Sun, Palacio del Inka holds much of its original character in its ornate guest suites. Many of which surround the Casona de los Cuatro Bustos’ stone courtyard…
We stepped off the train and immediately immersed ourselves in a flood of sounds of the Amazonian Cloud Forest. Beyond us, Machu Picchu staggered hidden behind jungled cliff-sides as scattered clouds fluttered around the bend. I’ll save you the fluff. We’ve all heard of Machu Picchu’s stunning reputation, but what I didn’t know coming to see this great place for my second time is how it would personally affect me…
I’ve never felt so spoiled walking into a hotel than when I first walked into Tambo del Inka after a full day of traveling the Sacred Valley countryside. If you’re planning your journey to Machu Picchu, or looking to experience Andean and Quechua culture, you’ve come to the right place. As you descend down the mountains surrounding Urubamba (which itself sits in a valley at 9,000 feet), the red tiled roof of Tambo del Inka highlights itself amongst the eucalyptus trees. Find yourself in the lobby warming up in front of the massive stone fireplace, then head to your room to prepare for some well deserved time at the spa. There’s really no better way to relax in the Sacred Valley than this.
Bohemian Barranco is a one of Lima’s most artful districts. Full of vibrancy, Barranco melds classical Spanish culture with an oceanfront, free-spirited vibe. Turn down one of the neighborhood’s most classical streets, and just beyond the trees of its flower-filled park lies Casa República…
Now, 4 years later, self-employed and running my own business as a freelance photographer, I question my past choices. Could I have been right about the job-security, guaranteed high-pay, and prestige to make an easy-going life? Could I have been misguided, blinded by my passion to create amongst an army of counter-culture misfits? From what it looked like, the creatives I followed online were wildly successful and doing monumental things all around the world. If they can do it, so can I.
I followed the notion that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.
Now I understand that by doing what I love, I never stop working.
You have to understand that nearly all of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market tours leave early in the morning - and many book out in advance. Michael and I are late risers. We missed that opportunity, and with limited time in Bangkok, we set out to get there under any and all circumstances. This is something we could NOT miss being in Thailand. Guide to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market!
My husband Michael and I flew into Bangkok with smiles on our faces, as we were just starting out honeymoon trip and experiencing Thailand for the very first time! With all the chaos of planning a wedding, we actually didn't exactly plan out what we would be doing in Thailand, let alone our first day in Bangkok. Really, we just knew that we wanted to see as much of the city as possible with the little amount of time we had allotted there. And with that, we set off! This is the essential budget travel guide to Bangkok Thailand.
There are plenty more than 8 reasons to visit this incredible city. It is, at it's heart, where the most advanced and high-tech metropolis in the world meets ancient history. Futuristic high-rises tower next to quaint yet powerful shinto shrines. Millions of people file through Shinjuku's Central Station, making it the busiest train station on earth - and yet one can find peace and quiet in neighboring Yoyogi Park. Tokyo is a city for all of the senses. It's overwhelming, brilliantly invigorating, and there's nothing better for a novice traveler than a plunge into the city.
One of the most difficult things to figure out when planning a big trip is deciding where to stay. This was especially true for my friends and I when we started searching for our accommodations on our European backpacking trip. Looking into Copenhagen, we were overwhelmed with the number of options. Then, like an answer from the travel-gods, we took our search to HostelWorld and found this glorious gem... This is the essential budget travel guide to Copenhagen Denmark.
Something that is grossly underrated throughout the world and life in general, is Nordic cuisine. It's iconic, it's amazing, it's everything you didn't know you wanted or needed in life, and more. I'm here to tell you, over latter half of the 20th century, Scandinavia has gone through quite a Renaissance when it comes to the diversity and presentation over their previously classic dishes. As Scandinavia's largest metropolitan area, Copenhagen not only boasts some of the greatest and famously sought-after restaurants, but a huge variety of world-class fare. Whether you're stopping in Denmark's capital city for a quick stopover, or diving in for a long immersive experience, you won't want to miss discovering a bit of what makes this place magical, the food!
Copenhagen has a special place in my heart. It's the city where I tried smørrebrød for the first time, drank my entire bodyweight in beer, and got engaged! I may be a bit biased, but I do believe Copenhagen should be very close to the top of the list when thinking about making a trip to backpack Europe.... This is the essential budget travel guide to Copenhagen Denmark.
In this blog I will share some of my favorite spots around the city, from off-the-beaten path restaurants, fantastic accommodations, to what to see when you're in a pinch for time. Rome is the ultimate romantic and beautiful destination that needs to be on the top of your list of where to visit! Here is the essential budget travel guide for seeing Rome in one week!