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11 Awesome Photos of Machu Picchu

11 Awesome Photos of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is still one of my favourite places I have ever been.  In the last 2 years I have been backpacking South America, Cuba, and Central America, and watching the sunrise at Machu Picchu still sticks in my mind as an incredible experience that I don’t think I’ll ever forget!  I wanted to share with you some of my favourite photos of Machu Picchu that I took during my time there, including a few from the trek to Machu…

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How to Choose a Hostel Bed Like a Pro

How to Choose a Hostel Bed Like a Pro

Your first stay in a hostel can be a daunting experience.  I’m here to help you have the best possible hostel experience, and although a good night’s sleep unfortunately can’t be guaranteed, choosing the right hostel bed can go a long way to help!  By following a few tips, you can turn a hostel nightmare into an awesome hostel experience! Want to book a hostel for your next trip?  Check out HostelWorld for listings and prices Which Hostel Room to…

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Tips For Recreation In Patagonian Argentina

Tips For Recreation In Patagonian Argentina

The southern regions of Argentina make for beautiful destinations for backpackers, provided it’s the right time of year. Fewer cities, a lower population, and a great deal of natural beauty make the area very alluring to certain travellers. Rather than focusing purely on landscapes, sightseeing and hiking spots, we’re going to point out a few places you can go to enjoy yourself while you’re in the middle of your journey. Restaurante Ahonikenk As you might expect there are plenty of…

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Hobbitenango – Hobbits in Guatemala’s Middle Earth

Hobbitenango – Hobbits in Guatemala’s Middle Earth

Did you know there are hobbits in Guatemala?  Well, hobbit holes at least.  Rather like Hobbiton in New Zealand, Lord of the Rings fans can now visit Middle Earth in Guatemala.  Set high in the hills above Antigua, Hobbitenango is an eco-friendly hotel and restaurant with spectacular views of the volcanoes across the valley.  I love hunting out unique accommodations where I travel, from glamping in Bolivia to hammocks in Tikal, so I was thrilled when I got the chance…

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Cooking Guatemalan Food with La Tortilla Cooking School Antigua

Cooking Guatemalan Food with La Tortilla Cooking School Antigua

I am attempting to take part in a cooking class in every country I visit.  I have so far only managed a cooking class in Mexico City, Barcelona and La Paz in Bolivia, so I wanted to do a cooking class in Antigua Guatemala.  I had no idea what Guatemalan food was like.  Tortillas, of course, and frijoles (black beans) and plantains.  But aside from that, I had no clue, so I wanted to learn more about typical Guatemalan dishes….

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Motion Sickness: Don’t Let Car Sickness Ruin Your Travel Plans!

Motion Sickness: Don’t Let Car Sickness Ruin Your Travel Plans!

Motion sickness, car sickness, travel sickness, sea sickness; all names for that awful affliction that strikes fear into some of us at the mere thought of taking a journey.  Those who don’t suffer from it have no idea how it feels, and those that do dread long trips, windy roads and rough seas. Even typing the words makes me feel queasy!  Having suffered from severe motion sickness since childhood, over the years I have learned various tricks and tips that…

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Horse-riding to Xunantunich with Hannah Stables

Horse-riding to Xunantunich with Hannah Stables

San Ignacio in Belize, close to the border with Guatemala, has plenty of things to do, from exploring caves with Mayan skeletons, to tubing, swimming and eating delicious street food!  One of my favourite activities in San Ignacio was horse riding to Xunantunich. Xunantunich, also known as the Mayan ruins that no-one can pronounce, are actually closer to the Belize-Guatemala border than San Ignacio, near the town of Benque.  It is easy to reach by public transport from San Ignacio,…

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11 Reasons Why Hostels are Awesome

11 Reasons Why Hostels are Awesome

I feel like I’ve been bashing hostels lately; from sharing some horrible hostel nightmares to drawing up a list of unwritten rules for hostel etiquette for those who stay in a hostel for the first time.  However, it is not all bad!  I feel I now have to tell the other side of the story and emphasise why hostels are awesome and why I still stay in hostels despite everything you might have read in the other posts!  There are definitely…

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A Galapagos Cruise or Island Hopping?

A Galapagos Cruise or Island Hopping?

Most visitors to the Galapagos Islands choose to take a cruise; and many people believe that this is the only way to visit the islands in Ecuador.  It is, in fact, quite easy to visit the islands independently then ‘hop’ between the islands and take day tours to see more of the incredible nature on offer.  Both options have positives and negatives, but how do you choose which option is best for you?  I’ve summed up some key points to…

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Tikal Sunrise: Sleep in a hammock and hear the jungle come to life!

Tikal Sunrise: Sleep in a hammock and hear the jungle come to life!

Tikal in Guatemala is the most impressive Maya site I have seen so far, compared to others like Lamanai in Belize for example.  It comes close to Machu Picchu in grandeur, although sadly there is no viewpoint to overlook Tikal, partly because it is surrounded by jungle!  This vast Maya site is actually closer to Belize City than most popular destinations in Guatemala, like Antigua and Lake Atitlan, so it makes sense to visit Tikal on your way to or…

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