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Cuna Maya Hotel – Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Cuna Maya Hotel – Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas was my first stop in Honduras.  Just across the border with Guatemala, it was a shame not to visit another country on my way past.  I didn’t expect to stay in Honduras long, but I quickly saw that there was more to Honduras than the media may tell you.  Forget the warnings about safety in Honduras, Copan was one of the safest places I visited in Central America!  When looking for where to stay in Copan Honduras, I…

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Taste Belize Food Tours: The Best of Belize Culture

Taste Belize Food Tours: The Best of Belize Culture

As you may know, I love food.  I love food experiences, from cooking classes in Guatemala, to food tours in Mexico, and of course eating everything I can!  On my travels, I try to learn as much as I can about the local cuisine, which is an integral part of the culture in any country.  Through food, you can understand traditions, how each group of people developed their own methods of cooking with local ingredients, and how the culture changes…

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Ten Quick Travel Tips for Cuba

Ten Quick Travel Tips for Cuba

I am always fascinated by peoples opinions of Cuba, as going to Cuba can cause mixed reactions.  Travel to Cuba is not always easy, so make sure you prepare for your trip as much as you can!  I asked Antoine from Traveling Life to share his thoughts and travel tips for Cuba to help you plan your perfect Cuba vacation. Cuba is a truly unique place. No other country gives such a strong ‘time warp’ feeling, inviting tourists to step…

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Where to Go in Italy in Winter

Where to Go in Italy in Winter

A trip to Italy is delightful in summer, when you can make the most of the warm evenings, enjoying dinner and a glass of wine on any restaurant terrace. However, this year I’ll be back in Europe over the winter, and I’m already planning where to go. Italy is always high on my European bucket list, so here are my picks for the best places to go in Italy in winter. Where to Go in Italy in Winter: Venice While…

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Scuba Diving in Honduras with Utila Dive Center

Scuba Diving in Honduras with Utila Dive Center

Originally, I wasn’t planning to go to Honduras at all, but I am so glad I did!  I just had a glimpse of this beautiful country, exploring Mayan Ruins, snorkelling in crystal clear waters, and learning to dive in Utila.  I decided to take my PADI Openwater dive course with Utila Dive Center, and had a great time (most of the time!).  Read on to see how I got on diving in Utila, and if I managed to get my…

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Ometepe Island Nicaragua – The Ultimate Travel Guide

Ometepe Island Nicaragua – The Ultimate Travel Guide

I haven’t yet been to Nicaragua, so I asked the lovely Casey Colesworth from A Wandering Foreigner to share her love for Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. It sounds like an amazing experience, and is definitely on my list for when I do get to visit!  Here is Casey’s Ultimate Travel Guide to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua: It’s no secret I love Nicaragua. When I first visited the country, I thought I’d be there for three weeks. Since then, I’ve spent a…

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One Week Italy Itinerary for Rome, Florence and Pisa

One Week Italy Itinerary for Rome, Florence and Pisa

A couple of years ago, before I set sail for South America, my friend got married in Italy. Being the great friend that I am, I traveled to Italy for the wedding, and I decided to take a holiday to explore more of the country while I was there. I loved Italy, and Italian food, people, art, and architecture just blew me away. I wanted to share this one-week Italy itinerary that will take you to Rome, Florence, and Pisa….

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Copan – Mayan Ruins & Macaws in Honduras

Copan – Mayan Ruins & Macaws in Honduras

Copan Ruinas, or Copán as its more commonly known, is a small, pretty town in Honduras close to the Guatemala border.  It is on the tourist map due to the Mayan archaeological site 1km from the centre of town.  As a first impression, it made me want to explore more of Honduras, one of the countries in Central America where few people seem to visit.  Read on to find out more about Honduras, and Copan Ruinas. Find accommodation in Copan on…

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Why Now is the Time to Visit Colombia

Why Now is the Time to Visit Colombia

Colombia is one of my favourite countries I have visited. When Carly from Curly Bird Travel asked if she could write a blog post about Colombia, and her love for it, I couldn’t refuse.  Colombia really has to be experienced first hand, so here is Carly to tell you why now is the time to visit Colombia! I know how you feel. I was also apprehensive about beginning my South America backpacking in Colombia – especially as a solo female…

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Chachapoyas Peru – Gocta Waterfall and Kuelap Pre-Inca Ruins

Chachapoyas Peru – Gocta Waterfall and Kuelap Pre-Inca Ruins

Chachapoyas is the unlikely capital of the Amazonas region in Peru.  Unlikely because it isn’t actually in the Amazon Rainforest, it is located in the Cordillera, and doesn’t feel remotely Amazonic!  Chachapoyas itself is a quaint town, with white painted buildings and colonial architecture.  There isn’t much to ‘do’ in the town, but it is ideally situated to explore the surrounding treasures. Find accommodation in Chachapoyas on Hostelworld Way off the usual tourist route up the Peruvian coast, Chachapoyas isn’t…

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