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A Practical Guide to Tayrona National Park

A Practical Guide to Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park, or Parque Nacional Tayrona as it’s called in Spanish, is on the northern coast of Colombia, enjoying the heavenly warm seas of the Caribbean.  In this practical guide to Tayrona National Park you’ll see how to get there, how the hike to the camps is, what to take & where to camp in Parque Tayrona.  One of the most beautiful places I have ever been, don’t miss it! READ MORE: Tayrona Park is Much More Than Beautiful Beaches How…

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Backpacker #FirstWorldProblems

Backpacker #FirstWorldProblems

I chose to gallivant around the world, so I should be happy about it, right?  Well yes, I am actually.  But every now and again there are some things that really bug me. Here are some backpacker #firstworldproblems that in the grand scheme of things aren’t a big deal, but have a tendency to piss me off every time they happen! No wifi. Or worse, wifi so poor you can’t do anything on it. I think everyone will back me…

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Cusco – Touristy but worth Exploring

Cusco – Touristy but worth Exploring

Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, and was also known as the bellybutton of the World. Evidence of Inca culture is everywhere, and Cusco isn’t afraid to cash in on its famous history. That is what irritated me about Cusco; although beautiful and interesting to explore, at every turn someone was trying to sell me something. Massages, restaurant menus, llama keyrings, photos with a Peruvian Cholita, photos with a llama, photos with a Peruvian Cholita and a llama,…

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Peru Hop Review: The Best Way from Lima to Cusco

Peru Hop Review: The Best Way from Lima to Cusco

Getting from Lima to Cusco by bus can seem like a mission, but Peru Hop have come to the rescue.  They offer a hop on hop off bus from Lima to Cusco, and vice versa.  I took the Cusco to Lima bus, instead of taking a local bus to each of the destinations between Lima & Cusco, so here is my Peru Hop review. Peru Hop have regular buses running every other day from Lima to Cusco, and vice versa,…

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Dragoman Overland: Tour from La Paz to Cusco & Machu Picchu

Dragoman Overland: Tour from La Paz to Cusco & Machu Picchu

Visiting Machu Picchu by myself seemed way too complicated. I looked online for the traditional Inca Trail trek, to find it was already sold out for the dates I wanted. Apparently you need to book it around 6 months in advance, as they only allow a certain number of people on the trail at one time, and obviously it books up fast. I did some more research on tours and treks and was overwhelmed with the choices. As I knew…

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10 Things I Learned After 1 Month on the Road

10 Things I Learned After 1 Month on the Road

Time really does fly when you’re having fun. The last 30 days have whizzed by in a blur of mountains, Inca ruins and llamas. I’m not sure how I expected to feel after a month of travelling – seeing and doing incredible things, making friends with people from all over the World who you may never see again, or who you may bump into a few days later in the next town. I haven’t really had time to process what…

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Santa Cruz: First Impressions of Bolivia

Santa Cruz: First Impressions of Bolivia

Unfortunately Santa Cruz didn’t provide the best first impressions of Bolivia. I hated it.  Is hate a strong word?  Perhaps.  But I certainly didn’t like it! My flight from Madrid apparently landed around 20 minutes later than scheduled, but this short delay after a flight of 11 and a half hours was then followed by 2 hours of queueing; first in the huge queue for passport control, and then in the even bigger queue for customs. In fairness, they had…

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Pickpockets in Barcelona: 10 Tips to beat the scams!

Pickpockets in Barcelona: 10 Tips to beat the scams!

Violent crime in Barcelona is virtually non-existent. Pickpockets in Barcelona are, on the other hand, annoyingly common.  I am surprised how often people ask me if I feel safe here, as they have heard it’s a dangerous place!   It is very rare that belongings are taken by force or with any threat of force; but pickpocketing is a problem. Pickpocketing is pretty common, especially in busy tourist areas like Las Ramblas and the metro, as it is not a crime here…

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Paella Cooking Class in Barcelona: EatWith Marta

Paella Cooking Class in Barcelona: EatWith Marta

You’ve gawped at Gaudi’s works, peeked in the Picasso Museum & rambled down La Rambla. And now you’re hungry. But perhaps you are hoping for something a little more authentic than the pre-packed, frozen paellas offered in many tourist traps. How about learning to cook paella for yourself, in the home of a local teacher?  A cooking class in Barcelona is the perfect way to sample authentic food – and take the recipe home to make it yourself! I am…

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Ten Simple Pleasures of Travelling

Ten Simple Pleasures of Travelling

There are many simple pleasures in life, that don’t require any technology, hard work or complicated designs.  And for me, most of these can be found through travelling.  I was planning to just do a top 5 list but there are just too many pleasurable aspects to travel!  The sheer joy of discovering something new, leaving your daily grind back in the city, and breathing fresh air somewhere else….. just get me on a plane! 1. The moment you get…

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