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Hiking in Peru – The Ultimate Guide

Hiking in Peru – The Ultimate Guide

Peru is an incredibly diverse country which has some of the best hiking and trekking routes in the world.  In this post you’ll find everything you need to know about hiking in Peru, from where to find awe-inspiring multi-day Peru treks, top tips for hikes in Peru, what hiking equipment you might need, the best time to go hiking in Peru and vital information for hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  Get ready for hiking in Peru!! Where to…

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A Lisbon Food Tour & Cultural Walk with Taste of Lisboa

A Lisbon Food Tour & Cultural Walk with Taste of Lisboa

Food, glorious food.  Food in Lisbon is amazing, and although Portuguese cuisine is not as well known as it’s Spanish neighbour, the flavours, produce and local dishes available here are good enough to rival any top foodie destination.  To learn more about the food in Portugal and where to eat the best food in Lisbon, I contacted Taste of Lisboa to see if I could join one of their cultural food tours in Lisbon.  They suggested their Downtown-Mouraria Food and…

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Where to Stay in Tayrona National Park: Accommodation in Parque Tayrona Colombia

Where to Stay in Tayrona National Park: Accommodation in Parque Tayrona Colombia

Tayrona National Park in Colombia is an incredible place.  In Spanish, it is known as Parque Tayrona or Parque Nacional Tayrona, and it was one of my favourite places to visit when I was backpacking in Colombia.  Although it is possible to visit Tayrona National Park on a day trip, the best way to experience the park is to spend at least one night there.  However, choosing Tayrona National Park accommodation which works best for you isn’t the easiest, so…

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A Capela dos Ossos: The Chapel of Bones, Evora Portugal

A Capela dos Ossos: The Chapel of Bones, Evora Portugal

It may sound gruesome, and it certainly is a little strange, but visiting the Chapel of Bones in Evora in Portugal (Capela dos Ossos in Portuguese) is something you really should do – if only to get a sense of your own mortality.  The Evora Bone Chapel wasn’t as creepy as I had expected, so don’t be afraid, and embrace one of the most popular things to do in Evora! Should You Visit the Chapel of Bones in Evora? After…

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Adventure & Mayan Culture on a Cancun Eco-Tour Excursion

Adventure & Mayan Culture on a Cancun Eco-Tour Excursion

It’s been a while since I was in Mexico, and I miss the food, culture and warmth of the people.  When Melanie and Marla from Grans on the Go got in touch with me about their trip to Mexico, I was excited to read what they got up to on an Ecotour excursion from Cancun.  Here’s how they got on learning about the Maya culture, ziplining, swimming in cenotes and exploring the magnificent Coba Ruins on a tour with AllTourNative!…

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Ciudad Perdida Tour: The Lost City Trek Colombia

Ciudad Perdida Tour: The Lost City Trek Colombia

The Ciudad Perdida Tour and Lost City trek in Colombia is a challenging but fascinating journey that I highly recommend.  Trekking through the Colombian jungle for 4 or 5 days is beautiful, sometimes strenuous, always sweaty and at times very wet!  See how I got on when I did the Lost City Trek Colombia: READ MORE: What to Pack for the Lost City Trek to Ciudad Perdida How Much does the Ciudad Perdida Tour Cost? It is not possible to…

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A Douro Valley Wine Tour & River Cruise from Porto

A Douro Valley Wine Tour & River Cruise from Porto

Porto is famous for its wine.  As well as the Port wine, the Douro Valley region just outside Porto produces some fabulous wines and a Douro Valley wine tour makes a wonderful day trip from Porto.  I contacted Cooltour Oporto about one of their Porto wine tours which included transport to the Douro Valley, wine tasting and a Douro River Cruise from Pinhão, and was thrilled when they offered me a place. I enjoyed a complimentary tour in exchange for…

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6 of the Best Work Exchange Sites Compared & Reviewed

6 of the Best Work Exchange Sites Compared & Reviewed

Work exchange programs are a fantastic way to travel for free by volunteering abroad.  There are several different work exchange websites which help to connect potential volunteers with work exchange and volunteer placements all over the world.  The one you may have already heard of is Workaway, but there are several other sites like Workaway which work in a similar way, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  I’ve brought together the six most popular work exchange sites to compare…

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The Best Hostel in Lisbon Portugal for Solo Travellers – Good Morning Hostel

The Best Hostel in Lisbon Portugal for Solo Travellers – Good Morning Hostel

Hostels in Portugal are of an incredibly high standard.  There are some amazing hostels in Lisbon, to suit every taste, from luxury hostels to all-night parties.  After spending some lovely relaxed days in Evora I wanted a bit of excitement during my stay, and when Tatiana from Good Morning Hostel got in touch, I knew that I was going to have a great time in Lisbon.  Good Morning Hostel in Lisbon has a great reputation for being sociable and was…

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Things to do in Evora in Portugal

Things to do in Evora in Portugal

Evora in Portugal was one of my favourite places I visited during my month-long trip backpacking around Portugal.  About an hour and a half away from the capital, most visitors just come here on a day trip from Lisbon to see the top sites of this beautifully preserved medieval town, then disappear just as quickly.  However, there are more than enough things to do in Evora to keep you busy for several days, so spend a night or two here…

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