Nazca Lines: The Mysterious Markings in the Peruvian Desert

Or how I paid $85 to vomit over a UNESCO World Heritage site! I was excited about Nazca. I didn’t know much about the ancient civilization that gave the town its name, except that they had left the famous ‘Nazca Lines’ in the desert, deep in Southern Peru.  I was hoping to learn more about […]

Arequipa Peru – A Backpacker’s Guide to Peru’s White City

Arequipa is at a lower elevation than Cusco so is a good way to acclimatise to the altitude in Cusco

Arequipa is filled with beautiful architecture & surrounded by spectacular scenery. White volcanic rock called sillar was used to construct most of the buildings here, and so earned Arequipa its nickname of the White City. It is Peru’s second largest city and is also the base for treks to Colca Canyon & surrounding volcanoes including El […]

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 […]

Peru Hop Review: The Best Way from Lima to Cusco

Peru Hop Route Cusco to Lima

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, taking in all of the key places to visit along the way.  I took the Cusco to Lima bus, instead […]

Sunrise at Machu Picchu: My Magic Moment

Sunrise at Machu Picchu

I cried the first time I saw Machu Picchu. It had been an emotional few days! I had been pushed to my physical and mental limits; hiked for four days across peaks up to 4400m high. I had been wet, cold, hot, sweaty and constantly exhausted. While I understand how some people hate Machu Picchu and […]

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

Our Dragoman Truck Rosita - Backpacking Tours in South America

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 […]

What is the Best Thing about Solo Travel?

The Best Thing about Solo Travel

As I sip my glass of white wine out of a plastic cup I gaze around at my surroundings.  A pop-up bar along the banks of the Danube, made up of an old camper van, pallet furniture, and a couple of hammocks, it also boasts recycling for our cups, and a banging stereo system propped […]

Exploring Catalunya: An Adventure at Campdevánol Waterfalls

One of the Waterfalls at Campdevanol near Barcelona

If you follow my blog regularly you will know I am a fan of social networks as a way of meeting people and doing things I might not normally do.  So, feeling a little restless and in need of adventure I decided to get back on the Meetup wagon as I hadn’t done anything with […]

Ten Simple Pleasures of Travelling

Aeroplane in the Sky - The Cheapest Places to fly in South America Backpackers Guide

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, […]

Colibri Camping & Eco-Lodge in La Paz Bolivia

Colibri Camping, near La Paz Bolivia

After my experience in Santa Cruz, I wasn’t looking forward to another Bolivian City.  I spent some time looking for quiet and peaceful places instead of party hostels in La Paz, and was thrilled when I found Colibri Camping!  Just outside the city, it was a perfect place to escape the crowds and relax in […]