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Tayrona National Park – A Practical Guide

Tayrona National Park – A Practical Guide

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.  Tayrona is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, don’t miss it! READ MORE: Tayrona Park is Much More Than Beautiful…

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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, taking in all of the key places to visit along the way.  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…

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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.  It was my first destination in South America and marked the beginning of my 10-month backpacking adventure.  But I hated it.  Is hate a strong word?  Perhaps.  But I certainly didn’t like it!  Perhaps it was the jet-lag, the culture shock, or simply that I was overwhelmed by Bolivia’s largest city.  Maybe if I went back now, after more than two years backpacking around Latin America it wouldn’t seem…

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Barcelona Pickpockets: How to Stay Safe in Barcelona

Barcelona Pickpockets: How to Stay Safe in Barcelona

In the last year, I’ve had a lot more people ask me if it is safe to travel to Barcelona.  Since the terrorist attack in Barcelona in 2017, and the elections and protests regarding the independence of Catalonia, more people are certainly concerned about coming to Barcelona and are worried if Barcelona is safe to visit.  To reassure tourists and visitors to Barcelona here’s why Barcelona is safe, and a few tips to avoid the notorious Barcelona pickpockets and not…

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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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