How do you get from dreaming about a vacation to relaxing on the beach somewhere? Travel planning can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve written a comprehensive how to guide that will show you how to plan a trip, with plenty of travel planning resources to help you travel stress-free!
We spent several months researching what to pack for South America before our trip. Well, after 4 months of backpacking through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Argentina, we can safely say that we’ve fully field tested all of our travel gear for South America! This list compiles all of the best travel gear we packed for South America.
From the creepy clown trash cans (seriously, Ecuador, WTF?) to llamas and knee injuries in the Andes and making turtle friends in the Galapagos, we had a fantastic time during our month backpacking in Ecuador! Here are 30 things no one told us about before we visited Ecuador….
Staying gorgeous while traveling isn’t the easiest task. After months of backpacking, I’ve found the best makeup for travel plus skincare and haircare beauty tips for backpackers! Makeup for travel is the trickiest thing to get right on a long trip. You need products that are multi- functional; that won’t break, melt, or fall apart while you travel; are packaged small enough to carry with you; and won’t slide off your face while you have amazing adventures. It’s a lot to ask. Luckily, I’ve found a few makeup products that I swear by for travel and backpacking!
Packing for long term travel: some people leave it until the last minute, but I spent months planning, researching, test-packing, and even in some cases, weighing every item for our trip. You’re probably not shocked to hear that there were spreadsheets and diagrams (If this was Harry Potter, my patronus would be a spreadsheet.) But even though I researched, re-researched, read countless blog posts about packing for long term travel and background checked the authors of the Amazon reviews I trusted (ok, that last part is a mild exaggeration), there were bound to be mistakes. I wish I’d known a little bit more about what not to pack for long term travel!
Jeremy and I are less than a week away from the biggest challenge of our entire trip: hiking the 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It’s not just the lack of Netflix and Instagram for four days that scares us (although … shudder) but the incredibly difficult high-altitude hike. This morning I walked down the street in Cusco and it felt like walking through sand… on the moon. Yikes. We’ve been searching high and low for tips about visiting Machu Picchu that will help us to feel less terrified and more excited. And one of my amazing friends went above and beyond! Angela is a brilliant lawyer who also happens to be Peruvian, and she’s been visiting Peru regularly for years. Who could be better to get Machu Picchu tips from??
If you’re going backpacking in Peru, chances are you’ll hear a lot about Macchu Picchu, something like “don’t spend any time in Lima” (we disagree), and some generic advice about acclimating in Cusco for a few days before doing anything athletic, like getting out of bed or walking up a flight of stairs (we agree). And that’s about it. We arrived in Peru with very little idea of what to expect. After a month of backpacking in Peru and figuring it out as we went, we’ve cobbled together some observations from our very gringo perspective, with varying levels of usefulness and in no particular order.
The semester I turned 21, I did an internship through the College Program at Walt Disney World and worked at Soarin’ Over California, in Epcot. Of course, it was magical (and yes, Drinking Around the World is the BEST way to celebrate turning 21). I learned all about pointing with two fingers, making Magical Moments, […]