Things To Do In Oaxaca City, Mexico

Just a 1-hour flight from Mexico City, Oaxaca is becoming known as a hotspot for arts, incredible food, museums, and culture.  Oaxaca City is also packed with history: indigenous cultures including Zapotecs and Mixtecs, as well as archaeological sites at Monte Alban...

Where to Stay in Oaxaca

Where to Stay in Oaxaca, Mexico

When I visited Oaxaca, I loved it so much I didn’t want to leave.  My taxi driver and I chatted about it during my ride back to the airport. And even with my poor Spanish, there is one thing he said that I clearly understood: “Oaxaca es mágico.”  With...

Morocco Packing List

Morocco Packing List


Morocco is a crossroads. Spend a few weeks traveling here, and you'll find people, cultures, foods, and languages from Arab, African and European traditions. Similarly, Morocco's landscapes...

Driving in Mexico


On my most recent flight to Cancún, a seatmate and I chatted about our travel plans.  When I said I was renting a car and driving in Mexico solo around the Yucatán Peninsula, she was...

Machu Picchu Booking Resources

Machu Picchu Booking Resources

Located in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is the ruins of a 15th-century Inca city.  The Incas built it around 1450, at the height of their empire, but abandoned it a century later during the Spanish Conquest.  UNESCO declared Machu Picchu a World Heritage Site in 1983.  It was also chosen...

Affordable Small Group Tours

Affordable Small Group Tours


Ten years ago, on my first international trip for work, I fell in love with traveling.  I really wanted to see more of the world, but lacked the experience and confidence to strike out on...

Inca Trail photos

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Gallery

In recent years, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu has become a rite of passage for adventure travelers.  By hiking the trail, you enter the park from the "Sun Gate" at dawn and are able to see Machu Picchu from a high vantage point.  Trekkers can snap some amazing Inca Trail photos of...

Snorkeling & Liveaboard Packing List

Liveaboard boat trips are an amazing way to experience snorkeling and diving destinations, but what should you bring? Grab these tips for what to pack for any snorkeling or diving trip, whether based on land or a liveaboard! I’ve used this list all over the world including Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the Florida Keys.

Thailand Snorkeling Liveaboard

Thailand Snorkeling Liveaboard

I spent an amazing 3 days/3 nights on a Thailand snorkeling liveaboard trip.  The excursion with Andaman Snorkel Discovery left from about 1.5 hours north of Phuket to the Similan and Surin Islands.  The company has recently started trips to Myanmar as well, so I’m hoping to return for...

Two Weeks in Morocco

Two Weeks In Morocco Photo Gallery

With its dramatic landscapes, fascinating history, and intersection of Berber, Arabian and European culture, Morocco should be at the top of every adventure traveler's bucket list.  I spent two weeks there in its cities, winding medinas, mountains and coastal towns.  And one night under the...

Best Travel Gear

Best Travel Gear

There is an entire industry trying to tell us we need to buy the latest and best travel gear on the market!  Over the years, I’ve learned to keep the travel-specific gear to a minimum and save my money for the trip itself.  Below are my favorites that help...

Carry-On Size Limits

Carry-On Size Limits


Shopping for a new piece of luggage and need to know airlines’ carry-on size limits?  Want to avoid having to pay extra to check a too-big bag?  Or did you get your old suitcase stuck in...

Inca Trail Booking Resources

Inca Trail Part V: Booking Resource List

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Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Part IV: Machu Picchu

Located in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is the ruins of a 15th-century Inca city.  The Incas built it around 1450, at the height of their empire, but abandoned it a century later during the Spanish Conquest.  UNESCO declared Machu Picchu a World Heritage Site in 1983.  It was also chosen...

Inca Trail photos

Inca Trail Part III: The Trek

In November, during Peru's rainy spring season, I hiked the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu with my sister Holly.  We did the "classic" 4-day, 3-night version of the trek. By hiking the trail, you enter the park from the "Sun Gate" at dawn and are able to see...