Ask The Hard Questions

Did you know you can build a bridge with a question? I had just gotten off the plane from Cusco, eyes red and puffy from crying, stomach growling from not ...

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Pay Attention to the Signs

Just in time for the holiday season, my car’s dashboard is twinkling like a Christmas lights display. It’s been alerting me that I need an oil change for eight weeks ...

How to Find an Apartment in Cusco, Peru, Part 1

You know how when you get something you REALLY like, two months later, you’re like, “But WHAT IF there’s something BETTER out there?” No? That might just be me. I ...

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Me at Machu Picchu

How I Afford to Travel (Yes, I Reveal Exact Dollar Amounts)

How do I afford to travel the world? In this post I ...
How to Start a Blog

How to Start a Blog (in 10 Steps)

People often ask me how to start a blog. This post has ...

I Quit My Dream Job

Yesterday was my last day at work. For most (some of my closest ...

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view from San Cristobal Cusco

Best Neighborhoods to Live in Cusco, Peru (and the Ones to Avoid)

Many people have been emailing me to ask about the best neighborhoods in Cusco, Peru. Below are my personal favorites. I have rented places in the top three. (Okay, so maybe I rented the apartment in San Blas for only one night–but that’s a story for another time.) 1. San Blas Yes, this will be [...]

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suitcases stacked

Unpacking Suitcases, Uncovering Memories

I don’t know what to do with the love letters. I’d forgotten about them until I stumbled upon their crumpled pages in the untouched recesses of my backpack; I suppose I’d mindlessly stuffed them there while packing for South America back in April, thinking I’d need them later. Throwing them into a trashcan seems too [...]

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Machu picchu

15 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Machu Picchu

Planning a trip to Machu Picchu can be stressful (I know; I’ve done it twice!), so I’ve put together a list of 15 things I wish I’d known before visiting Machu Picchu. I hope this helps! 1. It’s worth getting there early. I can’t stress this enough: Get there early (first bus from Aguas Calientes [...]

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How I Packed for 3 Months in South America in 1 Carry-On Bag

Not sure what to bring on a trip to South America? I’ve got you covered. While I ended up staying in South America for five months, I packed with three months in mind. Before we begin, let’s start with this major premise: South America is a large continent consisting of a diverse array of climates, [...]

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Rainbow over Cusco

Life Continues as Normal: On Leaving Peru and Coming Home

As a general rule of life, no matter how certain you were about a decision when you made it, you will second guess it just as the door is being closed on your other options. As you swipe your credit card at the store, you’ll wonder if you should’ve gotten that other dress instead, or [...]

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Tom Bihn Aeronaut in the woods

Tom Bihn Aeronaut Review: My Carry-On Bag for One Bag Travel

Back in April I wrote about my search for the best carry-on bag for a long-term trip to South America. It was my attempt at one bag travel, a movement towards minimalism during travel. After researching and testing different bags (including the Eagle Creek Adventure Weekender, a review of which I’ll post next), the one [...]

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Updates on My Upcoming Cusco E-Book + A Giveaway!

You deserve the best. Has anyone ever told you that? Well, it’s true. And because you deserve the best, I’ve decided to delay the publication of my e-book. It will be self-published roughly around mid-October. I thought I had to rush to finish this book just so I could have it published before I left [...]

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Peruvian Hairless Dog Puppy Peru

The Peruvian Hairless Dog

My landlady got a new dog. Normally, this is not cause for gawking, let alone a blog post, but this isn’t just any dog. This is…a Peruvian Hairless dog. What? Yes, the Peruvian Hairless dog, also known as the Peruvian Inca Orchid or the “Perro sin pelo de Peru.” The name is self-explanatory. Here in Peru, they are [...]

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Cronuts in a display case in Cusco

New York’s ‘Cronut’ Has Come to Cusco, Peru (And It’s DELICIOUS)

Yesterday, I ate a cronut. For those of you who don’t know, the “cronut” – a cross between a croissant and a donut – took the world by storm in 2013 when chef Dominique Ansel invented it and started selling it at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City. I kid you not, people [...]

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His Name Means Hope

I call him Esperanzo. I first saw him in June, ripping through a garbage bag on the side of a road in central Cusco, his ribs and hip bones jutting out grotesquely from his soiled white fur. When he discovered the bag held only dirt, he dug through it anyway; after finding nothing, he walked [...]

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