Faces of Peru | Marko the Estonian

Among a crowd of Peruvians in Cusco, Marko the Estonian is easy to spot. He is tall, blonde, and perpetually in shorts and flip flops despite this city’s chilly weather. ...

Man on rope in Cusco Peru

Cusco Has a Party Problem

Dear Cusco, This is an intervention. I have stood idly by for too long while you blasted music, set off fireworks at all hours of the day and night, threw ...

In front of Huayna Picchu in Machu Picchu

My Trip to Machu Picchu Part 2: How Much It Cost & How I Did It

If you’re one of the approximately one million people planning a trip to Machu Picchu this year, you’re probably wondering how to get to this secluded ancient Inca city. There ...


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 ...

Four Exotic Foods I’ll Never Eat Again

Sea urchin gonads, duck fetus, and baby eel--yep, I've eaten all of ...

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Machu Picchu, Peru

My Trip to Machu Picchu Part 1: What I Thought of This Famous Inca City

Machu Picchu has just been named as the most desired travel destination. Hostelworld.com held a survey that asked users to pick which trip they would most want from a list of the world’s 30 top destinations; Machu Picchu won by a landslide, surpassing the second best pick by more than 1 million votes. In 2013, 1,177,308 [...]

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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 reveal all my “secrets,” along with detailed expense reports, so you can figure out how to travel too.

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Do not throw toilet paper in toilet, sign in Cusco

14 Surprising Things About Cusco, Peru

Alpacas in the street, guinea pigs for lunch, water shutting off at night…just some surprising facts about Cusco, Peru.

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An outstretched hand

And Then He Kissed Me

As a solo female traveler, I’ve had many rules dictated to me. One of the main ones is I am never to walk alone at night. But be alive for any amount of time, and you’ll see how difficult it is to never be on your own when it’s dark outside. The other night I [...]

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Me at Machu Picchu

Reflections After One Month on the Road

I almost didn’t make it to South America. If Fear had had his way, I wouldn’t be here in Cusco. I wouldn’t be sitting in this charming cafe in the bohemian San Blas neighborhood, savoring a dark chocolate, banana and coconut crepe, listening to people speaking Spanish, French and Chinese around me; I wouldn’t be living [...]

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The hills of Cusco, Peru

How Much It Costs to Live in Cusco, Peru (With REAL-TIME Daily Spending Log)

Almost every traveler you meet in Cusco, Peru is merely “passing through” on their way to Machu Picchu. I really think if you don’t stay and live here for a while, you’re missing out! The cost of living in Peru is pretty low, the people are friendly, Cusco is rich with Quechuan/Incan history and influences, [...]

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Peruvian soles, Argentine pesos, Uruguayan pesos, and American dollars

Expenses Revealed: How Much It Cost Me to Go to South America

It’s time to bare it all. I’ve got no shame. In this series of posts, I’ll reveal every detail of how much this trip is costing me. Here is a breakdown of everything I paid before leaving for South America Trip Item Cost Flightfox.com service to help me find the cheapest flight tickets $69 Flights [...]

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Cusco Cathedral in Peru

Travel Is a Test in Trust

I’m not the kind of person to walk alone through the alleyways of a foreign city on my first day in it, looking to move in with complete strangers. Oh wait–that’s exactly the kind of person I am. It’s 11 a.m. on a Sunday, and I’ve just gotten out of mass at the cathedral in [...]

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Google Translate conejo means rabbit

How Not Knowing Spanish Caused Me to Accidentally Eat a Rabbit

If it weren’t for my need for food, I would probably never practice my Spanish. While traveling through South America, speaking Spanish is directly tied to getting food. At a restaurant, if I’m unable to communicate what dish I want, then I don’t get to eat. I can’t think of a better motivator. But sometimes [...]

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Alice in Wonderland cards

Tell Me, Please, Which Way I Ought to Go From Here

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where –” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. ― Alice in Wonderland The subway system in Buenos [...]

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