27 June 2010
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As soon as one travel adventure ends, it is time to start planning the next. This usually entails searching through my favorite travel websites and magazines for ideas, comparing my "shortlist" on Intrepid Travel (a list that is by no means short with over 20 trips selected!), and playing around with international airfare on kayak.com, one of my personal favorites. I never like to plan too far in advance, since I have one of the rarest of diseases- Travel ADD, in which I can feel compelled to travel to Croatia one minute and Kenya the next. I never know when a bout of the disease will strike, so it's best to research all destinations and go with the one I am most drawn to at the time of booking.
Days 1-2, Lima and Cuzco Meet in Lima and overnight in the vibrant Miraflores section of the city or near the airport for later arrivals• Short scenic flight over the Andes to the ancient Inca city of Cuzco • Explore ruins near the city• Enjoy Cuzco's cuisine, combining Andean specialties with modern tastes
Days 3-6, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley Bike to the unique Inca site of Moray and the incredible salt pans of Maras • Raft the Class III Urubamba River through the Sacred Valley with examples of Inca stonework and terracing along the banks• Tour the ruins of Ollantaytambo • Hike the Royal Inca trail to Machu Picchu or other equally spectacular trails • Half-day tour of Machu Picchu
Days 7-10, Kayaking Lake Titicaca Transfer back to Cuzco, flight to Juliaca and transfer to Llachon on the shore of Lake Titicaca• Kayak across Lake Titicaca to Isla Taquile • Hike and explore the traditional culture of Isla Taquile • Kayak the shoreline of Isla Taquile before visiting the floating islands of Uros • Fly back to Lima and onward home • Note that because return flights to the United States are usually overnight flights, you will arrive back home on day 11 of the trip.
My sister has been my traveling companion on recent trips, but when I mentioned the excursion to my boyfriend (who has an affinity for Latin American culture), he was interested, too. We decided that it was the perfect honeymoon trip. What better way to start out a marriage than with a life-changing experience hiking, biking, and kayaking to Machu Picchu? The trip is a little pricey at $2698, but, fortunately, airfare to Peru can usually be found for around $600. No, I am not engaged yet, but after five and a half years, a girl can dream, right? And, as I always say, you never know when you'll need to jet to X country at a moment's notice, so it is always best to be prepared.
17 June 2010
Antarctica may be the last frontier on the planet, but it also represents the holy grail for travelers. The place you visit if you want to earn travel bragging rights for the rest of your life. The world's most remote destination is also one of the world's most expensive destinations. Since you must travel by large ship or yacht (naturally) to reach the Antarctic islands and you must fly down to the very tip of Argentina, getting there can be extremely costly.
16 June 2010
14 June 2010
I think I mentioned in a previous post that I have been on a huge Virginia Woolf kick lately. My great love and admiration for Virginia led me to read All Passion Spent by her great love, Vita Sackville-West. This was one of those rare books that was not only delightfully enjoyable to read, but one that delivered a powerful message, as well. It was about the importance of being true to our passions and our one true vocation.
10 June 2010
09 June 2010
The Cut broke the news yesterday (following a Twitter update) that Vogue's Fashion News/ Features Director, Sally Singer, would be leaving the hallowed halls of Vogue for the greener pastures of T Magazine to serve as its Editor-in-Chief. I'm sure you're probably scrambling to picture T Magazine (I know I had to) in your head. It's the style and fashion magazine supplement for The New York Times, and, admittedly, it's not a publication that I've spent much time reading in the past. That will have to change in the future, as Sally Singer is one of my most admired fashion writers.