It’s no surprise that the majority of people touching down in Cusco (or Cuzco), Peru are generally there for one reason – visiting Machu Picchu. And as it is one of the seven wonders of the world, I don’t blame them (check out my post on visiting Machu Picchu)! But if you can squeeze out an extra day or two from your itinerary, I would highly recommend taking a day trip to Lake Humantay.
If you’re reading this, I don’t need to tell you that Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the world. Though you can trek to it over several nights, we opted for the fastest, most efficient path, which took just one day to arrive and see Machu Picchu (from Cusco) once in the late afternoon, and once more in the morning after we stayed overnight at Aguas Calientes.
Central Vietnam offers a wealth of unique outdoors experiences, one of which is a hiking / cave trekking experience in the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The park itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and spans over 850 square kilometers, and hosts over 300 caves (many of which are still unexplored).
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, both officially and as the food capital of the country, with unique dishes you can only find in Northern Vietnam. Here I list out the top 5 must-eat foods in Hanoi that are the most unique and authentic.
If you’re visiting Hanoi, one of the most recommended side trips to take is an overnight or two-night cruise in Ha Long Bay. I’ll provide a quick rundown of what to expect on two leading cruise providers, highlight similarities / differences, and my opinion on which I liked better, and why.
If you find yourself in South Vietnam, make a trek out to Hoi An. The picturesque town has so much to offer, but is best photographed in the early morning.
Rovaniemi is often referred to as “Santa Clause Village” – largely because there is actually a North Pole theme park, and also because you can find and ride on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, just like Santa.
Chasing Northern Lights – it’s in almost everyone’s itinerary when they visit the extreme Northern Hemisphere where they might be in a position to see the northern lights (aka aurora borealis). When we were in Lapland (northern region of Finland), it was all we could think of on how to best see this astral beauty before we had to return home.
Finland is quickly becoming a hotbed of tourist activity, and not surprisingly, is home to some unique, unconventional hospitality as well. I’ll highlight some of these hotels that are worthy of your consideration and your Instagram posts.