Peru – Country of Many Faces

Peru is somewhat of an enigma, as it offers extreme diversities in weather and climate depending on which part of the country you are visiting. You have the coastal valleys in the west, the Andes mountain ranges in the central and southern regions (where Machu Picchu is located), and the tropical jungle to the east (part of the Amazon).

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Must-Do Day Trip in Cusco, Peru – Lake Humantay

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.

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Machu Picchu Trek – the Quick and Easy Version

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.

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Vietnam – the When, Where, and How

If you haven’t been to, or considered Vietnam as your next travel destination, I would sincerely encourage you to do so. Many locals will know how to speak English, and the low cost of living makes for an economic travel expense as well. There is a wealth of local food offering, but also high-end, French-inspired cuisine that you can enjoy while in its major cities.

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Finland – Winter Wonderland

Finland, or Lapland (northern region) to be exact, is a magical place to visit in the winter. Seeking out below freezing temperatures and mountains of snow may seem absurd to some, but trust me when I say that the wealth of activities and sheer beauty that Lapland has to offer is worth risking a little frostbite.

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How to See (Chase) Northern Lights in Finland

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.

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