Category: Travel Advice

Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Guide

With a countless number of breathtaking vistas, some of the most unique and beautiful trees in the country scattering its landscape, and some of the best rock climbing scrambles in North America within its borders, Joshua Tree National Park may just be one of the most underrated national parks in the US National Parks system.

Joshua Tree may not get all of the press that its sister parks in California get, as parks such as Yosemite, Death Valley, and Redwood are well known around the world.  However, that doesn’t mean Joshua Tree National Park isn’t every bit as beautiful or exciting.  If you ask any national parks enthusiast who is well versed in all of the national parks in the United States and they will tell you that Joshua Tree National Park is one of the premier national parks in the country.

15 Common Travel Scams and How to Avoid Them

It is human nature to want to find the best deal possible.  When making significant purchases, as is typical when doing a significant amount of traveling, it is wired within most of us to want to search out the best deal possible.  After all, the more that we can save the more we are able to travel.  Most of us are also extremely trusting when we travel.  You have to put yourself out there and put your trust in other people to a certain extent when you travel someplace you are unfamiliar with.  For this reason, most of us like to think the best of the people we meet and interact with when we travel.

Australia and New Zealand Travel Planning Part 1

Other than actually taking the trips, there are few things I enjoy more than planning travel adventures.  In case you haven’t read my article on our travel plans for this year, we have decided to visit Australia and New Zealand.  Both of these countries have long been on our bucket list and I am very excited to finally have the chance to visit them.

As I did when I planned our trip to Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands last year, I am going to share with you my trip planning process.  By sharing the process by which I go about planning trips, I hope to give you some ideas on how you can save more money traveling and make your trip planning process a bit easier.

Visitor’s Guide to Ronda, Spain

If you are looking for that quintessential Spanish fairytale experience, then look no further than the city of Ronda in Spain’s Malaga province. This mountaintop city, which is built-up on the precipice of a deep gorge, looks like it was conjured up from the mind of one of this world’s greatest storytellers. It really is that beautiful and unique.

While this fabulous city may not have been imagined up by a great storyteller, it has attracted some of this world’s most creative minds. In fact, both Olson Wells and Ernest Hemingway spent some significant time in this city of dreams throughout their lives. According to Hemingway, “Ronda is the place where to go, if you are planning to travel to Spain for a honeymoon or for being with a girlfriend. The whole city and its surroundings are a romantic set.”

Top 10 Tips for Saving on Holiday Travel

With the holiday season fast approaching and your to-do list growing by the day, the last thing you want is added stress about how you are going to afford your holiday travel.  The holiday season can be the most expensive time of the year to travel, and if you aren’t familiar with how to navigate the minefield of expenses it can be a daunting task to undertake at an already stressful time of the year.

The Ultimate Guide to Hiking the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is one of this world’s greatest hikes for explorers and adventurers.  Since the world became reacquainted with Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail following its rediscovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911, adventurers, academics, and world explorers have been flocking to Peru to hike the trail each year.  Machu Picchu was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983, and then declared one of the world’s New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.  This has only increased the popularity of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail.  This has led to an increase in the number of visitors to the area from in the low 100,000’s in the 1980s to over 1.2 million visitors a year today.

10 Things You Should Never Do When Traveling Over the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and many of you are likely making plans to visit loved ones both near and far.  However, as nice as it is to get away and see loved ones during the holidays, the holiday travel season can be extremely busy and can make traveling during this time extremely stressful.  If you aren’t careful, it can quickly ruin your holidays and leave you wishing you would have just stayed home.

The Top 2018 Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers

If you have a travel enthusiast on your shopping list, I have put together some unique and creative ideas of some gifts that you can surprise them with this holiday season.  These are gifts that they can use as they trek around the globe, get some inspiration for their next big adventure, or use to keep the memories of their recent travels fresh in their memory.  If you know someone who loves to travel, these gifts should put a big smile on their face this holiday season!

The Art of Travel Photography – Machu Picchu Photography Guide

Machu Picchu is both an architectural marvel and a stunning piece of artwork wrapped up into one iconic travel destination.  Considered one of the new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is one of South America’s, if not the world’s, most recognizable places.  Because of its beauty, tourists flock to Machu Picchu each year to get a glimpse of it first hand and to try and capture its essence in photographs.  However, capturing this beautiful place in photographs is not without its challenges.

The Essential Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail Packing Guide

There are few places in this world as jaw-dropping as Machu Picchu and few hikes in this world with as much historical significance and as many beautiful vistas as the Inca Trail that was used by the Inca people to get to Machu Picchu.  Before you begin to plan your trip, please use this guide to give you a sense of what you will need to pack with you when you visit Machu Picchu or hike the Inca Trail.