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Ten Easy Tips to Avoid Tick and Mosquito-borne Illnesses When Traveling

Ten Easy Tips to Avoid Tick and Mosquito-borne Illnesses When Traveling

The tropical regions of the world are some of the most beautiful and life-filled regions on the planet. Because of this, many of the world’s most popular travel destinations are located in tropical regions of the world. As fun and incredible as these regions are to explore, they are also filled with dangers that you won’t find in the more temperate regions of the globe. Among these dangers are insect and other biting vectors that can transmit serious illnesses such as Malaria, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, African Tick-bite Fever, and other insect-transmitted diseases. That is why you must learn how to avoid tick and mosquito-borne illnesses when traveling to tropical regions where these diseases are endemic.

Top 20 of the World’s Most Beautiful Coasts

Top 20 of the World’s Most Beautiful Coasts

comes to stunning landscapes, some of the most stunning in the world can be found along the world’s most beautiful coasts. Whether it be pristine beaches, incredible sea stacks, steep seaside cliffs, or coastal forests that seem to reach right up to the water, the beautiful coastlines of this world never seem to amaze and delight me. In my many travels, I have seen some truly spectacular stretches of coastline that are so beautiful they will blow your mind. From the amazing mountainous rainforest of Hawaii’s Nā Pali Coast to the legendary sea stacks along Australia’s Great Ocean Road, the world’s most beautiful coasts will inspire the wanderlust in all travelers.

The Ultimate 14-Day Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands Itinerary

The Ultimate 14-Day Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands Itinerary

While it is true that Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands both take a bit more planning to visit than your average beach vacation, visiting these two iconic destinations doesn’t have to be difficult.  In fact, if you do the proper planning, these two locations are relatively easy to visit during one exciting trip.  Believe me, I planned and took this trip myself, so I know that it is not only possible, but the trip won’t feel rushed in the least bit.

The Definitive Quito Ecuador Visitor Guide

The Definitive Quito Ecuador Visitor Guide

At 9,252 feet (or 2,820 meters) in elevation, the city of Quito, which is Ecuador’s capital city, is the highest capital city in the entire world.  Not only that, but the city of Quito was also one of the very first World Cultural Heritage Sites designated by UNESCO back in 1978.  The city’s beautiful historic center, with its cobblestone streets and beautiful 16th Century stone houses, is absolutely beautiful.  Touring this area of the city alone is worth a visit to Quito.  Not to be forgotten, Quito is the perfect city to fly into to launch a trip to another Ecuadorian treasure, and the world’s very first Cultural Heritage Site, the infamous Galápagos Islands.

The Definitive Cusco Peru Visitor Guide

The Definitive Cusco Peru Visitor Guide

Nestled deep in the rolling hillside of the Peruvian Andes, the city of Cusco seems to capture the imagination of travelers more than most other South American cities.  Because of its remote location in the mountains, the city has remained insulated from the hustle-and-bustle of modern life in many ways.  Though you can find beautiful five-star hotels and most of the amenities that you find in bigger cities like the capital city of Lima, the city of Cusco still retains much of its small-town feel.  

The Ultimate Machu Picchu Visitor Guide

The Ultimate Machu Picchu Visitor Guide

Ever since it was introduced to the rest of the world in 1911, Machu Picchu in Peru has been captivating the imagination of travelers from all around the globe.  As one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the site is familiar to most people.  However, for most people, Machu Picchu seems like one of those places that you can dream of, but never manage to get to.  Whether it seems like it is so far away or whether it appears too hard to get to, it manages to remain on many people’s bucket lists year-after-year.  For many travelers, “maybe someday” never seems to come and the dream of visiting this amazing wonder of the world remains a dream.

The Essential Lima Peru Travel Guide

The Essential Lima Peru Travel Guide

Peru is a beautiful and amazing country, and its capital city of Lima is no exception.  This stunning coastal capital is the fifth largest city in South America and one of the continent’s most beautiful capitals.  Even though Lima is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, most people aren’t aware that the city is located in a desert.  In fact, Lima is the second-largest desert city in the world after Cairo, Egypt in Africa.  One-third of Peru’s population lives in Lima, which also makes it one of the busiest cities in South America.

Galápagos Islands Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Guide

Galápagos Islands Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Guide

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people flock to the Galápagos Islands to see the amazing and diverse wildlife that lives in the waters off their shores.  There is no better way to get an appreciation for the diverse and amazing wildlife that call the Galápagos Island their home than to get in the water and interact with this wildlife.  From the giant Whale sharks that flock to the outer islands in droves, to the amazingly large schools of hammerhead sharks, to the fun and playful Galápagos sea lions that can be found on and around the islands in abundance, there is no place quite like the Galápagos Islands for taking a snorkeling or scuba diving adventure.