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What We Are Talking About this Month
The holidays are upon us, and if you aren’t the travel bug in your friend group, you definitely know who it is, and chances are they also always give the best gifts. There can be a lot of pressure around gift giving during the holidays, but some of the best gifts are the unique concoctions from inside jokes that no one else but you and your friend or loved one understand.
Trekking through Patagonia’s Torres Del Paine (pronounced PIE-nay), is an experience not to be missed. if you take a look at the trail map, you’ll understand the origin of the term “W trek.” It is also one of the most popular multi-day hikes in Chile as you are exposed to everything the park has to offer.
Prague, nicknamed the “City of a Hundred Spires” is known for its Old Town Square and its architecture. From colorful Baroque buildings and Gothic churches, to the famous medieval Astronomical Clock – complete with an animated hourly show – to the pedestrian only Charles Bridge lined with statues of Catholic saints, Prague is a city that one can easily spend 3-5 days exploring.
Like a trip back in time, our trip to Havana was shocking, inspiring, and a special treat that few have partaken in. Although I was only in Cuba for three days, it was just enough to learn the top ten things that I think a traveler has to do in order to get the full Cuban experience!
The enchanting city of Venice is a unique destination full of overwhelming beauty, tremendous history, and rich culture. It’s comprised of over 100 islands resting in the Venetian Lagoon off the Adriatic Sea, linked together by bridges and canals. With all Venice has to offer, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most visited cities in Italy—for first-time travelers and returning visitors alike. The possibilities are endless, so let us help you narrow down the must-see sites. Keep reading to learn about what to do in Venice!
Trattoria Perilli is an authentic, old-school Roman dining experience. You are quite likely to be served by the 90-something year old owner who not only makes authentic Roman carbonara, but will serve you wine that you can only get in Italy. You won’t find many tourists inside these walls, but you will need to make a reservation to make sure you have a seat at the table.
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an experience unlike any other. With three routes to choose from, the trek takes you through the Andes Mountains to the gates of the famous ruins. This journey can be found on many travelers’ bucket lists, and while almost anyone can accomplish it, a lot of important preparation must be done. The expedition will test your physical and mental limits like never before, but the experience and the breathtaking views make it so worth it. Keep reading to learn our tips for hiking the Inca Trail!
Imagine traveling into a country that kept itself isolated from the rest of the world until the mid-20th century, a country shrouded in magic and mystery. Welcome to Bhutan, a landlocked country situated between Tibet, India, and Southeast Asia. Bhutan is a unique nation, with a strong foundation in Buddhism and a rich cultural heritage, stemming from the fact that it is one of the only Asian countries that has never been colonized by a foreign power.
You may recognize the word Patagonia as the name of the very successful outfitter company that’s famous for it’s clothing and outdoor gear—but what you may not realize is that Patagonia is actually a sprawling nature reserve and national park that extends over one million square miles through Chile and Argentina.
Earlier this year, I won a trip to Reykjavik, Iceland through the Acanela sweepstakes. I’ll first say, I’ve never entered into a sweepstakes before, let alone any contests. I’ve always been skeptical, thinking that no one actually ever won any trips. But two weeks later, I received an email confirming the trip. And 6 months after that, my boyfriend, Peter, and I finally set off in late October for a long weekend in Iceland.