Best time to visit Galapagos and Machu Picchu

Best time to visit Galapagos and Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the top places to visit in of South America, followed very closely by the Galapagos Islands.  A journey to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands is a trip that every traveler should take once in their lives.  So, when is the best time to visit Galapagos and Machu Picchu?  Typically Spring (April-June) and Fall (Sep-Nov) is the best time to visit, as the weather is mild and pleasant in both countries. 

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Bolivia Places to Visit, a Journey to La Paz, Uyuni, and Lake Titicaca

Bolivia Places to Visit, a Journey to La Paz, Uyuni, and Lake Titicaca

Don’t miss these 5 places to visit in Bolivia including: riding the cable-cars in La Paz, watching the sunrise over Lake Titicaca, hiking the Valley of the Moons, eating the street food in Copacabana, and taking the “Death Road” into the Bolivian Amazon. Bolivia is a hidden gem for adventure, amazing food, and beautiful photo locations - keep reading to hear more about my favorite places and favorite activities from my trip to Bolivia.

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How much to tip Guides & Porters on Kilimanjaro?

How much to tip Guides & Porters on Kilimanjaro?

Tipping can be one of the most confusing parts of traveling.  With each country being different, how do you know how much to tip? Here we give you a detailed breakdown on how much you should expect to tip each member of your Kilimanjaro Climbing Crew, including the guide, assistant guide, chef, and porters.

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Founder to Founder Podcast with Kylie Chenn

Founder to Founder Podcast with Kylie Chenn

In Episode 47 of the Founder To Founder Podcast Phil speaks with Acanela Expeditions CEO & Co-Founder, Kylie Chenn. Kylie has boot-strapped her venture from a $1,000 entrepreneurship prize she received at university into an eight-person team who send thousands of people on unique travel experiences each year. Kylie and Phil talk about how building communities and partnerships can fuel efficient growth, why continuous learning is important and the three habits that founders need to be successful.

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Top 5 Dishes in Bologna, Italy

If you are planning to visit Bologna, remember that cooking is Italy’s art. Bologna stands out as a home to many varieties of traditional Italian dishes. Its location in the fertile Emilia Romagna and fame as the location of the earliest university in the world has only enhanced its food culture. Cuisine seems to get better over time due to the high number of visitors who tour Bologna to experience the ancient city. Here are our top 5 traditional and favorite dishes that everybody touring Bologna should taste.

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Why you should travel to Bologna, Italy

Why you should travel to Bologna, Italy

Bologna is one of those cities that you just can't forget.  The entire city is old & beautiful, and everywhere you walk there is something interesting to explore.  While Milan is known for it's fashion, and Rome for it's history - Bologna is known for it's food.  On the northeastern corner of Italy it is close to the cities of Parma, Modena, and Venice.  These 3 cities are some of my favorite in all of Italy.

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Packing Hack: 15 items, 50 outfits

Packing Hack: 15 items, 50 outfits

When you are traveling you don't want to have to worry about carrying a lot of luggage with you.  This is why I recommend just packing in a single carry-on.  So how do you look cute with items that can only fit into a single carry-on?  The answer is simple - by choosing the right 15 pieces to pack!  With just 15 items (shoes included) you can create a wardrobe of over 50 outfits!  That is enough outfits to last you 1 week, all the way to 2 months of traveling.  I have listed all the items that I pack in my carry-on suitcase below:

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Meghan and Linda's Adventures in Greece

Meghan and Linda's Adventures in Greece

We were so excited to begin our Greek adventure with Acanela! We have traveled together before but nothing as adventurous as this trip to Europe. As soon as we arrived in Athens we enjoyed our first meal at Smile Cafe (literally the name) which was a perfect way to begin the journey because that’s what we did every time we had a great meal or great experience. Every tour was educational, every meal was amazing, and every new experience was memorable!  

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Mother's Day Traditions Around the World

Mother's Day Traditions Around the World

Across the world, Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the mothers in our lives. It’s a time to express gratitude and appreciation for a mother’s hard work in and outside of the family. We’re all prone to taking our mothers for granted and this day gives us a chance to show her how much she means to us!


Mother’s Day has long been celebrated and can be dated back to the Greeks and Romans. In recent history, the Western view of Mother’s Day is associated with the way the United States celebrates – with cards, gifts and flowers. However, across the world, different countries celebrate on different days and have their own traditions.

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Like Mother Like Daughter: Taking on Thailand

Like Mother Like Daughter: Taking on Thailand

A routine challenge to myself is to keep an open mind and an unwavering sense of adventure. This has ultimately lead to the development of a quite the long bucket list of exotic destinations I want to travel to. People often ask, "why would you want to go there?" and I simply respond with, "well why not?" Relatedly, the older I get, the more I realize that the 'apple hasn't fallen far from the tree' and much of my adventurousness and "always yes" attitude can be attributed to my mother - so who better to travel the globe with?

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Highlights of my Travels to 14 Countries with my Mom

Highlights of my Travels to 14 Countries with my Mom

Traveling is exhilarating in and of itself, but for me it becomes more special when I am able to share it with someone that I love.  I attribute my love of adventure to my mother, who decided to leave her comfortable home in the USA and backpack through Europe when she was just 20 years old.  Little did she know that 20 years later, she would inspire her daughter to do the same.

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Top 8 Honeymoon Destinations

Top 8 Honeymoon Destinations

It’s no secret that planning a wedding can quickly become overwhelming. Every decision feels more important than the last, from choosing the venue to the guest list to the flowers. But when you’re caught in the frenzy of planning, it’s important not to forget about what comes after the ceremony—the honeymoon. This decision making process is one you should cherish, as it’s where you’ll spend your first days as husband and wife. It’s your own personal paradise to unwind and soak it all in after the stress and craziness of wedding planning. It’s also the perfect opportunity to check off a bucket list vacation spot. For some, it may be hard to know where to start, but keep reading to find out our top destinations for honeymooners!   

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