Have you ever heard of Zaanse Schans? Me neither, until I started planning my trip to Amsterdam. Usually, people tend to go to¬†Amsterdam for one reason–their awesome canals of course! ūüėČ Amsterdam actually has a lot to offer, not the least of which is an open-air museum just 40 minutes outside the city where guests can enter working windmills and experience life as it was lived by the Dutch people in the 18th and 19th…

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So you want to climb Huayna Picchu? Well get ready, because it’s¬†not for the faint¬†of heart! Also referred to as Wayna Picchu, this formidable mountain overlooks the ruins of Machu Picchu, a world wonder, and offers a unique vantage point as you hike 8,900 feet into the clouds. The price of admission? Aside from an extra $20 or so, you pay for the view with a¬†1 1/2 to 2 hour trek through wilderness, in high…

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Hello there fellow budget travelers! Today I’m tackling the carry-on bag, one of the most essential pieces you’ll need for your upcoming trip. I prefer traveling with just a carry-on for several reasons. First, I have an unhealthy fear that my checked bag will get lost. I know, it’s unlikely, but the thought of being in a foreign country without my clothes, toiletries and clean underwear unnerves me. Second, traveling with a carry-on only maximizes…

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It’s official–I’m 29. I had the most amazing birthday in Athens, Greece, and that helps cushion the blow. But the reality remains that I have one precious year left in my twenties. While I’m excited about all that’s to come, I want to make sure I send this decade¬†out in style. I was at home planning my Greece trip when it occurred to me–why not attempt 12 trips in 12 months, as a sort of…

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Just five hours north of Athens by train lies a real-life Game of Thrones location, with 6 working monasteries built on top of impossibly shaped rocks. Welcome to Meteora, Greece. While the landscape may seem familiar, having served as the motivation for the fictional city of Eyrie, very few people are actually aware that¬†Meteora exists. This is because the resident monks are doing their very best to keep the site a secret. After all, their…

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