Whitewater rafting La Poudre river was a bucket list item for me. It’s one of those adventures that sounds more intimidating than it actually is. Maybe it’s because I went during low tide, or maybe because I paid extra attention during the orientation session, but everything turned out to be a whole lot less anxiety inducing, and a whole lot more fun, than expected. When I found an amazing flight deal to Denver, I took…

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Barcelona really is the city that has it all–amazing architecture, delicious tapas, a robust nightlife. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the city, situated right off the Mediterranean and boasting a temperate climate year-round. With over 8 million visitors a year, it’s one of the most popular destinations in Europe. There really is something for everyone, with parks, museums and day trips galore. If you’re thinking about planning a visit, it can get a bit…

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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! 😉 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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