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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Cusco is the city that takes your breath away–literally. At over 11,000 feet,the elevation takes some getting used to, but most people don’t stick around for more than 24 hours en route to Machu Picchu. This is a shame. I based myself out of Cusco for three of my five nights and found it to be a highly underrated city. Tucked away in the Andes mountains with charming colonial architecture, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site…

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If you’re heading to Machu Picchu to knock a World Wonder off your bucket list, you can’t leave without seeing some of the amazing sites in the surrounding Sacred Valley. RELATED POST: VISIT MACHU PICCHU IN ONE DAY (AND NIGHT) Getting to the Sacred Valley If you have a rental car, you can easily drive and access the sites below. Roads in Peru are windy, but generally isolated once you leave Cusco so take your time and you…

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Can you visit Machu Picchu in one day? Of course you can! I saw Machu Picchu and the surrounding Sacred Valley in just 5 days, so it is doable. Granted, if you want to hike the Inca Trail, you’ll need that time alone just for your camping expedition. But you can get the full experience of the site without roughing it for days beforehand to get there, and here’s how! Getting to Aguas Calientes The first thing you…

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