I recently traveled to Peru with Under30Experiences a company that specializes in group travel for young adults. It was an 8-day trip with stays in Lima, Cusco and Ollantaytambo before we went on to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You can click here if you’d like to hear about my experience on the trail but in this post, I’m going to talk about the first half of our trip. Continue reading “Visiting Lima, Cusco & Chinchero | PERU”
Congrats on booking your Inca Trail trek! If you’re traveling with a tour operator, they will provide most of the camping items for you. You can typically rent sleeping pads, sleeping bags, inflatable pillows and walking sticks through the operator for a very small fee. I think it’s definitely worth not having to bring everything down to Peru in a suitcase!
I hiked the trail in May and the weather was very nice. Warm during the day and cooled off at night with hardly any rain. We were able to give our porters ~7kg per person for them to carry. Here is a complete list of the things I needed and used throughout the trek. Continue reading “Inca Trail Packing List”
Last fall, my bestie and world travel partner Lindsay and I spontaneously booked an 8-day trip to Peru. This would be our second trip with the company Under30Experiences that specializes in group travel for young adults. If you’re wary about navigating a foreign country alone or don’t have the time to plan the logistics of a trip, I could not recommend Under30 enough. I won’t run you through the complete itinerary because you can visit their site for that but in this post I will speak to my experience hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
If you are going to visit Machu Picchu and you’re relatively outdoorsy and physically fit, I will tell you right now to HIKE THE TRAIL.
It was one of the hardest and best things I’ve ever done. I had very little hiking experience but others in our group who were more experienced (and in better shape) said that they found it to be challenging as well. That said, these 4 days of sore muscles and awe-inspiring views were some of the most rewarding of my life. Continue reading “Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”
I try to live an up-for-anything lifestyle but when I was invited by some coworkers to play paintball my first thought was, “Voluntarily feel pain for recreational purposes? No thanks.” But not wanting to condemn something before I’d tried it, I reluctantly said yes and spent the following days in silent panic.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Sarah the Half RD Half Human for giving me this commendation. She writes an awesome blog about nutrition, healthy recipes, running and her adventures around the Chicago food scene (most of which I get to participate in because she just so happens to be my bestie and roommate).
Here’s how it works:
- Thank and link back to the blogger(s) that nominated you
- List the rules
- Share seven facts about yourself
- Nominate 15 other inspiring blogs
- Optional: Display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you
Let’s get started! Continue reading “Very Inspirational Blogger Award | Suitcasey”
Hello again! It’s been way too long since I’ve shared a travel story. I won’t say that my attempt at the Take 12 Trips Challenge was a complete failure, just that I took a three-month hiatus. I’m going to use a lame excuse and blame my busy work schedule but I’m back with another new trip and that’s all that matters, right?
In a last-minute decision, I made the 5-hour drive from Chicago to Louisville and I met up with my travel buddy Lindsay and a large groups of her friends for the 140th Kentucky Derby. It was my first horse race experience so I wasn’t sure what to expect, and boy oh boy, was it like nothing I could have ever imagined.
Let me paint the picture for you. Continue reading “Kentucky Derby 2014 | Suitcasey”
Chicago is getting hit with yet another winter storm, just when it was starting to warm up. And by warm I mean get above 0 degrees. It’s time to ignore the flurries outside my window because this week’s travel theme is DRY.
Hyde Park | London | 2009
The Alamo | San Antonio, Texas | 2010
DRYing Audi | 2010
Baguette | Paris | 2013
Cattail | Michigan | 2009
Rome | Italy | 2009
Stay dry (and warm) out there, friends!