Whitewater Rafting | West Virginia | Adventures on the Gorge Review

We love unconventional “Girls Trips” in my family and that’s why myself and five other women hit the road to West Virginia for a few days of whitewater rafting. We booked an overnight trip on Lower New River through Adventures on the Gorge, one of the oldest and largest “adventure resorts” in the area. We showed up with no prior experience and no clue what to expect! Continue reading “Whitewater Rafting | West Virginia | Adventures on the Gorge Review”

Visiting Lima, Cusco & Chinchero | PERU

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”

Inca Trail Packing List

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”

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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”

Kentucky Derby 2014 | 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”

Travel Theme: Dry

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

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The Alamo  | San Antonio, Texas  |  2010

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DRYing Audi  |  2010

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Baguette  |  Paris  |  2013

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Cattail  |  Michigan  |  2009

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Rome  |  Italy  |  2009

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Stay dry (and warm) out there, friends!

Take 12 Trips: January

Well, another month has gone by and I feel like I haven’t had a moment to catch my breath. I’ve had a lot of new experiences but I didn’t actually take a proper trip.

Again.

So, like November, this month is going to be all about my mini-trips and what I did with what (little) free time I had. January’s Take 12 Trips theme is FOOD! What are you supposed to do when it’s -45 degrees outside but eat?

My roommate, that you’ve come to know so well, and I braved the polar vortexes (vortexi?) and did quite a bit of restaraunting around Chicago. Prepare yourselves for some food porn. Continue reading “Take 12 Trips: January”