I love to travel! I first discovered my travel bug when I studied abroad at the London School of Economics. Because it was a one year program, I had plenty of time to travel all thru Europe. And lucky for me, London is the perfect jump off point to all the major European cities. We frequently looked out for cheap airfares thru Ryanair, Go Fly and Easy Jet and yes, skipped classes here and there when it was necessary to save a few bucks. These low cost airlines were a god send for college students and made it possible for my friends and I to visit far more places than I had ever hoped.

These days, my husband and I don’t have the time flexibility to catch the cheap flights. I have also swapped out cheap hostels for slightly more luxurious accommodations. Being in the Marine Corp, my husband is far less picky about where we stay. I, however, have spent too many nights in hostels, watched too many episodes of Hotel Nightmare and lived thru the bed bug endemic in NYC.

I am fortunate to marry someone with the same love for adventure as I do. While my husband & I do not spend extravagantly in our everyday lives, we do like to spend money on what we call ‘experiences’. Because isn’t that what life is about? Experiencing new things, trying new foods, seeing new places…

Here are some pictures from our most recent experience in Peru.

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These were taken in Lima, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. There have been lots written up about how to get to Machu Picchu and I’ll admit, I was completely overwhelmed. Since we booked our flight only a week before we departed, we were scrambling to book tickets for entry to Machu Picchu (entry is limited especially if you are interested in hiking the nearby mountain called Hyuana Picchu). We only had one week in Peru and decided to use ‘Intense Peru’ to help us with the itinerary. We calculated that we paid a couple hundred dollars more for their service but it was well worth it. The stress of planning a trip like this is completely offloaded. One thing to be careful, we came across slightly cheaper travel agencies but they required us to wire money over. Never having used Western Union, I was uncomfortable with the idea of not having any way of tracking it in case it was fraud. Another words, if it was a scam, I’d be out of over 1,000 dollars. ‘Intense Peru’ accepted credit card and I was happy to know that I had some form of protection thru my credit card company. Much of Peru still transact in cash (especially in Cusco). Their banking system isn’t quite as sophisticated as Americans are used to so keep that in mind if you are planning to visit.

For more information on Peru, take a peek at my reviews on Tripadvisor:

Intense Peru

Hotels: Rumi Punku, 3B Barranco’s, Inka Town  

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