I saw this randomly one day on Youtube from Catrific and thought it would be perfect for this blog. The first time I traveled abroad was when I went to Japan in 2009. It was also my first time traveling alone and living by myself. The year I spent in Japan was truly an eye opening experience, and this is where my passion for travel first began.
1. Your most treasured passport stamp?
My first thought when I saw this question was the stamp we got at Kilometer 82 at the start of the Inca Trail. It's one you can only get if you do the Inca Trail so it's a very special one to me. On the other hand, there is also the one I got when I went to Japan for the first time studying abroad. So it would be a tie between either of those.
2. Can you recite your passport # from memory if asked?
Nope! I don't think I know anyone who can...
3. Preferred method of travel; planes, trains or automobiles?
My first choice would be planes, then trains, then automobiles. Flying is just more convenient and much faster than the other two. I also like traveling by trains too. When I traveled in Japan and Europe, I used the train a lot. It was pretty affordable and a good way to take in some scenery and meet new people. I hate traveling by car or bus! When we were in Peru this was our main method of transportation, but we didn't really have a choice. I get motion sickness very easily so I always dread long bus and car rides.
4. Top 3 travel items?
Packing cubes! These are a life saver for backpacking and it helps keep everything organized. Also a camera and a notebook (for tracking your budget).
5. Hostel or hotel?
Hands down, hostels! I honestly can't remember the last time I stayed at a hotel. Hostels are just so much cheaper and a good way to meet new people. You just have to chose a good one. Hostelworld.com and Hostelbookers.com are good sites to book hostels on.
6. Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?
I definitely like to explore new places. The only place I've visited twice is Japan and I would definitely want to go back. But I like the excitement of going somewhere new and different.
7. Do you read up on your destination (culture,history,safety) or do you wing it?
I do a lot of research before traveling, but I don't plan out an itinerary or anything. I just try to educate myself about the place before we go, but we plan our days once we get there.
8. Favorite travel website?
Tripadvisor -their forums are especially helpful.
Also some good travel blogs: A Little Adrift, Explore for a Year, One Giant Step, Nomadic Matt, So Many Places
9. Where would you recommend a friend to visit? Name city & why.
Hiroshima, Japan! It's not a big city so it's a little more laid back than Tokyo, but the city is full of history and the food is amazing!
10, You're leaving tomorrow, money is no option, where are you going?
I would love to go to South Africa, Egypt/Jordan, New Zealand or Australia.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
We were supposed to meet the bus at the square near the Llama Path office at 4:30am. After storing our packs at the hostel, we met the others in our group at around 4:20am. We had a large group with 12 total including ourselves. We were actually supposed to have a total of 14, but one couple was sick so they couldn't make it. They met up with us on day 4 at Machu Picchu. Our lead guide was Marco and assistant guide was Ronnie, and they were both amazing throughout the entire trip!
We were expecting the bus to be waiting for us (at least that's what they had told us the night before), but no one was there. We were supposed to depart Cuzco at 4:40am, but we actually ended up leaving around 5:00 because our bus was late.
The bus ride was long. We first had a two hour bus ride to Ollantaytambo, where we were stopping for breakfast. Then another hour to Kilometer 82, where the trail started. Thankfully I slept almost the entire bus ride to Ollantaytambo, so I didn't get sick. The breakfast was a buffet, so I loaded up on food because I didn't know how long it would be until we had lunch. We had a chance to use the bathroom (the last sight of a normal toilet until we got to Machu Picchu) and buy some coca leaves for day 2.
|Porters packing at Kilometer 82|
|Passport check point|
|Off we go! Start of day 1|
|Inca Trail day 1|
|Inca Trail day 1|
|Dinner on Day 1|
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
|Start of the Inca Trail- Kilometer 82|
|Zip Lining in the Sacred Valley|
As for the wedding, I'll do a separate blog post on that. We haven't gotten the pictures from the photographer yet, but I will definitely do an update then.