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The Aria by Aqua Expeditions

I always thought I hated cruising – until I went on a cruise. I fell in love with the simple joy of watching dolphins play in the boat wake from our balcony, the camaraderie with our fellow passengers, and the convenience of visiting a variety of destinations while only cracking open a suitcase once. Recently, [...]

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The best activities in the Galapagos Islands

Last year when I was visiting Ecuador, I spent a week in the Galapagos Islands. Known for being an archipelago full of exotic animals such as sea lions, giant turtles, marine and land iguanas, blue footed boobies, penguins, frigate birds, and hammerhead sharks, just to name a few, the Galapagos can’t bore anyone at any age. [...]

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San Pedro de Atacama: A vacation from my vacation

It was love at first sight. Pure bliss. A vacation from my vacation. A new favorite in South America: San Pedro de Atacama. After taking several long bus rides throughout my three-week trip (up until San Pedro), including the 20 hour overnight bus it took to get there from Santiago, I arrived in Calama, Chile, in [...]

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5 ways South America has changed how I travel

South America is a complicated continent. Filled to the brim with mountains, markets, roast guinea pigs and shoddy internet connections, a lot of travelers find themselves a little overwhelmed when they first arrive. But after a year of traveling through South America, I don’t have any intention of leaving the continent just yet. How could [...]

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A three-week backpacker’s itinerary for Peru

Llama in Peru

When I arrived in Peru, I struggled to imagine how I would ever fit it all in. Peru is a country with amazing diversity, from lush lowland jungles to arid coastal deserts to the high mountain ranges of the Andes. Ten weeks later, as I crossed the border into Ecuador, though, I felt I had [...]

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Testing my relationship with gravity at Angel Fire Bike Park

If there’s ever a place to test your relationship with gravity, it’s here — Northern New Mexico, land of high [...]

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