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I am a curious, passionate and free-spirited travel writer, currently working as a Staff Writer and Editor for V!VA. Shortly after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, I headed across the equator to travel solo through South America. From the beaches of Uruguay to the bumping nightlife of Buenos Aires to the breathtaking heights of Machu Picchu, I quickly fell in love this diverse, adventurous and beautiful continent. Born and raised in New Jersey, my itch for travel has previously brought me to 20 countries. I currently live in Quito, Ecuador.
No plans are good plans. As I always say, plans can only be broken and expectations can only be met, but if you have neither, you are likely to stumble upon the unexpected, see the unknown and meet the unsual. And, of course, if you end up somewhere and you have no idea what to do or where to stay, you always have your handy guidebook to fall back on.
Amsterdam on Queen's Day and La Paz, Bolivia in general
Being sandwiched between a drunk Brazilian guy and an indigenous Peruvian woman--two of the six other passengers accompanying me on a cab ride through the Peruvian jungle--including a chicken (yes, a chicken).
Learning the local language will greatly enhance your travel experience, so learn a few words and phrases before you go or brush up on what you already know. This will allow you to get to know and connect with the people who live where you are traveling.
So many, but here are a few: India, Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, Brazil, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Egypt
Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, Croatia, Czech. Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay
No idea, just going with the flow right now.
If you spend most of the time in the city\'s center, you will find walking to be the best mode ......Read More
La Chocolatera is the most western point in South America. It is called La Chocolatera (Chocolate Pot) because strong currents ......Read More
Most of the Amazon Basin towns are small enough to navigate by foot. If you\'d prefer not to walk your ......Read More
Although Pijao may have been avoided by travelers just a year ago due to FARC activity in the area, the ......Read More
The southern part of the Peruvian Amazon jungle borders Brazil and Bolivia, and is home to two of Peru’s most ......Read More
Arriving in Saraguro is a one-of-a-kind experience; there is no place like it in the world. What makes this small ......Read More
Big Ralph\'s is owned by a friendly Ecuadorian-English couple and provides clean, air-conditioned rooms with a TV and WiFi. All ......Read More
Owned by a group of welcoming Italian and Ecuadorian friends, Los Orishas is a quiet and comfortable place to rest ......Read More
One of the newest high-end hotels to open in Montañita, Riviera Suites Hotel is a modern and luxurious option that ......Read More
Casa do Brasil is a welcoming upstairs café and cultural space opened by Brazilian transplants. Besides being a place to ......Read More
This authentic Spanish eatery gets rave reviews for its tapas, paellas, cured sausages and cheeses, and wine. Bring along your ......Read More
Sativa Studio is located within a beautifully renovated abandoned garage and nearly the entire place is made with recycled materials; ......Read More
The Quito Tour Bus is a convenient and comfortable way to see all of the city\'s main attractions. Each day, ......Read More
Vilcabamba is a great place to hike and there are many marked trails in the area that range in length ......Read More
You will probably see many flyers around Vilcabamba posted by various people offering to clean your energies, renew your relationships ......Read More
If you are interested in really immersing yourself into the communities and cultures of the Amazon, Papangu may have the ......Read More
Another way to see Vilcabamba\'s surrounding countryside or to visit Podocarpus National Park is by bicycle. Tienda de Bicicletas \"El ......Read More
Aratinga Aventuras is the birding specialist in town and organizes bird-watching tours around Loja. You can book a bird-watching trip ......Read More
This highly recommended Spanish school only provides private classes, except in the case that friends who are at the same ......Read More
Accredited by Ecuador\'s Ministry of Education, Mayra has been offering quality Spanish classes since 1998. The school offers courses of ......Read More
Colonia is not all about beautiful architecture and cobblestone streets; some good shopping can be done here as well. The ......Read More
Y\'abal Handicraft Shop sells handwoven bags, fabrics, scarves and other products made by local women\'s weaving communities. Preserving the traditional ......Read More
Located next to the Tumbaco bus stop, Santa Maria supermarket has the cheapest groceries in the area. Although budgeters will ......Read More
Café Sambuca's organic farm has 200 fruit trees, a hectare (2.5 ac) of vegetables and greens, a greenhouse, and animals ......Read More
The Wall Street Institute in Quito has numerous English-teaching opportunities for native English speakers who have at least a Bachelor's ......Read More
With the prime goal of preserving the incredible biodiversity of the Maquipucana Reserve, located about 80 kilometers (50 mi) northwest ......Read More
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