Hiking to Machu Picchu? Here's why you should choose the Salkantay Trek over the Inca Trail

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Hiking to Machu Picchu? Here's why you should choose the Salkantay Trek over the Inca Trail

Okay, before we make enemies (more than we already did with our article taking a massive sh*t on the Blue Lagoon), let me start off by saying that if you already did the Inca Trail or are thinking of doing the Inca Trail, we still think you're a total badass. From what we've heard and read, the Inca Trail is ridiculously challenging, unbelievably beautiful, and full of Inca history. What's not to love? 

For me, however, I went to South America without much of an itinerary. I also forgot my giant briefcase of bottomless cash, so the Salkantay Trek was a much more practical choice given my circumstances.

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Welcome to one of Colorado's most haunting ghost towns

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Welcome to one of Colorado's most haunting ghost towns

People have been flocking to Colorado since the 1800s. And while some may think green chili and legal weed are what put the state on the map, we actually have gold to thank for getting us rocky mountain high. But even some of the most thriving mining towns from the glory days were faced with abandonment. Whether it was from railroad route changes or rural depopulation, Colorado is now home to over 1,500 ghost towns. FIFTEEN-HUNDRED, y'all. And lucky enough for us, Vindicator Valley Trail puts us right in the action of Colorado's mining history. 

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A guide to the Ring of Kerry [in photos]

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A guide to the Ring of Kerry [in photos]

If you're going to Ireland, I'm sure your list is full to the brim of green activities, dark beer, and arguably the best accents on the planet. And while all these may be worth a hop and a skip to the Emerald Isle, you can't really experience Ireland without doing a road trip. And you can't really do an Irish road trip without doing the Ring of Kerry – a 179km road trip of beaches, lakes, islands, mountains, fields, and medieval ruins.  

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Thinking of splurging on a tour in the Galapagos? Make it Kicker Rock

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Thinking of splurging on a tour in the Galapagos? Make it Kicker Rock

If you're thinking about going to the Galapagos and not burning through your wallet, San Cristobal is your best bet. There's plenty of free things to do here like swimming with marine iguanas at Loberia Beach and checking out the Interpretation Center, which also has a killer snorkeling spot nearby. Food isn't too expensive if you eat at Lucky's every day, and drinking Club every night rather than wine will save you a buck or two. 

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Hiking Guatemala's Pacaya Volcano — is it worth it?

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Hiking Guatemala's Pacaya Volcano — is it worth it?

Before arriving in Guatemala's Antigua I was told hiking the active Pacaya Volcano was a must-have experience. I read articles and talked to locals, most touting the excursion as exciting and talking of beautiful sunsets and getting to see red flowing lava. Standing at 8,373 feet (2,552 meters) it was one of Central America's most active volcanoes and one of only three active volcanoes in Guatemala (Pacaya is touted as the most active). And, according to locals, there had been activity just two weeks prior to my visit. I was excited.

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How to enjoy instant ramen four nights in a row and not hate yourself

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How to enjoy instant ramen four nights in a row and not hate yourself

Ramen. We’ve all been there. But when you’re over the age of 22 and you’re trying to justify eating ramen four nights in a row, you’re going to have to spice it up a little bit - especially when living in a Mitsubishi Express and feeling your pockets getting lighter and lighter with every fuel stop and Tim Tam purchase you make.

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How to cook in a pile of dirt. Seriously.

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How to cook in a pile of dirt. Seriously.

Here’s a valuable life lesson, folks. When camping in the middle of the Outback under a canopy of stars, surrounded by howling dingo pups and five guys from Israel who don’t speak any English other than Simon and Garfunkel lyrics, you’re going to walk away with a golden tan of a bronzed goddess. Except here’s the catch: you’re not actually tan. You’re really just covered in seven layers of dirt.

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#WaterfallWednesday: Episode 1, Linville Falls, NC

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#WaterfallWednesday: Episode 1, Linville Falls, NC

This is stop numero uno: Linville Falls, and it's a beaut. The "Plunge Basin" trail almost did my high spirits in, but it was worth it. You know that feeling you get when you go on an easy hike (Linville Gorge Trail) through what might as well be flowers and Egyptian cotton pillows and you think to yourself, "God, I'm so made for this stuff!?" 

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A Near-Death Experience in the Jungles of Peru: Talking with the PlanetD

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A Near-Death Experience in the Jungles of Peru: Talking with the PlanetD

Kayaking through the Arctic one week and cycling the length of Africa the next is just a snippet of everyday life for Dave Bouskill and Deb Corbeil, husband-and-wife founders of the massively successful travel blog, the PlanetD. But it would take a much more leisurely, relaxing trip for the two to experience hell and back, to find out their lives were off-kilter, and to emerge with a message the travel community would be served right to hear. It would take Dave breaking his back in the jungles of Peru.

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