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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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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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#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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