My partner and I just got back from a 13-day trip to Peru to visit one of the 7 wonders of the world! We didn't just fly to a tourist hotspot -- we walked to it via a 7-day 65-mile trek over centuries-old trails made by the Incas!
The Salkantay Trek is one that some do on their own while primitive camping or with an inexpensive guide, but we decided to combine the rigor of day-trekking with relaxation at night by adding gourmet meals, hot showers, and high thread-count sheets on soft beds with the Mountain Lodges of Peru. Budget travel is fun, but on the front-edge of the rainy season with the psychological tests of trekking at altitudes up to 15,000 ft, we were happy to drop extra cash so we could focus on walking the 65 miles while a tour company took care of the rest. Here is my review and photojournal of our Christmas 2018 trip...
With all the mythology surrounding Christmas, I've partnered with Holiday Lettings and TripAdvisor to remind you this holiday season that Reindeer are real! Nothing says Christmas like the sound of jingling bells and swooshing sleighs. But where can you go to meet real-life Rudolphs? Holiday Lettings rounds up the best places to see reindeer, from Alaska to Rovaniemi.
The Reindeer Centre, Ashford, England
Meet and hand-feed the herd at the Reindeer Centre before the animals fly off to help Santa with his Christmas deliveries. While you’re there, you can visit Santa’s cosy log cabin and sit on the jingling sleigh that’s waiting for the big day.
To see some more animals, head to the local South of England Rare Breeds Centre where you can pet many traditional farm breeds. You could also step back in time at Ashford Borough Museum, where you can spot ancient graffiti and railway paraphernalia, including model trains and a ticket office. Walk round nearby eco-themed Stour Valley Arts and catch one of their cutting-edge installations in centuries-old Kings Wood.