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...
Spin the World Around was a concept based around empowerment through solo travel. I've extolled the virtues of traveling alone over traveling in a group, but two is often the perfect number of people for travel. Traveling with a friend or partner can make a trip more economically and socially viable than traveling alone or traveling in a larger group. Here are specific reasons to travel as a pair, and types of trips which are best suited for bringing along a travel partner instead of going at it alone...
Wow, we just got back from a 2-month journey through Mexico, the Southwest USA, South Florida, and Grand Bahama. We drove over 7,000 miles, and we also rode in planes, trains, and a cruise ship to the Bahamas. We even learned how to practice a form of pranayama breathwork. It was as predicted, an epic summer road trip. Here is a rough outline of our paths. You can click any image to enlarge.
We had a great time, and there was so much that happened, so many insights, that it will all come out in time through various writing channels between the two of us. In the mean time, here are some key concepts, with which I became intimately familiar during our travels!
My “bucket list” – all the places I want to visit before I “kick the bucket” – is long. I’ve checked a lot off the list around the world, yet I still have destinations close to my Texas latitude and longitude. Sometimes, it's harder to make time to visit places closer to home than bucket list places halfway around the world. But, this won't be any local road trip. It will take us through seven states and deep into Mexico as we uncover secrets and share them.
I often promote solo travel, but partner travel is ideal here so I will be traveling with my girlfriend. For road trips, it only makes sense to have multiple drivers, and the extra body doesn't affect the price of gas, nor the cost of a camp site or hotel room. Sharing will be more cost-effective and experience-effective as sharing an experience increases its value! Here's a preview of the trip.