Author: Valerie Streif

Day Trip Guide to Salinera de Maras, Cusco

A popular day trip out of Cusco is a visit to Salinera de Maras, also known as the salt flats.  It will get you to the Urubamba Valley to get a glimpse of some incredible sights of the Cusco area outside the city center. The drive alone through the villages is spectacular, with stunning landscapes

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The Complete Guide to Peru’s Rainbow Mountain

You’ve seen the photos of the stunning, striped mountain that draws in thousands of tourists each year. Vinicunca, also known as the Rainbow Mountain, is a popular destination for travelers visiting the highlights of Peru from Cusco. From the photos, it’s easy to see why, it’s a striking geological feature, different minerals creating colorful stripes

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Travel Guide to Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru was the first city I’ve visited in South America. After a brief stint in Mexico City, it was time to board a 5-hour LATAM flight to Lima, making my way into Peru and South America for the first time. I was excited but also nervous. Even though I speak Spanish confidently, and I

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A Weekend Guide to Huacachina | Peru

Admittedly, I learned about this oasis in the desert of Peru on Instagram. Cool photos of this tiny speck of green among a sea of sand sparked my intrigue, and after spending over a week in the concrete jungle of Lima, I was excited to get out of the city. Huacachina is the perfect weekend

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Exploring & Eating in Mexico City

After a brief stop in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a friend’s wedding, Katie and I were off for a whirlwind tour of Mexico City for a few days of eating as many tacos al Pastor as possible, checking out the mercados, and seeing some pyramids before parting ways. Condesa Neighborhood This area was perfect for our

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Travel Guide to San Jose, Costa Rica

My research on things to do in San Jose was probably the most dismal of any city I’ve ever visited. Blog posts with titles like “San Jose: The Capital City with Nothing to See” seemed to be in the majority and the lists of recommendations on TripAdvisor were pitiful, at best. And to be completely

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Playa del Coco | Costa Rica

To end our trip in Costa Rica, we booked three nights in Playa del Coco, a coastal beach town on the Pacific side in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica. To get there from La Fortuna, we splurged to take the private van service, booked through our hotel. It cost about $50 a person but

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La Fortuna & Arenal Volcano | Costa Rica

A four-hour bus ride, winding through the mountains north of San Jose sits the stunning city of La Fortuna, home to the famous Arenal Volcano of Costa Rica. It’s a haven for hiking and nature lovers, with an endless supply of fun activities and entertainment to enjoy. Accommodation: Hotel Campos Arenal This hotel is an

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Camping in the Grampians

A breezy, three-hour drive out of Melbourne sits the Grampians Mountain Range and campsites. It’s a beautiful weekend trip to take out of the city, to exchange skyscrapers for mountain peaks, and tram rides for hikes. I wanted to go here for a weekend since first arriving in Melbourne, but not owning any camping gear

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How to travel the world & work remotely

While I cringe at the thought of referring to myself as a “digital nomad” or even a “travel expert,” with over 3 years of remote work and 42 countries visited under my belt, I figured I might have some valuable information to share with others who may be intrigued in dabbling in this sort of

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