• New Zealand,  Oceania,  Travel Tips

    Stray Bus New Zealand Roadtrip Review

    When Tim and I traveled through New Zealand for 2 months, we went with a unique bus tour called Stray. We had originally planned to rent a campervan and self-drive over the North and South Islands. After some research, I found a cheaper, easier option – buying a bus pass with Stray. What is Stray New Zealand? Stray New Zealand road trips are hop-on/hop-off bus journeys that cover the entirety of the country. They include stops at all the major points of interest and many lesser-known spots as well. There are a couple of companies that offer hop-on/hop-off bus passes that cover popular tourist routes (Kiwi Experience and Stray are…

  • Peru,  South America,  Travel Tips

    Alternatives to Machu Picchu – Cusco’s Inca Ruins

    In and around Cusco there are dozens of Inca ruins alternatives to Machu Picchu. Every traveler visiting Peru has heard of Machu Picchu, and it’s the rich Inca history and famed archaeological sites that pull tourists to Peru in the first place. As stunning as Machu Picchu is, there are many more Inca historical sites and ruins around Cusco and the Sacred Valley that are also worth visiting. You can actually visit 10 alternatives to Machu Picchu all for about the same price as a single day trip to Machu Picchu!  Keep reading for information on why visit alternatives to Machu Picchu, 10 alternative sites, and a cost-effective itinerary of…

  • Anxiety,  Travel Tips

    How to Travel with Anxiety Without it Keeping You Down

    I’ve lived with generalized anxiety pretty much my entire life, though I never admitted it to myself until one very scary panic attack I had on a road trip in California in 2013. Sometimes the anxiety keeps me in bed all day, making it feel impossible to function at home, much less travel. Thankfully, I’ve adopted many methods and tips that enable me to manage my anxiety, especially when I’m traveling. Whether you feel anxious only when traveling, or your anxiety is generalized like mine, these tips for managing anxiety and stress can help you make the most of your travel adventures, from the peaks of the Himalayas to the…