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South America

Traditional Alcoholic Beverages To Try While Traveling

Sake in Tokyo, Japan

Do you love an ice cold bottle of beer or a glass of wine? No, I’m not going to tell you to stop! In fact I’m most likely the one urging you to have another glass. Just don’t drink the same thing on vacation that you would be at home — try something new! Like … Read More

Christmas in Colombia: The Colors Of El Alumbrado in Medellin

El Alumbrado in Medellin, Colombia

Ever spent Christmas in Colombia? Specifically Medellin, the City of Eternal Spring. This business city turned tourist hub may never be able to shake away the memories of Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel, but that’s okay. History builds character and the modern Medellin has become one of the safest (and most fun) cities in … Read More

16 Must See Places Before You Die

Breathtaking view of Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Everyone has a bucket list of things to accomplish in our lifetime, including exotic destinations to travel and see must places before you die. Those things that you’ve always wanted to do. What some people call dreams, you prefer to call goals. Why wait for tomorrow to fulfill those wishes? There is a universe full … Read More

You Know You Are In Bolivia When…

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Bolivia is a thought-provoking and unique country, with friendly locals who will not hesitate to share a smile with you despite the daily hardships they endure in the poorest country in South America. Hardships that we cannot even begin to imagine without visiting. You know you are in Bolivia when traveling the country is not … Read More

46 Countries, 46 Travel Ideas To Inspire You

Postcards from Berlin, Germany

I am not someone who is on a quest to visit every country in the world, ticking them off a travel ‘to do’ list. I’m someone who is on a quest to explore as much of the world as I can, learn about and appreciate diverse cultures and meet and interact with different people. But … Read More

5 Things To Do Before You Leave Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the world's largest salt flat

Bolivia was my first experience of South America where I enjoyed three months of Spanish lessons, a homestay, volunteering and exploring the country. It remains one of my most memorable travel experiences to this day. It was also one of the most thought-provoking. Before you leave Bolivia be sure to soak up as much of … Read More

The Hidden City: Machu Picchu “Lost City of the Inca”

Machu Picchu, Peru

Few people are lucky enough in life to get to see this incredible Inca treasure for themselves. Machu Picchu is not exactly on the beaten path, and certainly not somewhere that you can spontaneously bop down to for the weekend. It is a journey to get to, that is for sure. And that is one … Read More

38 Experiences To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

Colorful buildings in a frozen white Amsterdam winter -- welcome to the Netherlands

I recently reflected on some of the amazing travel adventures I’ve experienced thus far it my lifetime in my 46 countries, 46 travel ideas article, so the time feels right to start planning some more. As the clock ticks over to an age that I have long been dreading, I’m celebrating it by adding 38 … Read More

25 Lessons I’ve Learned From Traveling

Travel off the beaten path with the HoliDaze

Having the opportunity, freedom and desire to travel has created endless opportunities for me to visit countries outside of my own, explore different cultures and meet a variety of diverse and interesting characters. Over the years I’ve lost count of the all the profound, inspirational and sometimes most basic of lessons learned from traveling, but … Read More

Caño Cristales — Colombia’s “River of Five Colors”

The rainbow-colored Caño Cristales River in Colombia

Known as the “River of Five Colors” and the “Liquid Rainbow,” Caño Cristales is a multicolored channel in a Colombian national park. Everyone has seen algae, that icky often green stuff that grows in water all over the world — but have you ever seen rainbow-colored algae? That is what happens for a brief period … Read More