Traveling: Planning a Trip to Peru

My blog is a food blog.  I know this, you know this, we all know this, but it’s also a little bit about me.  And you want to know something about me?

I love to travel.

To me, traveling is more than just a set of experiences.  It’s an enormous privilege that I’ve been lucky to have a large part of my life.  Starting with going to Guatemala every summer as a kid, then having my parents tote me around with them on various trips (Brazil, Europe, Caribbean), then learning to go places on my own (like Argentina and India).  Even just since I’ve had this blog, you’ve followed me to:


  • I went to Chiapas for a week to work on a project while in Grad School.  I didn’t tell my parents I was going, because I thought they’d freak out.  That’s one of my biggest regrets.  Not the trip, but the not telling my parents part.


  • I went to Rome from January til June of 2011.
    I worked at a UN Agency and ate too much pasta and Nutella.  There were also a few side trips, like Amalfi
    windey road



Last year I took a 2 week trip to China, and it was pretty awesome.

This time, I’ve got the travel bug again.

Two weeks ago, I bought a plane ticket to Peru.  Last week, I booked a 4-day trip on the Inca Trail.

So this time, instead of just giving you a lighting recap like I did with China.  I’d like to document the trip planning experience for myself to remember and for the world to know.

I think a lot of people have this idea that traveling is too scary, or too expensive, but honestly with some saving strategies, I think anyone can take a fun trip.  I’m not Mr. Money Bags.  If I can take a trip, you probably can too.  It just takes some planning.  So ready for some tips?

Where was your last destination?  Where are you going next?


11 thoughts on “Traveling: Planning a Trip to Peru

  1. Elaine says:

    Last year I took a two week trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. We camped, we stayed in yurts, it was awesome. This winter, I’m going to Mumbai for a wedding. Can we say 5 days of wedding celebrations, partying and Indian food galore? Oh yeah, and then we’ll check out a couple other places. Because really, how often do you go to India?

  2. Lisa Eirene (@LisaEirene) says:

    Wow! Peru!! I have several friends that have gone there and they cannot speak highly enough about their experiences.

    The bf and I are still talking about where we’re going this year. I want to go to LA and do touristy things because I’ve never been. We’ve also discussed Belize and Costa Rica.

  3. Carina says:

    I’m jealous! Peru sounds beautiful. I love traveling too – I did a month in Panama last year and am hoping to make it to Alaska or Japan soon.

      • Carina says:

        It was! Turquoise waters on secluded islands, rainforests, baby sloths, coffee tastings, surf towns. But actually pricier than I thought it would be.

        I heard good LA fares to Japan keep popping up! I’m really thinking next year. I want to see if the houses my grandparents grew up in are still there…

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