Planning for Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma)

In July 2014 we took off for 2 weeks in Cambodia and Myanmar (formerly Burma). This was our first time in Burma, but not Cambodia. You can see the other trips to Cambodia in 2002, 2007 and 2010 which cover the more standard tourist sights than we did on this trip. Please note; things are changing…

How to Plan a Visit to Machu Picchu Plus Checklist and Tips

Update 2018:In 2017 the government implemented new rules regarding visits to Machu Picchu. The new rules include timed entrances (morning/afternoon shifts), no re-entry without a new ticket, visitors are required to have a licensed guide, and specific circuits to follow. From what I can tell from a little Google research, not all these new rules…

Planning a Trip to Peru; Tips, Reviews and Recommendations

We’ve wanted to visit Peru for over a decade but while it’s always been in the top five of places-we-want-to-go, it never made the cut until now. Perhaps we thought we needed to have two full weeks so we could include the Amazon and Lake Titicaca as well as Machu Picchu. In the end, we…

Puglia and Basilicata 2013; Travel Tips, Resources and Logistics

In October 2013 my mother and I spent nine days in the Puglia and Basilicata regions of southern Italy. Before I left, whenever I told people where I was going, the response I got was “Oooh, you’re going to Italy? Where?“, My answer, “Puglia”, usually evoked quizzical looks, fully expecting my answer to be “Tuscany”…