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My wanderlust has taken me all over the world. I’ve trekked through ancient cities like Petra and Machu Picchu, marveling at their history and architectural beauty. Natural wonders like Iguazu Falls and the Sahara Desert have left me speechless. On a 3-day safari in Kenya, I came face-to-face with lions, hippos, elephants, zebras, and countless other magnificent creatures. Even a challenging hike to a suspension bridge in Switzerland offered stunning views and a sense of accomplishment.

These adventures haven’t all been long or arduous. Day trips to Petra from Jerusalem and Bled from Ljubljana allowed me to experience iconic sights without a huge time commitment. Solo travel is typically on the menu, as is recreating childhood trips I took with my family. Niagara Falls, on the Canadian side, was an excellent example of both solo travel and recreating a family trip.

Whether it’s a jam-packed day trip or a multi-day exploration, I love a good mix of relaxation and challenge in my travels. Every place I visit offers a unique perspective and a chance to create lasting memories.

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Wow, I just went on a surreal day trip to Petra from Jerusalem! It was a long day, but it was definitely worth it to see this incredible place.

I woke up before dawn and hopped on a bus from Jerusalem. The ride was long, but the scenery was beautiful. We crossed the border into Jordan and continued on to Petra.

Our tour guide was great and told us all about the history of Petra. It’s an ancient city that was carved into the cliffs by the Nabataeans. We walked through the Siq, a narrow gorge that leads to the Treasury, which is one of Petra’s most famous landmarks.

We also explored the Roman Theater, the Royal Tombs, and the Monastery. It was amazing to see these architectural wonders up close.

The day went by so fast, and before I knew it, it was time to head back to Jerusalem. I was exhausted, but I was also so glad that I had the chance to see Petra.

If you’re thinking about taking a day trip to Petra from Jerusalem, I would say go for it! Just be prepared for a long day. But trust me, it’s worth it!

During my time in Slovenia, I couldn’t resist the charm of Lake Bled, a must-visit destination for any traveler. Easily accessible via a day trip from Ljubljana, the capital, its crystal-clear waters, stunning mountains, and enchanting island church attracted tourists from far and wide.

What made Lake Bled even more enticing was the abundance of free activities available upon arrival, making it an ideal destination for travelers of all budgets. Getting there was a breeze, with options including bus, train, or car transport from Ljubljana.

I just got back from an incredible 3-day trip to Kauai! I flew into Lihue Airport from Auckland, New Zealand, and rented a car to explore the island at my own pace.

For my stay, I based myself at the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay which seemed like a good location. My first stop was Hanalei Bay, a beautiful beach known for its surfing and laid-back vibe. Kauai truly lives up to its nickname of “The Garden Isle” – the lush greenery everywhere was amazing!

Another day, I drove to Makahoa Point Lookout for some stunning panoramic views of the Napali Coast. Lumaha’i Beach was another must-see – I recognized it from the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”! For a unique adventure, I also explored the Maniniholo Dry Cave – it was fascinating to see a lava tube like that.

Overall, Kauai was an amazing place to visit. With its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and dramatic coastlines, there was something for everyone. I can’t wait to go back someday and explore more!

Iguazu Falls on the Argentina side was incredible! Getting there was a breeze, and buying tickets was easy once I arrived. The park itself was massive, and navigating the trails took some planning.

There were three main trails I tackled: the Upper Circuit, Lower Circuit, and Devil’s Throat Circuit. Each one offered stunning views of different waterfalls. On the Upper Circuit, I got to see Salto Dos Hermanas (“Two Sisters’ Falls”) and Salto Chico (“Small Falls”). The Lower Circuit brought me face-to-face with the mighty Salto San Martin. Wow!

The park even had a scenic train that connected the trails, which was a nice break from all the walking. It was an amazing day exploring the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls – definitely worth the trek!

During a day trip to Monaco, I discovered the best way to get there is by train, but be sure to check the schedule beforehand! Since Monaco is so tiny, packing in all the sights in a day is totally doable. The must-sees include the iconic Monte Carlo Casino, the Royal Palace of Monaco, and the harbor, Port Hercule. Just be prepared for the crowds, especially if you’re visiting during the Formula One Grand Prix!

During my visit to Israel, I took a day tour to Masada, an ancient fortress perched on a mountaintop. To get to Masada, I chose to take a guided tour.

There are two ways to reach the top of Masada: a cable car or a winding footpath. I opted for the cable car (my legs thanked me later!), and the views from the top were absolutely incredible. You can see the Dead Sea stretching out forever below and the mountains that surround the area.

Masada itself is a fascinating place to wander around. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is steeped in history. The ruins of Herod’s palaces, bathhouses, and synagogues were all really interesting to see, and it was easy to imagine what this place must have been like in its prime.

If you’re looking for a memorable experience in Israel and are interested in history, a day trip to Masada is a must-do!

Luxor’s Valley of the Kings blew my mind. Imagine – hidden tombs of pharaohs, carved 3,500 years ago and rediscovered in the 1800s! Descending felt like stepping back in time.

Vivid hieroglyphics adorn the walls, depicting the pharaohs’ lives and afterlife journeys. It is impossible to visit all the tombs in a single visit, so I focused my time on the tombs of Rameses IV, Tutankhamun, Merenptah, Rameses I, and Rameses V/VI.

Hiring a guide is key – they unlock the stories behind the hieroglyphs, making these tombs come alive.

Wow, the Sahara Desert was an unforgettable adventure! I took a 3-day 2-night tour of the Sahara from Marrakech.

The journey itself was a long one. We spent a good chunk of time – like 10 hours each way! – traveling by van. The upside? The tours break it up with interesting stops, including a stop at a traditional Berber village, which was incredible – the people were so welcoming!

We also stopped at Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has been the filming location of many Hollywood Blockbusters.

The highlight of this trip was riding a camel across those massive sand dunes that felt like something out of a movie! We ended the day at a Berber camp, which was amazing. There was a big campfire where we all gathered, shared stories, and listened to traditional music under a sky full of stars. It was such a special experience!

Overall, while the long drives were a bit of a test, they were definitely worth it for the beauty and magic of the Sahara Desert.

The Roman Ruins of Ostia Antica are easy to get to from Rome using public transportation. There are also guided tours available for those who prefer a more structured experience.

Let me tell you about my visit to Ostia Antica. The walk through the initial section was fascinating – I passed broken statues and the Baths of Neptune, which contain the ruins of over 20 Roman bathhouses. The baths were amazing – the mosaics were spectacular and I could still see the piping system that once separated hot and cold water. Next, I continued onto the Roman Amphitheater, which was built around 12 BC and could hold around 4,000 people. I climbed to the top for a view of the ruins – it was incredible!

Overall, visiting Ostia Antica was a great experience. It was a great way to learn about daily life during the Roman Empire.

I booked a tour of the Atacama Desert’s Valle de la Muerte. Our guide pointed out interesting geological features as we explored this driest place on earth. We saw amazing rock formations in Death Valley, and I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes because there was a lot of walking and even some sandboarding down the dunes! It felt like I was exploring Mars!

Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city that was once the empire’s heart, stole the show on my Cancun trip. Built practically in the center of the Americas, this city thrived from 600 AD to around 950 AD before a drought forced its abandonment. The Mayans themselves were a captivating civilization. Short in stature and without facial hair, they focused on astronomy and inventions, even creating the most accurate calendar ever and the concept of zero. Their beliefs were unique – they worshipped nature, believed the world was flat on turtles at first, and practiced human sacrifice (with volunteers!).

Visiting Chichen Itza was a history buff’s dream. The impressive buildings, like the Kukulcan temple (meaning “feathered serpent”), spoke volumes about their culture. Learning that “Cancun” itself means “snake’s nest” was another fascinating tidbit. This trip was an amazing introduction to the Mayans, leaving me wanting to delve deeper.

If you’re ever in Cancun, don’t miss Chichen Itza. It’s a must-visit for anyone interested in history, ancient civilizations, or just exploring a truly unique place.

I squeezed in an amazing adventure with Emu Run Experience in a single day! We started by heading out to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) first. These giant, round rocks were a dramatic change in scenery from anything I’d ever seen before. We went on a walk around Kata Tjuta, and it felt like stepping back in time. The ancient beauty of this sacred place was truly awe-inspiring.

After our walkabout at Kata Tjuta, we journeyed to Uluru (Ayers Rock). As the sun began to set, the landscape transformed around us. We witnessed a breathtaking sunset paint Uluru with vibrant colors, and our guide shared some fascinating Aboriginal creation stories that added another layer of meaning to the experience.

To top it all off, we enjoyed a delicious barbecue dinner under the stars before heading back to Alice Springs. This Emu Run Experience day trip was a fantastic way to experience both Kata Tjuta and Uluru in a limited amount of time. It was a jam-packed day filled with incredible sights, cultural insights, and a delicious meal under the Outback sky.

During my trip to La Fortuna, I embarked on an exhilarating tour of the areas’s top three attractions. This full-day adventure provided an unforgettable immersion into the region’s breathtaking natural beauty.

The journey began with a visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges. Strolling across a series of suspended walkways nestled within the rainforest canopy offered a unique perspective of the lush flora and fauna below. This invigorating hike allowed me to appreciate the vibrant ecosystem from a new vantage point.

Following the bridge exploration, we ventured to the majestic La Fortuna Waterfall. The cascading water provided a stunning and photogenic backdrop. There was even an optional swim at the base of the falls, offering a refreshing opportunity to cool down after the invigorating hike.

The tour concluded with a visit to the Arenal Volcano National Park. Here, I witnessed the awe-inspiring power of nature firsthand, observing the volcanic landscape and learning about its geological significance from our knowledgeable guide. The park’s commitment to conservation practices ensured a responsible and enriching experience.

This tour proved to be a perfect choice for an adventurous explorer seeking an action-packed and eco-conscious exploration of Costa Rica’s natural wonders. The diverse activities, breathtaking sights, and focus on responsible tourism made it a truly unforgettable experience.

Joining Jungla Experience for their Chichonal Volcano trek was one of the most difficult hikes of my life. The unrelenting heat and steep inclines had me reaching for my water bottle like a lifeline. There were times I thought I’d run dry, but luckily, our guide, Ramon Rodriguez, knew exactly when to call for rest stops and had plenty of extra water. Despite the challenge, the camaraderie and Ramon’s interesting tidbits about the volcano’s history kept my spirits high.

Finally, after what felt like forever, we summited the crater rim. The view was absolutely breathtaking! We spent a good chunk of time exploring and capturing the panoramic vista before slowly making our way down, forever marked by this unforgettable conquest.

Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Peru, wasn’t just a destination – it was a logistical warzone conquered! Navigating the transportation maze was an adventure in itself. First hurdle – the bus ride from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. Let’s just say those winding mountain roads test your breakfast in new ways. But I emerged victorious, ready to tackle the train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. The train ride was a scenic reward, offering stunning glimpses of the valley.

Aguas Calientes itself was a charming town, but the final challenge awaited – the bus ride up to Machu Picchu. Those switchbacks are no joke, but the view from the top? Absolutely breathtaking. Seeing Machu Picchu in person, bathed in the Andean sun, was a moment I’ll never forget.

A trip to Niagara Falls was a chance to relive a childhood family trip but as a solo traveler. Two questions lingered: would I be out of place, and could I see everything in one day? Thankfully, my solo Niagara Falls adventure on the Canadian side proved to be a success! 

While the tourist town caters heavily to families with carnival rides and mini-golf, the true star, the mighty Niagara Falls (both American and Horseshoe Falls), transcends age and travel style. In a single jam-packed day, I was able to witness this natural wonder in all its glory. So, pack your bags, solo travelers, Niagara Falls awaits!

In my experience, hiking to the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge presented a moderate to challenging trek. The significant elevation gain required a good level of fitness and proper preparation. For visitors planning this hike, I recommend bringing plenty of water and wearing sturdy hiking boots with good tread.

The trail itself can be segmented into three distinct sections. The first section features a gradual incline with switchbacks, offering a chance to warm up and take in the surrounding scenery. The second section is the most difficult as it is a straight incline. Finally, the third section levels out, which allows a nice flat hike before reaching the bridge.

Overall, the hike to the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge is a rewarding experience for those seeking a challenge and breathtaking views.

I went on a 3-day safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya hoping to see the “Big 5”: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and African buffalo. In addition, I also wanted to see zebras, giraffes, hippos, and wildebeest.

I was lucky enough to see a pride of lions stalking impalas, but they decided to take a nap instead of a hunt! I also saw a cheetah resting in the sun, looking majestic. There were elephants everywhere, and I watched one of them eating grass with its trunk. I saw two giraffes, one close and another one far away.

Hippos were another highlight – I saw them near the Mara River. We even went on a 30-minute hike with an armed ranger to get a good look at them. The ranger explained that hippos are very territorial, so it was good to have him there to keep us safe. It was an amazing experience!