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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Ankara, Turkey

Ankara

Exhausted We barely rested the night before arriving to Minsk, Belarus. Now, on the same day, we had an overnight flight to Ankara, Turkey. To make the trip more difficult, there was of course a layover! Old Friends Fortunately for me, Yagmur was in her home country so I could sit back and relax once …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Minsk, Belarus

Minsk

The Russian Option We woke up extra early to catch our 7:05AM flight from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Minsk, Belarus with a layover in Moscow, Russia. The flight to Moscow was smooth. We followed the crowd and reached a point where you could go one of two directions. Left would lead you down to Customs where …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar

No Visas Please I had 2 straight weeks of vacation that needed to be taken and a list of places I wanted to take Yagmur abroad. My one condition for this next international trip: no visa applications. From the 8 foreign countries we had set foot on, Yagmur had to get a visa/eTA for 5 …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Ottawa, Canada

Green Card Ready We decided to visit our neighbors up north for a quick, weekend getaway. Normally, Yagmur would have needed a visa but since she’s a U.S. permanent resident, she just needed an eTA (electronic Travel Authorization) which is easily attainable online for only 7 USD. Before heading off to Canada’s capital, Ottawa, we …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan Armenia

The Kiev Pit Stop Before arriving to Yerevan, Armenia, we decided to spend a couple days in Tbilisi, Georgia. When figuring out the cheapest way to get there from London, we found that flying into the western airport of Kiev and leaving from the eastern airpot of Kiev was our best route. We arrived to …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – London, England

London England

The Work Trip Working for a large company that has a London office really has its perks. Throw in my bffl (Matt) from work who loves London, mix in some cheap tickets, and you’ve got yourself a week’s trip to London without using a single day of vacation! After meeting the London team at our …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Lima, Peru

Peru Trip

La Familia The next city on our list brought us to my second home: Lima, Peru. Lunch over here, dinner over there, we spent almost all our time running from primo to prima. We also had fellow travelers Ron & Betty join us for our trip 🙂 While in Lima, I made sure to take …

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How To Visit Machu Picchu In One Day: Everything You Need To Know

Machu Picchu

What and where is Machu Picchu? Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel situated in the Andes Mountain of Peru. Given its hidden location, perfectly cut stone, and mysterious construction, it’s no wonder Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu is a ~2 hour hike from the nearby town, Aguas …

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How To Buy Machu Picchu Tickets: A Step By Step Guide

Machu Picchu Letters

I wish I knew why the process to buy Machu Picchu tickets was so complicated and not intuitive at all. Regardless, let’s focus on getting those tickets so you can enjoy one of the greatest wonders of the world! I. Go to the official, Machu Picchu ticket sales website Cultural Ministry of Peru website: Official, …

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Rainbow Mountain Peru: Everything You Need To Know

Rainbow Mountain

What and where is Rainbow Mountain? Rainbow Mountain, also called Vinicunca, is a mountain in the Andes, Peru. Natural minerals, treated with the perfect weathering, created the beautiful mountain famous for its vibrant colors. Rainbow Mountain is a 3 hour drive southeast from Cuzco. Is it worth visiting while I’m around Cusco? Yes! You definitely …