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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 …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Islamabad, Pakistan

Islamabad Trip

Why Pakistan? The next city on our list brought us to a country that is not known for its tourism: Pakistan. Out of all the countries in the world Yagmur and I could have gone for our first international trip, no one understood why we would go to Pakistan. Our friends didn’t get it, our …

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The Wahga Border – Pakistani side

Wahga Border Flag Ceremony

What and where is the Wahga Border? The Wahga Border is a border between Pakistan and India, about an hour east of Lahore, Pakistan. Okay… so why should I go? Because it’s not your normal international border! The Wahga border has a closing ceremony that is one of a kind! Pakistan and India each have …

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Average Daily Costs To Visit Pakistan

Brain Masala

Pakistan is a very cheap country if you’re coming from the U.S., Europe, or a similar priced country. Below is a breakout of the daily costs you can expect based on my recent trip to Pakistan (I traveled to Islamabad, Lahore, and the Wahga border). This post will also include other costs (e.g. visa fee) …

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How To Apply For A Pakistani Visa

Pakistani Visa

There are different types of Pakistani visas you can apply for. Here, I breakdown the full process of applying for a US Citizen/Nationals (of non-Pakistani origin) visa + include how to get a Letter Of Invitation for those planning on not taking a tour for their entire stay in Pakistan. Regardless of the visa you apply …

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The Lahore Airport Scare

Frazzled Girlfriend

Lahore, Pakistan July 2018 Age: 27 The Warning “You are staying in a hostel? Where are you staying? You need to tell me so I can make sure you guys are safe! I have contacts there! I know you’ve traveled to India but Pakistan is different! There is a lot of turmoil right now with …

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The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Washington D.C., USA

The Plan After dating my girlfriend for over 2 and a half years, I find it unbelievable that we’ve never traveled together outside of the U.S. Sure, we can blame her immigration status since she couldn’t leave the U.S. until her Green Card was processed which took a while. But alas, her Green Card has …

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How To Save Money To Travel: Homemade Coffee Edition

“If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we shall be poor indeed.” -Edmund Burke Black Gold Every morning we succumb to our addiction of which we are not ashamed. Hot, black gold running down our throats. A smooth, milky latte warming up our souls. Dollar bills …