Valerie Wheatley

Incredible Istanbul: A Complete 3-Day Itinerary

If you only have a limited amount of time in Istanbul, deciding where to sleep, eat, and explore can be overwhelming. Follow our detailed 3-day itinerary to get the most out of your trip to this amazing city!

Tayrona National Park, Colombia by Wandering Wheatleys

Colombia: Our Travel Journal

By the time we got to Colombia, I was at my South American wits end. I don’t think I gave it the chance it deserved. We heard a few horror stories but for the most part we felt very safe while we were there and didn’t have any issues. We will most certainly be back in the future to give it a proper, untainted visit.

Warf in San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Ecuador: Our Travel Journal

Ecuador seemed to be an incredibly popular destination for Americans and it was easy to see why – they are on the US dollar, most people speak English, it’s fairly easy to get around, and it’s a fairly short flight from the East Coast. But it seems that unfortunately the crime rate against tourists is increasing (after we were robbed we heard loads of other similar stories) so keep your wits about you! It’s definitely not on my list of favorite countries that I’ve visited but the Galápagos Islands are epic and most certainly worth the trip!

Bolivia: Our Travel Journal

Bolivia: Our Travel Journal

I can’t help but feel a little sad for Bolivia… they seem to be the landlocked underdogs of South America. Because of that the country seems to be far cheaper than others we visited and food isn’t as fresh and it’s just more difficult for them to get the things they need. That said, the people are absolutely lovely and seem to more concerned with working and caring for their families than hustling unsuspecting tourists. It’s gritty and rough-around-the-edges and awesome and stunning and shocking and in my opinion the absolute BEST country in South America!

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Chile: Our Travel Journal

Chile is BIG. Obviously. But what that means for the average tourist is really looooong, cold, expensive, uncomfortable bus rides. Or long, amazing boat rides. But either way, in hindsight we agreed that for the money we spent on bus tickets, we could have easily taken a short cheap for around the same price and saved us some of our sanity. IF you opt for the bus, don’t drink any liquids because bathroom breaks are few and far between and bring a blanket! Patagonia is amazing, the W trek is still to this day my all-time-favorite trek, and the fjords are out-of-this-world. Also, we regret not going to Easter Island – it’s expensive to get there but you are so close!

Our Lady of the Rocks, Perast, Montenegro

Montenegro: Our Travel Journal

Montenegro is small, full of culture and history, and fairly easy to cover with a car and Google Maps. We loved the freedom of driving around, stopping for photos at sunset, and exploring little towns that we would otherwise never visit if we were relying on public transportation. But driving in Montenegro is also pretty horrifying so prepare to be aggressively passed no matter how fast you are going and how winding the road is and get over your fear of heights if you want to visit the more popular landmarks. It’s easy to travel in Montenegro, it’s cheap, great food, good people, great experience!

Croatia Itinerary - The Best Things To Do

Croatia: Our Travel Journal

To sum up our 12-day Croatian experience… Croatia seems to be everything you think it will be… lovely old cities that are rich in history; wonderful and helpful people; a place where you feel safe and generally welcome; fantastic cuisine; generally reasonable prices in most cities; and most people speak English so it is easy enough to communicate and to get around. BUT I mentioned at the beginning of this post that my draw to Croatia was because I assumed it hadn’t gotten all crazy touristy yet, and that is most definitely not the case. We visited at the very beginning of their peak season and I cannot even imagine what the old city of Dubrovnik will look like in a month or two. I’m fairly certain I’ll want to be as far away from there as possible…

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