Valerie Wheatley

Dollars and Sense…

One of the most common (and frankly, frustrating) questions that we get about our travels is “what is your secret to being able to afford to travel like you do?”. This question takes several forms including “did you win the lottery?”, “are you trust fund babies?”, and “do you have a long lost Daddy Warbucks?”. …

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Peru: Our Travel Journal

Peru is a very nice mix of city life, beaches, mountains, and culture. The people are lovely, the food is TO DIE FOR (I was on an all-ceviche-all-the-time diet for far too long when we were on the coast), it’s super safe, and they have llamas AND Machu Picchu! What more could you want from a country??? Book your Inca Trail hike early and acclimate! Oh, and skip Lake Titicaca…

Intro to backpacking…

My first ever backpacking excursion was a 4-day, 3-night hike in Patagonia, Chile called “The W”. It was 2013 and I was 31 and the longest I’d ever hiked prior to that was maybe 7 miles in beautiful sunny Hawaii. We rented gear and overpacked and it was COLD. I rented hiking boots which was …

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School Children Wearing Thanaka, Myanmar

Myanmar: Our Travel Journal

To date, Myanmar is absolutely, without a doubt my favorite country I’ve ever visited. We encountered the most lovely, welcoming, friendly, amazing people who genuinely had an interest in interacting with foreigners (aka they don’t yet see $$$ when they meet tourists). Every time I look through my old photos of Myanmar I cry a little inside because I’m not back there in that moment and I miss it like crazy. Book your trip, get off the beaten path a bit, and prepare to be amazed!

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