Big Travel News-straight ahead

While my blog’s bucket list is quite long, there are really only five items on it that I consider to be at the level of “I must go here places” before I die. Peru, specifically Machu Picchu was always one of them. Well, a couple of weeks ago I made that dream become closer to reality.

As incredible as this would be to see, pretty sure I won’t be there to catch the sunrise!

In case you missed it, over on my blog’s Facebook page, I shared the big news that come late summer, I will be traveling to Peru! I definitely recommend that you like the page as well since I share some pretty cool tidbits that I don’t always divulge here on the blog. It would also mean a lot to me to keep those number of likes growing-pretty please ๐Ÿ™‚

My dream becoming reality all had to do with airfare being at its lowest I had ever seen it in the past year; not that it was an omg kind of bargain but rather one that based on how expensive it is to fly today, I would have been foolish to pass up on it.

You see, for months I’ve been “plagued” on where the big trip of the year should be-Turkey, Peru, Hungary/Czech Republic-all the while constantly running numbers, drafting itineraries, etc. Quite exhausting as you can imagine in a “first world” kind of a problem.

While I have always wanted to go to Peru numerous factors kept me from booking a trip there:

-The enormity of planning a trip like this on my own since I want it to be naturally perfect and more importantly, go well from start to finish (Peru is decidely different from a trip to places like Portugal or Ireland, both of which I have planned and done.)

-Altitude sickness (I know that thousands of travelers visit high altitude spots each year and have no problems while others have issues that range from mild to severe. My worst fear is that a trip would be potentially ruined from something out of my control but I will be taking the necessary as well as extra precautions to do my best to minimize the effects.)

ย -It being a “go go go” type of trip (Like I’ve mentioned numerous times on this blog, I don’t have a ton of vacation time and rather than using most of it on one big trip, I prefer to spread it out more and take multiple smaller trips throughout the year-i.e. this keeps me happier AND more sane on a daily basis. So while I think that what I have planned for my Peru itinerary will be great for a first time visit, we will be quite active and staying in multiple hotels due to the logistics (the latter of which I’m not the biggest fan of doing). In short, I’m sure I’ll return home needing a vacation from the vacation I’ve just had.)

-There are more upfront costs involved (Unlike with some destinations when all you have to spend money on initially is airfare and maybe a hotel deposit, for Peru there’s the domestic airfare to Cusco, train tickets to Machu Picchu, so in short, two somewhat steep costs on top of the expensive international airfare that was already just booked.)

But I’ve gone and booked it and could not be happier. So far, I’ve only booked the tickets to Peru and made two hotel reservations so a lot more planning lies ahead but I will say nothing is better than the feeling of knowing that in x amount of time, a dream will become reality. But stay tuned later on for a “planning Peru” post ๐Ÿ™‚


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  • Reply
    March 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Congratulations! It is such a relief once you hit the “book” button and then all the excitement of planning begins. Peru has long been a “must-see” destination on my bucket list as well, and I am eager to see your itinerary and hear your impressions of Machu Picchu. It sounds absolutely incredible! Happy planning!

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      March 14, 2014 at 1:26 am

      I could not agree more! It drives my h up the wall the amount of times I go back and forth between a destination but as I always say to him, until I’ve booked and spent the money I have every right to ๐Ÿ™‚

      I had one Peru guidebook for the longest time but just borrowed another one from my library and I have to say the content from that is really making me excited! It’s definitely one of those destinations that until I’m there a part of me won’t believe it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    March 13, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Enjoy your trip. I have a few blog posts on what we did if you are interested. We found a great deal when we went and made that day decision when we saw the price. We couldn’t pass it up (even though I was in school). Like you, I had always wanted to go to Machu Picchu, but as soon as we started planning, I wanted to see more than we could squeeze in 10 days.

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      March 14, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Thanks Angela! I have actually already been scouring your Peru (specifically Sacred Valley) blog posts! Sometimes moments like those are the ones you need to go and do something you say you should be doing ๐Ÿ™‚

      I love colonial cities in Latin America and would love to fit in Arequipa but will sadly not have the time in the week we’re there. Next time!

  • Reply
    March 14, 2014 at 12:08 am

    We loved Peru and my parents have just been. Be warned that there can be a lot of cloud cover, but we found it added to the atmosphere ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know if you had any specific tips you wanted, I can also get some of my mum
    Ps Istanbul is also currently in my top 5. One day.

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      March 14, 2014 at 1:29 am

      I’m glad to hear that both you and your parents loved it there! I’ve looked at your blog posts in the past for Peru but will definitely need to check them out again from an actual planning perspective!

      I hear the fog/mist can be bad and I so hope for a perfect day but as you said, that’s part of it ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m sure as I get deeper into planning stages I will be for sure contacting you!

      Istanbul-one day for us both!

  • Reply
    Sara Louise
    March 14, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    How exciting that you’re making one of your dreams come true, good for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      March 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Thanks Sara! I’m looking so forward to it, my h, not so much ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hope the big move went okay for you!

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