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 🙂
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.)
-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 🙂