"I was carrying my worn-out shoes in my hands by the time my sister and I reached Intipuncu—the Gate of the Sun—which welcomes Inca trail hikers to Machu Picchu and, at 2,700 meters above sea level, offers a panoramic view of the ancient settlement. Shoulder to shoulder we stood breathless at the sacred geography sprawled below us. Then, I barefoot but us both exhilarated, we ran the last 300 meters of the Inca Trail together. It was unforgettable."
- E. Ce Miller (www.ecemiller.com/around-the-world)
"In March 2014 I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City with a plan to travel up Vietnam like any other backpacker, via train and bus, but an unexpected friend with an unexpected question meant I ended up spending 6 weeks motorbiking the entire length of Vietnam from HCMC to Sapa!
It was by far the most amazing, challenging, filthy & scariest thing I’ve ever done and something I’ll NEVER forget! In my opinion it was the best way to see and experience Vietnam, meaning I got to see the ‘detail’ of the country, getting off the beaten track to truly understand what makes Vietnam tick."
- Paula (www.paulathroughthelookingglass.com)
"What made the Everest Base Camp Trek the adventure of a lifetime for me was the stunning vistas around every turn, and the magical experience of watching the sun rise over Mt Everest from the summit of Kala Patthar. I conquered altitude sickness, and made lifelong friends with our guides and porters. I became incredibly emotional when I reached Base Camp as it was such a tough but rewarding adventure. I’ll never forget my first glimpse of Everest!"
- Erin (www.noordinarynomad.com)
"I did not even know that the Chhimi Lhakhang Temple, situated in the Punakha region of Bhutan, even existed until I visted. It is dedicated to fertility and is often frequented by childless couples from around the world. A wooden effigy of a Drukpa Kuenley's male organ is used to bless pilgrims which is believed to help in conception and keeping children safe. It was an experience to understand how the legend behind the temple, that is built on a hill that looks like a woman's 'breast' and to also be blessed by the wooden phallus by the Buddhist monk so that I can have children in the future. This was a first for me, we may visit popular monuments around the world, but a temple of this sort was definitely once in a lifetime."
- Marissa (www.madtraveldiaries.com)
"Kim booked a tour for us at Geirangerfjord, the most famous fjord in Norway. Turns out it’s several hours away from our hostel in Ålesund. The bus leaves only once a day. And we’ve missed it. Nothing left to do but rent a car and navigate the switchbacks ourselves! Kim filmed the drive while I tried to keep my heart in place, edging around the turns like a puppy going down stairs. Worth it for the view!"
- Hayley (www.savvygirltravel.com)
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