5 awesome things to do during a layover in Quito, Ecuador

Wondering how to spend a day in Quito before or after you continue your Ecuador travels? On this guide, I share some unique things to do during your stopover. From well-preserved colonial architecture, to world-class art museums and awe-inspiring views, this city is full of surprises. We certainly didn’t expect to love it as much as we did! Here’s what to do when you only have 24 hours in Quito, Ecuador. 7am – 10am: Treat yourself to a microstay at…
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5 reasons to book a hotel microstay in South America

Travelling in South America is a true adventure and sometimes not a comfortable one – there are many long-distance bus rides involved, the quality of hotels is inconsistent, there are language barriers and more. For us, after a couple of weeks, the constant checking-in and out of cheap hotels (almost on a daily basis) started to take its toll. Even more challenging was arriving into a new city at 6am and having to wait until hotel’s 2pm check-in time or needing…
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A Unique Homestay on Peru’s Lake Titicaca

Uros Islands are one of the most popular attractions on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. Most travelers choose to go on a full-day boat tour to Uros, Amantani and Taquile islands, but did you know that you can also book a homestay with a local family through Airbnb? On this post, we share our 2-day homestay experience in Uros – our honest thoughts and what to expect in terms of activities, interaction with the host family, accommodation facilities and…
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Things to do in Valladolid (Mexico)

Today I’m taking you guys to the next leg of our Mexico trip (if you haven’t checked out my Tulum guide, you can find it here). After 4 days in Tulum, we took the local bus towards Valladolid and I have to say this town was such a beautiful surprise. We only decided to make a stopover here for 2 nights as it was a good middle point between Tulum and Chitchen Itza. We had very low expectations as this town…
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Best souvenirs to buy in Tulum

Tulum (and Mexico in general) has the most quirky & artsy items and it inspires you to inject some colour into your life. With a hectic travel schedule ahead of us, I was not able to purchase as much as I would have loved to, but if you’re lucky enough to have extra space in your suitcase (and your home), consider buying some of these beautiful souvenirs! Handmade Dream Catchers Hammocks Mayan Calendar Handpainted Skulls Ceramic Items Best areas to…
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Best beach spots in Tulum

Hope my Tulum Travel Guide inspired you to consider it as your next destination! Tulum in itself it’s the ultimate beach paradise and thus it’s not hard to find gorgeous places to take a dip and spend some quality #beachbum time. However, the beach trip is really long and you will probably not be able to see it all, so I decided to dedicate a little post to share my top 5 favorite spots in Tulum. As mentioned on that…
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Tulum on a budget

Tulum has been on my bucket list for a few years now. Since we live in Hong Kong, it always seemed like a far dream to visit Mexico as it is more reasonable to explore Asia or Africa destinations from here. However, at the beginning of the year I had a YOLO moment of if not now when?. Luckily, my husband was on board with the idea so we planned a 2 week holiday in Mexico (first Tulum, a quick stop in Cancun, and then Valladolid) followed by a short trip to Cuba (photo diary from Havana coming soon!).
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