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Car Pick-Up Service Is Always a Yes!

            After traveling for several hours, you finally make it to your destination. All you want to do is get to your hotel, maybe take a shower, brush your teeth and even lay down in bed for a little.             Every airport is different. There’s no denying it! Some of them are chaotic, other extremely luxurious and some should hardly considered an airport (more like a small  living room with chairs)             For this reason, I always make sure to book a car-pick up service to fetch me upon arrival. Many airports around the world offer bus rides to the center of the city, metro, taxi rides and even Ubers. All of these are an option, but the fact is that the “unknown” is my top concern.   Scenario # 1: What if I take the underground metro and get lost? What if I don’t speak the language? How am I going to ask for directions?   Scenario # 2: …

What To Pack For The Galapagos Islands

In this trip you’ll climb mountains, explore underground lava caves, go snorkeling, hike to the beach, swim in the ocean, jump off a cliff and much more. The Galapagos Islands is every adventurer’s dream come true. For this reason it’s best to bring your own equipment to use throughout the length of your stay.   Here’s a list of items you must bring on your trip to the Enchanted Islands:     Bathing Suit – Bring one per each day you stay in the islands. Expect to spend most of your day wearing a swimsuit. Also, the majority of activities are water oriented. Snorkeling Set – You can rent your snorkeling set while on your trip, however, if you already own a snorkeling set its best of you bring it with you. The equipment the tour guides provide might not be the best suit for your needs. UV Shirts – You can actually feel the sun rays on your skin! Avoid getting insolation by wearing a UV shirt. Sunblock – Very expensive item to get …

Flight is Overbooked. Now What?

About five years ago, my mom booked me a flight from Miami to Guayaquil (home) for Christmas break. Little did I know this could happen. This is my story:   Flights for December (aka holiday season) are crazy expensive. For this reason, my mom wanted to purchase my plane ticket months in advance. It was August (the semester hasn’t even started yet) and I already had a return ticket home. The semester passed, and it was time to go home. I get my suitcases ready and head to the airport to catch my flight.   I arrived three hours early, with a lot of time to spare. I got myself distracted with magazines at the classic Hudson News pop-up store. At MIA (Miami International Airport) there’s one in every corner.   Already at the gate (bored our of my mind), the crew announced the flight is delayed. Ugh. Ok. I mean there’s nothing I can do, so I waited for three more hours. THREE HOURS.   Time passed so slow that I could feel the …

How To Create A Travel Itinerary For Your Next Trip

How to plan a trip? Easy: organization and attention to detail are key. Many prefer to use a mobile app for this, Tripit for example. The downside of using this method is that most apps have bugs which can lead to multiple errors. For this reason I created my own template.   Here’s what you need to know before starting your itinerary: Dates of trip. Determine how many days you want to travel and how many places would you like to visit Airlines reservations details. Such as, record locator, departing time, arrival time, name of airport etc. A brief idea of what you want to see and do in this trip. (No need to make an extensive research, just yet.)   Once you determine the three key factors above, you’re ready to create your itinerary.. I always create a document prior to organizing and planning my travels because it gives me a better picture of what I will be doing on a certain day. Also, it’s very useful. For example: If you need to check your …

Where To Stay in The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a very special to me. My family and I use to travel to the enchanted islands almost every weekend in the early 2000s. That being said, I know the islands like the palm of my hand. If you are looking for hotel recommendations, look no further than the hotels listed below: 1) Villa Escalesia – Santa Cruz Island Located in Puerto Ayora overlooking Pelican Bay on the Island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, Villa Escalesia is one of very few private homes available for exclusive hire. This stunning sea-front villa is managed by the team at the island’s leading hotel, The Royal Palm. Villa Escalesia is a spacious, locally-designed villa with all the creature comforts of home. Sitting on the water’s edge – our villa makes a stunning base for your Galapagos adventure holiday. The layout lends itself perfectly to groups of friends or extended families looking for an alternative to a hotel; it is also a magnificent location for weddings and special occasions. There are 4 large en-suite bedrooms, …