Coming from a military family, the travel bug bit Laura Cahill early on. Born in Honolulu and raised in the Chicago area, she traveled all over the US with her family as a child - particularly to the Rocky Mountain West to explore its national parks. Her love of travel has taken her throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, Latin America, and...

Coming from a military family, the travel bug bit Laura Cahill early on. Born in Honolulu and raised in the Chicago area, she traveled all over the US with her family as a child - particularly to the Rocky Mountain West to explore its national parks. Her love of travel has taken her throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Antarctica. When not traveling, you can find Laura photographing graffiti in the city or wildflowers in the woods, playing roller derby, or trying to find the perfect street food.

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Peru vs Patagonia: Choosing the Right Family Adventure

Peru vs Patagonia: Family Travel Tips
Often when I am working with families trying to decide on trips to South America, they are drawn to the active adventures and epic landscapes of Patagonia and Peru but can't decide which one will be best for their kids. If deciding what was the best for the kids wasn't enough many families are also trave...
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Find Romance at Machu Picchu in this Andean Hideaway

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In the valley below the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu is the ever-romantic Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways, and cozy whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. The hotel has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty, where birds, orchids...
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Machu Picchu is Plastic Free

Machu Picchu is Plastic Free
As of December 18, 2019, it is forbidden to enter the archaeological site of Machu Picchu with non-reusable plastics.  While the impressive magnetism of Machu Picchu can very often lead us to forget mundane things, we cannot forget to protect this marvel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site from the perils of pollution. The first step is to redu...
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5 Hikes in Patagonia That Will Leave You Speechless

5 Hikes in Patagonia That Will Leave You Speechless
Hiking is one of the main reasons to visit Patagonia and it is home to some of the most iconic hikes in the world. You can find everything from fairly easy hikes that will take you to some of the most beautiful views you've ever seen to hardcore treks to places few will ever see. While this blog is only going to focus on 5 hikes in Los Glaciar...
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Top Cusco and Sacred Valley Day Hikes

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​Peru is a land of varied geography and climates, making it one of the best countries in the world for hiking. The country offers hikers the opportunity to explore ancient Inca ruins along trails to remote alpine lakes and the opportunity to chat with locals herding their llamas or tending their fields on the way up a mountain pass. There...
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The Best Markets in Peru & Bargaining Tips (Lima, Cusco, & Sacred Valley)

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To truly know a country, one must visit its markets. The food, people, crafts and activities give you a glimpse of the country's culture and how folks navigate in their daily lives. You will see how the locals talk, eat, and dress. The colors, sounds, smells, and tastes of a market are an experience all on its own. There is no better place to explo...
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Permits will be released in October to trek the Inca Trail | Book your 2020 trip now!

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To conserve and protect Machu Piccu and the surrounding areas, the Peruvian government limits travelers on the Inca Trail to 500 people per day, which includes all guides and porters. Peak season periods from May through October often sell out 6 months in advance and permits are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. 2020 Inca Trai...
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How to Prepare for Hiking in Patagonia

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You don't have to be an athlete to enjoy hiking on a trip to Patagonia. A little investment in your overall fitness before you go can pay dividends in what you can accomplish out on the trail and how much more you can enjoy this adventure of a lifetime. In return for this investment before you go, you will ge...
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Revitalize your body and mind in Patagonia

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"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." - John Muir Having just returned from Patagonia, I am reminded how a hike through the woods can revitalize my m...
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Why Patagonia? Why Now?

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​I just returned from my scouting trip to Patagonia and couldn't wait to share some of the highlights. If you have been thinking about planning an adventure to Patagonia, now is the time and here is why! Wildlife There are many animals unique to the Andes and to Southern Patagonia. While not always seen as a wildlife destination like Africa or the ...
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Travel to Brazil: Soon US travelers will not need a visa

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If you've been dreaming about traveling to Brazil, now is the time to go. Brazil will now allow visa-free entry for citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan, starting June 17, 2019. Citizens of those countries wishing to visit Brazil will no longer need to apply or pay for a visa for up to 90 days of travel. W...
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Getting In, Out, and Around Patagonia

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"All good things are wild and free" - Henry David Thoreau  Part of Patagonia's appeal is its remote location. South America's southern frontier offers wild spaces, jagged peaks, pristine rivers and sleepy mountain towns. Patagonia straddles Argentina and Chile with both sides offering worthy stops. The majority of travelers goin...
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The Best Experiences in Vietnam | Saigon by Scooter

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Watching hundreds of two wheeled vehicles flowing orderly and incessantly in and around traffic obstacles, like schools of fish, is an iconic image of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and one of the best experiences in Vietnam. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the vintage Vespa scooters once synonymous with the British Mod subculture,...
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When to cruise Halong Bay

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One of the questions I hear the most when people are inquiring about an adventure to Vietnam and more specifically Halong Bay, is "When is the best time to go?" You can really go anytime but each have their own charms and downsides. It really depends on what you are looking for in a Halong Bay cruise.  Located just over a h...
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A Stay at Titilaka Lodge at Lake Titicaca, Peru

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We thought for sure we were on the wrong road. We had been contouring around Lake Titicaca's jagged shoreline, watching its blue expanse fade into the horizon. After following our directions to the right we were now driving through potato farmland, herds of sheep, and the occasional pig on a leash. The houses were traditional Titicaca style an...
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What To Do In Vietnam: Biking Through Hoi An Countryside

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There's no better way to experience the Vietnamese countryside than cycling from historic Hoi An across the river and through the beautiful small villages and rural scenery just beyond the bustling city. Hop on a bike and immerse yourself in the culture and history of Hoi An on an adventure designed for all ages (see more family...
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Exploring Vietnam | How to Experience Local Life in the Mekong Delta

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Two hours outside of the electric, neon rush of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the Mekong Delta: over 15,000 sq miles of rivers, streams and islands where the Den and Sau rivers meet the ocean. Exploring the Mekong Delta will take you through a diversity of landscapes from farmland, mangroves, and jungles. Roughly 20 million people live in the M...
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Our Favorite Lodges in the Atacama, Chile

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The Atacama desert, located in Northern Chile, is a remote and magical place. Home to geysers, flamingo filled lagoons, towering volcanoes, and skies chock full of stars it should be on every traveler's list. While the desert itself is considered one of the driest on the planet don't confuse that with a lack of comfort. The Atacama is home to some ...
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Why You Should Stay at Hacienda Vira Vira

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 There are places you sleep and places you stay. Places you stay are more than a bed – you're there for the people who live at that space and the experiences you can only have there. You rarely say, "I'm going to sleep at my Aunt Nancy's house." Rather, you stay there. For Wildland, we're constantly searching out special places to stay across ...
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What to See and Do in Laos | Celebrate Lao New Year

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A great reason to travel to Laos in mid-April, is to experience the wet and wild one-of-a-kind water festival known as Pi Mai Lao/Lao New Year (also Songkran in Thailand). The official festival lasts for three days from April 14 to April 16, but celebrations can last more than a week in towns like Luang Prabang. Traditionally, t...
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What I'll See and Do in Vietnam, Cambodia, & Laos

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Next month I am headed to SE Asia for a scouting trip through Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. As the Asia Program Director, I like to revisit all of our destinations on a regular basis to stay in touch with our guides, find new exciting and authentic adventures, and seek out the best places to send you when you visit. It's a tough job, but s...
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A Guide to El Chalten and Fitz Roy

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The colorful mountain town of El Chalten is located right near Argentina's border with Chile in the heart of Los Glaciares National Park. Bordering the Southern Ice Field, the third largest mass of ice on the planet, the landscape around this town is rugged, dramatic, and impressive. Known as the trekking capital of Argentina, El Chaltén means "smo...
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A Guide to El Calafate

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El Calafate is most famous as the gateway to the Perito Moreno glacier. Located 80km from town, the Perito Moreno draws all manner of visitors to the area and El Calafate is the logical hub for exploration. With the growing popularity of the glacier El Calafate has been transformed from a quaint town to a chic and bustling summer getaway in th...
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Into the Wilds of Patagonia: Estancia Cristina

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Travelers come to Patagonia looking for adventure. For wild, rugged landscapes that showcase the power of nature and not of man. The beauty of Patagonia is that you can still find that here. Sure, there are cities and glaciers that receive over 100,000 visitors a year but there are still those hidden corners where you can gaze in awe at the beauty ...
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Alternative Options for Exploring the Glaciers of Los Glaciares National Park

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The Perito Moreno Glacier is incredibly impressive. Considered an 8th natural wonder of the world, there are few glaciers this large and this active that people can get close to. At over 3 miles (5 km) in width, the glacier reaches heights of 240 feet above the surface of Lago Argentino. What you can see is just a tiny part of the gl...
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Family Friendly 'Must-Sees' In Vietnam

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Vietnam is a great adventure destination for families. Not only are the cities and activities kid friendly, but Vietnamese people are very amiable and love to welcome families. With so many options for countryside rambling, big city exploration, tasty food, and breathtaking natural scenery, Vietnam really does have something for everyone ...
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Iconic Creatures of Patagonia: What, When, and Where to to See Them

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Andean Condor The Andean condor is the most iconic of all Patagonia creatures. It plays a huge role in the folklore of South America and is the national symbol of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. With a wingspan of over 10 feet, these massive birds are often seen circling in the sky, perhaps ...
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Sri Lanka Boat Safari in Gal Oya National Park

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Wilderness safaris are life changing experiences but they do have their draw backs; dusty roads, grinding gears, and whining jeep engines. These are minor inconviences to see some spectaclur scenery and wildlife, but what if you could have this experience without those inconviences? Imagin...
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Kayaking through Rural Myanmar

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One of the best ways to get off the beaten path in SE Asia is to hop in a kayak! Much of local life in Asia revolves around water, so floating through the countryside is a great way to experience rural life and see some spectacular scenery. Leaving the city of Yangon behind to explore little known areas in Myanmar, like Kayin State,&...
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Wildstyle Boutique Accommodations of India

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India is one of those places where the accommodation adds so much to the experience of the trip. Travel in India can be hectic and hot, dusty and tiring, so where you kick back at the end of the day is important to refresh and reflect on your experience. It's worth it to seek out that hotel that is unique to your interests or to the surroundings an...
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Leopards, Tigers, and Dhole?

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Wildlife trips to India often focus on leopard, tiger, or even sloth bear and such sightings are a spectacular experience and truly the highlight of any safari in India. With all of these animals listed as vulnerable and endangered species, one should feel quite lucky to have shared a moment in the jungle with them. But there is another k...
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Travel through a storybook

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Keep peace with Lords of the Jungle the Tiger, the Panther, and Bear. And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the Boar in his lair. - Rudyard Kipling, Jungle Book With rolling hills of teak stands and animals around every bend, it is Pench National Park that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write The Jungle Book. On my visit to the park, it was n...
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The Best Hotels in Torres del Paine

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Patagonia is rugged nature in its wildest form with immense spaces, jagged peaks, and pristine rivers. Trips to Patagonia offer the best of our natural world so it's only fitting that your base for exploration be the best as well. Check out our favorite accommodation options in Torres del Paine below. Yurt StyleStaying at an eco yurt camp...
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How to Choose the Right Tiger Park in India

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India is home to 70% of the world’s remaining tigers. These majestic cats have been making a fantastic comeback due to conservation efforts after being on the verge of endangered just 20 years ago. Seeing one of these big cats is a once in a lifetime experience and there is no better place than on a trip to India to check that item off the bucket list. While it is easy to get lost in the eye of the tiger, there are many other factors to take into account when choosing a park including but not limited to quality of lodges, naturalists as well as other flora and fauna. This blog is going to focus specifically on the national parks of Madhya Pradesh (MP), considered the epicenter for tiger sightings in India. MP is also great because they offer full day permits if you’re really interested in seeing tigers. You get...
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A Day in the Life of a Jungle Safari in India

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Days spent on jungle safaris in India are different than any other you’ll experience on your adventure. With a minimum of 2 nights at a lodge and 3 nights highly recommended you’ll fall into a routine. You wake up with the sun and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle and a full belly. You'll spend hours riding around in a jeep searching for animals and hours relaxing in your room or by the pool. I’ll try to outline to the best I can what a typical day looks like in the jungles of India. Note: These were the times for when I was visiting in October. The times change with the season as the park gate opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. In the heart of winter, you’ll find later start times and earlier exit times. 5:00 – Wakeup knock on your door. 5:15 – Tea, coffee, and snacks....
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