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packed perfectly Bariloche, Argentina - Packed Perfectly Patagonia Trek San Carlos de Bariloche was the last stop on the Packed Perfectly Patagonia Trek beginning in Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Torres Del Paine, El Calafate, then to finalize our tour eating all the chocolate we could find in Bariloche. Bariloche is famous for making chocolate. The Disturbing History of Bariloche The city of San Carlos de Bariloche was founded on May 3, 1902. The origins of San

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kin travel Travel to Haiti with Kin Travel - Haitian History and Culture Haitians have a saying, “Beyond the mountains are…more mountains.” This is not just an allegory for life’s many obstacles; the mountains were the deciding factor in the first successful rebellion of the West African slaves brought to Haiti. The Haitian revolution (1791-1804) marked the defeat of Napoleonic forces, the most powerful army of the time. Haiti then established itself as an independent, black republic. Pirates Cap-Haïtien,

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Seattle, Washington - Your Seattle Trivia Ah, Seattle, the charming misty city. Seattle was named for the indigenous chief Si’ahl (pronounced Seattle) in 1786-1866, of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes. Today Seattle is in a tech boom as cranes hover above soon to be new Amazon skyscrapers – 18 new buildings to be exact. Google and Facebook live here too. Starbuck’s headquarters also resides in the Seattle mist. You can find the very

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El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina - Packed Perfectly Patagonia trek continued…. El Calafate is the next city on the Packed Perfectly Patagonia adventure that began flying into Buenos Aires, a quick plane to Ushuaia, road tripping to Torres Del Paine, then up to El Calafate. El Calafate for the Adventurous El Calafate will stir the adventurous spirit. It comes off as a small town in the far south of Argentina with a small population, but it

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Barcelona, Spain - Falling in Love with Barcelona I fell in love with Barcelona, Spain’s Catalonia region, years ago – after watching Woody Allen’s film Vicky-Christina Barcelona. Shortly after I packed my bags and moved there for the summer, getting an apartment in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi. I spent months walking around the streets getting acclimated to tapas and vino and the metro system. The food, art, architecture, and the culture drew me in and

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Aspen, Colorado - The Aspen Experience Aspen has long reined synonymous as a luxury playground for the rich and famous. It attracts a vivacious older crowd, but not your typical seniors – these Aspenites are shredding on the mountain, socializing at the many bars and restaurants, and dancing into the night at clubs. The streets are full of fashionistas, fur ( hopefully sustainably sourced) and the shopping is incredible. A weekend in Aspen

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Torres Del Paine, Patagonia, Chile - Packed Perfectly Patagonia Trek Continued…. The Packed Perfectly team began our Patagonia adventure dancing and eating our way through Buenos Aires. Then we flew to Ushuaia, rented a car, and drove 11 hours crossing the Argentina border, hopping on a short ferry ride, and finally into the vastness of Chile. A few hours outside of Torre Del Paine National Park we approach the tiny town of Punta Natales for a

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Ushuaia, Patagonia, Argentina - If you have never heard of Ushuaia, I am so excited for you! Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world, also known as the “end of the world” to locals and tourist alike who love to take pictures with the end of the world sign. It is the gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park and Antarctica. Those traveling to Antarctica utilize Ushuaia as the last stop before the

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buenos-aires Buenos Aires, Argentina - Buenos Aires! Packed Perfectly’s first stop in our Patagonia trek If you want to travel to Patagonia there are many different itineraries you can choose from, and everyone has an opinion on which is better. Of course, this all depends on your time and your budget, but also your traveling personality. Part of Packed Perfectly’s travel idiosyncracies is if avoidable not to backtrack. I like to move forward and maximize

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Venice Beach, California - Packed Perfectly’s New Home Packed Perfectly has called many places home over the past decade. The original, Asheville, then New York City, Sydney, London, and now we have settled into Venice Beach because of its deep-rooted bohemian spirit, artistic vibes, and proximity to the Pacific ocean. Venice has a strong sense of community, held between the westside patrons and proprietors. It is a melting pot of a variety of free-spirited

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iceland Reykjavík and Beyond, Iceland - Why Iceland Should be in Your Top 5 At one point during my road trip around Iceland, I felt like this must be a different planet. The topography of Iceland would abruptly change from black sand beaches and rocky lava deserts to glacier lagoons and mountainous sheets of ice. There are shooting geysers steaming into the sky, green pastures where miniature horses nestle each other, long strands of white mountains,

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home-image- Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy - Reasons you should go to Montepulciano Montepulciano is a medieval town on a hilltop in Tuscany, Italy. The town is hidden away, surrounded by robust vineyards. It is known for its Vino Nobile Tuscany’s most serious, full-bodied red wine. Coming here is like traveling back in time, apart from sporadic restorations, no major building has taken place since 1580. The population of locals is almost 15,000, and even at the

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cusco Cusco, Peru - Cusco or Cuzco? This southeastern city in Peru nestled in the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range is spelled both Cusco and Cuzco. So if arguing this point, you are both right. People infamously come here before heading up the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. So sit back and get ready to enjoy a cup of coco leaf tea and get ready for your Cusco adventure. Be Wary of

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vang-vieng Vang Vieng, Laos - Reimaging Vang Vieng Vang Vieng has long been known as a hedonistic backpacker town discovered by travelers in the late 1990’s. Its gorgeous landscape is the perfect backdrop – hidden in the mountains of Laos with a lush river, caves, and lagoons. Oh, and the other appeal – it’s cheap, many more drugs are legal than what western cultures are accustom to, and restrictions are low which can tend to

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lisboa- Lisbon, Portugal - What do you need in Lisbon? Only the best hosts… I simply must brag that I had the best tour guides in all of Portugal, The Putzgrilla DJ’s Miguel Lamelas and Rui Martins. Traveling around with DJ’s has many perks: crowd vantage points, speaker proximity, groupie seniority, and endless flow of beats and beverages. Then there is the access to music festivals such as NOS Alive. Become a Foodie in

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Joshua-Tree Joshua Tree, California - Explore to Create “You have to go to Joshua Tree, ” my girlfriend says, in earnest as if she believes it is the transformational place that I am seeking like Ponce de León and the fountain of youth. Personally, I do like deserts. They give off a powerful energy and typically their vast empty plains attract artists and creatives. How to Find Where to Stay in Joshua Tree I decided

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cairo Cairo, Egypt - Nile Gazing It is mid afternoon in Cairo. I am sitting on my balcony at The Four Seasons Residence marveling at the majestic Nile River below and pondering how much human madness this river has seen for thousands of years. I have always been fascinated by history and spent a particular part of my youth fixated on ancient Egyptian history. The flight from NYC to Cairo is 12 hours. So

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Packed-Perfectly-for-Koh-Phi-Phi Ko Phi Phi, Thailand - Oh Blue Sea You Will See The Phi Phi Islands consist of six islands. The largest, Phi Phi Don, is shaped like a butterfly, its spanning wings covered by limestone mountains and narrow body featuring two opposing sandy beaches. Phi Phi Don is the only inhabited island. Koh Phi Phi Lay is the smaller, uninhabited island that is now a national park. How To Get To Phi Phi You have

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chiang-rai-thailand Chiang Rai, Thailand - Chiang Rai History, Now a Part of Thailand King Mangrai founded the city of Chiang Rai in 1262 and made it the capital of the Mangrai Dynasty. Later it was conquered by Burma and remained under Burmese rule until 1786 even so it was not declared a province of Thailand until 1933. Safe Sex Advocates On the rice paddy road from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, I stopped at a

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Rome Rome, Italy - When in Rome… Yes, that old saying applies. When in Rome means anything is possible in this titan city riveting with history out of every crack. Czars, Emperors, Philosophers, new ideology, and pagan gods, walked down these streets literally and figuratively. Centuries of thriving civilization lived here educated in building aqueducts, public baths, healthcare, architecture, painting, music, sculpture, laws, and literature. Rome was a city of conquers, gladiators, and storytellers–and

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Packed-Perfectly-Yosemite Yosemite National Park, California - Why People Flock to Yosemite? Quite possibly it is because of the 840 miles of scenic trails, the largest granite monolith in the world (El Capitan), or maybe to gander at the tallest and oldest trees on the planet. Yosemite National Park is approximately the size of the state of Rhode Island, attracting over 3 million visitors a year. It has the highest waterfall in all of North America, Yosemite

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Amalfi Coast, Italy - What To Do In Amalfi Coast, Italy The summer months are made for European vacations, whether you’re hiking through rough terrain or soaking in the luxury of spas along coastal cities. The stretch of coastline in Southern Italy turns into an Italian paradise, and nothing says paradise quite like the pastel houses clinging to cliffs above a warm, turquoise ocean. Bronzed bodies lay on day beds, umbrellas are propped on

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bondi-beach BONDI BEACH, SYDNEY AUSTRALIA - What to Do in Bondi Beach, Sydney Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s and the world’s most famous beaches. Shaped like a giant horseshoe and surrounded by grassy hills, the crystal blue water compliments the pure white sand. Bondi has a village-like atmosphere and very little high-rise development. The beach is roughly a kilometer long and is patrolled by lifesavers called The Bondi Beach Rescue, which doubles as a reality

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HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - What To Do In Ho Chi Minh City Learning to Walk the Vietnamese Streets Saigon was part of the kingdom of Cambodia until the 17th century, when settlers moved south, and Nguyen Lords gained control of the area. Saigon was captured by the French in 1859 and named the capital of Cochinchina a few years later. The city served as the capital of the Republic of Vietnam from 1956 until

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MALIN HEAD, NORTHERN IRELAND - If I was a Leprechaun I’d Live in Malin Head Ireland is the land of mystical beings such as faeries, leprechauns, and banshees with folklore dating back to the beginning of civilization. It is also the land of whiskey, spray-painted sheep, and green landscapes encompassing little towns that seem to spring right out of the 19th century. I decided to take a road trip around the Irish country with my

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TURKS AND CAICOS - What to do in Turks and Caicos on vacation The Turks and Caicos Islands are perfect for a family vacation or a romantic getaway with your special someone. They are comprised of several islands in the British colonial chain, with Providenciales being the largest. A majority of hotels on the islands are concentrated 20 minutes from the airport on Providenciales, along Grace Bay on the northeast shore. It may sound

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isla holbox ISLA HOLBOX, MEXICO - What to Do in Isla Holbox, Mexico, on vacation When it comes to travel destinations, Isla Holbox ― also known as “Holbox Island” ― is one of the best-kept secrets in Mexico. Located north of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, the island is tropical, primitive, and pleasantly far away from civilization. Holbox is the antithesis of Cancun. You don’t come here for late night beach parties.

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Ibiza IBIZA, BALEARIC ISLANDS, SPAIN - How and Where to Party in Ibiza The party gods smile on the white sandy beaches and crystal waters of the tiny Balearic Island, Ibiza, off the coast of Spain. Yes, there are quiet villages and yoga retreats, but I am not going to discuss those. I am going to inform you off all the debauchery you can get yourself into. The parties, the fun, the DJ’s, the clubs, the

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packed perfectly siem reap SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA - Siem Reap Holds a Special Place in my Heart Siem Reap is a rare Southeast Asian city that politely crams your days with spectacular jaw-dropping ancient temples, enables you to soak in a five-star resort swimming pool, then jousts you down a street with endless nightlife options. When you’re hungry you have delicious traditional Khmer food, when you’re are exhausted you can choose from countless massage parlors offering an hour

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio Travel Tips One of my life’s personal highlights is experiencing Rio de Janeiro from a local’s perspective. My girlfriend is from South America. She has a friend who graciously lent us his gorgeous flat on the beach in Leblon. It’s typical for Brazilians to work in the financial capital, Sao Paulo, and have a house in Rio, where they spend weekends and holidays. Great Party Places in Rio Rio

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - Bangkok Travel Tips Bangkok, Thailand, is the perfect mixture of hustle and flow. It’s a thriving metropolis with crowded night markets, streets full of tuk-tuks ready to transport you where you need to go, and robust aromas of curry wafting out of crowded restaurants. The city counteracts its controlled chaos with a Buddhist serenity and laissez-faire charm. Smiling faces greet you around every corner (but be wary if they try

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CHEFCHAOUEN, MOROCCO - What to do in Chefchaouen Morocco Chefchaouen was established in 1471 by Moorish and Jewish refugees who fled the Reconquista of Spain. The city served as a sanctuary again, when Hitler drove Jews from their homes in the 1930s. Until 1948, which marked the creation of Israel, many Jewish families lived in Chefchaouen happily among their neighbors: Muslim and native Berber families. Chefchaouen isn’t a tourist town, per se, as

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ESSAOURIA, MOROCCO - Morocco Travel Tips The walled city of Essaouira dates back to the ancient Phoenicians (1500 BC – 300 BC). It later became a Portuguese fortress in 1506. In 1765, the city became known as Mogador, turning into a commercial port at the request of Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdallah. For many years, Mogador was the only port in Morocco open to foreign trade. The Sultan had the Medina designed by French

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DELHI, INDIA - Dehli, India, is built on layers of history. The city of Delhi consists of two general areas: Old Delhi, the historic city; and New Delhi, in the south. New Delhi began as a project in 1947, when the metropolis was declared the capital of British India. Today, New Delhi is not only the country’s capital. It’s also a very green city, crisscrossed by wide, leafy boulevards. Daily Life in Delhi

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MARRAKECH, MOROCCO - Perched beneath the scenic Atlas Mountains and wrapped in exotic influences from West African nomads and Europeans, Marrakech (a.k.a. Marrakesh) has always been the cultural hub of Morocco. It was once a place of sultans and princesses, slave-traders, colonialists, and merchants busily trading goods, after crossing the Sahara Desert in caravans. Called “The Red City”, Marrakech is often described as the “soul” or “beating heart” of Morocco. Inhabited by Berber

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HAVASUPAI, ARIZONA, UNITED STATES - Welcome To Havasupai Falls Havasupai is an Indian Reservation in the southwestern part of Arizona’s Grand Canyon. In English, the reservation’s name means, “people of the blue-green waters.” The Havasupai natives are an isolated community within the canyon and receive supplies from the outside through mule and helicopter deliveries. The area is filled with majestic, blue waterfalls, including Navajo Falls, Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls. There are countless,

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UBUD, BALI, INDONESIA - Indonesia Travel Tips With its beautiful natural scenery, the city of Ubud, Bali, is a lush, green jewel in the Balinese crown. Offering a pristine overlay of terraced rice paddies dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, Ubud is a favorite destination for hikers, yogis, and those searching for spiritual awakening. The spiritual city maintains a balance with native wildlife, implementing the Tri Hita Karana doctrine that all creatures should live

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FLORENCE, ITALY - Located 145 miles northwest of Rome and surrounded by elegant hills, vineyards, and orchards, is the beautiful city of Florence ― Firenze, in Italian. The foundation of Florence dates back to Roman times. It survived the Gothic-Byzantine war, became the Holy Roman Empire, and birthed the Renaissance. You might say Florence has redone her hair a few times. Step into Florence today, and you’ll see a thriving city full of

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STONEHENGE & BATH, ENGLAND - What to Take in Bath Bath, England, is synonymous with Stonehenge ― an ancient, circular, stone structure that remains an engineering and architectural mystery. Believed to be a place of ancient worship, Stonehenge circle is built on the axis of the midsummer sunrise. Older than Bath, Stonehenge dates back to 3,000 BC, when it began as a circular set of earthen banks and ditches. Over the next 1,000 years, the

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MACHU PICCHU, PERU - In 1450, at the height of the Incan empire, King Pachacuti ― the ninth Inca ruler ― began expanding his empire and constructing a royal estate deep in the mountains of Peru, where the sacred Urubamba river snakes around a bend. It is said Machu Picchu was built because of the King’s spiritual connections to the site. The city was abandoned a century after its construction during the Spanish conquest,

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - Edinburgh Scotland Points of Interest When I used to think of Scotland, I thought of scotch, Mel Gibson’s heroic portrayal of William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, bagpipes, and kilts. If you’ve never been to these lush green lands before, this could also be your impression. After you arrive in Edinburgh, your mind opens up, as J.K Rowling’s must have when she spent her days at The Elephant House Tea

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TULUM, MEXICO - ECO CHIC Tulum is an ancient wonder turned eco-chic haven for travelers, expats, and locals. It’s a vortex of mystique, natural beauty, upcoming trends, adventure, and history. Set on the Caribbean side of Mexico, Tulum’s coastline is spectacular! Small palm trees line the white sand beaches, the turquoises ocean is almost bath water, and it is all situated next to an ancient Mayan ruin. It has become a jet setters

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MARFA, TEXAS - VISITING MARFA, TEXAS The slogan for the town of Marfa is: “Tough to get to, tougher still to explain, but once you get here, you get it.” Marfa’s slogan proves true. The trek down Highway 90 is long and desolate. Be sure to not run out of gas on this adventurous drive through the plains of West Texas. There are stretches of 321 km (200 mi) between cities, as you

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CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY - ABOUT Cappadocia (Kapadokya) is an architectural masterpiece in the semi-arid region of central Turkey. It is made famous by the hot air balloon industry capitalizing on the picturesque backdrop of cone-shaped rock formations known as ‘fairy chimneys.’ This rocky wonderland is only the surface. Honeycombed below is an inspiring network of man created caves. The complexities of the caves are unbelievably enormous-which include stables, churches, living quarters, and storage houses. 36

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - Mexico City is Mexico’s largest and the most populous metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere, with roughly 21.2 million residents! Awash in history, nightlife, and cuisine for every palate, it’s the country’s economic and cultural hub. Located in a valley in the middle of Mexico, the city is 2,240 m (7,382 ft) above sea level. This allows for a pleasant, year-round temperature. The temperature on summer nights can dip to

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MYKONOS, GREEK ISLANDS - The moment you step off the plane, you start to feel the relaxation / party vibe of the Greek Island Mykonos. Everyone who flocks to the island is here to unwind at the beach by day and party until the early morning at night. We know party islands usually get a bad rap, but Mykonos is undeniably chic and a has perfect atmosphere for however you wish to spend your

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LUANG PRABANG, LAOS - Luang Prabang, Laos, was the ancient, royal capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom, until King Phothisart relocated the capital to Vientiane in 1545. Situated in Northern Laos and encircled by mountains along the Mekong River, Luang Prabang is considered the heart of Laotian culture. Laos was granted self-rule from the French in 1949. In 1989, the nation opened its land locked doors for tourist travel in Laos. The city was

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bonj les bain day club HVAR, CROATIA - With its busy port lined with mega yachts, beautiful landscape, bustling nightlife, luxury day clubs, and great shopping, the Croatian town of Hvar is rapidly turning into one of the trendiest destinations in the Mediterranean. The city’s hillsides are coated with lush pine forests, olive groves, vineyards, fruit orchards, and lavender fields. Architecture is heavily influenced by traditional Greek, Roman, Venetian, French, and Austrian schools of architecture. Narrow stone streets

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SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT - Until relatively recently, the area known as Sharm El Sheikh was nothing more than a few miles of beautiful beach and tents. Today, it’s a thriving international resort town overflowing with glittering luxury. Once you arrive in Cairo, Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh is just a 45-minute flight to the “City of Peace”, situated on the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula, with the Red Sea on one side and Mount

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FLORIANOPOLIS, BRAZIL - Things To Do In Florianopolis With more than 40 pure white beaches stretched along 33-miles of island, the city of Florianopolis ― affectionately dubbed “Floripa” ― is one of Latin America’s hottest destinations. With the city’s beaches, fresh seafood, relaxed party ambience, and handsome locals who speak the romance language Portuguese, it’s easy to see why. “[Florianopolis is] a mixture of St. Tropez and Ibiza, without the attitude and without

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ADVENTURE CAPITAL QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND - Built around an inlet on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown was well-known to the area’s native Maori tribes prior to the arrival of Europeans. Nathanael Chalmers was the first European explorer to see the lake in 1853. Today, New Zealanders are affectionately known as ‘Kiwis’, named after the native bird found only in this part of the world. The Kiwi is the national bird and symbol of New Zealand. New Zealand ―

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Travel Ideas to Launch Your Next Adventure

So much of the world to see, so little time! From natural splendors like the live lava streams of Hawaii’s Big Island, to feats of humanity, like the Great Wall of China, our planet is full of awe-inspiring sites. But with the whole world at your fingertips, it’s hard to know where to start.

That’s why we’ve curated a broad range of travel ideas, spanning the entire globe. If the jungle is calling your name, maybe you should plan a trip to Southeast Asia. Maybe you are a total sushi addict, in which case, a week in Tokyo might be in order. Are you a history buff? Visiting Stonehedge in Bath, England, will blow your mind. With a world of possibilities—literally—there are travel ideas for every type of world explorer.

 

Open Your Mind

Travel triggers inspiration. It opens your mind and exposes you to new people and different cultures. It forces you out of your comfort zone, pushes you to grow, and helps you transform into a more thoughtful and empathetic human. Once you’ve laid eyes on the ancient temples in Cambodia—or the beach bodies in Brazil—you’ll never look at the world the same way again!

We’ve created expert guides to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations—spanning every continent and across the open sea—to make sure you wring every last drop out of your experience by eating and drinking well, avoiding the tourist traps, and always packing perfectly.

 

Lara’s Advice

When you’re packing for your trip, it’s important to pack smart. That means being prepared for your specific destination without hauling around a ton of extra weight. After all, no one wants pay extra baggage fees just to drag your unnecessarily heavy suitcase across the cobblestones of Milan (trust me).

Once your adventure begins, rather than settle for the typical tourist attractions of a given city, seek out experiences that give you a sense of what it’s really like to live there. Pursue those travel ideas that fully immerse you in the local culture, whether it be a spa day at an authentic Turkish Bath, a long, boozy dinner at a classic Greek restaurant in Mykonos, or swimming in a hot spring outside of Machu Picchu.

With the right travel inspiration—and, of course, a few tips from us—you’ll be able to find these special opportunities in every destination.

 

Pack Perfectly

Packed Perfectly has created shopping lists for each of our destination packages, curated by our traveling gurus. Our packing lists include everything from the dress you’ll wear to the tiki bar and the sunglasses you’ll want to sport by the pool, to the sleep mask we recommend for the flight and the notebook you’ll want to write in when the travel inspiration strikes.
Let Packed Perfectly help you discover new and exciting travel ideas, whether it’s introducing you to a strange new city, pointing you in the direction of its best restaurants, or reminding you that a good pair of walking shoes are a must no matter where you go. Explore our guides and browse our shopping collections as you plan your next great adventure today!