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I help time-starved professionals explore the world in style 👑 I plan; you pack & go 🌱Vegans/solos💗I’ve got options for you!💫 👇🏼TIPS TO TRAVEL MORE👇🏼
LOOKING FOR AN AUTHENTIC ISLAND-LIFE EXPERIENCE? 🏝👙😎If yes, read on. • The San Blas Islands remain untouched and un-commercialized. ✨Pretty remarkable in these times. No cell phone data. No wifi. Instead be serenaded to sleep by the waves. 🌊 And be summoned to dinner by conch shell. This won't be luxury travel. Some of the lodging in fact is quite primitive. Cabins, tents and hammocks. • Instead you are welcomed to the homelands of the Kuna people. English isn't widely spoken. So practice up on your Spanish. • Despite the otherworldly feel, once you are in Panama City it's fairly uncomplicated to reach the San Blas Islands. They are east of Panama and far closer than Bocas de Toro. • Most tours will pick you up from your hotel. There are only a few agencies that coordinate these tours and you must use them as they work directly with the Kuna people. • Budget on the higher end is about $400 pp for 3 nights, 3 islands, including all transportation, activities and food. Excluding booze so BYOB. Plus bring cash for tips. And colds beer which will be worth it! • Pack lightly - lots of sunblock, your water filter, soap, shampoo, TP and you only need flip flops. ☀️ Plus you must have your passport. And bring a portable charger. • You can do a day trip. But I think that you would regret not staying longer. • You can also sail from the San Blas Islands to Cartagena, Colombia or vice versa. This will take 4-5 days and will also not be a luxury experience. But I've heard rave reviews.🌟 • So what do you think. Do the San Blas Islands deserve a place on your travel list? You can do a day trip but I think you'll regret not staying longer. This is a once in a lifetime experience. 💯 • What do you think...is this going on your travel list? Comment below 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
Visiting the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu has been on my travel list for as long as I can remember. 🤩 I am so grateful I got to cross that off the list. 🙏🏼 I will long remember the moment I set eyes on it for the first time. 😮 One of those moments that almost seem surreal. • You should really see for yourself. Here are some tips to help: • 1. Buy your tickets in advance. As far in advance as you can. 2. You can pay extra when you buy your ticket to hike the famous mountains surrounding the ruins. If you want to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain then you will need to buy your ticket 3-4 months in advance. 3. Visit in the morning - regulations are such that you can enter 6-12 or 12-5:30; early birds catch the worm! 4. Take the bus from Agua Calientes ($12 per direction ) - 20 minutes vs a 1-2 hours very steep hike. 5. Bring your passport - you need it to enter plus you can get a special Machu Picchu stamp. 6. You are supposed to have guide to enter - you can hire one outside the main entrance, just make sure their English is good. 7. Wear pants - the biting insects are MERCILESS and bug spray doesn't cut it.🤬 8. Bring sunblock, bug spray (thought it's largely useless ), comfy walking shoes, rain gear, layered clothing, snacks and a reusable water bottle. 9. Don't bring a large backpack - over 20L not allowed. 10. There are no bathrooms once you enter. 11. Once in you can only move forward not backwards so make sure you get all the pics you want before moving ahead. 12. Be prepared for crowds. If these tips are helpful save my post or share them with someone who will need them. I am a professional Travel Advisor who specializes in personalized adventure+wellness trips. Contact me at shariblock @findyourhappytravels com so we can start planning your next vacay now!
WATER YOU LOOKING AT?! 🤣🤣🤣 • Seriously though. 😉 This here is what it's all about for me.✨ This is why I started this business.💫 • To come around a bend and see this.😍 Have my jaw drop.😮 And my breath catch. No words. The sun shining down on me. 🔥🔥🔥 My heart, soul...all of me filled with joy. 🥰 I felt so alive. So connected. So much gratitude.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 • It is moments like these that I want to create in the lives of others.🥰 That is the inspiration behind my business as a Travel Advisor. I just adore being a part of creating such timeless moments which become memories that last a lifetime.🌟 • Sometimes clients come to me knowing exactly where they want to go.🙌🏼 And I just 💗 when we go over their itinerary and they come across something unexpected that delights them.😊 • Sometimes clients don't know where exactly they want to go.🤷🏼♀️ I absolutely 💗 to get to know them and then match them up with a destination that's just perfect for them.🌟 Especially when they say they had never considered that place and are filled with so much anticipation! • Some clients like to plan themselves and get me to coordinate the details. Some even just hire me to do an itinerary check.🤓 • Many clients are too busy to do the hours upon hours of research it takes to put a trip together. Some don't know where to start.😩 • In all these cases my heart just lights up when they message me telling me their trip was better than they could have anticipated.🥰 • In the comments tell me more about YOU...do you always know where you want to travel next? If not, how do you decide? Do you like to plan trips? Or do you abhor it? Are you too busy to even think about planning and put off bucket list vacations and play it safe? Happy Travels @findyourhappy travels (aka Travel Advisor extraordinaire - I plan; you pack & go )
🎶“HOW HIGH? So high that I can kiss the sky.”🎶 • Who recognizes those lyrics? 😏😏😏 • This was the day we bagged the highest peak. 🙌🏼 4660m above sea level. 😮 What an incredible feeling! Once everyone made it (and caught their breath! ), a celebratory flask of bourbon was passed around. Icing on the cake! 🥃 Check out my Stories for some outtakes and a short video of the mountain scenery. 🏔 Altitude sickness can be fatal so you want to prepare for your hike as much as possible. ⭐️ Pro tips to avoid elevation sickness: You optimally want to allow at least a couple days for your body to acclimatize before going above 3,000m. Stay hydrated, eat light, high-carb meals, avoid smoking and alcohol. Take it easy. Return to a lower altitude to sleep.💤 As an extra precaution, you can choose to see a doctor for a prescription for Diamox. I did this and took it preventatively 24 hours in advance. Also be sure to pack your trusted painkillers for any headaches you may get.💊 • *know that when hiking at higher altitude you need to make certain that your travel insurance will cover you for this activity* It is my mission to enrich my clients’ lives through exceptional travel experiences.✨ I am a professional Travel Advisor who specializes in sustainable adventure+wellness trips for busy professionals who dream BIG! 🌟 Email me at shariblock @findyourhappytravels com and we can start planning your next trip now!👌🏼
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” [Vincent Van Gogh] You wouldn’t know it from this picture, but I was feeling TERRIBLE! 🤒 Overnight I was so sick and cold I thought I may have hypothermia. I was actually scared. 😦 I managed to finally stop my teeth from chattering but it was a long night. I had no choice in the morning but to get up and take on the trail. 😬 This was mid-point in our trek and there was nowhere else to go but forward. I took it step by step and went at my own pace. 👍🏼 • It’s times like these that teach us that we can do more than we think we can. Self-limiting beliefs can hold us back if we don’t become conscious of them and surpass them. I can use this experience as a reminder now that I’m home, to push myself beyond self-imposes limits of what I can and can’t do. And I am.💫 • When have you pushed yourself past your limit? Or what you thought was your limit? Comment below...👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 • It is my mission to enrich my clients’ lives through exceptional travel experiences. ✨ I am a professional Travel Advisor who specializes in sustainable adventure+wellness trips for time-starved professionals seeking the extraordinary. Email me at shariblock @findyourhappytravels com and we can start planning your next trip now!
"I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery--air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, 'This is what it is to be happy.'" [Sylvia Plath] As stunning as the scenery may be, isn’t all fun and games when you’re hiking 7-10 hours every day for 8 days. 😬 Actually that’s exactly when you need fun and games! 😆 Here are ideas to pass the time with your cello trekkers when the trail feels NEVERENDING: •Bet a beer on whomever can correctly guess the number of switchbacks left until camp 🍺 •Snog, marry, 2 week cruise - 3 names chosen and you have to decide which of these you would do with who (I got THE worst choices - Trump, Trudeau, Boris Johnson ) 🤢 •Alphabet game - name a [fruit, country, animal, etc] for each letter. •Discuss what the first thing the other will eat when they get home 😋 •Would you rather...🤔 •Quote a line from a movie and challenge others to identify it. •I went to market and bought...(person 1- I went to market and bought an 🍎 ) (person 2 - I went to market and bought an 🍎 and a ⚾️ ) etc. What is something fun you do to pass the time when you have a long wait or something monotonous? It is my mission to enrich my clients’ lives through exceptional travel experiences. ✨ I am a professional Travel Advisor who specializes in sustainable adventure+wellness trips for those who dream BIG 🤩 Email me at shariblock @findyourhappytravels com and we can start planning your next trip now!
“Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something precious what comes back to you.” [Albert Schweitzer] Captured right here is one of the most magical moments of my trip and a true honour in my life. ✨ My fellow sore and weary trekkers trusted me to lead them through a yin yoga practice on the terraces of an ancient Incan site. 🙏🏼 Though I have completed a yoga teacher training, it’s only on a rare occasion I choose to teach. I led this with no preparation, letting my heart be my guide.💗 • I will remember the beauty of this shared experience as long as I live.🥰 • Comment below and tell me about one of your most memorable travel experiences 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 • It is my mission to enrich my clients’ lives through exceptional travel experiences. ✨ I am a professional Travel Advisor who specializes in adventure+wellness trips for the curious and conscientious. Email me at shariblock @findyourhappytravels com and we can start planning your next trip now!
OF COURSE you've heard of Machu Picchu...but have you heard of Choquequirao???🤔🤔🤔 • Meaning "cradle of gold" in Quechua, Choquequirao was the last refuge of the Incas from the Spanish conquistadors. Considered the "sister city" of Machu Picchu; the forest-covered mountaintops create a similar natural drama for the site, which is also comparable for it's architectural sophistication.🌟 • What is incomparable is the untamed, remoteness of the trek to get there.😮 Unlike the busy, permit-controlled Inca Trail, only about 5000 hikers take on the Choquequirao trek A YEAR. The former gets that many a month.🤭 • The trek is over 100k long and does have some steep inclines over mountain passes (indeed! ) and high altitudes (the highest 4660m ). 🏔 Not for a novice hiker, I wouldn't say you have to be at Ironman level of fitness though to complete the journey. Some level of fearlessness required though! 😎 Not easy, but being in this secluded part of Peru makes it worth it. You are likely to see birds such as condors and hummingbirds, all sorts of butterflies, wild orchids of such vibrant colours, amidst some spectacular views of snow-capped mountains. You will feel on top of the world!💫 • As well, wandering the intricate network of footpaths the Incas built, you will discover small, unmentioned ruins, the remnants of ancient buildings, and present-day indigenous and mestizo communities that provide a tangible connection with the past in the way they live today. 8 days of trekking 7-10 hours each day with breaks. 7 nights of tent camping (I'm definitely over the latter for awhile🙄 ). However all you have to carry is your day pack. The hardest working crew of cooks and porters lighten your load (with the help of horses and mules ), prepare meals and set up and take down camp the whole way.👌🏼 • NECCESSITIES: hiking poles, trusty proper footwear, a shitload of bug spray (consider yourself warned ), anti-itch and antihistamines when said bug spray fails 😩, layered clothing, rain protection, an air mattress for a little extra comfort, patience and a good attitude! No permit required. Does the Choquequirao deserve a spot on your bucket list? Comment below.👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
"Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe." [Deepak Chopra]🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Wishing all my Canadian peeps a happy Thanksgiving! 💗 And expressing my gratitude to each and every one of you (Canadian or not ) who I've had the blessing and pleasure to interact with on here. 💞 Particularly those of you who consistently take the time to like, comment and send me messages and that I have grown to know and like. Thanksgiving has long been my favourite holiday. ✨ But over the years I have learned how important it is to be grateful EVERY SINGLE DAY. 💫 Gratitude literally changes our brains. And for those of you out there prone to anxiety like me...did you know that you can't be anxious and grateful at the same time. Science has proven this. You can be one or the other but not both simultaneously. There are many more reasons I could list to elaborate on the power of gratitude. Instead, here are a few simple ways to bring more gratitude into your life: *Start a gratitude journal - make a ritual of writing in it daily. *Be present for others - put that phone away! *Say thanks - whether your loved ones or the store clerk, verbally express your gratitude. *Notice the beauty in nature each day. *Don't complain for 24 hours. Comment below and share something that you are grateful for right now. It is my mission to enrich my clients’ lives through exceptional travel experiences.✨ I am a professional Travel Advisor who specializes in sustainable adventure+wellness trips for the curious and conscientious. Email me at shariblock @findyourhappytravels com and we can start planning your next trip now!
Holy shitballs WHAT have I gotten myself into?!🤨😧🤬 • This is me shortly after we started our 8 day Choquequirao hike with @gadventures Externally trying to keep it together...internally maybe freaking out a bit... • I’ve never hiked this many days in a row before. What if I’m the slowest? 😬 Or can’t make it? I’ve never used these freakin poles before - do I at least look cool in the picture?! 😎🙄 I’ve never gone to such a high altitude - what if I get sick?! 🤢 What if I don’t like the group? What if the food sucks? 🤮 I had to pack everything in that one duffle - what did I forget? What about the toilet situation? 😳 OMG am I crazy (spoiler alert...YES ) • But seriously we can be our own worst enemy. Don’t believe everything you think is one of my fav sayings.💫 • As much as I was shitting bricks, 🤯 I was also exhilarated! 😄 More so actually. I had done this this for 2 reasons: 1- I wanted to push myself beyond my limits and I knew with a hike there was no turning back; 2- I wanted to visit this Incan site before it too is overrun by tourists. • By the end of day 1...someone had twisted her ankle and required the emergency horse; someone had split the sole of her only hikers (Lisa if you’re reading this, get new shoes girl! 🤣🤣🤣 ); Leo our guide was already annoyed 😡 with “how long until...”; I was staying un-showered; and I’m not getting into the toilets.😳 • But we had a stash of whiskey 🥃; dinner was tasty; I was starting to enjoy the group; and the stars...OMFG the stars✨ breathtaking.🤩 • Did I mention we had to get up at 4am the next day 🥴 The first of many early ass to bed nights.🤫 “Welcome to the crazy club!” Leo told us. No joke! • What have you done lately that has pushed you beyond your limits? • Follow me at: >>> @findyourhappy travels >>> @findyourhappy travels >>> @findyourhappy travels
Welcome to the chicheria!🍻🍻🍻 • What praytell is a chiceria you might be asking?!🤔 • Well first off, chicha is a drink made of corn. 🌽 It's popular not just in Peru, but other parts of Latin America as well. Technically, know that chicha is a word used in the Andes for almost any homemade fermented drink, using different grains or fruits depending on the area. You will see street vendors around Peru selling three different types of chicha: one made from quinoa, one made from maize, and another maize infused with strawberries (fruitillada ). • Another very popular non-alcoholic version in Peru is called chica morada. Morada means purple in Spanish and it's made from purple corn. Seasoned with cinnamon and cloves and brewed to be quite sweet, it's pretty tasty stuff.👍🏼 • Buuut, even more popular perhaps is the alcoholic version, also made from fermented corn (the yellow kind ) and consumed quite widely by the locals. It is actually quite the family affair. Many Peruvians will convert patio corners of their homes into (unlicensed ) businesses selling the chicha. You will know you've happened upon a chicheria if you see a broomstick pole angled above a doorway and topped with a red plastic bag as in my picture above. Step inside for a cultural experience as we did on our G Adventures tour. For 1 sole (like 30 cents ) you'll be served a giant 1/2 litre glass of the chicha of your choice (regular or a pink slightly sweeter version ). 🍺 And second servings are on the house. Unfortunately we only got sample sizes during this visit. • Booo right?! Maybe not. You will wish to consume at your own risk. 😵As a fellow traveller learned the hard way on our second day of hiking, this is some potent brew. Let's just say he made an additional stop by a broomstick along the way and had a ROUGH rest of the day. 😵🥴😩 Apparently though, locals can throw this stuff back like nobody's business. Would you try drinking chicha?! It is my mission to enrich my clients’ lives through exceptional travel experiences.✨ I am a professional Travel Advisor who specializes in sustainable adventure+wellness trips for the curious and conscientious. Email me at shariblock @findyourhappytravels com a
What do you call it when Alpacas sing? 🤔 Alpacapella 🤣🤣🤣 • But seriously now...was I even in Peru if I don’t have an 🦙 pic? It is my mission to enrich my clients’ lives through exceptional travel experiences. ✨ I am a professional Travel Advisor who specializes in sustainable adventure+wellness trips for the curious and conscientious. Email me at shariblock @findyourhappytravels com and we can start planning your next trip now!
Day 4 - Cusco “Peru was the Incas; it has 3,000 to 4,000 years of history.” [Nobu Matsuhisa] We arrived early in the am. 7 to be exact. Having taken the overnight bus from Arequipa. The intention in that was that it would help us adjust to the elevation change. Good call I think.✅ After dropping our luggage off we headed off in search of breakfast, having an organic food spot planned. When we got to the main square there was a whole lot going on.😮 Dignitaries, military parades and more. So we adjusted course to have breakfast overlooking the square. Had the best latte! ☕️ From here the timing aligned that we join a free walking tour.🚶♀️ And it is from here that I really begun to learn more about and see for myself the GENIUS that is Incan architecture.🤩 So meticulous that 500 years of earthquakes have had little impact. Incredible right?!🔥🔥🔥 • The next thing on our agenda was some serious spa time.✨ It’s important to balance adventure with wellness. But first we stopped in at the local market and picked a smoothie stand.🍊🥭🍍🥥🥑🍌🥝🍈 One smoothie is under 10 soles and equals 3 servings. It doesn’t get much better than this people!😋 • We were booked in at the highly-regarded Inca Spa for the Pachamama ritual. And it was dreamy. Seriously, if you want a top-notch massage, that’s where you want to head.💯 Trust. After meeting with our G Adventures guide it was time to search out dinner. Of course we had our list of vegan restaurants. We ended up eating in a locals restaurant super close by, Comedor Vegetariano. A delicious multi-course meal for SIX soles.💥 Craziness! Bedtime folks. All-in-all, one of those beautiful travel days that just seemed to flow and included some unexpected delights.💫 Do you know what I mean? It is my mission to enrich my clients’ lives through exceptional travel experiences.✨ I am a professional Travel Advisor who specializes in sustainable adventure+wellness trips for those who dream BIG. Email me at shariblock @findyourhappytravels com and we can start planning your next trip now!
Day 3 - Arequipa/Santa Catalina Monastery Let's go back to the 1600s in Arequipa, Peru. You are the second born daughter in the family. Which at the time meant you would enter a life of service in the Church. ✝️ This sounds terrible right?🤔 Not if you came from an elite and wealthy family and entered into the Santa Catalina Monastery. Little attention was paid to vows of poverty and silence here. 🙄 There were strict entry requirements and a dowry to be paid which would be the equivalent of 150K now. And hell if these women were giving up their luxurious lives. Not only did they bring with them luxurious carpets, English china, silk curtains, paintings, lamps; but also multiple servants.👑 In it's heyday it housed over 450 people, which of only a third were nuns. When you consider the alternatives for women at this time, this was actually a sweet set-up.⭐️ • Life continued this way until 1871 when the Pope put his foot down about this extravagance (apparently there were even happening parties going down within the cloistered walls ).💥 Life went back to austerity and quiet within the cloistered walls. • After 400 years, in 1970 the Monastery was opened to the public. And much looks like little time has passed amidst the sun-dappled walls of orange, pink, azure and white sillar stone, twisting alleys, stone staircases, charming courtyards, bountiful flowers, and religious relics...well it's all quite a spectacle!🤩 Check out my Stories for more pics! The best way to visit Santa Catalina is to hire one of the informative guides from inside the entrance for 20 soles. This is additional to the 40 soles entry fee. Tours last about a hour and then you can keep exploring on your own. Make sure you hang on to your map or you might not make it out! 😬 There's also a charming cafe within to take a refreshing (and delicious ) break. 🍰 Allot 2-3 hrs for your visit. The monastery is also open two evenings a week so that you can traipse through the shadowy grounds by candlelight as nuns would have done centuries ago.🕯 I am a professional Travel Advisor who specializes in adventure➕wellness trips for the curious & conscientious.💗 DM me to start planning your next trip!
DAY 2 - Arequipa/Laguna de Salinas - Don't look back unless it's to see how far you've come Most people use Arequipa as a jump off point to visit Colca Canyon. Arequipa seemed to be the type of city I liked so I didn't want to rule out spending time there. You can visit Colca Canyon in one (long ass ) day, so we could ultimately do both with two days to spend in the area. However the reality is, you just can't see and do everything when you travel.🤷🏼♀️ And you can run yourself ragged trying to. I'm past that. Instead I organized a private tour with Carlito's Tours. The ride to the Laguna takes 3 hours as the roads are less than great.😬 But it's a scenic drive with vistas of rice flats, Incan terraces, Misti Volcano & the city of Arequipa from above. Carlos had two catch phrases we heard on repeat: "Don't worry, be happy" and "Hakuna Matata". We heard them A LOT.😳 And then we arrived at the salt flats. And we had the place to ourselves. Outstanding right?! Well it was until it wasn't. Carlos got us stuck out on the lake. Very, VERY stuck.😫 We were trying every strategy known to man to get unstuck. Which involved my friend & I repeatedly having to push. At 4300m above sea level we managed well though of course we ran out of breath quickly.🥺 And we weren't hearing any more of Carlito's catchphrases. With no one else around and being literally in the middle of nowhere, this was feeling like a bit of a situation.😮 My friend cracked a beer. & I joined her.🍻 Again a lesson in surrender and trust. Don't worry, be happy right?! Long story short. Carlito did manage to finally get us out. In the midst of the catastrophe I had a revelation. In the past I would have had a complete meltdown about the situation. But I was totally calm. I'm not saying I loved the situation, but I accepted it. Sometimes travel has something to teach you. Sometimes it shows you how far you've come.💫 In either case I'm grateful.🙏🏼 • What has travel shown you about yourself?✨ • I am a professional Travel Advisor who specializes in adventure+wellness trips for the curious & conscientious. Email me at shariblock @findyourhappytravels com & we can start planning your next trip!
Day 1 Lima 😁 • The day didn’t get off to the greatest start, not gonna lie. 😐 I’m quite sure we got the worst room in the joint. Adjacent to the breakfast area. So was awoken earlier then preferred since we only got to the hotel at 1:30am. But as you should when travelling, I rolled with it. • So up and at’em and off we go! 😎 Our private walking tour started at 9:30 am. Alfredo the guide, works for Alternative Peru. I picked this company specifically because of their commitment to responsible tourism and off-the-beaten path experiences.🌟 • Alfredo did a stellar job! 🔥 He was very knowledgeable, kept a perfect pace such that we never felt rushed and knew the inside scoop on things like where to find the best Pisco Sour. 👍🏼 • The tour took us to some off-the-beaten path areas which gave us a little feel for local life in the big city. As always the local market is a highlight for me! So many types of avocados and fruit I’d never heard of.😮 • At the end of the tour he helped us find the vegetarian restaurant I had saved in my Google Maps. So if you’re in the historic district of Lima and are looking for a good lunch, Manatial is the place! Check my Stories for a tip on how to score a deal on lunches in Latin America.👌🏼 • After wandering around a bit on our own, it was then time to head to the airport. Off we were going to Arequipa. • Walking tours are probably my favourite way to get to know a new city. What about you? • It is my mission to enrich my clients’ lives through exceptional travel experiences. ✨ I am a professional Travel Advisor and I design personalized and unforgettable trips. Email me at shariblock @findyourhappytravels com and we can start planning yours together…