the ultimate guide to hiking the inca trail: how to book, train, and travel for a once-in-a-lifetime trip

For 4 days and 3 nights, I hauled a 30 lb backpack around the Andes Mountains on my way to Macchu Picchu.  I slept on the hard ground in a tent and woke each morning before the sun rose.  I didn’t shower.  I went to the bathroom in stalls that were more disgusting than the porter potties at the Indy 500. My knees ached from the constant pounding on stone steps, and I had to endure rain more than once.  But.

It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. 

lacking wanderlust: what my trip to peru taught me about traveling

I first came up with the idea to travel to Peru last summer.  I had just gotten out of one of those rollercoaster relationships and needed a way to gain back my confidence, a way to challenge myself, a way to figure out who I really was and what my limits were.  I had spent so much time and energy making sacrifices for someone else that I had somehow forgotten some of those dreams I’d had before.  Like traveling.  And seeing how much Ramen I could eat in a week. So, with this newfound freedom, I decided that I wanted to do what I had always put off doing: getting the heck out of the USA for a little while.  And not only leave the country but find a way to accomplish something significant in the process. Like I said, I needed a confidence boost.