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Lima, Peru: Is it safe?

If you’re planning a trip to Lima, or to Machu Picchu and thinking about stopping over in Lima, you might be wondering: is it safe? Like always with this question, it’s tough to answer definitively. On the one hand, Peru in general has lower crime rates than its neighbors Colombia and Brazil; on the other, crime is much more frequent in Peruvian cities than in the United States or Europe. We have had a great[…]

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Daily Budget for Lima, Peru

We were in Lima for four days, and we found it more expensive than expected. Before we left, we hadn’t been able to find much of a rundown of prices – so we’re writing up our daily budget for Lima, Peru. We’d estimate that daily costs are about the same as in Sicily, Greece, or Croatia. Find out about our daily budget for Lima here! TL;DR – scroll to the bottom for a quick and[…]

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Why we have a travel phone (and you should too!)

We are all about packing light and traveling cheap. Less stuff means less things to lose, less difficulty squeezing into tiny airplane seats, and less chance of one day turning into an elderly person hobbled over due to one too many kilos on the back. Or so we hope. So, if we choose to add more items to our packing lists, there better be a good reason. And there are lots of reasons to bring[…]

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How to Get a SIM Card in Lima, Peru

We almost always go abroad with our handy-dandy travel phones, so one of our very first tasks upon landing in a new country is to get a local SIM card. Buying a SIM card on-site is generally wayyyyyyy cheaper than pre-purchasing one from abroad, and it’s usually pretty easy! Here’s how we got our SIM cards in Lima, Peru, and how much it cost us! Avoid the airport Claro kiosk In the baggage claim area[…]

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visit paris on a budget!

How can I afford a trip to Paris – or anywhere?

It’s everyone’s first question: “you guys don’t work in finance, you didn’t inherit millions, so how do you afford to travel around the world all the time???” Fair question. Here we’ll lay out the answer, and demonstrate how we’d afford a trip to Paris. Hint: travel is NOT as expensive as nearly everyone believes. A traditional trip Let’s start with a traditional plan for a trip. First, you need some flights, say for two people.[…]

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