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Heather Allen

Hi, I'm Heather! I'm a part-time traveler with a love for Africa, warthogs, archaeological sites, carry-ons, and studying disease outbreaks. Err on the side of luxury travel, and always want to look somewhat fashionable while been totally comfortable. With just a short amount of time to travel each year, I try to make the most of it! Beaches, cities, jungles, and the bush--I enjoy it all. Always planning the next trip, exploring the near, and destination lusting.

Review of Emirates Economy IAD-DXB - Kiss from the world

Review of Emirates Economy IAD-DXB

We had heard so many wonderful things about Emirates, so we were excited to book our flights to Mauritius with Emirates. Their economy class is supposed to be a step up...


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Classic Beijing: Visiting a Hutong Neighborhood

We had a very full day in Beijing, and after going to the Forbidden City (post here), we took a a pedicab ride around a Hutong neighborhood. I think this can sometimes...


Ethiopia The Trip That Was...and Then Wasn't

Ethiopia: The Trip That Was…and Then Wasn’t

Of all the trips I’ve taken, everything (plus or minus some air travel tribulations) has gone according to plan. So I guess the time had come…we were to be...


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Natural Habitat Tortoise Camp & Giant Tortoises in the Galapagos!

One of the reasons we chose Natural Habitat as our tour operator in the Galapagos, in addition to the small group and ship size, was the fact they have a dedicated...


The Markets of Otavalo

Before we went to the Galapagos Islands, we started in Otavalo, about a 1.5-2hr drive from Quito. The drive…not sure what those Ecuadorians are doing (or whether...


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Is Hiking to the Sun Gate Worth It at Machu Picchu?

We actually weren't planning to walk to the Sun Gate on our free morning at Machu Picchu. Most trekkers come in through the Sun Gate, as it is the end of the Inca...


Five Thoughts on Cusco, Peru (A City Everyone Has an Opinion About!)

Cusco, nestled in the clouds at about 12,000 feet, is a fascinating city in which Incan and Spanish history collide. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was the...


Exploring the Empty Masai Mara…Wait, What?!

Most years, the beginning of the migration (wildebeest and zebra galore!) would have coincided perfectly with our arrival in the Masai Mara. Except this year. When it...


Exploring the Archaeological Site of Ollantaytambo, Peru

Everyone goes to Peru to see Machu Picchu. I mean, that's why we went to Peru too. But the Inca Empire seriously spans the entire country of Peru (and much of the...


Dik-diks, Giraffes, and Sundowners: Amboseli National Park & Tortilis Camp

Amboseli spoiled us a bit, as we were not expecting to see as much as we did. Including some dik-diks, which were totally unexpected but very much appreciated!...


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