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RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, PERU: IS IT WORTH THE HIKE?

Vinicunca Mountain, a.k.a Rainbow Mountain, appears to its badass visitors as fascinating, bizarre, untamed, and somehow, even otherworldly. Except, it is not. I mean, don’t get me wrong, this place is fascinating in every possible way, but it is also very much on the earth, perched up in the Andes and in the Southern Region of Cusco, Peru.  

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LAS COLORADAS: THE WONDERFUL PINK LAKES OF MEXICO

Do you love strawberry milkshake so much that you wish you could just swim in it? Well, here’s your chance, buddy.

Hidden away on the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a surreal place with pink lakes surrounded by salt dunes known as ‘Las Coloradas’. That’s right, pink lakes – as if the Mexican Riviera wasn’t stunning enough. The unusually colored lagoons appear utterly bizarre, as if someone had tipped in a load of pink dye while no one was looking…

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HOW TO “DO” CINQUE TERRE IN 3 DAYS: GUIDE & ITINERARY

Let’s talk about Cinque Terre.

First of all, if you’ve never been to the Cinque Terre, drop whatever you’re doing – including reading yours truly – and book your flight immediately. Go ahead! Take your time, I’ll be here waiting.
Arguably Italy’s most charming stretch of coastline, Cinque Terre is a postcard-perfect collection of 5 fishing villages nestled in the mountains along the Ligurian Sea. This place is a lot of things, one of those things is really, really pretty, and therefore deserves at least a spot on your must-see-before-you-die bucket list.

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10+ THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW BEFORE VISITING ISRAEL

I think it’s safe to say that Israel is very much not on the average traveler’s radar. This is not surprising, though, as Israel is definitely not your average travel destination.

It is perceived to be a tricky country to traverse, and as a visitor, there are several things that you might want to look into before you arrive. But does this mean you should avoid traveling to Israel? Not at all.

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10 THINGS TO DO IN TEL AVIV: TRAVEL GUIDE

Awesome beaches and great weather? Check. Beautiful surrounding landscape? Check. Food to die for? Check. Rich local culture and traditions? Check. Serious party potential? You bet. Tel Aviv really has it all.

This incredible melting pot of cultural diversity, ethnic richness and different world-views gives the perfect opportunity to combine a city break with a spot of fun or relaxation on the Mediterranean.

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IS ISRAEL SAFE TO VISIT? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

If I had a dollar for every friend and family member who asked me before I left “…but is Israel safe? Aren’t you scared?!” I’d have about, well, fifty dollars. Truth is, for anyone who regularly reads or watches the news, Israel appears to be an awfully dangerous place, and if you’re planning on visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories right now, those questions will quite probably popup in your mind, sooner or later.

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VISITING JERUSALEM: 10 AMAZING THINGS TO DO

It’s almost impossible to classify any travel experience as the most memorable – each journey has its own highlights, rewards, its own set of challenges and its own special story. I can honestly say, however, that Jerusalem is one of the most fascinating places I have ever visited, and if it’s not already on your bucket list, it should be.

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INTO THE DESERT: A DAY-TRIP TO MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

The Judaean Desert is probably one of the most majestic areas on this planet, and despite its proximity to the city of Jerusalem, it looks and feels like another world. This incredible vast expanse of land stretches from the northeastern Negev to the east of Beit El, ending in a steep cliff dropping to the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley.

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PETRA, JORDAN: A DAY IN THE LOST CITY OF STONE

Petra.

If I could just peek into the travel bucket lists of all travelers around the world, I’m pretty sure I’d find this place on every single one of them, and for good reason.

The thing is, every corner of the world is full of beauty and undiscovered mysteries, but Petra is one of those places that really manage to stand above the crowd.

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25+ THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING ITALY: INSIDER’S GUIDE

Italy is a traveler’s dream, with stimulating culture, world-famous cuisine, sun drenched beaches, vibrant cities and peaceful countryside all tightly contained in a tiny little boot-shaped peninsula (+ islands!).

Traveling through the Bel Paese can be a very rewarding experience, but it does not come without its share of challenges. However, with the right expectations and a little preparation, Italy is awesome (full disclosure here – I am Italian, therefore I may be biased!)

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TEN FUN FACTS ABOUT AMSTERDAM: DID YOU KNOW…?

So you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam, or A’dam as the locals like to call it. You’ve done a bit of research beforehand, you’ve booked your hotel, you’ve booked your flights. If you’re a really good planner, you’ve even mapped out your itinerary of the must-see sights (you didn’t? Click here).

But how well do you think you know Amsterdam? Test yourself to see if you do! I’ve put together 10 fun facts about Amsterdam that maybe you didn’t know yet:

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HOW TO “DO” AMSTERDAM IN 5 DAYS: THE ULTIMATE ITINERARY

Is it possible to explore Amsterdam in 5 days? Yes!
Five days is actually the ideal amount of time to really discover the city, from one end to the other. Amsterdam may have the exuberance and attitude of a big city, but it has the manageability of a small town, and whether you’re a city person or not, it pretty much offers the best of both worlds.

I think most people don’t expect to find that many cool things to do in Amsterdam, making it all about sex-museums and coffee shops. Short story: it’s not. Amsterdam is sensational and there’s a lot more to the city. But you’ll see what I’m talking about!

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15 BEAUTIFUL BOOKS EVERY TRAVELER SHOULD READ

Maybe you have a travel-fanatic friend that you need to find the perfect gift for. Maybe you’re looking for a good book to read on the road, so that you always associate it with that trip. Maybe, you’re a travel addict, you’ve been home for a while now and you’re itching to get out there and explore.

Whatever the case, a good travel book is always an excellent option – after all, it is the cheapest form of transportation there is. 

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10+ TRICKS TO EASILY OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF FLYING

Let’s just say it out loud: flying is a colossal pain in the ass. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel, but flying is the least fun thing about it – the recycled air, the tasteless food, the freaking tiny seats, the turbulence. Clearly I’m not the only one to think so, as according to Budget Travel, more than 26 million Americans suffer from flight anxiety.

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Hey there! I’m Andrea, writer and photographer behind Green and Turquoise, a travel blog I created in 2014.

I hope to inspire you to explore the world, find new ways to challenge yourself and settle for nothing less than extraordinary. If you would like to know more about me click the image of me above ↑

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