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A FIRST-TIMER’S GUIDE TO VISITING LAKE BRAIES, ITALY

Soaring pine trees scenting the morning air, majestic mountains reflecting in deep blue waters, old-fashioned wooden boats serenely floating around – standing on the shore of Lake Braies for the first time, it felt as if I was looking at a grand en plein air painting. The forest frames the view into a perfect composition, and when the light is right, the landscape ranges in color from every shade of green, turquoise and blue. You’d think only an artist could ever envision such an image, but then again, who’s better at wielding the paintbrush than Mother Nature? 

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HOW TO VISIT THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA WITHOUT THE CROWDS

Spanning across China for 21.196,18 km – half the length of the Equator – the Great Wall stands as the largest engineering achievement in history.  
This ‘Wonder of the World’ always seemed to hold a certain aura of mystery and has managed to spark people’s imagination over the centuries. As Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei confirmed in 2004, it is not actually possible to see the Great Wall from the moon. You can, however, sort of see it from the International Space Station. Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the American astronaut Leroy Chiao for producing this incredible photographic proof.  
It’s no wonder that visiting the Great Wall is on every traveler’s wish list. We’ve all dreamed about climbing those narrow steps and walking through the history of 2000 years of Chinese dynasties; admiring the walls as they snake through the placid, green valleys; standing at the top of one of the many observation towers with only the sound of the birds to keep us company.  

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10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT PERU RIGHT NOW

Is it time to pick your next destination? Woohoo! Be your own BFF and choose Peru, you won’t regret it.  
This land has plenty of choices in store for any intrepid traveler, showcasing ‘world wonder’ indigenous ruins, colonial-era towns, incredible tropical ecosystems and some of the most impressive landscapes on earth. Top everything off with quirky food, yummy drinks and the sweetest hospitality ever, and you’ll have a complete mind-blowing package.  
Not convinced yet? Ok, my wary reader, challenge accepted.  
Without further ado, here are 10 reasons why you should consider dropping everything you’re doing right now and heading to Peru: 

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

We all know about Paris and Amsterdam, but what about those cities that manage to fly under the radar of most tourists? Case in point: Stockholm. Perched in the southern region of Sweden and scattered across 14 islands, Stockholm is the capital city that’s totally awesome for a relaxing weekend trip away. Besides gaining worldwide fame for being the birthplace of the Nobel Prize and IKEA, Stockholm is also considered to be one of the cleanest, greenest and most innovative cities in the world.  

If you only have a long weekend to spare for your next trip, and seek experiences rather than sights, then Stockholm and this little guide right here are exactly what you’re looking for! 

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THE 7 GREATEST ROAD TRIPS IN THE WORLD

As the cliché saying goes, it’s not the destination, but the journey that matters. And as overused as it may be, this old adage is also very, very true. There’s nothing more liberating than jumping in a car and hitting the road with no real plan other than to stop at every place you feel drawn to. It’s rewarding, exciting, and just genuinely fun. 

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HOW TO “DO” THE AMALFI COAST IN 5 DAYS: FIRST-TIMER’S GUIDE

The Amalfi Coast truly embodies the charm of a bygone era. Its name only inspires images of sun kissed beaches, delicious cuisine and glamour – in short, the famous ‘Dolce Vita’ that you won’t find elsewhere else but in the Italian Riviera.  

If you’d like to spend your summer sipping Limoncellos, tanning under Italy’s flickering sun, getting lost through photogenic alleys and spending too much cash on expensive linen clothes, then look no further my friend, this is just the right place. 

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10 FASCINATING (AND WEIRD!) FUN FACTS ABOUT PERU

It’s no secret that Peru is a pretty damn awesome place to visit. It’s wild, traditional and bizarre at the same time, offering crazy adventures and cool discoveries every day. This country also has a fun and quirky side to it, which will make you fall in love with it even more. 
Would you like to learn some stuff while having a good laugh? Then you’d better check out these 10 interesting (and just plain weird) facts about Peru: 

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HOW TO SEE THE BEST OF PERU IN 10 OR 15 DAYS – FULL ITINERARY AND GUIDE

If you travel to feel alive and quench that thirst for adventure and unseen things, brush up your best hooded poncho, get yourself a crazy pom pom beanie and book a trip to Peru. 

I’m telling you, this country is something else.  

Peru really offers a lot, much more than anyone could squeeze into a couple of weeks, but I’ll show you how you can still have meaningful and memorable experiences in only 10 or 15 days. Below you’ll find a full travel guide, with details on how to move from each point to the next and suggestions on what to do at your destination. I also throw in some cost info and useful tips here and there. By the end of the post I sure hope I have you convinced to book your trip!

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HOW TO VISIT MACHU PICCHU: FULL GUIDE

Ah, Macchu Picchu. Its very name is enough to evoke excitement in the minds of travelers around the world, but you really need to see it in person to fully understand why it will be the highlight of your trip to Peru. Nonetheless, before getting into the serious stuff, I’d like to try taking you there with words, even if it’s just for a second. Imagine the highest mountains…

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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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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. Go ahead and browse around!


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