The Next Big Whiting Adventure

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Now that the madness of speaking and prepping for Alt is over (more on that very soon!) I have been able to finally turn my attention to the next big thing on the horizon.

Remember last summer when we took my dream trip to London and Paris? There was a moment our first night in London at The National Gallery where I was moved to tears by a room of paintings, and when I finally ripped myself away, I found Jacob asleep on a bench. Poor guy, jet lag got the best of him, and we both know that I take a longer time at museums than he does anyway.
I just patiently helped him up, and that night on the metro I turned to him and said, “This wasn’t your dream vacation was it?”
He smiled and said, “London and Paris have always been a dream.”
And I said, “Yeah but this wasn’t your top choice of a place to visit was it?”
He tried to be his kind selfless self and said, “Maybe not seeing EVERY painting in Europe, but it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to be.”

Such a sweetheart. There were so many moments in Europe that I knew he was just supporting my dream and enjoying the ride. He even remarked half the fun was watching my excitement.

That’s when I said, “Jacob, if we don’t have a child next summer, we’re doing your dream trip- wherever that may be, whatever you want to do.”

He smiled and said, “Deal!”

That’s when I braced myself…”Where might that be I asked?”

So friends, no child, vacation time built up, and flights booked. Here’s a hint, can you guess where we are going?

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Need a hint? We’ll need our passports, to brush up on our Spanish, altitude sickness pills, lip balm, and oh yeah, lots of travelers are known to have some other less-than-fun symptoms from the altitude and food causing the need for some bathroom visits in a hurry. Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring this post and for supplying some of their Flushable Cleansing Cloths Travel packsย and Clean Care Toilet Paper for the wet/dry combo that is supposed to be the ultimate in keeping bums clean even abroad with extreme altitude symptoms!

Anyone nailed down where we’re headed?

Give up?

We’ll be visiting Peru this summer and hiking through one of the 7 Wonders of the World- Machu Picchu. And we are getting pretty excited around these parts!


We’ve been planning and studying some, but we’re ready to really nail down the details of the trip. And so readers, I have to turn to you for advice and questions

– Have you been?
– What was your favorite part?
– What should we do while in Lima, Cusco, and The Sacred Valley?
– Did you get altitude sickness? How did you cope?
– Any tips for avoiding some stomach problems?
– Have you tried the flushable wipes on a hiking excursion, and was the wet+dry combo really where it’s at?
– Any food we must try?
– Where’s the best place to buy an alpaca sweater?
– How much do alpacas enjoy pictures with tourists hugging them, cause you know I’m all over it?
– Anything else we should know while we finalize the details?

I can hardly wait- our next big adventure is only a few weeks away!

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  1. Jennifer Haynes says:

    Love the alpaca questions! I'd be all over hugging each one I saw! ๐Ÿ™‚ I do have a question though….do yall purchase all those travel books before you go on a big trip or do you rent them from the library. I am thinking we should start investing in those before each of our trips and it would be a nice collection one day to see everywhere we've been.

  2. Ohhh it is going to be a fabulous trip!

  3. Hey Jennifer- we typically go to Barnes and Noble and grab all that look good. We write down the top things from each and then we go home and re-plan the trip based on what we read. We're ready to do this again! We'll then go back and purchase the one that we found the most useful and it's the lucky guy that gets to take the trip with us.
    I love the idea of a collection of where you've been- so cool!

  4. I sure hope so- if the altitude doesn't get us ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lauren @ Lot Forty Eight says:

    How exiting!! Drink that cocaine tea, I heard that's what beats the altitude sickness!! So good to meet you!

  6. I traveled to Peru in 2006 with my dad as a graduation present from high school and it was absolutely the best trip I've ever taken. Bar none. Unfortunately, the altitude sickness is REAL. I threw up, nearly passed out, and don't have much advice to help you. You'll be fine in Lima (as you know), but as soon as you get to Cusco, take it easy. Sleep, rest, don't push yourself to sight-see right away (though you'll be very tempted). Chew the coca leaves and drink the coca tea – it gives you some temporary relief. It took me almost two days to get over it, but once I did, I was ready to go and feeling great. Machu Picchu is absolutely incredible. I suggest getting there before the sun rise one morning to watch the sun rise between the mountains and slowly illuminate the lost city. It's breathtaking. I can't remember any specific places for food or shopping, but some of the restaurants in Aguas Calientes (the tiny town at the foot of Machu Picchu) were great and had that awesome local feel. I don't know if you have time at all, but we took a trip to Lake Titicaca and visited the people that live on the floating island (made of reeds). That was another highlight for me – humbling and really awesome that they live self-sufficiently on these islands they created. Sorry for the novel. I'm just SUPER excited for you…and maybe, just maybe a little jealous. Haha!

  7. Life with Amberly says:

    Love this!!! I can't wait to hear about your fun adventure!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. So PS, you have inspired me and my husband to have weekly date nights, so I'll be frequenting your blog often ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks for your fantastic panel at Alt!
    (and oh my gosh, PERU! Can't wait to hear about it)

  9. That's awesome Camille! I am pretty sure my brother took his daughter to Peru a while back–I will ask him about stuff and let you know!

  10. Alicia Snow says:

    I cannot wait to see pictures from your adventure! Machu Picchu is definitely on my bucket list.

  11. Katie Elizabeth Hawkes says:

    Any photo with a passport in it makes me happy. I'm also happy to finalllyyy be catching up on my blog reading/commenting, praise a slow afternoon at work!