Machu Picchu – A Solo Girl’s Trip

I woke at 3am and staggered, dreary eyed, down to the bus stop. It was a cold morning but I had my newly purchased alpaca sweater to keep me warm. I was first in a line that grew to over a hundred people, all clamoring to make it up the mountain before sunrise. At 5am, I took my seat in the first row and sat back as the bus made its way along the dirt road, wondering with each switchback if the large bus could make the turn, surprised every time when it did. The gray light of morning had begun to show as I made my way through the gates and bee-lined up the stairs to the lookout. I took a seat on the ledge and watched the sunlight break over the mountain and shine down onto the mountaintop Incan city of Machu Picchu!

machu picchu

This article is part of my “New 7 Wonders of the World” series. The New 7 Wonders were voted upon worldwide in 2007, and include The Great Wall of China, the Colosseum, Petra, the Christ Redeemer, Machu Picchu, and Chichen Itza. While it’s certainly not a complete list of places I want to visit, it is my goal to travel to each location.

Saturday Snapshot – Stranger Things

Saturday Snapshot is a weekly snippet of something on my mind – inspiring words, a new food, a great book, reminiscing on past travels, or really anything that happened to me during the week!

stranger things

This week was pretty boring in general. It was my long week at work, which means five days in a row of 12 and 10 hour shifts – ugh. I did make it to a cool little pop-up bar in Logan Square, though, on Sunday after work. It’s based on the Netflix show Stranger Things, which I loved!

The bar is part of Emporium Arcade & Bar – which is like the arcades you went to as a kid – but with alcohol. My co-workers and I played a round of air hockey before heading next door to their pop-up space. It was transformed into 1980’s Hawkins, Indiana – complete with Wynona Rider’s Christmas lights wall, the Upside Down, and the AV Club playing the hit show on a big screen. I especially enjoyed their drink selection. The most popular is Eleven’s Eggos, a bourbon slushie with an eggo on top.  Others include the Demogorgon, the She’s Our Friend and She’s Crazy, and my favorite, the pineapple-y Mouthbreather. It was a cool spot for an after work drink and photo op.  A must-see for any Stranger Things fan!

Top 10 Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is a small island in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.  It is a short 20 minute ferry ride from the popular city of Cancun.  Many people take day trips from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, but I say, why stay just one day?? The island is a calmer, more relaxed sister to Cancun, and arguably has better beaches.

isla mujeres sign

Great Wall of China – A Solo Girl’s Trip

As I sat atop the watchtower, I couldn’t believe I was actually there. It stretched out before me for miles, and as the golden rays of the setting sun shone down on us that fall day, it all felt so surreal. I was actually sitting on the Great Wall of China! Since I was a little kid, China and the Great Wall had been something I learned about in school, but somehow it felt like such a distant alien land, that a small town Texas girl like me would surely never see it in person. But there I was, traipsing along the wild unrestored wall, marveling in its grandeur and beauty.

girl on great wall

This article is part of my “New 7 Wonders of the World” series. The New 7 Wonders were voted upon worldwide in 2007, and include The Great Wall of China, the Colosseum, Petra, the Christ Redeemer, Machu Picchu, and Chichen Itza. While it’s certainly not a complete list of places I want to visit, it is my goal to travel to each location! 

Saturday Snapshot – Hurricane Harvey

Saturday Snapshot is a weekly snippet of something on my mind – inspiring words, a new food, a great book, reminiscing on past travels, or really anything that happened to me during the week!  

After Hurricane Harvey hit a few weeks ago, South Texas has been on my mind. Corpus Christi was my first big adventure in life.  I moved there at 18 to start college, not knowing a single person in the city. It became my home during a formative part of my life, and a piece of my heart will always live there. With all the political turmoil in our country today, it was heartwarming to see people coming together to help those in need in the Coastal Bend and Houston area.  It will take some time to rebuild, but us Texans are strong.

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Isla Mujeres

Being a veterinarian, I can never pass up an opportunity to get up close and personal with animals during my travels. Whether it’s feeding street dogs in Peru or chasing wildebeest in Africa, I am game for pretty much anything wildlife related. So when I realized July was peak time for whale sharks in Isla Mujeres, it was only a matter of “how fast can I book this tour?”

isla mujeres whale shark

Chichen Itza: A Day Trip from Cancun

This article is part of my “New 7 Wonders of the World” series. The New 7 Wonders were voted upon worldwide in 2007.  They include The Great Wall of China, the Colosseum, Petra, the Christ Redeemer, Machu Picchu, and Chichen Itza. While it’s certainly not a complete list of places I want to visit, it is my goal to travel to each location!

Cancun is primarily a place that caters to young, drunk teenagers and college students on Spring Break. At least, that’s how I’ve always thought of the seaside Mexican city. With its beach front all-inclusive hotels and abundance of bars and clubs, it’s no wonder young adults flock there each year to have some fun. I have never been a party girl, so Cancun was never on my list of must-see destinations. However, after spending my second winter in Chicago and working non-stop, I was itching to just lie by the beach, drink a margarita, and read a book.   Enter Cancun. Flights were fairly cheap and direct from Chicago, so it seemed like the perfect vacation. I was even more excited when I realized how close Chichen Itza was, so that sealed the deal.

A Look Back at 2016

Hello there! Welcome to The Traveling Vet Girl. It’s a little late in the year to be doing an overview of 2016, but what better way to kick off a new website than to reminisce over the past year. 2016 was full of amazing new experiences, places, and people that I could have never imagined.  And as always when I travel, I feel I grew more as a person.  Now more than ever, travel is a way to broaden horizons, be more open minded, and learn how to walk in someone else’s shoes.  Which brings me to the purpose of this site. I want to inspire people to dream beyond their wildest imagination of destinations they long to explore. But most importantly, more than just dream, I want people to GO. To not let the ‘what if’s’ hold them back. To show people they CAN get around the insecurities and fears that hold so many people back. Fears of not enough money, enough time, safety, being alone… the list could go on and on. The world is a beautiful place and life is short. I want to inspire people to get out of their comfort zones, and GO EXPLORE!