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By Glam GlobeTrekker 28 May, 2017

Ancient China is as much majestic and enchanting as it is rich in history and culture.

China is home to curious and colourful cuisines, the largest wonder of the world - The Great Wall and the remains of a time where imperial slaves were buried and sent into the after life to protect their emperors.

No matter how incredible you think China is going to be, a trip will far exceed your expectations. With a vast landscape and over 56 ethnic groups in China, each with their own way of doing things, travelling to China is like visiting 50 countries in one!

China combines the scenic beauty of mountains, deserts, coast, rivers, jungles and forest with some of the most ancient relics and confronting stories from our worlds history.

WITH SO MANY THINGS TO SEE, YOU WILL NEED A ROBUST TRAVEL ITINERARY

A Glam Globe Trekkers - 10 Day China Itinerary

Day 1

Fly directly into Shanghai, China's largest city, once known as the 'Paris of the East'.

Nimen Hao! Welcome to China – where great adventure awaits.

Avoid traffic Jam’s and explore the profound and historical city of Shanghai on foot. Walk through the heart of Shanghai - the Bund. The Bund its famed for its water front promenade and spectacular array of colonial art deco style buildings. Get a bird's eye view of Shanghai’s skyscraper skyline from the futuristic Pearl Tower's observation decks. Next visit the Propaganda Museum for a fascinating look at China's revolutionary past. The impressive Shanghai Museum houses one of the best collections of Chinese bronze and artwork – a curious mind could easily spend the whole day here discovering and learning.

Day 2

Continue to explore the city that never sleeps and enjoy the culture and hustle of Shanghai! Catch a performance by the famous Shanghai Acrobats. Wander the Yuyuan Gardens and Bazaar. These famous classical gardens were completed in 1577 by Pan Yunduan. In the afternoon check out the local bar scene and feast on local Dumplings or Street Food.

Day 3

Now you’ve crossed Shanghai a fast paced city, full of contradictions off of your bucket list -next stop - Guilin then Yangshuo. Up for a real Adventure? Well stock up on snacks, rice wine and toilet paper and commit to an overnight sleeper train. Far from luxurious & glamourous, this trip is truly a grounding experience – but hey “When in Rome….”. Get some rest on the hard sleeper (6 berth) train before arriving into another city that never sleeps!

Day 4 & 5

Transfer from Gulian to Yangshuo and enjoy at least two days in Yangshuo so you can really explore this town and its surroundings. Yangshuo has become very popular tourists as it has a great cafe and bar culture. It's also one of the best places in the country to get a feel for local culture and traditions and have plenty of fun at the same time! The countryside around Yangshuo is immortalized in many traditional Chinese paintings - picture immense limestone karsts dotting the rural landscape and towering spectacularly over rice paddies and the meandering Li River. So hire a bike and travel around the area to gain an insight into rural Chinese life and to absorb the absolutely stunning & breath taking scenic beauty. Take an early morning tai chi class by the riverside, then enjoy a peaceful boat ride along the tranquil Li River. Eat and drink your way around the town tasting the local delicacies like dishes such as Beer Fish! Get a feel for local produce with a visit to the market, then learn to cook some Chinese dishes at the Yangshuo Cooking School. Feed your wanderlust soul.

Day 6

Prepare for a long travelling day. Transfer to Guilin and take a flight to Xi'an.

Arrive in Xi'an, the imperial centre of China for 2,000 years. Xi’an was the start of the famous ancient trading route of the Silk Road and the city is still surrounded by city walls. Visit The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. You can hire ancient oriental costumes for photos and then cycle around the wall of the city. Climb the Bell or Drum Towers and then feast on even more amazing street food such as roasted sweet potatoes and Chinese barbecue, shao kao. Even try a deep fried Scorpion – high in protein.

Day 7

If you are brave enough for another sleeper train – travel like a local and enjoy another train ride Xi’an to Beijing. If you only just survived the last overnight train – fly.

Day 8

Welcome to Beijing. Today spend the morning exploring Tiananmen Square, then the Forbidden City. Jump on a rickshaw and enjoy someone pedalling you through the hutongs, then find tranquillity in the quiet Temple of Heaven park or visit the Lama Temple!

Day 9  

Head out to the Great Wall at Mutianyu (approximately 2 hours from Beijing) - one of the best preserved and easily accessible sections of the Great Wall of China from Beijing. In the bus ride there, take in the amazing views of picturesque landscape. The Great Wall of China is an astounding piece of engineering. It stretches 6,000 km westwards from the mountain ridges north of Beijing. It was originally constructed to protect Chinese empires from the 'barbarians' of the north and even though it failed in this purpose, it's still without a doubt one of the country's most remarkable achievements, and an iconic destination. As you trek along the wall like a mountain goat and ensure you have cash so you can purchase postcards, books and souvenirs from the locals.

Day 10

Relax and enjoy your last day in Beijing by exploring the local Donghuamen Markets. Purchase some Chinese Calligraphy, Fine silks, exquisite China tea sets, elaborately carved jade or expensive aged tea which are all some of the most sought after high-priced commodities. Then for your last dinner in China - head out for a traditional Chinese meal – Dumplings, Peking duck & rice wine.

China, a country full of adventures and mind blowing memories that will travel with you for life.  

Expect "she who returns from a journey is not the same as she who left" - Chinese proverb

By Glam GlobeTrekker 09 May, 2017
"FIFA World Cup?" suggested my travel partner in crime?
"A South America Holiday!!" I squealed with excitement! Watch out South America!

Like many travellers who visit Peru and even South America, the first adventure on my Bucket List was to Trek to the Inca city of Machu Picchu.
  
The anticipation of experiencing something physically, mentally and emotionally challenging, something that would give me an overwhelming sense of achievement on completion - was a highlight of planning my trip.

In a spectacular location, Macchu Pichu is one of the best-known & most beautiful archaeological site's in the world.

This awe-inspiring ancient city slept quietly dormant for many years, never revealing itself  to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century. Surrounded by dense Jungle - exploring this beautiful city at the fresh break of dawn - is indeed something you will never forget. 

The best time to visit this incredible site is from late May until early September. Beware - over 2500 people arrive to explore this ancient and mysterious city daily. Despite this great tourist influx, the site manages to retain an air of grandeur and mystery, and is a must for all visitors to Peru. Ensure you get there as early as possible to avoid the lines and crowds. No one wants people photo bombing their selfies of this breath taking ancient city!

7 Day Adventure - 

Day 1 -
We arrived in Lima, Peru airport in the afternoon. I recommend staying a night in Lima and just indulging in the food. Enjoy a night out and completely dedicate it to colourful, spicy and fresh flavours of Peruvian cuisine. We stayed at the Business Tower Hotel - a Boutique Concept Hotel. A beautiful hotel with luxury cars, amazing food and close to the airport. Very comfortable for one night.
The BTH Hotel Quimera Restaurant serves Peruvian/Spanish fusion dishes in a relaxing ambience - the food here was hands down some of the best hotel food I've ever devoured.  Both the breakfast and dinner here were on point. 
  • Ceviche. ...
  • Chupe de Camarones (Shrimp Cioppino) ...
  • Papas a la huanciana (huancayo-style Potatoes) ..
Day 2 - we flew out of Lima to Cuzco to join a Geckos Adventure Tour.
Welcome to Cuzco, Peru - once capital of the Inca Empire. A peaceful and quaint little city with cobbled stone streets and laneways. Enjoy a coca tea whilst you adjust to the altitude. Once the dizziness subsides, explore the markets and purchase some keepsake scarfs, beanies, gloves, arts or crafts -all handmade by locals 
Your adventure starts at 4 pm in a group meeting.  Meet your fellow travel companions, then you’ll visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, the local San Pedro market, the main square, past the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square.

Day 3
We woke before dawn in the bitter cold to pack our small duffle bags we received to carry our belongings in for the few days. A team of porters carried these bags, together with the food and equipment for the trail. 

Off to a super early start - we met the small group and team for breakfast then drive to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where Incas worshipped the moon. We drove to the starting point of the trek, Rafq'a, and meet the local horsemen who joined us on the hike. We warmed up quickly, starting our trek on a slight incline. An hour’s walk in, we reach the small community of Socma. Carry on to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout to take pictures in front of a waterfall. Careful not to slip, there is ample opportunity to stop for panoramic photos of the country side and a meal break. We hike a gradual incline throughout the day as we continue to the campsite, which was 3,700m altitude (above sea level). We reached the around lunchtime. After lunch, we set off to explore the Q'orimarca archaeological site, which once served as a checkpoint to the Incas. Throughout day 1 the hike is challenging. You have to really push yourself as majority of the day is spent trekking up a steep incline. Having a reasonable cardio fitness level will really help you to enjoy the experience, tackle the altitude sickness and help you to breath the fresh air. 

Day 4
This is the most challenging but rewarding day of the hike. A three-hour walk took us to the top of the first pass of Puccaqasa (approximately 4,370 meters high). After enjoying picturesque and breath taking views of the ice capped mountains and views of the valley, it’s a short walk before stopping for lunch. Afterwards, we made the two-hour hike to Kuychicassa, the highest pass of the trek at 4,450 meters. From here, descend to the sacred site the Incas called Intipunku (Sun Gate), with views of the Nevado Veronica mountain. Head to the campsite, only a stone’s throw away at Choquetacarpo to enjoy another cold, cold night of camping. Ensure you pack a few pairs of quality thermals and invest in a quality sleeping bag. 

Day 5
Today’s hike was all downhill, so this is where the trekking boots with good grip will really help you stay on your feet. (Something I didn't do much of). The first stop is the incomplete Kachiqata quarry, where the Incas were intercepted by the Spanish. Around midday, come to the end of the trek. Explore the cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo before taking the short train journey to Aguas Calientes. This is where you’ll meet up with the travellers in your group who didn't hike. Visiting the natural hot springs in town is a soothing way to spend the late afternoon (you will need it after the wear and tear on your body after the trek - treat yourself). Treat yourself and capture the essence of Peru in a glass with a classic local cocktail  Pisco Sour , featuring the South American grape brandy Pisco.Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu.

Day 6
Depending on weather conditions, take a bus at 5:30 am this morning along the winding road to Machu Picchu. I highly recommend you get up at 4am to line up for the Bus - the wait is long - as everyone wants to get in early and take photos before the crowds arrive. The bus journey takes around 30 minutes. At Machu Picchu, join up with the travellers in your group who hiked the Classic Inca Trail. If skies are clear, enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the ancient city from the Sun Gate, before going on a guided walk around the ruins. Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.
Finish your day at a local bar or restaurant in Machu Picchu where you can enjoy a local beer, a roasted Guinea Pig or Alpaca Steak.
 
Day 7
After taking a moment to take in the achievement of the last few days, we farewell our new found Gecko family and the The  Inca Trek & Machu Picchu adventure comes to an end. With no more activities planned we left for Cuzco via bus and returned to Lima via Plane.

With new found friends and memories to last a life time - this is an adventure I can't more highly recommend. 

So Book your Trip, See the World, Enjoy a New Culture, Meet New People, Learn & Feed your Soul! 



By Glam GlobeTrekker 05 May, 2017

Travelling to Melbourne? Melbourne’s Café Game is fierce, and with strong competition across the city – comes exceptional coffee and eats! In a city of coffee snobs and self-acclaimed food connoisseurs - you don’t need to look very far to locate an enchanting coffee joint.

Check out some of Glam Globe Trekkers Favourites…

The Kettle Black

www.thekettleblack.com.au

50 Albert rd. South Melbourne 3205

From the owners of Top Paddock , Higher Ground and Two Birds One Stone , The Kettle Black doesn’t fall far from the tree. Truly a travellers delight! 

Grab a coffee from the Coffee Cart, get your name on the waiting list and get excited for this gastronomy experience (it is worth the wait). The Kettle Black is alive, buzzing & uber popular on the weekends!!

Combining the Old with New – this gorgeous café perfectly blends mosaic floors, a charming white old Victorian terrace with a modernistic & contemporary design – a definite architectural award winner.

The food at The Kettle Black sits on the upper-end of the scale, with mouth-watering menu items like Chilli Scrambled Eggs with house cured Kangaroo or Tataki Ocean Trout with a Raw Kale & Pickled Veggie Salad, Seaweed, Almonds and Poached Eggs.

As for the coffee - for espresso, try the custom blend, or a rotating single-origin. Filter is taken care of by specialists such as Small Batch and Market Lane.

By Glam GlobeTrekker 27 Mar, 2017

Traveling these Holidays? Keen to avoid Post Flight Flu?

ME TOO!

Take 2 minutes to read this Blog & "beat the bugs".

With Easter holidays just around the corner, many of us will be pole vaulting straight out of the office and onto a flight. Possibly off to visit friends and family or just escaping the daily grind to bake in the sun, drinking a Bintang on a sandy beach in Bali or Boracay.

No doubt you will be returning to a busy schedule, so getting sick this year just isn’t an option.  

Recent studies completed indicate a whopping 20% of travellers fall ill after a flight.

I know right – wow. WOW! (Secretly, I thought this number was A LOT higher).

So why do we get sick on a flight after returning from holidays and how can we avoid it?

Is it the water? The food? One too many cocktails – or  was the culprit the aeroplane? Whilst the water, wine and that wickedly tasty local chow shouldn’t be ruled out – neither can the plane.

So…what, where why and how?

As some of you may know, bacterial and viruses can survive for hours and sometimes even days lurking on magazines, seat pockets, tray tables and even just hovering in the air. There are over 200 viruses that cause a cold and they can survive for up to 18 hours after the leave the human body that left them there. Not trying to scare you – but E Coli can actually live for over a week!!! Eaaakkk!

Short of travelling in an astronaut suit or inside a bubble – what can you do to try and reduce your chances of finishing up your travel trip poorly?

Try these seven tips to reduce the chance of bacterial and viruses infiltrating your bodies’ defences whilst on holidays.

1.    At all costs avoid touching your eyes, mouth or the inside of your nose. If for some reason you need to – wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water first.

2.    Use a good quality hand sanitiser gel (60%+ alcohol) regularly

3.    Carry baby wipes and use the wipes and sanitiser to disinfect dirty surfaces that you may need to touch (tray table, seat buckle, TV remote)

4.    After touching things like the top of seat or any handle such as toilet door – use copious amounts of hand sanitiser

5.    Wash hands prior to a meal

6.    A nasal spray will be your number one defence and help combat low humidity (11% - makes it easier for germs to get past your noise hairs and into your lungs)

7.    Stay hydrated

Enjoy your Easter and Don’t get Sick.

Acchhooooo!

 

 

 

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