I spent 3 weeks in Colombia in June 2016 exploring Bogotá, Villa de Leyva, Salento, Manizales, Jardín, Medellín, and Cartagena.

Diego Rivera mural, Palacio Nacional, Mexico City

In spring 2016, I spent three weeks in Mexico exploring Guanajuato, San Miguel, Querétaro, Mexico City, Puebla, Morelia, and Pátzcuaro.

Interested in studying Spanish in Guanajuato, Mexico? Check out my review of Escuela Falcon, a small Spanish school that offers individually tailored class schedules, a friendly atmosphere, and daily extracurricular activities. Guanajuato is a great location to study Spanish. It’s stunningly picturesque and I loved exploring its cobblestoned alleyways and lovely tree-filled plazas.

Best free Spanish podcasts

Need to brush up your Spanish? Check out these resources for intermediate Spanish practice. Includes recommendations for grammar and vocabulary books, podcasts, and how to find online teachers and local groups for Spanish conversation practice.

Looking for ideas of what to pack? Check out my unique list of essential travel items you may not find on other packing lists. Once you start using these travel accessories, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!

Key items from the long-term travel checklists I keep in Evernote. If using miles, flights often need to be booked 11 months in advance to get economy reward seats. Before booking, I pore over guidebooks and travel forums to build an itinerary and select flight destinations.

Cod roe Lukang Taiwa

I spent 3 weeks in Taiwan in November and December 2015; my Taiwan itinerary included Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Lukang, and Taichung.

Momiji Japanese maple Kyoto Japan 3 weeks

I spent 3 weeks in Japan in November 2015 visiting Tokyo, Matsumoto, Kamikochi, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Nara, and Osaka.

May is a great time to visit England, with fewer crowds than summer. The countryside is green and lush, with carpets of bluebells and wild garlic and baby birds paddling in the streams.