As I drove from LAX to Orange County, I heard The OC’s theme song playing in my head…. “California, here we come, right back where we started from.” Just kidding, but before my trip to the actual OC this month, all I knew about the area came from that show and of course, Laguna Beach. Did anyone else own the box set of DVDs? Mine is still in my childhood bedroom.
I was only in Cuenca, Ecuador for four days… so how did I have time to take a day trip elsewhere? The truth is that there’s not a ton to do in Cuenca, especially if you’re there on a Sunday when everything is closed. But there are tons of adorable small towns and outdoor adventures to be had near Cuenca. On my second-to-last day in the city, I took a day trip to Chordeleg, a picturesque place known for its great shopping.
While Cuenca is a dead zone on Sundays, the shops of Chordeleg were bumping. Apparently, locals know that this is the place to come and shop for jewelry and handmade crafts.
Every year I go to the beach town of Ocean City, Maryland and hit up the same spots. I always have a blast, but this year I decided to mix things up a bit and try something new. Especially now that I have a travel blog, it’s not like you guys want to re-read the same exact post from last year!
So what new spots did I find in the same old place?
Every time I go somewhere, there are always a few things I learn by the end of the trip that I wished I had known the whole time. The things you can’t find out simply by scouring Tripadvisor or reading Lonely Planet guides cover-to-cover. During my recent trip to Cuenca, Ecuador I was lucky enough to stay with an amazing local host family that I found on Airbnb. They were super helpful with giving us the inside scoop on Cuenca – where to go, where not to go, and how to get around. Since we were only in town for four days, their advice was invaluable!
So what did I learn that’s worth passing on to future Cuenca visitors? Here are six insider travel tips to help you make the most out of your trip to this beautiful Ecuadorian city.
Bergen, Norway is one of the prettiest cities I’ve ever visited. But it also has a very unique climate and landscape, which can make packing for your trip quite difficult. With an average of 275 days of rain annually, Bergen is one of Europe’s rainiest cities. It’s also one of the hilliest cities I’ve ever been to, so prepare to use those leg muscles.
If you’re planning a trip, here are my tips on what to pack for Bergen, Norway.