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The Perfect Trip Is Possible, So Here Are 5 Reasons You Should Pick Latin America For Your Next Vacation

The costs are going to be more than affordable.

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I love to travel. I think all of us we must fly somewhere else every year. Visiting new places is an invaluable experience; we grow up every time we get a flight and discover new places. Also, I know sometimes we do not have the time or the money to travel. We are at the beginning of the year, and we have enough time to plan a trip.

Most of the time when we plan our next trip we think about the most famous destinations such as France, England or Italy. Of course, they are lovely places, but they are not the only ones. Today, I have a suggestion for you: Latin America. We are talking about over twenty beautiful countries full of beautiful places and many different cultures.

Here are my five reasons to travel to Latin America.

1. It is affordable.

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Flighting to any country in Latin America is not expensive at all. There are many options and the cost of the flight depends on where you are living. In general, the average plane ticket cost is between $200 to $450. Again, you need to research, to check the best time to travel and what it is the best airport to take off from.

On the trip to Latin America, the costs are going to be more than affordable. Usually, hotels, food, and transportation are cheap in LATAM. There are expensive places, but you can find excellent options. Remember, you can do more with $100 in LATAM than in the US. The dollar is stronger than any of the currency there.

2. It is safe.

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I know most of you when thinking of LATAM you only can remember violence, walls, immigrants, and wars. The truth is LATAM is the zone which has grown the most in the last decade. Most of the countries are better today than ten and twenty years ago. Yes, there are countries with some problems, but it is the exception, not the rule.

Before you choose your destination, check what it is the situation. I promise you will find excellent reviews. Tourism is an important part of the economy; then, they take care of the tourists. In any case, you always need to be careful when you go to a new country.

3. The options to have fun are infinite.

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Latin America has options for twenty years of traveling. If you like beaches, you have the Caribbean, Atlantic, and the Pacific. You can have snow (Bariloche), forest (Amazonia), desert (Atacama), mountains (the Andes) if you like landscapes. You can also have amazing historical places from ancient cultures (Maya, Inka, and Aztecs), colonial cities (Lima, Bogota, Guatemala), modern cities (Panama, Sao Paulo).

If you like sports, you can attend any event because they have softball, baseball, croquet, tennis, and many major athletic competitions. Architecture, painting, and sculptures are there; the list of great museums is big.
You can plan any trip to Latin America.

4. Food is the best.

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I can say that the cheapest restaurant is Latin America is better than any expensive restaurant in the US. The food there is so tasteful and varied, even street foot is fantastic. The best food in LATAM is affordable.

Each country has its traditional food; all of them are unique and amazing. Any country you chose will offer you the best gastronomy.

5. People are amazing.

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I know you can find great people everywhere, but Latinos are kind, funny and talkative and even if they don't speak English, they will talk with you a lot. They are party people; they love to dance and sing. They will help you and assist you for anything you need. You are going to love them.

Do you see? You can plan more than one trip to Latin America. It is so close and affordable to try. I promise you won't regret it.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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14 Kentucky Destinations To Visit This Summer

I'm in love with the history and beauty encompassing my old Kentucky home.

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Kentucky has got to be one of the most notable states in the U.S. While it is most known for bourbon, horse races, and basketball, you can't deny the beauty of the history and nature that surrounds the state.

Kentucky natives often take for granted the importance of the locations that surround them. These destinations are easily accessible and should be noted a 'must visit' on your next day off.

For those who are travelers and are looking to tour the land of the "Bluegrass state," you won't regret making these KY places your next summer vacation destination.

1. Mammoth Cave National Park

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This park is open year-round with guided tours through the world's longest cave system. This cave is filled with tremendous caverns which are super cool to see, but the stories that are told about the cave through the tour make it an even more interesting experience.

Even if you decided to skip out on the cave tour, this national park is filled with other things to do. There are trails for hiking and biking, and they even have areas for various water activities.

2. Keeneland

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Keeneland is beautifully landscaped and located in the horse capital of the world.

While the best time to go is during racing season, I'd still recommend a tour of this famous horseracing arena.

3. Red River Gorge

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Red River Gorge is home of the sandstone rock bridge known as the 'Natural Bridge,' and is also the perfect site for a camping experience. At the gorge, you are able to hike, bike, ride, and partake in a variety of other activities.

4. National Corvette Museum

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Home to more than 80 models of America's sports car: the Corvette.

5. Cumberland Falls

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A huge waterfall that falls 60-feet before tumbling over sandstone bedding. It is truly a sight to see.

6. Ark Encounter

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Located in Williamstown, KY is the massive, life-size ship made to resemble Noah's Ark. It is 3-stories tall with interactive exhibits to illustrate the biblical tale.

7. Louisville Slugger Baseball Museum

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Baseball, also known as America's favorite pastime.

Kentucky, also home of the Lousiville Slugger Baseball Museum and Factory.

8. Lincoln's childhood home

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Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th U.S. president. He was an important figure for many reasons, but most remembered for his Emancipation Proclamation speech that helped push toward the end of slavery, and his leadership of our nation through the Civil War.

9. Churchill Downs

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Churchill Downs is another thoroughbred racetrack in Kentucky, most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby. Tours are conducted by the Kentucky Derby Museum.

10.  Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

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Every year, Kentucky loses 50,000 acres due to land development. There are estimated to be over 3 million trees in Bernheim Forest, all of which are protected from development.

Today, Bernheim Forest is over 16,000 acres and will soon be celebrating its 90th "birthday" by revealing a new exhibit entitled "Forest Giants in a Giant Forest." These three massive sculptures, made of recycled wood are expected to withstand for at least 3 years.

11.  Berea Pinnacles

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A hiking trail with a variety of difficulty levels, and a beautiful view at the end no matter how far you decided to travel.

12.  Woodford Reserve Distillery

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Kentucky is famous for bourbon. So, why not take a tour of the oldest and smallest distillery in the state?

13.  The Kentucky State Capitol

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The KY state capitol is located in Frankfort, KY and is open to visitors/tours. Observe the areas where our chamber of the senate and house of representatives come together for the legislative process.

14.  My Old Kentucky Home State Park

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Stephen Collins Foster wrote the famous composition 'My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night!' which is now known as our state song. Foster's imagery throughout the song was inspired by the house and the land surrounding what was once known as "Federal Hill." It was referred to as "My Old Kentucky Home" once the U.S. entered the Civil War.

Today, you can tour the home that was host to many famous individuals (Stephen Collins Foster, Henry Clay, Aaron Burr, and more) and the inspiration to a monumental tribute to Kentucky history.

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