About Best Itineraries
I'm Mikaela and I'm obsessed with curating epic travel itineraries.
I have finally admitted that I travel based on where I want to hike. I also admit that I live based on where I want to hike; Vancouver, BC is beautiful and the Canadian Rockies (where I will eventually live) is not too far away.
Why I Started Best Itineraries
Whenever I would plan for a destination, I always wanted to do the most scenic, photogenic, and authentic hikes and trails, not the most popular.
I remember another traveller in South America being in disbelief that I was doing a hike that was NOT to Machu Picchu; however, the 3 treks I did were the most authentic part of my experience (much more than Machu Picchu was).
I passed villages where they still spoke the ancient Incan language, Quechua, not Spanish, where women wore their traditional clothes NOT as a way to collect tourist's money for a photo, and I got to meet and stay with my guide's family who built their house in the mountains and raised alpacas!
This experience got me wondering: What were the BEST, most authentic hikes in the world? I ended up finding a book, but with only one hike listed for any given destination, I still didn't have information on making a trip worthwhile with several BEST hikes that would allow me to really get to know an area.
I found my best bet was purchasing a local hiking guide when I arrived to a destination and researching to determine other must-see/do experiences.
So..here I am, hiking and exploring in order to share the most scenic, authentic, and most photogenic parts of a region. Deal? Deal.
My comprehensive travel itineraries share the best mode of transportation, route, and the most simplified itinerary (the bare minimum number of days you NEED) plus ALL the options as days to extend your trip so it is customized to you and your interests.
The Goal: To encourage more people to see incredible places on their own and feel confident that they had the most fulfilling and adventurous trip possible. And yes, lots of hiking will be involved.