Lauren

Co-founder of Globetrooper.com, traveller, adventurer, analyst, chocoholic, bookworm, girl guide leader, optimist & digital nomad wannabe.

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Lauren
Lauren Hi Crystasia, I'm in Thailand now (first time). You should check out Chiang Mai if you have the time, especially if you like markets (for food and souvenirs)
Lauren
Lauren Hi Usman, there's another trip on here to Spain at the same time that you might be interested in: http://globetrooper.com/wwoof-spain-2011
Trip | Visit to Spain
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3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hey Jamie-lee, i love spur of the moment travel. Sounds like you will definitely get up to some adventure in Europe soon. Todd and I (founders of globetrooper) will be living in Berlin for 3 months starting mid-Sept, so it would be cool to meet up with you if plan to swing through.
inguvap
inguvap hi, can you tell me where you are starting from? How do you prepare for the trip? I have this bug in my mind and I want to do it in 2012 too. I live in NJ. I am a female of age 41, fairly decent shape but nowhere near where I need to be for this trip.
Trip | kilimanjaro 2012
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3 years ago
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Lauren Hi inguvap, we did a few years ago. As for preparation, it's best to walk for long periods with our trekking boots and with a backpack. It's really not that difficult, but the more prepared, the more you'll enjoy it. People who arrive unprepared may still make it to the top, but it will be much less enjoyable if they're constantly at the back of the group and pushed to their limit.

Your feet are most important, which is why it's especially helpful to wear your hiking boots when you're training at home. Not when you're running, but for any long walks. If you get bad blisters on the trek, it can really make life hard. So by wearing your boots at home, it will get you used to them.

Hope that helps

3 years ago
inguvap
inguvap I bought 2 pairs of Vibram 5 fingers KSO Trek. I hope to use them for my trip. Do you have any idea whether they will be good enough? Also, how many hrs of walking would you recommend? I can workout for 21/2hrs in a day but not continuously. I can run 5 miles in intervals, can walk nonstop for 11/2 hrs at 4mph. Never tried hilly areas but will start now. Thanks for your response.
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Depends how used to 5 fingers you are. There's no ankle support, which could be an issue on such rough terrain. Maybe contact the tour operator you plan on using and ask them what they think. It can be very rocky terrain, so the under sole needs to be tough too. But of course the porters mostly trek with old running shoes or old boots donated by clients. As for training, anything helps, and the more the better :) We only ran a couple of kms every few days. Would have been better for us to do more, but we were working too much.
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hi Sophia, I climbed Kilimanjaro a few years ago and I think it's a great starting point if you want to eventually head for Everest. I love big dreams! And I'd love to organise a trek with you on a different mountain. Denali has always called my name :) and anything in the French Alps would be really great too - and closer for you.
Todd
Todd Hey Sophia, consider teamkilimanjaro.com when you eventually go to Kili. We climbed with them a couple of years ago and they were very good. Kili really is an enjoyable climb; highly recommended.
3 years ago
sofia
sofia Lauren: Awesome! I think as well that Kili is a great starting point. I would love to climb in the French Alps. I would like to climb Denali as well and of course Mt. Blanc, so maybe we could organize a trek one day, I would like that :) Todd: Thank you for your advice!
3 years ago
sofia
sofia I forgot to mention, this is my new account. I forgot my password and somehow I forgot my email as well ..
3 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi All. Lauren and I just visited Machu Picchu twice in one week. We've written about how to make the most out of a visit to MP in this blog post: http://globetrooper.com/notes/visit-machu-picchu/
tkhan
tkhan Awesome...i'll be there in 2 days ! Will you guys still be around cuz ?
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Ya we'll be in Cusco for another week and a half. Want to meet up for a coffee/pisco? :)
4 years ago
tkhan
tkhan Sure thing ! Let's bring on the pisco :)
4 years ago
Betsabe
Betsabe I'm plannig a 15 days tour over Peru, Im gonna know 6 cities and one of them is Pisco... I really want to be in Puno, Cusco and see the Nazca Lines, it's not too expensive... let's do it!!!
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Wowsers, what an expedition. Have you done anything like this before?
Paddling-Pom
Paddling-Pom I haven't no! Been interested in doing a trip like this for a long time though and now the timing seems right.
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hey rolly, are you into vegan food? There's another US roadtrip that's focused on finding the best vegan food in the States which you could tag onto for a while: http://globetrooper.com/year-long-food-focused-usa-road-trip-east-coast-to-west-coast-2011
Trip | Across the USA
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3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hi Sue, there's another US roadtrip around the same time: http://globetrooper.com/roadtrip-to-nowhere-2011 She's American and has only 4 of the 50 states left to visit, maybe you can combine itineraries or just share ideas? Good luck
tal_c
tal_c Hi Charlene, are you still planning on going January?? I havnt started planning my trip yet, but im going to start off in south america for around 5 months!! have you planned anything yet?
Charlene
Charlene Hey, Yes, that is the plan. Do you know when you're planning on leaving? I'll probably be going for a few months. Depends on how long my money lasts really. I haven't plannned anything yet. I know I want to do the Inca Trail and visit the Amazon though. I was probably going to do the Inca Trail first because you have to book ahead for a place. Where are you from?
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Remember the Inca trail is closed every Feb, so if you want to do it first then plan for January
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Check out our write-up about the different tracks: http://globetrooper.com/notes/inca-trails-to-machu-picchu-alternative-treks
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene Ah yes, for renovation right? Was planning on leaving in Jan anyway and I'd head straight there. Thanks for the link
3 years ago
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