Beyond Machu Picchu: 6 Overlooked Sites on the Inca Trail, Peru

I’ve been obsessed with the Incas since my early 20s. Maybe it’s because the Inca civilization is so enigmatic. Or perhaps because I admired how they created such an impressive culture without written language, monetary system, iron, or slaves. I’d pore over photos of Machu Picchu in glossy magazines, imagining myself standing on that precipice...

Thinking of Mexico? Check Out Progreso

The crystal-clear emerald surf rolls gently onto the white sandy beach. Combined with the pungent salty air and gentle sea breeze, it's nearly lulling me to sleep on my towel under one of the empty palapas on the oceanfront. Except for a local dog frolicking along the water, I'm the only one on this stretch of beach, as far as I can see. That's not because I'm here in "low" season. The town of Progreso, Mexico, is on the Gulf of Mexico, and it hardly matters when you go to the beach. With a yearly average high temperature of 83 F and average low of 73 F, there are no bad beach days in this paradise.