• Destinations,  New Zealand,  Oceana,  Peru,  South America

    Travelling the World with Retrato

    Thinking of following the Inca Trail in Peru? Or going to off-the-beaten-track spots in New Zealand? Maybe my friend, photographer Dody Peña, can help. Dody is the publisher of Retrato and has recently become a travel consultant. Here, he talks about his profound love for travel and how his experience may be able to help those who would like to have worry-free travel to the two countries he calls home.  “Go then, there are other worlds than these” —Stephen King, The Dark Tower     Whenever I’m asked about why I love to travel, my answer has always been to offer the same reason (friends who’ve heard this before may…

  • Destinations,  South America

    Good Cheetahs Need Your Help

    A group of  11 students taking up Masters in Management from the University of the Philippines Mindanao is vying for the top prize of Intrepid Travelers’ Intrepid Ultimate Inca Encounter Competition, a worldwide contest, whose prize is to send the entire group to Peru on a hiking expedition to Machu Picchu!  They call themselves the Good Cheetahs! and apparently,  they are the only Filipino team in the top 5 (in third place to be exact).  Their closest competitors come from UK, Portugal, Ireland and Australia.   Now I’m all for good fun and encouraging people to travel. And Machu Picchu is one of my dream destinations.  But if I can’t…