Articles By: Amanda P

Amanda is the executive editor of Lost Girls World and co-author of the book The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. She caught the travel bug as a kid when her family did a cross-country trip in a camper van nicknamed “The Blue Moose.” Between trips abroad, she writes for such publications as USA Today, Shape, Travel + Leisure, and Cosmopolitan.

Bug bites, burns, electrocution and other reasons not to stay home…

Bug bites, burns, electrocution and other reasons not to stay home…
Spotting Scarlet Macaws in the Amazon and watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu may be the stuff of adventure travel fantasies, but you haven’t really lived (or perhaps, appreciated living) until you’ve had 220 Volts of electricity running through your left arm. That’s what happened...
August 11th, 2006 | Health & Safety, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Peru | Read More

Brazil or Bust!

Brazil or Bust!
Leaving things until the very last conceivable minute is a Lost Girls way of life, which on a trip like this one, can get us into serious trouble! For instance, it’s probably unwise to delay applying for your Brazilian visa until one week before you hope to visit the country, but due to scheduling...
July 31st, 2006 | Brazil, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Passports & Visas, Planning | Read More

Dodging the (blanket) fuzz

Dodging the (blanket) fuzz
Puno, the Peruvian gateway to Lake Titicaca, turned out to be something of a slum with prisonlike, unheated accommodations, so we opted not to stay there for another night and instead take a five hour bus directly to infinitely more gorgeous “White City” of Arequipa. Earlier in the day, we’d...
July 19th, 2006 | Backpacking & Trekking, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Peru | Read More

Have TP, Will Travel

Have TP, Will Travel
Travel has a way of bringing you back to the very basics of life-food, shelter, warmth and um, bodily functions. The sad fact is, Holly, Jen and I have spent far more time discussing the bathroom and what goes on inside of it than any other topic, and we’ve long been baffled by the conspicuous...
July 19th, 2006 | Backpacking & Trekking, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Packing & Wardrobe, Peru | Read More

Independence Day on El Camino Inca

Independence Day on El Camino Inca
After months spent planning our expedition to Peru for the ultimate outdoor adventure-a four-day, 26-mile climb through the Andes Mountains to the “Lost” city of Machu Picchu-we very nearly didn’t make it to the Inca Trail at all. Just days before we were supposed to lace up our hiking...
July 11th, 2006 | Adventure Travel, Backpacking & Trekking, Central and South America, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Peru, Photography & Video, Spiritual Travel | Read More

Food Fight

Food Fight
Eating exotic new dishes and sampling local delicacies can certainly be one of the best parts of traveling abroad, but the Lost Girls learned today that satisfying our stomachs isn’t an enjoyable afterthought-food is absolutely essential to our collective group happiness. Without regularly scheduled...
June 29th, 2006 | Food & Wine, Hostels, Lost Girls RTW Adventure | Read More

Last Night a T-Shirt Saved My Life

Last Night a T-Shirt Saved My Life
Okay, not to be too melodramatic, but I really have been waking up in cold sweats, panicked about the final “packing of the backpack.” It’s not just that the girls and I have to prepare for weather that ranges from 32 degrees F (Inca Trail Hike) to 90 degrees (Rio), but that my on-the-road...
June 17th, 2006 | Backpacking & Trekking, Leaving & Coming Home, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Packing & Wardrobe, Shopping & Style | Read More

Packing Hell…

Packing Hell…
As anyone who’s lost hours of their life scraping invisible shreds of packing tape from a roll can attest, moving day–and the week leaving up to it-truly suck. Actually, we hear it’s a little like childbirth in that it’s supposed to be miserable, but you have to be the one actually...
May 27th, 2006 | Leaving & Coming Home, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Packing & Wardrobe, Planning | Read More

SpaHa: Moving Up to the East Side

SpaHa: Moving Up to the East Side
Just six weeks to go between now and D-for-departure day, but we’re already itching to explore parts of the planet that haven’t been covered in Daily Candy and every glossy travel magazine. Surprisingly enough, we discovered such a discretely cool and under-hyped spot right in our very own...
May 11th, 2006 | City Travel, United States | Read More

Pump Up the Jambo

Pump Up the Jambo
So when Lost Girl Stephanie Davis, told us she was leaving New York, she wasn’t F&(@#ing around. Before anyone could stop her, this former GQ princess had made a clean getaway to Queens and somehow stowed away on a flight to Africa. And wouldn’t ya know it, before she left the girl also...
March 28th, 2006 | Adventure Travel, Africa, Kenya, Lost Girl of the Week, Lost Girls | Read More