In 1996, I first did the Inca Trail. No porters, no guides. Just my brother and me. That trip to Peru changed my life, recounts Justin Laycob of his first South American travel experience. It seemed like a place where you could accomplish anything you wanted. Ever since that moment I first saw Machu Picchu, I knew I was going to do something significant in South America, I just didn't know what yet.
For nearly 18 years now, the something significant has been Southern Explorations, however, this year he used the magic of Peru to make another major life move. While once again overlooking Machu Picchu, he took the plunge and asked his girlfriend, Lisa Richardson, to marry him. She said yes.
Of course, you don't have to be the CEO of an award-winning travel company to experience your own momentous moments in South America and Central America, which is why Southern Explorations is inviting everyone to share their own incredible travel stories today. Entries should be creative and tell your trip of a lifetime story using whichever medium you think tells it best. Write it down, record a video, or send a photo essay, it's all up to you. Just tell the best trip of a lifetime story you can and your entry could win you your next trip of a lifetime.