“How much does it cost to backpack South America ?” (GBP)

Ahhhh the question that drove me up the wall prior (and during) my viaje! I raided all the blogs that have written on the subject, but of course things were turned out differently for me. I discovered it is not as cheap as it used to be, and if you’re a poor ol’Brit like myself the fallen value of the pound will bite you in the ass. So just to add to the pool resources, here’s how much three months in South America cost me…

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South America 2016: D.F, wise Mexicans, & intense revelations.

The final leg of the trip! Having spent 3 months in South America it was time for me to come home. I woke up at 4:30am on the 30th December 2016 in Lima and went to bed at approximately 3:30am on the 1st January 2017 in London, and had a revelation somewhere in between all thanks to a dashing wise Mexican.

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South America 2016: Why End in Cusco?

After much deliberation I decided to cut this trip 6 months short, and have booked a flight home right in time for NYE. Why on earth did I do that? Well…

Back when I posted last, my head was in a bit of a mess. The dilemma of to go home or not to go home was driving me up the wall. On the one hand I knew that financially I couldn’t stretch my wallet much longer, and on the other I felt that to give up so easily would mean that I’d somehow failed as a traveller. Eventually I set all my options out on the table and took a good hard look at what I was doing, and it turned out my woes boiled down to more than just a dwindling bank account…

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South America 2016: Menus del Dia, el Subjuntivo, & Dodgy Massages.

My third and final month on the continent ended up being by far the most enjoyable. Having finally come to terms with my decision to quit Colombia and head home, I felt as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. It was also the month I made it back into the heart of the Andes: from San Pedro de Atacama through to Bolivia then onto Peru, this was part the South America I had in mind all along…

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South America 2016: Micheladas, Tiiiiiiiisherpo, & Dobble.

Oh wasn’t I just a terrible post giver over the past three months? I am now back in the UK with far too much spare time on my hands (unemployment woopdedoo), so here’s a very very delayed update on what I got up to in the second month of my South American adventure – teaching English in northern Chile!

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South America 2016: Semi-camas, Puppies, & Señor Budget.

5 and a half weeks… FIVE and a half weeks! I´ve officially been wandering around foreign places with my backpack for longer than EVER before. Not that that’s very long in the backpacking community, but heck it is long for me. I have travelled over 4000 kilometres  through 4 countries. It has been fantastic – BUT my back is killing me and it is long overdue a break from semi-camas and the giant turquoise Osprey creation I once thought was my Yeoseph (a.k.a. my soul mate). I am currently taking a time out in Taltal, Chile where I am going to be teaching English voluntarily for the next month. I suppose I should tell you about the  actual travelling I have been doing, but as I am in the mood for more reflective writing you are going to have to make do with the cliff notes version instead…

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Throwback: Beijing 2011

In my last entry I wrote about how this school trip ignited my passion for travel. Here is the original blog post, written 5 and a half years ago on my old blog – Nobodysaknowitall. As much as the my little opinionated digs make me blush today, I have refrained from editing or deleting any of my original musings to give you a true insight into the very critical and inquisitive 17 year old me…

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