The Second Leg: South America

7 months. 7 countries. 31 cities. countless towns and dozens of mountains. How has this day arrived already? From arriving in Bogota, Colombia to finishing in Sao Paulo, Brasil. It’s been nothing but amazing experiences and huge learning curves. The question keeps niggling at me, have I changed after all this travel? Was South America what I thought it would be? Was everyone right about what they told me to expect? I don’t think anyone knows what this brilliant continent is like, until you have been here and seen it.

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Complete Packing List for Long Term Travel

This is definitely one of the most searched aspects of long term travel. The most worrying aspect of travelling isn’t┬ásafety, health, budgets, but your packing list. It may sound irrelevant in the face of some of the other aspects but! When you’re travelling for a year or more, then your backpack is your home. I am travelling in warm climates mainly so this makes my packing list that bit easier to prepare for. I will be hiking, spending time in cities, beaching it, busing, flying, camping and staying in hostels. Amongst other things. So it’s difficult to prepare for everything but this is what I have researched and believe will keep me going.

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Final Impressions of Peru

I have heard so many mixed reviews on Peru. As with any country you can find some amazing sights and then not so great cities. However by the time I departed Peru, I felt lucky that I had the opportunity to see some of the best it had to offer. Was it similar to Colombia? I don’t think so. The people are different and the scenery and specialties it catered for were different. However it will remain a place I will return to and perhaps even work there next year. Can there be a higher form of praise?

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