One Day in Mt. Rainier…

I had one day to explore during my stay in Tacoma. I knew Mt. Rainier National Park was my ideal spot to hang out, but with a two-hour drive, I wasn’t sure it was feasible. What did I have to lose? I signed up with ZipCar and picked up the car at 7 a.m. from…

Why I’m Going Home

I never set an end date. I embarked on October 7, 2015 with the motto “Seven countries in seven months.” It was a tentative plan full of hope, expectations and excitement but no promises. Fellow travelers along the way have told me that you just have to get over the four-month hump. Another, the six-month….

Top 3 Destinations in Chile Sur

PUERTO VARAS I took the four-day, three-night Navimag ferry from Puerto Natales in the heart of Patagonia north to the coastal town of Puerto Montt. The destination city isn’t known for much, but worth a walk around if you have the time between busses. A new friend from the ferry, Leon, and I walked over…

Life on Chiloé: Mariscos, Ciruelas y Pan

I split firewood with an axe, tore down a wire fence, ripped potatoes from their homes and fed pigs as they squealed. Working meant eating plums, apples, strawberries, blackberries and oysters right off the land. I learned how to make marmalade and awoke to the rooster’s crow. My two weeks at Al Norte del Sur…

Everything You Need to Know About Torres del Paine

It’s the crown jewel of Patagonia. Everyone knows about it, everyone’s going there and you’d be strange to miss it. Or would you? Hiking in Torres del Paine is so popular that the Chilean national park is starting to restrict the number of hikers allowed on specific routes and campsites are chock-full of nature enthusiasts…

Hello, Patagonia: El Calafate & El Chalten, Argentina

Welcome to true Patagonia. These two southern Argentinian towns are often mixed up when in the planning stages. A short three hours apart, both offer expeditions, glaciers and incredible scenery. But a little tip? El Calafate is worth a one-night-stopover to see the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno glacier, while the real adventure lies in El Chalten….

Endless Hiking Around Bariloche

I had a week-full of afternoons to explore, hike and relax. Bariloche offers a plethora of both short and long hiking options—a prime reason for making the area a home base for a bit. Working in a hostel gave me access to all the information I needed, but I used trekbariloche.com for the majority of…

An Argentine Analysis

There’s no denying that Argentina is a culturally rich country. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the most evident differences I’ve found in my short time here. Food: Don’t except to keep up a balanced diet here. While this stands true for most of South America, I’ve found it exceptionally hard to stay somewhat healthy….

What It’s Like to Volunteer at a Hostel

I waltzed up to the reception desk at TangoInn on a Wednesday morning. I was greeted by Belen’s happy, smiling face and asked if they took volunteers. She gave me the answer I was expecting: I’ll take your email, tell the boss and let you know. But no promises. A few hours later I connected…

Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight

I had just reentered the world of solo travel. I spent a week with Matt and Anna exploring Buenos Aires and the Cordoba region and my parents’ 10-day trip had come and gone. I should have taken the first mishap as a sign. Matt and I said our goodbyes to Anna and we headed to…

Words from Mom: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

To be a guest on someone else’s journey… Coming to Buenos Aires, Argentina to see our one and only child was an easy decision for a holiday vacation. Adding another country was a bonus! We were able to visit her in country #3 of her seven month, seven-country journey and then join her on the…

Wandering Around the Córdoba Province

I landed in Buenos Aires on a Sunday evening. A friend from high school was staying in the city with his aunt and uncle and so graciously picked me up, mate (find out more about this super cool tradition here) in hand. The next 48 hours with Matt included a bit of sightseeing, broken conversations…