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….

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…

The Reality of Traveling Solo

You see my filtered photos and read my stories. I’m experiencing new things every single day and seeing things people only dream of. I feel so grateful for this. But it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. It’s more than just surreal experiences and incredible landscapes. It’s hard. It’s exhausting. And it can be lonely. The…

Crossing the Colombia-Ecuador Border

Pasto – Ipiales – Rumichaca – STAMPS – Tulcan – Otavalo I started the journey across the border in Pasto. It’s 2.5 hours from the Colombia-Ecuador line and a good stopover so you can start the border crossing in the morning to avoid any nighttime transport. I was with a girl I met at the…

The Colombian Hostel Trail

Cartagena | Hostel Media Luna We found this through a number of blogs as the top place to stay in Cartagena due to its fun, lively culture, and figured we would start our first night in Colombia with a bang. Welcomed into an open courtyard with a pool, we stayed in a 6-person dorm and…

How I Packed for Seven Months

Imagine packing a bag for seven months. Where do you start? What are the must have items and what goes in the maybe pile? Do you buy brand new gear or do you wear out things you already have and throw them away along the way? All questions I asked myself as I started the…

Top Travel Blogs, Videos and Podcasts

In the two months I had between making the full-fledged decision to travel and my flight to Colombia, I listened, read and watched as many resources as possible. Ranging from basement-run podcasts to professional documentaries to established travel blogs, these are the top resources that helped me prepare. Podcasts:  Indie Travel Podcast: A fun-loving couple host this show…

Preparation

Making the decision to leave is easy. The preparation is not. I only had a little more than two months to get everything in order before embarking–a struggle to balance between my full-time job, freelancing work and personal life. Here are a few essential things I prepped for my journey: Insurance: After debating whether to…