February 13, 2017

Some recollections of my travels across South America remain vivid several years later. Deep blue skies without a cloud, the foggy breath of an alpaca in the frigid air, the smell of bitter but rich Colombian coffee, the multi-coloured textiles hung over balconies… sig...

August 19, 2016

First I want to say that I didn't travel South America alone, I was actually travelling with my partner, Jack. But it is important to note that he wasn’t always at my side every minute of the day. Because Jack hates museums and I love them. Also he likes to sleep in, s...

June 6, 2016

If you really want to pack well for your South America trip, there are just a few important tips to remember:

1.     Pack for the different altitudes. You’ll need thermals and warm clothes for the Andes where you’ll be 3000m + above sea level, and shorts...

April 3, 2016

South America is a wholly underrated travel destination. Despite having the attractions and the low cost of travel to match Southeast Asia, the backpackers there are far fewer. But hey, all the better for you. 

When it comes to travel, it's not just about going there an...

January 17, 2016

Valparaiso. That seaside town in Chile coated in street art and colourfully jumbled houses. Valparaiso was our first ‘real’ destination in South America as we considered Santiago just a landing point to the continent, although we found beauty in the city anyway.

An exci...

November 18, 2015

We were nervously excited and short on sleep. We were on the plane to South America and what we thought we clouds in the distance outside our window were actually mountains. The Andes swept across our view as we came into land.

We navigated Santiago’s efficient airport...

November 12, 2015

Compared to tips about backpacking in Southeast Asia, there isn’t a heap of advice up on the web about backpacking South America. We made many mistakes on our South America trip, but through trial and error but we picked up a few bits of useful info. Here is what I wis...

October 18, 2015

Chile was just the teeniest tiniest little bit of a letdown. We came to South America expecting South American culture and found a country with no personal identity. The cities looked blandly European. American music tinkled out of shopping malls and supermarkets. The...

March 4, 2015

Choosing to travel across South America was simple.

I’d seen exquisite photos of llamas and mountains, churches and markets, each photo with a bundle of colours stacked upon each other. Those ancient ruins, those beaches! I dreamed of South American adventures in the le...

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Fuelled by wanderlust, curiosity and a little restlessness, a natural at budget travel, so naturally, a travel blogger. An experienced chef, a proud kiwi, and a burgeoning photographer. And my old friends reading and writing? We go way back.

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