The W is the major draw for visitors to the Torres del Paine national park in Chilean Patagonia... but whether you don't have the time, the money or just don't want to, we're happy to say you can do a pretty amazing one-day trip to see the most spectacular of the sights in the park: … Continue reading Torres del Paine in a one day hike (Mirador Las Torres)
We were big fans of Buenos Aires. Compared to our time in Rio or Sao Paolo, it was a more comfortable environment with a more diverse range of entertainment. You can read more about what we did on a day-to-day basis in the diary. As always, we were looking to keep costs down. This meant … Continue reading 5 things to do on a budget in Buenos Aires
Iguaçu, Iguazú. Portuguese, Spanish. Brazilian, Argentinian. The falls sit on the border, and in fact you can see tourists from 'the other side' too. We took a 17 hour bus (so much fun...) from Sao Paolo to the town of Foz do Iguaçu, the Brazilian side of the border. It was somewhat of a detour … Continue reading Making a pit stop at the Iguaçu Falls.
1. It's not always sunny in Rio de Janeiro! Our first two days were actually overcast and wet, which unfortunately limits your options in a city so focused on it's beaches and mountains. We did do a walking tour of the historical Centro though, which was well worth it. 2. Pay-by-weight food is a THING … Continue reading It’s not always sunny in Rio de Janeiro, and other things we learned in Cidade Maravilhosa
When we were originally booking our flight to South America, we found that flying via Lisbon and staying there for one night, actually worked out cheaper than flying direct to Rio de Janeiro (https://packingitin.com/2018/03/01/our-departure-is-booked/) Lisbon has been on both our lists for a while. It's certainly an up and coming destination in Europe with the … Continue reading 12 hours in Lisbon (as cheap as possible!)
As we get closer, the actual threat of packing a year's worth of stuff looms large. Which means... we need bags. There's so many factors to consider. Here's some handy mind-vomit bullet points: First off, can we fit all the stuff we need!? Will that stuff be accessible? I remember my Duke of Edinburgh Gold … Continue reading Pack it up, pack it in (so we can begin)
The planning process has been more involved than expected. Sure, a lot of what we actually do and see will be spontaneous, on a whim... but there's so much more to think about... Waypoints Finances Packing Clothing Currencies Visas Vaccinations That's just for starters, and obviously it's been a bit of an administrative chore. We … Continue reading “Oh cool, I love spreadsheets” said no one ever. How do you plan your travels?
We've booked our out-bound flight. Yep, that one-way out-bound flight with only the bags on our backs! We booked a flight with TAP air that takes us from Heathrow to Lisbon and then onto Rio de Janeiro the following day. As mentioned in a previous post, we try to book as much as we can … Continue reading Taking the leap: booking that one-way flight.
It really isn't. No-one would sponsor us. But seriously, one of the most helpful things we have both done is to sign up to the American Express Gold Card. There's loads of options out there for reward cards and especially those that give airmiles, but I reckon this one is currently the best. It helps … Continue reading This is not a sponsored post: making the most of air miles when booking travel
Saving up to travel around the world is no easy task. Before we began really planning, we set ourselves the arbitrary target of £20,000 and also figure we'll try to work as we go to build back up our funds. We decided we were going to do this in mid-2017 and aim to set off … Continue reading Funding the farewell.