A girls guide to backpacking: roughing it out in glamorous style

A girls guide to backpacking: roughing it out in glamorous style

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Backpacking is simple, right? Just throw some things in a bag, book a flight or a bus and walk around meeting cool, international people, visiting famous landmarks and generally having an awesome for everyone to get jealous over on Facebook – Simple! But in actual fact, it’s not actually as simple as all that. There are loads of little things …

Photography in Santiago, Chile: Best Spots for Awesome Shots

Photography in Santiago, Chile: Best Spots for Awesome Shots

Kach Umandap - Howe South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 1 Comment

It makes us very happy indeed how rapidly Santiago is becoming less a quick stopover place and more of a stop and explore kind of a city. Admittedly, Chile’s capital is not the most obvious city in the world to visit, lacking a long list of famous landmarks and easily overshadowed by Chile’s northern Atacama desert and the south’s Patagonian …

Kindness and Surprises on the Road to Patagonia

Kindness and Surprises on the Road to Patagonia

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When we started planning for this trip last November, we only planned our travel itinerary for 2 weeks – exploring Peru with Peru Hop then crossing the border to Bolivia by the 18th December as my visa was about to expire. We arrived in La Paz and were accommodated and looked after by our new friend, Remo, from Adventure Brew …

Foreign Bloggers Who Love The Philippines and Filipinos

Foreign Bloggers Who Love The Philippines and Filipinos

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We all know that we Filipino bloggers certainly love our own country, but when a foreigner loves our country, we feel proud of being from the Philippines.  I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about the Philippines – I’ve seen travel writers who’ve been there, planning to go there or who dream of going there and I love how so many …

Truth and Lies about Filipinas with Foreigners!

Truth and Lies about Filipinas with Foreigners!

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(The Real Life Experiences and Criticisms of a Filipina dating a Westerner) “When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself” ― Earl Nightingale When I quit my job in the Middle East to start my backpacking journey, aside from the other reasons and lies I was telling myself and people around me about why I wanted to leave my …

Life Inspiration: From Hollywood Life to Hostelling in Santiago, Chile

Life Inspiration: From Hollywood Life to Hostelling in Santiago, Chile

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We’ve stayed in many hostels on our travels and have met a lot of the owners, who are often foreigners who, while working and travelling abroad, made the decision to stay and build something of their own. These are the pioneering entrepreneurs who have and still are raising the bar in backpacker accommodation all over the world. We’re always excited …

A week in La Paz, Bolivia – Adventures, Beers and Breweries!

Krista Medina Umandap Destination, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 43 Comments

Our entrance to La Paz had been a little more than your average bus journey; high winds and heaving waves on the Tiquina Strait of Lake Titicaca made for a very interesting ferry crossing involving sitting on a bus as it pitched up and down on a flimsy floating platform, with the wind lashing rain against the windows. We really …

Behind bars – Inside a female prison in Lima, Peru

Behind bars – Inside a female prison in Lima, Peru

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Women who are fighting each other, screaming at each other; Pumped up guards armed with bats and pepper spray trying to manage the awkward situation. Amid general applause, the tattooed ladies return to their small cells. That’s the picture, which media portrays – reality is different, indeed. Appropriately dressed women caring for their children, talking to their husbands and kids, …

Backpacker’s Guide - Uyuni, Bolivia to San Pedro Atacama, Chile

Backpacker’s Guide – Uyuni, Bolivia to San Pedro Atacama, Chile

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Well, this article will talk about our experience of going from La Paz, Bolivia to Uyuni, Bolivia then doing the three days/two nights tour of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia to San Pedro Atacama, Chile. Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in La Paz and San Pedro de Atacama. You also need to know that the electricity …

2014: The beginning of our around the world journey

2014 Recap: The beginning of our around the world journey as a couple!

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2014 has been an awesome journey for us; it’s our first time backpacking together as a couple – We’ve been travelling for almost one year straight from Hanoi, Vietnam, via India and the UK, to Peru; we volunteered for 5 weeks in Ollantaytambo, Cuzco; rented our 2-bedroom apartment and started working (teaching English and starting our own Ayurveda Massage business) …

Casa Prado Hotel- Boutique Comfort in La Paz, Bolivia

Casa Prado Hotel- Boutique Comfort in La Paz, Bolivia

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La Paz is so much more than its best-known accolade of the world’s highest administrative capital city (at 3650 metres breathing can become a challenge!) The city is enclosed by the Altiplano mountain range, providing breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks in all directions. Whilst concrete towers have sneaked into the skyline in places, historical cathedrals, museums and colonial buildings still …

Bolivia Hop - Backpacker transport from Peru to Bolivia

Bolivia Hop – Backpacker transport from Peru to Bolivia

Krista Medina Umandap Destination, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 41 Comments

The younger, smaller brother of the well-established Peru Hop, Bolivia Hop provides a hop-on, hop-off coach service from Cusco, Peru to La Paz, Bolivia. It’s a fantastic new extension to the Peru Hop service travelling between Lima and Cusco, filling a much-needed gap in the market for backpacker-friendly transport from Peru to Bolivia, complete with two visits to Lake Titicaca, …

Barracuda Biking - Cycling Death Road Bolivia!

Barracuda Biking – Cycling Death Road Bolivia!

Kach Umandap - Howe Destination, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 42 Comments

Have you heard of the Cycling Death Road Bolivia? Just outside of La Paz, the highest administrative Capital city in the world and nestled in the Altiplano Mountains of Bolivia, lies the world’s most dangerous road. Built in the 1930’s during the Chaco War by Paraguayan prisoners, the Yungas road from La Paz to Coroico was the first ever connection from …