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Best Of The Rest – The Weekly Roundup

by Meg · 4 comments

World travel can be tough... But totally worth it!

I have been confined to my bed in Cusco, Peru for the past week due to an unlucky brush-in with food poisoning. After questioning life several times, losing plenty of body fluids, dragging myself to a medical clinic in foreign territory, and  being on four different types of  antibiotics, you think I would just throw in the towel and go home.

Heck no!

Yes, when you are sick on the road, it quite possibly is one of the worst experiences ever. However, the past three months of our RTW have been so enriching and exciting that I cannot even imagine going home. Every hardship on the road is well worth the reward of world travel.

I know I am not the only person who feels this way. Other travel bloggers understand this madness to travel.  Here are this week’s examples of  why travelling the globe rocks… no matter what:

  • After touring Southeast Asia this summer, Tony and I may head to Australia and New Zealand. Our only hesitancy around travelling to these two countries revolves around our limited budget, as both destinations are rumored to be extremely pricey. If we do decide to venture to this region of the Pacific, our wallet may only allow us to visit one of these beautiful countries. Which one would you choose?
  • It’s the classic game of “Would You Rather?”  Caroline from 9 – 5 would like to know if you would rather splurge on accommodation or food?  If you know Tony and I well enough, than you know our answer is pretty obvious.
  • Ever dream about travelling to exotic Western North Carolina? Mmm probably not… But would you be more inclined to travel there if you knew Hunger Games was filmed there? District 12, Katniss, and Peeta, here I come!
  • Having just visited Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia, I was curious to read the photo essay on the Bolivian Salt Flats in the Huffington Post.  Once I clicked on the article, I noticed that the essay was compiled by our travel buddy, Linda Xiao. This goes to show that the backpacker community makes the world feel even smaller. Congrats Linda on your published work!
  • While in Chile, Tony and I were only able to spend 24 hours in beautiful Valparaiso. I wish we got to spend more time in this city to fully experience the rich culture of the unique beach town. Reading about Stephanie’s experience in Valparaiso has me longing to go back!
  • I always find it funny that my mom is a complete worrywart about my safety travelling the world but barely worried about my safety back in the states. Sure, being a female traveler can be risky, but if you take the proper precautions, is it really more dangerous than life in your hometown? Probably not. Julia of “The Epic Adventurer” reminds us that fearing the outside world is not a legitimate excuse to say “no” to RTW travel.
  • According to Travel Tweaks, Japan, India, Thailand, and France are the world’s best foodie destinations. I am travelling to France in a few weeks and Thailand this summer and will be able to put these cuisines to the test, but do you think are there any other countries that should be on this list?

About Meg
Exhausted from traveling every week as a Business Management Consultant early in my career, I took a year off in 2012 to travel at my own pace. I am a high-energy girl that loves being active, eating food, drinking wine, and exploring the world with my partner-in-crime (and husband), Tony! I now reside in Portland, Oregon and continue to write about travel, food, wine, and the awesome adventures we have in the Pacific NW!

Emily in Chile March 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Feel better, girl!

Meg March 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

Thanks Emily! Food poisoning is so common amongst backpackers in Bolivia and Peru that getting it is almost part of an initiation into the two countries… How how I miss Chile!

Abigail Van Gelder March 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm

We get mild food poisoning so often, the worst is that Josh’s system moves faster than me and I always know it’s coming when he gets sick first.


Meg March 27, 2012 at 10:40 am

Oh no that’s horrible! I am typically more daring with trying foreign food than Tony, but his stomach is stomach seems to be a lot more sensitive than mine… Then again, he hasn’t had to go see a doctor yet like silly me!

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