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by Tony · 2 comments

Valparaiso and the Chilean Navy

Sunset in Valparaiso with Chilean Warships

When you start traveling with no job and no plans… things get interesting.

Everyday is a balance between doing and seeing great things, saving money, and researching your next destination.

Yesterday for us was a day for saving money and researching…  but things got a little wild. After 2-3 hours of researching Southern Chile and wondering how we were going to afford flights down to Punta Arenas or endure the epic bus ride back to Santiago (over 40 hours)… we said screw it. Booked the flights and we will just figure out the rest once we get there (the cost of the flights will be accrued on the day we depart, so yesterday still counts as low spending…).

Wasn’t winging things part of the point of having this adventure and how can we call ourselves LandingStanding if we don’t try a few things that could cause us to fall on our faces?

While we were busy booking a trip to the bottom of the world, some other globe trotters were already having adventures of their own. Check out some interesting articles and insights from a few of our favorite writers:

  •  Now that I’m on the road and actually lugging my bag around, I am constantly thinking about ways to save my back and get by with less. Michael gives some great tips (a few of which I already follow) about how to pack lighter. My tip? You will pack any bag you bring to the absolute brim… so buy a smaller bag than you think you can manage with and test out what it will hold…  you might be shocked at how little you actually need!
  • I love reading about other people that are working towards their great travel adventure now that I am on the road. I can totally understand what they are going through! I thought I must really want to travel because I quit my job to do it… but working 4 jobs at once to make it happen is even crazier! Way to put us to shame, Hannah!
  • No matter how tricky a spot you find yourself on the road, there is always someone who has found out great ways to solve any travel problem. Check out some of these great low budget travel tricks that might just save your hide.
  • Traveling on a budget means looking for cheap flights… but are you willing to fly on Friday the 13th to do it?
  • Devon is getting so close to starting her RTW trip… and talks about the worst part of her planning to date. For me, the worst part of travel planning was that horrendous feeling of time slowing down as the departure date got near. It could not come soon enough!
  • “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman, Theologian — Wow. I love this quote that starts off the latest post from AdventureSauce and leads to 79 great examples of ways to come alive. What are you waiting for?

About Tony
Quit his job to try actually following his dreams for once... and is currently loving it. He is working hard to to make this life-style permanent by writing about his adventures and brainstorming money making opportunities with his partner-in-crime, Meg.

Magz January 18, 2012 at 1:18 am

a 40-hour bus ride?!?? I cannot wait to hear about what epic snacks you guys pack for that road trip…

Kipp January 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Talk to Cullens about the bus rides… I think he hit up to 20 hours on some of them. No bathroom would probably ruin it for Meg. Also, just to comment on that Friday the 13th flying… my flight out of Miami was on Thursday the 12th at 5:35PM. After mechanical problems and boarding and deplaning for 3 hours, we were then delayed another 6 hours while they searched for another flight and crew for us. So we did not end up flying out until 2:45AM on Friday the 13th and I got back to my apartment at 6:30AM. The moral of the story? You’re not even safe on the day before Friday the 13th. This was also my worst delay ever experienced and I consider myself a frequent flyer.

Customer service at AA threw me 8k miles… on a scale from 1 to 10 I’d say that’s a 6 in compensation. Could be better but at least they did something?

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