4 Months of Full-Time Travel and Vlogging
Wow! Sorry it's been so long since my last post. I've been busy learning how to be a full-time traveler and vlogger. I promise to do better in the future! If you haven't already, please check out my YouTube channel. I post a new video every week documenting my full time travel adventure. Ok, so without further ado, let's catch you up on my first four months of full-time travel!
4 Months and 4 Countries
I am traveling with a program called Remote Year. As part of that program, I travel with a group of professionals to 12 different countries, over a 12-month period. I started my 12-month program in March and have been to 4 countries so far.
The first city I lived in was Lima, Peru. If I could describe Lima in one word, it would be: Ceviche. Ceviche is raw fish marinated in lime juice seasoned with onions, salt and cilantro. It's simple but when done right, tastes amazing!
I stayed in a cute three bedroom apartment in the Miraflores neighborhood with two other Remote Year travelers. Miraflores is an upscale neighborhood that runs right up to the beautiful cliffs overlooking the coast of of Lima. There are parks, trendy restaurants and lots of shops. I never once felt unsafe in Miraflores. I will definitely stay in the Miraflores neighborhood again when I return to Lima.
My Apartment in the Miraflores Neighborhood of Lima, Peru
After about two weeks in the city, I need some fresh air, so I hopped on a flight down to Cusco, Peru. Cusco is a beautiful city but I didn't have much time to explore it. We immediately headed on hikes to Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain. I can't stress enough how important it is to see both of these places when you visit Peru. Machu Picchu is a beautiful man-made wonder and Rainbow Mountain is an equally beautiful nature-made wonder. I was emotionally moved at both places.
We hiked the 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It wasn't a difficult hike and anyone in decent health should be able to do it. There is a more arduous 4-day hike available as well and I definitely want to go back and experience that hike. If hiking isn't your thing, then you can just take a bus to Machu Picchu. No matter how you get there, Machu Picchu is a must see!
Watch me Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Just one day after hiking to Machu Picchu, we decided to hike Rainbow Mountain. While this hike is only 15 kilometers and only takes about 3 hours, don't let that full you. This hike is very challenging! What makes it so difficult is the altitude. The summit of Rainbow Mountain is at an altitude of 5200 meters (17060 feet). By comparison, Everett Base Camp is only slightly higher at 5389 meters (17,680 feet). You'll also hike above the snow line, so it goes from warm to cold pretty quickly. You should dress in layers, so you can adjust to the changing temperature.
Watch Me Hike to Rainbow Mountain Peru
After Peru, we headed to Santiago, Chile. This was my least favorite city of the four Latin American cities I lived in over the last four months. Not because it's a bad city, but because the other cities were so great. Santiago reminds me more of a European city rather than a Latin American city. Not that being similar to a European city is bad, but it didn't have the same unique identity as the other cities I visited.
Tour of My Apartment in Santiago Chile
Even though I wasn't crazy about Santiago, the other parts of Chile I visited were amazing. Especially Patagonia! Words, video, and photographs can not capture how beautiful Patagonia is. You have to visit to understand.
We spent our days hiking and kayaking through Torres del Paine National Park. To get to Torres del Paine National Par, we flew into Punta Arenas at the southern most point of Patagonia. From there we rented a car and drove 4 hours north, to the park. On the way we stopped in the town of Puerto Natales and rented some hiking boots and cold weather gear. I travel carry on only. So one of my travel hacks is to just rent hiking boots and other gear I need, instead of hauling that gear around and not using it 99 percent of the time.
Watch Us Hike Beautiful Patagonia
Next we jetted off to Medellin, Colombia. To be completely honest, I wasn't too excited about Colombia when I saw it on my Remote Year itinerary. My only knowledge of Colombia consisted of Narco and Pablo Escobar. I knew it was becoming popular with digital nomads but I didn't have any real desire to visit. I was wrong! I was completely blown away by Colombia. It's now one of my most favorite travel destinations and I definitely plan on returning in the future.
I lived in the El Poblado neighborhood of Medellin. El Poblado is popular with expats
and digital nomads. There is coffee and wifi to be had at the numerous co-working spots all over the neighborhood. I worked at Selina, which is a picturesque co-working space that also rents apartments, rooms and bunks. Selina's are all over Latin America. It's a hostel, motel, hotel and co-working space all wrapped into one. No matter what your budget is you can probably afford to stay at a Selina. This was my first Selina, and I fell in love with the franchise. I stayed in the Selina in Puerto Escondido in Mexico and it was even more amazing. I can't recommend Selina enough!
I did so many cool things outside of Medellin. I went to a coffee plantation and saw the process of making coffee from seed to cup; I ate over 30 exotic fruits at a fruit tasting tour; and I visited the town of Guatape where we climbed the "rock," jumped off a bridge, and went wake boarding. I'll definitely be returning to Colombia in the future!
Watch My Guatape Video Here