Astounding Incan ruins at Tipon – the building work is incredible
This is clearly very overdue, but I’m determined to finish what I started and these round-up posts were some of our most popular. Plus, this is the last one from our RTW! Please bear in mind that all costs are from August and September of 2013 so average prices will have changed. The exchange rate has also improved against the Pound but I’ve kept to our original figures.
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It’s all about the money, money, money
Photo credit: Doug Wheller
Since we’ve returned home there has been a consistent theme of questioning along the lines of “how on earth could you afford to travel for that long?” “You must be loaded?” “Did you win the lottery and not tell anyone?” Now this topic has been covered by tons of other travel bloggers but since the same questions are being asked we thought the info could bear a repeat visit. So, if you’re interested in how we did it, are contemplating travelling long term or if you just want to start taking more trips read on!
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Brooklyn Bridge Park on a gorgeous Saturday morning
New York City was our first visit to the United States just 4 years ago when Paul took me as a lovely birthday gift one freezing cold February. What is staggering to me is that in the 4 years since we’ve spent 5 months travelling around this great country and no matter how much of it we’ve seen there is nowhere in this vast land quite like the Big Apple. In our first visit we tried to cram in as much as possible, rushing around with wide eyes marveling at all the places we’d seen on countless movies and TV shows. The second time around couldn’t be more different.
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Without a doubt Bolivia has been our favourite country during the South America leg of the trip. The scenery is spectacular, the cities stunning and the people are clinging to their culture with all their might. We felt that northern Argentina was very heavily influenced by European culture and Peru doesn’t have the same commitment to its heritage but Bolivia, most of it was like stepping back in time.
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Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian side
Argentina was a bit of a shock to the system in terms of budget. Having come pretty much directly from South East Asia where we could live like kings for very little money it was a big transition to see prices not far off what we’d seen in the early parts of our trip in Canada and the USA. You can spend less than we did of course, I’ve made it pretty clear that we’re past dorm rooms and being really uncomfortable on transport just to save a bit of money, but it’s still an expensive country to travel in. Inflation in Argentina is currently at 30-35% meaning that the price of even milk and bread in the shops is changing on a daily basis.
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Longtails docked on the beach – Andaman Sea
We first visited Thailand 5 years ago, it sounds like a short time but it feels a lot longer now that we’ve seen the rapidly developing jewel of Asia again. We really enjoyed our previous visit but the 6 weeks we’ve spent in Thailand this year have truly been some of the best of the trip and have taken our love for Thailand to a whole new level.
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