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Border Control: That Time I Went to Argentina for Absolutely No Reason

I’m very lucky to carry a British passport. It makes my life wonderfully easy at border crossings around the world – particularly in South America, where I’ve watched numerous Americans being forced to hand over wads of dollars for a visa I get for free. The bad thing, however, is that an English passport is […]

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Hey Tarija, Where’s the Wine?!

When you think of wine and South America, Bolivia doesn't immediately spring to mind. The country isn't exactly famed for its wining and dining expertise – unless you head to Tarija, a small, relatively unknown city in the south of the country that is home to the vast majority of Bolivia's vineyards. And at an […]

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Getting Stuck In to Sucre’s Food Scene

You might not have noticed, but my travels have been slowing down again somewhat since I reached Bolivia. Not to say they're ending – not by a long shot! – but I'm choosing to spend a lot longer in each place I travel to. First I spent almost five weeks in La Paz, and now […]

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How to Live the Local Life in Bogotá

“Welcome to Bogotá!” Felipe shouted, joyfully, as we raced over yet another gaping hole in the road. His words were almost whipped from his mouth by the wind; I held on tighter to the back of his leather jacket, and scanned the streets for unseen graffiti as we turned up yet another side street. If […]

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The Magic and Madness of Medellin: Colombia’s “Most Dangerous City”

Do you know what it’s like to arrive at an airport and watch as someone checks your Colombian passport? To listen as they say, in a slow voice of recognition – “Your name is Pablo… and you’re from a city called Medellin… please come this way for a moment…” That’s what Pablo, our Medellin tour […]

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Saying Goodbye on the Road

One of the worst things about travelling is having to say goodbye. Whether it’s to friends and family when you first start a trip, or to the people you meet on the road who disappear from your life as quickly as they entered, it’s always sad making that inevitable farewell. And when you’re travelling by […]

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Modern Day Life in the Amazon Jungle

“We’ve seen more of the world in one day than she has in her whole life,” said Sam, disbelievingly, as we trudged back through the humid Amazon jungle. We’d been out on a day’s hike to reach a secluded waterfall, and the young Ecuadorian girl skipping along beside us had acted as our guide for […]

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Volunteering with Children Abroad: the Issues You Should Know

When looking for volunteering projects in foreign countries, one of the first things to catch people’s eye is working with children. There are so many orphaned and impoverished children around the world in need of love, care and affection, and those of us who want to help know that we have the ability to deliver […]

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Six Days for $900: Doing the Galapagos on a Budget

“How cheap can we really be in the Galapagos?!” Sherri’s voice carried quickly in the early morning air, as a mother walking her son to school looked back over her shoulder at us. Along the road, cars filled with diving gear and men in board shorts passed by. We were waiting for our tour guide to […]

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The Salcantay Trek: Why I Closed my Eyes at Machu Picchu

This is the final installment of a three part series about my trek to Machu Picchu. Read the first and second installments here! The Incas were blessed with ridiculously small feet. I know this for absolute certain because, while mine are a modest UK size 5.5, I still spent the majority of my time at […]

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