Breakaway Backpacker – The Shortest Flight of My Life

Author: , July 26th, 2015

Jaime Davila - short flight

After the 28 hour bus ride from Bolivia to Paraguay that felt more like hell I was not looking forward to my next bus ride. My next bus ride was from Santa Cruz to Sucre. They say it is only a 12 hour bus ride, but can take up to 18 hours or longer depending on the conditions of the road. A 12 hour bus ride is honestly a piece of cake, but I just didn’t want to deal with being on a bus for a long time and taking a chance on it being longer.

My friend Norbert from Globotreks mentioned that you could fly throughout Bolivia cheap. I try to avoid flying because most times it’s not cheap, but thought why not check flights out. So I got online and started looking at flights. Come to find out a flight between the two cities was a bit over $40. So I thought long and hard about it… okay no I really didn’t think about it at all. I didn’t even care how much cheaper the bus was. I went straight to a tour agency and booked my flight.

The craziest thing of all was not that it was a short 30 minute flight, but that I found out that the airport I was flying out of was walking distance from my hostel. I couldn’t believe it. I am in the middle of the city and I am going to be able to walk to an airport. I have never in my life walked to the airport and thought okay this is going to be interesting so I need to document it. I keep track of my thought on long 24+ hour bus rides why not the shortest flight I will probably ever take?

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at the Breakaway Backpacker

Breakaway Backpacker – The 28 Hour Bus Ride From Hell

Author: , July 23rd, 2015

Jaime Davila bus ride

I had no plans to document my bus journey from Asuncion, Paraguay to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. I knew it was going to be a long 24 hour bus ride, but just wanted to get through it and not think about writing things down. I was at the terminal hours before the departure time to take advantage of the free WiFi. I had not had much WiFi the week I spent in Paraguay and it was a nice break, but I needed my fix. I tweeted that I would be going on a long 24 hour journey and one of my readers replied to please document my thoughts because she loved my diary entries. So I thought why not and am glad I did because it turned out to be one of the craziest bus rides I have ever taken. Here are all the thoughts I had on my bus ride from Asuncion to Santa Cruz that turned out to be 28 hours instead of 24 hours.

7:35pm – I’m on the bus and its left the terminal already. Ummmm it wasn’t supposed to leave until 8pm. Sucks for people who will miss it. Also omg this bus is like falling apart. It has no AC, the seats are shit and it’s squeaking already on a paved road. Oh lord the next 24hrs are gonna be an adventure. The good thing is I think 2 other backpackers got on so I’m not alone, but the bus is very very empty. Maybe we are going to another terminal. I have no clue and fuck I hope this is the right bus. I did say to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

7:41pm – OMG I’m sweating already. We are stopped and picking up more people. That makes me feel better. My seat is so uncomfortable though. I was already dreading this bus ride and now even more so. It’s gonna be an extra adventure because we also have to do the border crossings. I think we do the exit procedures of Paraguay in the early morning and then who knows about Bolivia. OMG I also hope I have no problem getting in with my Mexican passport. Okay I just need to breathe and let things be. As long as I arrive safe and sound to Santa Cruz, Bolivia I will be happy.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at the Breakway Backpacker

Bolivia on the Shores of Lake Titicaca

Author: , December 21st, 2014

Dany at Lake Titicaca

When we met Don Hilario, we were dead tired. We had already walked 15 kilometers, at an altitude of 12,600 feet. This random encounter, (which wasnt so random after all), was exactly what we needed to keep us going for the last five kilometers of the hike.

The old Bolivian campesino who lives right on the shore of Lake Titicaca doesnt get to see foreigners very often. So when he does, dont expect to be let off the hook any time soon. Our Lonely Planet guidebook, even though mostly unreliable in South America, was spot on in this case when it briefly mentioned you might run into an odd character named Don Hilario on the hike to Yampupata.

Yampupata itself is not really a tourist destination, a sleepy village on the lake shore, which is why there arent many unknown faces passing through here. And even though the village is connected to Copacabana, the closest town, via a dusty dirt road, it is far enough to let you forget that you were anywhere near a larger settlement. Out here, the lake shore farmers and fishermen live pretty much the same way they did fifty years ago.

By Dany – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Tripping Through South America

Author: , November 12th, 2013

South America - Google Maps

from Google Maps

South America experienced a 10 percent jump in the numbers of tourist arrivals from 2010 to 2011, the largest increase for all “sub-regions” on the planet, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Brazil reaped the largest benefits from this phenomenon, with a 32 percent increase in tourism revenues during that same time period. The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro will only further the world’s growing enchantment about a continent that offers everything from ice-capped mountains, deserts, and jungles.

Whether you’re planning a backpacking expedition or a stay in one of the continent’s historic cities, there are some logistical issues that must be tended to beforehand. Then you can enjoy all the continent has to offer with minimal hassle.

Authored By Sophie Needelman – See the Full Story at GayTravel.com

Click here for gay travel resources in South America.

Five Countries Off the Beaten Track

Author: , May 25th, 2013

VietnamWant to go somewhere away from all the tourists? GayTravel/com has a list of five fascinating countries far from the normal tourism routes. GayTravel.com reports:

Do you have a dream to travel the world? There are a lot of countries out there, and some of them are more popular than others. Though it sounds great to visit the popular ones, keep in mind that the more people visit a country, the more it’s going to cost. There are some beautiful, amazing countries out there that still have yet to be mostly undiscovered by most travelers. When heading out on your next international vacation, check out these great countries.

Head to Bolivia for Cheap Food and Accommodations, With Few Other Visitors: If you are looking for cheap vacations that allow you to eat, drink and be merry for just a few dollars a day, Bolivia is a great option. A multi-course meal will only run you about $3, and a bus ride is only about $2/hour. On top of that, a good hotel only costs about $30/night. One thing to keep in mind with Bolivia is that there are reciprocal visa fees for Americans.

GayTravel.com also reports on Vietnam, Iceland, Myanmar and Albania.