Backpacking in Australia – Breakaway Backpacker

Author: , December 11th, 2017

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You know how in video games; the main character is always on the go with nothing but the supplies he can carry on his back? Backpacking lets you live as a video game character as you set forth on the great adventure of discovering the world and meeting new faces along the way.

See the world like never before

Backpacking is you as the main character of an RPG, taking on side quests, conquering monsters, and saving the world. Well, the quests are menial jobs to support yourself as you go, and the monsters are your fears and the saving the world bit might be a stretch, but you get the point.

Travelling the world, the way these backpackers do, immerses you in a full mix of culture and challenges, wherein you come out a brand-new person. And with its vast open spaces, heritage, and abundance of kangaroos, Australia is a place like no other. In fact, you might fall in love with the city and stay there forever.

For a small continent, it has enough places for you to stay for more than a year.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker

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Breakaway Backpacker – Revisiting Fez, The City I Hate Most

Author: , November 9th, 2015

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Nothing pisses me off more than when I ask someone who has traveled extensively what place they loved or hated most and they avoid answering with a direct answer because they are scared to insult one place or another. You know they answer with, “Oh I can’t answer that, they’re all special in their own way.” or say something along the lines that they are like their children and blah blah blah. I say it’s bullshit… we all have our favorites and places maybe we don’t hate but dislike. I answer those questions in a heartbeat. Cairo is the city I love most (even though Istanbul is the most beautiful) and well Fez is the city I hate most.

It’s probably obvious why Cairo is my favorite, but it’s more to it than just him…lol. As for Fez and why I hate it so much. Oh… I wrote an entire blog post as to why I hated it. You can read it here: “I can’t love them all… Yes I hated Fez!” I just will never forget how everything went wrong from the get go and was just a tough city to explore on my own or even with a group of people. I also remember clearly how it was also part of the reason I almost went home during my first trip around the world.

In the span of a week I went from visiting one of the places I love most to one I hate the most. I was only visiting Morocco to revisit Chefchaouen, but the cheapest flight back to Spain was from Fez. Fez also happened to be only a 4 hour bus ride from Chefchaouen so I thought why not revisit the city I hate most. It had been 4 years and since then I think I have grown and see things different. I also thought people deserve second chances so shouldn’t cities too?

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker

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Breakaway Backpacker – Experiencing Benidorm LGBT Pride!

Author: , October 19th, 2015

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When you think of gay destinations in Spain or in Europe I am sure both Madrid and Barcelona are the first to pop up in your head. Well I’d like to share with you what my Benidorm Pride experience was like. If you are like me I am sure you haven’t heard much about Benidorm aside from the fact that it’s a huge beach resort town where the drinks are cheap.

Those times are changing because it’s now a bit more sophisticated than just that. It actually has a lot to offer and one of them is an amazing LGBT scene. As part of the #MyGayPride campaign I was invited to Benidorm for it’s 5th LGBT Pride Parade. I arrived with no expectations and was blown away.

It’s a seven day affair leading up to the main event, the parade itself and after parties. Things really got going on Thursday night with the White Party hosted at the plaza of Mirador del Castillo in the Old Town with stunning views of Benidorm. The entire time I was there I just couldn’t believe the venue. Of all the parties I’ve been to this was hands down the best venue ever. The crowd was great with just about everyone dressed in white and amazing music to dance to all night long.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at the Breakaway Backpacker | Comunidad Valenciana, Spain Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Breakaway Backpacker – 24 Hours in Paris

Author: , October 15th, 2015

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Stories written about Paris can fill a stadium and I am sure photos taken of Paris can too. Especially photos taken of it’s icons. We all know Paris… we have seen it in movies, TV shows and just about every media outlet possible. It’s the city of lights, a city of romance and a city millions dream of visiting once in their lives.

It’s a beautiful city and is no wonder why the world loves it. I didn’t have plans to revisit this city for a long time, but since all my plans in Europe changed the opportunity arose for me to go back and visit friends I made on the road. So I thought why not and went back for 2 days. I had one full day while I was there and decided to walk to all it’s icons. Yes I had seen them all before, but it’s Paris so why not see them again!

My hostel was located a few blocks from the Sacred Heart of Paris so decided to start there and make a circle around Paris walking from icon to icon. I started my day at 9am and finished at 6pm. If you have 24 hours in Paris this is a perfect manageable walk that anyone can do. That morning I literally grabbed a map and circled all the main icons of Paris and just walk from one to the other. Start from the nearest icon to you and make a loop. Yes it’s that easy!!! My loop went in the order of the photos below.

By Jamie Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker | Paris Gay Travel Resources

Breakaway Backpacker – Stockholm in Photos

Author: , September 7th, 2015

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I was in Stockholm as part of the #MyGayPride campaign to cover many of the Stockholm Pride festivities. During that time I was busy going from one place to another, staying up late partying a bit and really felt like I didn’t have time to explore the city like I normally do when I visit a city. I love walking around for hours and hours and love getting lost and go crazy taking photos.

After the sponsored portion of my time was done I decided to stay 2 more nights on my own, because I was honestly loving Stockholm and wanted to see more. I searched for a cheap hostel and well they aren’t cheap in Scandinavia, but found one for $30 a night and am glad I stayed two extra days to explore on my own. That’s when I really learned to appreciate the true beauty of Stockholm. That’s when I realized… Stockholm is, but one big labyrinth.

Imagine a labyrinth dating back to the 13th century with medieval alleyways, cobbled streets, and arches. Now imagine being able to actually explore and get lost in that labyrinth. Well you can! I’m talking about the labyrinth that is Gamla Stan… Stockholm’s Old Town. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252 and today it’s actually one of the best preserved medieval city centers in Europe.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at the Breakway Backpacker | Sweden Gay Travel Resources

Breakaway Backpacker – The Shortest Flight of My Life

Author: , July 26th, 2015

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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 – A Stolen Debit Card, and a Fling in Brazil

Author: , June 12th, 2015

Jaime DavilaThere I stood at the ATM and my card was not working. I had already tried at 4 different ATMs. I was upset and running out of cash and really needed to get cash out. I planned to enjoy some relaxing time in a small town and instead spent it with a bank.

I went back to the hostel and called the bank. That is when I found out my debit card was compromised and why it didn’t allow me to withdraw any money. I asked how and they said, someone had cloned the card and was also attempting to withdraw and let me know a new one had to be sent to me.

I was beyond pissed and asked how long it would take and they said anywhere from 5 – 10 days. As soon as I heard that I knew that the 10 days I wanted to spend on Ilha Grande were not going to happen because I only had about $100 cash on me and no way that would last that long. Dealing with the bank turned out to be a nightmare mostly because of the shitty WiFi I had in the hostel.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakway Backpacker | Brazil Gay Travel Resources

Breakaway Backpacker – Making the Best of Bad Circumstances in Brazil

Author: , June 4th, 2015

Jaime DavilaI try to never make actual plans because they always change for one reason or another. I had heard about this amazing island between Paraty & Rio de Janeiro called Isla Grande. I had heard that it had amazing beaches all over and to get to most of them you must hike to them. I was sold… amazing beaches and hiking, I’m all about that.

Yes I have become a bit obsessed with hiking now and actually love it. By this point in my trip I had been on the road about 3 months and was tired of moving around and tired of figuring things out. What I needed was a vacation and thought a 10 day vacation on Isla Grande would be just what I needed. That is what I planned, but that is not what happened.

Instead I had horrible weather and had to get back to Paraty in a few days and wait for my debit card. Yes while I was in Paraty my debit card was compromised and ended up spending majority of my time with the bank. It’s a long story I will explain in my next post. In the end I only spent 5 days in Isla Grande and given the circumstances I still managed to have a good time.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at The Breakway Backpacker | Brazil Gay Travel Resources

Breakaway Backpacker – Buenos Aires in Photos

Author: , May 14th, 2015

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If you have been following my blog or Instagram for a while you know I love street art. I have shared tons of street art from around the world and am obsessed. I have heard of street art tours and knew they were offered in some cities around the world. I have always wanted to take one, but was never in a city that offered one. That all changed when I arrived in Buenos Aires. While I was Buenos Aires I took my 1st street art tour with Buenos Aires Street Art and loved it.

Buenos Aires Street Art is an organization that supports the local street art scene and its artists. They organize mural projects, commissions and even wrote a book about Buenos Aires street art. They also run a blog that documents the amazing creativity to be found in the streets of Buenos Aires showcasing some spectacular artworks and featuring interviews with the most talented artists working in the city. They also offer Street Art tours that will take you off the beaten track to show you the biggest murals in Buenos Aires located in neighborhoods that aren’t in the tourist guidebooks.

During the street art tour I learned quite a bit about the street art scene in Buenos Aires. The city has some of the most relaxed laws on street art in the world. All you have to do to paint a wall is get the owners permission.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker | Argentina Gay Travel Resources

Breakaway Backpacker – How to Plan The W in Torres del Paine National Park

Author: , May 9th, 2015

The W in Torres del Paine National Park

One of the things you hear often once you arrive in Patagonia on either side Chile or Argentina and are making your way down is…

“Are you going to do The W?”

You are asked over and over again and if you bump into people who are making their way up Patagonia you hear their stories and it just sounds amazing. The thing is though before arriving down there I knew it was something I wanted to do, but didn’t really know what it was. I had read about it in the Lonely Planet guide South America on a Shoestring and it seemed amazing. The one problem I had though is that I had no clue how to do it? Like seriously it seemed so hard to actually plan it. I spent countless hours searching online for a guide to tell me exactly how to plan the damn thing, but nothing. As I searched just found articles on what to bring or general information. I honestly wanted someone to hold my hand and walk me through the entire process of planning it.

I was about to give up on it and not do it, because I just couldn’t figure it out. Lucky for me though no joke as I was walking back from hiking in El Chalten on the streets someone yelled my name, I turned around and it was two of my friends I made while hiking in Puerto Varas. They had just arrived from doing The W and we went to dinner and they literally walked me through everything. I took notes and as soon as I arrived in El Calafate and after seeing Glacier Perito Moreno I spent my time booking everything for the W. Before I knew it I arrived in Puerto Natalas and still had no clue what I was doing.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker | Argentina Gay Travel Resources