Monthly Archives: April 2014

6 months on the road…

6 Months On The Road

During my 6 months on the road I have visited 4 countries and traveled over half the length of the continent and back again. My plans have consistently changed, sometimes from day to day, but it has been an awesome experience. Of course it has not been all plain sailing and things have gone wrong, but good or bad, experiences are experiences.

Below are a few stats to illustrate my journey and to give others a better idea on the costs of travelling in South America for 6 months. For a more detailed account of my adventures click here.

The Route: 

 

Total Distance Traveled: 11447 Km / 7113 Miles

Total Distance by Plane: 4522 Km / 2810 Miles

Total Distance by Bus: 6819 Km / 4237 miles

Total Distance by Boat: 106 km / 66 Miles

Average Distance Per Day: 61.21 Km / 38 Miles


Expenditure 

Total Spent: £4933.67 in 187 days = £26.38 a day

Total Spent In Peru: £212.33 in 7 days = £30 a day

Total Spent in Bolivia: £2448.19 in 127 days = £19.27 a day

Total Spent in Argentina: £992.07 in 28 days = £35.43 a day

Total Spent In Chile: £1281.08 in 25 days = £51.97 a day

Average Monthly Spending: £822.27


Favorite Hostel: Hostel Lao (Mendoza, Argentina)

Favorite Photo: 

Sunset on Lak Titicaca

Sunset on Lake Titicaca

 


 

Review

My average monthly spending is well under the recommended £1000 per month so I am pretty happy. I have not really been complying to a strict budget either. I have taken various flights, luxury buses and have eaten out in restaurants on numerous occasions. Adding in the amount of partying I have been doing and its still a pretty sweet figure. I know for sure that its possible to spend a hell of a lot less. The total figure also includes a hefty whack of £214 to extend my travel insurance for a further 4 months. My spending should drop considerably for the next few months because living in Bolivia is pretty damn cheap. All that said though, the month I will spend in Brazil for the World Cup will absolutely destroy my funds and budget. Stay tuned for the end result!

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March

What Happened in March? 

March has been a really good month. I have had some pretty decent nights out in Sucre with lots of fun on the way. I have been some what addicted to watching CNN on their coverage of the missing Malaysian plane and even missed out on some nights out because of it.

Marion took me mountain biking to the village of Yotala which was really nice. It felt good to be back on a bike again and being out in the country side apart from getting a puncture on the fastest downhill section. The problem was worsened by the lack of a tyre lever in the repair kit so we had to improvise getting the tyre off with some similar shaped stones.

By far the best moment of the month was briefly Dj’ing in Florin. There were 2 dj’s from La Paz playing that night but they went missing until 11pm so my friend asked if I would fill in. I only got to dj for 15 minutes but the buzz I got was amazing playing music to about 100 people.

I also met a Bolivian international footballer in Florin, named Mauricio Saucedo.

 

Countries Visited: Bolivia

Bolivia: Sucre

Total Distance Traveled: 0 Km / 0 miles

Distance Traveled by air: 0 km / 0 miles

Distance Traveled on bus: 0 Km / 0 miles

Distance Traveled by boat: 0 km / 0 miles

What I Spent

Bolivia: £642.15 in 31 days = £20.71 a day

Total Spent: £642.15 in 31 days = £20.71 a day

This figure is a bit misleading as I had to extend my travel insurance for a further 4 months with a cost of £214. But apart from this is has been a fairly cheap month.

What I Listened To

3 Most Played Tunes: 

  1. “In Search Of Sunrise 3” by Dj Tiesto
  2. “Dreaming” by Ruff Driverz
  3. “So Here We Are” by Bloc Party

What I Have Been Watching: Breaking Bad Season 4, The Walking Dead season 4

What Have I Been Reading: “The Marching Powder” by Rusty Young (Re-reading)

Best Part: Dj’ing in Florin. Its been a dream for over 10 years and although very brief it was such an amazing experience. I just hope Its possible for another experience in the near future.

Worst Part: Having to say goodbye to my good friend Sarah. Sucre will truly not be the same without her 😦

Favourite Drink: Cuba Libre

The Beer I Drank Most: Huari, Bolivia

Favourite Bar: Cafe Florin, Sucre Bolivia

Favourite Club: Stigma, Sucre Bolivia

Favourite Hostel: Did not stay in a hostel

My Favourite Photo: 

San Felipe Convert

San Felipe Convert

Whats Next? In April I hope to actually do some more activities and leave Sucre for a few days. High on the list is doing some mountain biking in La Paz. I also plan on going to Uyuni when Marion is working there next and during her time off visiting one of the villages around the salt flats and watching the sunset.