Archive for the ‘Central and South America’ Category

Eating Locally While Traveling

Eating Locally While Traveling
It’s part of the unspoken backpacker code: in order to be a real traveler, you need to buy your meals from a street vendor rather than some fancy-schmancy (and expensive) tourist restaurant. But as Shadia Garrison, The Mindful Tourist points out in her post below, your on-the-road dinner choices...
April 13th, 2009 | Bolivia, Budget Travel, Costa Rica, Dispatches from the Road, Food & Wine, Mexico | Read More

Lost in Colombia: The Coffeeshops of Cartagena

Lost in Colombia: The Coffeeshops of Cartagena
ADP: Even if you’re hard at work on a big project (in my case, a book!) every Lost Girl needs a vacation. This year, I took mine in Cartagena, Colombia and posted about my experiences for the fabulous travel website Jaunted. This week and next, I’ll be sharing dispatches from my journey,...
April 9th, 2009 | Blogging Your Trip, City Travel, Colombia, Couples Travel, Dispatches from the Road, Food & Wine, Websites and Blogs | Read More

Lost in Colombia: Getting What We Paid for on Avianca

Lost in Colombia: Getting What We Paid for on Avianca
ADP: Even if you’re hard at work on a big project (in my case, a book!) every Lost Girl needs a vacation. This year, I took mine in Cartagena, Colombia and posted about my experiences for the fabulous travel website Jaunted. All this week, I’ll be sharing dispatches from my journey, and (hopefully)...
March 23rd, 2009 | Air, Colombia, Couples Travel, Dispatches from the Road, Health & Safety, Leaving & Coming Home, Websites and Blogs | Read More

Creative Ways to Save for Travel: Move to Latin America

Creative Ways to Save for Travel: Move to Latin America
by Kyle Hepp So the last time the Lost Girls heard from me, I had just married my Chilean husband, was adjusting to life as a newlywed expat in Chile and trying to save money for a trip around the world. Well, guess what I’m doing now – still trying to save money for a trip around the...
March 3rd, 2009 | Budget Travel, Chile, Couples Travel, Dispatches from the Road, Finances & Savings, Leaving & Coming Home, Lost Girl of the Week, Quitting & Career Management | Read More

10 Most Popular Backpacker Destinations

10 Most Popular Backpacker Destinations
Not all travel companies are feeling the pinch of the global recession. This week, the folks at the UK-based Hostelling International (HHI) reported that their bookings are at an all-time high-about 14 percent more people booked accommodations on their site (hihostels.com) in 2008 than a year earlier....
February 2nd, 2009 | Argentina, Backpacking & Trekking, France, Hostels, Italy, Spain, Staying There, Traveling Solo & Together, United States, Websites and Blogs | Read More

What We Did in Buenos Aires: How The Lost Girls Began

What We Did in Buenos Aires: How The Lost Girls Began
Yesterday night, after making a vain attempt to clean up some random files on my trusty iBook, I came across this destination article that I wrote for a now-defunct magazine called Travel Savvy. The piece never did see the light of day-the magazine folded in 2005, just days after I submitted it to...
May 7th, 2008 | Argentina, City Travel, Dispatches from the Road, Lost Girls RTW Adventure | Read More

Lost Girl of the Week: Julie Stone

Lost Girl of the Week: Julie Stone
As much as Jen, Holly and I loved traveling together as a dynamic trio of girlfriends, we always wondered what it might be like to do a similar trip with a boyfriend. Happily, our questions were answered after stumbling upon Globestompers.com, created by fellow backpacker diva Julie Stone, and her fiance...
April 30th, 2008 | Adventure Travel, Argentina, Backpacking & Trekking, Brazil, Car, Couples Travel, Fitness & Workouts, Lost Girl of the Week, Lost Girls, Wildlife & Animals | Read More

Antarctica: A long way down

Antarctica: A long way down
Ushuaia is known as both del fin del mundo (translation: the end of the world) and the beginning of the journey to Antarctica from South America. Convicts helped construct its streets, bridges, and buildings after the Argentinean government built a jail here in the early 1900s. Officials figured wannabe-escape...
April 20th, 2008 | Adventure Travel, Antarctica, Argentina, Fitness & Workouts, Packing & Wardrobe, Planning | Read More

Lost in Ecuador: Sink or Swim in Baños

Lost in Ecuador: Sink or Swim in Baños
In Spanish, the word baños actually means “bathroom,” so I found it amusing that an entire town christened was such (but I promise to spare you attempts at potty humor in this post). My bf Jeff and I learned that the name actually refers to the thermal hot springs, or baths, that well...
March 18th, 2008 | Adventure Travel, Couples Travel, Ecuador, Food & Wine, Hostels, Tours & Attractions | Read More

Lost in Ecuador: Lava on the Rocks

Lost in Ecuador: Lava on the Rocks
Wiped out from the endless rain showers that had soaked us to the skin in Mindo, Jeff and I decided that we might have better luck with the weather in the town of Baños, home of the Tungurahua volcano. True, the big cone had blown its top just 8 days before our arrival in Ecuador (sending a smoldering...
March 17th, 2008 | Adventure Travel, Couples Travel, Ecuador, Hostels, Tours & Attractions | Read More