Overall, we’ve tried to toe the line, bringing enough for most, but not all situations. Andrea and I even brought our bags on hikes in Seattle to get a feel for what life would be like with so many or so few things.
We’ve learned that we can’t go 100% all the time. It’s important to take time now and again for a “personal admin day” when we have lots to do or a “spontaneous weekend” when we’re just plain tired.
We’ve traveled all of Colombia from north to south by bus, taken wrong turns, and felt the hairs on the back of our necks stand up more than once, but, so far, besides the occasional rip-off at a store, we have been blessed with a problem-free trip.
Although it’s no one’s travel dream to spend a night being jostled around on a bus, we’ve found it kills a few birds with one stone: it’s a great way to cover some serious ground (at least 10 hours of travel), get (some) sleep, and avoid paying for a night at a hostel.
Whether we’re huddled together at a bus station making a game plan, at the beach, or in a nice hostel, we always have our phones handy. We’re using Android phones and these are the apps we just can’t travel without.
Before we cross a border, Andrea and I always take at least a few hours to get our bearings and plan for the next country. We do research online, but also rely on word of mouth.
We were greeted with blue skies, long lines for the money exchange house, scores of classic 1950’s cars, and all kinds of people making their way through the city. With no cell phone service, no WiFi, and no plan, we felt like we’d traveled back in time.