In Buenos Aires/ Machu Picchu

I’m Going to South America!

It’s been one year since I told you that I quit my dream job. Now I am about to start another journey, one that may take me around the world.

To be honest, I should’ve done this earlier. When I left my job, I told everyone it was so I could start my writing business (which was true), but I got so caught up in meeting people’s career expectations for me that I gave up a huge passion of mine: travel. Not just leisure travel, but real travel. Travel that puts you in uncomfortable places, makes you cross paths with incredible people, forces you to see the world through new eyes. I want to get out of my comfort zone; I want to learn from people around the world; I want to know their struggles, their joys, their worries, their hopes. I want to write about them.

So, starting April 13, I’m going to live and work in South America for a bit.

Oh my gosh, are you crazy??

A little bit.

Why South America?

It was calling to me. I want to learn Spanish. And I’ve never been before.

How long will you be there?

It could be as short as three weeks, or as long as three months. Not sure yet.

Where will you go?

First Cuzco, Peru, where I’ll partake in Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations and visit Machu Picchu…

Traditional dress in Cuzco, Peru

Girls wearing traditional clothing in Cuzco, Peru. (Photo credit: photos by blperk)

Plaza de Armas Cuzco

Plaza de Armas in Cuzco, Peru (Photo credit: Minamie’s Photo)

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu in Peru. (Photo credit: jared_smith)

then Buenos Aires, Argentina…

casa rosada

Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires. (Photo credit: valkyrieh116)

Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires. (Photo credit:   David Berkowitz

Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires. (Photo credit: David Berkowitz


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From there, who knows? :) I want to hop around to different South American countries. Any suggestions?

Isn’t that expensive?

Not as expensive as my previous lifestyle. This is just one of many things I want to prove to you through this trip: Travel is not expensive. Settling down with a mortgage or rent, buying a car, having a fancy smartphone with an extensive data plan, and living in one place is expensive. I will share with you detailed records of my expenses while I travel, so you can know just how much it all costs. 

And for the record, the flights to Peru and back cost $200 less than my rent in California. The one-bedroom apartment I’ll be living in in Argentina costs $400 less per month than my 400-square-foot studio in California. 

Long-term, no-frills travel is often much cheaper than living in the U.S. Having said that, for this trip, I could have chosen much less expensive destinations and accommodations had I wanted to.

Aren’t you afraid?

All the time. I’ve just learned not to let fear dictate my actions.

Learning to Adjust…and Trust

“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon

Ain’t that the truth? The original plan was to travel the world for a year or more, non-stop, hitting all seven continents. But something happened recently that may convince me to change those plans–in a good way. :) So we’ll see!

The past few months have shown me that for all our planning, the future is never certain, and what at first may seem crazy or terrifying can turn out to be a miracle. I ask for your prayers and support as I start this new journey. Stay tuned to the blog–I promise to post more often! Lots of good stuff to come!

See you on the road,


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  • Megan @ The Whynott Blog
    March 16, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    You are crazy, but I heart you. I’m also painfully jealous. I can’t wait to read all about your adventures! :D

    • Amy
      March 20, 2014 at 12:46 am

      Thank you, Megan! I heart you too. :)

  • Will Castillo
    March 16, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Amy! That is awesome!!! But you gotta come to Barranquilla, Colombia!

    • Amy
      March 20, 2014 at 12:47 am

      Will! Bogota was originally part of my plans! You wouldn’t BELIEVE how many people freaked out when I told them I want to travel to Colombia alone. I think I’ll add Colombia onto my trip once again. I’ll hit you up for some tips.

  • Lynne Guey
    March 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Amazing news. Congrats on taking the plunge, Amy. Look forward to reading about all your (mis)adventures :)

    • Amy
      March 20, 2014 at 12:49 am

      Well, I remember you told me in December to always choose the option that scares me most. ;)

  • CN
    March 16, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    YAY!! I have been missing your posts! Be sure to tell us everything about your journey!! I know I, and I’m sure everyone else cant wait! Safe trip!! :D

    • Amy
      March 20, 2014 at 12:48 am

      I’m flattered you read my posts! Thank you for the sweet comment.

  • Cassie
    March 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Exciting news! I love Peru but haven’t made it to Argentina yet. Congratulations on making this big move!

    • Amy
      March 20, 2014 at 12:48 am

      Thanks, Cassie! I’m excited!

  • Angela Travels
    March 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I love South America! If you get a chance, head to Wasai Lodge in Peru! I have a post on my blog with details if interested. Also, try to make it to Patagonia as well. Such a gorgeous place. I agree it is not that expensive when you think about paying rent or mortgage or car loans, etc.

    • Amy
      March 20, 2014 at 12:48 am

      Thanks, Angela! Patagonia looks breathtaking. I’ll have to figure out how to get down there.

  • Melissa - The Mellyboo Project
    April 2, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Hooray!!! I am so proud of you hun! Admittedly, I’ve been behind on my favourite blogs, and have JUST found out about your trip. I hope you have the most incredible time, and I hope this trip gives you everything you wish to find :)

    All the best, I can’t wait to follow along!

    • Amy
      April 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Melissa! Thanks so much for the comment. I remember talking to you back in 2012 because I admired you for your awesome travel blog and your adventures. Thanks for all your kind words and advice. Hope we get to meet one day on the road! :)

  • Mariana
    April 4, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Amy, great to read you will be visiting my country, Argentina. I live in Buenos Aires, some years ago I used to be an expat living in China, so I know how does it feel to be in a city for the first time without local friends, so I always like to help visitors or expats living here.

    I love my city and I hope you will too, if you need any help regarding security issues, wich places you should visit, convenients hotels or areas to stay, transportation, good restaurants or bars, write me some lines, I will be glad to help you. Enjoy your latin experience!

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