This is pretty much verbatim what is written on the “About This Blog” page. I just felt I needed to say it out loud.
This blog will not be like other travel blogs, posts and publications (like International Living) where you will only be told how wonderful everything is. Although International Living was my catalyst for this adventure, they are in it to make money. They provide a “teaser” article, then offer more information….at a price. For example, I had a question. I was told I could buy the info packet on the country. I did. It did not answer my question and there was no real person to talk to. Their main objective is to “sell” you on a country, sell additional information, and even sell real estate. Their articles are happy, happy…… dazzling sites, ideal weather, bargain housing, inexpensive food, cheap gas, friendly natives…..happy everything. Most blogs and posts are from people telling you what an enjoyable time they are having while visiting an amazing place. Some bloggers are paid for their opinion. While I love reading these posts, they did not prepare me for “living” in a foreign country.
The more you know (good or bad) about a place or experience, the less “foreign” or frightening it is. Also, if you go with the wrong expectations, you may be disappointed. Many things are not perfect. Yet, overall we found wonderful things in EVERY place we visited.
Four reasons I feel we have a new perspective to share. First, we brought two dogs. They have been challenging, but worth it. Second, we shipped our car from home. Pros and cons here, but our car has enabled us to go anywhere, anytime. Third, we decided not to camp (thus a car instead of a camper). And last, we planned to be gone a long time.
We originally planned to travel for one year, driving from Uruguay to Colombia. Within a month we decided to “slow down”. Instead of staying a few days in each location, we chose to “live” in a place. We often avoided the touristy areas in hopes of feeling more connected to the people and area. We slowed down enough that our trip has lasted 2 ½ years – and we are still going.
Please take a vicarious trip with us OR use this to help you plan your own escape.
Alright, I have to admit, I selfishly hope that after reading my posts, one of my readers will decide to “just do it”.
I would love to hear from anyone who has traveled like us.