We went to Chile for the Torres del Paine’s W trek and arrived in the town of Puerto Natales to arrange our trek. Lili Patagonicos was the perfect place to stay and we rented all our gear at the hostel and were able to leave our luggage during our hike. Carlos, our host was a wealth of information having done the trek so many times he lost count.
With our brief visit to Uruguay we got a good taste of the accommodation choices offered in Uruguay. In Colonia del Sacramento, our hostel was in an old colonial house including creaky wooden floors, old colorful tiles and a sunny courtyard. Our next home was a cozy family home in Montevideo filled with hanging plants, where we had access to their kitchen and dining room, all decked out in Uruguayan style.
Argentina was our introduction to South America, for both of us a brand new continent awaiting to be discovered. It was also the first country after Canada where we spent 3 months living in our converted campervan. We were going back to life in hostels and we wondered how the quality and atmosphere would be in South America. It was a good idea to start off in Argentina after 4 months in Canada for an easier transition into South America.
We had big plans when we arrived in Vancouver. Find a minivan, buy it, build a bed for the van and transform the minivan into our campervan! But first, we needed a base in Vancouver. We were lucky to stay with a lovely family at their AirBnB home that had a garage filled with tools to build our campervan bed. It was also one of our first very comfortable rooms in a long time which made us feel really pampered.
Zuid Amerika’s bekendste bezienswaardigheid ligt slechts 110 kilometer van de Peruaanse stad Cusco, maar om er te komen zijn er verschillende opties. Geen van alle bestaat uit een rechtstreekse bus- of treinverbinding. Gelukkig woont goede vriend Seppe al vijf jaar in Cusco en hij kent de regio als z’n eigen achtertuin. De bekendste manier om er te komen is de Inca Trail te lopen
Ergens gedurende onze reis hadden we plannen gemaakt om de gehele zomer in Canada te verblijven. Anders dan de meeste landen die we tijdens onze reis aandoen is Canada een westers land met het daarbij behorende prijspeil. De enige budgettair verantwoorde manier om het bijna drie maanden in dit land uit te houden was om onszelf van een auto te voorzien waarmee we niet alleen konden rondrijden maar waar we ook in kunnen slapen en die tevens uitgerust is met een kooktoestel en kampeerspullen. Om dit voor elkaar te krijgen moesten we een auto ombouwen tot camper, of in Canada liever campervan genoemd.
Canada has always held a special place in our hearts and it was great to be back after 10 years. Back then we were both students at the University of Ottawa and where else could we start our Canadian part of our trip than in Ottawa. For Ottawa we chose an AirBnB home in a neighborhood close by the university so we can go back and see what have changed in the past 10 years.
Sun, sea, sand, rice fields and mountain vistas, Bali, Lombok and the Gili islands each have ingredients for a perfect stay. Adding to that, while staying in a Balinese guesthouses or home stays, you can witness the daily offerings made by the family at their family shrine. Small touches we love were the fresh frangipanis and hibiscuses on our beds every day, welcome juices and coffees and the many gardens filled with blooming flowers. All in all, it was not hard to find nice places to call home.
We had several first experiences in places we called home while visiting Australia. After months of hostels and guesthouses, we were excited to try out AirBnB and campervan living. When we decided to visit Perth, we were shocked to see the hostel prices, even for dormitories, which are one of the highest in Australia. Add to that the notorious noise and party atmosphere and we were looking for alternatives. AirBnB was something we wanted to try out for a while so we decided to give it a go. We created an account and read the reviews of the various places on offer.
Ons spontane plan om twee weken naar Australië te gaan had enige voorbereiding nodig om het betaalbaar te houden. Australië is duur, maar er zijn manieren om er goedkoop doorheen te reizen en toch niks te missen van het land.