The Complete Backpacking Budget Guide to South America

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‘How much does it cost to travel South America?’

Welcome to Part II of this VI part series, if you missed Part I on My journey across South America go back and catch it here. I’ll wait for ya!

This is honestly one of the most common questions I get regularly. It is really easy to give a quick figure like 50USD/day which works out really well (and mostly accurate) as an average, and this post has been such a long time coming sitting in drafts for months. But honestly it varies so much from country to country. I traveled 8 of 13 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay)  on the mainland of South America, leaving out Venezuela, Paraguay, and the 3 tiny almost unknown countries right at the top of the continent (Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname). For simplicity sake, the daily averages will be calculated in USD. After about 10 edits and even more page refreshes to check that I don’t sound like a crazy fool, let’s get to it shall we?


How to Choose the Best Safari In Africa

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‘Safari’ is journey in Swahili.

Africa has definitely been a heck of a journey. From doing research for the Best Safari in Africa, to saying ‘No’ a million times to street touts and shoeless children with outstretched arms and open palms. Africa will give you more than you bargain for, and leave you in limbo between constant awe and downright desperation. However, I still wouldn’t change a thing about my African overland experience.


How To See The Namib Desert On A Budget

Africa is not authentically known as a shoestring backpacker’s destination. But not ready to head home after South Africa, I decide to continue on my quest to see all of Africa on a really tight budget. Wanting to see the Big 5 on safari, the famous Victoria Falls, gorilla trekking and pretty much everything Africa had to offer was not helping my cause. But from my years of backpacking, I realized that where there is a will, there will be a cheap backpacker.

Wait, that’s not how the saying goes? Well then (;


Should I Buy A Tent To Travel Africa?

If you landed on this post, I’m going to go ahead and assume you are going to travel Africa or are currently already in Africa and am wondering why is it so darn expensive to do anything around here. How about exploring camping Africa?

Well we were in the exact predicament a couple months ago. Futile searches across the internet could not give us a concrete answer whether it was indeed worth it to carry a tent across Africa.

While in Namibia, we did some calculations, and figured it would already be worth the value of the tent set over the duration of our 10 day Road trip through Namibia

24 hours later, We bought a tent!


20 Days In South Africa For 39 USD A Day

It’s been a while since I’ve done any kind of budget post over here and with Africa completely off my travel radar till most recently, it is most definitely not on the initial budget that I set off from sunny Singapore with. And if I wanted to keep travelling the continent of Africa, keeping track of my expenses line item by line item has got to start being a thing – what better time to start than now I guess.