Lausanne does not immediately come to mind with the mention of Switzerland – and I don’t blame you! With Zurich and Geneva constantly taking top spot on lists like ‘The Most Expensive City …’ and Interlaken, Jungfraujoch and Lucerne being flooded with selfie stick waving tourists. The city of Lausanne does not get much internet time, space nor attention from tourists looking to see as much of Switzerland as they possibly can in the shortest possible time (because you know, due to Switzerland being proudly infamous for being an expensive destination).
But if you are reading this, you either are thinking of visiting Lausanne, already live in Lausanne and want to see if your favorite spot are still kept under the radar or you are trying to determine if Lausanne is worth your time and money.
Short Answer – YES IT IS
You probably don’t need all 17 of these reasons to pay Lausanne a visit but you might find yourself staying an extra few days just to get to them all!
How much does it cost though? Well you might be pleased to know that in expensive Switzerland, more than 10 of these 17 things, are actually are free! But be ready to put in some legwork getting up and down those hills!
You ready? Got in some training on that stair-master? Okay let’s get to it then
I can’t even begin to describe my obsession for the Olympic Games which roll around every 4 years. Granted Singapore does not have very many Olympians nor do we take part in as many events as our neighboring countries in Asia, we are extremely passionate about our athletes who make it to the Games.
But when the Summer Olympics do roll around every 4 years, I make it a point to catch the Games highlights every day. Even setting alarms at crazy times of the night to watch events that Singaporeans feature in. One of the highlights which I will remember for a long time to come, was being in Brazil during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Where I watched Joseph Schooling clinch the Gold in the100m Butterfly. Literally almost exploded with national pride and excitement in that hostel common room.
So for an ardent Olympic Games fan like me, you’d think I would know where the Intenational Olympic Committee was based, right?
It’s Summer Time in Europe! Long sunny days that never seem to end, sundresses and picnics by the lake are pretty much the on the itinerary of every European and every traveler traveling through Europe! Summer is indeed awesome over here as I gear up to go on a month long road trip around Europe taking in the best sights. But first, to explore the city and the surroundings that I’ve been in for the last few weeks. There may or may not be chocolate involved in the creation of this post…
After a good 2 weeks of exploring the German-speaking side of Switzerland, it was only fair that we checked out the French part as well. We landed ourselves in the South-western part of Switzerland in the city of Lausanne not knowing much about the city but in a week soon grew into the city’s many hills and gorgeous view of the Swiss/French Alps. Life isn’t too shabby when you get to wake up to views like this ^^!
We took a day trip out of the city to explore the surrounding regions to explore the countryside via the SBB trains which are definitely an attraction of Switzerland in itself. In the process, we found pretty much the perfect day trip from the city of Lausanne, which involved chocolate, scenic train rides, a swim in the lake and a picnic with a view of Lake Leman. If you ever find yourselves without anything to occupy your time with on Sunday (where everything is notoriously closed in Switzerland, you can check out this day trip!)
‘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?
WHAT 8 MONTHS IN SOUTH AMERICA LOOKS LIKE ON A MAP
The numbers on the above map indicate the month of travel of my journey across the continent.
Black arrows are overland bus trips, which taught me a whole lot of patience, self-entertainment, multiple lessons in holding your pee, and how to sleep on overnight buses. My longest bus ride was a good 26 hours from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Valparaiso, Chile (yes, still within the same country, and not even halfway through)
Light blue dots are flights which I took, mostly in Brazil, and towards the end of my trip. Some people travel the entire continent without taking a single flight except in and out of South America. To them I say – you have my utmost respect!! Unfortunately I am not one of these people.
Brazil was where I took the most flights in, out and around. To say it is a big country is a major understatement. To put things into perspective, Brazil is approximately the size of Europe, minus the ridiculously fast and timely train network. Add in a language barrier, and travel can be a little challenging here.
Flights in Brazil are not cheap! In fact, they are quite the opposite. Budget flights don’t usually sell for under USD200.
I chose to fly north to Colombia from Bariloche, Argentina after my Patagonian adventures as it would have taken a good 72 hours of bus travel to get to the same place.
Purple arrows are my favorite and is definitely one of my most memorable travel experiences in South America, Hitchhiking.
I spent 5 weeks hitchhiking from Ushuaia, Argentina to Puerto Montt, Chile. Traversing the loneliest road in the world, the Carretera Austral or Ruta 7, in Chile. It is definitely one of the most memorable adventures of my 8 months in South America.
Total distance: 2,500km