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Hitchhiking alone female tips

At 9am on a Saturday, while hitchhiking, the first people to pick me up were a father and daughter on their way to a festival. The daughter—not driving—ceremoniously pulled out a bottle of whiskey and a cup of ice from the cooler next to me and asked, “Kampai?” (“Cheers?” in Japanese). Being a polite guest Read More

Torres del Paine Patagonia Chile hiking

We had no reservations. We hadn’t glanced at a park map. We weren’t even sure of what country the park was in. This is not what people do when planning a trip to Torres del Paine, Chile’s premier natural attraction. We at least caught wind of a town called Puerto Natales, gateway to Torres del Read More

Magdalena island Chile Patagonia penguins

“It sounds like a donkey and a velociraptor are getting in on…” After what felt like three days of air travel— yay shitty discount airlines— we finally arrived in Patagonia. Land of world class trekking. Of impossibly blue glaciers. Of 20 and 30-something year-olds donning designer sports wear of an apt name. While all of Read More

Cocora Valley Colombia

Besides— alas— a certain powdery white substance, Colombia is synonymous with coffee. Like 11 million bags of it exported each year, synonymous. And while in your average Colombian city, it can be a challenge to find the good stuff (most high quality coffee is exported), SALENTO strikes gold every time. Quaint Salento is the star Read More

Casa Elemento Minca Colombia world's biggest hammock

The gringo track along the coast of Colombia is well worn, my friends. Obviously, you start off with Cartagena. Probably hit up Casa en el Agua and the mud volcano. Skip past poor Barranquilla (but don’t!). Drink your face off in Santa Marta. Tick of Taganga, Tayrona Park, Ciudad Perdida, Palomino, and finally Minca. Minca Read More

48 hours Cartagena Colombia

Cartagena is Colombia’s beloved jewel, celebrated for its colorful and historic past, nearby archipelago of tropical islands, and eclectic dining experiences. With the city at your disposal, there’s plenty to keep you occupied for days, possibly weeks. But where should you start? For a memorable and delicious— albeit jam-packed— 48-hour itinerary in Cartagena, follow below Read More