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Where it all began..
We are Erica and Patricio, an American/Argentinean couple that are traveling indefinitely
After the cruise left us off in Southampton, U.K., we linked back up in London town to explore for a few days.
Once in a lifetime you meet someone that changes everything
After spending a few weeks apart, we booked a random one way trip to see each other again. No plans. Just the way we like it.
Checking things off the bucket list ✔️? Seeing the Acropolis in person was just incredible.
I don’t want to be tied down to someone. I want to be set free with someone.
Last minute decision.
One of our favorite things about Greece is the food! Nothing like a good greek salad and fresh fish right next to the ocean. ?
We stayed in one of our favorite hostels, Francesco’s, super clean, fun and has a sick pool with this amazing view! Private room with balcony for 2 people: €25
We scored a very nice, clean room in this small hotel a short walk from the beach. It had a kitchenette and living area. It was like we had our own little apartment!
Living cheap on the island was actually easier than you may think. Most hotel rooms and even hostel rooms had a kitchenette or could at least provide you with a refrigerator and burner to cook with.
After partying it up in Ios, we decided to go to Santorini to relax for a few days.
Our first time scuba diving!!
We are not the kind of couple that does tours but we found a good affordable one that first went to the volcano, then a small town on another island for lunch and after that the boat takes you to the hot springs where you can swim in warm water in the middle of the ocean!
After landing an amazing work exchange near Barcelona for the next month, we made a pit stop in Ibiza for a few days to celebrate! ?
Partying is not the only thing to do in Ibiza. There are also many beautiful beaches to visit. This one in particular was nice for sunset and on Sundays they have a sunset drum circle and fire performers!
A big challenge for us is to stay fit and healthy while we are traveling. We both like to eat healthy and workout but when you are on the road sometimes it is not easy/cheap to keep up with that lifestyle. For this reason, instead of paying for a gym membership wherever we are, we try to exercise on our own by running, doing some yoga, acroyoga, etc. and usually outside, which is much better anyway!
One the most amazing parts of a work exchange experience is that you can stay longer in each place and really get to spend time and get to know people or families. Our hosts in Spain made us feel as part of their family right away, including us in everything they did, such as family parties and vacations.
We got to enjoy some our last days together at Port Aventura Amusement Park. Is one of the largest amusement park in Europe and it also has the highest rollercoaster in Europe, we would recommend it if you wanna feel like a kid again and enjoy a fun day doing something different when you are in Spain.
The best part of staying with locals versus staying in a hostel or hotel is that you really get to know more about the culture and have authentic experiences that you would never have had visiting a place as a tourist.
After spending five weeks with this wonderful family, our time with them was coming to an end.
We decided to take a bus to Paris and stayed for a few days in our way to the UK. We found a lovely host in Couchsurfing for the two nights that we were there, we were so lucky to have found a host right in District 1 (most central district of Paris), in an apartment in a super old, typical Parisian building which was such an authentic experience.
After an amazing stay in Paris, our next move was heading to England to do another work exchange but in this case to teach Spanish to another family. We took an overnight bus to London and from there another one to Chesterfield. Our host’s house is located 15 minutes from Chesterfield in a town called Bolsover. This small, quaint town has a castle and some really nice parks to visit nearby. Nice place for walks and bike rides through nature to explore.
We decided to go down to London for the Notting Hill carnival. Train tickets were quite expensive so we decided to try our luck hitchhiking
Funnily enough our new hitchhiking friend Roberto and his girlfriend Andrea used to travel in a similar way as us, through work exchanges and couchsurfing, etc. They were nice enough to invite us to stay at their before our flight so that we could rest and enjoy our last days after our work exchange.
fter spending one night in Portimão we decided that was time to keep moving and get to know another place so following Erica’s recommendation we made our way to Lagos. Of course we hitchhiked as it is our main mode of transportation now! ?
Now it was time to head to Portugal because our cruise was near. So we decided to go to south of Portugal for a few days to soak up some sun after too many cloudy days in England.
As we walked through Portimão we passed a small hotel and there was a guy outside that starting talking to us and asked if we needed a room. Sometimes you just have to go without a plan and see where life takes you, and you will realized that most of the time things just fall perfectly into place.
Although we dont like to plan in advance is some cases a little planning ahead of time is neccesary. In this case we wanted to stay with a good, fun atmosphere where we could meet some could people and enjoy some crazy night parties together in Lagos, as this place is well-known for their parties. We waited a little too long to book and when we checked the night before the only hostel available where really badly rated or very far away from the city center.
fter two crazy nights in Lagos we had to get to Lisbon to catch our cruise. Once again we hitchhiked but this time it was the longest distance and we had to do it hungover as eve
Voted one of the top 50 burgers ? in the world by Matador network, the Toucan burger at Nah Nah Bah in Lagos is a must if you are around!
Our last stop on our Europe trip was Lisbon. As we couldn’t arrive as early as expected, we didn’t have enough time to explore the city during the day, but we link up with some friends and went out to explore the nightlife of Lisbon. Even on a Sunday night, Barrio Alto and the Pink Street were full of people. We definitely recommend a night out in Lisbon.
We met back up with a friend in Lisbon and the three of us started our 15 day transatlantic journey. Destination: Panama.
After backpacking through Europe for 5 months, it is impossible to come back to America in a better way than a 15 day cruise with all you can eat and drink!! Nothing better than relaxing, coming back to a clean room every day, not having to worry about money or anything for that matter after months of roughing it up. What a nice ending, or break from backpacking!
Our first stop during the cruise was St. Marteen and although we have both been to this beach on the cruise that we took on the way to Europe, we just had to come back!
uckily Patricio had a friend that was living in the city that offered to host us for the first few days so we had a place to go when we got off the ship. Him and his girlfriend took us straight to a friend’s place to hangout at the pool with a bunch of their friends for the day with this AWESOME view of the city! The benefits of knowing the locals! ?
We made it to Panama! Our cruise has come to an end and now we need to figure out what to do from here. We were going to do some planning on the ship but the wifi plan was way too expensive. So we got to Panama with no plans at all. Will we try to head to Colombia? Go North through Central America? Fly to Miami? We are loving Panama City already so maybe we will just find a job and stay here!
fter about 10 days in Panama City, it was about time to move on. We were heading to the islands of Bocas del Toro and we stopped on the way for two nights to stay at a hostel in the middle of the jungle that we had heard about. This is a very popular stop for many backpackers traveling through Panama.
One of the sites to see near the lost & found hostel where we were staying was the River Canyons. This was super fun as we didn’t really know what to expect. You can jump into these canyons from pretty high and then the strong current pulls you all the way through.
Our sweet ride from the Lost and Found hostel to Bocas del Toro! We decided to give hitchhiking a try here in Panama as well and it was quiet easy to do here as well.
We made it to the beautiful Bocas del Toro. We stayed at Selina’s hostel which was such an awesome place! Built right on the water, you could literally jump right into the ocean from the bar.
A 30 minute bus from Bocas Town and a 20 minute hike through the jungle and you reach Playa Estrella. This beach is known for having many starfish. So beautiful. There are many small restaurants and food stands on this beach that serve fresh fish that they catch right there, delicious!
Finally we made it to Puerto Viejo! It is an awesome town with beautiful beaches and a really chill atmosphere! While in season, there are some great waves to surf, unfortunately there were no waves at this time of year. The water was sooo warm at this time though!
Our trip through Central America was coming to an end. Puerto Viejo will be our last stop for a while. Not a bad place to end it all! We were presented with a great opportunity and decided we will need to stop and work for a bit before continuing our journey.
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