Last August my boyfriend and I made the decision to travel the world, indefinitely. This decision was not made hastily – we planned, we saved, and we sacrificed to make this happen. Timing was everything. We were both at points in our lives where it seemed ideal to finally venture on the long-term journey we’d always dreamed of. So we moved out of our house, sold most of our possessions, and bought two one-way tickets to Bangkok.
We spent seven amazing months traipsing around Southeast Asia. We motorbiked around Thailand, floated down the Mekong in Laos, sipped fresh bia hoi (beer) in Vietnam, went island hopping in the Philippines, gorged ourselves on street food in Malaysia, and chilled out on perfect beaches in Indonesia. It was bliss.
After spending so much time traveling through Southeast Asia, we both came to the conclusion that it was time for a change. We agreed that we weren’t quite ready to throw in the towel; we didn’t want to stop traveling and return to “real life.” We were still itching to explore the world while we still had time and (a little bit of) money left. Since we’ve traveled extensively in the Caribbean, Central Europe, Central America and, obviously, Southeast Asia, we really wanted to go somewhere we’d never been before.
So without further ado I’m excited to announce that I just booked a one-way ticket to Bogotá, Colombia!
I leave in less than a week, which is absolutely insane. I have no clue what to pack, or what to expect. I plan on exploring the country for 2-3 months. And I have a rough outline of places I’m planning to visit – the cities of Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena are definites. But I know this diverse country has so much more to offer – from wild Amazon rain forests to icy mountaintop glaciers to historic colonial cities. I am under no illusions that my “to do” list is going to grow to an incredibly unruly and unrealistic length before I even touch down in Bogotá.
Colombia has been at the top of my “places to go” list for a few years. My brother-in-law is from there and he and my sister have been lucky enough to vacation there for years now. Since I was a kid I’ve heard stories of perfect Caribbean beaches, festive cultural celebrations, untamed remote islands and off-the-hook nightclubs. I couldn’t be more excited to finally stop living vicariously through my family and actually experience these things for myself.
So it’s official – Colombia, here I come! Stay tuned for lots of travel stories, tips and, of course, crazy (mis)adventures as I try my best to navigate South America for the first time. With my shaky Spanish, low budget, vegetarian diet and lack of any firm plans, things will most definitely get interesting. And I couldn’t be more excited!
Have you ever been to Colombia? Or have you ever dreamed of visiting this South American country? If so, what do you recommend I add to my ever-growing “to do” list? Bring on the suggestions!