Salento is a small town located in the heart of the Colombian Coffee Region. This small town is packed with colorful buildings, charming streets and cute cafes everywhere you turn. During the weekend you will find the town very lively with lots of people and lots of music. One of the main reasons why you are probably in Salento is to visit the famous Cócora Valley! A green lush valley as far as the eye can see.
The time has arrived… we are packing our bags and leaving Ecuador to head over to Colombia! Colombia was one of our top destinations that we wanted to visit when we started planning our world trip. Our route has changed several times and now we find ourselves in Otavalo, Ecuador. Great! But how do we get to Colombia from here? No worries, we have completed this trip and it was really a breeze. It was actually one of the easiest border crossings we have ever done in our 22 months of travel!
Today we woke up to hundreds of birds chirping away in the middle of the Andean Cloud Forest. We got up from our bed and walked out to the terrace to enjoy the views... nothing but lush and green as far as our eyes could see. We jumped in the hammock, sat back and enjoyed the wild noises of the Mindo Cloud Forest.
Quito was among the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. As soon as you arrive into Quito you will notice the hustle and bustle. Quito is a large city which offers many accommodations for all types of budgets. Before we arrived to Quito we knew we wanted to stay near the Centro Histórico.
Can I tell you a secret... but you have to promise and TELL EVERYONE! We’ve discovered the best kept secret in Ecuador…the beautiful Secret Garden Cotopaxi! I don’t even know how to put this experience in words...it’s like a retreat. Picture this...waking up to a gorgeous snow capped volcano right in front of your eyes.
The year is almost coming to an end and it’s about that time you take a look at 2018 with the great memories of how far you’ve come. It’s also the perfect time to look forward to 2019 as a fresh new start. I personally grew in many ways in 2018, but the most important thing I learned was how to get what I want. Whether you are looking for financial freedom, your dream career, travel plans, become fit or simply be healthier.
As we move from country to country and encounter different backgrounds and cultures, one question remains the same, “How can you afford to travel”? The answer is simple, “Save your money”. I know that sounds like the obvious, but the challenge is ACTUALLY saving!
You’ve decided to take the leap of faith, leave everything behind and embark on this new journey you’ve been dreaming about and planning for ages! But what is next? Packing!!!! Where do you even begin??…One thing is for sure, you will spend countless hours and days thinking about what you want to take on your trip. As much as you try preparing yourself for this long term trip, you will never feel fully prepared.
When traveling long term we sometimes forget how to truly enjoy our travels. We’ve been on the road for 1.5 years and we’ve had to step back and press the refresh button because believe it or not, traveling can also become a routine. It can really burn you out. So how do we avoid this?!
Isn't it crazy how technology has completely changed the way we do things? I firmly believe that if it wasn't for all the apps out there, traveling would be very hard! Think about it....Airbnb, GPS, Uber, all of this is handled right from your phone.
Looking at a map and selecting all the locations you want to visit is the fun part. Putting down dates and making plans is also really exciting. Then reality hits… you need to make a budget and understand what it costs to travel.