Central America has truly amazed me. I think a big part of my enjoyment of these countries has been the fact that I came with no preconceived ideas or expectations. It has taken me a long time to cut back this list down to 6. There have been so many things that have astounded me about this beautiful part of the world over the past few months. Anyway, enough of the build up, here they are, the top six mind-blowing and awe-inspiring experiences that I stumbled upon in Central America: Continue Reading
Ok sure you need a little bit. For my fellow aussies the flights alone are a huge expense but once you save a bit of cash, really long term travel is very achievable for just about anyone. At the moment I am living in Playa Del Carmen Mexico for less than $5 a day. Many people that I meet say that one of the things that held them back from travelling was the misconception that it will cost a fortune. It doesn’t have to.
I arrived at Isla Ometepe with high hopes, mosquito bites and my bag clutched tight to my chest after a very close call with a passport thief on the boat ride over.
I started to lug my heavy backpack up the steep street while considering to myself whether or not this place would live up to my expectations after countless backpacker recommendations.
The original title for this post was just “The bucket list”. I was going to start the post with a list of some of the coolest (ok, let’s be honest, the most impressive sounding) stuff that I’ve done in my life. Then I was going to write a list of the things I want to do before I kick the said bucket.
But I realised something…everything on list 1 was completely unplanned. Everything.
I sat on the brightly painted gravestone contentedly munching on my sweet and salty snacks attempting to take in the overwhelming jumble of activity around me. The cemetery was overflowing with people from all walks of life. To my left was a family joyfully sharing food on bright green and orange grave, to my right a jovial-looking vendor offering shiny wooden jewelry atop his carefully selected and decorated grave. As I sat contemplating the amazingly celebratory atmosphere of the cemetery I saw a brilliantly decorated kite soar down towards my head. I ducked down laughing along with my fellow spectators thoroughly enjoying the action of the day.
As I walked through the dark and deserted marketplace the smell of filth and urine was suddenly overtaken by something far more wonderful. I could hear the crackle of fresh pork being placed on a hot grill and the wafting smell of barbequed cheese. I could almost taste the tantilising deep fried potato goodness on my tongue.
Excluding the obvious ones like Facebook and Skype here are my top 7 apps that have been really useful and practical for me while travelling.