Leaving South America and the long way to Africa

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Change of plan - the long way to Africa
A big change in plan

After 6 months of gallivanting around in South America, it’s finally time to say goodbye to this wonderful continent

So much left to explore and we barely scratched the surface: 1 month in Colombia, 5 cumulatively in Ecuador and Peru – we dipped our toes in Chile but never made it past San Pedro de Atacama, not even halfway.

It’s not Chile’s fault.

But it’s time to move on. Lately we have been feeling this antsy-ness and craving for something completely different. To keep moving has become almost like a chore,

“Gosh, is it that time when we need to look for a hostel again?”

Moving to a new city or a country used to a be a source of excitement, but lately it hasn’t been so.

And that was when we knew we needed a change of pace and sceneries.

Where to next?


The continent has been calling us. And at 3 months behind schedule I think it’s finally time to heed the calls. Morocco and Ethiopia are on the radar (so are Kenya and Tanzania, another visa-free countries for Indonesian passport holders).

So, why did we end up buying a ticket to New York instead?

I don’t really know how it happened. It was a decision made within an afternoon. It just sounded like a really, really good idea at the time. Jack has always wanted to visit New York. I like New York. Besides, as a permanent resident it’s a good idea for me to ‘check in’ every 6 months anyway as not to jeopardize my status.

The clincher was when we found out that it’s not going to cost us more to go to New York AND flying from New York to Morocco than if we go directly to Morocco from South America.

Basically we get to fly New York for free.

Heck. Why not then?

In less than two weeks we’ll be leaving South America and we’ll be traveling throughout the East Coast for 3 weeks.

And then, Africa.

We can already feel that flutter of excitement of new upcoming adventures. That giddy-ness of once again stepping into the unknown that has been missing for the past month or so is back.

It feels like our first day of our RTW trip all over again.

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27 Replies to “Leaving South America and the long way to Africa”

  1. I know how it feels to burn out after traveling for so long. It seems to start after 6 months…things stop being new and exciting and traveling almost seems like a chore. the best cure i've found for this is to post up somewhere for a month or two and just chill. watch tv, play online, do nothing until traveling sounds exciting again. its just like a relationship…yo have to work to keep the romance alive 😉

  2. It's been a pleasure following you guys in South America. Looking forward to your African adventures.

  3. Looking forward to hearing about your travels in Morocco. We are just looking at costs to go there in a month or so. So many conflicting tips – exactly as you say people either love it or hate it! In the same token people either recommend doing a tour or say you absolutely don't need to do one. Keen to see what your plans end up being.

  4. Wow guys, I'm excited to read about your adventures in Africa. Your South American notes have helped us plan our South American leg, so I'm sure we'll get some great ideas from you as you travel through Africa. It's been so fun to follow along!

  5. We've stopped questioning why airlines and governments do the things they do – because most of the time it just doesn't make sense! 🙂

  6. 🙂 sorry to disappoint but we'll be back to this continent soon (2014 most likely :)) Thanks for the lead – getting all saliva-y thinking about all the good food waiting for us in NYC!!

  7. Lol – glad to hear you love Morocco. It's one of those countries that I've always wanted to visit since I was a kid. From what I've heard, It seems that people either love it or hate it there. What do you love about it the most? How are the people? Are they open and friendly in general?

  8. Brilliant to snag a stop in NY for the same price – yay!

    And Morocco? Oh my yes – you. will. LOVE. morocco.

    Leastwise I did – it's among my favorite countries. Do not, repeat: DO NOT miss Chefchaouen ("The City of Blue" up in the mountains), and Fez – amazing! And of course you'll want to trek into the Sahara by camel and sleep under the stars at Merzouga. And if you can make it, Essaouira along the Atlantic coast (I've dubbed it "The City of Vowels!"

    Did I mention… I (heart) Morocco? 😉

  9. Aww that's awesome! A change of plans is always a good thing! New York is amazing… and as for Morocco you will love it & hate it…lol. I'll give ya tips soon… via an email.

  10. Shucks! I was hoping to hear more about Chile and Argentina…:o)

    But…. Yay for beginning of new adventure in a different continent!Have fun in Morocco.

    How long in the big apple? Since you guys are a bunch of foodies, check David Lebovits's blog out: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/

    He has some serious good eats while he was in NYC.

  11. It's funny you mention the ticket cost, we've been looking at tickets for India after S. America and we found the same thing as you. It's actually cheaper by hundreds of dollars for us to fly from S. America to NYC and then onto India on a separate flight vs just going directly from S. America. Odd, but it must have something to do with NYC being a huge international hub.

  12. I didn't know that Indonesian passport holders don't need a visa to enter Kenya and Tanzania (while Morocco surely is a visa-free country for Indonesian passport holders). That's really cool. I'm going to keep on track with your adventure in Africa! The best of luck!

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