Money backpacking

Too Skint to Travel? You Needn't Be

Too Skint to Travel? You Needn't Be

To go travelling for a long while in Latin America, you need to have a decent amount of cash. It all depends a bit in Latin America you are exactly, but as a general rule of thumb you’ll need in the region of £20 for every day of your trip.

With that cash, you’ll be mainly travelling on the cheap – staying at hostels, eating at local restaurants, and getting around on public transport – but you’ll still be able to afford the occasional fun activity or nicer meal out.

Getting together the funds to go backpacking is definitely the least fun part of the whole adventure. Being impatient to get away never helps, and the unfortunate news is that options for earning a decent wage once you’re on the road are very limited. How UK travellers can add a few more pennies to their backpacking budget

The best way to save up is undoubtedly to slog away in a salaried job for a little while. But, there...

Adventure travel

The Seven Essentials to Pack for an Island Adventure

The Seven Essentials to Pack for an Island Adventure

Latin America is not short of remote beaches and deserted islands where you can spend entire days getting lost in exploration. How far you'll be able to make the most out of the opportunities these places offer, though, depends mainly on whether or not you've brought the right kit with you.

Come out ill prepared and you’ll have to interrupt your flow and return from the wilderness and head right back to your home base. Pack wisely, on...

Colombia culture

Why Colombia's Culture Makes No Sense

Why Colombia's Culture Makes No Sense

One of the major reasons why most people visit Colombia is to see and experience the beaches, mountains, lush landscapes and other natural attractions that are scattered throughout the country.

Yet, this is not the only sort of experience on offer in Colombia. A less immediately obvious, but no less real, draw is the Colombian culture and, indeed, its people in general. You’ll probably find that societal customs and the local way of...

Colombian Spanish

How to Speak Colombian Spanish

How to Speak Colombian Spanish

If you're only in Colombia for a couple of weeks you might not need to get a handle on all the local slang. But knowing a bit of the local lingo could help you integrate a little during your time there.

Colombian Spanish does contain a fair amount...

Safety Latin America

Is Traveling in Latin America Dangerous?

Is Traveling in Latin America Dangerous?

If you’ve never visited Latin America previously, it is natural to wonder if traveling there might be dangerous. Certainly, news reports don’t do the place any favors; on the basis of these alone, you could be forgiven for thinking that you'll find gangs,...

Colombia Money

How Much Does it Cost to Travel in Colombia?

How Much Does it Cost to Travel in Colombia?

As a whole, it is significantly cheaper to be a tourist in Colombia than in Europe or the United States. When the costs of travel in Colombia are compared to those in other Latin American countries, the place ranks around mid-table. While it is more...

Colombia Bogota Attractions

Bogota: Appearances Can Be Deceptive

Bogota: Appearances Can Be Deceptive

Bogota is not a 'love at first sight' kind of city. Sitting atop a mountain plateau at around 2,600m above sea level, Colombia's capital lacks the pleasant climate found in the rest of the country and is often grey and overcast.

With 9m residents...