Something I’ve learnt after two years of living abroad, is that your travel plans definitely adapt and change according to where you live.
In Europe, you only need to jump on a plane for an hour or two to be somewhere where the language is different, the food too, not to mention the architecture. Which means, that travelling to Europe is easy and often very low-cost. It’s perfectly achievable to travel to another country for a long weekend.
But living in South America means that the distance between countries is so much greater, so jumping on a quick plane and being in a new country, doesn’t really happen. This might sound like this makes travel less exciting, but in reality, it’s just different.
You see, Chile has so much to explore, more than anyone can really imagine. But instead of holidaying in bustling cities full of colour and culture, in Chile, people generally travel to spend time in the great outdoors. Be it at the beach, in the mountains, a national park or the desert. There is so much on offer that it’s impossible to get bored of travelling in Chile. Especially when you consider that from Santiago, you can fly three hours north and south and still be in Chile… That still amazes me, coming from the tiny UK!
So, in two years of living here, asides from our honeymoon to Colombia and a trip to Lima, Peru. All of our long weekends and longer holidays have been spent in Chilean nature. Some of those trips have been just an hour away from Santiago whilst others have been a flight away.
Travelling in Chile has allowed me:
To camp in the mountains
To see the blooming desert in Spring.
To visit the most stunning mountains in PatagoniaTo admire lakeside sunsetsTo pose on top of a volcanoTo admire the beauty of Chile’s national parks.To see bodies of water that look too good to be trueTo trek and camp along the Caratera AustralTo watch sunset in the desertTo climb to great heightsTo spot waterfallsTo play in the snowTo breathe in the ocean airTo see wildlife
… to explore a new way of travelling!
Chile has shown me so much variety and opened up so many new travel opportunities. Here is to seeing more of you, Chile, because the list of places to see in Chile, never ends!
Has where you lived changed your travel plans?