Next Stop: Colombia!

That’s right, I’m headed down south, and sooner than I expected, too!

Grand Canyon backpack
photo credit: kevindooley

I honestly feel like I just got home. I’ve spent most of my summer boomeranging between DC, New York City and rural Pennsylvania. Oh yeah, and Mexico. Somewhere in the middle of all that Mike and I have been contemplating our next major move in world exploration.

Truthfully, I’ve felt kind of adrift the past couple months, not really sure what the next step should be. The fundraising for Everywhere Connection didn’t go as well as planned (although we’re still going ahead), and money is much tighter than when I set off for Japan last year. What we needed was somewhere we could hang out, explore, while working on projects. Although we knew we want to head towards Latin America sometime this fall, the when and where were up in the air. I guess you could say we were waiting for some direction, a push.

Well, the push came. While skyping with a travel-blogger buddy of ours who lives in Bogota, we mentioned we were looking for house-sitting gigs. “Why don’t you come house sit for me,” he asked. He was coming back to the states for a few weeks and needed somebody to look after his ridiculously cute bull dog. A quick online search revealed that tickets from NYC to Bogota cost a measly $220, non-stop. How could we say no?

So that’s it. We bought the tickets the next day- departure date: September 30th.

The New Plan: For most of the month of October we’ll be in Bogota, hanging out with the AWESOME dog. After that things are incredibly open ended. We’ll be traveling slowly, house-sitting and renting apartments in various places around South America as we gradually make our way down to Buenos Aires (Mike’s favorite city) where we’ll be spending at least a couple of months.

It’s all happening a bit fast but I am incredibly psyched. Colombia! I’ve heard so many awesome things about this country- it is second only to thailand in travel blogger love. I’ll be doing more research over the next month but for now I’m just trying to brush up on my high school spanish.

In the meantime, maybe you can help! Are you in South America? Do you have any connections in South America? Any friends who might be looking for a house-sitter? We want to make as many connections as possible!

There is a lot to be done over the next month and a half, but I can’t wait to get back on the road again!

29 thoughts on “Next Stop: Colombia!”

  1. Hi! We just ran into your blog and found out that you guys did a house sit in Bogota, we’re almost making our way there and are wondering if you might now somebody who’s looking for a house sitters couple from September onwards? Hope to hearing from you! Cheers!

    1. Sorry no, this was a couple of years back and we just house-sat for a friend. You might try some of the bigger house-sitting sites.

  2. Don’t miss the mountainous countryside outside of Bogota. The colonial towns of Villa de Leyva (already a tourist destination for Colombians) and Paipa (completely undiscovered) are not to be missed. While in Paipa, you must stay at the Hacienda del Salitre, a sprawling colonial resort. There’s a naturally fed hot springs pool in the back that is magnificent! The resort is beautiful, food is superb, best is the history of the place. Simon Bolivar stayed there with his troops during a battle in the 1860’s. Buen viaje!

  3. I’m from buenos Aires, so if you want I can give you recommendation on places to visit (and which to avoid). Good luck!

  4. Yes! Let me know when you start planning for Buenos Aires, I can definitely help you with connections there. I’m actually heading out to Ecuador in October and working my way down to Bolivia, so we’ll definitely have to cross paths at some point along the journey! Best.

  5. Awesome news! That’s really exciting that things just sort of fell into place. And housesitting will be a perfect way for you guys to settle into South America. I can’t wait to start reading about that adventure!

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