If you’ve decided to go backpacking through South America, you are in for a unique experience. However, some tips on how to smartly travel across this amazing continent might come in handy. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
It is always handy to stay in a budget-friendly hostel, ‘backpacker’ or find someone via couchsurfing websites.
These accommodations are much cheaper than hotels or booking online, and allow you to not be locked into your itinerary and be forced to visit places you don’t want to see. Plus, you’ll be able to change your plans on the fly if necessary.
This is a great way of travelling and an excellent opportunity to save some money while travelling across South America.
If you happen to have more time on your hands, say, 6 months or more, you should definitely consider volunteering for a couple of months.
Some orphanage or an animal refuge place would be a great place to start looking for a job since they almost always need help.
Besides saving money (as orphanages will offer food and accommodation), this is a good opportunity to experience the country and its true culture.
If you decide to choose this option, it is a good idea to maybe take up some Spanish lessons, which will most definitely improve your experience for the rest of the trip, and will also give you something more to bring home from your trip. Everybody can take photos and buy souvenirs.