“Come with me to Chile and Bolivia for spring break. I’ll pay for your ticket.” Were the words my boyfriend spoke to me two weekends ago, and in a last minute/split second decision, I decided to go. At first, I made excuses: my savings aren’t where I want them to be. I have to finish paying off my credit card, bla bla bla. Then the travel warrior in me came to her senses and she said, “When someone offers you a plane ticket to South America, you take it stupid! Are you crazy or what?”
Apparently my inner travel warrior has a hardcore New York City accent. Lol!
So, here I am now, blowing caution to the wind and being spontaneous with my boyfriend, planning a trip to South America, for which I embark on April 2nd! That’s right folks! NEXT WEEK!!!!!!
Our trip is going to go a little sumin’ like this:
Santiago for a day
Fly out to San Pedro de Atacama and spend time in the little desert village to acclimate ourselves to a high altitude. Find and pick a tour company to take us on an expedition through the Bolivian Salt Flats and all the other wonders the Atacama Dessert has to offer.
Return to the small village and do some star gazing in the desert that night.
Next morning fly back to Santiago and take a 1 and a half hour bus over to Valparaiso( home of the late great Pablo Neruda/ beautiful bohemian artsy town/my cup of tea) Spend our last night in Valparaiso.
Fly back home from Santiago next day.
Doesn’t all this sound awesome!!!!??? I will be honest about something though. When my boyfriend told me how rough the four day tour of the Atacama Desert would be, I almost backed out. His exact words were: “We won’t be able to shower for three days.”
I gave him the look:
“I can’t go for three days without showering, Babe! I’m going to be on my period!” When I researched more about this tour I discovered:
1. Bathroom facilities are limited.
2. You have to sleep with six other people in a basic dorm room in the middle of the desert.
3. You have to pay extra for a hot shower IF one is available.
4. The bathrooms are located outside the hotel in the middle of nowhere, which makes peeing in the middle of the night creepy and inconvenient.
5. The hotels in the desert shut off all electricity at night so you will have to take a flash light to the bathroom.
6. It gets freezing at night in the desert.
I am by no means a spoiled brat, but I am a city girl through and through so I’m used to comfort and prefer comfort travel. I AM NOT a bakpacker! However, my boyfriend, the man that I love deeply, is. So he has inspired me to challenge myself and somersault out of my comfort zone. I figure, “Hey it’s 2015 and I just turned 30, so now is the time to be extra adventurous!”
So this is how this city girl is preparing for her first rough, backpacking adventure:
1. I am making my period skip. Thank the heavens for birth control pills! There is no way I can do this trip on my period! NO WAY! Tons of women do it and it’s safe!
2. Visiting my doctor this week for an asthma pump and high altitude sickness pills.
3. I ordered Paper shower, a female urinal, feminine wipes, and shower shoes to combat the whole: dirty desert bathroom, limited bathroom facilities and no shower issue.
4. I ‘m packing sunglasses; a bikini, for our swim in the natural hot baths; sun block; a sun hat; layers, and a coat for when the temperature drops at night and this beautiful scarf by Zara!
These are just some of the ways I will prepare!!!!! Wish me a BON VOYAGE!!!!!
How you can come along!
Since I will be in the middle of nowhere, I’ll blog about the experience when I return, but make sure to follow the #JenpoeinChile #JenpoeinBolivia hash tag to track my journey on Instagram and Twitter!
And as usual, I will be doing a really cool souvenir giveaway when I return! So stay tuned!!!!!
This month’s “Hot Chocolate with a Local” is on the way!!!!!