For those of you that don’t already know, exactly 10 weeks from today I will be embarking on yet another adventure. Five weeks of backpacking in South America! Ecuador and Peru to be exact.
While I have done quite a bit of travelling over the last five years this trip is very different. Almost every other trip I have done, has had some kind of organized portion to it. Whether that be through VESA, or Contiki. They have all had a chunk that I didn’t need to plan. For this trip I am not going through any company. My friend and I are 100% planning this on our own, which is actually much more difficult than you think, especially when you’re trying to do it on a backpakers budget.
Starting next week I will be releasing a new series that goes through the whole process of palnning a trip. A lot of travel bloggers, blog about their travelling, but very rarely do they show you how they planned the trip, and that is actually the most difficult part.
Here are five things I am doing over the next 10 weeks to prepare for my trip (aside from planning the trip itself).
- Save money. Obviously I want to go away with as much money as possible to avoid stress. In order to do that I need to be frugal with my money, and not spend it on unnecessary things (like this soy latte, I am currently sipping on while writing this).
- Buy Hiking boots, and work them in. I will be hiking in Ecuador and Peru and it’s important that I have proper footwear to do so. But that also means to have them “hiking ready”. I need to purchase them, wear them around the house for a few days, then take them on a few hikes in my hometown. I would hate to go to South America and get blisters on day one because I didn’t properly break in my footwear.
- Increase my endurance and cardio levels. One thing that everyone has told me is to prepare myself for the altitude, especially in peru. The last thing I want is to get sick on this trip (happens at one point or another on every trip I’ve been on). Increasing my cardio and endurance will help with this.
- Follow the 80, 20 rule. For the next 10 weeks, I’m not going to put myself on a strict diet (it is patio season after all) but I will be more concious of what I put in my body. 80% clean, 20% enjoy life and summer type foods (ice cream, nachos and wine).
- Brush up on my Spanish. Or re-learn it all together is probably a more accurate discription of my current knowledge of spanish. Duolingo will be my best friend over the next 10 weeks.
If you’re interested in reading about my big trip last year I have added the links below.