Autumn’s Adventures


Going South
September 3, 2009, 11:58 pm
Filed under: Argentina, Travel | Tags: , ,

I’ve been restless lately ever since I finished up my seasonal work with IHS and had my birthday.  I don’t work very much but having no work really makes me think about what the hell I should do with myself.  I started thinking big, as usual.

I was supposed to wait for my sister and her boif to go to Patagonia but I decided a few days ago that waiting leaves me vulnerable to not going at all.  I don’t like relying on other people to let me do what I want to do so I decided that I would go now and if they still wanted to go in the Spring I would go with them again.

I spent all last night mapping out my route.  From Jujuy to Ushuaia (the most southern Argentine city) is 64 hours by bus.  I will not be going direct.  I’m trying to round up my good ol’ pal Dave to go with me since he has proven to be an awesome travel buddy for the past 2 big trips I’ve done.  If he decides that he can’t swing it this time I’m going to brave it on my own.  I’ve never traveled backpacker style completely on my own — I’ve always done it with friends.  While I’m not afraid of traveling alone, I always worry about my safety when I travel since I am a single female.  At least if I am traveling with someone and I get kidnapped, they will know that I am missing and can report me.  Even if I give my family and friends my itinerary, they will have no idea if I get kidnapped until I don’t show up in Jujuy on the date I say I will be there.  Scary thoughts, but I’m still going to do it.  I can’t let fear keep me from living my life.

I need some fresh perspective. I need to do more journaling and I do that the most when I am traveling alone.  I won’t be completely alone because I know I will meet other backpackers doing the same route as me.  I’ll update more later but for now I’m super excited to be going!  One last big hoo-rah before heading back to the states!

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as far as safety goes, when i was traveling by myself in asia, i emailed my friend in thailand every couple days, telling him where i was, where i was going next, how i planned to get there, how certain i was about it, etc. it was easy to do ’cause i’d check email every couple days anyway, and it made me feel good to know that if i disappeared, someone would be able to start the hunt at least not more than a couple days from where i last was known to be. not perfect, but better than only a vague itinerary given at the beginning. it’s an idea anyway.

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as far as safety goes, when i was traveling by myself in asia, i emailed my friend in thailand every couple days, telling him where i was, where i was going next, how i planned to get there, how certain i was about it, etc. it was easy to do ’cause i’d check email every couple days anyway, and it made me feel good to know that if i disappeared, someone would be able to start the hunt at least not more than a couple days from where i last was known to be. not perfect, but better than only a vague itinerary given at the beginning. it’s an idea anyway.

Comment by ellie

That is a great idea, Ellie. Thanks for being so smart lol. Turns out for this trip I am not going alone but this is good information to have when I finally do go out alone.

Comment by admin

That is a great idea, Ellie. Thanks for being so smart lol. Turns out for this trip I am not going alone but this is good information to have when I finally do go out alone.

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