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Breaking down the travel budget: 44 days in South America

By nature, I’m a saver, but now that we are travelling full-time without any income, we’ve become spenders. As the self-appointed CFO of our Jetsetting Fools operation, we are spenders on a budget of $100 per day – total for both of us. Our major categories of expenses are: Accommodations, Food, Drinks, On-ground Transportation, Entertainment, Medical, and Miscellaneous. After 44 days in South America, we’re breaking down our travel budget.

Breaking down our travel budget: Lodging

Total Spent: $2,001 USD / Average Daily Spent: $45.47 USD

Accommodations account for more than half of our total spent. Our most expensive stay of $63 per night was at the Hotel Weisserhaus in Puerto Varas, where we stayed for two nights. We ranked it as having the most comfortable bed, biggest bathroom and – as a bonus – it included a fabulous, filling breakfast complete with French press coffee. Our least expensive room was a studio apartment in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires at $38 a night. While it was a studio, it was quite spacious with a kitchenette, dining table, and sitting area. The bonus: everything in it was brand new. read more

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One month in South America

We have been traveling for one month in South America. Twenty-eight days ago, we touched down in Montevideo, Uruguay as the start to our year long ‘Round the World journey. Since then we traveled within Uruguay to Colonia del SacramentoPunta del Diablo. From there, we took a boat to Argentina to discover Buenos Aires and Bariloche.

What we have experienced so far has been amazing – from the stunning sites and scenery to the friendly people, tasty food and local bebidas. Muchas Gracias to all those who are following our adventure as we fly by the seat of our pants, amor!
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One month of Funemployment

Today marks one month since I left my job to travel the world and what we are calling Funemployment. Time is flying by at warp speed and it seems like eons since my last day in the office. The goal of this trip is twofold: 1. To really see the world and 2. To unwind. A new daily routine is taking form and keeping my days filled to the brim, just minus the stress. Here is a look at our typical day in Funemployment in relaxing Punta del Diablo:

I get up with the sun at about 6:45 in the morning, anxiety-inducing work dreams still fresh on my mind. I spend the next half hour decompressing as I watch an amazing sunrise over the sea – the sun bursting through low hanging clouds. Still not out of bed at 9am, I lazily peruse the internet, catching up on news feeds and emails all with a view of the ocean peeking out from the top of my screen. read more

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Moon Rising in Punta del Diablo

While the sunrises here are spectacular, the moon rising in Punta del Diablo over the water at sunset is equally as captivating. From the balcony of our airbnb apartment, we watch as the nearly full moon creeps up into the sky in the last splashes of color for the day. Once it is completely dark, the moon shines like a flashlight on the ocean.

We want to know: Have you ever watched the moon rising in Punta del Diablo?

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Our first attempt at cooking in a foreign country

Our two-week stay in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay in the off-season has us making our first attmept at cooking in a foreign country. Of the several restaurants in town, we have found that only a few are open and, without posted hours, it is never guaranteed that one will be open when we are ready to eat. Even if they were open, we have a budget to stick to. Thankfully, our cabin has a full-kitchen and I’m pleased to be entertaining myself by creating home-cooked meals.

That being said, cooking in a foreign country has presented a few obstacles. 1. We have a gas stove, which I’m not 100% comfortable cooking on and, embarrassingly, haven’t been able to ignite (Thanks to Kris for mastering this one); 2. There are very limited cooking utensils – One skillet, one pot, one spatula, one knife; and 3. Buying foreign ingredients at the mini-mercado is like reaching out in the dark. read more

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Our Uruguayan homes: Accommodations in Uruguay

Our three weeks in Uruguay have been split between the city and the beach – and our accommodations in Uruguay have been just as different. In Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, we stayed in a hotel in the well-situated, active-yet-safe Barrio Sur. While on the beach in the small town of Punta del Diablo, we rented a cabin, fully equipped with a kitchen, dining/living area and an upstairs bedroom loft with a balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

We found both of our homes to suit us. In the city, we needed a home base from which we could explore, a clean place to sleep and a friendly, helpful staff. On the beach, we were simply looking for solitude and space to decompress. read more

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We made fire (with the help of home made fire starters)

One of the things we were most looking forward to at our cabin in Punta del Diablo was the Parrilla – an outdoor, wood-fire grill. Missing having a fireplace for the last 5 years, Kris and I were ecstatic at the prospect of having a fire every night. We envisioned a great slab of beef and fresh-caught fish sizzling to perfection while we were warmed by the heat of coals. Well, this has not been the case, exactly.

Our first few attempts at a fire were complete failures. The moisture from the ocean and the current rain has left any type of kindling unburnable. In a desperate attempt, we used items from inside the house, but were disappointed that we couldn’t even burn toilet paper. A quick Skype call home and I concocted a plan to create home made fire starters: toilet paper balls soaked in vegetable oil. Huevos de Fuego. read more

Stray dogs in Punta del Diablo: Making new Friends JetSetting Fools

Stray dogs in Punta del Diablo: Making new Friends

Punta del Diablo may not have many permanent residents – we’ve heard numbers ranging from 300 to 1000 – but one thing they have plenty of is dogs. Whether they actually belong to someone or are strays, they are everywhere. They run in little packs, like street gangs, and love to stir it up with anything entering their turf – birds, other dogs, horses, motorbikes, and even cars. However, the stray dogs in Punta del Diablo love people. They quickly become best friends with any human being that is walking down the road, greeting them with wagging tails. read more

Sunrise in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay JetSetting Fools

Sunrise in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay

Our loft bedroom peeks out over the top of neighboring houses allowing for stretching views of the ocean to the east and south. Each morning we wake with the rising sun (thank goodness it doesn’t come up until 7:30!) as it shines through our bamboo roll up shades. Today we were greeted to a spectacular sunrise in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay.

We want to know: Where is the most spectacular sunrise you’ve ever seen?

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Trekking from Fortaleza de Santa Teresa to Punta del Diablo

We decided to make a day-long outing to the military-run national park, Santa Teresa, just north of Punta del Diablo. Most people would probably just drive, but we chose to take the bus there and then walk back along the ocean from Fortaleza de Santa Teresa to Punta del Diablo.

A short 10 minute bus ride dropped us off at the street entrance to the fort – a fort started by the Portuguese in 1762 and captured by the Spanish in 1793 and the site of many battles since then.

Unfortunately, with it being off-season, shortened hours meant it was closed when we arrived, but that wasn’t the main attraction for us. We were more interested in the 7 mile walk from Fortaleza de Santa Teresa to Punta del Diablo via three stretches of beach: Playa de las Achiras, Playa del Barco and the Playa Grande. read more