I have never travelled alone. I've never left my home country as an adult. I'm terrified of flying.

I have never travelled alone. I've never left my home country as an adult. I'm terrified of flying. I don't speak a word of Spanish. But I want to challenge myself and experience the world.

I've made picrel as my first trip. I want to one bag for about 40-50 days through Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, one spot in Brazil, Namibia, Pretoria, and Singapore. I want to balance pre-planning and discovery.

At times I want to cycle hire and use the pinned locations as a base, particularly Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

Anyone that has been to any of these places, can you share with me some tips and hidden gems about them?

Is this a good first trip for someone looking to challenge themselves? I have no idea of how many days worth of clothing to bring, what types of clothing, how to be frugal, etc. But I want to learn.

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  1. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    I am currently using skyscanner for flights and busbud for overland journeys. I can't seem to do busbud that far in advance. I have no idea how to book the ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo.

    Also, anyone know how long the Argentine customs take when travelling from Puerto Varas to Bariloche? I want to book a flight to Cordoba just three hours after the bus arrives.

  2. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Porto Alegre is a bland major city, although there are beautiful women there. From there you can go to São Miguel das Missões (you'll appreciate it better if you watch 1988 Mission movie before it).
    Here you have two options: either go North to go to Foz do Iguaçu/Puerto Iguazu, which is really worth of it, or go straight to BBAA. Either way, Montevideo is boring and it doesn't deserve more than 3 days. Doing it in a ferry trip from BBAA is better.
    Rosário and Cordoba seems to be as bland major cities as Porto Alegre, but one Boludo can say this better than me.
    Unless you want to go to Chiloé Island, I don't see why you should to Puerto Montt and, mainly, Conception, which is shitty as hell. Also, they said the trip from Mendoza to Santiago is really kino.
    PS: whatever is your intention, stay more in Buenos Aires than Santiago.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      What makes them so bland? And what’s special about Sao Miguel?

      I’m not going to Puerto Montt (I know the locals say Muerto Montt), I’m going to Puerto Varas nearby to cycle around the lake and visit nearby villages.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Imagine one of those big American cities that has not any personality. It is only a big city with big buildings, a main church that has nothing in special, traffic jams, etc. That's Porto Alegre. The only Brazilian big cities that has some personality are, in not any particular order: Florianópolis, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Salvador, Recife, São Luís and maybe Manaus, Belém, Natal and João Pessoa.
        As of São Miguel das Missões, pic related.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesuit_missions_among_the_Guaran%C3%AD

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          Sorry man, doesn't really interest me. Thanks for the recommendation though.

  3. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    This is kinda like being new to video games and jumping right into Dark Souls. good luck to you OP.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Is it really? I thought South America was well regarded in the southern most countries. Regardless, I wanna be challenged somewhat.

  4. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >no experience solo travel
    >wants to hit three continents and stay 50 days.
    You might be setting yourself up for a bad time.
    I'd recommend doing just south america, keep africa and singapore for another time. Once you complete this first trip you'll have good knowledge for the next ones.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Relax.. okay, this is what you do. Fly to a place close to your country, and spend a day or a few days in a resort. For Americans, this is Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, or Punta Cana. Ease your way into this.

      I admire you challenging yourself. Not everyone will understand you, because I went through the same problem. I curled up into a ball on my first flight ever during take off.

      If you're European, just take a few flights around the continent. Like, Paris-> Warsaw and just relax in a hotel, walk around the city, etc.

      Also, you're overdoing this. You're scared of travel, you should be doing things in steps, not plan out a massive trip so you can feel, "normal". It is perfectly fine to take things at a comfortable pace.

      >Also, you're overdoing this. You're scared of travel, you should be doing things in steps, not plan out a massive trip so you can feel, "normal". It is perfectly fine to take things at a comfortable pace.
      Yeah, this. It's possible to get burnt out from travel, you know. Setting up a punishing itinerary when you have hardly any experience with it is setting yourself up for a bad time. I'd recommend chilling in an Airbnb in Buenos Aires for two months rather than trying to see all of the Southern Cone in one go.

      There's enough to see in a big city like Buenos Aires to keep you entertained for a month. You'll have all the novelty you need. It's better than stressing yourself out traveling overland between irrelevant shitholes.

      Also, you can't have your itinerary depend on a Latin American bus schedule. What if the driver is hungover and decides not to show one morning, and there's no other bus leaving that small shithole town until the afternoon? You can't have all your plans depend on that, shit like that is what gives you cancer.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Sorry if this sounds autistic but what makes an itinerary punishing? I have locations with not a lot planned so I have spare days.

        Also as for the buses these are big companies that run established routes daily. I more worry about the crossover in Luanda

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      The majority of my time is in South America. I’ve chosen Singapore because I live in Australia so it’s a nice relaxation stop. Really it’s 90% in South America then less than a week in Africa. A few days to chill in Singapore. But you could be right I might need to rethink a bit.

  5. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Relax.. okay, this is what you do. Fly to a place close to your country, and spend a day or a few days in a resort. For Americans, this is Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, or Punta Cana. Ease your way into this.

    I admire you challenging yourself. Not everyone will understand you, because I went through the same problem. I curled up into a ball on my first flight ever during take off.

    If you're European, just take a few flights around the continent. Like, Paris-> Warsaw and just relax in a hotel, walk around the city, etc.

    Also, you're overdoing this. You're scared of travel, you should be doing things in steps, not plan out a massive trip so you can feel, "normal". It is perfectly fine to take things at a comfortable pace.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      I’ve done this before as a teenager. I travelled plenty with my parents I was just fearful of planes as a child.

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