Something I’ve learnt after two years of living abroad, is that your travel plans definitely adapt and change according to where you live.
In Europe, you only need to jump on a plane for an hour or two to be somewhere where the language is different, the food too, not to mention the architecture. Which means, that travelling to Europe is easy and often very low-cost. It’s perfectly achievable to travel to another country for a long weekend.
But living in South America means that the distance between countries is so much greater, so jumping on a quick plane and being in a new country, doesn’t really happen. This might sound like this makes travel less exciting, but in reality, it’s just different.
You see, Chile has so much to explore, more than anyone can really imagine. But instead of holidaying in bustling cities full of colour and culture, in Chile, people generally travel to spend time in the great outdoors. Be it at the beach, in the mountains, a national park or the desert. There is so much on offer that it’s impossible to get bored of travelling in Chile. Especially when you consider that from Santiago, you can fly three hours north and south and still be in Chile… That still amazes me, coming from the tiny UK!
So, in two years of living here, asides from our honeymoon to Colombia and a trip to Lima, Peru. All of our long weekends and longer holidays have been spent in Chilean nature. Some of those trips have been just an hour away from Santiago whilst others have been a flight away.
Travelling in Chile has allowed me:
To camp in the mountains
To see the blooming desert in Spring.
To visit the most stunning mountains in PatagoniaTo admire lakeside sunsetsTo pose on top of a volcanoTo admire the beauty of Chile’s national parks.To see bodies of water that look too good to be trueTo trek and camp along the Caratera AustralTo watch sunset in the desertTo climb to great heightsTo spot waterfallsTo play in the snowTo breathe in the ocean airTo see wildlife
… to explore a new way of travelling!
Chile has shown me so much variety and opened up so many new travel opportunities. Here is to seeing more of you, Chile, because the list of places to see in Chile, never ends!
Has where you lived changed your travel plans?
Your Photos are amazing.
Aww, thanks so much, Kelly! Chile makes it easy to take good shots 😉
I love photography.
Me too! It’s definitely my favourite hobby 🙂
Mine too. I rarely leave the house without my camera.
Man, Chile looks like an absolutely amazing country – the first photo of Patagonia literally gave me goosebumps! I definitely agree that living abroad can help change your travel perspective. Back home, I used to not go on any day trips and rarely even weekend trips… not being based in South Bohemia, I realize how great local trips are and how much there is to discover where you are… because alllll the trips can’t be the big ones, but I still want to travel as much as I can while here. I think if/when I move back home to WA state, I’ll be a local travel maniac 🙂
Patagonia is beyond incredible, imagine my face when I saw that view!! I’m so excited to write my 2017 adventure recap as it’s been a good one!
And yes, I totally agree with you on that one! We plan so much for the long weekends and even normal weekends as I want to take advantage of it all! 🙂 So glad I’m not the only one 😉 I also think I’d do the same in the U.K.
Amazing locations ! Beautiful photos !!
Thank you!! There’s always so much to choose from!
A great collection of photos of the beautiful scenic country!
Thanks very much Marland! I’m glad you enjoyed the post.
You’re very welcome!
a lot of adventure travel:)
Indeed! I’m looking forward to writing my recap of this year! 🙂
Thank you! Chile is so picturesque! 🙂
Aw that’s really cool! You seem to have seen so much of Chile already it’s amazing!
We have definitely tried to make the most of travelling in Chile… and there is so much more I want to see! 🙂
Beautiful story, Marcella. It looks like Chile has so much to offer, you could spend your whole life exploring it and not make a dent. I think the beauty of travel is exactly that – adapt according to your destination. Every country has something different to give, teach and show. Thus changing the way you explore and what you focus on is important to take full advantage of where you are. xx
Thanks so much for these beautiful worlds! You are so right, if you don’t adapt your ways of travelling, then you definitely won’t get to enjoy all that is on offer! 🙂 Have a lovely week!!
I will never get tired of your Patagonia pictures. They are unreal. So what your saying is, you pretty much never have to leave Chile?!
Thanks so much, Courtney! I feel the same whenever I look at them, the beauty is almost too much!!
And yes, tehe! In terms of travel, Chile does seem to have everything!
As always your photos are stunning!! I have to say I really appreciate how close countries are in Europe and the ease of traveling Europe from the UK. I’m a bit nervous about adjusting to those huge distances back in the states! You seem to have adjusted really well though and are definitely making the most of travel in Chile 🙂
And yes, Europe’s easy travel can’t really be beaten! It really is the best. But you will readjust to your new travel opportunities, promise! 🙂
That’s one of the things that I love about Europe is that it is so easy to travel to new countries and cheap as well! We have the same issue in the United States that it’s hard to travel to another country and sometimes even another state, but that just makes traveling within the country that much more exciting!
Yes, and we so take it for granted, it’s just the norm when you live in Europe! I don’t think you realise until going somewhere else and the distances become huge!!
Your photos are beautiful!
I never thought about how living abroad will change the way you travel, but it totally does! I do things now that I never would have done before moving to Korea. great post!
Glad you enjoyed the post! It’s always a good thing to be exposed to new travelling opportunities 🙂