Europe? The United States? Asia? Why stop there? Why not visit Latin America? You may ask, “Is it safe?” Yes, yes it is. Again, you may ask, “do I have to get many visas to travel in South America?” The visas for South American Countries are much cheaper than the typical European visa. For example, a Brazilian visa will cost around $25 USD and the Bolivian visa around $15 USD. Both of these visas take between 1 and 5 business days to obtain. So with any luck, you can plan a trip to Latin America in just 5 days with your Egyptian Passport.
“An even better option is to take over night buses so you can wake up in a new city – or even country – every day.”
Why you should go to Latin America? What is better than being surrounded by people who believe in living in the moment and enjoying life to the fullest no matter what challenge they face? People in South America are chill, welcoming, and know how to have a good time. While you are exploring, why not learn a different dance each day? Try your hand at Salsa, Tango, Samba, whatever your heart desires.
What could possibly be better than hiking in the mountains? Showering under a waterfall? Biking down the deadliest road in the world? Maybe you want to go running through a forest or even jump off a cliff!
This is the life I want. The ticket to South America might be expensive due to the distance, but the countries themselves are cheap. What you paid for the plane ticket, you can easily save on land. The investment is worth it, to know such rich cultures, experience the variety of amazing foods and learn Spanish.
“What is better than being surrounded by people who believe in living in the moment and enjoying life to the fullest no matter what challenge they face?”
Accommodation and transportation are not a problem anymore either. For example, I am currently in Bolivia and I spent about $50 on transportation and accommodation all while traveling through three cities. You can sleep at a hostel that will cost you between $5 and $20 a night, or an even better option is to take over night busses so you can wake up in a new city – or even country – every day.
If you are more adventurous, and wish to save even more, a tent might be useful. Traveling is the best education you can get, and you can do it. The question is, do you have the courage to do it?
Currently in Bolivia
Traveling through Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru and Chile.
Abdullah El Shamy is an Egyptian traveler. 22 years. Explored 60 countries and 160 cities of the world. Goal is to travel the world before turning 30.
Edited by Michael Paramore