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How to Become a Buslife Vlogger

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Have you ever thought of becoming a Buslife vlogger? Wouldn’t it be great to share your journey with the world as you travel? We think so! That’s why we are dedicating this article to spark interest in Buslifers to start vlogging. You can do so for fun, but you can also make it a side hustle or even as a full-time gig. We’ll dive into how you can monetize through vlogging, what equipment you need, and what to film. Our aim is that this article gives you a comprehensive overview to help you get started directly. 

What is vlogging? 

Vlogging is a playful word twist that originates from the word ‘blogging.’ Whereas blogging is related to writing, vlogging is related to recording video. Hence, some people also call it video blogging.

A typical vlogger creates at least one short video per day. Usually, they make a video of themselves using a mobile phone and a selfie stick. Videos are streamed live or pre-recorded and then uploaded via YouTube, Facebook, or other platforms. 

People vlog to share their day-to-day life with the world, such as their ideas, thoughts, dreams, and fears. Countless vloggers have gained great popularity through the years and have even managed to make an income with it! We’ll talk about how Buslifers like you can monetize through vlogging later in this article. 

Why become a vlogger? 

There are many reasons to vlog. First of all, people want to share something unique with the world. An idea, a philosophy, an opinion, or something else that may catch the attention of a large audience. Secondly, vlogging is the result of a trend that has been occurring over the past decade or so: the move away from reading and in the direction of watching videos. Indeed, vlogging is slowly taking over blogging! 

Think of this stat: In 2016 there were an estimated 700 million digital video viewers worldwide. That number has grown to an astonishing 2.6 billion in 2019! In addition, people spend more time watching videos than ever before. Back in 2016, viewers watched videos online on average 26 minutes per day. This has more than doubled to almost an hour of viewing time now. 

In recent years, mobile phone usage has overtaken desktop usage, which is the main reason why more people are watching videos nowadays. After all, you just need to pick up the phone, open YouTube and you’ll get shown various video options based on your preferences. 

The bottom line is: Our behavior online is fuelling the vlogger movement. Take advantage of that! Our message today is that you, as a Buslifer anywhere in the world, may find great satisfaction in sharing your stories, journeys, and ideas with the world by vlogging. 

What should I film? 

Here’s a list of ideas you could vlog about as a Buslifer: 

  • Your favorite destination 
  • Your bucket list
  • Challenges of being a Buslifer
  • Sharing your goals and dreams
  • On the road (travel plans)
  • Tour of your VW Bus
  • Daily habits (meditation, exercise, reading, etc)
  • Sharing your thoughts on life
  • Cooking on the bus
  • What do you eat in a day?
  • What makes your bus unique?
  • Inspirational messages
  • Jokes
  • Budget
  • Tips
  • Packing
  • Q&A with your followers
  • Giveaway contest
  • Collaborate with other Buslifers
  • How to be a Buslife vlogger

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Vlogging equipment you need to have 

In order to vlog, you only need a few tools, such as a camera, microphone, and a selfie stick. In addition, we recommend getting lighting and a tripod. 

Here are some sample products to purchase, depending on your price range: 

1. Camera 

If you have a good phone camera, you could simply use that for vlogging. For guaranteed professional videos, purchase the Panasonic Lumix G100 4k Vlogging Camera. If you are shooting action videos, you might want to consider getting a GoPro Hero9. 

2. Microphone 

To ensure good sound quality, you need to have a solid microphone. The Altson Ultra-Compact Clip is a good option in its price range. 

3. Selfie stick 

Selfie sticks can be purchased anywhere nowadays. This selfie stick is of good quality and is compatible with most mobile phone devices. 

4. Lighting 

You’d be surprised at how many people get it wrong when it comes to lighting indoors. Just a minor touch will make your video clear and visible in all circumstances. Purchase this 8-inch Ring Light with Tripod Stand and choose between varying lighting options. If you’re using a camera, maybe an on-camera lighting option such as this Switti Camera Light would be best. 

5. Tripod stand 

The lighting and tripod combination mentioned in point 4 is a good option, but if you’re looking for a tripod with more options, consider buying this one. 

With these items, you’re ready to go! Time to think about how to present yourself. 

Creating a unique brand 

Staying true to yourself is the first step in creating a unique brand. People tend to create a different version of themselves online. If you’ve seen The Social Dilemma, you’ll know how many people live two completely different lives: One in the outside world, and one in the digital world. Our first suggestion is to make sure you be your authentic self when vlogging. People appreciate authenticity and like to hear you talk about things that will inspire them. So find your voice, style, format, setting, and camera with which people can easily recognize you as a brand. 

Creating value as a vlogger

After going through all of the previously mentioned steps, including purchasing the right equipment and creating a unique brand by staying true to yourself, you’ll now want to think about how to create value. More specifically, you’ll need to think about what your audience wants to hear. Creating value is really all about creating content that appeals to your audience. The key is to find out what your audience wants at any given moment.

For example, you can browse through the comments section of your videos to see what questions people ask. Then, in your next vlog, you could answer one or more of those questions. If you are tech-savvy you can also do a keyword research to find out which topics or questions are popular by using tools such as Google Trends and Google Keyword Planner.

For us Buslifers, being in a niche helps pave the way. Your audience most likely consists of fellow travelers or VW Bus enthusiasts. You can create value by offering information, tips, opinions, and reviews based on your travels. For example: 

Since these are questions your audience is potentially asking themselves already, you’ll be offering your ideas and thus create value for them.

Monetizing as a Buslife vlogger 

Though it may sound hard, monetizing your vlogs is actually a lot easier than you might think. Earlier we mentioned that video has taken over the online space. People crave videos more than any other type of content. You can also take a piece of the pie!

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The most way of monetizing your vlogging work is by setting up a YouTube channel for your vlogs. Start posting and sharing your vlogging content with the world. Attract new subscribers to your channel by creating a social media strategy, doing giveaways, and most importantly, by creating content that is valuable to your audience. Then, when you’ve reached a level of success, you can join the YouTube Partner Program. 

What is the YouTube Partner Program? 

The YouTube Partner Program is a deal between you, the content producer, and YouTube, the host. You allow YouTube to show ads during your videos in exchange for a part of the revenue YouTube is generating from the ads. Depending on several “secret” factors, you can earn an estimated $0.80-$2.50 per thousand views. If you’re videos get 100,000 views, you would be earning approximately $80-150 per video. 

Getting started

Though the monetization formula sounds simple, to get to the point of generating significant income can be a tough journey. We suggest not to jump into it with the sole purpose of earning money. Being a vlogger is something you need to be very passionate about. Then, by developing the right skills, voice, and style, you can gain traction and slowly grow your follower base.

To learn more about becoming a vlogger, we recommend following a course on Udemy. 

Did you enjoy reading this article? Leave a comment below if you have any suggestions or questions. 

Pet first aid: Pet care on the road

Pet First Aid: Pet Care on the Road

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For all you animal lovers out there, we think you’ll agree that there is nothing quite like traveling the globe in a VW Bus with your furry friend on board.

It’s heart-warming to see all the lovely photos you share as part of the Buslifers community with your pets, exploring, adventuring, and, most importantly, having fun!

Traveling on the road with your pet is a wonderful experience but as all responsible pet owners know, caring for an animal is not always plain sailing. When you least expect it, your pet could become sick or injured, and it’s best to be prepared.

We have compiled the ultimate guide to pet care on the road for anyone out there thinking about hopping in their VW Bus with their pet. Have a read and, you’ll be riding off into the sunset in no time, for an adventure like no other while caring for your pet on the road.

Before you leave: Vet care abroad and pet insurance 

Don’t leave your pet care on the road to chance. Ensuring you have pet insurance in place and a plan for locating a veterinary surgery is vital before you, and your pet set off on your Buslifer adventure.  

Get started by checking out your current pet insurance plan to see if your pet is covered when traveling abroad. You might be able to include this as part of your policy. Or, if you need to purchase some additional insurance for your pet, it’s always worth shopping around for the best deal. For the worldwide leader in pet insurance, visit Petplan.

We would also highly recommend using a price comparison site and here are just a few sites to get you started.

UK pet insurance price comparison

Australian pet insurance price comparison

Columbian pet insurance price comparison

US pet insurance price comparison

If you’ve spent some time mapping out your road trip, it’s worth researching in advance recommended veterinary surgeries in the areas you are visiting.

For extra peace of mind, to ensure your pet’s health and happiness throughout your Buslife adventure, you may also want to consider signing up for an online vet advice service. There’s a wide range of affordable options, including sites such as PetCoachPawSquad, and JustAnswer.

 Onboard your VW Bus: Essential pet first aid kit

Just as you would for yourself, carrying a first aid kit designed for animals is the best way to ensure you are ready for any eventually while traveling with your pet.

The Blue Cross recommend including the following essentials in your pet first aid kit:

Other items that may come in useful include:

Pet first aid kits are readily available online, and you’ll find a wide range of affordable options, from all-in-one kits to compact travel packs. Some of our favorites including this Wild Barkers Cat and Dog First Aid Kit and this mini travel version.

On the road: Checking your pet for symptoms of an illness or injury

Pet owners know when something’s not quite right with their fluffy friend. But it’s not always so simple to work out what’s causing their discomfort.

Spotting symptoms of illness or injury early in your pet could prevent their condition from worsening and save you a lot of worries. Getting your pet to a vet sooner, if needed, could also save you some serious cash when it comes to costly vet bills!

Here are some typical symptoms to keep an eye out for and help you with pet care on the road.

  • Sickness & Diarrhoea
  • Refusing to eat
  • Increased tiredness
  • Swollen gums
  • Excessive scratching & flaking skin
  • Runny nose and eyes
  • Excessive drinking
  • Frequent or difficulty urinating

If you notice your pet experiencing any of these symptoms, they should be monitored. If they persist for longer than 24 hours, contact a vet

When your pet has been injured, they may also display one or more of these symptoms:

  • Howling or growling
  • Signs of aggression
  • Excessive licking
  • Lack of mobility
  • Restlessness and changes in their usual eating and sleeping patterns
  • Sudden trembling
  • Increased panting

On the road: Treating your pet for an injury 

Hopefully, nothing bad will ever happen to your much-loved furry friend. However, if your pet is injured while you’re on the road, here are a few easy-to-follow handling tips.

  1. Don’t assume your pet will never try to bite or scratch you. If your pet has been injured, they could lash out due to pain or fear.
  2. Calmly examine your pet to establish whether their injury is something you can treat yourself or if you need to take them to a vet.
  3. If you need to transport your pet, you may want to wrap them in a towel and ensure they are kept in a confined space to avoid the risk of further injury.

If your pet’s injury is minor, how you treat them will depend on their injury. We would recommend familiarising yourself with an essential pet first aid guide and keeping a copy onboard your VW Bus in case of an emergency. This free booklet can also be downloaded via the RSPCA.  

What to do: Lost and stray pets

Finding a lost pet or a stray can be a distressing experience, particularly if you are on the road in an unfamiliar country. One thing to bear in mind is that there are countries worldwide where stray dogs and cats are prevalent. However, these simple tips could help you reunite a lost pet with its owner or help a stray in need.

Lost pets

  • Is the animal wearing a collar? If yes, they are likely to be someone’s pet, and if there is an identity tag, great! You should have a phone number to ring. If not, check the vicinity to see if anyone can ask who may know the pet’s owner. Failing this, locate the nearest vets or animal warden.
  • Many countries have sites dedicated to helping reunite owners with their lost pets. For example, LostFoundPets is the US national lost and found pet database, while PetsReunited helps owners in the UK. When trying to find the best site for the country you are visiting, search keywords, including ‘lost pet database,’ ‘missing pet,’ and include the relevant country name.

Strays

  • If you encounter a stray dog or cat in a different country, although it is tempting to pet and feed them, this isn’t advised. Primarily because most will not have been vaccinated and may carry diseases, you will also encourage the animal to beg for scraps.  
  • There are animal charities around the world that support stray cats and dogs. If you find an animal that you believe to be suffering, you could look to contact them. For example, Animal Lefkada rescues animals in need on the Greek Island of Lefkada.
  • You can help support stray animals in the country you are traveling to by donating or volunteering with a recognized animal charity.

Top buys: Keep your pet happy and healthy on the road 

We Buslifers know how vital handy, portable gadgets are for life on the road. That’s why we’ve compiled a small selection of additional first aid essentials to help you with pet care on the road.

Wound care – An antimicrobial spray that will help to keep wounds clean and heal quickly.

Ear cleaner – An easy-to-use cleaning solution that helps reduce ear wax build-up and reduce the risk of infection.  

Waterproof dog boots – Help protect your pet’s paws and allow wounds to heal quickly without infection.

Teeth cleaner – Easy to apply dental gel helps break down plaque, ensuring your pet’s oral hygiene on your travels. 

Cooling pet vest – Keep your pet cool and avoid heatstroke with this washable jacket.

Flea and worming treatment – Stock up on flea and worming treatment to keep your pet covered throughout your trip.  

We hope our guide to pet care on the road has been helpful. If you want even more tips on traveling with your pet, you will want to read our article, Bringing Your Dog on the road.

If you’re looking for plenty more content about life on the road, why not have a browse of our other stories? We have written about helpful topics, including ‘How to Stay Hygienic on the Road’ and the ‘Top 12 Travel Essentials’.

digital nomad and wifi access

How to Have Access to Wifi on the Road at All Times

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Wifi is everywhere. The days that you needed cables to access the internet are long gone. Now it is possible to access the internet in almost all corners of the world in a variety of ways. Having internet access allows you to do remote work while traveling with your VW Bus. We’ve covered several blog posts in the past on how to get started with a freelance career, allowing you to work wherever you are in the world: 

In this article, we’ll dive into an important practical aspect of working remotely while on the road: Good access to the internet.

Wireless internet options in 2020 

In this section, we’ll cover the various ways you can get connected to the internet (wireless) in 2020:

1. Set up your mobile phone as a hotspot 

Most phones have the option to turn your wifi connection into a hotspot. In essence, your mobile phone becomes a router to which you can connect various devices, including other laptops and tablets. The great benefit is that there are no external appliances needed besides your phone. Very handy for traveling!

You can turn practically every Android and iOS phone into a mobile hotspot. Though instructions may differ slightly depending on which mobile phone device you are using, in general, it works as follows: 

  • On your mobile phone, go to settings 
  • Go to ‘Mobile Hotspot’ 
  • Switch ‘on’ the mobile hotspot (this will switch off wifi and connect you to your network data) 
  • Mobile hotspot is now activated 
  • A notification will appear showing you how to connect other devices to the wireless mobile hotspot 
  • Go to the device you want to connect and select the connection name, enter the password or scan the QR code to connect swiftly

Although using a mobile hotspot has many advantages, there are also some things to consider: 

  • Your monthly usage of data will need to be significant if you plan on using your computer several hours a day 
  • When traveling abroad, you’ll need to check with your provider to see if they have good data plans for abroad that are not too expensive 
  • You’ll need a strong battery or recharge your mobile phone frequently when using the mobile hotspot

wifi mobile hotspot

2. Get a travel sim card

If you decide to stay in a specific country for a longer period of time, it may be worth getting a travel sim card. Generally, using the mobile provider you have at home and upgrading it to use it abroad is very expensive. Getting a traveling sim card is more cost-effective, depending on the duration of your stay.

Although you can get a sim card in the country you are visiting, we recommend purchasing one in advance:

The main requirement is that your phone needs to be unlocked, meaning that you need to be able to put any sim card into it.

Besides it being cost-effective, the other big benefit is that your internet connection is more reliable since a local provider hosts it. In addition, you can create a mobile phone hotspot (see #1) to connect multiple devices.

3. Travel Router (Dongle)

A travel router (dongle) is perhaps the simplest method to connect multiple devices to wireless wifi. There are tons of travel routers on offer. Price ranges vary greatly depending on your needs. Here are some questions you need to ask: 

  • Are you traveling in one country or multiple countries? 
  • What is the duration of your travels? 
  • How much GB will you need? 
  • How many devices need to be connected?

The answers to these questions will give you a better picture of what you need. For example, the Mightywifi worldwide router is a great option if you are traveling across multiple countries for a longer period of time.

4. Internet cafes, bars, restaurants, museums, and other public places

Though not the quickest way to connect to wifi, for some it will be sufficient. If you work many hours each day and need steady internet, you’ll want to have options 1, 2, or 3 arranged before you commence your travels.

Do you need to connect to the internet once every few days or just a short while each day? Perhaps you can get away with using internet cafes, bars, public transport, and other wifi spots. The best thing is that they are free! Public wifi networks are common all around the world, so it’s not that hard to connect. Depending on your requirements, this option may be sufficient.

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Apps for finding good wifi spots

Wanting to connect to wifi in a public space? Here are some ways you can find out if the cafe, restaurant, or accommodation you are visiting has good access. We recommend checking out reviews via: 

How to test the speed of wifi? 

Wifi speed is always a tricky subject and depending on where you are, which type of network you have, and your needs, you may struggle to get a strong wifi signal. The only way to truly find out is to go to a place and test the wifi speed. We recommend reading reviews upfront to see what other people say about internet access.

Click here to test the speed of your internet connection. The test will show you whether your connection is strong enough. Generally speaking, a good download speed is at least 10 Mbps, while the upload speed should be at least 5 Mbps.

Conclusion

We hope this article has given you a good overview of the options available to you to access wireless wifi while traveling in your VW Bus. Luckily, modern-day technology offers us countless opportunities to access the web without cables. Before departing, we do recommend making a clear assessment of your needs.

If you are working remotely and require a strong wifi signal and a large amount of GB, you obviously won’t want to rely on cafes or restaurants. Therefore, prepare well by doing your research ahead of time. Are you traveling in one country or multiple countries? How long are you going to be traveling? The answers to these questions will help decide whether you’ll need a travel sim card or a dongle, or if a mobile hotspot or internet cafe will be sufficient.

A Christmas gift list for BusLifers

A Christmas Gift List for Buslifers

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If your loved one is a Buslifer, we bet you’ll have heard all about the importance of lightweight gadgets and endless space-saving tips. This is precisely why choosing the perfect Christmas gift for a Buslifer can sometimes be a little tricky…

The good news is your present hunt is finally over! We’ve put in the hours compiling a Christmas gift list for Buslifers for some of the very best gift ideas for your loved one.

Read on to discover some pretty snazzy gift recommendations and some hot tips for delivering to Buslifers while they’re on the road.

Are you a Buslifer? Welcome to the club! You will also want to read this very festive Christmas article we wrote about Christmas On The Road: What You Can And Can’t Do.

Our top ultimate Christmas gift list for Buslifers

For tech masters

Power bankThis is probably one of the most useful gadgets any Buslifer can have on the road. This reasonably priced power bank from Poweradd has great reviews and can charge most devices from phones to tablets.

Mini projectorWho says you can’t enjoy a movie on the big screen while traveling? This portable projector from Artlii connects to your phone and can be charged by a power bank.

Drone cameraThis is one of the best drones out there and a valuable asset for anyone who wants to post on social media or become a youtuber. What’s even better is that it’s foldable for Buslifers who are short on space.  

 

For the sustainably conscious

Natural soap barsThe sustainable brand Ethique Soap has created this great selection of ideal travel bars for the sustainably conscious Buslifer.

Gift a treeHelp to plant more trees when you gift one with Treedom! The ideal green Christmas gift, choose from different species and countries too.

Zero waste gift boxThe ideal starter kit for Buslifers looking to live a sustainable life. Featuring beeswax food wraps, a mesh shopping bag, and much more.

Foldable solar panelEfficiency and portability combined. This folding solar panel features USB charging technology and is compatible with solar generators.

 

For budding chefs                

Hand blenderAn absolute must-have compact kitchen gadget for all Buslifers. The Braun MultiQuick is a handy blender, mixer, and whisk, making it the ideal companion for cooking fabulous recipes on board a VW Bus.

Recipe cardsOne of the best bits about traveling is sampling plenty of tasty treats. Which is why these recipe cards and storage box are ideal for those Buslifers who love experimenting with local ingredients in their VW Bus kitchen.

Spiralizer –  With a selection of different blades, foodies can create culinary delights from veggie curly fries and chips in no time. This is great for perking up a salad or making raw vegan spaghetti! 

 

For bookworms

Drives of a LifetimeThe 2nd edition of the National Geographic Drives of a Lifetime is newly released, featuring 500 of the world’s most breathtaking drives. The perfect book for those who are on the hunt for some travel inspiration this Christmas.

Spiritual PlacesWritten by travel journalist Sarah Baxter, this is a beautiful book of some of the world’s most spiritual destinations. A soothing collection that we would all love to experience.

Vanlife DiariesThis beautiful book packed with breathtaking photography is the perfect feel-good read that celebrates the Vanlife and Buslife community.

The VW Bus History of a PassionA concise history for all the hardcore Buslifers out there who live and breathe their VW Bus.

 

Stocking fillers

Travel mapIdeal for Buslifers with the travel bug. A travel map, they can scratch off the destinations they visit as they go.

VW Bus SocksNo Christmas stocking is complete without socks, and with these VW Bus socks, you can’t go wrong.

Driving glassesThese polarized sunglasses are the must-have VW Bus driving companion for all Buslifers. Helping to reduce sun glare and making driving at night safer.   

 

The creative’s guide to homemade Buslifer Christmas gifts

We all know how wonderful it is to receive a personal, homemade gift. So, if you’re a dab hand when it comes to crafts, why not consider making a little something to surprise your Buslifer.

The ideas are endless but here is just a small selection of some homemade gifts with how-to guides to help you create them in no time.

 

Knitted hand warmersThese are a must for the cold winter months. Download the

free pattern via the link and order your yarn in a range of colors too.

DreamcatcherA beautiful addition to any VW Bus, and who knew they were so easy to make!?

Patchwork quiltA truly personal gift, and with this easy-to-follow tutorial, even beginners to quilting will master this craft.

Christmas cards – Send your Buslifer a festive greetings card they will want to keep forever.

Scented candle These scented candles will help your loved one feel at home. Even if they are halfway around the world.

Macrame keychainNo Buslifer should be without one of these to adorn their precious VW Bus keys.

Photo magnetsA cute and inexpensive personalized gift to surround your Buslifer with their loved ones this Christmas.

VW PotholderWhat VW Bus owner doesn’t want their very own knitted version?

BuntingDesign and create your own bunting that will brighten up any VW Bus.

Travel journal  – This tutorial to make a tea-stained journal is great fun. You will also be creating the most unique travel journal out there. 

How and when to deliver gifts to Buslifers on the road

When it comes to getting your Christmas gift to a Buslifer in time for the big day, we say, send it early!

You will need to check specific ‘last Christmas posting dates’ for the country you live in. But to give you an idea, if you are posting from the UK, Royal Mail states that standard international packages need to be sent as early as the 4th of December.  If you are posting from the US, The United States Postal Service lists the 7th December for their priority mail express international service for some countries.*

*These dates are relevant for the year 2020.

Having a parcel delivered to someone living life on the road is easier than you think! One of the easiest and most secure ways to get your Christmas gift to your No.1 Buslifer is to use the service poste restante (general delivery). How it works is that you send your parcel to a post office in a particular location, and they hold it until the recipient can collect it.

To make things even easier, Wikipedia has a helpful entry that lists details of the poste restante services in countries worldwide. Check it out here. 

We do hope that this Christmas gift list for Buslifers has put you in a festive mood! If you’re looking for even more tips to bring some cheer into your VW Bus this Christmas, take a look at our story How To Decorate Your VW Bus For The Christmas Holidays.

VW Bus Events & Why You Need to Attend Them

Have you ever participated in any VW Bus events?

We are Selene and Humberto from Pasos de Migrantes. For three years we have been living and traveling in a VW Bus and participating in the VW Bus events has always been a special occasion throughout the trip.

As we began this journey without a return date, we definitely did not imagine that choosing a VW Bus would have meant encountering an authentic and enduring parallel world of people, events, and surprises. Surrounding these wonderful timeless mechanical critters are enthusiasts, collectors, other travelers, travel fanatics, or just curious people who come to understand and ask about a nomadic, itinerant, and alternative lifestyle. Groups spread over so many countries and their different regions, want to know one of the most important means of transport. It is so iconic and legendary.

4° Encuentro de Villa Maria – Cordoba, Argentina

Are we exaggerating?

Perhaps, or perhaps instead we will witness hidden magic behind these mobile cans with magnetic eyes that always catch a smile, a hand, a chat and yes, indisputably a peek inside.

In the streets of any city, the VW Bus provides us with daily human contact. Imagine what it is like a VW Bus event is created, organized, and marked in the calendar! A multitude of VW Buses, each one with its colors, personality, history, and process to tell. Each with an owner or two with thousands of dreams to realize.

Our first meet-ups were in Bolivia. These comprised of informal appointments and meetings between friends who are barely acquainted. We shared mechanical advice and logistical support that, less than 2 months after our departure, encouraged us a lot. Those that followed later, between Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, were presented to us more as special VW Bus events. They have organizing teams, stands, activities, sponsors, expected parades through the people, and support from some municipalities.

Each VW Bus event has a different soul and is celebrated and organized differently.

There are those that last one day, those that take place over a full weekend, those that take place in parking lots or urban structures, or those that invite us to immerse ourselves in nature and the comfort of a campsite.

There is something for all tastes and we are more than sure that sometimes they have reached your ear … the air-cooled movement, the national day of “Kombis” (as defined in South America), the international Volkswagen exhibition, the South American Meeting of Escobar, the Patagonian Encounter. All of these are regional ramifications of the VW events that for years have been emerging and encouraging all of us, the most fans.

DNF – Dia Nacional do Fusca – Curitiba, Brasil

What more to say

In a life on the road in the company of your faithful VW Bus, we believe that these occasions are an undeniable opportunity.
An experience to try, feel, and see with your own eyes at least once… if you’ve never participated yet, here are some reasons to put them on your map!

Share your rolling passion and in many cases your choice of life.

These meetings bring together people who live like you, travel, and dream alike with these icons of freedom. It is like speaking a new language but one that we understand perfectly.

1. Create new bonds of friendship.

Although the meetings are brief, the participation is so heartfelt that you will end up leaving with new friends. Travelers who will always be throwing a hand at you and when you cross some corner of the world it will be amazing to meet and hug again.

2. Learn to share.

Whether it is a brief chat, a delicious meal, a look at the engine, or a part of a mechanical spare part, learning to share information, objects, experiences and knowledge are what will fill you the most with memories and gratitude for everything you lived through.

3. Receive help, advice, mechanical data, and maintenance of the jewel you handle.

Normally, a VW Bus mechanic will always be present at meetings, ready and prepared to be consulted on the hottest topic and, indeed, physically kidnapped and thrown into the engine of each bus.

4. Camping in good company.

There is nothing better than being able to enjoy a few days with friends in places of nature. Especially without having to look for basic services, and safe and suitable places to camp, don’t you think?

5. Know the culture of a country.

Yes, because in a meeting people come together from many parts of the same country and from other neighboring countries. So let’s take advantage of these moments to appreciate the diversity that makes us so special.

These events will serve your cause very well if your trip is also financed through the sale of your crafts.

Nothing better than enjoying work, right?

This article was kindly shared by one of our Buslifers Ambassadors. To follow their journey, you can find them on Instagram at @pasosdemigrantes. You can also read their Buslifers profile right here. Stay up to date with all the latest VW Bus Events by using our events calendar

Reduce your waste on the road

How To Reduce Your Waste On The Road

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For those of us who love adventure, living on the road in a VW Bus is an opportunity. It’s a chance to escape the humdrum of everyday life. However, this doesn’t make us exempt from living a more sustainable lifestyle. A big part of the Buslifers dream is feeling closer to nature. However, with that, there is a responsibility when it comes to how to reduce your waste on the road. Today 99% of everything we purchase is disposed of within six months, and over two billion tons of waste is produced worldwide every year.

With this shocking statistic in mind, it emphasizes that individually, we are tiny cogs in the wheel. However, imagine the significant difference Buslifers could make if we all strive towards living a low-waste life on the road.

Here are our four simple steps for how to reduce your waste on the road.

No To Single-Use

Avoiding single-use items is a pretty self-explanatory waste reduction tip. However, when we start to incorporate reusable products in our lives, it doesn’t take long to discover how much of what we use is disposable.

Carrier bags are an obvious example. Most of us are guilty of having reached for one whilst picking up essentials at the store. However, did you know that the inventor of the plastic carrier bag never intended for them to be single-use? It’s sad to think of plastic bags clogging up our planet, especially when it’s so simple to stop their invasion. A foldable shopping bag is ideal for keeping onboard your VW Bus, as are mesh produce bags for trips to a local market.

Other single-use culprits that you will be familiar with include, plastic dinnerware and straws. As well as cotton buds, face masks, takeaway coffee cups and sanitary products. The good news is that there are plenty of reusable alternatives available on the market, including these VW Bus enamel mugs that we love!

If you’re looking at ways to incorporate reusable products into your everyday Buslife, you will also want to check out our article on how to stay hygienic on the road.

Recycle & Repurpose

When you become a Buslifer, one thing you quickly discover is how to make do and mend.

Recycling your waste is your quickest and easiest place to get started and you could even consider composting your food waste with this compact folding food waste bin. Disposing of your recycling may require some prior planning, but most campsites do offer disposal facilities.

Repurposing is another excellent way to ensure everything you purchase enjoys a second life. Storage is always a talking point for Buslifers, so why not try turning an old shampoo bottle into a phone charger holder. You can also repurpose old clothes that would otherwise end up in the bin when you turn them into cleaning rags.

Avoid Packaging

If you’re striving to enjoy a low-waste life on the road, then like us, unnecessary packaging is going to make your blood boil.

Buying produce without packaging won’t always be possible, depending on where you travel to. However, choosing products that aren’t wrapped in plastic and switching to those that are zero-impact, such as Dr. Bronners can help us make a big difference in the long run.

Whilst on the road, look out for local farmers markets. Eco stores that offer unpackaged food and larger stores that stock fresh loose produce are great too. Don’t forget to take the reusable shopping bags we mentioned earlier!

Make & Grow

We know space is tight as a Buslifer. But, there are some easy ways to cut down on your waste by making and growing produce onboard your VW Bus.

Health and beauty products are an ideal place to start with many of the ingredients being store cupboard staples and easily attainable. If you’re also an avid forager, why not try some of the simple recipes in this bestseller, The Hedgerow Apothecary, that will help you blend your own plant-based natural remedies wherever you’re staying.

A vegetable garden is out of the question as a Buslifer, but fresh produce with zero food miles is possible! Keep it small by growing your own selection of herbs and micro veg on the road. You can also put supermarket food cartons through their paces when you reuse them as growing containers.

Are you feeling fired up for a fight against the enormous environmental impact waste has? The first step as a Buslifer is to commit to reduce your waste on the road. There is no doubt that it takes time to implement a sustainable routine, but by instilling habits that are kinder to the planet, the more positive our impact.

Looking for more top Buslifer tips? Check out our article featuring the Top 12 Travel Essentials.

Live a sustainable VW life

Live a Sustainable VW Buslife

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With more of us striving towards an environmentally friendly lifestyle, a question for many Buslifers is… How sustainable is my VW Bus? Now, driving across the globe is going to hurt our planet. However, in comparison to living a luxurious lifestyle in an average home, your chance of achieving a smaller carbon footprint is easily within reach. It’s time to live a sustainable VW Buslife!

Here are just a few ways you can work towards enjoying the Buslifer dream, while living sustainably, on the road.

Choose Sustainable Materials

If you’re taking the plunge and doing some DIY to your VW Bus, be sure to consider the materials you use. If it’s wood you’re after, visit a salvage yard and for soft furnishings, see what you can pick up second hand. By repurposing where possible, you’re helping to keep items out of landfill. It’s also a thrifty way to give your VW Bus a quirky look. For more renovation tips and tricks, click here.

VW bus interior

Go Solar

Looking to go off-grid in your VW Bus? You’re going to want to get some solar panels fitted. There are plenty of options out there to suit your requirements. Choose from installing panels on the roof to portable, fold-out panels. Solar panels will allow you to power personal electronics. But for power-hungry appliances such as fridges, it’s worth connecting to a power bank that will act as a generator or adding a leisure battery, which will store the energy from the solar panels. In addition to the leisure battery, you will need an inverter to plug in the fridge. There is an initial investment to consider when switching to solar power. However, it’s cost-effective in the long run with the added benefit of avoiding non-renewable energy.

Save Water

Without the luxury of running water, being cautious about over-consumption is something that’s on the mind of all VW Bus owners. However, saving water is easier said than done, and it’s worth taking some time to devise a water-saving system. It could be as simple as having a bottle to save any remaining water when you do the dishes. Or go one step further and install a manual water pump.

Being mindful about water consumption is incredibly important when you’re on the road, but so is staying clean and healthy. If you’re new to the Buslife, read our advice for staying hygienic while on the road.

Live The Slow Life

As we mentioned, the most significant element that is going to let a VW Bus owner down when it comes to sustainability is fuel consumption. Get used to living life in the slow lane to save fuel and plan your route to avoid any long detours. Also, rather than travelling far and wide, sit back and enjoy the view for just that bit longer. For a happy and positive wellbeing, it’s all about slow living.

If you find yourself staying an extra night somewhere, check out our article on how to find an overnight parking spot.

VW bus drivers seat

Be A Conscious Consumer

Although it’s great to try and buy less, there are times when we need to get our wallets out. Price is an essential element when making any purchase. However, instead of prioritising the best deals, be a conscious consumer and consider the longevity of a product, the materials used and a brands ethics. For a little extra help when it comes to shopping ethically, check out the rankings of some of the world’s leading brands via The Good Shopping Guide.

Leave No Trace 

Leaving no trace is a crucial Buslife motto. Remember to dispose of waste correctly and leave areas free of rubbish. Respect wildlife and leave any artefacts that you find for others to enjoy too. Visit the Center for Outdoor Ethics for more information on protecting our natural environments.

By following these simple rules, you and your beloved VW Bus are well on your way to becoming eco-warriors.

If you’d like to do even more to help our planet in your quest to live a sustainable VW Buslife, you could also consider offsetting your carbon footprint for every tonne of CO2 you emit while driving. Other lifestyle changes include shopping locally (which most of us do anyway while living on the road) and reducing the number of animal products you consume by making the switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet.

 

Are You Ready For A Sustainable Buslife?

Yes you are! We all are and being sustainable isn’t about being perfect, but taking the steps we can with the tools we have. Do you have any other sustainability tips for Buslife you would include here? Let us know in the comments.

Buslife Adventures: Top Places To Visit In South America

This story was kindly contributed by our Buslifers Ambassadors, @vidasrodantes. Read more about them on their ambassador profile. Below the English version, there is also a Spanish version. Scroll down and enjoy! 

Hi! We are Carolina and César, from Argentina. At the beginning of 2017, we decided to make a change in our lives – to get out of the comfort zone. We bought our VW Bus, converted it and in October of that same year we hit the road of America with the idea of ​​reaching Alaska. Since then, we have been living a nomadic life for more than two and a half years and we have already traveled much of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico. Touring Central America had to wait, because while in Ecuador we found out that we were going to have a baby! We decided to cross directly from Colombia to Mexico, which was where our daughter Lupe was born.

Today due to the global situation, we are back in Argentina, together with the family and enjoying being parents. This time helps us to think, plan, evaluate options of how, and in what way our journey will continue. We are definitely going to continue, although now with one more member.

Below you will find our top places we have visited in the past two and half years of travel. We have selected the following places taking into account how they impacted us, what feelings they generated in us, the experiences we lived, and the memories that we have. The places are listed in the order of how we experienced them on our journey.

1. Perito Moreno Glacier – Santa Cruz – Argentina

Located within a National Park 80km from the city of El Calafate, it is one of the few glaciers that is still growing. The park has very well located walkways that allow you to appreciate the glacier, which ranges between 40 and 70 meters high. Approximately every 4 years a unique phenomenon occurs, the glacier advances until it hits the ground and in this way separates the two arms of Lake Argentino. Such is the pressure exerted by the water that it ends up forming the famous “ice bridge”, which culminates in its spectacular breaking. Anyway, there are ice wall breaks throughout the year. The Park opens from 8am to 8pm, it is not possible to spend the night inside.

 

Perito Moreno Glacier – Image By: @vidasrodantes

2. El Chaltén – Santa Cruz – Argentina

This small and picturesque town, surrounded by forests, lakes and small glaciers, is the national capital of trekking. It has all the options you can imagine related to the mountain and its main attraction is Mount Fitz Roy, which can be reached by walking to its base. All accesses to the trails are free

TIP: At the base of the hill there is a free campsite, we recommend going up early to see the sunrise since the first rays of the sun illuminate Mount Fitz Roy.

 

3. Austral Highway – Chile

Located in the South of Chile, this route is approximately 1200km, running from the city of Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins. Most of the route is asphalt but there are also dirt roads. On the road you can find a variety of rivers, waterfalls, lakes, glaciers and wild animals. Some of the highlights are: General Carrera Lake, confluence of the Baker and Neff rivers, Puerto Tranquilo (marble caverns), Villa Cerro Castillo, and Hanging Ventisquero (glacier). You can park practically anywhere, for free, and you will find yourself surrounded by pure nature.

TIP: the best time to visit it is between December and April.

 

Austral Highway, Chile – Image By: @vidasrodantes

4. Serranía del Hornocal – Jujuy – Argentina

This great mountain range is located 25km from the city of Humahuaca at an altitude of 4700m above sea level. It has the peculiarity of having “layers” of different shades, which gave it the name “Hill of 14 colors”. You can get to the viewpoint by vehicle, by dirt road and with some sectors of precipice.

TIP: arrive around sunset when the sun illuminates the whole mountain range and you can appreciate the colors well.

 

Serranía del Hornocal, Argentina – Image By: @vidasrodantes

5. Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia

It is the largest salt desert in the world located about 20kms from the city of Uyuni. It is free to access and you can sleep anywhere within the salt flat itself. Caution is recommended, as there are no established roads and it is very easy to get disoriented. Between January and February, it is the rainy season so the salt flat becomes a unique mirror where notion of the horizon is lost. The negative aspect is that you cannot see the floor, which leads to tripping over wells and the salty water damages the body of the vehicle (in any case, in the city of Uyuni they offer you a washing and disinfection service).

TIP: do you like night photography? We recommend going on days where there is no moon and you will find the best sky and milky way to photograph.

 

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – Image By: @vidasrodantes

6. Laguna Parón – Peru

This is one of the most beautiful lagoons, turquoise in color and surrounded by snow-capped peaks in the Peruvian Andes. It’s about two hours along a rather rugged dirt road from the quiet town of Caraz. You have to pay an entrance fee of $5 and you almost get to the edge of the road with the vehicle. It is possible to sleep for free in the vehicle or tent, otherwise there is the option of staying in a humble mountain refuge for approximately $3. The lagoon is 4200m above sea level. There is a viewpoint you can climb to and a path that surrounds the entire lagoon. Also, the locals can take you by boat around the lagoon for $20.

TIP: Spend a night there to get up at sunrise and contemplate the snow-capped peaks illuminated by the sun. Excursions are not abundant in this paradise so most of the time you can take advantage of the place in solitude.

 

Laguna Parón, Peru – Image By: @vidasrodantes

7. Duck Canyon – Peru

It is one of the routes that you can take to return from the Andes area to the Peruvian coast, or vice versa. It is one of the most beautiful scenic roads in Peru but also the most dangerous, since it runs along the canyon that reaches, at times, up to 60m deep. On the way, the route passes through more than 35 mountain tunnels, in which you must honk the horn before crossing since the route is very narrow and 2 vehicles cannot circulate at the same time. Beautiful landscapes and adrenaline at the same time, to enjoy and make funny videos (always with caution).

8. Ecuadorian East – Ecuador

We really loved, the route of the East or Ecuadorian jungle. You really get to experience the rainforest combined with traditions of native peoples. Like all of Ecuador, with routes in excellent condition, we did the road that runs from Cuenca, passing through Macas, Puyo and Tena to the viewpoint of the Reventador volcano, which is currently active. On the way you come across a dense and humid jungle full of vegetation, rivers, waterfalls, some wild animals and locals with very good vibes.

TIP: Within the Cayambe-Coca National Park you can park and spend the night, from there there is a path to the San Rafael waterfall, the largest in Ecuador. In addition, from this same point you can see the Reventador volcano.

 

In the Ecuadorian Jungle – Image By: @vidasrodantes

9. Cocora Valley- Salento – Colombia

Beautiful nature and jungle environment located in the Colombian coffee axis. This valley is know for its special palm trees, which can reach up to 60 meters in height. Unique in the world and in danger of extinction, since the animals that are in the valley feed on the seeds of the trees. Access is free, although you can find some walks inside the farms where they charge entrance as they are private. There are few areas on the street where you can park and stay overnight for free. Anyway there are inns and lodgings to stay. It is a very popular attraction so at certain times of the year you can meet many tourists. It is located very close to the town of Salento, very picturesque for its beautiful and colorful facades.

 

Cocora Valley, Colombia – Image By: @vidasrodantes

Bonus Spot: San Cristobal de las Casas – Mexico

This is one of the many “magical towns” that exist throughout Mexico. It has remarkable colonial style, narrow streets and picturesque little houses. With a cool, pleasant climate and where respect and practice of the traditional and the ancestral is still breathed. But also, for us it has something even more special, our daughter Lupe was born here, she came to enlighten us and fill us with energy and a lot of love. In this city we shared our first months of her life, together getting to know each other and learning to be a mother, father and daughter.

 

Carolina, César and Lupe – Image By: @vidasrodantes

Spanish version/ versión en español

Hola! Somos Carolina y César, de Argentina. A principios del año 2017 decidimos hacer un cambio en nuestras vidas, salir de la zona de confort. Es así como compramos nuestra kombi VW, la equipamos en Octubre de ese mismo año salimos a las rutas de América con la idea de llegar hasta Alaska. Llevamos más de 2 años y medio con esta vida nómade y ya hemos recorrido gran parte de Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia y México. Nos quedó pendiente recorrer Centroamérica, y por qué? Porque en Ecuador nos enteramos que estábamos embarazados y decidimos cruzar desde Colombia hacia México directamente, que fue el lugar en donde nació nuestra hija Lupe. 

Hoy debido a la situación mundialmente conocida, estamos de regreso en Argentina, junto con la familia y disfrutando de la bebé. Este tiempo nos sirve para pensar, planificar, evaluar opciones de cómo y de qué manera nuestro viaje va a continuar, porque sí vamos a continuar, aunque ahora con una integrante más.  

Hemos seleccionado los siguientes lugares teniendo en cuenta cómo impactaron en nosotros, qué sentimientos nos generaronlas experiencias que vivimos, los recuerdos que nos quedaron y en el orden en cómo fue nuestro recorrido con la kombi. 

 

1. Glaciar Perito Moreno – Santa Cruz – Argentina 

Ubicado dentro de un Parque Nacional a 80km de la ciudad de El Calafate, es uno de los pocos glaciares que aún sigue creciendo. El parque cuenta con pasarelas muy bien ubicadas que permite apreciar el glaciar, el cual oscila entre 40 y 70 mts de altura. Aproximadamente cada 4 años se produce un fenómeno único, el glaciar avanza hasta llegar a chocar con la tierra y de esta manera separa los dos brazos del Lago Argentino. Es tal la presión que ejerce el agua que se termina formando el famoso “puente de hielo”, el cual culmina con su espectacular rompimiento. De todas maneras hay rompimientos de paredes de hielo durante todo el año. El Parque abre de 8am hasta 8pm, no está permitido pernoctar dentro del mismo. 

 

Glaciar Perito Moreno, Argentina – Imagen De: @vidasrodantes

 

2. El Chaltén – Santa Cruz – Argentina 

Es un pequeño y pintoresco pueblo, rodeado de bosques, lagos, pequeños glaciares y a su vez, es la capital nacional del trekking. Cuenta con todas las opciones que puedan imaginar relacionadas con la montaña y su principal atracción es el cerro Fitz Roy, al cual se puede llegar caminando hasta su base. Todos los accesos a los senderos son gratuitos. 

TIP: en la base del cerro hay un camping gratis, recomendamos subir temprano para ver el amanecer ya que los primeros rayos del sol iluminan el Fitz Roy. 

 

3. Carretera Austral – Chile 

Ubicada en el sur de Chile, tiene un total de aproximadamente 1200kms desde la ciudad de Puerto Montt hasta Villa O’HigginsLa mayor parte del recorrido es de asfalto pero también se transitan caminos de tierra. En la carretera se pueden encontrar variedad ríos, cascadas, lagos, glaciares y animales silvestres. Algunos de los puntos destacados son: lago General Carrera, confluencia de los ríos Baker y Neff, Puerto Tranquilo (cavernas de mármol), Villa Cerro Castillo, Ventisquero colgante (glaciar). Se puede parquear prácticamente en cualquier lado, gratis, y te vas a encontrar rodeado de naturaleza pura.

TIP: la mejor época para recorrerla es entre Diciembre y Abril 

 

Carretera Austral, Chile – Imagen De: @vidasrodantes

4. Serranía del Hornocal – Jujuy – Argentina 

Esta gran sierra está ubicada a 25km de la ciudad de Humahuaca a una altura de 4700msnm, cuenta con la particularidad de poseer “capas” de distintas tonalidades, lo que le dio el nombre de “Cerro de los 14 colores”. Se puede llegar hasta el mirador en vehículo, por camino de tierra y con algunos sectores de precipicio.

TIP: llegar para el atardecer cuando el sol ilumina toda la sierra y se pueden apreciar bien los colores. 

 

5. Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia 

Es el desierto de sal más grande del mundo ubicado a unos 20kms de la ciudad de Uyuni. Es de acceso gratuito y se puede dormir en cualquier lado dentro del mismo salar. Se recomienda andar con precaución ya que no hay carreteras establecidas y es muy fácil desorientarse. Entre enero y febrero es temporada de lluvias por lo que el salar se convierte en un espejo único en donde se pierde noción del horizonte; el aspecto negativo es que no se divisa el piso, lo que lleva a tropezar con pozos y el agua salada perjudica la carrocería del vehículo (de todas maneras, en la ciudad de Uyuni te ofrecen servicio de lavado y desinfección).

TIP: te gusta la fotografía nocturna? Recomendamos ir en los días donde no hay luna y se encontrarán con el mejor cielo y vía láctea para fotografiar. 

 

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – Imagen De: @vidasrodantes

6. Laguna Parón – Perú  

Es una de las lagunas más bellas, de color turquesa y rodeado de picos nevados que hay en la zona de los Andes peruanos. Está aproximadamente a dos horas a lo largo de un camino de tierra bastante escabroso desde la tranquila ciudad de Caraz. Hay que pagar una entrada de 5 dólares y se llega con el vehículo hasta casi la orilla de la laguna. Se puede dormir gratis en el vehículo o carpa, caso contrario está la opción de hospedarse en un humilde refugio de montaña por aproximadamente 3 dólares. La laguna se encuentra a 4200msnm. Tiene un mirador al cual se puede subir por un camino que rodea toda la laguna. También están los lugareños que te lleva en bote recorriendo la laguna por 20 dólares.

TIP: Pasar una noche ahí para levantarte al amanecer y contemplar los picos nevados iluminados por el sol.  Las excursiones no abundan en este paraíso por lo que la mayoría de las veces puedes aprovechar el lugar en soledad.  

 

7. Cañón del Pato – Perú 

Es unos de larutas que puedes tomar para regresar desde la zona de los Andes hacia la costa peruana, o viceversa. Es uno de los caminos escénicos más bellos de Perú pero también más peligrosos, ya que se recorre bordeando el cañón que llega por momentos hasta 60m de profundidad. En el camino atraviesas más de 35 túneles de montaña, en los cuales debes tocar la bocina antes de cruzar ya que la ruta es muy estrecha y no alcanzan a circular 2 vehículos al mismo tiempo. Paisajes bellos y adrenalina al mismo tiempo, para disfrutar y hacer videos divertidos (siempre con precaución). 

 

8. Oriente Ecuatoriano – Ecuador 

La ruta del Oriente o selva ecuatoriana nos encantó. Realmente  se respira la selva tropical combinado con tradiciones de pueblos originarios. Como todo Ecuador, con rutas en excelentes condiciones,  hicimos el camino que recorre desde Cuenca, pasando por Macas, Puyo y Tena hasta el mirador del volcán Reventador, actualmente en actividad. En el camino te encuentras con una densa y húmeda selva repleta de vegetación, ríos, cascadas, algunos animales silvestres y lugareños con muy buena onda. 

TIP: Dentro del Parque Nacional Cayambe-Coca se puede estacionar y pasar la noche, desde allí hay un sendero hacia la cascada San Rafael, la más grande de Ecuador. Además, desde este mismo punto se observa el volcán Reventador.  

 

Volcán Reventador, Ecuador – Imagen De: @vidasrodantes

 

9. Valle de Cocora- Salento – Colombia

Hermosa extensión natural y selvática ubicada en el eje cafetero colombiano, con la particularidad que está repleta de árboles de Palma, las cuales pueden llegar hasta los 60mts de alturaÚnicas en el mundo y en peligro de extinción ya que los animales que se encuentran en las bases se alimentan de las semillas de las mismasEl acceso es gratis, aunque se pueden encontrar algunas caminatas dentro de las fincas en donde cobran entrada ya que son privadas. Hay pocas zonas en la calle donde se puede estacionar y pasar la noche gratis. De todas maneras hay posadas y hospedajes donde alojarse. 

Es una atracción muy popular por lo que en ciertas épocas del año te puedes encontrar con muchos turistas. Está ubicada muy cerca del pueblo de Salento, muy pintoresco por sus bellas y coloridas fachadas.  

Bonus Track: San Cristobal de las Casas – México  

Es uno de los tantos “pueblos mágicos” que existen en todo México. Con estilo colonial, calles estrechas y casitas pintorescas. De clima fresco, agradable y donde aún se respira el respeto y la práctica de lo tradicional y lo ancestral. Pero además, para nosotros tiene algo más especial aún, aquí nació nuestra hija Lupe, llegó para iluminarnos y llenarnos de energía y mucho amor. En esta ciudad compartimos sus primeros meses de vida, juntos conociéndonos y aprendiendo a ser madre, padre e hija.