The question I’ve been asked a million times since I returned home is, “So what’s next Jaime?” … and I always answer, “Well, I’m going to enjoy being home and while I do that I am going to save like crazy to leave again, because I still want to see more of the world and am not ready to settle down.” Having the opportunity to save like crazy, sell just about everything you own, quit your job and travel the world once in your life is something most people will only dream of doing. Actually doing that, coming back home and planning to do it all over again is just insane, but yup that’s what I’m doing. Just last month I wrote my thoughts about being home for a year after traveling the world and how it still feels like a dream and how difficult it has actually been. The good thing is that I’m on track with my savings and if all goes as planned I will be back on the road no later than the start of July. Yup that is right… in less than 3 months I will be unemployed again by choice and back on the road. EEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeee~
So what’s the plan for my second trip around the world???
Yup that is right… Mexico & South America!!!!!
I am aware you may be thinking this is not a trip around the world and is more like a trip through Latin America, but for now that is what I have planned and know I want to do for sure. My last trip around the world took me to over 100 cities in 30 countries this time it’s not as big and I’m okay with that. I do not know how I will be getting from point A to point B or where I will be staying, but I’ll figure all that out on the road. For now here’s some of the details.
So why Mexico & South America?
I am going back to Mexico because even though I have been to it a million times (literally) and used to spend my summers there as a kid I have not seen much of it. I visited parts of Mexico on my last trip around the world, but I’d like to see more. I want to go back and explore more of where my parents are from and share with the world that it’s not as dangerous as the media portrays it. I plan on spending about 2 – 3 months in Mexico. During my time there I plan on visiting the following:
- General Teran
- Puerto Vallarta
- Mexico D.F.
- Playa del Carmen
Most of those are major cities that you may recognize and have heard of at one point or another. However, General Teran is not one many people know and that’s okay. It’s a tiny town about 2 hours from the Texas border and an hour away from Monterrey. That is where my parents are from and where I used to spend my summers as a kid. I wrote about it before because the last time I visited it was basically run by drug cartels and not so safe. Thankfully now things have improved and it’s in a much better situation. I want to start there because I want to spend time with my grandparents, my family that still lives there and practice my photography. Yes practice my photography because I will be traveling with an DSLR this time around and I have no clue how to use it. After spending a month there & visiting Monterrey on the weekends while I am there I will be taking off to see the rest of cities listed above.
From Mexico I plan on flying to Bogota, Colombia and that is where I will kick off my grand tour around South America!!! South America, is a continent I have been wanting to get lost in for a very long time and purposely avoided it during my first trip around the world, because I knew I needed time to give it justice. I didn’t want to visit and speed through all the highlights in 3 or 4 months. It’s filled with many countries who have such deep histories similar to that of Mexico’s and I want to learn more about them and marvel at the many sites they have to offer. All the while immersing myself in their culture and finding what makes them tick. I plan on spending 6 – 9 months in South America. During my time there I plan on visiting the following countries:
I only listed the countries because if I wrote a list of all the cities and sites I want to visit while I am there it would an extremely long list. Of course I will be visiting the highlights you know Machu Picchu, The Amazon, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Lake Titicaca, Salar de Uyuni, Iguazu Falls, Cartagena, Valparaiso and many more. I’m still debating if I will be visiting the Galapagos or Easter Island, because I want to also visit Cuba while I’m in Mexico and I know I can’t afford all three. The truth is though I don’t have much planned for South America all I know is that I will be starting in Bogota, Colombia and making my way around until I get to Rio de Janeiro and from there take off to who knows where.
So there you have it… that’s my plan for my second trip around the world. I believe this will take me about a year to complete and even though I know that will never be enough time to see it all for now it will have to do. I am sure you are wondering where I will be going to after South America because you know I won’t be going home just yet.
Actually I wish I didn’t know where I was going, but this weekend I realized that after I finish this trip I must return to Cairo to find him. We haven’t talked in a few weeks now and it kills me (I keep waiting for him to message me), but I still love him and know I want him and only him. If I don’t return to Cairo I will regret it for the rest of my life. I must go back and if it’s too late and he has moved on then it will have been my fault for being stubborn, selfish and wanting to do this trip. I just know I must do this before returning because it’s something I have always dreamed of doing and I do not want to resent him for not doing this. Not only that though if I return to Cairo it will be because I know he is all I will ever need in my life and if I’m honest I know I’m not ready for that right now. I also hope that things will have settled down by then. You know the whole Egyptian revolution & what not. Ahhh sorry for getting all depressing on you, but feel like I had to share that. It’s crazy how I still get emails from strangers wanting to know what happened to us after the last goodbye. It’s a very complicated situation and for now it is what it is and this is all I can say & I’ll figure out the rest when the time comes.
Of course y’all I know things change. Who the hell knows what is going to happen between now and the time I complete this. Hell that is if I even complete it… if mid-way through I am ready to go back then I will. This “plan” is more like a tentative plan and none of this is set in stone. That’s actually the worst thing about doing a trip around the world… being so free you can go anywhere at any time and it’s daunting when you want to see everything. Even more so when you want to see everything and be with the person you love at the same time.
So anyway this is my plan and that is what’s next. Now I’d love to hear what y’all think. I would also love to know if you have been to any of the countries I will be visiting and what your favorite places are that I can not miss!!! Bonus points if it’s a place off the beaten path, because this time around I plan on doing more of that. I can’t wait to hear from y’all.
EEEEEEEEEeeeeeeee~ just 3 more months & I breakaway again!!!
P.S. If you are not following me on Instagram yet be sure you do because I will be sharing tons of photos on there from my trip around Latin America. The 3 photos you see here I have shared before on Instagram. I didn’t have it last time around, but am so excited I will have it this time since I will be traveling with my iPod Touch. You can follow me @breakawaybackpacker.