Staying safe while traveling in Latin America

I often get questioned about if I feel unsafe traveling solo and the same when it comes to traveling in certain countries. I never felt scared traveling in Latin America nor doing solo traveling. But I do understand that a lot of people feel that way. Therefore I have collected some tips & tricks about how to stay safe on the road in this part of the world.

Do not let your fears stop you from exploring!
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Summary of my “who knows how long of a trip”

In the end of last summer (2018), I bought a one-way ticket to the Caribbean and my goal was to explore as much as possible of South America. I called it my “who knows how long of a trip” since I had no idea how long it was going to last. I had a laptop with me to be able to do some work along the way.

Places I visited during my backpacking trip between Aug 2018 – May 2019
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Belize part 2: the Caribbean & Northern Cayes

Did you know that the second-longest barrier reef in the world is to be found in the Caribbean Sea, out on the coastline of Belize? The Northern Cayes is a true scuba divers paradise and a spot-on place to visit if you want to soak in the Caribbean vibes.

Caribbean vibes on Caye Caulker
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Belize part 1: Cotton Tree Lodge

Crossing the border between Mexico and Belize was like stepping out of Latin America and into another continent. With influences from Garifuna, Creole, Maya, and Mestizo, it really stands out a bit. This country does not use Spanish as their official language, but English, and after being approached in Spanish for quite some time at this point, I accidentally answered people back in Spanish.

Photo taken on a hike by the Moho River.
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The coastline of Uruguay

Ever been to Uruguay? This country is not seldom forgotten between its more popular neighbors Brazil and Argentina. A lot of travelers miss out of Uruguay due to logistic reasons since it is super easy to cross the border between Argentina and Brazil at the Iguazu Falls. These falls are also on almost every South American backpacker’s bucket list and Uruguay does not have anything that compares to that, nor sights such as Machu Picchu and the Salt Dessert. Some people also simply miss out of visiting Uruguay due to the lack of knowledge about it.

The Uruguayan east coast can be described in one way – B E A C H
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One World, Numerous Lives by Through Lisa’s Eyes

I met my dear friend Lisa in 2009, while we were both working as Au Pairs in New Zealand. We were just about to turn 20 and at the beginning of our adult lives. Lisa and I share a lot of similar interest, not least when it comes to traveling and scuba diving. She is someone that has inspired and keeps influencing me.

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“Weaker passport” & why traveling should be seen as a privilege and nothing to brag about.

Being born and raised in Europe and Sweden, I was at birth given a golden ticket out to the world, with one of the world’s strongest passports. We do indeed need to apply for a visa to several countries as well, but they are most likely to be granted without too much hassle.

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When I was about 12 years old….

When I was about 12 years old, I told my parents that I wanted to become a dolphin trainer and move to Spain when I grew up. Combining the two things I loved, travels and animals. Only a few months later it was time to choose a third language to study in school. No surprise there, I chose Spanish. I have always had a tough time with languages though, I guess I was more of a math smart kid. Learning languages has never come easy for me, but I was determined to learn Spanish.

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