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Travel Guide: Exploring Antarctica – Welcome to the 7th continent club

I write this with tears in my eyes. We proudly present our most wonderful journey to our last, final continent. Many who venture to Antarctica are often overcome with emotion because it is such a unique, beautiful, indescribable place. On this journey we were surrounded by a young woman battling cancer, older folks on their last great adventure, and other backpackers taking a risky chance by living life in a less conventional way. Continue reading Travel Guide: Exploring Antarctica – Welcome to the 7th continent club

Chianti Wine Region Travel Guide on a Budget

Being wine lovers, exploring Italy’s Chianti region was a must! But as always, visiting wine country can get a little overwhelming. Figuring out transportation, planning the route, and organizing tastings can turn a relaxing, enjoyable experience into a very stressful one. Then add the worry about drinking and driving?

Fuhgettaboutit!

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Travel Guide to France’s FREE World War Sites

As we road tripped through France, wine wasn’t the only thing that fueled our agenda. Passionate about history, Harry and I sought out landmarks that were scattered across the country to learn more about how both World Wars impacted the people and countries involved. We primarily used Rick Steves’ Whirlwind Three-Week Tour of France by Car as a rough guide and we found a few of our own hidden gems along the way. Continue reading Travel Guide to France’s FREE World War Sites

How to Do Antarctica on a Budget

Come BS with us as we explore Ushuaia & Antarctica. Topics include tips to save money when securing a booking, crossing the Drake Passage, packing smart, and the emotions felt upon landing on the 7th continent. Also included, is The Director’s Commentary session which provides viewers with a behind-the-scenes perspective on our Exploring Antarctica video.

El Chaltén – Inlandsis

I can’t remember the last time I slept in a bunk bed. Here at the Inlandsis Posada, Harry and I will officially be bunk-mates. We jumped on the opportunity to stay in this charming wooden house given the high costs of accommodations in Patagonia. It’s only 100 meters from Glacier National Park. For $40.00 USD per night, we get a small room with bunk beds, private bathroom, and breakfast each morning….and great views of Mount Fitz Roy. The Review  We stayed 5 nights in this hosteria. For those that didn’t know this (we didn’t), a hosteria is more of a bed and breakfast type establishment that does not have the amenities that a hostel provides such as kitchen access and basic laundry facilities. If you are not planning on cooking or will not need access to the kitchen, a hosteria can work for you. We were unaware of this at the time of booking, and therefore had to make other arrangements for lunch and dinner. Food is expensive in this area and we could have saved money by having kitchen access. We have learned that most of the construction in Argentina is pretty poor. Just the same, in this hostel we had our toilet seat break, our shower handle bust, the red counter turn our stuff red, and one day we had periods of NO water in the hostel. This occurred during the morning shower rush while in the shower. Despite the shotty craftsmanship, the price for this room in El Chaltén was very reasonable at ~$38.00 USD per night for a private bunk bed room and a private shower. Positives include daily cleaning services, fresh towels and soap daily, clean bed, one of the nicest breakfasts we encountered by Argentine standards (including tea, coffee, yogurt, cereal, bakery bread/toasts, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and a large cup of fresh cut fruits.) The hosteria is small. There really isn’t a place to relax or get out of the room to unwind. Forget wifi, the whole town is surrounded by wifi blocking mountains due to their use of satellite internet connections as explained by locals. Views of Mount Fitz Roy from your bedroom window are awesome. Despite the setbacks, we agree we would stay here again since you can’t beat the price.

Room Tip – If you opt for the bunk bed rooms for a less expensive option, the upstairs rooms have shelving for storage and are typically quieter than the downstairs rooms.

B$ Tip – We really enjoyed Porter’s bar and grill for their huge burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches. Bottles of wine were more reasonably priced at 85 pesos to enjoy outside after a long day of hiking.