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Villazon-Market-Street
NOVEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I was working my way up through north west Argentina into south west Bolivia. Cafayate is definitely worth a visit. I wasn’t so keen on Mendoza, Salta, nor Tilcara. Anyway, I planned to cross into Bolivia on Route 9 at La Quiaca / Villazon. I researched the internet for information and read some ‘horror stories’ about it being disorganised with multi-hour delays. Readers may find my experience useful for their own planning purposes … GETTING THERE: I started my journey in Tilcara. You may start from another location. TILCARA: I walked down […]

La Quiaca, Argentina – to – Villazon, Bolivia – Journey


OCTOBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Argentina is Argentinian Pesos (ARS). I will refer to them as A$s. At the time of writing, US$1 = A$36.50 … NOT!!!!!! … Read on! When I first planned my Latin America trip 3-4 years ago, Argentina was too expensive for my GRANDPAcking budget … so, I excluded it. However, over the past 12 months (or so) the A$ has halved in value. This brought Argentina within ‘target range’ and I adjusted my plans accordingly … GETTING THERE: I made my way up from Mendoza to Cafayate then […]

Tilcara – Argentina – Where To Stay


OCTOBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Argentina is Argentinian Pesos (ARS). I will refer to them as A$s. At the time of writing, US$1 = A$36.50 … NOT!!!!!! … Read on! When I first planned my Latin America trip 3-4 years ago, Argentina was too expensive for my GRANDPAcking budget … so, I excluded it. However, over the past 12 months (or so) the A$ has halved in value. This brought Argentina within ‘target range’ and I adjusted my plans accordingly. My plan was to fly into Mendoza, bus north to Cafayate, and […]

Cafayate – Argentina – Information



NOVEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Bolivia is the Bolivianos (BOB). I will refer to them as ‘B$s’. At the time of writing, US$1 = B$6.95. I was making my way from Villazon to Copacabana. In Tupiza, I booked myself on a 4 Day / 3 Night Uyuni Salt Flats Tour. The tour ended in Uyuni. From Uyuni I wanted to get to Sucre. I decided to stop off in Potosi along the way … GETTING THERE: In Uyuni, I was staying at the Joya Andina Hostel which was only 1.5 blocks from the Bus […]

Sucre – Bolivia – Information


NOVEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Bolivia is the Bolivianos (BOB). I will refer to them as ‘B$s’. At the time of writing, US$1 = B$6.9. I was making my way from Villazon to Copacabana. Part 1 focuses on getting to Tupiza and finding a Uyuni Salt Flats Tour … GETTING THERE: I crossed the border at La Quiaca, Argentina into Villazon, Bolivia. This border crossing has many bad write-ups with many people saying that they suffered hours of delays. I had a good experience and got through in 5 minutes. Anyway, in […]

Salt Flats – Bolivia – Part 1 – Finding A Tour


GENERIC: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: For detailed information about how costs are constructed, please read About – GRANDPAcking Costs. For more detail about what we are looking for, please read About – My Plan and about My Retirement Reviews. These GRANDPAcking Retirement Locations have a Cost Of Existence (COE) of between US$35 and US$39 per day for 2 people: Malaysia – Langkawi – US$35 ♥ Ecuador – Vilcabamba – US$35 ♥ Vietnam – Phu Quoc – US$35 Indonesia – Gili Air – US$35 ♥ Cambodia – Kampot – US$35 ♥ Vietnam – Da Nang – US$36 Argentina – Cafayate – US$36 […]

US$35 – US$39 / day



GENERIC: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: For detailed information about how costs are constructed, please read About – GRANDPAcking Costs. These GRANDPAcking Holiday Destinations have a Cost Of Existence (COE) of US$30 – US$39 per day for 2 people: Mexico – Zipolite – US$30 ♥ Vietnam – Cat Ba Island – US$30 Vietnam – Saigon – US$30 Philippines – Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island – US$30 Nepal – Patan (Lalitpur) – US$30 Indonesia – Gili Air Island – US$31 ♥ Cambodia – Siem Reap – US$31 ♥ Cambodia – Kampot – US$32 ♥ Indonesia – Nusa Lembongan Island – […]

US$30 – US$39 / day


JULY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. I stayed a total of 4 nights in Quito at the Hostal Mediodia. I paid US$10 / night for a room with a Double Bed, Cable TV, and Hot Water Ensuite. But, it was not in the ‘Historical Centre’ (as they advertise) … it was in a ‘slightly rough’ area of town where, ideally, you needed to be back home by 8pm (or, at least, have a taxi take you to the hotel door). When I return to Quito, I will stay in another […]

Banos – Ecuador – Information


  DECEMBER 2015:   Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. Read about Vietnam Visa. OVERVIEW:  Hoi An was the principal port of the Cham Kingdom, which controlled the strategic spice trade with Indonesia from the 7th to the 10th century and was a major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries – and the foreign influences are still there to this day. While the serious shipping business has long since moved to Da Nang, the heart of the city is still the Ancient Town / Old Town, full of winding lanes and Chinese-styled shophouses, which is particularly atmospheric in the evening as the […]

Hoi An – Vietnam – Information



FEBRUARY 2015: YOU SAVE YOUR LIVING ALLOWANCE: So, you are GRANDPAckers and have been retired (say) in Langkawi for a few months now and saved up most of your NZ$38 / day LIVING allowance… Or, this could just as easily have been Gili Air where you have saved up most of your NZ$43 / day LIVING allowance… You have saved up for 3 months and saved a total of at least NZ$2,500 / US$1,875 / €1,500 / £1,250. That means that you managed to save NZ$28 / day. Let’s face it, you haven’t had to suffer much… even your ‘costs of existence’ […]

Andaman Sea – Thailand – Scuba Dive Liveaboard


JANUARY 2015: MULTIPLE SOURCES WERE USED TO GATHER TRAVEL COSTS: Based on the number of data points found (and how much I believed what I was reading) I set MY FLASHPACKING budget for each country (shown per day and per year). All costs are in New Zealand Dollars (as a simple rule, divide by 2 to get Pounds Sterling). COUNTRY AREA  MY FLASH PACKING COST PER YEAR  MY FLASH PACKING COST PER DAY  Average of the Averages  As an Avg of What Sites Say  As an Avg % vs NZ New Zealand Compare  $ 45,625  $ 125  $ 106  $ 106  $ 106 […]

Cost Of Living By Country