South America

My Most Ridiculous Bus Encounters Backpacking South America

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I’ve been skydiving, bungee jumping and paragliding; however, I’d have to say my most adventurous escapades are from my bus rides through South America. The characters, the questionable facilities, the otherworldly landscapes and the feature film-worthy situations made for incredible […]

Ask Jessie: Is South America Safe For Solo Female Travelers?

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This question was submitted by a Jessie on a Journey reader Kaitlin from Washington, who is planning a trip from Cuzco, Peru, through Bolivia, and ending in Argentina. Here is my reply: South America is possibly the most popular destination […]

Escape The Snow With The Best Beach Getaways From The Northeast USA

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In honor of my Northeastern family and friends and my home of New York City, I wanted to put together a guide to the best beach getaways so you can escape the snow once flights are back up and running. […]

Anacondas, Piranhas And Pink Dolphins, Oh My!: Exploring The Amazon Jungle From Colombia

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Ever since the late 90’s, the Amazon jungle has inspired the image of a massive anaconda wrapping its slithering girth around my body from head to toe. In my vivid imagination, it drags me under water before biting my head […]

4 Amazing Day Trips From Medellin, Colombia

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Once touted as the world’s most dangerous city, Colombia‘s Medellin today is one travelers from all over the world can appreciate. That being said, what attracted me most to the city was its nearby experiences. From hiking to paragliding to […]

3 Amazing Day Trips From Cartagena, Colombia

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When I saw flights to Cartagena on JetBlue for $400 roundtrip from NYC’s JFK, I immediately booked. To be honest, I didn’t know much about the city; however, when backpacking South America two years ago for three months, I ran […]

Photo Journal: Lake Views From Colombia’s Piedra del Peñol

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This photo was taken in Colombia, after climbing El Peñol, a 740-step monolith in Guatape. It was a great experience, especially as I was taking a break from traveling solo and having some adventures with friends (including the lovely Seattle’s […]

Wildlife Adventures: Swimming With Sharks And Sea Lions In The Galapagos Islands

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“Don’t freak out, but there are two huge hammerhead sharks right below us.” My guide Jens’ attempt at having me “not freak out” over the two carnivorous beasts that are 10 feet away from my juicy calves only leads me […]

Colorful Travel: My 13 Favorite Instagram Photos Of 2014

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Looking for some wanderlust inspiration? Check out my 13 favorite Instagram photos from my trips in 2014. Which is your favorite? Want more travel photography? Visit my Etsy Shop, full of wanderlust-inducing pictures, or follow me on Instagram @jessieonajourney. Also […]

Is Colombia Safe? Everything You Need To Know

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Is Colombia safe? It’s a question I’ve gotten many times since returning from two weeks traveling through the country. Colombia has been a dream destination for me ever since I backpacked through South America and didn’t make it there. In November 2014, […]