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One Year On the Road

Puno, Peru- It’s been a year since I last spent a single second of my time making any type of income or sleeping under the same roof for any considerable amount of time. I left Cleveland on July 26th and since then I’ve been wandering the northern and southern hemispheres at free will. It’s been [...]

Puno, Peru-

It’s been a year since I last spent a single second of my time making any type of income or sleeping under the same roof for any considerable amount of time. I left Cleveland on July 26th and since then I’ve been wandering the northern and southern hemispheres at free will. It’s been a good year. As each day passes my bank account loses a little more money as I rack up more life experiences, meet more interesting people and see more things that, at times, makes me scratch my head and say, “huh?”

One year of travel - 14 countries, 20 border crossings

I spent the day after that one year anniversary border crossing. An activity that seems to mark distinct phases in my current traveling life. Today it was the Bolivia-Peru border. As I sat on the bus waiting for others to finish their immigration procedures I counted up 14 countries and 20 border crossings since I began this journey. Not what I would call a small number.

I didn’t even realize it had been a year until one day too late. On the actual one year date I did nothing remarkably outstanding. Just another day in La Paz. Even if I had realized it what would I have done on a Monday night? I guess I would have done the same thing – watched a movie in my hotel room. Maybe I would have bought a beer instead of a bottle of water.

I spent longer in Bolivia than I thought I would and much longer in La Paz than I ever really wanted. After three months of Bolivian prices I find Peru to be ‘expensive’. Once again the U.S. dollar isn’t helping in it’s weakened state but going from $2-$4 for a room to $5-$7 is a jump I wasn’t excited about. I liked spending $12-$15 a day without really watching how much I was spending. That made me happy. Peru will be a little more tricky.

I think I have about three and a half months left in this Latin American journey of mine before money hits the point where I have to start looking for work (that South Korea plan of mine is on hold until I get back to the U.S.). Three and a half more months of border crossing, eating different food, meeting locals and hearing a multitude of languages spoken every day.

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About the Author:

Sam Langley left a comfortable and profitable job with an insurance company in the USA to travel the world. He has been going for years, and has not stopped yet. Keep up with his travels on his blog at Cubicle Ditcher. has written 147 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.