Canada. It’s been on my list since I met a curly-haired lass by the name of Ruby in a hostel in Glasgow, Scotland back in 2010. I knew little of the country except, like Australia, it was part of the Commonwealth and it was a place my Mum banged on about being the number one place in the world she wanted to visit. So, I had to see it for myself. The first step, after purchasing my plane ticket of course, was to apply for electronic travel authorisation.
There has been a lot of gossip spread about the entry requirements to the United States after the election of Trump. Fortunately for us Aussies, the entry process is as simple as it was 3 years ago when we first left the motherland.
In case you missed our last post, here is the information you need to apply for your United States of America electronic system for travel authorisation (ESTA).
After 18 months in South America it was time we headed over the border from Argentina and in to Chile for a look.
Tucked in between Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay was beckoning for us to not forget her. So we didn’t. We squeezed her in for a short, 5 day visit on our way to Buenos Aires.
Throughout our travels in Latin America, our ‘plans’ have always remained loose. We didn’t think we’d have the time or money to visit Uruguay but with a week to spare, we decided to pencil it in to our itinerary. To get there however, we had to first enter Argentina.
Unlike most borders in Latin America, Paraguay is one of the few that require pre-authorisation before entering the country. It's also unpopular, with many travellers bypassing Paraguay in favour of Argentina or Chile.
Our research into Paraguay came up rather dry but, because we love a challenge, we added the country to our list.
Peru was AMAZING! It really is a diverse and incredible place to visit and is on our list to return to one day to enjoy a little more.
Having explored the northern highlands and coastal regions, followed by desert oasis', sacred Incan valleys and the fringe of the Amazon jungle, it was time to take our adventures further south to Bolivia.
We spent almost 3 months in Ecuador and while most of that time was spent working with a volunteer organisation on the north coast, we highly enjoyed our time in the country. But, as all good things must end (and new adventures were awaiting) it was time to head to Peru.
After 12 months of collecting dust in a wardrobe and with our Colombian work visas set to expire within days, it was time to head to Ecuador. We packed our lives once again into two 70 litre backpacks and made our way to the Terminal de Transportes in Bogotá.
Teaching in Honduras had inspired me to explore the profession further and so we found ourselves headed to Colombia so I could gain more experience. Requiring a little longer than the tourist allowance, we applied for temporary visas that would allow us to stay for 12 months.
This is the process we went through for our visas, both tourist and work.
The information on this page is solely based on our personal experiences during International Border Crossings, most of which have been overland. We highly recommend checking all advice against the respective countries own immigration website for up to date information.