The business class backpacker.
Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
324Trip End Ongoing
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I have heard stories about being ruined-out in the Maya world, churched-out in Latin America or templed-out in South-East Asia, but I am not there yet. I have seen a lot on this trip, so I understand when some people say that they don't feel the same excitement seeing yet another waterfall, yet another mountain or yet another pile of stone
Another change I have noticed from the start of my trip, is that I have become a business class backpacker. I'm not exactly on a package holiday, but I think I spend a bit more money now than I did back in Guatemala and Honduras. I haven't stayed in many dorms on this trip, as I cannot stand big dorms with people coming home from parties at 3AM while other leave for the bus at 5AM, and then I guess they can't stand my snoring either. So I prefer having my own room, or alternatively share with some other backpackers I meet. But except for that, while I was back in Central America, I would take the bus to or from the airport or main bus terminal, check different bus companies for the best price, locate a cheap restaurant or wander around town for a good deal on a hotel or hostel. Now however I'm not that fuzzed. I still have some money left, so I take a taxi instead of the bus, I often splurge on meals or spend "fortunes" on parties in fancy bars, I buy some scruffy looking backpacker a few beers, I take the first and best hostel I can find, not worrying too much about the price. And if I feel like spending US $650 or so for a flight to Easter Island, well then I go to Easter Island. As I said once before, I am not out to prove myself, but to have a good time. And I do!!!
Well, I have just returned from Easter Island and I am back in Mendoza for the third time. I feel like I know this place now, so it's time to make a move north. I promise!