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World Trip Leg #1 Round-up: South America & Antarctica

World Trip Leg #1 Round-up: South America & Antarctica


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Start Date: November 30, 2011 (Washington, D.C. to Bogota, Colombia)

End Date: June 5, 2012 (Quito, Ecuador to Washington, D.C.)

Duration: 187 days (6+ months)

Total Spent: $24,467 *

Average per person per day: $65.42 *

Transportation Cost: $9,658 **

Transportation Duration: 608.5 Hours! (Over 25 days of long distance transit) **

Distance Traveled: 26,000+ miles

Overnight Buses: 17

Long-Distance Buses: 53

4.5 hour Hooptie Taxis: 1

Flights: 19

Ferries: 8

Dug-out Canoes: 2

Trains: 1

Long Distance 4×4 Off-road trips: 3

Rental Cars: 2

Kombis, Taxis, Mini-buses: Countless!

Beds Slept In: 81 ***

Kristin Breakdowns: 6 (approximately)

Divorce or Death Threats to One Another: every other day or so 😉

Theft Attempts: 1

Items Taken During Theft Attempts: NONE!

Countries Visited: Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Antarctica (we know, not a country)

* DOES NOT include $8500 Antarctica or $3600 Galapagos Cruise and flights. We chose to leave them off to give a more accurate representation of South America travel expenses. Total DOES include transportation cost. Our Actual Total Spent = $36,567

** Includes $650 round-trip flight per person. DOES NOT include local transportation cost or travel times (taxis, local bus, local metro)

*** This includes a few tents, some hammocks, & a cave. DOES NOT include the overnight buses.


(Some of our favorite places & experiences)

ANTARCTICA! (our top favorite!)
Galapagos Islands
Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
Road Trip through Northern Argentina with The Parallel Life
4 Wheel Drive Tour in Bolivia (Tupiza to the Uyuni Salt Flats) with The Parallel Life
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Buenos Aires, Argentina and Boca Juniors Game in B.A.
Santiago, Chile
Bariloche, Argentina (lake-district)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Hiking in Patagonia (Torres del Paine & El Chaltan)
Iguazu Falls
Volunteering at the Wildlife Refuge in Villa Tunari, Bolivia
Mountain Biking the “World’s Most Dangerous Road” outside of La Paz, Bolivia (Bryan)
Carnaval in Encarnacion, Paraguay
Salvador, Brazil and Praia do Forte
Hiking in Chapada Diamantina, Brazil
Tour to Angel Falls, Venezuela (tallest waterfall in the world)
Pablo Escobar Tour in Medellin, Colombia
Baños, Ecuador (canyoning)


– Amazon in Brazil (except Alter do Chao)
– Long bus rides with seats near the bathrooms


Very few! We really felt like we saw and did as much as we possibly could in six months. But we definitely should have taken Spanish lessons for a few weeks at the beginning of the trip. That would have given us a good base to work with and develop our competency of the language. Another thing we would have done differently is our travels through the Amazon region. Brazil’s Amazon region was boring, bleak and a big disappointment to us. We’ve heard much better things about the Amazon in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Colombia. I guess that will be a good future trip!


As you probably know, we are back in Virginia for a month and a half to spend time with family and friends. On July 15th, we fly to Helsinki, Finland to begin World Trip Leg #2. We will work our way through Eastern Europe, parts of Western Europe and the Middle East, and then join an overland tour of Africa for four months from Cairo, Egypt to Capetown, Africa.


We really appreciate all of your support and prayers! We feel very fortunate to have had a safe and successful leg of the trip! It is great to have so many people following our adventures from home. 🙂

Comments (12)
  • Catherine Haskins

    June 29th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Didnt realize you were leaving so soon! Awesome keep writing 😉

  • Diane and Eddie

    June 29th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Hey Kiddo’s I love the picture! We love you and we wish you God Speed! We love traveling with you and of course can’t wait to see where we are going!!!! ( sure you don’t want to just come to Oklahoma?!!) :):):):)

  • Mama Munch

    June 30th, 2012 at 12:50 am

    I love having you both home. Love you.

  • Rick

    June 30th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Great adventure you guys are taking and thanks for keeping us up to date on your adventure. Keep the stories coming!!!

  • Sheryl

    June 30th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I love the Book Picture. Hope to see you guys for a few,

  • Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis

    July 2nd, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Great round up! Seeing the cold, hard facts is really interesting. Thanks for being so open and sharing everything that goes into your trip. I hope you are enjoying being back home. Can’t wait to follow World Trip Leg #2!

  • Dad Munch

    July 2nd, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    That’s a lot of travel and time on the road for under 25K!

  • Mama Waugh

    July 5th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    That’s pretty good Kristin…only about 1 breakdown a month. I would have one every other day or quite possibly everyday. 🙂 Y’all never cease to amaze me. Not sure yet whether I will let you leave on the 15th…we shall see!

  • Kelly Waugh

    July 8th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    So who won the guess for number of beds slept in?? 🙂

  • Crystal & Aaron

    July 9th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    WOW…you REALLY broke this down, way to go on that budget! And I think it’s hilarious that you had to add Kristin’s breakdowns. That averages about 1x/month. Not too bad at all, coming from an emotional girl too! 😉

    It was so wonderful spending some good time with you guys while you were home. We wish nothing but the best and safest experiences for your next leg. We’ll miss you, and love you both!!!

    • Mama Waugh

      July 9th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      It has been wonderful having them home, with one exception… Bryan was a bad boy the Saturday morning before his sister’s wedding…lol

  • Ashley

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Nice roundup 🙂 So many good times, and hopefully many more to come for you guys in the next set of travels!

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