My friend and i are hopefully going travelling next summer to South America and Mexico.
We have never travelled before and would be very grateful for any information re: visas, working whilst travelling, travelling from state to state and any useful hints and tips to get us started.
I am also a insulin dependent diabetic so any info re: healthcare would be grateful.
kim and sarah
You've come to a great place for tips and hints,
I'll start people off, first have you decided which countries you're going to and spoken either to a good travel agency like statravelor looked on the internet about internal flights in SA?
Working while travelling, well my opinion is that most countries in SA are very poor and travellers coming along and taking up jobs that could be done by locals isn't well looked on. however English teaching is a great option and you can find the possibility for doing it all over the place.
There's lots of great tips on what to pack etc in the tool box section of TP (you'll find it at the top of the page)
lastly my best tip is to be judicious with info given to you in any forums and balance the good with the bad
ever so much good luck with your planning! I'm excited for you (how sad is that? I need to get out more )
Learn Spanish, you got to know at least the basics.
Hi K & S-
I spent most my time in Peru and Bolivia and taught English in Huaraz, Peru for 9 months. It's up in the mountains, there's plently to do and the town's pretty vibrant. Loads of other stuff to do in Peru especially in the South.
In Bolivia I spent most my time in the Amazon. A bunch of us took a cargo boat from the Brazilian border to Trinidad and Lake Titicaca is worth a visit.
There are plently of volunteering opportunities around SA, just google it. You don't need a visa as long as you don't get paid, but you may get free food and board. Most countries in SA will give you a 30-90 day tourist visa on arrival, but it depends on the mood of the customs guy.
Crossing borders is generally fine, but sometimes a bit of a hassle. Don't carry drugs or dried piranhas.
Hope that helps.
For visa information for UK residences, check the Foreign and Commonwealth office. They have travel reports for each country that includes entry and exit requirements.
I haven't had any problems crossing borders in Central or South America. Much easy than crossing the Canada / U.S. border, in fact. Usually there is a form to fill out, they stamp your passport and you are on your way.
As for healthcare, pharmacies (or chemists, as you Brits call them) are plentiful and decent in the big cities. Smaller towns might be an issue. Either you should bring everything you need with you, or you should probably stock up while you can in larger towns. Read this website on travelling for diabetics.