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How to stay in S.A for as long as possible?

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1. Posted by SAITcouple (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Hi all

We’re super eager to find our way to South America by November this year (to avoid more exorbitant London rent!) and have been reading loads of blogs etc on the various places that we had originally been keen to visit.

Our initial (and what now seems rather unrealistic) plan was to start in Venezuela (based on the cheapest airfare onto the continent), stay there for a month as cheaply as possible, learn Spanish and then move west through Colombia, Equador, Peru, Bolivia, and finally end up in Brazil where we wanted to stay for the better part of a year or more, depending on how well we took the country.

BUT! Now that we’ve been doing a bit more of our homework, we’ve come to realize that our apparently very meager $10 000 is not going to be enough to survive for even 3 months in S.A.
Are we being paranoid or we will find ourselves penniless in by January with our budget?

We’re a young married couple who are looking to discover the continent and its people and cultures, not to have a boozed party along the way. So our budget would be to travel and for accommodation, and we have no qualms with staying in cheaper, non-tourist spots. Are we still arriving there with too little?

PLEASE HELP!

We have both completed TEFL courses, so were hoping to find work when we got there. Is this a feasible possibility?

OR

Would it be better if we just headed straight to Brazil, found our feet there, worked of the better part of the year, and then used a few months to explore some of the countries on our original wish list? By then we’d have Portuguese sorted and would presumably find it easier to learn Spanish.

Is it possible to stay in Brazil and actually save some money while we’re there, with which to then travel?
Would we be able to survive there on teachers’ salaries without touching our current savings? Obviously we would have to spend for the first couple of months before finding work (best time for work is January?) but would we then be able to leave that cash alone and only spend it again when we want to travel at the end of the 2008?

How easy is it to get a working Visa in Brazil? Does it cost a lot?

We really don’t want to have to come home after a couple of months after packing it all in here, so any advise on how we can extend our stay in S.A would be really appreciated.

Thanks

S + F

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Absolutely paranoid you are :)

I don't know about your lifestyle, but GBP10,000, which is a little over USD1650 a month, should easily last you a year. That's excluding splurges though, and based on a normal everyday southamerican life. Including trips, parties etc., I think you should still be fine for considerably longer than a measly 3 months.

3. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 9y

it is 10,000 dollars Bentivogli, which is considerably different to £££'s.

However, it's not clear if that is per person or for 2 persons. I would hazard a guess at it being for 2 and if that's the case and you want it to last a year then that would be some going.

4. Posted by SAITcouple (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Hi guys

Thanks for your replies.

To clarify, yep, it's only $10 000 and it's for the 2 of us!!!

So, what we'd need to do is find work after a couple of months or volunteer somewhere where we can stay cheaply while still experiencing a country and its people.

We're still stumped on which country to enter where we can stay cheaply to learn Spanish, and then be able to either find work, or else travel to the next country to do so.

Any advice on where we should begin to do this? How would we get away with spending most of the first month on the coast without spending too much - we're not looking for hotel stay, we'd be fine with staying in a tent if it came to that :)

Any help with our budget would be great!

Thanks

S + F

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Quoting tricky

it is 10,000 dollars Bentivogli, which is considerably different to £££'s.

Oops... misread the sign. That changes things, of course.

6. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

Quoting tricky

it is 10,000 dollars Bentivogli, which is considerably different to £££'s.

Oops... misread the sign. That changes things, of course.

I am Scottish, and an accountant, no cash issue's get past me

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi guys

I dont know what you're basing your figures on but I HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU!

I spent seven months travelling all over South America living it up, doing every tour I could, never scrounging at all, and I only spent $6000!

So for three months with two of you, you will be absolutely fine. The most expensive countries down there are Chile and Brazil, and even then they are cheap by our standards.

Dont worry, $10,000US will go a llllllong way in South America. ;)