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