Our Travel Plans For 2014

by Stephanie Walsh · 3 comments

in Chile, South America, The Digital Nomad Life

Chile Landscape

This year our travel plans will revolve around our life, not our life around travel plans.

Although we both love travel, we have other exciting things to focus on this year.

The good news is that those things happen to involve a lot of traveling! 😀

This March, we are both heading to Chile!

Why Chile?

As regular readers of this blog may know, Andres is building a tech startup with his business partner, Carlos. Back in October they entered a program called Start-Up Chile, which is…

“…a program of the Chilean Government to attract world-class early stage entrepreneurs to start their businesses in Chile.

Check out this cool video to learn more about Start-Up Chile.

And they were chosen as one of the best!

I’m so proud of them. They have dedicated the last year and a half to working full-time on this project, without any income, after having both given up their jobs and living off  savings.

The startup, themidgame, will be one of 100 startups, chosen from over 2000 entries, going to Chile for 6 months to grow and develop their company with the help of the Chilean Government.

It’s an amazing opportunity for the guys, and I’m going along with them!

Since I am location independent, I am really putting that theory to the test, by getting up and moving to another country.

I can’t wait to see more of South America, since I only saw Colombia last time. I definitely intend to do some  trips to Argentina, only two hours from the border of Santiago.

I would love to travel to Bolivia and Peru too!

Not to mention the amazing sites to see all around CHile. From the city’s capital, Santiago, where we’ll be staying, to the Atacama Desert, Moon Valley, Chilean Patagonia and maybe even Easter Island, I am beyond excited, as you can all imagine!

Having spent one and a half years in Latin America (Colombia & Mexico) recently, my Spanish skills have gone from nonexistent to drastically improved (still working on it!), so I’m excited that I’ll be able to engage with people there from the start.

This time, I’ll be less scared to open my mouth and speak Spanish.

This time, I’ll be more comfortable and confident in my environment.

I am applying for a one-year temporary resident visa, so after the six month Start Up Chile program has ended, who knows where we’ll go; we might even stay in Santiago!

2014 is going to be an exciting year!

 

Anyone have any travel tips for Chile, specifically for Santiago de Chile? I would love to hear them; just leave them in the comments below!

Photo Credit: Doug Wheller

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1 Naomi January 23, 2014 at 6:34 am

Chile is a lot of fun, you have a good amount of time to get to know the place, I wish I had more money and time to have explored it fully! There’s a bar called la piojera which is very typically Chilean and a lot of fun, you have to go! And the best ice cream I’ve had outside of Italy was at a heladeria called Emporio la Rosa, you have to go!
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2 Sam January 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

How exciting! We met a German entrepreneur in Bolivia who was living in Santiago, building a business thanks to this start-up organisation. If you don’t read Jess and Dani’s blog, Globetrotter Girls, you definitely should; they have loads of tips for Santiago as they spent about 2 months there last year. Here’s a link: http://globetrottergirls.com/tag/santiago-de-chile/ Have a great time!
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3 TammyOnTheMove February 1, 2014 at 9:17 am

How exciting. Good luck with your start up. We are heading to Northern Chile (Atacama desert) in about 7 weeks time (I am currently in Bolivia learning Spanish). So if you happen to be there around that time let me know. 🙂
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