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    Rio de Janeiro – A City where Poverty, Indulgence, Crime, Celebration, Beauty, Passion and Future all Live in a Strange Harmony

Rio de Janeiro – A City where Poverty, Indulgence, Crime, Celebration, Beauty, Passion and Future all Live in a Strange Harmony

When I booked my ticket to South America, my first stop was going to be Rio de Janeiro. I was confident it was a good place to start, but I didn’t know exactly what to expect. 
Why did i think it was a good place to start?
Like Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro and another couple of cities in South America have the cheapest flights in and out of London. Those included Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Lima. After looking at the different weather for the countries I wanted to visit and how they could broadly fit together, I realised Brazil would be in good weather and would deteriorate over time. With the country in the midst of carnaval celebrations, I also thought it would be high on most backpackers lists, so plenty of like-minded travellers to bump into in the hostels and overlap journeys with. So with weather, a solid backpacker trail to start on and cheap flights, it became my first destination. […]

Reflections from my Original RTW Packing List

After I got back from my Asia travels, I got a chance to reflect on my original RTW packing list and decide how to adjust it for my upcoming South America travels.
The reflections I had include:

Lockable backpacks are useful when lockers are small or non-existent
Dry barrel’s offer so much more than rain covers
Dry sacks and packing separators speed up the check in/out part of travel
Leave space in your main pack to buy clothes and repack with ease
Don’t neglect the clothes you really love
Go plain colours on tops or bottoms but not both or neither
Other gear changes i made for my trip to South America
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