We're on the move again. This time, we've just packed up our place in Salta to head back to the US after a quick roadtrip down to Patagonia, some skiing and then back to Buenos Aires before heading back to Atlanta for the summer.
It just happens that as we're leaving Salta, my fellow blogger Kelly Goodman of Travellious fame will also be roadtripping her way through the United States from Seattle to Chicago to join up with the July 26th Travel Blog Exchange Convention.
Kelly and I have been chatting lately about the benefits of local information to the wary traveler. How solid, friendly local information that leads you off the tourist path not only enriches your trip, but allows you to make friends and forge relationships.
We've both met countless people through Twitter, and a few weeks ago, she asked me to write a Newbie's Guide to Couchsurfing. Through our discussions, we came up with the idea of following our respective roadtrips, showing our contacts with locals through Twitter, Couchsurfing and other sources. We'll show you how our travel experiences have been helped., improved, possible confused, hurt or completely changed through these local contacts of ours, hopefully providing ample fodder for fun, travel tips and will be a good learning experience for all involved.
And in late July/early June, I'll write a guest post for Travellious of tips, thoughts, ideas, mistakes and all else to summarize what we've learned over the summer.
Our itinerary is as a follows.
July 8 Leave Salta on the overnight bus to Cordoba
July 9-10 Explore Cordoba. The churches, flea markets, peatonales.
July 10 Leave Cordoba on the overnight bus to Nuequen
July 11 Relax for the day in Nuequen. Rent a car.
July 12 Drive our rented car to San Martin de los Andes, known for being a good, local family ski place. We're renting a little cabin here for the week and will spend it by the fire, cooking meals from local produce and skiing. May I just mention, this will only be my second time skiing ever.
July 18 Return to Nuequen where we drop off the car and pick up yet another overnight bus, this time to Buenos Aires.
July 19 Arrive in Buenos Aires. We'll be staying at Hostel Colonial where I'll be writing a story about family stays at hotels.
July 21 Flight leaves for Atlanta.
Kelly and her two travelblog companions -- Peter Carey - @pwcarey on Twitter - and Pam of Nerd's Eye View -- leave Seattle July 16. Their itinerary takes them through Mount Rushmore and the South Dakota Badlands on the way -- two places that featured prominently in a roadtrip I took my senior year of college. My very first roadtrip. You can follow along with Kelly on Twitter as she travels with two other travel blog companions on their way to the Travelblog Exchange convention.
I hope to see them all there. But I'll figure out the details of that particular trip once we're solidly back on US soil when I'll begin looking for cheap flights and places to stay in Chicago.