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Author - BackPaco

My name is Paco and I traveled more than 60 countries in the past 10 years. I'm currently working in IT and found the right life balance allowing me to live my traveling passion fully and enjoy my everyday life.

Day 4: Vappu and a visit at the market

As I walked around the city in the previous days, I could see that preparations for a festivity were going on. The 30th of april is finland’s biggest carnal-style festival and I was to meet a friend in the late afternoon to celebrate with him – I met the dude in San-Francisco 4 years ago and I did tell him back then that one day I would go and see him in...

Day 3: Visiting Helsinki and making cookies

The previous day Lilia told me to buy a 3 day public transit ticket (it made me save over 50$) and I made a list of the places I wanted to visit the most. I woke up feeling great and somehow immune to jet lag, made myself some eggs (thanks Lilia!) and jumped in a bus towards Seurasaari. Finding my way to Seurasaari was not so easy, and I asked several Fins on the way...

Day 1 and 2 : Montreal to Helsinki the beginning of my adventure

Arriving 6 hours too early at YUL airport gave me a lot of free time; I walked around the entire international wing and realized how good YUL got in the last year. I also finalized a few clients’ contract while appreciating the Archibald microbrewery of the airport and made a Spanish friend over a beer. The trip to Amsterdam was great although I didn’t manage to...

Learning Russian To Travel – Week two

Week one has been really interesting as I managed to learn how the letters are pronounced. During the 2nd week I have kept focusing on Babel and the Beginner’s section has three different level (beginners 1, 2, 3) and each of these levels have 20-30 classes of 15-25 minutes under them. I managed to complete the first level!   So my focus during the week...

How You Can Help The Refugees

My friend Michelle Bennett is always trying to do a difference in the world. Driven tirelessly  by her passion to help others, she recently came back from Serbia where her and a team of volunteers made a huge difference in the lives of many refugees looking for a better life. I met her while backpacking in South-America, but this time her adventures are quite...

Learning Russian – Week one

I really wanted to learn a new language as I my Spanish has reached a level that is good enough to use in most situations. I was then hesitating between : Mandarin, Arabic or Russian. Considering I am planning a trip in a few months in many countries where Russia’s cultural influence is still strong. I decided that Russian is a great bet since in many of these...

Our Roadtrip in Southern Chile

Chile is a beautiful country stretching across 4,270 kilometers from North to South on a narrow strip.  With various climates and environments Chile gives you the opportunity to drive through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world while exploring a great culture and enjoying delicious food. We knew our trip would be incomplete without a road trip and...

Backpacking South America | The Video

In 2014 my best friend and I decided to head out for the trip of a lifetime to live the dream. At first, our aim was to leave 8 months and to go around all of South-America. Because of my university semester, we ended up leaving 4 months and a half; not as long as initially planned but we still managed to go all around the continent at a pace where we felt we...

How to Visit Bolivia in 2 Weeks – Itinerary and Path

Bolivia might be small compared to other countries surrounding it, but fact remains there is are a lot of things to do in Bolivia. It is hard to explore the country in less than a month and trying to do so will force backpackers to make difficult choices. In only 2 weeks it is impossible to fit The Must-see of Bolivia: Salar de uyuni Amazonian Forest La Paz Lago...

How To Finish The Salar de Uyuni in Chile

How to get from Bolivia to Chile through the Salar de Uyuni It is possible to finish the Salar de Uyuni tour in San Pedro de Atacama. This makes an expensive, but fully worth it tour in the Salar de Uyuni much better for the value. Otherwise, you would need to pay for transport separately to head towards Chile. Almost all companies offer the option to drop you at the...