GoChango! is dedicated to sharing a passion for travel, exploration, and adventure!
The idea for a GoChango! arose quite organically when many friends with whom I had shared travel advice had later told me, ‘you should write a blog’. After five years of living abroad and traveling extensively through South America it is finally time to share my story. I believe traveling should be about a connection between people, and my hope for GoChango! is to create a genuine connection with others and to create a community. Although travel pervades the content, the mission of GoChango! is to share insight including practical travel tips, travel diaries, culture, arts, food, literature, language, photography and much more!
I am American who has lived the last five years in South America. I first visited South America in 2011, while studying abroad in Guyaquil, Ecuador. Since then I have traveled as much as possible to places such as Mexico, Perú, Ecuador, Argentina, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Brazil. I speak, write, and think in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and sometimes all three at once. I enjoy meeting new people, learning new things, and trying stimulate my ever present sense of curiosity. I currently am based in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I have worked as a tour leader and in business development for a local tourism company.
GoChango! is serious about travel, I don’t just go gallivanting around the world all willy-nilly like. There are certain tenets built into my style of travel and GoChango! will serve as a reflection of such:
- In depth, unhurried, off the beaten path, overland travel is my modus operandi. Traveling this way allows me to have a better appreciation of other cultures. Seldom do I devote less than one month to a country, or a region for that matter, prolonged travel allows me to better connect with locals through better comprehension of local languages, customs and beliefs. This is something that passport stamp chasers and fly by night tourists usually miss out on.
- Adventure travel, exploring the great outdoors and cycle tourism are my favorite means of travel. Cycling, hiking, rafting, cliff diving, camping, zip lining, swimming, surfing, sky diving, and even hitch hiking have been the basis for many of my most memorable escapades.
- Ecotourism and sustainable travel are critical in the age of carbon. GoChango! aims to promote sustainable travel practices, accommodations, tour operators, and of course means of transportations.
- Finally, GoChango! will share many opinions, observances, and insights into Argentine culture that I have gained after several years of living in Buenos Aires. I also feel a responsibility to share some of the many secrets of the city that I have become privy to after years working in tourism in one of South America’s most exciting cities.