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 I 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.
Read More: The Calling
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.
What is a Chango?
Chango is a term used throughout Latin America, with many variants. Its meaning and usage change from country to country, and it is precisely for that adaptivity that it has always resonated so strongly with me. The Association of Spanish Language Academies defines the word in following ways:
- Spider monkey (Mexico, El Salvador)
- Young child or adolescent (Argentina and Bolivia)
- Fresh morning wind that originates at sea and blows over land (Southern Honduras)
- A Native bird, black in color with yellowish markings around the eyes (Puerto Rico)
- A joker or prankster (Dominican Republic)
- A brave person (Guatemala)
- A Problematic person often with childish attitude (Puerto Rico)
- A person with highly distinguishing taste (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador)
- Noun. A deity of the Yoruba religion with roots in African origins that represents thunder, justice, vertility, dance, and fire in the ceremonies of Santería (Nicaragua, Dominican Repulic, and Puerto Rico)
- Adjective. Referred to a person with robust and sculpted legs (Ecuador)