Our Friends Are Stuck in Ecuador During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Here’s What’s Happening

Americans Stuck Abroad in Ecuador during the COVID-19 Pandemic

What happens if you’re traveling abroad during a pandemic?

Early this month, our friends Sha and Joe arrived in the Galápagos Islands. Ian and I had just left Ecuador ourselves, and we knew they were in for an exciting wildlife trip — but when borders started closing worldwide due to the rapid international spread of coronavirus, getting back to the U.S. became a journey of its own for them — and it’s not over yet. Here’s what’s happening:

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What to Pack for the Galápagos Islands

What to Pack for the Galápagos Islands

If there’s one thing we learned about the weather in the Galápagos, it’s that the sun is very hot along the equator!

We weren’t fully prepared when we arrived on the Islands, so we had to shop for some items there. Here we’re sharing our detailed packing list for the Galápagos so you’ll be ready for your trip!

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Baltra vs. San Cristóbal: Which Galápagos Island is best to fly into?

Baltra vs. San Cristóbal: Which Galápagos Island is best to fly into?

Baltra or San Cristóbal… That is the question, and it really depends on what your plans are and what you want to get out of your Galápagos Island trip.

After doing a little research before our trip to the Islands this year, we decided to fly into and out of San Cristóbal. We island-hopped by ferry for our Galápagos Island adventure, and I was very happy we chose San Cristóbal as our jumping off point for our self-planned trip. But there are good reasons to fly into Baltra as well.

Not sure which to choose for your trip? Below is some information that should help you decide.

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How to Fly from the U.S. to the Galápagos Islands for Under $200

How to Fly to the Galapagos Islands for Under $200

Last month when I found $89 flights from Chicago to Ecuador, I was dumbfounded. And flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galápagos were less than $100, too. It must have been some sort of mistake… right?

I simply couldn’t miss out on this amazing deal to my top bucket list destination, so within 24 hours of finding the flights we were booked and officially planning our trip to the Galápagos Islands! How did we manage to find such affordable flights to the Galápagos? I’ll share my secrets with you in this post!

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Our Year in Review: Van Living, Chasing Landscapes, and Seeking Balance [2019]

Our Year in Review 2019 | Diana Southern and Ian Norman, North to South

This final year of the decade was a successful year of finding balance for us, both in our adventures and in our personal lives. We spent a majority of the year focused on two things: the van and photography.

Ups and downs both played a part in our 2019 story, and that forced us to reprioritize what to focus on this year, but we pressed onward and made it through with a better understanding of ourselves and a new perspective to accompany us into the new year.

With the new decade now upon us, it’s time for a look back to appreciate all the great memories we made in 2019!

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Norwegian Air’s interactive route map is my new favorite toy!

Norwegian Air's Interactive Route Map (my new favorite toy) | northtosouth.us

With the new year upon us, it’s the perfect time to start making travel plans. That’s how we’re kicking off 2020, so today I began consulting with our favorite low-cost international airline to see what deals I could find for flying to Europe.

While perusing Norwegian.com, I discovered a new tool that makes searching flights easier. A new interactive route map lets you select your departure airport, set your budget, and choose your destination type — you can even set a temperature range for your destination.

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How to Fly from the U.S. to Europe for Under $200 [Budget Travel Secrets]

How to Fly from the U.S. to Europe for Under $200 dollars

Updated: January 2020

I used to expect to pay over $1000 for round-trip tickets to Europe. Now I’d never pay over $500. And one-way tickets for $200 or less are more common than you’d think. When we started traveling full time, our frugal beginner’s travel budget forced us to find the cheapest method to fly to Europe. And now I’m sharing it with you.

Traveling on the cheap from the U.S. to Europe is quite simple, really. It involves just three things:

  • a flexible travel schedule
  • packing light
  • my new favorite airline
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Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Inflatable Tandem Kayak [REVIEW]

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Tandem Kayak Review on North to South

When we started vanning this summer, we knew we wanted to have some fun gear on hand to keep us active. An inflatable kayak was the purchase we made first, and we don’t regret it one bit!

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✧ A Lonely Lakeside Campsite in Little Salmon River and Our Luxury #VanLifeGoals ✧

Milky Way in Little Salmon River, Idaho | North to South's VanLife Chronicles by Diana Southern

A hundred degrees. That was about the average daytime temperature we were dealing with when we drove through Idaho on the way up to Montana.

We were only three days on the road when we pulled in to camp next to this view for our first free night of vanlife camping.

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☆ Starry Nights with the Ones I Love ☆

We’re finally on the road after two months of work on the campervan, and after a long day of driving, we were ready to call it a day.

As Ian started cooking dinner, I took Tiger out for his last walk of the night, and when we turned back toward the van to head in, there was the Milky Way.

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