Hardcore Travel Porn

Elys ate that bugIf you originally discovered me through my travel writing, you’ll enjoy Follow Elys, the blog by the intrepid Elys Muda.

I’ve never met Elys in person. Back in 2010, she discovered my site and IMed me out of the blue asking for advice for a trip around the world she’d be embarking on in two years. Keep in mind that the amount of time that passed from the moment I suggested to Sophie that we take a trip around the world to when we boarded our first plane was about 150 days. Also keep in mind that I’m an impulsive nitwit, but nonetheless I was kind of skeptical that Elys would actually see the thing through.

But she has, and she’s in the midst of an incredible 18-month trip. She’s being crazy adventurous about it too, couchsurfing, hitchhiking, working with local artists, and, best of all, turning strangers into friends then traveling with them. And she’s doing a great job blogging about it, updating her site regularly with excellent pictures.

Elys has already covered Europe and is in South America now — Santiago, Chile last she posted. Take a look at these amazing, stepped apartment buildings she photographed on the beach in nearby Renaca. They have funiculars instead of elevators:

Condos in Renaca, Chile

Keep up with Elys and comment on her posts to encourage her. That’s exceptionally important to someone out on the road, especially someone by herself. I really envy her, and you should too.

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