1. You have to learn only one new language.
All countries in South America are Spanish-speaking except for Brazil, where they speak Portuguese, and Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana, where they speak French. Even so, the languages are pretty similar — and if you know one, you’ll probably be able to at least dabble in the others.
2. And you actually have to learn it — not everybody speaks English here, like they do in Europe.
3. With the exchange rate working in your favor, you can live like royalty.
4. You get cozier with your host family and make more local friends because you can’t run off to a new city every weekend.
5. Still, there’s bound to be a trip or two. And when you DO decide to travel, it’ll be UNREAL.
6. This place has more epic natural wonders than anywhere else on the muthafuckin’ planet.
From left: Angel Falls in Venezuela; Atacama Desert in Chile; Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina.
7. You can see the land of the Incas…
8. …partake in what will end up being the funnest photo shoot of your life…
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
10. …and ski the Andes.
12. Basically, you’ll be a black sheep and your stories will be far more original because almost everyone has seen the Eiffel Tower, but how many people have been to Lake Titicaca?
13. You can afford to take taxis almost everywhere, because you’ve got MORE money now, remember?
14. You can learn how to dance — I mean REALLY dance, like BALLROOM dance.
Get your tango on in Argentina, samba in Brazil, merengue in Venezuela, etc.
15. But don’t worry, there are plenty of Euro-style clubs and raves to keep you happy if you prefer…and they stay open just as late.
16. You’ll come back with a slew of new Latin music on your iPod.
Europe listens to the same old techno stuff we do — no fun.
17. You can see American musicians in concert for waaaaaay cheaper.
18. You can probably also manage to eat out all day, every day, because…yea, you got it: It’s CHEAPER.
And the street food is AMAZING!!!