Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome: A Marine Corps Mantra

Here is an interesting post on the challenges of visiting Bolivia

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge


Easter Island (Rapa Nui) – Chile

This Marine Corps mantra is well adapted to international travel. Americans have a predilection for planning; we typically want EVERYTHING pre-planned down to the minutest detail. Travel, especially international travel, requires flexibility and patience. Shit happens, things change. Flights get cancelled, buses get delayed, policies & procedures change.

During our travels we’ve made the conscious decision NOT to visit certain countries for different reasons. In Central America it was El Salvador (no compelling attractions presented themselves, a crumbling infrastructure, and an extremely high violent-crime rate all dissuaded us from visiting); in South America we elected to bypass Venezuela for the same reasons (a good decision as it turned out).

Now we’ve made the same decision about Bolivia, but for different reasons. We definitely wanted to visit, especially after seeing photos from our new friends Yuko and Lisa, but the obstacles kept mounting—and that “small…

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