Most people experience a come-down after the excitement of their wedding, but for Sarah and Dimitri O, the party hasn’t stopped yet. The Belgian couple set off to explore South America from Antwerp in November, and have spent seven months travelling in a 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser, which also served as their wedding car.
The plan is that they will travel until their money runs out as this is their dream honeymoon. “We love searching for a spot to set up camp, build a fire, cook, eat outdoors and spend the evening under a beautiful starry sky,” they tell Lonely Planet.
Dmitri is a digital nomad working from the road, while Sarah takes care of the blog on their website, Global Honeymoon.
The challenges include that they can’t always count on having a good internet connection, and taking showers can be limited to rivers, official campsites or the occasional Airbnb/hostel. “It can take up to four days before we can shower,” says Sarah. “We don’t smell though – thank God for wet wipes. I had to change my priorities, like not wearing make-up, which was difficult in the beginning.”
Sarah and Dimitri say they rarely argue and have learned to diffuse situations before they turn into a fight. They would highly recommend this type of honeymoon, but it’s not for everybody. “Spending 24/7 with your partner in a small environment will create stress, and some relationships don’t survive this type of travel,” they warn.
“We have a budget to manage, a household to keep and a lot of places to visit, and being away from home for a long time brings its challenges. So, if you’re considering travelling like we do, maybe start with a road trip of two or three weeks back home and see how it goes.”
Sarah and Dimitri’s Highlights
The Carretera Austral in Chile. We took two weeks to cross the 1000+ km road across glacier lakes and rainforests.
Best Wildlife Experience
Meeting sea lions up close in Punta Ninfas, Argentina. We descended a cliff where we could walk around between hundreds of wild sea lions. We lay down two metres from a group and watched them all afternoon.
Best Adventure Experience
Wild water rafting in Futaleufu, Chile, with the first class five rapids.
Most Worthwhile Climb
Rainbow Mountain in Peru, which was also the hardest climb. It was four-hour hike going from 4000 to 5200 meters above sea level with a storm at the top.
Most Beautiful Wild Camping Spot
On top of a cliff in Peninsula Valdes, Argentina. We woke up with an endless sea view and the sound of the waves.
Best Off-Road track
Ruta 13 in Argentina. We read scary things about steep dips and falling off cliffs. Good thing we met a local who encouraged us to take it. Turned out the road was gorgeous and challenging in a fun way.