Backpacking Cougar

             If I haven't been there's on my list!

55 and feeling the fear and doing it anyway...

Feel the fear and do it anyway
travel light
take risks

March 1, 2019

I first noticed Alejandra poolside at the hotel in Colonial. You could tell she was a woman of substance just by looking at her. She was just lying in her swim suit under the umbrella in the 35 odd degrees watching the half dozen guests that were tanning themselves and...

February 22, 2019

Every now and then you meet a young person in life and in your travels who you warm to immediately. You know instantly they are old souls beyond their tender years and they bring to life the saying that education is not always academic and that knowledge is power.


February 21, 2019

I love the people you get to meet while traveling. The one thing that being a solo traveler for many years has taught me is that if you don’t engage with the people around you, your trip can be pretty miserable. Sharing is what makes it all so very worthwhile and wheth...

February 20, 2019

Often as you get older, you hear yourself saying things about the younger generation. “It wasn’t like that in our day”, “we would never have done that”, and ripping them to shreds when the occasion is called for.

Its no secret that I’m not fond of small people and babie...

February 18, 2019

It’s been a rough 24 hours for the cougars in South America, but we are still laughing – or at least one of us is!

We flew from Salta which in  the north of Argentina to neighbouring  Uruguay yesterday morning via Buenos Aires. We chose to take the international flight...

February 17, 2019

Mate is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, that was first consumed centuries ago before it became particularly popular in areas such as  Argentina  and Uruguay and Paraguay .

Wherever we have been the locals are carrying t...

February 17, 2019

Its been a few days since we left El Ombu, the Estancia that we spent a few days on just out of Buenos Aires when we arrived here. It has been a highlight of our trip so far, and for all you horsey chicks out there – if you ever get here it is a must visit.

As you drive...

February 15, 2019

I made a bit of a judgement call yesterday and decided that I was going to return the rental car a few days early despite knowing there would be no refund for

February 14, 2019


Things never look the same in the dark, and when you have no idea what you are meant to be looking for the nightfall can be a bit of a game changer. Couple that with piss poor WiFi, a GPS that you don’t trust and a couple of rattled kiwis in a car that is being illega...

February 12, 2019

As I sit here at breakfast this morning and draw breath listening to a very soothing piano instrumental, I am gathering my thoughts and formulating a plan to tackle the day ahead.

Any who know me would agree that I am an adrenaline junkie – always at my best in a crisis...

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I love to travel and get out and about - time and finances permitting.  Most of my adventures these days are solo, with a backpack and on a budget - a far cry from the trips of years ago when I  used to  tell myself "money I have got, time I haven't!", as I swanned into some swanky four star plus establishment and ordered myself a tall G&T.

About Me

50 something, dreaming about living the dream......every day above the ground is a good one because you are a long time looking at the lid!

(C) Needagilrd