Pointing At Things On Your Gap Year


Some people when they travel will have a “thing” that they do. Maybe they collect fridge magnets or flags to put on their backpack. Maybe they take a dance video in every location. Perhaps they have a teddy bear that they take a picture of next to famous landmarks. Some might try and sleep with a local in every country of their gap year travels.


I point at things.


I’m not sure how or why this started but over the course of a year travelling down the world, I pointed at things. Sometimes I pointed out the obvious and sometimes it was just the bizarre or strange.

I give you, Amar pointing at things…

Here I am pointing at Machu Picchu. You can hardly miss it but just in case. There it is. Right there. Where I’m pointing. Look.


With over a year spent in Spanish speaking countries, I’ve still only been able to master ordering food. However, when ordering pizza it’s essential that they get the pizza size right. Gigante pizza is for two people? Yeah right. I want this one lady.


It’s Iguazu falls on the Argentinean size. It’s pretty cool so worth pointing out.


This one was taken in Punta Del Diablo, Uruguay. Possibly one of my favourite places in the world. I took the hostel dogs for a walk but they were unperturbed by my pointing. Using a stick caught their attention.


Yes, it is possible to do the Galapagos on a budget and yes you can point at the giant tortoises while they are eating.


Casually strolling down this street in southern Argentina, I spot a few old bombs decorating this individual’s garden (presumably relics from the Falklands War).

It’s also worth pointing out my grey cardigan. It’s from Pull & Bear. I like it, a lot.


This is me pointing out Dave less than enthusiastically. Taken in Panama, Dave suggested we visited this “idyllic” off the beaten path island. There was a reason it was off the beaten path. Take that point Dave.


Flying by the seat of your pants is a great way to backpack but having to constantly change hostels because you haven’t booked ahead is a pain. I spotted this sign and thought I’d point it out. Not sure what a Muzzas is but they are on offer. Bargain.


I hadn’t seen snow in over a year so I pointed at it. There you are. Hello snow.



I think it’s this way…


No, it’s definitely this way.


Salar de Uyuni, otherwise known as the world’s largest salt flats, in Bolivia. Incoming random mini salt tornado ahead.


Laguna Colorada in the south of the Salar. It’s pink flamingos yo!


Last but not least. Here I am pointing at a penguin in Antarctica. Many penguins were pointed at that day. Not only do I love penguins but I loved being in Antarctica.

So do you have any travel traditions? Let me know in the comments below!


1 Comment

  • Victoria

    July 11, 2015

    LOL! Your face in these is priceless. Love it Amar.


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