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    The El Cheepo Surf TRips

    What the longest and cheapest surf trip you have done out of country and how did you do it? I need some ideas. Last time I was in costa I met some dude sleeping in a tent and boiling his own water and eating rice/beans. No wasn't drinking or anything man.

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    You could probably get waynetheinsaaaane to drive you south of the border to your own private break in Baja. On the other hand, inside that van may be the highest price you'll ever pay for a surf trek. Disregard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    You could probably get waynetheinsaaaane to drive you south of the border to your own private break in Baja. On the other hand, inside that van may be the highest price you'll ever pay for a surf trek. Disregard!
    In 1998, I had $5,000 saved up, quit my job and took off for as long as it would last me. I did 7.5 months in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Cuba. So that's roughly $22 a day but really a lot less because I was also paying COBRA health insurance, which was actually my biggest expense. And I took 6 weeks of Spanish classes.

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    3 months in costa rica

    camped and took the bus places

    biggest expense was getting there and eating every day

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    How did you make 5000 last you 7 months that's insane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandblasters View Post
    How did you make 5000 last you 7 months that's insane.
    I lived pretty insanely and came back in quite a state. Mostly ate rice and local stuff from local markets cooked on a camp stove. But also, it was 1998 and 3 of those months were in Ecuador, where the economy was tanking and the then-strong US dollar went a looong way. In Cuba I didn't use dollars, but converted them on the street to the now extinct Cuban peso, which foreigners were technically banned from using. It was like monopoly money.

    The moral of the story is an understanding of local macro-economics can stretch your dollars. The worse shape the country is in, the longer you can make your money last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandblasters View Post
    How did you make 5000 last you 7 months that's insane.
    if u ever go on unemployment u will learn.I had a job I was making 540 a week,got laid off and got 411 every 2 weeks.it sucks but u can make it work.just stay away from booze,drugs,and ciggs and youll be alright

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    I have a friend that goes to Peru quite often, he saves a few thousand for it and stays months there...swears by it...he says the people are awesome, food is great and relatively safe as far as travaling in a third world country goes. He does say however, that the waves are a little finicky...but at the same time, everywhere is like that, but when it goes off, close to a world class wave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fl.surfdog View Post
    He does say however, that the waves are a little finicky...but at the same time, everywhere is like that, but when it goes off, close to a world class wave.
    i think what your friend is alluding to with respect to peru - and i think i know cause i've been
    13 times, is that the offshore wind is a little hard to find. there are ways but still, its a bit hard to
    find 'viento encontra.'

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    if you want to SURF - really - then peru has the best bang4buck. i mean really surf.