Running Away

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by SearchForShacks, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. SearchForShacks

    SearchForShacks Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Ok so I just graduated CC and im takein a year/semester off before real college to go somewhere cool to surf.. But i cant decide I anticipate havein about 7000$ to work with and would like to be outa here for atleast 2-3 months, ill be going it alone i think. Warm or cold I dont care just needs to be constant with some big stuff every now and then down to travel around too if the price is right. Planning on doing it some time between nov-march. Tips recommendations whatever throw em my way thanks.
  2. Mattyb

    Mattyb Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2013
    Costa Rica. You can live like a king for very little cayshe. Definitely check it out. I have buddies that go every year in February and surf perfect waist to chest high waves everyday they are down there. I finally saved enough scratch to go this year. Im tired of looking at pics of their great rides and bungalows on the beach. My turn.

  3. revelwoacause

    revelwoacause Member

    Feb 14, 2012
    hey dude,
    when I finished school and after a year of work I took off two months and went snowboarding. started my roadtrip first stop Colorado. from there I hit ski towns all the way up the rockies until I got to British Columbia. I was alone too but arranged to fly my dad and brother in for a week and Co. and a friend flew in to Canada for a week too. I recomend having friends meet you along your trek and travel through places where there will be people you know who you can crash with, it will make the trip better. In all I think I spent about $10,000 on gas, food, lift tickets, cheap motel's souveniers. you should make out better because you will not have to pay for lift tickets. and dont act sketchy going through any borders like mexico, the canadian agents broke a buckle on my backcountry backpack when they were searching my vehicle and it was a real bummer and they will search you if you have alot of bulky baggage such as surf/snowboards. If your 18 year old ass thinks it can handel it, I would go to mexico, you will remember this trip for the rest of your life.
    there is a benefir in traveling and staying put somewhere for a few months too, you could pick up a part-time job at a restaurant or teaching tourists how to surf or something like that, might even find a job that offers lodging but you need a visa if your gonna do that outside of the U.S.
    another tick is you could buy an old beatup 4x4, drive it wherever you plan on going without worrying about wrecking your permanent car and selling it when the trip is over and buy a plane ticket back home. even could sleep in the beater if need be and if the vehicle looks ****ty enough you wont worry about theft.
    be very social you will make lots of friends on this trip so facebook asap you never know who you are going to keep in touch with and having a surfer buddy that lives in say... west coast mexico will come in very handy.
    travel light and buy used surfboards when you get there, then you will not be as upset when you break them. and dont hold back!
    this is all I can think of right not. pm me if you have anymore travel questions.
  4. Paddington Jetty Bear

    Paddington Jetty Bear Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2013
    Take your $7000 and move to Washington. Start a marijauna store, and finish your schoolin' there. Once your business takes off buy a boat. Take trips up to British Columbia and down to Seaside, Oregon. Plus, explore the straight of Juan de Fuca during raging NW swells. Surf Westport in between.

    And fellas, let's come up with some new spots besides Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Barbados. There have been quite a few, " Where should I go" threads as of late. All with the same three responses. You heard the dude, he don't mind the cold........So lets get more interesting with the answers. Thank you.
  5. stinkbug

    stinkbug Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2010
    $1500 will get you a plane ticket to Indo. I'd go there if I had 3 months off. Try to pair up with someone to travel with if possible. Home base on the Bukit, travel around Bali and sidetrips to G-land and Desert Point. Best waves in world, cheap, adventure, paradise.
  6. stinkbug

    stinkbug Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2010
    If cold is not a concern my first choice would be Ireland. Home base around Dongeal Bay.
  7. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Ireland, that would be my pick if I wasn't interested in tropical
  8. gnurider7

    gnurider7 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2010
    Central America or Indo.
    7k will take you a long way in either place. more then 2-3 months.
    what Stinkbug said on Indo. also try to get up to Sumatra. Nias, Mentawais, etc...
    my advice on Central Am would be start in Panama, hit Costa, Nica, El Sal, then bus it or fly to Mainland Mex. (you can do without honduras or Guatemala on waves)
    youll meet so many people along the way, so you may not need a travel friend, but convincing to meet up with one of your boys for a week or 2 would be sick.
    have fun

    oh wait, i didnt see the time of year. i dont know how Indo is Nov-March.
    Central america is fun in Nov and Dec. starts to get less consistent in Jan and Feb.
    Europe, Morocco might be better as thats their swell season. 7k wont go as far tho.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2013
  9. Erock

    Erock Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    Do the N. Africa trek. Morocco, Cape Verde, Azores. Or Morocco, Spain, France, Basque Country. It pumps over there in the winter.

    Don't write off Brazil and the East coast of South America either.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2013
  10. Eeedog

    Eeedog New Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Peru!!! Not too hot, not too cold, not too big and not too small... best left points in the world.
  11. ND081

    ND081 Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2010
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  12. Erock

    Erock Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    A couple of my friends did that for a year through the Basque Country, Spain and Southern France.

    This was over a decade ago, so not sure if the program is the same.
  13. SearchForShacks

    SearchForShacks Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Ive really been looking at portugal and morocco but i dont know the languages and while morocco would be epic and pretty cheep i feel like it could be sketchy for a solo traveler. anyone been?
  14. ND081

    ND081 Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    it's about the same, just more organized which is better because there's less of a chance of getting stuck in a bad situation. don't know if it would be the same farm though
  15. supa76

    supa76 Active Member

    Mar 25, 2013
    pr you come home with still about half that live solid and it will be decent almost everyday before the wind picks up on north side .plus if your there that long you will score atleast a half a dozen bombing swells i would think i go every year for jan thru feb always score and always come home with cash usually enough to fly back for a week or so for another tatical strike in mid march
  16. SearchForShacks

    SearchForShacks Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    i went to pr for 2 weeks this year it was super fun and it got epic... but the crowds, and therefore vibe in the water was horrible a tactical strike in the late season isnt out but i have very little desire to be told "gringo get the **** out of here" every sesh no matter how respectful you are
  17. supa76

    supa76 Active Member

    Mar 25, 2013
    thats why i say north side not san juan but isabela and aguadilla super chill if you know where to go there sooooo many breaks surfed quite a few times with just me and a friend and def some secret little gems of the beaten path as far as rincon goes yeah thats about the worst crowd on the planet until it gets big but most of the waves overthere are slow and no barrels until its 12 feet anyway and if your down there for a couple months i your a cool dude your gonna make a ton of friends if you show respect i donno bro id give it anothrt shot sounds like you mighta just had a bad experience but yeah if you were in rincon that sounds about right good luck also if you got the loot check out galapogas might be alittle to expensive for three months though
  18. Koki Barrels

    Koki Barrels Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2008
    Just don't try to smuggle large amounts of contraband or you may end up on that show "Locked Up Abroad".

    Australia or Hawaii, man...with $7,000, do it up, right!
  19. NICAfiend

    NICAfiend Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2012
    I've been to both (I'm considering Azores to be Portugal) You could do Morocco for really cheap after airfare. There's loads to great places to camp. I actually didn't feel unsafe in Morocco, not to say there aren't dangers lurking but we got out and experienced a lot of the country and loved it. We generally stayed out of the bigger cities as much as possible though. You can buy beer at the grocery stores too so don't think it's "dry" The place is loaded with French surfers and most of em can't surf for **** and there French so.... Azores is awesome. I could actually see living there. It's not the cheapest place to visit but definitely friendly vibes. The surf we got was pretty powerful and not too crowded (like in Nica, El Salvador, etc...) plus it's probably the most beautiful place I've ever been (Morocco ranks right up there too) Having said all that, if you would be OK with traveling solo in Central America I don't think you would have a problem going solo in Morocco. I would try to fly into Agadir and stay away from Marrakech though. If you could find a cheap place to stay in the Azores I would highly recommend there also. The positives would be there's surf on all sides of the island and the negatives would be the possibility of bad weather depending on when you go. Good luck!