HOW TO PLAN (AND EXECUTE) A STRIKE MISSION
FEATURING THE GOLDFISH ESCAPADES #JUSTPASSINGTHROUGH SOUTH AMERICA.
1. ACT IMMEDIATELY
The swell models were perfect and conditions were predicted to be epic. I was across the world, and the swell was two days away. Four flights and one boarder crossing later, I was in South America antsy to see the first glimpse of what the swell had to offer.
2. BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING
Some of the countries within the continent have a lot of unrest, and boarder strikes are a common trend. One strike led to a complete halt of access of public transport to the nearby cities, making people walk almost two hours just to get to the accessible road.
3. LEARN HOW TO TALK THE TALK
Planning a trip out in a country whose is foreign to you is a tough task to execute, especially since things can change at any moment. Therefore, planning a trip to South America could be last minute and expensive, but as with anything, a big risk always has the potential for a high reward. Learning some of the basic lingo is highly rewarding when you need to get around.
4. BE FLEXIBLE
Nothing ever goes as planned and exactly the way you want it, especially when you are relying on nature to supply you with your entertainment. Therefore, make sure that you can be somewhat flexible with your trip. My advice is (if you can) to allow yourself a few extra days if you need to extend or you miss a flight for any reason. I would recommend always investing in the "Trip Flex" plan, as it may come in handy if you want to change your trip dates based on swell forecasts.
5. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Those raggedy looking busses that you probably thought you would never step foot in will most likely be your main form of getting around by the end of your trip. Public transportation in South America is cheap and everywhere, so don't judge the book by its cover!
6. PACK LIGHT
I brought a suitcase worth of clothes, but I literally wore 3 different outfits. In South America, you can pridefully embrace your own smell and the fact you've worn the same clothing for 4 days straight!
Here is my normal packing list for my week trip:
- My Reef Rover Sandals and hiking shoes
- Two pairs of Reef Boardshorts, shirts, tank tops, and one pair of long pants
- First AID Kit: Sunscreen, Anti-bacterial ointment, bandaids, gause pads.
- One towel and one toiletry bag
- A small travel fanny pack for your travel documents and cash
South America lives for their street festivals and will use any excuse to have a dance party on the main strip. You can get a glimpse at the history and culture of the people of South America by their dances and costumes - each song tells a story. On most nights, pick a street side table at your restaurant just in case!
8. STAY HEALTHY
South America has a lot of tropical diseases, so be cautious of what you eat and drink. It is never a bad idea to go to the doctors office before your trip to get properly vaccinated. I suggest you stay away from tap water and eating beef. Bottle water is fairly cheap, and will prevent you from getting Montezuma's revenge - a couple dollars is worth it in the long run.
9. BE READY TO DO THINGS YOU NORMALLY WOULDN'T DO
Stay positive and open to whatever comes your way. Despite solely coming down to South America for a surf trip, on the off days we went hiking and explored the city. During a surf check, we ran into some awesome locals and went rock climbing!