What to pack for long trips – the Weirdest Thing I travel With

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Reversible paragliding harness with a helmet sticking out. It looks like a very large backpack, and inside is my paragliding parachute, my harness, my helmet and my radio.

 

“Brandon,” you might ask, shyly, trying not to be distracted by my devilishly handsome smirk “What is the weirdest thing you travel with?”

Or you might not, but in this post I’m going to figure that out and tell you anyway.

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Next Stop: Quito!

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View from Doctor's Office where I got my vaccination in Quito, EcuadorTomorrow we head to Quito, to spend a few days and probably not much beyond that. I’m not a big fan of cities these days, but they do prove a good place to stock up on essentials – e.g. Gummy bears and sim cards.

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Downsides of Travel – Wherever you go, the food is the same.

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Plate of Shrimp and Rice with patacones in Tonsupa, Ecuador

Sure, you can cook, sometimes, but there’s not always a convergence of convenient living arrangements and cool stuff to see. Though it’s not a rule, a lot of times, the more special, the more off the beaten path a place is, the harder it is to find a kitchen.

So typically, you end up eating at local restaurants, which usually are pretty cheap. Unfortunately, if you’re in a small town, you can exhaust all viable options in a day and a half. So if you want to stick around longer and look at the butterflies for a few more days, you’d better get really used to eating shrimp and rice for lunch and dinner. Or chicken and rice, for lunch and dinner. Or anything else with rice for lunch and dinner.

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Last day in Crucita, Ecuador

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A nice big takeoff for paragliding in Crucita, Ecuador. In the background you can see the beach and the town itself.

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Escape From Snake Island! Guest Post with Monsoon Diaries

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Snake IslandThrilled to have a guest post up on Monsoon Diaries!

Thanks, Calvin.