Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016
It has been a gray overcast day. Not my favorite for sure. Michelle headed out this morning for her solo adventure in Ecuador. She’s headed to Quito for a few days, then to the coast to spend the next few months in the sun and surf. Ayampe I think. Lucky woman!
I’ve spent the majority of my day “working”. A coaching call, research and prep, and basically doing what I enjoy. It is an amazing feeling to be able to do the things I want to every day.
I really believe our society sells us a bill of goods in doing something for 30 years and then retiring. If you are loving it, then great! And if you aren’t, then move in the direction of doing what it is you love and want to be doing. Life is too damn short to do otherwise.
It is Ecuador’s Baggage Embargo time right now. It started around Thanksgiving and goes until after the first of the year. I did a google search looking for a publication on exact restrictions and times but wasn’t able to find one source with all the details. There seems to be a lot of confusion on how this actually goes down, but the gist is that only a certain number of bags and items are allowed with you when arriving.
I think the number of bags is two right now. If you bring a third bag, it and all its contents will be trashed and you will not be allowed possession. There may also be some restrictions on bringing animals in during this time so double-check that as well.
The best thing to do is verify with your Airline what Ecuador’s embargo restrictions are and the dates it is enforced. I understand that arriving in Quito may have different restrictions than arriving in Guayaquil. Again, double-check with your airline. Also, if you plan on flying from Quito or Guayaquil into another city within Ecuador, like Cuenca perhaps, check with the restrictions of that airline as well.
We were lucky when we arrived in Ecuador. We came January 11th after the embargo was lifted. I was unaware such a thing even existed. I hope that the airline would have given me a heads up before I arrived at the airport with our 9 suitcases, 3 carry-ons, and 1 dog, but who knows?
For everyone headed here for the holidays, safe travel and good luck!