What criteria do you use to CHECK a country off your bucket list?
For some people, visiting the “main” landmarks is enough to check a country off as visited. For others, staying for an extended period of time. Still others might say checking a country off a list is just plain silly. Obviously, in theory, checking countries off a list is ridiculous. You could spend years in a country and never really discover it fully- in fact many of us already do this in the places we call home.
Although I don’t believe in checking countries off lists (I keep track of places I visit for fun but it doesn’t mean I consider them “done”), one way I consider a country to be more explored than another is dependent on the time I spend there. Obviously, a weekend in a country is not the same as a year. Also, if you are lucky to explore the country with a local it allows you to really discover the gems and not just the main sights recommended by online blogs and trip advisor.
In Ecuador, I was very fortunate to explore the country with my boyfriend @aldopendola
who is from Guayaquil, Ecuador as well as his family and friends. Having locals with me at all times, not only allowed me to see more and try more but it also allowed me to truly immerse myself in the beauty of Ecuador and what it means to be Ecuadorian. From taking a road trip through two (almost three!) regions and nine provinces; trying just about every exotic fruit I could get my hands on, attending Ecuadorian family gatherings (which are just as much fun as you think 😍), wandering the streets of cities, taking random stops for me to get pictures with llamas (and also get chased by one...), going to markets and watching the artisans and exploring the Galapagos among others I can safely say... Ecuador is amazing (and I’m not done exploring just yet!)
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