by Jessica Heron
Average Elevation: 2,362 feet
Finding yourself in a stagnant situation can feel trapping. We all get in those modes where we are just comfortable doing the same thing, working the same job, and just all around living the same day over and over.
My boyfriend Chris and I found ourselves in that situation. However, it was far from comfortable. We knew that we needed to make a change. So just like that we quit our jobs, sold a ton of what we owned, and bought a ticket to Costa Rica.
We didn't have much of a plan at all. No home to return to, no job to come back to, just the little bit of money that we saved to leave. It was the most freeing feeling.
Our trip started in Costa Rica working at a surf camp and staying in tents (that didn't exactly keep out any water when we had flash floods). After spending a couple weeks there, starting our mornings with sunrise surf, and making some really good friends we decided to head up to Nicaragua with 9 other travelers that we met at the camp. We all rented a house and a truck for a week together. We spent our time surfing, playing a lot of card games, and just enjoying each others company. After about 2 more weeks of hanging out with these amazing people and experiencing a few other beautiful towns in Nicaragua, Chris and I decided to further our trip. We bought a bus ticket that was a direct 17 hour bus ride right into Guatemala. Each decision we made throughout the trip was on the fly and unplanned. That's what was making the trip so amazing and exciting. We had no schedule to go by, no one to answer to, and just got to follow our hearts. After a long bus ride we finally made it to Guatemala where we experienced our absolute favorite spot on the trip, Lake Atitlan. It was a beautiful lake surrounded by three huge active Volcanoes and 7 little villages that you can pay $1 to take a boat to each one. This is where we felt the most peace and genuinely content. After spending two incredible weeks here we made our way to Mexico where we just planned on renting a studio and relaxing for 10 days until we had to fly back home.
I made sure to blog throughout the whole trip and make a sweet video from each spot we went to, just to be able to look back on the trip and remember exactly how it all was. It was definitely a life changing trip!
It became so clear that we found paradise in the freeing feeling of doing exactly what we wanted to do and experience so much adventure. We met so many people and made so many amazing friends from all over the world. Chris and I experienced some extremely questionable hostels and stripped every little luxury we took for granted (hot water, good food, the ability to do laundry, and dry clothes). We even traveled on the smallest budget just to be able to extend our trip as long as we can.
MAKE the time to switch up the routine. Even if it's going on a hike on your days off or going on a drive just to see a beautiful view. Put your heart and happiness first and make sure you're getting fulfilled. Find your paradise.
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