I’m on a I-bought-a-ticket high!
I’ve been scheming for a while on my next trip, wavering on destinations, and I finally took the plunge: I’m headed to Nicaragua and Costa Rica for three weeks in February.
I prefer to travel over land as opposed to flying, so I bought a one-way ticket from D.C. to Managua (Nicaragua) in early February and a one-way ticket from San Jose (Costa Rica) back to D.C. later that month. That gives me plenty of time to move slowly from Managua to San Jose, with a week and a half or so in each country.
The corners of my mouth are turning up into a smile from thinking about this trip. It’s been a while since I dropped myself in a random location with no plans (although I AM going to ride a zipline or two), since I made friends with other backpackers who also enjoy the freedom of traveling frugally, since I experienced new scenes interesting enough to send me rummaging through my pack for a pen.
In many ways, solo travel is my form of spirituality. It’s when I become most reflective, most creative, most appreciative. And since this will be the first time I travel solo since moving full-speed ahead with my business, I’m curious to see how that travel mentality affects my ideas about solopreneurship. Maybe I’ll come up with a new product I want to create. Maybe a light bulb will go off in my head about how to better build a client’s online community. Or maybe I’ll return from this trip with new priorities.
While I’ll be on my own for most of the three weeks, I’m planning to meet up with friends in Costa Rica for a handful of days smack in the middle of the month. And no, I don’t speak Spanish, which makes me nervous; I’d rather visit countries where I can communicate because I believe you get more out of the experience that way, which is why I usually stick to French-speaking countries. But hey, if I let that fear stop me, I’d nearly be out of new countries to visit already.
Over the next month, I’ve got a lot on my plate to prepare: I’m planning to work ahead as much as possible on client accounts, this blog and other responsibilities, so I can work less while traveling. But though I’ll be working fewer hours during this trip, I’ll still be working; this will be the first real test of whether I can continue to grow my business while traveling, which is one of my goals this year. I’ll let you know what does and doesn’t work along the way.
If you’ve been to Nicaragua and/or Costa Rica, I’d love to hear your recommendations!