Pura Vida: Traveling Alone to Costa Rica

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

I don’t know whether I can say I am too timid and squeamish any longer.

I can say that I followed Eleanor Roosevelt’s advice during my solo trip to Costa Rica, except that on some of the days I did two or three things that scared me!

I will be posting more about my adventures soon, but for now I want to share a few of the things that took me way out of my comfort zone:

  • Whitewater river rafting on the Rio Balsa (Class IV rapids)
  • Rappelling down waterfalls
  • Zip lining, including a kilometer-long Superman line
  • Salsa dancing in front of a group, with the directions all in Spanish
  • The whole experience of traveling alone, and joining a group with G Adventures

Pura Vida

These adventures were scary and crazy fun, but they also helped me to realize something. I am a different person than I was when I started blogging, when I found it so difficult to go  somewhere on my own or try something new (About page).

Starting this blog and tackling my 101 things list have been a huge part of this change, so I want to thank the readers who have been encouraging me. I also want to thank my family who supported me in taking this trip and have been putting up with all of the silly things on my list.

And I want to say “Pura Vida,” a Costa Rican expression that means “this is living” or “awesome.” I heard it throughout Costa Rica, a beautiful country of friendly, laid-back people, and it perfectly sums up my feelings about this amazing experience.

#30 (101 things in 1001 days): Travel alone at least overnight.

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days, and writing my memoirs. I am a teacher and writer living in Connecticut.
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14 Responses to Pura Vida: Traveling Alone to Costa Rica

  1. Jennifer says:

    WOW! You are an inspiration! I can’t wait to read more about your adventure.
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  2. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you – you should be so proud! You really are an inspiration, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about your wonderful trip.
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  3. Oh Marci! I am so proud of you! I am so happy for you and all you have accomplished. I love reading about your bravery and your insights, I can’t wait to read more. I would love to take a trip on my own someplace, but I would be so terrified of all the what-ifs.

  4. Shannon says:

    Wow! You are incredible. I’ve never been overnight alone, certainly never on a plane. And I can’t IMAGINE going to a foreign country alone. You make me want to push myself in uncomfortable directions (and that’s a good thing). :)

  5. Amazing!! I love your pic with the sign…perfection!
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