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Pura Vida


Pura Vida

Abigail Diaz

A few years ago I planned to visit Costa Rica but I had to postpone my trip, which as you can imagine was a bummer. Then earlier this year when a few close friends traveled there I took it as a sign to revisit the idea. When I asked them how it went they all had the same response – “You have to go.” My follow-up question was, “is it safe for a woman to travel alone?” They responded with an emphatic, “yes!” I decided to book my flight then and there.

Earlier this year I set myself the goal of traveling somewhere internationally alone. Yes, it was a total Eat, Pray, Love moment, but I did it. Since this was my first solo journey and my birthday present to myself, I decided to work with, an online travel agency, to plan my trip. I highly recommend, if, like me, you’re tight on time and are looking for people who will accommodate your needs, schedule transportation, and find lodging for you in a pinch. I gave them less than a week to plan everything and they turned it around perfectly. It was one of the easiest processes I’ve experienced with regard to planning a trip. If you don’t mind spending a little extra, I recommend using them. They were always available and communicated with me via e-mail and text, which I preferred. 

Upon landing in Costa Rica, I traveled to Arenal, which is a three-hour drive from San Jose. The town is located at the base of a volcano and everywhere you look you can see the lush green jungle. Waking up the following morning, I was greeted by a volcano outside my window and tropical birds singing. Breakfast was included in my hotel stay and each morning involved an activity that was scheduled by I hiked in the jungle, zip lined, white water rafted, rappelled down waterfalls, and visited one of the most relaxing hot springs in Arenal, and went horseback riding.

Overall the experience of traveling alone was liberating and empowering, and doing so many activities on my vacation got me excited for the New Year. I was fortunate to meet great people on my trip and I’m not sure I would have had the chance to have met them if I were traveling with a partner or group.

I encourage everyone to visit Costa Rica and if you’re up for it, to travel alone.

xo -AD