Travel is Life! | Pura Vida life in Costa Rica

May 22, 2019  •  2 Comments

Costa Rica life is pura vida! 

Me at Playa Gemalas in Manuel Antionio National Park, Costa RicaMe at Playa Gemalas in Manuel Antionio National Park, Costa Rica

It’s the simple life, the pure life, and a way of life. It’s hello, goodbye, good day, to say all is well, and everything is great. It is living life with no worries, and having a relaxed and simple outlook on life’s events. It’s a real way of living and more cultures should adopt it. It’s the way I try to live, though I’m not always successful at it.  

Just last week, for over a week, my husband and traveled in Costa Rica. When we travel we do a fabulous job of living the pura vida life. Even when challenges are thrown our way like misunderstanding border crossing directions or having our high end camera and phone stolen, we quickly regroup and move forward. We travel to enjoy ourselves, to explore new places and cultures, and getting stuck on one or two challenging events isn’t worth the setback itself. We live and we learn. We take the necessary risks and push ourselves outside of our comfort zones when we travel. We are stronger and more adaptable because of it, and we wouldn’t change a thing. 

The girl in this top photo, sitting on a secluded beach in the back of a Costa Rican National Park may look fearless here, but she isn’t always put together and isn’t always strong. As much as I try to always be confident, smart, and forward thinking, life throws curve balls that sometimes bring me down. Most of these curve balls come when I’m outside my comfort zone, and that’s good for me. It pushes me further into being the person I want to be- a more confident traveler, someone who always says yes to new and exciting things, more of an adventurer, a stronger and more courageous entrepreneur, and a more diverse and understanding human being. 

Traveling the way I do feeds my soul. Exploring new places and cultures makes me take a step back and look at the big picture. The world we live in is huge. It’s full of amazing places and people who are warm and welcoming, even though we all have different views. Get out there, explore it, and push yourself outside your comfort zone. You will not only learn about the places you visit, you will learn more about YOU and you will grow because of it. 

Leave a comment with a place you would love to visit, even if it will take you out of your comfort zone!

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Jessica is an award winning family photographer and wedding photographer based in Asheville, NC.

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Comments

Jessica Merithew Photography
Hi Nneka! So fun! You will have a great time!
The forecast was the same when we were in Costa Rica two weeks ago, however it didn't rain too much at all. I recommend scheduling all tours and outings as early in the morning as possible. Most of the rain storms blow through in the afternoon and/or evening. It did not rain every day on us, though it did somewhere near us each day. It's truly hit or miss, but when it does rain, it's heavy rain. The amount of rain we had did not at all interrupt our plans, and hopefully won't interrupt yours either!
Have a wonderful time and enjoy!!
Nneka(non-registered)
Hi, I’m planing to go to Costa Rica next week. The forecast is calling for 100% chance of thunderstorms. I’m wondering how bad the storms will be and if we’ll be able to enjoy the beach.
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