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Can you be Transformed by your Travels?

by: Annetta Alfred
September 20, 2022

Traveling to new places opens your eyes, heart, mind, body, and soul to new experiences. My mother passed away in January 2014. She was the life of any party, everyone laughed when they were around her. She loved traveling, after retiring she started her cruising adventures. Now this to me was major for someone who I know was afraid of the ocean. My mother's two older sisters drowned in a boating accident off the cost of Port Royal Jamaica when she was a young girl. This started her fear of the ocean. Travel was so important to her she decided she needed to conquer that fear. Her friends were always coming back from their cruises with stories of the places they visited. I will never forget when she went on her first cruise and made a stop in Belize, she went out on a small fishing boat for a tour. She was so proud of herself for letting go of that fear, it was a huge accomplish. She had so many plans for future trips before she passed.

I realized after losing her, that life is to be lived to its fullest and one of the best ways to do that is traveling. I have since visited 16 countries on three continents. I have learned so much about myself, I had to conquer my own fear of traveling alone. Taking the time to put myself first, being open to meeting new people, trying new experiences. On my third trip I visited Costa Rica, I met two wonderful ladies at my hotel, they invited me to join them at the beach. Now I should tell you I love the beach, but I do not know how to swim. Was I going to let that stop me from getting on a kayak in the Pacific Ocean and paddle half a mile out, no; I did not want to miss this opportunity, my soul jumped for joy. I could physically feel my body drinking in the feeling of freedom that experience gave me, just letting go and pushing aside the fear of what could happen. The favorite saying on this island is Pura Vida, which means "pure life", and the feeling there was pure life.

The people in Costa Rico are warm and friendly, the food was fresh and delicious. The area I stayed in was called Manuel Antonio it is on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast. The area has rugged rainforest, white-sand beaches, and coral reefs. It’s renowned for its vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife, from three-toed sloths and endangered white-faced Kapuchin monkeys to hundreds of bird species.

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